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.
First Military Grade 12-Micron Thermal Weapon Sight Unveiled
BAE Systems recently unveiled its first-to-market 12-micron thermal imaging technology that significantly improves the effectiveness of thermal weapon sights.
Maintaining QE (Quantum Efficiency) In The NIR Region
This paper discusses the performance of InGaAs detector arrays sensitive in the VIS-SWIR region (400 to 1700nm) and includes sample image applications comparing images captured with SWIR technology to standard visible imaging technology.
Laser-Induced Graphene 'Super' For Electronics
Rice University scientists advanced their recent development of laser-induced graphene (LIG) by producing and testing stacked, three-dimensional supercapacitors, energy-storage devices that are important for portable, flexible electronics.
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APEX®: Glass for Photonic and Optoelectronic Packages
3D Glass Solutions provides systems integration solutions for a wide array of Optoelectronic and Opto-RF products, ranging from mechanical spacers, fiber optic alignment trenches, to completely integrated optoelectronic packages.
Iridian Spectral Technologies' multi-zone filters offer optical designers spatially varying spectral performance on a single substrate in the UV (300nm) to LWIR (15µm) wavelength range. Filter types available include bandpass, notch, long-pass, and short-pass with additional coatings offered for AR, high-reflectivity, and black-absorbing.
Fiber Coupled and Free Beam Laser Diode Modules: LDM Laser Series
These laser diode modules are ideal for use in applications involving bioanalytical research, particle measurements, confocal microscopy, metrology, industrial measurements, testing, medical and/or scientific research, and academic research.
Adjustable Power Raman Laser: Ramulaser™
StellarNet’s RamulaserTM line is a series of low cost Raman lasers that come in rugged metal enclosures with 8-hour battery packs for portability. The 785nm and 1064nm entries in this series come equipped with power adjustment dials for operation in step increments to the highest 499mW output power.
World Class Optical Thin Films
DELTA has been providing world class optical thin films for applications involving optical coherence tomography (OCT), image transferring systems, Point of Care (PoC) instruments, flow cytometry, raman spectroscopy, high performance monochromators, biomedical laser systems, and more.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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Acton Optics’ METACHROME is a Lumogen stack coating optimized to increases a detector’s quantum efficiency in the UV spectral region. It emits light at approximately 540 to 580nm when excited with light below 450nm. It becomes transparent at >450nm wavelengths, and as such, will not negatively impact a detector’s quantum efficiency in the VIS and NIR regions.
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).
PG&O: Precision Optics for Military Imaging Precision Glass &Optics, an expert in optical manufacturing for over 25 years, offers advanced thin film coatings, commercial optics and precision optics (standard and customized) for military and defense applications. Plano optical components include prisms, windows, beamsplitters, light pipes, optical mirrors, and retro reflectors.
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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.
Using Thermal Imaging For Companion Diagnostics
Thermography using thermal imaging cameras is one of the most efficient techniques for the study of skin temperature. It is an accurate, quantifiable, non-contact, non-invasive diagnostic technique that allows the examiner to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature. This application note describes how researchers from the clinical research center of Charité Berlin use a thermal imaging camera from FLIR to analyze and objectify the body’s response to various allergens and evaluate how antihistamines can modulate the development of symptoms.
Using A Handheld Raman Spectrometer To Identify Additives Used In The Pharmaceutical And Food Industries
Recent breakthroughs in the areas of optical design, detectors, thermo-electric cooling technology, and intelligent software algorithms are proving that high-performance Raman spectroscopy can be combined with simplicity and ease-of-use in a compact design. In this application note, B&W Tek describes an investigation that used the NanoRam handheld Raman spectrometer to see if the device could differentiate between raw materials used in the pharmaceutical and food industries.
What’s The Right Spectrometer For You?
Whether you are a research scientist or an OEM integrator, selecting a spectrometer, optical sub-system, or complete spectroscopic solution is a critical decision. Choosing a spectrometer for your new product is similar to choosing a spectrometer for your lab experiment. However, there are additional considerations that relate to making a product tailored to your application requirements, to the growing scale of your business, and to the specific needs of your customers. In this whitepaper, we cover some of the fundamental technical issues to consider when selecting a spectrometer for your optical sensing application.
View And Test The Latest Products From Olympus At Photonics West
Olympus, a global technology leader in industrial imaging solutions, will have its experts available for product demonstrations at Photonics West, February 2-12 in San Francisco.
Raytheon Acquires Tucson-Based Sensintel, Inc.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has acquired privately-held Sensintel, Inc., a leading provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) solutions to the intelligence and special operations markets.
Entanglement On A Chip: Breakthrough Promises Secure Communications And Faster Computers
Unlike Bilbo’s magic ring, which entangles human hearts, engineers have created a new micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light, an important first step in a whole host of new technologies.
Eye-Catching Images Offered For Displays Showing Light Science, Light-Based Technologies
Human interactions take place around light, be it daylight, moonlight and campfire, or LEDs
Immobile Sperm Cells Swim Again Thanks To Light
For the first time, the function of sperm has been controlled by optogenetic processes. By inserting a light-activated enzyme into mouse sperm, researchers from the Max Planck Society turned previously sterile mice into fertile ones. This work illustrates how optogenetics can be used outside the area of neuronal cell research.
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