EDITOR’S PICKS

Using Ion Sources To Improve Optical Thin Film Deposition

Deposition processes are one of the primary issues of optical coating fabrication. Controlling the energy of atoms during the deposition process is a key to the resulting structure and properties of the optical film. A typical way to add energy during deposition is by using ion-assisted deposition (IAD). This article discusses IAD source properties that can be used to improve optical film deposition.

  • Advances In sCMOS Camera Technology Benefit Bio Research
    Advances In sCMOS Camera Technology Benefit Bio Research

    Since the inception of digital microscopy, scientific-grade CCD cameras have been the gold standard for imaging due to their sensitivity, linear response to light, and low noise characteristics. However, many cell mechanisms occur on short time scales and emit low luminescence signals, making imaging difficult for slower CCD cameras. This technical note discusses why scientific CMOS (sCMOS) is becoming the sensor technology of choice for live cell fluorescence applications, largely due to their combination of very low electronic noise, high frame rates, and a large field of view.

  • Scientists Measure Speedy Electrons In Silicon
    Scientists Measure Speedy Electrons In Silicon

    The entire semiconductor industry, not to mention Silicon Valley, is built on the propensity of electrons in silicon to get kicked out of their atomic shells and become free. These mobile electrons are routed and switched though transistors, carrying the digital information that characterizes our age. By Robert Sanders

  • UNSW Researchers Set World Record In Solar Energy Efficiency
    UNSW Researchers Set World Record In Solar Energy Efficiency

    UNSW's solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported.

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Extreme Precision Optics Group

Zygo’s extreme precision optics group provides services involving aspheric surface fabrication, computer controlled optical surfacing, ion beam figuring (IBF), precision glass machining, abrasive machining, and precision glass assembly.

  • Visible MTF System – Swinging Arm Type
    Visible MTF System – Swinging Arm Type

    In a Swinging Arm system the lens under test and the image analyzer assembly are mounted together on a bench section which can be rotated in front of the collimated beam.  This configuration has the advantage that the field angle can be varied from one extreme to the other in a single continuous movement, which enables EFL and Distortion to be measured easily and accurately.

  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) for Additive Manufacturing
    Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) for Additive Manufacturing

    In direct metal laser sintering, a laser draws onto the surface of atomized powder to build production-quality metal parts. The process produces metal parts with the same speed as plastic parts, and it can transition into metal injection molding.

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FROM THE EDITOR

  • Amazon’s New Smartphone Boasts High-End RF And Imaging Components
    Amazon’s New Smartphone Boasts High-End RF And Imaging Components

    On July 25, Amazon released its first smartphone, and it didn’t take long for the internal components of the device to get leaked.

  • 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.

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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • Ladybug Takes Off In Slow Motion
    Ladybug Takes Off In Slow Motion

    This particular sequence was recorded with at pco.dimax HD CMOS camera at 3,000 frames-per-second and 1296 x 720 pixel resolution. Once the ladybug unfolds its wings, the display speed is reduced to 25 fps.

  • Clear, Colored Images Captured In Low Light
    Clear, Colored Images Captured In Low Light

    This video was taken out of a lab window at dawn. The sequence displays three times at 16bit and 8bit scaling to capture details. All imagery was captured by the pco.edge – a color, sCMOS (scientific CMOS) camera operating at 2560 x 2160 resolution at 100 frames/s.

  • Fishing Kingfisher in Slow Motion II
    Fishing Kingfisher in Slow Motion II

    The pco.dimax HD is a high-speed, 12-bit CMOS camera ideal for a variety of slow-motion capture applications. In this video example, Rainer Bergomaz from Blue Paw Artists used one of these cameras with 1920 x 1440 pixel resolution @ 1060 frames/s to capture sequences of young kingfishers trying (successfully, in some instances) to catch fish.

  • Magic Drops In Slow Motion
    Magic Drops In Slow Motion

    Blue Paw Artists’ Rainer Bergomaz and Daniel Nimmervoll used the pco.dimax HD high-speed camera to capture water droplet sequences, showing that slow motion imagery is just as appealing aesthetically as it is scientifically.

  • Tracking Objects Through Heat Signature Acquisition
    Tracking Objects Through Heat Signature Acquisition

    This video showcases an ATP (acquisition, tracking, and pointing) tracker in action in both day and nighttime conditions. The imagery was captured with DRS Technologies’ infrared cameras. The ATP tracker used in this footage is the result of a Senior Capstone Project in Texas A&M’s electrical engineering program.

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PHOTONICS ONLINE SPECIAL FEATURE

Xenics’ Serval-640-GigE is an LWIR camera designed for use in in-line process and quality control. It has a spectral band of 8µm to 14µm and 640x480 resolution. It’s been specifically designed for industrial imaging applications that call for rugged and reliable cameras without the need for third-party enclosures.

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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 wearable antennas for military applications, countering EMI threats, biological and chemical threat detection, advances in optical sensing, and more.

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LEADING SUPPLIERS

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.

Xenics

Xenics

Xenics is a well established and rapidly growing high-tech company about to enter exciting new fields of IR products and applications, serving the markets with excellent products and a strong technology background.

