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  • Photonics And The Future Of Medicine
    Photonics And The Future Of Medicine

    Photonics West serves as the perennial indicator of market trends for the photonics and optics industries. At this year’s event, held last month in San Francisco, one of the pervasive themes I observed in both the technical conference and the exhibition was the increasing role photonics and optics are playing in the development of advanced biomedical technologies. That trend is poised to continue well into the future. 

  • 5 Key Challenges Facing The Photovoltaic Industry
    5 Key Challenges Facing The Photovoltaic Industry

    For an allegedly “dead” industry, photovoltaics is doing just fine. At least that was the message communicated to attendees during a special panel session at Photonics West 2014 exclusively dedicated to trends in solar energy. Titled Green Photonics: A Solar Revolution, the session covered topics ranging from emerging technologies to growing a business in this challenging but promising market.

  • Executive Perspectives On The World Of Optics And Photonics
    Executive Perspectives On The World Of Optics And Photonics

    At Photonics West 2014 last week, seven top executives from photonics and optics companies offered insights on current trends and future opportunities in the industry during the panel session on “Executive Perspectives on the World of Optics and Photonics.”  During the session, the panelists shared their views on the previous year and the years ahead and answered questions from a packed room of attendees. While they acknowledged that 2013 had its share of struggles, there was a lot of optimism surrounding the industry’s current status and its prospects for the future.

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Full-Service Optical Fabrication and Thin-Film Coatings

L-3 Applied Optics Center optical fabrication and thin-film coatings capabilities have long held a place in astronomy, medical, display, imaging, instrumentation, machine vision, military/defense, ranging, and sensing applications. AOC has experience in the designing, testing, and production of custom and specialized products, including large format optical coatings, high-layer count coatings (in excess of 250 discrete layers), and more.

  • Synthetic Fused Silica for High Optical Performance - DUV Excimer Optics

    These high purity fused silica materials are made from flame hydrolysis and under controlled conditions to improve the DUV Excimer laser damage resistance for high energy applications. Both grades have very low impurity levels (<0.01ppm) which results in low DUV absorption and free of bubbles & inclusions. 

  • Micro Prisms
    Micro Prisms

    Much like their standard-sized counterparts, micro prisms have a minimum of two plano surfaces that are separated by a wedge angle. Precision Optics Corporation has the ability to manufacture prisms as small as 0.18 mm to rotate, deflect, and deviate beams of light and disperse their wavelengths.

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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.

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.

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.

Terahertz Technologies Inc.

Terahertz Technologies Inc.

Terahertz Technologies Inc. was founded in 1989. The focus of the company has been the design and manufacture of instruments for use with lasers and fiber optics. The evolution of the company's product line has been customer-driven. Customer requirements are the basis for the design and development of each new or improved product.

HOYA Corporation USA Optics Division

HOYA Corporation USA Optics Division

HOYA CORPORATION USA Optics Division is a leading supplier of advanced optical materials and components for scientific, technology and industrial companies throughout the US.

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division is the premier manufacturer of high quality video cameras for machine vision, R&D and scientific applications
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  • Reflection of Aluminum Alloys for Automotive Wheels

    This application note explains how Ocean Optics evaluated a color shift that occurred with the deposition of a thin film of an aluminum chrome alloy to a cured and powder coated wheel. The purpose was the study the shift in color as a function of deposition time.

  • Effect of Sandblasting on the Specular Reflection from Encoder Wheels

    This application note describes a feasibility study in which the reflectivity of metal and plastic encoder wheels was measured before and after sandblasting.

  • Novel Time-Resolved FLIM Measurements Method

    Given the increasing reliance on time-resolved fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (TRFLIM) measurements for various biological and clinical investigations, including calcium concentration, protein-protein interaction, cell locomotion, cancer research, and Alzheimer’s disease research, the joint utilization of new picosecond gating technology and a TRFLIM-specific rapid lifetime determination (RLD) processing algorithm can be of great benefit to researchers.

  • The Advantages Of MCT As An IR Imaging Material

    Cooled infrared imaging is in many ways a mature technology, with its architectures well-defined and its past and present applications well-understood.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

SPIE Defense + Security

May 5 - 9, 2014
Baltimore, MD

SPIE Sensing Technology + Applications

May 5 - 9, 2014
Baltimore, MD

4th annual MilSatCom Asia Pacific

May 14 - 15, 2014
Singapore

Photonex Roadshow Scotland

June 4, 2014
Edinburgh

Photonex Roadshow Cambridge

June 18, 2014
Cambridge
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