Thermal imaging, microscopy and ultra-trace sensing could take a quantum leap with a technique developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Scientists Watch Living Taste Cells In Action
The international team imaged single cells on the tongue of a mouse with a specially designed microscope system.
First Liquid Nanolaser Could Enable New Approach To Lab-On-Chip Diagnostics
Northwestern University scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. And it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature.
Quantum ‘Paparazzi’ Film Photons In The Act Of Pairing Up
In the quantum world of light, being distinguishable means staying lonely. Only those photons that are indistinguishable can wind up in a pair, through what is called Hong-Ou-Mandel interference.
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.
Onca-MWIR-InSb-320: Affordable MWIR Camera for Critical Thermal Imaging Applications
The Onca-MWIR-InSb camera is an affordable midwave infrared imaging camera that is perfect for thermal imaging applications where performance is critical. This MWIR imaging camera features state of the art 2D InSb array with 320 x 256 pixel resolution and an option to extend the spectral response to the SWIR (3.6 µm - 4.9 µm standard, optionally 1.0 µm - 4.9 µm).
OptoSigma offers a wide variety of optics holders for beam steering, expansion, and laser forcasing. While such a large selection can make it difficult to choose which one is right for your application, OptoSigma can help you easily select the ones that would suit your needs once you understand the six functions – mounting center, rotational mechanism, fine adjustment center, optics fixation, control direction, and control.
Issues in Measuring Beams Coming Out of a Fiber
There is often confusion when having to measure a beam coming out of fiber.
New IR Ceramic Optics And IR Optical Glass
SCHOTT had some new offerings that Devin Standard was kind enough to share with us at DSS in 2015. Watch the video for information on their new infrared ceramic optical materials and infrared optical glasses, and a demonstration of the new materials working in conjunction with a thermal camera.
Focused Into Fiber, And New Laser Wavelengths
Bob Struthers with PD-LD gave us a quick rundown of some of their usual products on display at DSS this year and also shared some exciting news in regards to the new laser wavelengths they now offer. He then turned it over to Tom Deberardine so we could get a closer look at PD-LD’s active fiber optic coupled component offerings.
Spectral Sensing At The Smallest Scale
Derek Guenther with Ocean Optics gave us an overview of what they had on display at DSS in 2015, but the Spark-VIS microspectrometer stole the show.
Fastest Infrared Camera Now Even Faster
Vincent Farley with Telops closed out day two of SPIE’s DSS 2015 with an introduction to the FAST-IR 2K with 2,000 FPS, furthering their foothold as the manufacturer of the fastest infrared camera on the market today. He then caught us up on some of the new and notable features of their Hyper-Cam hyperspectral imaging camera.
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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.
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LIDAR Guns, Accuracy, and Speeding Tickets
A Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system uses a 130 μW 904 nm beam produced by three light emitting diodes (LEDs), and a telescope working together in order to calculate how long it takes for the beam to leave the device and return to the telescope. This application note describes how to use Ophir products to test LIDAR guns for performance by assessing the power output of the beam, and testing the three LEDs that produce the beam.
Cooled vs. Uncooled Thermal Imaging
Thermal imaging cameras have been used by scientists, researchers and R&D specialists for many years in a variety of applications.This application note describes the difference between cooled and uncooled thermal imaging cameras, and when to use them in applications such as industrial R&D, academics and research, and defense and aerospace.
Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
This application note describes how to use a CMOS image sensor to create a device for luminescence lifetime measurements without the bulky, expensive equipment.
SpectroRadiometry of Energy Efficient Bulbs
This application note discusses using the StellarNet SpectroRadiometer Systems and integrating spheres as energy efficient light bulbs.
6-Axis Motion Simulator Hexapod Obtains Exclusive Imaging Certification from CIPA
Precision motion and positioning systems specialist PI (Physik Instrumente) LP recently obtained certification for the miniature, high-dynamics H-811.S11 6-axis motion and positioning Hexapod from the Camera and Imaging Product Association (CIPA). The H-811 Hexapod is the only 6-axis motion and positioning system that meets CIPS standards for simulating camera shake on a defined and repeatable test trajectory while taking photographs.
Research Seeks Alternatives For Reducing Bacteria In Fresh Produce Using Nanoengineering
Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. from 1998 through 2008 have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce is critical to ensure food safety.
New Highly Sensitive Method For Detecting Gold At Drill Sites
Researchers at the University of Adelaide's Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing have developed a portable method for detecting trace amounts of gold in ore samples - on-site at the drilling rig.
SPIE DSS Provides Venue For Collaboration Vital To Research, Applications Advances
SPIE DSS, the premier event for photonics, optical sensing, and imaging on the East Coast, reaffirmed its value last week as a place for government program managers, researchers, applications developers, and industry suppliers to meet and advance the science and technology of sensing and imaging for multiple applications.
Random Light Scattering Enhances The Resolution Of Wide-Field Optical Microscope Images
Researchers at the UT-research institute MESA+ have developed a method to improve the resolution of a conventional wide-field optical microscope. Scattered light usually reduces the resolution of conventional optical microscopes.
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