April 2017

FEATURE

Resolving Power

Whereas ten years ago the limiting factor affecting an imaging system’s performance was largely the resolution of the sensor, the emergence of low-cost, high-resolution sensors has highlighted challenges in optical design.

The standard imaging resolution today is now 4K, or ultra-high definition (UHD), and quickly moving higher (8K+).

FEATURE

Flying above danger

Whether it is the eerie setting of an abandoned nuclear power plant, or the chaotic scenes of an active warzone, there are areas in the world considered too dangerous to travel in without assistance. Instead, we often rely on a range of robust technologies that are able to enter these hazardous environments and obtain accurate data without putting lives at risk.

The emergence of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, in recent years has created a cost-effective means of sending various analytical tools into dangerous areas.

FEATURE

Simulating Success

From smartphone cameras and displays to the parking sensors in your new car, optical systems are being integrated into an increasingly diverse range of applications. Virtual and augmented reality headsets and OLED displays are just a couple of examples of where the photonics industry is not just entering new markets, but working at the cutting edge of them.

How can the optical industry design and test the sheer range of optical technologies that are in such demand?