Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are combining the speed and precision of robots with one of the brightest X-ray lasers on the planet for pioneering studies of proteins important to biology and drug discovery.
“NanoFlares” Illuminate Individual Cancer Cells
Recently, a team from Northwestern University developed nanoparticles with a built-in fluorescent tag that are capable of identifying genetic biomarkers specific to cancer. Deemed “NanoFlares,” these particles operate inside the cell and can identify cancer cells in the bloodstream, potentially providing an early warning of metastasis.
Dual-Action Nanoparticle Allows Fluorescence Imaging And MRI
A hybrid nanoparticle has been developed that is compatible with both fluorescence imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The new agent may allow a better real-time understanding of tumor biochemistry and drug delivery.
Philae Lander Sends First-Ever Images From A Comet
The Philae lander, the first human spacecraft to ever land on a comet, has sent back initial images from the surface. After a touch-and-go landing, the probe settled on the surface of the comet that it has been chasing since 2004.
Modulight offers lasers for laser cinema and projectors, laser shows and simulators, and display backlighting. Solid-state visible lasers provide unparalleled brightness and color, better power, and higher efficiency than what current conventional lamp technology provides. In some cases, they’ve even been integrated into flat panel displays and television for backlighting.
Athermal LWIR Objectives: Owl-IR Series
This series of LWIR (long-wave infrared) athermal objectives covers the 8-14µm spectral region and are available in 50 mm, 100 mm, and 150 mm focal lengths. They have an image diagonal of 21.8 mm, greater than 85% transmission, and a threaded mount type.
Prisms and Wedges
Prisms and wedges by IRD Glass are finished to exacting finishes and can be coated with anti-reflective, mirror, band-pass, and other thin film coatings.
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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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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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Could Ultraviolet Light Technologies Help Prevent The Spread Of Ebola?
The Ebola virus continues to spread through West Africa, with new outbreaks surging in Monrovia, Liberia. Healthcare workers are struggling to contain the spread of the virus, and unfortunately they risk contracting the virus in their efforts to care for those infected. While experimental vaccines are being developed, worldwide health organizations are searching for ways to protect healthcare workers on the frontline. This article discusses the use of ultraviolet germicidal irradiant (UVGI) devices, which use ultraviolet light to alter the DNA structure of viruses and prevent them from replicating.
Cameras for Astronomy: Observations in the H Band
This application note contains sample images of Uranus and the Trapezium cluster, both observed in the astronomical H band (1.625µm).
System Integration Of Fiber Lasers And Its Effects On Laser Quality
Recently, companies that perform system integrations have become more concerned about the quality of the laser delivered to the process and not just the quality of the laser source itself. Some companies are now starting to use beam profiling for much more than simply qualifying the laser source. They also leverage the technology to qualify the components that are integrated into their systems and to characterize the application of the laser. Using sample beam profiles as illustrations, this article defines laser quality and provides examples of how laser system quality can be affected by system componentry.
Liquid Silicone Rubber Takes The Heat
Liquid silicone rubber is created in high heat conditions, and as such, can withstand a variety of high heat applications. This makes LSR ideal for medical devices because of its ability to withstand with high temperatures associated with device sterilization. Its stability also prevents it from affecting skin surfaces, and from skin surfaces affecting it.
Enabling The Next Generation Of Terahertz Devices
A newly developed, single-component terahertz source was recently developed by researchers at Northwestern University. The device covers the full spectrum of terahertz radiation, comes in a small package, and is capable of functioning at room temperature. The device may enable new medical diagnostics and improve security measures at airports.
Research Yields Material Made Of Single-Atom Layers That Snap Together Like Legos
Physicists at the University of Kansas have fabricated an innovative substance from two different atomic sheets that interlock much like Lego toy bricks.
X-Ray Laser Imaging Advances To Nanometer Scale
Using an X-ray laser to create diffraction patterns, scientists were recently able to visualize individual carboxysomes without crystallizing them. At about 115 nanometers, carboxysomes are the smallest biological specimen studied by an X-ray laser to date.
NASA's Swift Satellite Marks 10 Years Of Game-Changing Astrophysics
On the 10th anniversary of its launch, NASA’s Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer -- an orbiting space observatory with major and continuing contributions from Penn State scientists -- is recognized as one of the most versatile astrophysics missions ever flown.
Ultra-Short X-Ray Pulses Explore The Nano World
Ultra-short and extremely strong X-ray flashes, as produced by free-electron lasers, are opening the door to a hitherto unknown world.
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