EDITOR’S PICKS

Solar Winds Transport More Energy Towards The Earth Than Expected
Solar Winds Transport More Energy Towards The Earth Than Expected

Solar winds are a permanent flow of charged particles from the sun – mainly consisting of ionized hydrogen.

  • MIT Builds Miniature Terahertz-Driven, All-Optical Electron Gun
    MIT Builds Miniature Terahertz-Driven, All-Optical Electron Gun

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with German scientists, have built a matchbox-sized electron gun that uses laser-generated terahertz radiation (instead of radio frequency fields) to accelerate electrons, while consuming far less power than state-of-the-art electron guns.

  • First Signs Of Weird Quantum Property Of Empty Space?
    First Signs Of Weird Quantum Property Of Empty Space?

    By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetised neutron star using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s.

  • Scientists Create First "Water-Wave" Laser
    Scientists Create First "Water-Wave" Laser

    For the first time, scientists have generated lasers from the interaction of light and water waves. This "water-wave" laser can find future application in optofluidic devices and "lab-on-a-chip” devices for studying cell biology and delivering drugs at the nanoscale.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) With Enhanced NIR Sensitivity To 950 nm: Series 9.5
Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) With Enhanced NIR Sensitivity To 950 nm: Series 9.5 First Sensor’s Series 9.5 Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) are designed with enhanced NIR sensitivity to 950 nm, providing fundamental technology for the development of custom-designed solutions such as different geometries, packages, and arrays.  Continue Reading...
Twice The Memory At 32 GB: FASTCAM Mini AX, UX, And WX High Speed Cameras
Twice The Memory At 32 GB: FASTCAM Mini AX, UX, And WX High Speed Cameras Photron’s FASTCAM Mini AX, UX, And WX high speed cameras are now available with 32 GB memory, at least twice the amount from the current 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB options. With this new memory option, FASTCAM Mini cameras are ideally suited for demanding high-frame-rate imaging applications including onboard/off-board automotive safety testing, biomechanics, material sciences, military/aerospace research, fluid dynamics, and critical...  Continue Reading...
HD Format Digital SWIR InGaAs Camera: OWL 1280
HD Format Digital SWIR InGaAs Camera: OWL 1280 The OWL 1280 from Raptor Photonics is a digital short-wave infrared (SWIR) InGaAs camera in HD format, ideal for surveillance and scientific imaging applications including range finding, vision enhancement, astronomy, and hyperspectral imaging. The camera utilizes a 1280 x 1280 sensor for SCD that offers visible extension from 0.4 µm to 1.7 µm, and 10 µm x 10 µm pixel pitch for the highest resolution imaging.  Continue Reading...
PURAVIS® Eco-Friendly Glass Optical Fibers
PURAVIS® Eco-Friendly Glass Optical Fibers The PURAVIS® eco-friendly glass optical fibers from SCHOTT are designed for outstanding transmission of white light, even for long length applications. This “green” product is manufactured in an entirely environmentally friendly manner, including the entire proprietary manufacturing process, making the fibers automatically compliant with the EU directives RoHS and REACH.  Continue Reading...
Phantom® Miro® Digital High-Speed Cameras: N-Series
Phantom® Miro® Digital High-Speed Cameras: N-Series The Phantom® Miro® N-Series of tiny, Hi-G cameras are optimized for demanding applications where the head can fit into hard to reach places. The system is composed of three simple, interchangeable components that flow seamlessly into the Miro Junction Box: the Miro N5 Camera head, the CXP cable, and the Miro N-JB Base.  Continue Reading...
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  • Webinar: High-Speed Infrared Imaging For Internal Combustion Engine Diagnostics
    Webinar: High-Speed Infrared Imaging For Internal Combustion Engine Diagnostics

    High-speed infrared imaging is found to be a new diagnostic tool for studying ICEs. This Telops webinar offers a brief overview of optical engines, infrared (IR) narrowband imaging, and the investigation of a 4-cycle diesel ICE using high-speed IR imaging.

  • A Study In Droplets
    A Study In Droplets

    This video presents different liquid drops captured at high speeds with the Phantom VEO 640 at 1,500 fps, and the Phantom VEO 710 at 8,000 fps.

  • Canon Galvano Scanner Video Introduction
    Canon Galvano Scanner Video Introduction

    Canon’s new Galvano Scanner is a scan head instrument comprised of a number of Canon component technologies including the Galvano motor, scan head, motor driver, control board, and a focusing unit. This new product is developed for precise hole drilling and is able to achieve high-speed and precise laser processing via Canon's original beam shifter technology.

  • Hot Or Cold?
    Hot Or Cold?

    Nothing wakes you up like a good “cup o’ Jo”! Or maybe an ice cold glass of water? Compare the difference between the two with high speed infrared imaging from the X6900sc.

  • Shoot The Melon!
    Shoot The Melon!

    Nothing could beat the feeling of shooting a watermelon and tannerite with an AR15.

