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'Squeezed' Light Cools Object Below Quantum Limit
'Squeezed' Light Cools Object Below Quantum Limit

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has successfully cooled a microscopic aluminum drum to an unprecedented one-fifth of a single quantum of energy, the coldest a mechanical object has ever approached absolute zero.

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Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) With Enhanced NIR Sensitivity To 950 nm: Series 9.5
Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) With Enhanced NIR Sensitivity To 950 nm: Series 9.5

First Sensor’s Series 9.5 Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) are designed with enhanced NIR sensitivity to 950 nm, providing fundamental technology for the development of custom-designed solutions such as different geometries, packages, and arrays.

  • Near-Eye Display Solutions
    Near-Eye Display Solutions

    Optics Blazers manufactures Near-Eye Display combiners and other components for optimized display performance and see-through properties. With an integrated manufacturing chain, this company can deliver single reflective surface, multiple reflective surface, free-form, or diffractive combiners. Optics Blazers’ solutions are developed with cost and scalability in mind to serve the competitive consumer electronics market.

  • Application Systems
    Application Systems

    OptoSigma offers a wide range of application systems that includes microscope units, alignment systems, interferometers, bio-photonics, and laser processing systems. These application systems are designed for many specific applications including polarization measurements, vacuum and oven measurements, and glass and film inspections.

  • Imaging Color Filters
    Imaging Color Filters

    Iridian Spectral Technologies has designed and manufactured a wide range of dielectric optical filters for imaging and machine vision applications. Featuring steep edges, high transmission values, and high durability, these color filters can be used to improve contrasts, and isolate spectral regions and colors in images.

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PIMag® Motion Controller: C-891
PIMag® Motion Controller: C-891 The C-891 from PI is a digital motion controller for PIMag® three-phase linear motors. The controller offers extensive functionality in operational data recording, wave generation, ID chip support, and extensive software support. With one motor and one sensor channel, the device is capable of sine-commuted operation, field-oriented current control, and automated detection of the motor phase.  Continue Reading...
World’s First True HD Thermal Camera: Viento HD Lab
World’s First True HD Thermal Camera: Viento HD Lab Sierra-Olympic is proud to present the new Viento HD Lab camera, the first longwave infrared (LWIR) camera designed with true high-definition imaging at 1900 x 1200 pixel resolution. This fully functional camera system is based on a unique 1920 x 1200 x 12 µm uncooled sensor, making the imager ideal for users who require the maximum number of pixels available in a thermal, commercially-supported imaging system.  Continue Reading...
Coated Laser Optics
Coated Laser Optics LASER COMPONENTS is experienced in designing and manufacturing dielectric coatings for a wide range of optics applications, including those using windows, lenses, the back side of dichroic mirrors, or beam splitters. The company currently uses E-beam technology (physical vapor deposition (PVD)), ion-assisted deposition (IAD), and ion beam sputtering (IBS) coating processes to create their optics components.  Continue Reading...
Pulsed Laser Diodes At 1550 nm
Pulsed Laser Diodes At 1550 nm LASER COMPONENTS designs and produces pulsed laser diodes (PLDs) at 1550 nm with high power levels up to 50 W. This wavelength cannot be detected by common night-vision goggles, making the PLDs ideal for multi-junction pulsed laser diodes within military laser rangefinder and friend/foe identification applications.  Continue Reading...
Pulsed Laser Diodes At 905 nm
Pulsed Laser Diodes At 905 nm LASER COMPONENTS designs and produces high power pulsed laser diodes (PLDs) at 905 nm with high reliability, and high temperature stability. Applications for these laser diodes include range finding, speed monitoring, laser radars, security scanners, and laser light curtains, as well as in test and measurement systems.  Continue Reading...
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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Outcomes Of Mid-Air Collisions Between Drops And Solid Particles

    Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, scientists and engineers around the world are conducting experiments with goal to further understand and provide valuable data for different industrial processes. One such experiment is the study of drop-particle collisions, which involves examining the outcome of the impact of a particle on to a drop of liquid in mid-air. In applications such as tablet coating in the pharmaceutical industry or the refining of heavy crude oil in fluid catalytic cracking, the information gleaned from this experiment is vital.

  • The Heat Is On: Examining Two-Phase Flow And Heat Transfer With High-Speed Cameras

    There is hardly a home or workplace in America without some type of air conditioning or refrigeration unit. We rely heavily on these industrial technologies that operate through a heat exchanger which transfers heat between one or more fluids, essentially increasing heating and cooling efficiency and flow. A group of students Pennsylvania State University are in the process of studying two-phase flow and heat transfer phenomena in an effort to further advance these processes and their technologies.

  • Project Overview And Passive Component Development: Integrated Disruptive Components For 2µm Fiber Lasers (ISLA)

    The ISLA project was a research and development project with the goal of developing “building block” components of compatible and self-consistent active and passive fibers, fused fiber couplers and combiners, fiber-coupled isolators, modulators and high power pump laser diodes. This project also intended to develop a CW, a pulsed and a short pulse laser demonstration laser for use in applications testing. This paper delivers an overview of the project, the results from Gooch & Housego’s work on developing passive components for 2 µm fiber lasers, and the research efforts on different isolator materials with the largest Verdet constants to be used in 2 µm isolators.

  • Developing Mid-IR Fused Fiber Couplers

    The continuously increasing use of fiber lasers and fused fiber technology for industrial, medical, and sensing applications has led to the development of fused fiber devices in all-fiber system architectures. A fiber laser system that uses fiber components is able to become more compact, more robust, and may be assembled quickly by splicing all of the components together. This article demonstrates the results of Gooch & Housego’s recent efforts on developing single-mode fused couplers in a ZBLAN fiber in the mid-IR range.

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  • Bristol Instruments Signs New UK Distributor

    Bristol Instruments, Inc. recently announced an agreement with Photonics Solutions, a new distributor in the United Kingdom. Photonics Solutions is a leading independent UK supplier of optoelectronic products, and exclusively represent a limited number of cutting edge manufacturers, providing their customers with the highest quality products to meet both research and industrial applications.

  • Researchers Build Tiny Yet Ultra-Precise Environmental Sensor

    Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology have successfully fabricated an on-chip sensor so sensitive that it can measure unprecedentedly minute variations in temperature and other environmental parameters.

  • Excelitas Technologies Introduces NIR-Optimized Single Photon Counting Module

    Excelitas Technologies® recently introduced the SPCM-NIR, a Single Photon Counting Module specifically selected and performance-optimized for the near-infrared (NIR) wavelength spectrum. This NIR-spectrum enhanced device is designed to support long-range LIDAR, quantum communication and microscopy applications, as well as many others.

  • New Linear Motor Stages With Magnetic Direct Drives And New Motion Controller From PI

    Motion and nanopositioning industry leader PI is expanding its PIMag® series of high dynamics linear motor stages with 2 new models and a new motion controller. Stages are equipped with incremental and absolute-type linear encoders for direct position measurement and ironless 3-phase motors and single-phase voice-coil drives.

  • Magnetic Recording With Light And No Heat On Garnet

    A strong short light pulse can record data on a magnetic layer of yttrium iron garnet doped with Co-ions.

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