EDITOR’S PICKS

Philae Lander Sends First-Ever Images From A Comet

The Philae lander, the first human spacecraft to ever land on a comet, has sent back initial images from the surface. After a touch-and-go landing, the probe settled on the surface of the comet that it has been chasing since 2004.

  • Moving Cameras Talk To Each Other To Identify, Track Pedestrians
    Moving Cameras Talk To Each Other To Identify, Track Pedestrians

    It’s not uncommon to see cameras mounted on store ceilings, propped up in public places or placed inside subways, buses and even on the dashboards of cars.

  • Dartmouth Researchers Test First 'Smart Spaces' Using Light To Send Data
    Dartmouth Researchers Test First 'Smart Spaces' Using Light To Send Data

    One of the problems in the high-tech field of visible light communication (VLC) - or using light to send data wirelessly - is decidedly low tech: The data transmission stops whenever the light is blocked by people's movements, shadows or other obstacles.

  • Creating Bright X-Ray Pulses In The Laser Lab
    Creating Bright X-Ray Pulses In The Laser Lab

    X-rays are widely used in medicine and in materials science. To take a picture of a broken bone, it is enough to create a continuous flux of X-ray photons, but in order to study time-dependent phenomena on very short timescales, short X-ray pulses are required. One possibility to create short hard X-ray pulses is hitting a metal target with laser pulses.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Durable, High-Performance Coatings

HOYA offers optical coatings with excellent abrasion resistance and durability in even the harshest environments. This can be done from single layer configurations to optics with over 100 layers. Available coatings include anti-reflection, high efficiency broadband AR, ITO, bandpass filter coatings, edge filter coatings, and more. Custom coating designs are also available. Specifics can be found below.

  • World’s First 1500 fps Infrared Camera: FAST-IR 1500
    World’s First 1500 fps Infrared Camera: FAST-IR 1500

    The FAST-IR 1500 is a high performance infrared camera that features 1500 fps full frame resolution, high sensitivity for targets that are difficult to detect, self-adjustment to fast temperature changes, and enhanced identification capability through the use of spectral characteristics.

  • Full-Service Optical Fabrication and Thin-Film Coatings
    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.

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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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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • 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
    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.

  • Thermal Display Systems For Communications, Tracking, And Scientific Research
    Thermal Display Systems For Communications, Tracking, And Scientific Research

    This video is an entry from the 2014 DRS Technologies Student Infrared Imaging Competition in which a student designed, constructed, and tested a thermal display capable of showing moving images, text, and patterns.

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Sierra-Olympic’s Vinden CZ is a thermal imaging camera with a 12x zoom factor for 640 x 480 resolution and a 6x zoom factor for 320 x 240. It’s well suited for system integrators in the security and surveillance space, or any other project requiring advanced continuous zoom thermal imaging capabilities.

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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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LEADING SUPPLIERS

Image Science Ltd

Image Science Ltd

Image Science was formed in 1991 and specialises in the design and manufacture lens testing systems for both Research & Development and production applications.  We concentrate on providing the best combination of accuracy, speed of measurement,  and ease of use.

Canon USA, Inc.

Canon USA, Inc.

Canon Optoelectronic Components, Integrating the Latest Technologies. Canon has been developing industrial components with super-high levels of precision and accuracys using its optical technologies gained and accumulated for over half a century.

Bristol Instruments, Inc.

Bristol Instruments, Inc.

BRISTOL INSTRUMENTS, INC., located near Rochester, NY, was founded in January, 2005, by three technical and marketing leaders of the now-defunct Burleigh Instruments. Together, this group has almost 60 years of combined experience in the design, manufacture, and marketing of lasers and precision test instruments used in basic and applied research, engineering, and production test applications.

Opto Diode, An ITW Company

Opto Diode, An ITW Company

Opto Diode Corporation is a world supplier of reliable, high quality infrared (IR) LEDs and custom LEDs in the visible range. Since 1981, we have produced standard TO-packaging and custom housing LEDs in our U. S. facility in Southern California, maintaining the highest standards with our in-process quality control and testing systems...

