FROM THE EDITOR

  • 4 Electronic Design Requirements Of The System-Integrated Soldier
    4 Electronic Design Requirements Of The System-Integrated Soldier

    Perhaps most famously portrayed in Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers (1959), the idea of the “future soldier” has been around for decades. As rehashed in countless science fiction films and video games, the stereotypical future soldier is equipped with a protective exoskeleton, enhanced sensory equipment, seamless communication systems, and advanced weaponry. While the concept once seemed implausible, there are many real-world projects under way focused on realizing those seemingly fictitious warfighter capabilities — by integrating a plethora of diverse electronic subsystems into a cohesively operational suit.

  • The Top 5 Technologies From DSS 2014
    The Top 5 Technologies From DSS 2014

    With more than 450 companies at this year’s event and only three days to explore, it was an almost overwhelming task to try and take in all of the technology on display. Regardless, I did my best, and here is my list of the top five most exciting technologies I caught at the show.

  • Simplifying The Development Of Handheld NIR Spectroscopy Devices
    Simplifying The Development Of Handheld NIR Spectroscopy Devices

    Portable NIR spectrometers enable innovative and more efficient ways of handling countless applications. I recently spoke with Mariquita Gordon, business manager of DLP embedded products at Texas Instruments, to discuss the company’s new NIR technologies and talk about the emerging market for portable NIR spectrometers.

     

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Electro-Optical and Opto-Mechanical Assemblies for Medical/Life Sciences

Zygo’s Electro-Group provides design, manufacturing, and assembly engineering services for electro-optical and opto-mechanical assemblies used in medical and life science applications.

  • Wavelength Stabilized Compact Raman Source: LuxxMaster™ LML Series Compact Raman Boxx™
    Wavelength Stabilized Compact Raman Source: LuxxMaster™ LML Series Compact Raman Boxx™

    The LuxxMaster™ LML series Compact Raman Boxx™ packages PD-LD’s award-winning LuxxMaster™ laser source stabilized by Volume Bragg Grating® (VBG®) in a rugged box ideally suited for Raman spectroscopy and other applications that require narrow linewidth laser source. Its small size, turn-key operation and simple interface makes the Raman Boxx™ ideal for industrial, military and security applications.

  • Complex Optical Systems for Medical Applications
    Complex Optical Systems for Medical Applications LightWorks Optics has increased its presence in the medical technology arena by applying their vast experience in precision space and defense technology to medical applications where that precision can lead to better diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes.
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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • LaCroix Optical Corporate Video
    LaCroix Optical Corporate Video

    LaCroix Optical has been manufacturing custom optics for the medical, defense, and industrial markets since 1947. Watch the video to hear from some of their employees talk about the company’s history, capabilities, and what makes them stand out from other optical manufacturers.

  • Lenses And Prisms In Medical Devices For Imaging And Illumination
    Lenses And Prisms In Medical Devices For Imaging And Illumination

    On the last day of the MD&M East exhibition, Chuck Gerlowski with Precision Optics Corporation spent some time with Medical Device Online to school us on their micro lenses, micro prisms, and more. These components can be used to design CMOS sensors for imaging systems and illumination systems in medical devices.

  • Thoughts On The New Sensing Focus At DSS In 2014
    Thoughts On The New Sensing Focus At DSS In 2014

    We asked a few different photonics technology companies about what they thought in regards to the more prominent focus on sensing technology at DSS 2014, and here’s what they had to say.

  • Better Images Through Precision Motion Control
    Better Images Through Precision Motion Control

    Jim Gareau with PI spent some time on the last morning of the DSS 2014 exhibition with us to tell us about their precision motion control solutions and how and why they’re able to provide their customers with better images through hexapods, precision motor stages, and Piezo motion devices.

  • Buzz At Umicore Booth Over New Catalog Lenses
    Buzz At Umicore Booth Over New Catalog Lenses

    John Franks of Umicore tells about the lenses the company provides for applications involving automotive night vision, defense, security and surveillance, thermography, and personal thermal vision. He also shares some exciting news about new catalog lenses that are currently available.

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Sierra-Olympic’s Vinden CZ is a thermal imaging camera with a 12x zoom factor for 640 x 480 resolution and a 6x zoom factor for 320 x 240. It’s well suited for system integrators in the security and surveillance space, or any other project requiring advanced continuous zoom thermal imaging capabilities.

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ELECTRONIC MILITARY & DEFENSE MAGAZINE

Electronic Military & Defense was developed as a resource for engineers, program managers, project managers, and other professionals involved in the design and development of electronic and electro-optic systems for a wide range of defense and aerospace applications. Check out the digital edition of our latest issue for exclusive editorial on 3D printing, directed energy weapons, AESA radar design and testing, biothreat and explosives detection, UAV sensing, and more.

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LEADING SUPPLIERS

Modulight, Inc.

Modulight, Inc.

Modulight, Inc. is one of the leading global OEM laser providers with offices located in Tampere, Finland and San Jose CA.  We’re an ISO13485, ISO9001:2008, and ISO14001 certified laser manufacturer.   As an original laser manufacturer we offer various laser products and services from chip level to complete turnkey laser solutions at wavelengths from visible to infrared.   We serve a range of customers in fields like medical device, industrial lasers, optical communication, military & defense, and life science.

Bristol Instruments, Inc.

Bristol Instruments, Inc.

