Flexible optoelectronic devices that can be produced roll-to-roll – much like newspapers are printed – are a highly promising path to cheaper devices such as solar cells and LED lighting panels.
Scientists Invent New Way To Control Light
A device resembling a plastic honeycomb - yet infinitely smaller than a bee’s stinger - can steer light beams around tighter curves than ever before possible, while keeping the integrity and intensity of the beam intact.
New Approach Uses ‘Twisted Light’ To Increase The Efficiency Of Quantum Cryptography Systems
Researchers at the University of Rochester and their collaborators have developed a way to transfer 2.05 bits per photon by using “twisted light.”
Scientists Watch Quantum Dots 'Breathe' In Response To Stress
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory watched nanoscale semiconductor crystals expand and shrink in response to powerful pulses of laser light.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Liquid Silicone Rubber Injection Molding
Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding is a thermoset process that mixes a two-component compound together, which is then heat cured in the mold with a platinum catalyst to produce a final part. Liquid Silicon Rubber parts are formed through an injection-molding process similar to that of conventional plastic injection molding with one major difference — the material delivery system is cooled and the mold is heated. Liquid silicone rubber possesses thermal, chemical and electrical resistance, plus biocompatibility. Also, Liquid Silicone Rubber parts can withstand sterilization while maintaining physical properties at extreme temperatures.
High Precision Positioning: MMP Series
Mad City Labs’ MMP series of positioners have a 25mm range of motion and are available in 1, 2, or 3-axis configurations. They feature optical encoders with 50nm resolution, proprietary intelligent control for stability, nanopositioner compatibility, and high native precision and accuracy.
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.
World Class Optical Thin Films
DELTA has been providing world class optical thin films for applications involving optical coherence tomography (OCT), image transferring systems, Point of Care (PoC) instruments, flow cytometry, raman spectroscopy, high performance monochromators, biomedical laser systems, and more.
High-Accuracy Laser Wavelength Meter
The 621 Series Laser Wavelength Meter is the best way to measure the absolute wavelength of CW lasers that operate from the visible to the mid-IR. This system provides real-time laser wavelength information with an accuracy as high as ± 0.0001 nm. Continuous calibration with a built-in wavelength standard ensures the reliable accuracy that is needed to generate the most meaningful experimental results.
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.
Custom Plano Optics: Making Laser Amplifiers for the World's Most Powerful Laser
The world's most powerful laser needed a high precision custom optics manufacturer. In this case study, high fluence laser amplifiers were developed into a volume production process for the National Ignition Facility project.
Surface Measurements In The Most Challenging Environments
In this video, one of Zygo’s applications engineers provides a demonstration of the ZeGageTM 3D optical surface profiler as it measures the roughness of the surface of a sealing valve used in the automotive industry. That might sounds fairly unremarkable, but check out how the system does on a rickety plastic table in a machine shop full of noise and vibration.
Ready, Fight! Photon Camera vs. Thermal Camera – The Speed Test
How difficult is it to measure the temperature of a moving golf ball? Would it be better to use a thermal camera, or a photon camera? It’s certain that there are more critical-type measurements one can make outside of golf ball temperature, but this video does a great job of showing the different results that each camera type yields from a qualitative analysis standpoint.
From The Show Floor – Part 4 of 4: Piezo Motor Stages
In the final installment of our four-part video series with PI from Photonics West 2015, Scott Jordan introduced us his company’s latest line of Piezo motor stages. He also explained the difference between a Piezo nanopositioner and a Piezo motor positioner, and the impact this difference can have on travel ranges and package size.
From The Show Floor – Part 3 of 4: Actuators For Test And Assembly
In part three of our four-part series with PI from Photonics West 2015, Scott Jordan showed us a new type of actuator for test and assembly process that call for very highly calibrated, careful, and very repeatable force increments.
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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
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
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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High Resolution Infrared Camera: HD-IR
The NEW HD-IR Scientific Camera is the REVOLUTION in high resolution IR cameras. It is the first 1280x1024 pixels camera solution for the Infrared imaging expert.
CCD Camera for Low Light Applications: pco.1400
The pco.1400 is a CCD Camera specifically designed for use in low light levels. It can be used in several applications, such as solar cell in-line quality and solar panel control, scientific imaging, spectroscopy, high resolution microscopy, machine vision and industrial applications, bioluminescence / chemoluminescence, luminescence spectroscopy, Red and NIR fluorescence applications, and imaging of bio markers.
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Designing A New Optical Projection Device For Military Pilots
When the Department of Defense decided that their previous landscape flight simulators used to train pilots required too large of a display, too large of an enclosure space, and were starting to feel a bit antiquated in general, they went on the lookout for a helmet –mounted simulation solution to replace the traditional rear-projection screens they were using.
Imaging In The Worst Possible Environment
Trips to the dentist are rarely pleasant, and that unpleasantness can be compounded when the doctor needs a 3D model of your teeth.
4 Big Mistakes In Developing Photonics-Enabled Medical Devices
Photonics components have become key enablers in the design and development of next-generation medical devices and diagnostics. This trend has its roots in mature imaging technologies like optical microscopy and endoscopy/colonoscopy, and is poised to accelerate through emerging applications such as optogenetics, laser ablation therapy, and optical coherence tomography (OCT), among many others. This white paper identifies four of the most common mistakes we see medical device manufacturers make when attempting to incorporate optics and photonics into their designs — and how to avoid them.
Reduce Prototyping Costs: Seven Ways To Trim Machining Expenses
Proto Labs has been in the machining business since 1999, and in that time, they’ve learned a thing or two about the intricacies of the CNC machining process. This document contains a compilation of their shared knowledge as it relates to reducing your overall costs by trimming machine expenses.
A First Glimpse Inside A Macroscopic Quantum State
In a recent study published in Physical Review Letters and highlighted by the magazine Science News, the research group led by ICREA Prof at ICFO Morgan Mitchell has detected, for the first time, entanglement among individual photon pairs in a beam of squeezed light.
Quantum Optics: Understanding Spectral Properties Of Broadband Biphotons
Advances in quantum optical technologies require scientists to control and exploit the properties of so-called biphotons. Biphotons occur when two photons become 'quantum-entangled' - spatially separate entities whose individual quantum states must be described with reference to each other.
Continuous Leak Detection At Vital Installations
The G300a thermal imaging camera from FLIR Systems lets you can monitor vital gas pipelines or installations 24/7. Installing a FLIR G300a will immediately enable you to see if a dangerous and costly gas leak appears.
Imec Demonstrates 50GHz Ge Waveguide Electro-Absorption Modulator
At this week’s OFC 2015, the largest global conference and exposition for optical communications, nanoelectronics research center imec, its associated lab at Ghent University (Intec), and Stanford University have demonstrated a compact germanium (Ge) waveguide electro-absorption modulator (EAM) with a modulation bandwidth beyond 50GHz.
Laser Research CO2 Optics For Mid-Range Cutting & Engraving Lasers
Laser Research Optics has introduced a line of OEM quality CO2 lenses and mirrors for mid-range laser cutting and engraving systems. Suited for field-replacement, they are in-stock for next day delivery.
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