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OroraTech’s Forest-1 nanosatellite carries a thermal infrared detector to detect wildfires in low Earth orbit. Image: OroraTech

Lasers and sensors offer bird’s eye view on climate change

In orbit, in the air or even on the ground, photonics technologies give us a precise big picture on climate change, discovers Ben Skuse

Callum Littlejohns

Callum Littlejohns leads a silicon photonics rapid prototyping service called Cornerstone, which allow him to interact with research labs and companies operating in multiple disciplines.

Ben Mills

Like many areas of technology, artificial intelligence and deep learning are making their way into the field of laser materials processing, bringing with it benefits such as advanced, automated process monitoring that enables laser parameters to be adjusted ‘on the fly’. This unlocks capabilities such as ‘closed-loop’ processing, which by ensuring an optimal, stable laser process, can dramatically reduce the number of defects that occur in finished parts.

FormFactor's fast photonic wafer probers enable rapid tests through faster photonic alignment than previously possible. (Credit: FormFactor Inc)

Testing and alignment seek to scale up manufacture

Integration, automation, collaboration, customisation and designing for testing and manufacturability will help component and system makers lower costs and increase production, finds Andy Extance

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