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

LaCroix Optical Co.

LaCroix Optical Co.

The LaCroix name is synonymous with quality precision optics. Since 1947, three generations of family leadership have placed LaCroix Optical Co. as one of the premier independent precision optical manufacturers in America. We specialize in Achromats, Lenses, Windows, Prisms, Aspheres, and in-house Custom Coatings. LaCroix Optical Co. is ISO 9001:2008 certified and ITAR registered and compliant. All of our optics are Made in the USA.

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.

Schneider Optics

Schneider Optics

Schneider Optics designs, develops, and manufactures high performance lenses for machine vision, robotics, document scanning, industrial inspection and metrology, gauging, military, surveillance, & other image processing applications. Standard products include Compact C-Mount lenses, F-Mount lenses, Bilateral and Object Sided Telecentric lenses, a modular Macro system, large format lenses (area & line scan), 3-CCD lenses and industrial filters. Custom lens solutions are also available. Key markets include Machine Vision, Robotics, Document Scanning, Industrial Inspection, 2D/3D Metrology, Surveillance, & SWIR/Hyperspectral Imaging.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Maintaining QE (Quantum Efficiency) In The NIR Region

    This paper discusses the performance of InGaAs detector arrays sensitive in the VIS-SWIR region (400 to 1700nm) and includes sample image applications comparing images captured with SWIR technology to standard visible imaging technology.  

  • Laser Source for Gas Sensing: Application Note

    This Mid-IR laser source’s compact size, robustness, spectral flexibility, and low power consumption makes it ideal for applications involving molecular spectroscopy. This application note offers information on how it can be used for gas sensing.

  • Leveraging Semi-Solid Metal Casting For Manufacturing Complex Parts

    Brisbane, California startup Fighting Walrus recently developed its Fighting Walrus Radio – a 900 MHz telemetry radio used in conjunction with iPhones or iPads in order to effectively control the flight of commercially available drones. This case study explains how Proto Labs helped them determine that a magnesium thixomolding process was the most ideal solution in developing the radio’s antenna housing and clamps. To see if thixomolding might be the ideal solution for your next design, (drone controller or otherwise), download the case study.

  • Overcoming Scattering Media Challenges In Multi-Photon Microscopy

    A major problem standard MPM faces is correcting for scattering media. To solve this issue, Dr. Meng Cui at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has recently pioneered Super Penetration Multi-Photon Microscopy (S-MPM) at the Cui Lab. He has successfully reported on focusing light through static and dynamic strongly scattering media using Boston Micromachines’ segmented 492-DM. By using the iterative multi-photon adaptive compensation technique (IMPACT), he since reported new results on in vivo fluorescence microscopy, providing a unique solution to noninvasive brain imaging.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Smartphone Microscope Detects, Measures Individual DNA Molecules
    Smartphone Microscope Detects, Measures Individual DNA Molecules

    Researchers from UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute have imaged and measured the sizes of individual DNA strands using a smartphone. Their newly developed, lightweight, and compact device cheaply transforms an off-the-shelf smartphone into a fluorescent microscope with advanced capabilities.

  • Lens-Free Microscope Could Lead To Cheaper, Portable Imaging Tech
    Lens-Free Microscope Could Lead To Cheaper, Portable Imaging Tech

    Research from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) has led to a new, lens-free microscope that can detect cellular abnormalities like cancer. The portable system has a similar accuracy to the larger, more expensive equipment often found in pathology labs, so it may enable diagnostics in more remote areas.

  • Zapping Vocal-Cord Cancer With Lasers Proven Effective In Long-Term Study
    Zapping Vocal-Cord Cancer With Lasers Proven Effective In Long-Term Study

    A pioneering laser treatment for early vocal-cord cancer has shown promise as a long-term cure for the disease. In addition to being as effective as traditional approaches at curing tumors, the treatment developed at Massachusetts General Hospital is also able to spare the patient’s vocal cords and ability to speak.

  • Spider's Web Weaves Way To Advanced Networks And Displays
    Spider's Web Weaves Way To Advanced Networks And Displays

    The next generation of light-manipulating networks may take their lead from designs inspired by spiders and leaves, according to a new report from two Boston College physicists and colleagues at South China Normal University.

  • Researchers 3D Print LED Into Contact Lens
    Researchers 3D Print LED Into Contact Lens

    As a proof-of-concept for new 3D printing techniques, a Princeton team has developed a contact lens that projects beams of light. The researchers embedded a light-emitting diode (LED) into a contact lens, which demonstrated the flexibility and power of their new 3D printing approach.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

SPIE Photonics West 2015

February 7 - 12, 2015
San Francisco, CA

IS&T / SPIE Electronic Imaging 2015

February 8 - 12, 2015
San Francisco, CA

SPIE Medical Imaging 2015

February 21 - 26, 2015
Orlando, FL

SPIE Advanced Lithography 2015

February 22 - 26, 2015
San Jose, CA

SPIE Advanced Lithography Exhibition 2015

February 24 - 25, 2015
San Jose, CA
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