EDITOR’S PICKS

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.

  • First Military Grade 12-Micron Thermal Weapon Sight Unveiled
    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
    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
    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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PHOTONICS WEST PRODUCT SHOWCASE

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Compact 640 x 480 Pixel Thermal Camera
    Compact 640 x 480 Pixel Thermal Camera

    The Tamarisk®640 thermal camera is well suited for security and surveillance, UAVs, medical imaging equipment, analytic devices, man-portable imaging devices, and other applications with size, weight, and power (SWaP) restrictions.

  • Adjustable Power Raman Laser: Ramulaser™
    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.

  • Narrow Bandpass Filters for Gesture Recognition Systems
    Narrow Bandpass Filters for Gesture Recognition Systems

    Optics Balzers’ NIR narrow bandpass filters are ideal for integration into gesture recognition systems, in 3D imaging applications, and in multipurpose cameras for the automotive market. They’ve specifically been developed for use in TOF cameras where a wide field of incidence angle and high performance blocking are necessary. For more information, download the datasheet.

     

  • Mid-Wave, Science-Grade Thermal Imaging: FLIR A6700sc IR Camera
    Mid-Wave, Science-Grade Thermal Imaging: FLIR A6700sc IR Camera

    The A6700sc infrared (IR) camera is ideal for capturing temperature calibrated infrared imagery in research and science related applications. It has a sensitivity of 0.02C and provides 640x512 pixel resolution through its integrated InSb detector.

  • 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.

  • Multi-Zone Filters
    Multi-Zone Filters

    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
    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.

  • Optical Components Group
    Optical Components Group

    Zygo’s Optical Components Group uses innovative and proprietary manufacturing technologies to create high-precision optical components through CNC glass machining and light-weighting, weighting, MRF polishing, and thin film coating. 

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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

Lumogen Coatings

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
    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
    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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LEADING SUPPLIERS

Krell Technologies, Inc.

Krell Technologies, Inc.

Founded in 1995, Krell Technologies introduced the industry's first portable fiber optic connector polisher with singlemode performance.

Gooch & Housego PLC

Gooch & Housego PLC

Gooch & Housego provides complete optical system design, engineering and manufacturing services to the aerospace & defense, industrial, life sciences and scientific research sectors, based upon the following key enabling photonic technologies: Acousto-Optics, Crystal Optics Electro-Optics, Fiber Optics and photonic packaging, Non-Linear Optics, Precision Optics including optical polishing and coatings, as well as light measurement instrumentation and services, spectral Imaging & synthesis.

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
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.

Photron, Inc.

Photron, Inc.

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

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

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • 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.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Immobile Sperm Cells Swim Again Thanks To Light
    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.

  • New Nanoparticle Works With Six Types Of Medical Imaging
    New Nanoparticle Works With Six Types Of Medical Imaging

    Scientists have developed a nanoparticle that is compatible with six different kinds of biomedical imaging tests, which could lead to a more comprehensive diagnostic image than any existing machine can currently produce. If the technology is safe, it could reduce the number of tests necessary for clinical diagnosis.

  • New Laser Could Significantly Improve Biomedical Imaging
    New Laser Could Significantly Improve Biomedical Imaging

    Yale researchers have developed a new semiconductor laser that could advance imaging quality across a broad range of applications. Designed around chaotic cavity laser activity, the device eliminates image corruption. It provides the brightness of traditional lasers and the low image corruption of light-emitting diodes, which could enable next-generation microscopes, photolithography, and biomedical imaging.

  • ProPhotonix Releases The Compact Green Laser Diode Module

    ProPhotonix Limited (OTC: STKR; LSE: PPIX; LSE: PPIR), a designer and manufacturer of LED illumination systems and laser diode modules with operations in Ireland and the United Kingdom, today announces the release of the Compact Green Laser Diode Module, an extension of the Compact Laser Diode Module Series.

  • Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Ready For Demonstration Flights
    Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Ready For Demonstration Flights

    The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems.

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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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