Published in Photonics Spectra magazine
by David Henderson
Smart motion technologies can reduce system size and simplify integration, enabling smaller photonic instruments with full performance.
Advances in microactuators, microelectronics and micromechatronics are enabling a new class of all-in-one “smart” positioning modules for photonics system miniaturization. Many of these inventions stem from the mobile phone industry demands to pack more features into smaller spaces while using less power. Now these smart motion capabilities are creating exciting opportunities for reduced size and unmatched performance in handheld, portable and mobile instruments.
For analytical instruments based on spectroscopy and spectrometry, miniaturization requires substantial…