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3D Machine Vision System: RV-Series

Canon’s Machine Vision RV-Series is made up of a group of systems that are specifically designed to work as the “eyes” of robotic arm systems. The RV1100, RV500, and RV300 utilize cutting-edge image recognition, data-processing, and optical technologies. The series is capable of three-dimensional recognition of randomly assembled production line parts that range from those with complex shapes to those with very few distinguishing features.

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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 optimizing defense technology in harsh environments, a 3D X-ray diagnostic tool for use in combat, the first international standard for tactical fiber optic cables, early warning systems for chemical warfare agents, and more.

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Raptor Photonics Limited, founded in 2006, is a global leader and manufacturer of high performance, industrial-grade and rugged low light digital & analogue cameras. Raptor specialises in complete cameras and core engine solutions using EMCCD, Scientific CMOS, SWIR and Vis-SWIR sensor technology.

HOYA Corporation USA Optics Division HOYA Corporation USA Optics Division

HOYA CORPORATION USA Optics Division is a leading supplier of advanced optical materials and components for scientific, technology and industrial companies throughout the US.

TELOPS TELOPS

Telops specializes in the design and production of sophisticated opto-electronic systems for the defense, aerospace and telecommunications industries. A reliable source of accelerated innovation inoptronics, the experienced engineering team thrives on high expectations and great challenges.

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.

Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems

UTC Aerospace Systems (Sensors Unlimited Products), is the world’s leading manufacturer of indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs)-based imaging products. As renowned experts in shortwave infrared (SWIR) imaging, Sensors Unlimited, Inc. introduced the world to the concept of imaging in the shortwave IR spectrum with simple, compact, and uncooled cameras.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Utilizing A New Autofocus Technique For Laser Systems With Optimet's Non-Contact Distance Sensors

    Many of today’s conventional marking, welding, drilling, and cutting laser systems have the challenge of focusing the laser accurately on the object’s surface. As the demand for faster and more precise manufacturing processes increase, the need to control the focal point of a laser becomes much more critical. This application note discusses a new laser measurement method that integrates Optimet sensors into laser systems, offering the benefits of autofocus capabilities while upgrading a number of system performances.

  • Materials Processing: When Laser Measurements Absolutely, Positively Must Be Made

    In order to improve laser-based processes, a variety of parameters must be measured to understand how design changes effect performance, and how to help avoid component degradation. The challenge occurs when figuring the proper frequency of measurements throughout the life of the laser, choosing which measurements should be tracked, and what should be done with the collected data. There are five times within a laser system’s lifetime where the collection and application of laser performance measurement data are critical to the process’ outcome.

  • High-Speed Cameras Make Sound Visible And Improve Noise Absorbers

    It is extremely important for the airline industry and its research groups to support and develop noise reduction strategies not only to limit hearing impairment, but also to reduce various diseases like high blood pressure or stomach ulcers. One approach for inhibiting the noise of aircraft engines includes the application of bias flow liners. In order to better understand this approach, sound waves need to be made visible.

  • Explosives Engineering: High Speed Imagery For Research And Experimentation

    Using high-speed imaging is the best way to understand how to apply explosives to accomplish objectives with the best results in industries ranging from construction to mining or defense. Vision Research is in collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines in order to develop a university-level short course on the use and benefits of high-speed imaging, while experimenting with explosives and ballistic applications.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • New Multi-Axis Positioning Family: Vertical, Rotary, Linear Stages From PI

    PI recently developed its new family of linear, rotary, and Z-axis stages to meet those demanding requirements. The new motorized positioning stage family is available with high-resolution encoders and a choice of stepper and servo motors. Lower cost open loop models are also offered, as well as vacuum versions. The use of high performance components makes these stages ideal for industry and research, especially in high duty cycle applications.

  • Scientists Improve Modulation Bandwidth, Laser Operation Of Transistor Laser Device

    Engineers Nick Holonyak Jr. and Milton Feng at the University of Illinois continue to enhance the remarkable properties of the transistor laser they invented in 2004. Two of their recent studies explain how they improved the fundamental modulation bandwidth of the transistor and the laser operation of the device to make possible energy-efficient, high-speed data transfer in optical and 5G wireless communications.

  • Scott Jordan Named Head Of Photonics By PI

    PI recently appointed Scott Jordan as Head of their Photonics Market Segment.

  • Partnership At A Distance: Deep-Frozen Helium Molecules

    Helium atoms are loners. Only if they are cooled down to an extremely low temperature do they form a very weakly bound molecule. In so doing, they can keep a tremendous distance from each other thanks to the quantum-mechanical tunnel effect.

  • Series 9.5 ADPs With Enhanced NIR Sensitivity Up To 950 nm

    The new Series 9.5 avalanche photodiodes from First Sensor feature an increased sensitivity in the near infrared (NIR) wavelength range up to 950 nm. Due to its fast rise time and very low dark current the photodiodes are ideal for applications with low light intensities and high modulation frequencies such as laser rangefinding and laser scanning.

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