EDITOR’S PICKS

Breakthrough Opens Door To Affordable Quantum Computers

A UNSW-led research team has encoded quantum information in silicon using simple electrical pulses for the first time, bringing affordable large-scale quantum computers one step closer to reality.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Optical Coatings for 122nm-1100nm

Acton offers optical coatings for use in the 122nm to 1100nm range for a variety of applications, including excimer laser vision correction systems, semiconductor laser and metrology systems, both government and university laboratories, and in industrial and analytical instrumentation.

  • Tau SWIR - Miniature High-Performance Shortwave Infrared Camera
    Tau SWIR - Miniature High-Performance Shortwave Infrared Camera

    FLIR’s Miniature High-Performance Shortwave Infrared Camera, Tau SWIR 15XRH, incorporates a high-resolution (640 ×512) Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) 15-micron pixel pitch focal plane array that features variable exposure control, high frame rates, nearly zero image lag, and high quantum efficiency. Designed for a variety of OEM applications, including electro-optical payloads, weapon sights, night vision, and UAV/UGV sensor sockets; Tau SWIR 15XRH delivers superior shortwave infrared imaging performance (extended spectral range also available).

  • Aspheric and High Complexity Components
    Aspheric and High Complexity Components

    II-VI Optical Systems offers a full range of high precision manufacturing solutions including a computer-controlled deterministic polishing process to fabricate high precision aspheric components.

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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • Issues in Measuring Beams Coming Out of a Fiber

    There is often confusion when having to measure a beam coming out of fiber.

  • New IR Ceramic Optics And IR Optical Glass
    New IR Ceramic Optics And IR Optical Glass

    SCHOTT had some new offerings that Devin Standard was kind enough to share with us at DSS in 2015. Watch the video for information on their new infrared ceramic optical materials and infrared optical glasses, and a demonstration of the new materials working in conjunction with a thermal camera.

  • Focused Into Fiber, And New Laser Wavelengths
    Focused Into Fiber, And New Laser Wavelengths

    Bob Struthers with PD-LD gave us a quick rundown of some of their usual products on display at DSS this year and also shared some exciting news in regards to the new laser wavelengths they now offer. He then turned it over to Tom Deberardine so we could get a closer look at PD-LD’s active fiber optic coupled component offerings.

  • Spectral Sensing At The Smallest Scale
    Spectral Sensing At The Smallest Scale

    Derek Guenther with Ocean Optics gave us an overview of what they had on display at DSS in 2015, but the Spark-VIS microspectrometer stole the show.

  • Fastest Infrared Camera Now Even Faster
    Fastest Infrared Camera Now Even Faster

    Vincent Farley with Telops closed out day two of SPIE’s DSS 2015 with an introduction to the FAST-IR 2K with 2,000 FPS, furthering their foothold as the manufacturer of the fastest infrared camera on the market today. He then caught us up on some of the new and notable features of their Hyper-Cam hyperspectral imaging camera.

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PHOTONICS ONLINE SPECIAL FEATURE

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.

 

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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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

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
Sierra-Olympic Technologies, Inc.

Sierra-Olympic Technologies, Inc.

Sierra-Olympic Technologies, Inc.  ̶  experts in thermal imaging technology  ̶  designs, manufactures and distributes cameras, components, and systems solutions for infrared (IR) camera users and integrators. Products include cooled, uncooled, and OEM infrared cameras, accessories, digital acquisition, and image processing systems. We provide full engineering services and support and are able to customize our systems to meet your specific requirements. We offer very high-value, cost-effective thermal imagers for R&D, OEM, commercial, and security applications, available for easy purchase directly from our web site.

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.

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.

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.

Zygo Corporation

Zygo Corporation

Supplier of precision optics including extreme precision aspheres and freeform, meter-class flats and windows in common and exotic materials. Full electro-mechanical-optical design/prototype and manufacturing capabilities for medical, defense, military, ISR, semiconductor and industrial technology research.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • 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.

  • Projecting UV Into The Eye To Help The Blind See

    When an ophthalmologist removes the natural lens in a human eye that’s affected by a cataract, an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is put in its place. Recently, a medical device startup manufacturer developed a new type of IOL that allows surgeons to adjust for errors in preoperative measurements and variations in vision as the eye heals.

  • 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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LATEST HEADLINES

  • LightPath Technologies Exhibiting at SPIE Defense, Security & Sensing 2015

    LightPath Technologies is planning to present two new products this year at the SPIE DSS. Visit booth #417 to be among the first to see LightPath’s new Thermal Imaging assemblies for low cost sensors, and its Molded Glass Specialty Products including Acylindrical Lenses. Jeremy Huddleston will be presenting a paper entitled “Investigation of As40Se60 chalcogenide glass in precision glass molding for high-volume thermal imaging lenses” on April 22, at 8:40am.

     

  • New Thermal Imaging Equipment for Portable Military Applications for Thermoteknix

    Thermoteknix, a leader in SWaP efficient thermal imaging sensor technologies, will present their versions of Pico brand products at the SPIE DSS 2015, at booth #811. The Pico640 Gen2 from ULIS’ will be showcased as the new SWaP-enhanced thermal imaging sensor that brings power consumption efficiency and performance to Thermoteknix’s MicroCAM 3 Thermal Imaging Module in booth #308.

  • SensUp Launches New Fiber Laser Rangefinder at SPIE DSS 2015

    SensUp will present at the “Laser Radar Technology and Applications XX” Conference (Session 1, 21St April 2015, 9:20 AM) to preview their latest OEM Fiber Laser Rangefinder: the LRF 1550 MR. It is the first OEM Laser Rangefinder of the market based on Fiber Laser technology, and is designed for  long distance measurements to static or moving targets in dynamic environments.

  • New DG Connect Policies Add to Efforts for Gender Balance in Science

    The European Commission department, charged with ensuring growth in digital technologies to meet the EU’s growing needs, has moved from encouraging appropriate female representation in its events to setting policies to ensure that happens. Organizations including SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, are also working for gender balance and have expressed their support.

  • US Patent Office (USPTO) Awards Solar-Tectic LLC A Major Patent For Thin-Film Solar Cell And Semiconductor Technology
    US Patent Office (USPTO) Awards Solar-Tectic LLC A Major Patent For Thin-Film Solar Cell And Semiconductor Technology

    Solar-Tectic LLC ("ST") announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a major patent (over 50 claims) for a wide range of technologies including the growth of single crystal, highly textured, or large grained semiconductor films on inexpensive substrates, such as ordinary glass.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology 2015

May 11 - 13, 2015
San Francisco, CA

Photonex Roadshow Scotland

June 3, 2015
Glasgow

LASER World of PHOTONICS 2015

June 22 - 25, 2015
Munich

World Congress on Industrial Automation

July 20 - 22, 2015
San Francisco, CA

Conference and Trade Fair on Laser Technology

July 20 - 22, 2015
Florida, FL
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