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Photonic Railway: Will Laser Propulsion Enable Interstellar Travel?
Earlier this month, NASA pumped a second infusion of cash into the research of Dr. Young K. Bae, a physicist with 25 years' experience in advanced propulsion concepts. The $500,000 award will support further development of Bae’s patented Photonic Laser Thruster (PLT) technology, which the inventor believes will one day transport humans to other solar systems. This article explores how PLTs work and how they could enable the development of a photonic railway between solar systems.
Disappearing Skyscraper: The Latest In Invisibility Cloaking
Builders in South Korea will soon begin construction on Tower Inifinity, a 1500-foot-high skyscraper that will periodically vanish from sight. Learn about the optical technology behind its disappearing act, and how it is representative of a growing trend in cloaking technology.
First Tunable Diamond Raman Laser Developed
Researchers have developed the world’s first tunable diamond-based Raman laser, capable of producing a broad range of output wavelengths. The device — also the first-ever continuously operating diamond Raman laser — could lead to more targeted treatments for skin and eye disorders, as well as improvements in pollution monitoring and aeronautical engineering.
This latest addition to Nova Sensors’ Cruz MWIR 1280 Camera series uses an InSb detector. It’s ideal for manufacturing, gas detection/filtering, persistent surveillance, and machine vision applications.
Spectrometer Offers Fast, Wide-Range UV-NIR Acquisition
Gert Noll, general manager of tec5USA, introduces us to a very power spectrometer module, the CGS USB OEM Spectrometer Unit.
Live From Photonics West 2012: Aspheric Optics Capabilities
Kent Weed of LightWorks Optics, a custom lens designer and manufacturer, discusses their aspheric optics capabilities – they do both glass and metal aspheres. They also have six different diamond turning machines that they use mainly for complex or custom optical assemblies.
Live From SPIE DSS 2012: Xenics Presents Versatile Cameras And Modules For A Variety Of Applications
Bob Grietens, CEO of Xenics, shows us a high-resolution thermal OEM module (XTM-640), a high-resolution SWIR module (XSW-640), and an uncooled InGaAs camera (Bobcat-320-Gated). The two modules can be used in a broad range of applications including thermal security, police surveillance, border security, vision enhancement, camouflage detection, and more. The camera is ideal for applications such as light bulb inspection (which can be seen in the video), laser beam profiling, R&D SWIR, and more.
Infrared Camera for Research and Science Applications
In this video, Chris Bainter introduces the FLIR A6700SC IR (infrared) camera. This camera is ideal for electronics inspection, medical thermography, manufacturing, and non-destructive testing applications. Watch the video to learn about its unique features and specifications.
Video: Mining Explosive Behaviour of mining explosive.
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Ten Times More Throughput On Optic Fibers
Optical fibers carry data in the form of pulses of light over distances of thousands of miles at amazing speeds. They are one of the glories of modern telecommunications technology.
Photron’s New, Highest Speed Camera System - 21,000 fps At Megapixel Resolution – FASTCAM SA-Z
Photron, Inc., a global leader and manufacturer of high speed cameras and image analysis software, introduces the ultra-high-speed imaging system, the FASTCAM SA-Z, featuring an unprecedented 21,000 frames per second at megapixel resolution.
The Engineering Behind Additive Manufacturing And The 3-D Printing Revolution
While 3-D pens and printers are enjoyed by students, artists and makers, innovative American companies are using similar equipment to manufacture aerospace, automotive and medical technologies.
DARPA Selects Rockwell Collins To Develop Prototype For Next Generation Of Software Defined Radios
Rockwell Collins has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a direct conversion digital receiver based on photonic technology. The three-year contract for the DISARMER program is valued up to $8.5M.
Amplifying Our Vision Of The Infinitely Small
Richard Martel and his research team at the Department of Chemistry of the Université de Montréal have discovered a method to improve detection of the infinitely small.
How To Increase Production Rate Without Compromising Product Quality
For most world-leading manufacturers, product defects and low quality are unacceptable. Deployment of infrared vision systems is among the most efficient and promising solutions to quickly identify manufacturing defects on the production line and to immediately sort and reject faulty materials. The real-time inspection of goods using modern high-speed infrared imaging systems is not only limited to finding defects, but it also provides key information pertaining to the output quality from automated assembly and production systems. Because of their great sensitivity (down to few mK), high-speed infrared cameras now allow for real-time detection of defects and trending with unprecedented efficiency. By Frederick Marcotte, Telops Inc.
New Image Analysis Technology Improves 1D Barcode Reading Performance
If contemporary technology has a grand theme, it is that eventually digital will replace analog, and solid state will replace mechanical. Mechanical, analog machines have been around for decades, in some cases centuries. They are mature technologies — the kinks have been worked out, the costs have been squeezed as much as possible, the strengths and weaknesses are well understood. The newer solid-state, digital challengers at ﬁrst offer more promise than performance, but with continued innovation and development they come to dominate the market. By Bill Silver, SVP and Senior Fellow, Cognex Corporation
Small Pixels And CCD Versus CMOS Update For Global Security And Industrial Imaging Applications
There is a lot of buzz about the improved camera that will be available in the iPhone 5S released this month. One of the surprising announcements from Apple was the increase in pixel size from 1.4um to 1.5um and the statement “bigger pixels = better picture.” This got us thinking about a topic we previously discussed in detail about why cameras for consumer electronic products are not used for machine vision or global security applications. By Gretchen Alper
Therapeutic Laser Systems Improve Quality Of Life In An Aging Global Population
Our global population is aging at an unprecedented rate. The global population of children under the age of five is expected to fall by 49 million by midcentury, while the number of people over age 60 is expected to grow by 1.2 billion, according to the United Nations. An aging population brings with it increased demands on healthcare systems. Governments have to reduce healthcare costs while maintaining quality of life. Today, illnesses are treated according to symptoms, but, in the future, with the help of lasers it will be possible to detect and cure illnesses before their critical phase and, hence, cut the high costs of hospitalization.
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