Optical technologies offer researchers a powerful new toolkit to explore the structure and function of the brain. (Image: Sergey Nivens/

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Claudia Jaffe PhD

Claudia Jaffe, PhD, is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Business Development at Lumencor. With more than 16 years of experience with Lumencor, Dr Jaffe has helped to define the company’s technology and secure many of its patents. 

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Spectral, spatial and temporal optimization of solid-state light engine output

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Specifications for illumination systems for biomedical imaging and industrial metrology generally converge on spectral, spatial and temporal light output characteristics. This article describes some of the ways in which solid-state light engines consisting of arrays of solid-state light sources, a mix of LEDs, light pipes and lasers, allow for the customisation of specifications to meet application-specific lighting requirements.

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