BRISTOL INSTRUMENTS, INC., located near Rochester, NY, was founded in January, 2005, by three technical and marketing leaders of the now-defunct Burleigh Instruments. Together, this group has almost 60 years of combined experience in the design, manufacture, and marketing of lasers and precision test instruments used in basic and applied research, engineering, and production test applications.

Raptor Photonics Limited

Raptor Photonics Limited

Raptor Photonics Limited, founded in 2006, is a global leader and manufacturer of high performance, industrial-grade and rugged low light digital & analogue cameras. Raptor specialises in complete cameras and core engine solutions using EMCCD, Scientific CMOS, SWIR and Vis-SWIR sensor technology.

IRD Glass

IRD Glass

IRD Glass was founded in 1982 by Rick Fiskum who was an entrepreneur with Litchfield Precision Components.  He and some colleagues started calling their new company Industrial Research and Development.  The company’s initial manufacturing efforts focused on Zerodur components for aerospace, and precision optics for a variety of electro-optic sensor customers which also included the wafer and circuit board inspection industry.

Opto Diode Corporation

Opto Diode Corporation

Opto Diode Corporation is a world supplier of reliable, high quality infrared (IR) LEDs and custom LEDs in the visible range. Since 1981, we have produced standard TO-packaging and custom housing LEDs in our U. S. facility in Southern California, maintaining the highest standards with our in-process quality control and testing systems...
PCO-TECH Inc.

PCO-TECH Inc.

PCO-TECH Inc., founded in 1986, is a manufacturing, sales and marketing organization offering photonic instrumentation and complete systems throughout the world

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Chemist Develops X-ray Vision For Quality Assurance
    Chemist Develops X-ray Vision For Quality Assurance

    A DTU researcher has developed a method that uses X-rays for the rapid identification of substances present in an indeterminate powder. The new technique has the capacity to recognize advanced biological molecules such as proteins. By Iben Julie Schmidt

  • Unleashing The Power Of Quantum Dot Triplets
    Unleashing The Power Of Quantum Dot Triplets

    Quantum Computers Have Yet To Materialise. Ye, Scientists Are Making Progress In Devising Suitable Means Of Making Such Computers Faster. One Such Approach Relies On Quantum Dots—A Kind Of Artificial Atom, Easily Controlled By Applying An Electric Field.

  • New Mass Map Of A Distant Galaxy Cluster Is The Most Precise Yet
    New Mass Map Of A Distant Galaxy Cluster Is The Most Precise Yet

    Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have mapped the mass within a galaxy cluster more precisely than ever before.

  • NRL Nike Laser Achieves Spot In Guinness World Records
    NRL Nike Laser Achieves Spot In Guinness World Records

    A set of experiments conducted on the Nike krypton fluoride (KrF) laser at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) nearly five years ago has, at long last, earned the coveted Guinness World Records title for achieving "Highest Projectile Velocity" of greater than 1,000 kilometers per second (km/s), a speed equivalent to two-and-a-quarter million miles per hour.

  • The Future Of Ultrashort Laser Pulses
    The Future Of Ultrashort Laser Pulses

    Next-generation approaches to the production of ultrashort flashes of laser light – the so-called third generation of femtosecond laser pulses – are stimulating further advances in the investigation of ultrafast processes in the realm of the microcosmos.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Passive Electro-Optical Counter-Countermeasures (EOCCM)

    As laser countermeasures proliferate around the world, infantry, aircrews, and electro-optic sensors are at risk of being engaged with little to no warning. A laser countermeasure can adversely affect targeting and navigation functions by jamming or 'spoofing' the sensor through laser illumination or by damaging the sensor through more intense laser illumination. The laser can also be used to detect and track an otherwise covert electro-optic target by sensing retro-reflections off the target’s optics. This article provides a background on traditional protection technologies and explains how electro-optic counter-countermeasures (EOCCMs) can help mitigate the damage that can be inflicted on optical and electro-optical sights. By Ariela Donval and Moshe Oron, KiloLambda Technologies, Ltd.

  • Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) Imaging For Hyperspectral And Surveillance Systems

    Imaging in the short wave infrared (SWIR) wavelength band (0.9um to 2.5um) has generated much attention in recent years with new applications and mission development. Advancements in SWIR sensor and infrared focal plane array (IRFPA) technologies have been the primary drivers to growing interest in areas such as conventional surveillance imaging and other hyperspectral imaging applications. This article touches on two key applications for SWIR detection.

  • Ensquared and Encircled Energy Testing Attains ‘Automated’ Status

    The ensquared and encircled energy (EE) test method is a quantification of the fraction of optical energy present in the aperture of an optics system. This white paper outlines how this method can provide greater accuracy, application flexibility, and even lower overall costs when compared to interferometry and MTF test instruments.

  • The Fundamentals Of AOTF-Based Spectral Imaging And Polarimetry

    Many hyperspectral imaging (HSi) systems use a diffraction grating to split up a line of an image into strips with different wavelengths and so build up a 3D image cube. While this push-broom process works well for capturing hyperspectral images where there is a built-in, one-dimensional relative movement between the camera and the object, there are many situations where band sequential imagers are more effective. This article explores the basics of acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) and polarimetric technology and discusses the advantages of using those approaches for hyperspectral imaging. By Alexandre Y. Fong and Jon Ward, Gooch & Housego

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014

August 17 - 21, 2014
San Diego, CA

SPIE Photomask Technology 2014

September 16 - 18, 2014
Monterey, CA

OLEDs World Summit 2014

September 16 - 18, 2014
Berkeley, CA

SPIE Photomask Technology Exhibition 2014

September 16 - 17, 2014
Monterey, CA
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