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Photonic Laser Thruster Propels Simulated Spacecraft

Y.K. Bae Corporation announces their proprietary Photonic Laser Thruster (PLT) has successfully accelerated a 450 gram (~1 lb.) spacecraft simulator with pure laser light for the first time in history.

  • Random Nanowire Configurations Increase Conductivity Over Heavily Ordered Configurations
    Random Nanowire Configurations Increase Conductivity Over Heavily Ordered Configurations

    Researchers at Lehigh University have identified for the first time that a performance gain in the electrical conductivity of random metal nanowire networks can be achieved by slightly restricting nanowire orientation.

  • Quantum Physics On Tap
    Quantum Physics On Tap

    We all know intuitively that normal liquids flow more quickly as the channel containing them tightens. Think of a river flowing through narrow rapids.

  • Gel Filled With Nanosponges Cleans Up MRSA Infections
    Gel Filled With Nanosponges Cleans Up MRSA Infections

    Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego developed a gel filled with toxin-absorbing nanosponges that could lead to an effective treatment for skin and wound infections caused by MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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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).

  • Optical Component Prototypes Using Rapid Injection Molding Process
    Optical Component Prototypes Using Rapid Injection Molding Process

    Protomold’s rapid injection molding process is a very useful option for prototyping lenses that need to be tested for fit and structural integrity in optical systems. Optical component prototypes produced using the rapid injection molding process can cost up to 90% less than parts produced with traditional tooling methods.

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  • 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 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

Canon USA, Inc.

Canon USA, Inc.

Canon Optoelectronic Components, Integrating the Latest Technologies. Canon has been developing industrial components with super-high levels of precision and accuracys using its optical technologies gained and accumulated for over half a century.

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

Xenics

Xenics

Xenics is a well established and rapidly growing high-tech company about to enter exciting new fields of IR products and applications, serving the markets with excellent products and a strong technology background.

Proto Labs, Inc.

Proto Labs, Inc.

Proto Labs, Inc., through its Firstcut and Protomold services, utilizes proprietary computing technologies and automated manufacturing systems to provide prototype parts and short-run production services. All parts are made by standard production methods, delivered at affordable prices, and can be delivered in as fast as one day.
Hamamatsu Corporation

Hamamatsu Corporation

Photomultiplier Tubes|Arc Lamp|Photo Multiplier|Spectroscopy Systems

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

  • 3D Printing Technologies for Prototyping and Production

    In today’s market, products are designed to be manufactured in large bulk quantities where parts and assembled products are built and tested throughout the development process. This results in a high rate of product innovation, but it puts a lot of pressure on the prototyping process. It is important to choose the right prototyping processes at each point in development depending on application, material requirements, and manufacturability.

  • Advanced-Absorber Microbolometer Superstructure: Patented Sensor Technology Revealed

    The most significant development in the production of infrared sensors and their ability to affect improvements to SWaP-C requirements comes from the introduction of uncooled focal plane array (FPA) designs. The progress of uncooled infrared sensor development has paved the way for a host of applications spanning multiple industries, to include commercial and civilian. Through years of persistent development efforts against rigorous quality standards, DRS’ patented Advanced-Absorber Microbolometer Superstructure offers equilibrium between SWaP-C advancement and maintaining the integrity of a sensor’s imaging capability.

  • LIDAR Guns, Accuracy, and Speeding Tickets

    A Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system uses a 130 μW 904 nm beam produced by three light emitting diodes (LEDs), and a telescope working together in order to calculate how long it takes for the beam to leave the device and return to the telescope. This application note describes how to use Ophir products to test LIDAR guns for performance by assessing the power output of the beam, and testing the three LEDs that produce the beam.

  • Cooled vs. Uncooled Thermal Imaging

    Thermal imaging cameras have been used by scientists, researchers and R&D specialists for many years in a variety of applications.This application note describes the difference between cooled and uncooled thermal imaging cameras, and when to use them in applications such as industrial R&D, academics and research, and defense and aerospace.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • DILAS Showcasing High-Brightness, Fiber Laser Pumping Products At LASER World Of PHOTONICS 2015

    DILAS will be showcasing a series of high-brightness, fiber-coupled diode laser pump modules at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2015. The diode laser company will also present the COMPACT-EVOLUTION turn-key platform, and a white paper entitled “Surface Cladding with Multi-kW Diode Lasers” at the event on June 22-25, 2015.

  • Reynard Offers Durable Metalized Windows For Hermetically Sealed Optics
    Reynard Offers Durable Metalized Windows For Hermetically Sealed Optics

    Reynard Corporation is now a provider of high performance metalized windows. These optics may be used in multiple applications including windows for cryogenic storage dewars, hermetically sealed detectors, medical endoscopes, heated windows, and other special configurations. The specified metal pattern applied can be configured to various requirements. An example would be a continuous ring around the edge of an optic providing a surface for hermetically sealing it to a metal surface in airtight situations.

  • Photron Introduces Compact & Affordable, High-Speed, 4-Megapixel HD Camera: FASTCAM Mini WX 50
    Photron Introduces Compact & Affordable, High-Speed, 4-Megapixel HD Camera: FASTCAM Mini WX 50

    Photron, Inc. recently announced the FASTCAM Mini WX 50 as the new addition to the FASTCAM Mini WX Series. The new video camera can capture up to 750 frames per second at full four mega-pixel resolution and true 1080 HD performance to 1,500 frames per second. The new FASTCAM is cost-effective for targeted high-speed imaging applications such as biomechanics, life sciences, automotive safety testing, and much more.

  • Iridian Announces Reduced Pricing For Standard Filters
    Iridian Announces Reduced Pricing For Standard Filters

    Iridian announced its new reduced prices for its standard filters by 8-49% due to improvements in optical filter manufacturing processes and efficiencies.

  • FLIR Releases New Software For Research And Science Applications
    FLIR Releases New Software For Research And Science Applications

    FLIR Systems has recently announced a new 4.2 version of its ReasearchIR thermal imaging software. The new software is a powerful tool for viewing, acquiring, analyzing, and sharing thermal data captured with FLIR’s scientific and R&D cameras. It also allows users to access their MATLAB scripts directly in ResearchIR for specially-tailored image analysis and processing tasks.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

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

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015

August 9 - 13, 2015
San Diego, CA
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