EDITOR’S PICKS

Scientists Slow Down The Speed Of Light Travelling Through Air

Scientists have long known that the speed of light can be slowed slightly as it travels through materials such as water or glass.

  • The Laser Pulse That Gets Shorter All By Itself
    The Laser Pulse That Gets Shorter All By Itself

    In a marathon, everyone starts at roughly the same place at roughly the same time. But the faster runners will gradually increase their lead, and in the end, the distribution of runners on the street will be very broad.

  • New Laser For Computer Chips
    New Laser For Computer Chips

    Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland in cooperation with international partners have presented the first semiconductor consisting solely of elements of main group IV.

  • Laser-Generated Surface Structures Create Extremely Water-Repellent Metals
    Laser-Generated Surface Structures Create Extremely Water-Repellent Metals

    Scientists at the University of Rochester have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water repellent, or super-hydrophobic, materials without the need for temporary coatings.

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PHOTONICS WEST PRODUCT SHOWCASE

  • Spatial Light Modulators
    Spatial Light Modulators

    As their name would indicate, spatial light modulators modulate light according to a fixed pixel, or spatial, pattern. Meadowlark Optics manufactures and sells three different variations of these modulators to address a variety of photonics-based applications.

  • NIR Spectrometer: AvaSpec-NIR256-2.5-HSC
    NIR Spectrometer: AvaSpec-NIR256-2.5-HSC

    The new AvaSpec-NIR256-2.5-HSC spectrometer enhances the Avantes NIRline family.  Thanks to its new 100mm Symmetrical Czerny Turner design, the AvaSpec-NIR256-2.5-HSC takes performance to a new level, especially in the region from 2-2.5 µm where every photon counts.  The enclosed lab version of this spectrometer is 50% smaller and 35% lighter than its predecessor and the unhoused OEM configuration is nearly 30% smaller and lighter.  The dual-stage cooling of the AvaSpec-NIR256-2.5-HSC has improved signal to noise and dynamic range specifications for better performance in difficult applications like diffuse reflectance. 

  • Scientific CMOS Camera: pco.edge 4.2 LT
    Scientific CMOS Camera: pco.edge 4.2 LT

    This sCMOS camera offers 2048 x 2048 pixel resolution, low noise (0.8 electrons), high speed (40 fps), a high dynamic range (36 000:1), and greater than 70% quantum efficiency. It’s been optimized for microscope synchronization and scanning applications.

  • Industrial Grade Mid-IR Laser Source: Cobolt Odin™
    Industrial Grade Mid-IR Laser Source: Cobolt Odin™

    This compact and tunable mid-IR laser is well suited for applications involving the industrial and scientific markets. They’re ideal for analytical instrumentation used in environmental monitoring, for the control and limitation of pollution emissions, and for other applications involving molecular spectroscopy.

  • Digital Laser Scanner/Galvano Scanner
    Digital Laser Scanner/Galvano Scanner

    The Digital Laser/Galvano Scanner series from Canon includes three different models with various features and application areas. Each Galvano scanner has digital servo controllers and encoders, ensuring good temperature characteristics.

  • HDR CMOS Cameras for Automotive, Surveillance, and Industrial Applications
    HDR CMOS Cameras for Automotive, Surveillance, and Industrial Applications

    First Sensor’s Blue Raven line of fully programmable CMOS cameras feature a 1/3“ color HDR CMOS sensor that provides 1.2 Megapixel resolution (6 times digital zoom), low power consumption, motion detection, and a wide range of both power supplies and fixed focus optics to choose from.

  • Optical Glass and Lens Pressings
    Optical Glass and Lens Pressings

    HOYA has been a supplier of optical glass in the photonics arena for over 70 years now. Their glass has been used in the development of advanced electronics since 1941. In addition to the technical innovation they’ve provided with their optical glass and lens pressings, HOYA has also committed themselves to environmental preservation by removing lead, arsenics, and other harmful chemicals from their optical glass and lens pressing process.

  • Photon Counting Device: MPPC (Multi-Pixel Photon Counter)
    Photon Counting Device: MPPC (Multi-Pixel Photon Counter)

    Hamamatsu’s MPPC, a type of silicon photomultiplier, is a photon-counting device with high photon detection efficiency, wide dynamic range, low afterpulsing, and low crosstalk. It also features small size, low voltage operation, and insensitivity to magnetic fields. These and other characteristics make the MPPC suitable low-light detectors for many applications including fluorescence measurement, radiation monitoring, and LIDAR. MPPCs are available in a variety of sizes, package types, and arrays. For easy operation, MPPC modules that integrate an MPPC and various circuits are available.

  • High-Accuracy Laser Wavelength Meter
    High-Accuracy Laser Wavelength Meter

    The 621 Series Laser Wavelength Meter is the best way to measure the absolute wavelength of CW lasers that operate from the visible to the mid-IR. This system provides real-time laser wavelength information with an accuracy as high as ± 0.0001 nm. Continuous calibration with a built-in wavelength standard ensures the reliable accuracy that is needed to generate the most meaningful experimental results.

