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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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Multispectral Infrared Camera: MS-IR

The MS-IR uses a high-speed filter wheel to perform 8-channel multispectral target signature analysis. Its user adjustable rotating speed can go up to 100 Hz, meaning it can support an up to 800 fps frame rate. The camera’s high dynamic range ensures the highest possible contrast and accuracy in the images it captures.

  • Lithium Niobate Q-Switches
    Lithium Niobate Q-Switches

    Lithium Niobate switches are used for the Q-switching of Nd:YAG, Nd:YALO, Nd:YLF, and Er.YLF lasers. They’re designed to solve the issues associated with pyro-electric charge buildup – a phenomenon that can cause low contrast ratio and poor hold-off from premature lasing. The weak material conductivity in Lithium Niobate makes it an ideal medium to dissipate pyro charges.

  • Transformer Rectifier Unit (TRU)/Auto-Transformer Rectifier Unit (ATRU)
    Transformer Rectifier Unit (TRU)/Auto-Transformer Rectifier Unit (ATRU)

    This TRU (transformer rectifier unit) and ATRU (auto-transformer rectifier unit) is ideal for airborne and shipboard applications involving avionics and aircraft systems, and military electronics.

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LightWorks Optical Systems

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LightWorks Optics is a premier solutions provider for the design, development, and production of integrated optical systems for advanced applications. From prototypes to production, we design, manufacture, assemble, and test precision optical systems and components-including visible, infrared, and laser-based systems and subassemblies.

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PCO-TECH Inc., founded in 1986, is a manufacturing, sales and marketing organization offering photonic instrumentation and complete systems throughout the world

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Accumold® is a high-tech manufacturer of precision micro, small and lead frame injection molded plastic components
OptoSigma Corporation

OptoSigma Corporation

Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, OptoSigma continues to provide the photonics industry with the finest laser grade optics, optical coatings and hardware to the domestic USA and over 20 international agents. The keys to their success are global manufacturing, consistent product performance and availability, price and delivery, and good old-fashioned customer service
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  • Flipping The Switch

    Harvard researchers have succeeded in creating quantum switches that can be turned on and off using a single photon, a technological achievement that could pave the way for the creation of highly secure quantum networks.

  • Better Thermal-Imaging Lens From Waste Sulfur
    Better Thermal-Imaging Lens From Waste Sulfur

    Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic lenses for infrared devices, including night-vision goggles, a University of Arizona-led international team has found.

  • Chiral Breathing: Electrically Controlled Polymer Changes Its Optical Properties
    Chiral Breathing: Electrically Controlled Polymer Changes Its Optical Properties

    Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarisation filters, and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to a new polymer unprecedentedly combining optical and electrical properties.

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    SPIE Analysis Received As Powerful Tool To Promote Photonics Industry

    A straightforward set of numbers is proving to be a well-received and powerful tool in helping to draw attention to the profound contribution photonics technologies and applications make on healthy economies and continued well-being of people around the planet.

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    Metasurface Lens Could Transform Antennas

    Traditional antennas could be in for a makeover following a discovery in broadband optics.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Color Shift Evaluation Of An Aluminum Alloy As A Function Of Deposition Time

    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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May 5 - 9, 2014
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May 5 - 9, 2014
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May 14 - 15, 2014
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Photonex Roadshow Scotland

June 4, 2014
Edinburgh

Photonex Roadshow Cambridge

June 18, 2014
Cambridge
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