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Four Photons Entangled In Orbital Angular Momentum
Four Photons Entangled In Orbital Angular Momentum

For the first time, scientists have entangled four photons in their orbital angular momentum. Leiden physicists sent a laser through a crystal, thereby creating four photons with coupled ‘rotation’. So far this has only been done for two photons.

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Biofunctional Coatings for Glass, Metal Oxides, ITO, and Plastics
Biofunctional Coatings for Glass, Metal Oxides, ITO, and Plastics

AziGrip4TM is a biofunctional coating platform for glass, plastics, metal oxides, and ITO used in applications involving cell cultures, diagnostics, fluorescence microscopy, bioanalytics, support for lipidic membranes, lab-on-a-chip, and other emerging applications.

  • Color Filter Glass: UL365S UV Band-Pass Filter
    Color Filter Glass: UL365S UV Band-Pass Filter

    HOYA’s color filter glass products include sharp cut/long pass, light-balancing, color-compensating, neutral density, heat-absorbing, multi-band calibration, and UV Absorbing/VIS blocking filters for the UV through NIR regions. Featured is the new UL365S UV Band-Pass Filter that offers UV transmitting/VIS absorbing performance with high UV transmittance, while providing the highest resistance to any effects caused by UV solarization and/or exposure to high humidity conditions. 

  • High-Speed InGaAs 0.9-1.7 µm PIN Diode
    High-Speed InGaAs 0.9-1.7 µm PIN Diode

    Marktech Optoelectronics offers a new series of InGaAs PIN photo diodes designed to feature low noise, high sensitivity, and high-speed response. Typical applications for these near infrared detectors include telecommunications and other high speed applications that use optical communication devices such as receivers, sensors, and high speed fiber modules.

  • sCMOS Cameras: pco.edge Family
    sCMOS Cameras: pco.edge Family

    The pco.edge family is comprised of a variety of sCMOS cameras with variations in resolution, frame rates, readout noise, dynamic range, and overall performance.

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Application Systems
Application Systems

OptoSigma offers a wide range of application systems that includes microscope units, alignment systems, interferometers, bio-photonics, and laser processing systems. These application systems are designed for many specific applications including polarization measurements, vacuum and oven measurements, and glass and film inspections.

  • Low-Cost Laser Wavelength Meter
    Low-Cost Laser Wavelength Meter

    Absolute laser wavelength information is critical for a variety of applications, but it is not always necessary to know it to the highest accuracy available. Therefore, Bristol Instruments offers the 521 Series Laser Wavelength Meter, coupling accurate wavelength measurement and affordability in a compact system.

  • Machine Vision Lenses – Lenses for Large Format Sensors
    Machine Vision Lenses – Lenses for Large Format Sensors

    Schneider Optics offers lenses designed to be used in combination with large format linear and megapixel area scan CCD and CMOS Cameras, and high resolution lenses ideal for linescan applications. These machine vision lenses break into three separate product groups:

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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • Revolutionary New Vacuum Technology From Raptor Photonics: PentaVac™
    Revolutionary New Vacuum Technology From Raptor Photonics: PentaVac™

    PentaVac™ is a new vacuum technology from Raptor Photonics that permits deep cooling to Δ -111°C, and can minimize dark current, hot spots, and blemishes during longer exposure times. This new technology can be used in many applications including calcium signaling, live cell imaging, high content screening, adaptive optics, flow cytometry, FRET/FRAP/TIRF, high resolution fluorescence imaging, particle imaging velocimetry, solar cell inspection, and genome sequencing.

  • Aquila Micro UAV Thermal Payload Powered By DRS
    Aquila Micro UAV Thermal Payload Powered By DRS

    The Aquila Micro, powered by DRS Technologies, is a Liteye Systems’ high performance UAV Thermal Payload. This device features 320 x 240 resolution, Vanadium Oxide (VOx) LWIR, a DRS patented advanced absorber micro bolometer superstructure, greater sensitivity, improved detection, and unparalleled thermal imagery.

  • MythBusters Puts The v2010 To The Test
    MythBusters Puts The v2010 To The Test

    The Discovery Channel’s MythBusters series featured incredible footage of a bullet being fired from a pistol with a Phantom v2010 camera at 73,000 fps.

  • Gooch & Housego Introduces The New Fiber-Q<sup>TM</sup> Fiber Coupled Modulators
    Gooch & Housego Introduces The New Fiber-QTM Fiber Coupled Modulators

    The new Fiber-QTM Fiber is a fiber coupled acousto-optic modulator (FCAOM) solution for fiber laser modulation and frequency shifting. These devices can directly control the timing, intensity, and temporal characteristics of the active output from a fiber laser, offering a wider variety of pulse shapes.

  • Verifire HD Interferometer System Video Demonstration
    Verifire HD Interferometer System Video Demonstration

    This video features the new VerifireTM HD Interferometer System with a high-speed 2k x 2k pixel CCD camera, and an optimized optical design to reliably measure surface features.