  • Liquid Silicone Rubber Injection Molding
    Liquid Silicone Rubber Injection Molding

    Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding is a thermoset process that mixes a two-component compound together, which is then heat cured in the mold with a platinum catalyst to produce a final part. Liquid Silicon Rubber parts are formed through an injection-molding process similar to that of conventional plastic injection molding with one major difference — the material delivery system is cooled and the mold is heated. Liquid silicone rubber possesses thermal, chemical and electrical resistance, plus biocompatibility. Also, Liquid Silicone Rubber parts can withstand sterilization while maintaining physical properties at extreme temperatures.

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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

FLIR is proud to be releasing our high performance cooled A-Series product family with detectors in every waveband. These cutting-edge FLIR Research and Science Thermal Imaging Cameras set a new standard for price and performance.  See for yourself and check out the new, affordable NIR, MWIR HD, and LWIR SLS thermal imagers at FLIR booth #1130.

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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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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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Optical Filters

Acton Optics & Coatings offers bandpass, band rejection, long pass, neutral density, reflective, and solar blind filters for spectroscopy, elemental analysis, environmental monitoring, biotechnology instrumentation, space exploration, and in general research areas.

  • ITO Coating
    ITO Coating PG&O is an industry leader as a supplier of optics and thin film coating. Our ITO Coating is an addition to our currently existing optical product offering.
  • Nanopositioner Focusing Elements: Nano-F Series
    Nanopositioner Focusing Elements: Nano-F Series

    The Nano-F Series by Mad City Labs are nanopositioner focusing elements for applications involving confocal imaging, auto focusing, STORM imaging, and PALM imaging. They offer 100 or 200 microns of travel and are operable as standalone focusing elements or with other Mad City Labs’ nanopositioning stages.

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LEADING SUPPLIERS

Photron, Inc.

Photron, Inc.

Photron was founded in 1974 to provide manufacturing, sales and service of professional film and video equipment and photo-instrumentation

FLIR Systems, Inc

FLIR Systems, Inc

Infrared Cameras|Infrared Imaging Subsystems|Thermal Cameras|Infrared Camera Subsystems|Ruggedized Infrared Cameras|Visual Inspection, Thermal|Infrared Surveillance|Video Inspection Systems, Thermal|Infrared Detectors|Thermal Sensors|Night Vision Cameras|Night Vision Systems|Detectors, Infrared|Detectors, Heat|Infrared Imagers|Infrared Equipment|Infrared Sensors|Security Systems, Infrared|Thermal Imaging Systems|Military Infrared Sensors|Integrated Detective Assemblies, Infrared|Optical Inspection Systems,Thermal|Thermal Camera Systems|Night Vision Components|Infrared Video Cameras|Data Acquisition Software,Infrared|Focal Plane Arrays|Machine Vision Systems, Infrared|Infrared Industrial Detectors|Infrared Inspection Systems|Automated Inspection, Infrared
PIXELTEQ

PIXELTEQ

PIXELTEQ provides OEM spectral sensing and imaging products, patterned optical filters and custom electro-optical devices for a variety of aerospace, biomedical, industrial, scientific and security applications.  At the heart of each multispectral device is an array of pixel-level spectral filters purpose-built for applications.

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

Abrisa Technologies

Abrisa Technologies

With Over 80 years of combined experience, the divisions of Abrisa Technologies (Abrisa Industrial Glass, Sycamore Glass Components, and ZC&R Coatings for Optics) have the engineering, manufacturing and customer service teams needed to service your optics requirements.
Zygo Corporation

Zygo Corporation

Supplier of precision optics including extreme precision aspheres and freeform, meter-class flats and windows in common and exotic materials. Full electro-mechanical-optical design/prototype and manufacturing capabilities for medical, defense, military, ISR, semiconductor and industrial technology research.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Design Considerations For The Visual Appearance Of Injection-Molded Plastic Parts

    The success of the products we design can often be affected by their visual appearance.

  • Metal Injection Molding Turns The Volume Up, And Down

    Metal injection molding (MIM) is a manufacturing process that can produce intricate geometries in metal parts, traditionally in larger quantities.

  • Micro-Molding 101: Injection Molding On The Micro Scale

    In today’s ever-evolving manufacturing landscape, it is easy to get lost in the sweeping tide of industry jargon and self-aggrandizement. New and innovative ways of addressing engineering and manufacturing challenges are constantly under development, and it can be difficult to stay well-informed. If you don’t keep on top of these new manufacturing techniques, however, you might miss out on efficient and cost-effective techniques for staying competitive.

  • Using Thermal Imaging To Detect Small Nerve Fiber Dysfunction

    It is estimated that about 2% of the world population suffers from small nerve fiber dysfunction, which can result in neuropathic pain; diabetic patients represent a large portion of this population. While the dysfunction of large nerve fibers can be assessed using standard neurological examination and electromyography (EMG), currently no noninvasive techniques exist to detect and quantify small fiber dysfunction.

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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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