Hyland Optical October Lunch and Learn

Monday, October 06, 2014
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This Friday (10/10/2014) I will be delivering a seminar on new optomechanical design tools as part of Hyland Optical Technologies' October Lunch & Learn (http://hylandlunchnlearn141010.eventbrite.com) event. Hyland Optical, in Scotts Valley, CA, is the new owner of the Ealing (http://www.ealingcatalog.com/) brand of catalog components (see Laser Focus World announcement (http://www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/2013/11/hyland-optical-technologies-acquires-assets-of-ealing-catalog.html)). This event will also include a tour of their facility and some cool giveaways. ** Blog U ..

Optical Design Review Checklist: Components

Tuesday, July 08, 2014
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In our technical analytical work with clients at Kinetic River, there are many questions that come up again and again--for example, in design reviews. We have developed a series of checklists that we use to evaluate the nature and quality of technology and intellectual property. This example illustrates our design review process for the case of optical components: the general approach is to get the broad picture first, then drill down to the specific technical attributes. By the end, we have enough information to put the component in context, and dive deeper into relevant technical details ..

Power to the Designers!

Monday, March 31, 2014
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This past March 20th I was invited to give a seminar at the Northern California Section of the Optical Society of America (NCal OSA (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=3607400)), held at PARC (http://www.PARC.com). Titled Advances in Optical Design, the talk focused on the emerging paradigm of parametric design. Fig. 1. Parametric design in architecture. Parametric design has been popularized by eye-popping architectural feats such as Frank Gehry's Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park, and Herzog & de Meuron's "Bird's Nest" National St ..

If You Can Make Your Car Tires Screech, You Can Build a Laser

Monday, March 11, 2013
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While this is not exactly the typical required experience you find in high-tech job descriptions, the point is that to learn how to make tires screech, you’ve already had to master a delicate balance between energy storage and energy dissipation. And that’s the key principle on which a special kind* of pulsed laser is based. Fig. 1: You don’t need a Ferrari to burn some rubber. A FIAT will do just fine. Lasers of any kind are already pretty nifty: they make bright, supersharp beams, generally of a single color. Pulsed lasers are one notch nif ..

Bet You Didn't Know You Could

Monday, February 11, 2013
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I think I should start by explaining what a streak camera is. Then I’ll explain why you should care. At least I’ll explain why I care! A streak camera is a superbly sophisticated instrument used in ultrafast physics and spectroscopy experiments that allows you to record incredibly short events (on the order of picoseconds or even less) with good temporal and spatial resolution. It works by collecting the light from the subject at hand (say, e.g., a very short flash), converting the light into a beam of electrons, and sweeping that beam across a phosphor screen very rapidly ..

Why It's Hard to Drive at Night After It Rains

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
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Welcome to Giacomo’s Blog @ Kinetic River! In this blog space I plan to cover a wide range of topics, spanning optics, biomedicine, technology, and other topics I think you might find of interest. The aim is to seek to entertain, enlighten, and stimulate thoughts. Your feedback is welcome, as are suggestions for future topics. In this introductory piece I want to discuss why it is hard to drive at night after it rains. The answer holds some perhaps surprising insights into the behavior of light. Well, let’s start by comparing some things. For example, driving in the r ..

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