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A 'Star Wars' Laser Bullet — This Is What It Really Looks Like

Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what would a real laser missile look like during flight, if we could only make it out? How would it illuminate its surroundings? The answers lie in a film made at the Laser Centre of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw.

  • Tiny "Nanoflares" Might Heat The Sun's Corona
    Tiny "Nanoflares" Might Heat The Sun's Corona

    Today, a team led by Paola Testa of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is presenting new clues to the mystery of coronal heating using observations from the recently launched Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS). The team finds that miniature solar flares called "nanoflares" - and the speedy electrons they produce - might partly be the source of that heat, at least in some of the hottest parts of the Sun's corona.

  • Hybrid Materials Could Smash The Solar Efficiency Ceiling
    Hybrid Materials Could Smash The Solar Efficiency Ceiling

    Researchers have developed a new method for harvesting the energy carried by particles known as ‘dark’ spin-triplet excitons with close to 100% efficiency, clearing the way for hybrid solar cells which could far surpass current efficiency limits.

  • Revving Up Fluorescence For Superfast LEDs
    Revving Up Fluorescence For Superfast LEDs

    DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University researchers have made fluorescent molecules emit photons of light 1,000 times faster than normal - setting a speed record and making an important step toward realizing superfast light emitting diodes (LEDs) and quantum cryptography.

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Producing precision optical systems demands a comprehensive opto-mechanical design. II-VI Optical Systems’ team of experienced engineers work collaboratively with your team to design intricate, highly producible systems. We specialize in designing complex systems that are precisely matched with our manufacturing and assembly capabilities to deliver high yields and predictable, optimized results.

  • Ultra High Speed, High Spatial Resolution Camera System - Fastcam IS-1M
    Ultra High Speed, High Spatial Resolution Camera System - Fastcam IS-1M Photron, a leading global manufacturer of high speed imaging systems, introduces the ultra-high-speed, high-resolution camera system, the Fastcam IS-1M. The revolutionary 312 x 260 pixel resolution ISIS (in-situ image storage) CCD sensor system is designed to capture a wide range of ultra-high-speed phenomena at up to 1,000,000 frames per second (fps). The key feature of the new camera is the sensor where the signal storage areas for the recorded images are incorporated within the chip. Extremely light sensitive, the Fastcam IS-1M captures a wide range of high speed events, even in low light conditions.
  • Multispectral Optical Filter Assemblies
    Multispectral Optical Filter Assemblies

    Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI), manufacturer of highly durable optical thin film coatings, introduces advanced optical assembly technology that combines individually-coated multispectral filter substrates into an array assembly. The new Multispectral Optical Filter Assemblies range from two-filter stacks to eight-filter stacks, or more. For added flexibility, the filter assemblies can employ a variety of adhesives including space-qualified adhesives.

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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

  • Lowering Dark Current, Defects, And Bad Pixel Counts In Imaging Detectors
    Lowering Dark Current, Defects, And Bad Pixel Counts In Imaging Detectors

    Sensors Unlimited — UTC Aerospace Systems cut the ribbon on their new facility on September 17th, 2014. Doug Malchow spent a few minutes with us explaining how the move to a bigger and better place has already resulted in better quality imaging detectors with lower defects, lower bad pixel counts, and much lower dark current.

  • Spectral Sensing Kit For Developers
    Spectral Sensing Kit For Developers

    At Optics and Photonics 2014, Bill DeCosta with Ocean Optics introduced his company’s new STS developer kits. Watch the video for an up close look as well as some in depth information on the STS spectrometer.

  • Low Cost Measurement And Analysis Solutions
    Low Cost Measurement And Analysis Solutions

    Applications engineer Kimberly Quinones with StellarNet closed out Photonics Online's Optics and Photonics 2014 video coverage by discussing their UV/VIS/NIR miniature and low-cost spectrometers, integrating spheres, and other solutions for applications involving LED measurements, light measurement, Raman analysis, raw material identification, optical metrology, and more.

  • SWIR Cameras, Cores, And Export License Solutions
    SWIR Cameras, Cores, And Export License Solutions

    Herve Copin with Xenics kicked off the last day of Optics and Photonics 2014 by discussing two of his company's SWIR camera offerings: The Bobcat 640 for waste sorting, food inspection, failure analysis, and semiconductor inspection; and the Rufus 640, a SWIR camera that can operate in both extreme day and night conditions.

  • Compact Goniometer For Laboratories And Production
    Compact Goniometer For Laboratories And Production

    In this video from Optics and Photonics 2014, Rachel Ulanch with Trioptics discusses some background information on her company and introduces the PrismMaster®150 — a compact, high-precision goniometer for optical workshops and production environments.

