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Passive Electro-Optical Counter-Countermeasures (EOCCM)

As laser countermeasures proliferate around the world, infantry, aircrews, and electro-optic sensors are at risk of being engaged with little to no warning. A laser countermeasure can adversely affect targeting and navigation functions by jamming or 'spoofing' the sensor through laser illumination or by damaging the sensor through more intense laser illumination. The laser can also be used to detect and track an otherwise covert electro-optic target by sensing retro-reflections off the target’s optics. This article provides a background on traditional protection technologies and explains how electro-optic counter-countermeasures (EOCCMs) can help mitigate the damage that can be inflicted on optical and electro-optical sights. By Ariela Donval and Moshe Oron, KiloLambda Technologies, Ltd.

  • Dancing Electrons Are At The Heart Of A Laser Breakthrough
    Dancing Electrons Are At The Heart Of A Laser Breakthrough

    A team of Dartmouth scientists and their colleagues have devised a breakthrough laser that uses a single artificial atom to generate and emit particles of light—and may play a crucial role in the development of quantum computers, which are predicted to eventually outperform even today’s most powerful supercomputers. By Joseph Blumberg

  • The Quantum Cheshire Cat
    The Quantum Cheshire Cat

    The Cheshire Cat featured in Lewis Caroll’s novel “Alice in Wonderland” is a remarkable creature: it disappears, leaving its grin behind. Can an object be separated from its properties? It is possible in the quantum world. In an experiment, neutrons travel along a different path than one of their properties – their magnetic moment. This “Quantum Cheshire Cat” could be used to make high precision measurements less sensitive to external perturbations.

  • Will Spectroscopic Exams Replace Biopsies?
    Will Spectroscopic Exams Replace Biopsies?

    Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) may have found a way to improve the early detection of skin cancers and reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies with a new, 3-in-1 optical cancer probe.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Custom Prisms

Precision Optics Corporation can custom manufacture prisms with tolerances to .01mm, <10/5 scratch/dig, λ/20 flatness, <5 arc second parallelism, +/- 0.1mm; 0.2mm to 150 mm diameter, and +/- 0.02mm (and as thin as 0.2mm) thickness.

  • Multispectral Conversion Kit
    Multispectral Conversion Kit

    The SpectroCam™ Multispectral Conversion Kit is the latest addition to Pixelteq’s growing family of multispectral imaging solutions.  This modular attachment converts your monochrome scientific-grade camera into an 8-band multispectral camera, enabling user configuration with a variety of application-specific cameras, lenses, and integration options.  The conversion kit supports a wide selection of interchangeable standard and custom spectral filters across ultraviolet, visible, and NIR-SWIR infrared wavelengths.

  • Fizeau Interferometer: Verifire&trade; QPZ Interferometer
    Fizeau Interferometer: Verifire™ QPZ Interferometer

    The Verifire QPZ interferometer is a true common-path Fizeau configuration that ensures accurate metrology and “ripple-free” phase measurements in vibration prone environments.  The patented QPSI™ acquisition technique provides true on-axis metrology for plano and spherical surfaces making it well-suited to provide accurate surface metrology in both production and QC environments. For additional information on the system and its performance, download the datasheet.

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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

  • LaCroix Optical Corporate Video
    LaCroix Optical Corporate Video

    LaCroix Optical has been manufacturing custom optics for the medical, defense, and industrial markets since 1947. Watch the video to hear from some of their employees talk about the company’s history, capabilities, and what makes them stand out from other optical manufacturers.

  • Lenses And Prisms In Medical Devices For Imaging And Illumination
    Lenses And Prisms In Medical Devices For Imaging And Illumination

    On the last day of the MD&M East exhibition, Chuck Gerlowski with Precision Optics Corporation spent some time with Medical Device Online to school us on their micro lenses, micro prisms, and more. These components can be used to design CMOS sensors for imaging systems and illumination systems in medical devices.

  • Thoughts On The New Sensing Focus At DSS In 2014
    Thoughts On The New Sensing Focus At DSS In 2014

    We asked a few different photonics technology companies about what they thought in regards to the more prominent focus on sensing technology at DSS 2014, and here’s what they had to say.

  • Better Images Through Precision Motion Control
    Better Images Through Precision Motion Control

    Jim Gareau with PI spent some time on the last morning of the DSS 2014 exhibition with us to tell us about their precision motion control solutions and how and why they’re able to provide their customers with better images through hexapods, precision motor stages, and Piezo motion devices.

  • Buzz At Umicore Booth Over New Catalog Lenses
    Buzz At Umicore Booth Over New Catalog Lenses

    John Franks of Umicore tells about the lenses the company provides for applications involving automotive night vision, defense, security and surveillance, thermography, and personal thermal vision. He also shares some exciting news about new catalog lenses that are currently available.

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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 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 wearable antennas for military applications, countering EMI threats, biological and chemical threat detection, advances in optical sensing, and more.

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LEADING SUPPLIERS

Precision Optics Corporation

Precision Optics Corporation

For over 30 years, Precision Optics Corporation has provided state-of-the-art optical designs, components and complete optical systems for medical, biomedical, military (ITAR complainant) and industrial applications. As next generation techniques in these areas have advanced to use smaller and less invasive tools and equipment, Precision Optics responded with microprecision™ optical technology to provide components, assemblies, and products with sizes on the order of one millimeter and smaller.

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.

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.

Heraeus Quartz America, LLC.

Heraeus Quartz America, LLC.

Heraeus is a globally active precious metal and technology Group based in Hanau, near Frankfurt, and with deep roots in Germany. The company has been family-owned for more than 160 years. Our business groups cover precious metals, materials and technologies, sensors, biomaterials, medical, dental, and pharmaceutical products, quartz glass, and specialty light sources.

Photron, Inc.

Photron, Inc.

Photron was founded in 1974 to provide manufacturing, sales and service of professional film and video equipment and photo-instrumentation

PCO-TECH Inc.

PCO-TECH Inc.

PCO-TECH Inc., founded in 1986, is a manufacturing, sales and marketing organization offering photonic instrumentation and complete systems throughout the world

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • 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.

  • Facilitating NIR-II And SWIR Imaging For Drug Discovery And Research Applications

    The extension of in vivo optical imaging for disease screening and image-guided surgical interventions requires brightly emitting, tissue-specific materials that optically transmit through living tissue and can be imaged with portable systems that display data in real-time.

  • Passive Electro-Optical Counter-Countermeasures (EOCCM)

    As laser countermeasures proliferate around the world, infantry, aircrews, and electro-optic sensors are at risk of being engaged with little to no warning. A laser countermeasure can adversely affect targeting and navigation functions by jamming or 'spoofing' the sensor through laser illumination or by damaging the sensor through more intense laser illumination. The laser can also be used to detect and track an otherwise covert electro-optic target by sensing retro-reflections off the target’s optics. This article provides a background on traditional protection technologies and explains how electro-optic counter-countermeasures (EOCCMs) can help mitigate the damage that can be inflicted on optical and electro-optical sights. By Ariela Donval and Moshe Oron, KiloLambda Technologies, Ltd.

  • Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) Imaging For Hyperspectral And Surveillance Systems

    Imaging in the short wave infrared (SWIR) wavelength band (0.9um to 2.5um) has generated much attention in recent years with new applications and mission development. Advancements in SWIR sensor and infrared focal plane array (IRFPA) technologies have been the primary drivers to growing interest in areas such as conventional surveillance imaging and other hyperspectral imaging applications. This article touches on two key applications for SWIR detection.

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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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