Introducing our new Resource Library

  What is it? It’s a library of resources to provide access to the tremendous amount of content that we have developed over the years. It includes product-specific literature, application-based technical resources, and media presentations of our unique technologies. Why should you care? It makes available to you all of the resources that we have developed It presents the content intuitively and effectively; categorized by…Read More

One more reason to go to OFC this year

    We’re going to be at OFC again this year and we hope that you are too! Visit us at booth #623As we’ve done in the past, we will be demonstrating our optical technologies at our booth, including our Component Analyzers, Reflectometers, and Tunable Lasers. Have you seen our Fiber Optic Testing instruments yet?Well, what you’ll see is that our technology allows engineers to…Read More

How to Make Better Sensors Using Living Cells

Christopher Tison, PhD, Research ScientistBlaine Butler, Research ScientistBiomedical Technologies Group Living Cells as Chemical and Biological Sensors The ability to monitor chemical or biological contamination of everything from the water we drink to the air we breathe is a critical concern for both civilian and military populations. Though there are dozens of options for rapid analysis of many toxins (toxic biological specimens) and toxicants (toxic…Read More

Exciting news about our shape sensing technology

My ChungPresident and Chief Executive Officer Today we announced that our long-time development partner, Intuitive Surgical, is purchasing our shape-sensing technology for medical application; which has been targeted at the robotic-assisted minimally-invasive surgical systems market. The agreement covers our shape-sensing and localization technology for medical applications only. Intuitive will license this technology back to us to continue to develop the technology under our existing agreements…Read More

How we use contract research for low risk, high value, product focused technology development

James Garrett, PhDVice President, Technology Development Division Moving new technologies from idea to market.  At a time when many large businesses are slashing research and development dollars and limiting work to only a few core technologies, Luna continues to maintain and grow a powerhouse R&D organization.   In our contract research division alone, Luna employs more than 60 scientists and engineers, over half of whom have…Read More

Getting More from Fatigue Testing

John J. KutzApplications EngineeringLightwave Division Fiber optic sensors have a great combination of simple installation, repeatability and fatigue endurance that make them well suited for use in fatigue testing. Characterizing fatigue behavior of parts or structures is important in applications where parts are subjected to cyclic loading. such as fan or turbine blades commonly used in aerospace, automotive, power generation and the HVAC industries. Getting…Read More

A commercialization success story

Jessica Green, PhDSenior Research ScientistAdvanced Materials Group We are excited to announce that on October 24, 2013 an exclusive licensing agreement was officially executed by UltraTech International for the commercialization and production of Luna’s fluid resistant textile treatment under the trade name Ultra-Ever Shield™. The successful transition of this technology to UltraTech is another example of commercialization using Luna’s unique business model.  We develop creative…Read More

What can you see with High Spatial Resolution RL?

Aida Rahim, PhDField Applications EngineerLightwave Division Our previous blog post on return loss (RL) gave an overview of some examples of events along the optical network that cause high RL, and their effects. To recap, in technical terms, RL is the ratio of the light reflected back from a device under test, Pout, to the light launched into that device, Pin, usually expressed as a…Read More

Luna is providing critical service to Virginia’s craft beer industry

Brad Day, Associate ScientistBiomedical Technologies Microbiology may not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions beer.  Nevertheless, the beer brewing process has evolved over centuries from an almost accidental craft to a science balancing microbiology with chemistry, art and a touch of luck.  Modern brewing incorporates many aspects, and key among them is the science of fermentation, or zymurgy as it…Read More

What is Return Loss and Why Measure It?

Aida Rahim, PhDField Applications EngineerLightwave Division Optical fiber is the data carrier of choice compared to copper wire. Fiber optic networks have exponentially higher capacity, experience no crosstalk, and can be installed in areas with high electromagnetic interference such as along utility and power lines. Fiber optic networks span multiple length scales. Intercity and transoceanic fiber optic telecommunications networks span thousands of kilometers. In aircrafts…Read More