The evolution of mirrors for imaging from space, By Gary Matthews of Exelis

Curious about how the satellite images we see on television, weather forecasts, google maps, and other satelitte imaging? : SPIE Newsroom : Gary Matthews: The evolution of mirrors for imaging from space.

Gary Matthews explains the evolution of space grade mirrors and their technology on SPIE TV. SPIE is the Society of Photonics and Instrumentation Engineers, and their much anticipated Photonics West begins February 1.

Optical Design & Engineering

Gary Matthews: The evolution of mirrors for imaging from space

Key components for many of earth-observation satellites and the major ground- and space-based telescopes have been designed and manufactured by Exelis.

16 January 2014, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201401.01

Taylor & Francis Online: Heat Transfer Engineering – Volume 35, Issue 11-12

Taylor & Francis Online :: Heat Transfer Engineering – Volume 35, Issue 11-12. Special Issue: Selected Papers Presented at the Fourth International Symposium on Heat Transfer and Energy Conservation (ISHTEC2012), January 6-9, 2012, Guangzhou, China

Optomechanical Engineering and Microfluidics

The Bahl Research Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is integrating optomechanics and microfluidics.  They were recently featured in Optics & Photonics News December issue:

“Bridging two worlds: Microfluidic optomechanics”


More information on their  research:


Bahl Research Group
Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Happy New Year 2014

A look back at vintage optomechanical design to start the new year. A classic optomechanical product in this consumer grade camera, the Polaroid SX-70 Rainbow.  As everyone born before 1999 probably knows, its most amazing feature is the ability to provide instant photos, which drove its “high price” of about $180 (in 1970’s dollars).  This camera was on the market in the mid-70s but can still be found for sale if you search hard enough…and there are companies that have begun to manufacture film for these cameras.  A classic product from one of the leading innovators of film and products in the 60’s and 70’s.


SX-70 Rainbow Land Camera, image courtesy of