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June 2008

High-Performance Infrared Focal Plane Arrays for Space Applications

Thomas Sprafke and James W. Beletic

Infrared focal plane arrays (FPAs) have come a long way since the first two-dimensional arrays were produced in the 1970s. Today, they provide nearly ideal photon-noise-limited performance that will enable much of the space science done over the next decade.


Spatial Solitons in 2D Lattices

These authors describe their observation of two-color optical solitons in a 2D parametric photonic lattice with hexagonal symmetry in lithium niobate. Their results have enabled wavelength-controlled angular steering and transverse displacement of self-trapped filaments of light.

Big Pipes for Data Transfer: Report from OFC/NFOEC 2008

“Big pipes” is the most succinct way to describe the theme of this year’s Optical Fiber Conference/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) in San Diego. In today’s environment of social networking, online video and triple play, the telecommunications industry is gearing up for unprecedented broadband demand.


Introductory Science Experiments Using Silicone Optics

Santec Corp.: One Niche at a Time

Crystal Woodpiles for Ultrafast Communication

Infrared Scattering Could Detect Alzheimer’s

Did You Know?

Profile in Optics: Leonard Thompson Troland


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