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The World’s Fastest 640 x 512 Resolution IR Camera

FLIR is proud to introduce the new FLIR X6900sc as the world’s fastest 640 x 512 resolution thermal camera for high speed science applications. The new thermal imager is designed to record 1000 fps at full resolution onto the camera RAM for up to 26 seconds. Read More

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 securing the 21st century's greatest warfare asset, considerations for phase-coherent microwave measurements, using FPGAs for tuning systems to military functions, using printed energy harvesters for military, and more.

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LEADING SUPPLIERS

DRS Technologies DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies, commercial partners and prime contractors worldwide.

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

PI (Physik Instrumente) LP PI (Physik Instrumente) LP

PI (Physik Instrumente) provides the world’s broadest range of precision motion technologies for both micro- and nano-precision applications. PI is the world’s first and largest manufacturer of piezoelectric nanopositioning technology.  Started 4 decades ago as a supplier to research labs and universities, the company has grown into a business of 700+ employees and more than $100 million in global sales.

Canon USA, Inc. Optoelectronic Components Canon USA, Inc. Optoelectronic Components

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of business-to-business, industrial and consumer digital and optical imaging solutions to the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets with an increasing intent for more customized, localized products.

Image Science Ltd Image Science Ltd

Image Science was formed in 1991 and specialises in the design and manufacture lens testing systems for both Research & Development and production applications.  We concentrate on providing the best combination of accuracy, speed of measurement,  and ease of use.

Schneider Optics 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.

TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • First Surface Mirrors

    Conventional mirrors are constructed with a glass protective surface and a “silvering” second surface. In high precision applications, these second surface mirrors have distinct disadvantages such as refracted or bent images, loss of energy, a dim and distorted reflection, as well as a faint secondary reflection known as a “ghost image.” Abrisa offers front or first surface mirrors as a solution that provides clear reflections without ghosting. This application note introduces First Sensor surface mirrors, how they work, and their ideal applications.

  • Handling Recommendations For Precision Optics Corporation Microprecision™ Prisms

    This article provides a list of recommendations on how to handle Precision Optics Corporation Microprecision™ Prisms.

  • Novel Laser Power Sensor Improves Process Control

    This white paper reviews a new laser power measurement technology specifically designed for use in laser-based processing tools, which directly addresses these needs.

  • CleanVue™ PRO – Series Of Oleophobic And Hydrophobic Coatings For Tough Environments

    Abrisa’s new CleanVue™ PRO series of anti-reflection coatings are designed to combine improved handling, cleaning, water shedding, and robust performance with anti-reflective properties. This makes the coatings ideal for displays and optical windows intended for use in “tough” outdoor, high traffic, or other challenging environments. This series is both oleophobic and hydrophobic providing easy fingerprint removal and a non-smudge surface, while repelling water and other liquids for a simpler “view-ability.” The hydrophobic coating properties also reduce friction on the glass which provides improved surface “slickness” and enhances scratch resistance.

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  • Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction

    Scientists at LIGO have observed for the first time ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves. This discovery confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

  • Excelitas® Technologies Corp.’s X-Cite® 120LEDBoost Delivers 40% More Powerful LED Illumination For Fluorescence Microscopy
    Excelitas® Technologies Corp.’s X-Cite® 120LEDBoost Delivers 40% More Powerful LED Illumination For Fluorescence Microscopy

    Excelitas Technologies® Corp., a global technology leader focused on delivering innovative, customized photonic solutions, introduces X-Cite®  120LEDBoost to replace their popular X-Cite 120LED broad-spectrum solution. With the same key features and mercury-free benefits as its predecessor, X-Cite 120LEDBoost delivers 40% more power for improved fluorophore excitation. Its innovative design includes intuitive controls with long life LEDs, to deliver peace of mind and simplicity to researchers across the globe.

  • PI Introduces Compact Planar XY Air Bearing Stages At Photonics West
    PI Introduces Compact Planar XY Air Bearing Stages At Photonics West

    PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. will be showcasing the newly released A-311 PIglide IS Series compact, planar XY air bearing stage at SPIE Photonics West. The stage is designed to deliver extremely precise and vibration-free motion, making it ideal for metrology, wafer inspection, laser marking, and other precision motion applications. PI, who was named a 2016 Photonics Prism Award finalist with its Fast Multi-Axis Photonics Alignment system, will also showcase innovative nanopositioning stages, piezo, voice coil and linear motors, hexapod 6-axis parallel positioning systems, beam steering and fiber alignment equipment.

  • Imec Presents Compact Lens-Free Digital Microscope At Photonics West

    At SPIE Photonics West 2016, imec will demonstrate a lens-free microscope for large field-of-view live imaging at micrometer resolution. Imec’s on-chip lens-free microscope can be integrated into life sciences and biotech tools, targeting multiple applications such as label-free cell monitoring, automated cell culturing, or automated high-throughput microscopy.

  • Excelitas' X-Cite 120LEDBoost For Fluorescence Microscopy

    Excelitas Technologies Corp. introduces X-Cite 120LEDBoost to replace their popular X-Cite 120LED broad-spectrum solution. With the same key features and mercury-free benefits as its predecessor, X-Cite 120LEDBoost delivers 40% more power for improved fluorophore excitation.

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