EDITOR’S PICKS

New Test Reveals Purity Of Graphene

Graphene may be tough, but those who handle it had better be tender. The environment surrounding the atom-thick carbon material can influence its electronic performance, according to researchers at Rice and Osaka universities who have come up with a simple way to spot contaminants.

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Smallest, Lightest, Lowest Power MWIR: Mini Cruz 640-15

The Mini Cruz MWIR 640-15 is a 15μ pixel pitch and 640x512 pixel format using an InSb detector from SCD USA and FLIR 0403 ROIC. The operating temperature of the detector is 95K. This camera has NEΔT of 30 milikelvin and is ruggedized and tested to Mil-STD-810G and is qualified for gimbals and pan and tilt applications.

  • High Speed, Science-Grade Infrared Camera: FLIR SC6000 MWIR Series
    High Speed, Science-Grade Infrared Camera: FLIR SC6000 MWIR Series FLIR’s SC6000 Infrared Camera Series is the ideal solution for applications that require extreme sensitivity and high speeds. This versatile MWIR camera comes from sensor technology that was built to be mounted on jet fighter aircraft so it is extremely durable. The SC6000 series of infrared cameras offers high speed and high resolution with ease and flexibility in configuration for just about any scientific or research application and is also available with a built-in, user-configurable 4-position filter wheel, and multiple lens configurations.
  • Coating Services
    Coating Services

    Ross Optical’s coating machines provide outstanding quality where considerations for film hardness, optical performance, and laser damage threshold are concerned. IR coating services are available for the wavelength between 2 and 12 microns (except on standard coatings such as broadband AR, single wavelength AR, Rmax, beamsplitters, etc) on substrates like germanium and silicon.

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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

  • Spectral Sensing Kit For Developers
    Spectral Sensing Kit For Developers

    At Optics and Photonics 2014, Bill DeCosta with Ocean Optics introduced his company’s new STS developer kits. Watch the video for an up close look as well as some in depth information on the STS spectrometer.

  • Low Cost Measurement And Analysis Solutions
    Low Cost Measurement And Analysis Solutions

    Applications engineer Kimberly Quinones with StellarNet closed out Photonics Online's Optics and Photonics 2014 video coverage by discussing their UV/VIS/NIR miniature and low-cost spectrometers, integrating spheres, and other solutions for applications involving LED measurements, light measurement, Raman analysis, raw material identification, optical metrology, and more.

  • SWIR Cameras, Cores, And Export License Solutions
    SWIR Cameras, Cores, And Export License Solutions

    Herve Copin with Xenics kicked off the last day of Optics and Photonics 2014 by discussing two of his company's SWIR camera offerings: The Bobcat 640 for waste sorting, food inspection, failure analysis, and semiconductor inspection; and the Rufus 640, a SWIR camera that can operate in both extreme day and night conditions.

  • Compact Goniometer For Laboratories And Production
    Compact Goniometer For Laboratories And Production

    In this video from Optics and Photonics 2014, Rachel Ulanch with Trioptics discusses some background information on her company and introduces the PrismMaster®150 — a compact, high-precision goniometer for optical workshops and production environments.

  • 20 Years In Spectroscopy
    20 Years In Spectroscopy

    Watch this video from Avantes for news on a recent redesign of their tungsten-halogen light source, some beam splitter combiner accessories, and the latest addition to their line of high-sensitivity spectrometers.

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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 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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Toshiba Imaging Systems Division

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division

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Opto Diode Corporation

Opto Diode Corporation

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...
First Sensor AG

First Sensor AG

First Sensor AG (Formerly Silicon Sensor) has over 20 years of experience in the development and manufacture of individual sensor solutions offering highest levels of precision and reliability.

Krell Technologies, Inc.

Krell Technologies, Inc.

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

LaCroix Optical Co.

LaCroix Optical Co.

The LaCroix name is synonymous with quality precision optics. Since 1947, three generations of family leadership have placed LaCroix Optical Co. as one of the premier independent precision optical manufacturers in America. We specialize in Achromats, Lenses, Windows, Prisms, Aspheres, and in-house Custom Coatings. LaCroix Optical Co. is ISO 9001:2008 certified and ITAR registered and compliant. All of our optics are Made in the USA.

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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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Camera Requirements For 3D Metrology

    As the objects to inspect/measure in high-tech manufacturing become smaller, higher-resolution cameras with better spatial resolution can improve accuracy and precision. This does require a high-quality machine vision camera design, however, or what is now called a metrology camera. 3D measurements in particular pose increasing demands on camera performance and reliability. This article discusses critical parameters, depending on the specific measurement.

  • Innovation In CMOS Bio-Optical Sensors Enables Portable Diagnostics

    In the past 10+ years we have seen great progress in molecular diagnostic technologies. Doctors can now take advantage of the emerging nucleic acid or protein analysis techniques to get very precise answers about the type of virus, bacteria, or cancerous cells that cause illnesses. This article provides an in-depth look at a new CMOS image sensor design that enabled the development of a low-cost, portable molecular diagnostic system. By Zhimin Ding, Anitoa Systems, LLC

  • High-Speed Digital Camera Enables Study Of Gas And Oil Flow In Pipelines

    For gas and oil companies, pipes are extremely important. Pipelines are the primary method of transportation for many of their products, providing movement from the field to processing and finally to the customers. This case study provides details on how the FASTCAM SA3 high-speed camera from Photron enabled researchers at the University of Tulsa to better understand how different combinations of fluids, changing temperatures, and varying elevations all affect fluid flow.

  • Trends In Fiber Optic Connector Cleaning

    This paper offers insight into cleaning and maintaining fiber optic connectors to ensure optimal performance, and also discusses new approaches to simplify field-cleaning and inspection in rugged fiber optic connectors.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

SPIE Photomask Technology 2014

September 16 - 18, 2014
Monterey, CA

OLEDs World Summit 2014

September 16 - 18, 2014
Berkeley, CA

SPIE Photomask Technology Exhibition 2014

September 16 - 17, 2014
Monterey, CA

SPIE Remote Sensing 2014

September 22 - 25, 2014
Amsterdam
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