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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 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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Gooch & Housego PLC

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Photron, Inc.

Photron, Inc.

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

PD-LD, Inc.

PD-LD, Inc.

PD-LD is a manufacturer of customized laser products, headquartered in Pennington, New Jersey, USA. Since 1993, PD-LD, Inc. has been leveraging top-notch technical and manufacturing capabilities to create active and passive laser products that are high-quality, cost-effective, tailored to customers’ needs, and delivered in a timely fashion.

Abrisa Technologies

Abrisa Technologies

With Over 80 years of combined experience, the divisions of Abrisa Technologies (Abrisa Industrial Glass, Sycamore Glass Components, and ZC&R Coatings for Optics) have the engineering, manufacturing and customer service teams needed to service your optics requirements.
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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.

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II-VI Optical Systems

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Can Machined Glass Be Strengthened?

    Download this brief application note to learn more about tempered and heat strengthened glass, chemically strengthened soda glass, and high ion-exchange chemically strengthened thin glass, and the potential risks and feasibility of strengthening said glass.

  • Miniature Camera Modules For Visualizing Micro Invasive Surgery

    The miniaturization of camera modules allows visualization inside the body with ever smaller incisions. These miniature digital camera modules — hardly bigger than a grain of salt — enable novel medical tools, where visualization is possible for the first time and where previous procedures had to be done completely blind. In this article, AWAIBA, a reputed leader in miniature camera modules as small as 500 mm side length, provides an overview of these miniaturized cameras and explores potential new applications for the technology.

  • Cherenkov Emission Imaging And Spectroscopy Utilizing Isotopes And A Linear Accelerator

    There are linear accelerators (LINACs) employed in radiation oncology that produce radiation in pulsed microseconds-long bursts, generated by the accelerator waveguide. By taking advantage of a LINAC’s inherent pulsed operation, time-gated detection of Cherenkov radiation is possible, significantly improving the ratio of signal to ambient light. Recently, a research group at Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire led by Dr. Brian Pogue has investigated fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy methods using pulsed LINAC-induced CES2, under ambient room lighting conditions. An overview of some of their work is provided in this application note.

  • How To Assess Thermal Camera Range For Site Design

    When laying out a site design for surveillance using currently marketed uncooled thermal cameras, it is important to understand the coverage capability of the cameras under evaluation in terms of field of view and range. Accurately gauging range performance from the onset of the site design may allow one to avoid unintended and pricey rework costs later. The following white paper explores the various determinants that are needed for thermal camera range capability assessment.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Detecting Cancer Earlier Is Goal Of Rutgers-Developed Medical Imaging Technology
    Detecting Cancer Earlier Is Goal Of Rutgers-Developed Medical Imaging Technology

    A new medical imaging method being developed at Rutgers University could help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies.

  • UNH Scientist: Cosmic Rays Threaten Future Deep-Space Astronaut Missions
    UNH Scientist: Cosmic Rays Threaten Future Deep-Space Astronaut Missions

    DURHAM, N.H. –- Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new paper by University of New Hampshire scientists.

  • Ph.D. Designs New Devices Based On Metamaterials

    Víctor Torres Landivar, Telecommunications engineer, has designed and manufactured new devices based on metamaterials (artificial materials with properties not found in nature). On drawing up his PhD, defended at the Public University of Navarre (UPNA), he achieved the first experimental demonstration ever with epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterials.

  • A 'Star Wars' Laser Bullet — This Is What It Really Looks Like
    A 'Star Wars' Laser Bullet — This Is What It Really Looks Like

    Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what would a real laser missile look like during flight, if we could only make it out? How would it illuminate its surroundings? The answers lie in a film made at the Laser Centre of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw.

  • Excelitas Technologies Announces The New X-Cite 110LED For Life Science Research
    Excelitas Technologies Announces The New X-Cite 110LED For Life Science Research

    Excelitas Technologies Corp., a global technology leader focused on delivering innovative, high-performance, market-driven photonics solutions recently announced the X-Cite 110LED – a new compact white light LED source for fluorescence imaging applications.

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SPIE Photonics West 2015

February 7 - 12, 2015
San Francisco, CA

IS&T / SPIE Electronic Imaging 2015

February 8 - 12, 2015
San Francisco, CA

SPIE Medical Imaging 2015

February 21 - 26, 2015
Orlando, FL

SPIE Advanced Lithography 2015

February 22 - 26, 2015
San Jose, CA
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