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Laser Frequency Combs Advance Medical, Measurement Tech

Laser frequency combs are "rulers" of light that, very simply, measure different light frequencies that are evenly spaced. The exact spacing of frequencies is key to manipulating light for various applications. One application has dramatically improved optical atomic clocks. Another is a medical breath analyzer. Laser frequency combs also are used as precision rulers to search for exoplanets outside our solar system. In the lab, experimental physicists use them to watch chemical reactions unfold in real time.

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Excimer Laser Optics

Acton Optics’ offers laser mirrors, laser beamsplitters, and highly efficient AR coatings for all excimer wavelengths (157nm, 193nm, 248nm, 308nm, and 353nm). They’re designed to meet the most demanding applications in the medical, semiconductor, industrial, and research markets.

  • Laser Spot Size and Position Monitoring for YAG and Fiber Lasers: BeamWatch®
    Laser Spot Size and Position Monitoring for YAG and Fiber Lasers: BeamWatch®

    The BeamWatch® system instantly measures the focus spot size of high power YAG, fiber, diode, and disk lasers and dynamically measures focal plane location during start-up. It uses disruptive technology to monitor a laser beam at frequent intervals without having to shut down the process or remove tooling features to make adjustments.

  •  Raman Spectrometers: High-Performance OEM Spectral Engines
    Raman Spectrometers: High-Performance OEM Spectral Engines

    The SuperGamutTM series of OEM Raman spectral engines are designed with an ultra-sensitive, deep-cooled transmission spectrometer for excellent performance and long-term reliability. These Raman spectrometers feature a high throughput VPGTM, fast f/2 optics, and no moving parts.

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Raptor Photonics’ Hawk 828/829 camera is equipped with a Sony CCD image sensor that enables <1mlux scene illumination. Its low smear and greater than 60dB dynamic range allows for the best imaging quality in both day and nighttime conditions, and its lack of a fan means it’s ideal for discrete, low-light surveillance applications. Click here for more.

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  • 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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LEADING SUPPLIERS

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

Ophir Photonics

Ophir Photonics

Ophir Photonics, a Newport Corporation, began making laser power meters, energy meters, and beam profilers in 1979, and we’ve never looked back. We have headquarters in the United States, Israel, Japan, and Germany, as well as distributors in over 50 countries worldwide.

BaySpec Inc.

BaySpec Inc.

BaySpec, Inc., founded in 1999 with 100% manufacturing in the USA (San Jose, California), is a vertically integrated spectral sensing company. The company designs, manufactures and markets advanced spectral instruments, including UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR spectrometers, benchtop and portable NIR/SWIR and Raman analyzers, confocal Raman microscopes, hyperspectral imagers, mass spectrometers, and OEM spectral engines and components, for the R&D, biomedical, pharmaceuticals, chemical, food, semiconductor, health monitoring, human & animal medical devices, and the optical telecommunications industries.

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.

Photron, Inc.

Photron, Inc.

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

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

  • In Situ Raman Spectroscopic Measurements of Metal Oxides Under High Temperature

    This application note describes an example of monitoring catalytic process of CO oxidation in operando through the use of BaySpec’s 532nm Raman spectrometer and high temperature Raman probe with XANES and EXAFS.

  • Laser Ablation Makes Automotive Interiors Shine

    This application note describes how JUNO, the F150A-BB-26 thermopile laser power sensor, and StarLab measurement software are used to know the status of automotive etching equipment in order to keep the power beam stable.

  • Rapid Manufacturing For Metals

    This white paper describes how Proto Labs uses a range of soft and hard metals in its manufacturing services, how to “machine” these metals, how to cast and mold them, how to use 3D printing in the metal manufacturing process, and other post-processing methods for metals.

  • Optical Filters: Right In Front Of Your Eyes

    Over the past decade, continued improvements in multi-layer thin film filter (TFF) design and manufacturing methods — such as in-situ optical monitoring and automated coater control with dynamic design adjustment — have enabled successful production of optical filters with increasing control over the spectral shape.  This has facilitated the production of more complex filters, including multi-band spectral performance.  Improvements in coater uniformity and machine operation efficiency achieved through quick-turn load-locked systems have reduced filter manufacturing costs, even as the complexity of filters has increased.  This reduction in price, coupled with improvements in performance, has enabled new applications using these TFFs and closed the consumer gap.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Researchers To Test New Optical Fibre 3D Printing Technique
    Researchers To Test New Optical Fibre 3D Printing Technique

    Researchers at the University of Southampton are set to investigate using 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, techniques in the fabrication of optical fibre.

  • New Technology Using Silver May Hold Key To Electronics Advances

    Engineers at Oregon State University have invented a way to fabricate silver, a highly conductive metal, for printed electronics that are produced at room temperature.

  • Letting Go With Lasers
    Letting Go With Lasers

    Small objects tend to cling to everything. It's why parents dread hosting parties that involve confetti. It's why glitter is fun for crafts--until it finds its way onto everything else you touch.

  • Producing Spin-Entangled Electrons
    Producing Spin-Entangled Electrons

    A team from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, along with collaborators from several Japanese institutions, have successfully produced pairs of spin-entangled electrons and demonstrated, for the first time, that these electrons remain entangled even when they are separated from one another on a chip.

  • PI’s New Compact, Low Cost Mini Positioning Stages
    PI’s New Compact, Low Cost Mini Positioning Stages

    Physik Instrumente (PI) has recently launched the Q-521, a new miniature, piezo-driven linear positioner. The ultra-compact Q-521 is only 21mm wide, and comes with travel ranges of 12mm, 22mm, and 32mm.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

World Congress on Industrial Automation

July 20 - 22, 2015
San Francisco, CA

Conference and Trade Fair on Laser Technology

July 20 - 22, 2015
Florida, FL

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015

August 9 - 13, 2015
San Diego, CA

Arizona Grey

August 10 - 12, 2015
Los Angeles, CA

nanotechnology Congres & expo

August 11 - 13, 2015
Frankfurt, ZZ
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