II-VI Optical Systems

II-VI Optical Systems

II-VI Optical Systems 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.

Iridian Spectral Technologies

Iridian Spectral Technologies

Iridian Spectral Technologies is a diversified optical filter manufacturer that is an international leader in filter design and manufacture especially for application in the fields of fiber optic communications, optical spectroscopy, 3D entertainment, and in aerospace. Iridian Spectral Technologies was ranked as one of the top 150 high technology companies in Canada in the 2011 and 2012 Branham300 rankings and won the 2010 Canada Export Achievement Award for the province of Ontario sponsored by Profit magazine together with Export Development Corporation (EDC). Iridian Spectral Technologies is a global supplier with distributors in many countries particularly in Asia.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • System Integration Of Fiber Lasers And Its Effects On Laser Quality

    Recently, companies that perform system integrations have become more concerned about the quality of the laser delivered to the process and not just the quality of the laser source itself. Some companies are now starting to use beam profiling for much more than simply qualifying the laser source. They also leverage the technology to qualify the components that are integrated into their systems and to characterize the application of the laser. Using sample beam profiles as illustrations, this article defines laser quality and provides examples of how laser system quality can be affected by system componentry.

  • Liquid Silicone Rubber Takes The Heat

    Liquid silicone rubber is created in high heat conditions, and as such, can withstand a variety of high heat applications. This makes LSR ideal for medical devices because of its ability to withstand with high temperatures associated with device sterilization. Its stability also prevents it from affecting skin surfaces, and from skin surfaces affecting it.

  • Utilizing Inkjet Coating Technology For Optics And Injection Molded Parts

    This case study explains how Carclo developed an inexpensive, one-sided, anti-scratch coating resistant to UV light, abrasion, solvents, and chemicals that could be applied to a customer’s optics without having a negative impact on its optical properties.

  • Advances In sCMOS Camera Technology Benefit Bio Research

    Since the inception of digital microscopy, scientific-grade CCD cameras have been the gold standard for imaging due to their sensitivity, linear response to light, and low noise characteristics. However, many cell mechanisms occur on short time scales and emit low luminescence signals, making imaging difficult for slower CCD cameras. This technical note discusses why scientific CMOS (sCMOS) is becoming the sensor technology of choice for live cell fluorescence applications, largely due to their combination of very low electronic noise, high frame rates, and a large field of view.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • “NanoFlares” Illuminate Individual Cancer Cells
    “NanoFlares” Illuminate Individual Cancer Cells

    Recently, a team from Northwestern University developed nanoparticles with a built-in fluorescent tag that are capable of identifying genetic biomarkers specific to cancer. Deemed “NanoFlares,” these particles operate inside the cell and can identify cancer cells in the bloodstream, potentially providing an early warning of metastasis.

  • Dual-Action Nanoparticle Allows Fluorescence Imaging And MRI
    Dual-Action Nanoparticle Allows Fluorescence Imaging And MRI

    A hybrid nanoparticle has been developed that is compatible with both fluorescence imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The new agent may allow a better real-time understanding of tumor biochemistry and drug delivery.

  • Scientists Spotlight Top Conservation Themes For Satellite Technology

    Scientists from the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), NASA, and other organizations have partnered to focus global attention on the contribution of satellites to biodiversity conservation in a recently released study entitled “Ten Ways Remote Sensing Can Contribute to Conservation,” featured in the latest edition of the scientific journal Conservation Biology.

  • Scientists Get To The Heart Of Fool's Gold As A Solar Material
    Scientists Get To The Heart Of Fool's Gold As A Solar Material

    As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.

  • Ophir Photonics Enhances Camera And Optics For BeamWatch, Industry's First Non-Contact Industrial Beam Monitoring System
    Ophir Photonics Enhances Camera And Optics For BeamWatch, Industry's First Non-Contact Industrial Beam Monitoring System

    Ophir Photonics, global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation brand, recently announced BeamWatch 1.2, the next version of the industry's first non-contact, focus spot size and position monitor for very high power YAG and fiber lasers. Designed for material processing applications, BeamWatch now features a new, higher sensitivity camera that allows for increased accuracy at lower power levels.

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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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