Techniques for Measuring the PDL of Optical Systems or Components

As a result of rapidly accelerating demand for higher bandwidths, data center connections are migrating from 25G/100G to 400G/800G transmission speeds. Coherent receivers are expected to be able to mitigate the effects of PDL because it limits the bandwidth capacity of high-speed communication systems. Unlike other impairments that can be compensated for, such as polarization mode dispersion (PMD), PDL causes pulse distortion that cannot be…Read More

Structural Health Monitoring is Critical for Dams as America’s Infrastructure Continues to Age

The collapse of two dams in Midland County, Michigan, has created catastrophic flooding and devastation to communities along the Tittabawassee River. The Edenville Dam, constructed in 1924 and breached Tuesday, was on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s list of high hazard dams, and the previous owners were warned about safety issues. Its collapse lead to flood waters rushing into Sanford Lake, causing the failure of the Sanford…Read More

Luna Joins OESH to Design and Produce Flexible 3D Printed Respirator Masks

Luna Innovations has joined forces with its Charlottesville neighbor, OESH, to design and produce flexible 3D printed respirator masks for use during the COVID-19 pandemic N95 respirator mask shortage. OESH is using its 3D printers and expertise designing around body features along with flexible, plastic material to produce the masks, which have a tight seal around the edges. The face mask can be used when…Read More

Luna’s TeraMetrix THz equipment used to examine Da Vinci’s Last Supper

 On October 21, 2019 at the request of the Museo del Cenacolo Vinciano (Milan, Italy), Polo Museale Regionale della Lombardia, Ministero per i beni e la attività culturali  and the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (Rome, Italy), one of the most famous murals in the world, the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci, was examined using terahertz (THz) and millimeter waves. Terahertz imaging is particularly…Read More

Luna Releases Portable High-Resolution Reflectometer for Field Maintenance Applications

Luna has released the industry’s highest resolution portable reflectometer. The OBR 6220 Series performs advanced inspection and diagnostics of fiber optic assemblies and networks.  Luna’s proven Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBR) technology provides advanced design, diagnostic and inspection capabilities to fiber-optic manufacturers, developers and installers by illustrating a map, in ultra-high resolution, of an optical link. OBR 6200 Series instruments are rugged, hand-held reflectometers with ultra-high sensitivity…Read More

Join Luna Innovations at OFC 2020!

Luna Innovations will demo and display the industry’s most comprehensive range of solutions for photonic test, measurement and control during and OFC. OFC, which takes place March 8-12 in San Diego, is the world’s largest conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals.  Luna and General Photonics will have a variety of demo stations in our booth (3547): Advancing Fiber Optic Network Test OBR 4600: High-Resolution Reflectometer with Zero Dead…Read More

Embedding Fiber Optic Sensors for Active Feedback Control in Thermoplastic Welding

Luna engineers recently participated in the Toray Advanced Composites Induction Welding Workshop at the McNair Center. The workshop connected suppliers, researchers and innovators of thermoplastic welding in the aerospace industry, which joins composite materials via fusion bonding or welding. Temperature control is a challenge when employing thermoplastic welding. The appropriate temperature at the weld surface must be achieved with sufficient force to join the two components. Currently, the…Read More

Luna Kicks Off 2020 with Photonics West and OFC Shows

Luna Innovations and General Photonics will demo and display the industry’s most comprehensive range of solutions for photonic test, measurement and control during Photonics West and OFC.  Luna delivers unprecedented insight into optical component performance and unmatched manufacturing test speed. In addition, OEM modules and components provide a complete solution for polarization measurement and control with flexible emulation and analysis. At Photonics West, Luna will also…Read More

Luna’s Latest America’s Cup Partnership Builds on its Strong History with Racing Yachts

Luna’s HYPERION and ODiSI will be a part of the development of the DEFIANT, the New York Yacht Club’s boat competing in the 36th America’s Cup as American Magic.   The monohull designs under development for the AC75 class employ hydrofoils, which provide lift similar to airfoils, producing much greater speed and efficiency. However, foil design must overcome drag, which is dependent on foil shape and configuration….Read More

Fiber Optic Testing Helps Ensure EV Battery Health and Safety

Approximately 1.2 million electric vehicles are currently on the road in the United States. However, while EV market share is growing, it still accounts for a modest fraction of vehicle sales in the United States. EVs face unique design challenges in order to be competitive with gasoline-powered vehicles. The root of many of these challenges is in the EV battery pack. Drivers want similar vehicle…Read More