Three Companies Illustrating the Importance of Electro-Optics and Photonics

Electro-optic and photonic technology is expanding and evolving at a rapid rate. Disrupting established norms, innovating processes, and making new contributions to society every day, these growing fields are changing the way we see the world as we know it. As a supporter of laser applications and practices, LIA acknowledges and celebrates these accomplishments in […]

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The Laser Seam Stepper (LSS): A New Fiber Laser Welding Tool

By Michael Wiener In today’s automotive industry — and its high-volume production environment — laser welding has become a well-established joining technology. High productivity, low heat input, and fast welding speed are some of the main advantages of laser welding compared to conventional joining technologies — such as gas metal arc welding (GMAW) or resistance […]

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Divider: The Laser-Powered Drum Machine

The rise of electronic music in recent years has propelled the drum machine into the public eye more prominently than ever before. With electronic music showing very little indication of going away anytime soon, expect to see intriguing experiments and projects combining music and technology. Such is the case with “Divider,” a large laser-powered drum […]

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Report of 11 laser strikes on jetliners over N.J. illustrates continued threat posed by misuse of green laser pointers

By Geoff Giordano As word came in from the Federal Aviation Administration that 11 jetliner crews reported being struck by green laser pointers over New Jersey — five of them near Newark Liberty International Airport — I was instantly reminded of some solutions to such potentially devastating acts that were discussed at our International Laser Safety Conference […]

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Micromachining of Thin CFRP with UV-PS Laser Pulses

By: Masayuki Fujita and George Okada It is well known that Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) has attractive features like high-durability, high-strength and light-weight. These features have been stimulating the CFRP to be applied for a wide variety of applications. For example, by using the CFRP as a body material of aircrafts and automobiles, higher fuel efficiency […]

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