How Many Gold Atoms Make Gold Metal

Researchers at the Nanoscience Center of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, have shown that dramatic changes in the electronic properties of nanometre-sized chunks of gold occur in a well-defined size range.

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NIR/SWIR Night Vision And Laser Detection Camera

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    High Speed Camera Systems For over 20 years, Photron’s FASTCAM technology has allowed occurrences too fast for the human eye to be captured, studied, and analyzed. FASTCAM high speed cameras have been used successfully in numerous applications including, but not limited to, fluid dynamics, automotive crash testing, ballistics, fluid dynamics, inkjet printing, materials failure, droplet measurements, sports science, product fault finding, military/defense aerospace research, broadcasting, nature/animal research, and so much more. Trained technical staff in the Japan headquarters and additional sales offices worldwide has resulted in the FASTCAM series use by leading industrial, military, and academic institutions throughout the world. Additional information on the FASTCAM series of high speed cameras can be found below.
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  • You Asked, They Delivered
    You Asked, They Delivered

    Applications engineer Curt Dvonch took time out of day one of the DSS exhibition to give us a closer look (it’s small, you may have to squint) at the new 320CSX Micro SWIR camera and walked us through some of its more notable features.

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    Tim Callenbach gave us a closer look at two of Photron’s newest high-speed camera systems.

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    Integration Works Well Together

    Xenics’ CEO Bob Grietens spent some time with us on day one of the DSS exhibition to show us some of their infrared imaging solutions for integration into pan and tilt systems, gimbal systems, as well as fixed imaging systems for applications in border protection/patrol, law enforcement, and homeland security.

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  • Taking Infrared Imaging Innovation To The Next Level
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    We were fortunate enough to catch up with Dave Bursell at the welcome reception (which FLIR was also hosting) to get a quick rundown of what’s in store for DSS attendees in 2015.

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Join us at FLIR Center Stage for a technology briefing on HighSpeed Thermal Imaging at 11:30a today.  See live demonstrations of the new FLIR X6900sc 640x512 1000fps high speed thermal camera, perfect for any application such as munition testing, bullet tracking, muzzle flash, or where stop-motion thermal imaging is required.  Then stick around to get hands on with our new cooled A-Series thermal cameras, including the new low cost A6250sc SWIR, A8300sc HD MWIR, and A6750sc LWIR SLS.  For details, check out flir.com/spiedss.



  • 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.

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    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
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    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 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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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.

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Schneider Optics

Schneider Optics designs, develops, and manufactures high performance lenses for machine vision, robotics, document scanning, industrial inspection and metrology, gauging, military, surveillance, & other image processing applications. Standard products include Compact C-Mount lenses, F-Mount lenses, Bilateral and Object Sided Telecentric lenses, a modular Macro system, large format lenses (area & line scan), 3-CCD lenses and industrial filters. Custom lens solutions are also available. Key markets include Machine Vision, Robotics, Document Scanning, Industrial Inspection, 2D/3D Metrology, Surveillance, & SWIR/Hyperspectral Imaging.

Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems

Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems

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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.

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  • SpectroRadiometry of Energy Efficient Bulbs

    This application note discusses using the StellarNet SpectroRadiometer Systems and integrating spheres as energy efficient light bulbs.

  • Tutorial: Modifying Laser Beams – No Way Around It, So Here’s How

    This application note discusses how to match an appropriate laser beam profiling technique, such as building and aligned optical system, collimation and focusing, high power laser quality measurements, and proper attenuation design to a laser application in order to help make the process of building a laser system much more efficient and accurate.

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  • Clear The Air: New Optical Filters For Sensors And Detectors

    Environmental air quality; proximity control; crowd counting; climate change; the “Internet of Things”.  Our world has become an increasingly monitored place where the proliferation of sensors and detectors allows us, and our devices, to better understand and interact with our environments.  Photonics is one of the key technologies enabling this growth, facilitating the development and commercialization of low-cost, compact, and robust optical sensors and detectors.

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  • Xenics Announces Stirling-Cooled MWIR OEM Module for Long-Range Monitoring in Surveillance and Security at SPIE DSS 2015
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    Xenics is introducing the new Stirling-cooled XCO-640 MWIR module as the third member of its high-resolution “Xenics Core” Infrared OEM product family at the SPIE DSS 2015. This new module delivers extraordinary stability and optical performance for applications like perimeter surveillance, law enforcement, and homeland security. Xenics will hold its exhibits in Booth 825.

  • Xenics Strengthening Marketing and Sales Worldwide

    Xenics NV of Leuven, Belgium is broadening its international marketing and sales force, increasing its management staff, and putting a stronger focus on North and Latin American markets. Xenics is a manufacturer of infrared detectors, cameras, and customized imaging solutions covering the long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) to the visible (0.4-14μm) spectrum. Changes, such as Hervé Copin being appointed CEO of Xenics USA Inc in Boston, MA, were made to help the company grow.

  • Optech Showcasing New Technology Developments at SPIE DSS
    Optech Showcasing New Technology Developments at SPIE DSS

    Optech will display the company’s latest lidar and imaging solutions such as the new Optech CZMIL Nova, and the Optech Galaxy and its PulseTRAK™ technology at the SPIE DSS in Baltimore, Maryland, April 21-23, 2015. Optech will share an exhibit with its sister companies in the Teledyne Science & Imaging booth, #819, to showcase the broad technological expertise to which Optech now has access.

  • ChemImage Sensor Systems Presents Recent Developments in SWIR And Raman Hyperspectral Imaging Sensors At SPIE DSS 2015

    ChemImage Sensor Systems will present innovative results of the company’s work on continuing the development of shortwave infrared (SWIR) and Raman hyperspectral imaging sensors for real time, wide area surveillance, and standoff detection of explosives and illicit drugs. Visit Room 319 during the "Chemical Sensing I" session (Session 5 of Conference 9455) on Wednesday, April 22 for the presentation by Oksana Klueva, Ph.D, Senior Scientist.

  • II-VI Optical Systems to Debut Most Recent Integration Capabilities at the 2015 SPIE-DSS Show

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May 11 - 13, 2015
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San Francisco, CA

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