EDITOR’S PICKS

Random Light Scattering Enhances The Resolution Of Wide-Field Optical Microscope Images

Researchers at the UT-research institute MESA+ have developed a method to improve the resolution of a conventional wide-field optical microscope. Scattered light usually reduces the resolution of conventional optical microscopes.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Optical Filters

Acton Optics & Coatings offers bandpass, band rejection, long pass, neutral density, reflective, and solar blind filters for spectroscopy, elemental analysis, environmental monitoring, biotechnology instrumentation, space exploration, and in general research areas.

  • Onca-MWIR-InSb-320: Affordable MWIR Camera for Critical Thermal Imaging Applications
    Onca-MWIR-InSb-320: Affordable MWIR Camera for Critical Thermal Imaging Applications

    The Onca-MWIR-InSb camera is an affordable midwave infrared imaging camera that is perfect for thermal imaging applications where performance is critical. This MWIR imaging camera features state of the art 2D InSb array with 320 x 256 pixel resolution and an option to extend the spectral response to the SWIR (3.6 µm - 4.9 µm standard, optionally 1.0 µm - 4.9 µm).

  • Optics Holders
    Optics Holders

    OptoSigma offers a wide variety of optics holders for beam steering, expansion, and laser forcasing. While such a large selection can make it difficult to choose which one is right for your application, OptoSigma can help you easily select the ones that would suit your needs once you understand the six functions – mounting center, rotational mechanism, fine adjustment center, optics fixation, control direction, and control.

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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

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.

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.

PI (Physik Instrumente) LP

PI (Physik Instrumente) LP

PI (Physik Instrumente) provides the world’s broadest range of precision motion technologies for both micro- and nano-precision applications. PI is the world’s first and largest manufacturer of piezoelectric nanopositioning technology.  Started 4 decades ago as a supplier to research labs and universities, the company has grown into a business of 700+ employees and more than $100 million in global sales.

Photron, Inc.

Photron, Inc.

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

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.

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.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • 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.

  • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging

    This application note describes how to use a CMOS image sensor to create a device for luminescence lifetime measurements without the bulky, expensive equipment.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Developing Portable, Highly Sensitive Gold Detection

    University of Adelaide researchers are developing a portable, highly sensitive method for gold detection that would allow mineral exploration companies to test for gold on-site at the drilling rig.

  • Photron Introduces Compact HD High Speed 4-Megapixel Camera - FASTCAM Mini WX 100
    Photron Introduces Compact HD High Speed 4-Megapixel Camera - FASTCAM Mini WX 100

    Photron, Inc. has introduced their high-definition (HD), FASTCAM Mini WX100. This new 4-megapixel, high-speed video camera is designed for operation in high shock and vibration environments, such as High-G automotive safety testing and high-speed military testing. It is also ideal for use in a wide variety of high-speed scientific and industrial imaging applications.

  • A New Generation Of Acoustic Measurements
    A New Generation Of Acoustic Measurements

    This optical measurement technique directly measures particle velocities and realises the acoustic pascal - the SI derived unit of pressure - and could potentially be used to calibrate microphones.

  • Harnessing Sunlight With Semiconductor Microspheres Containing Metal Nanoparticles
    Harnessing Sunlight With Semiconductor Microspheres Containing Metal Nanoparticles

    A*STAR researchers have performed theoretical calculations to explain why semiconductor microspheres embedded with metal nanoparticles are so good at using sunlight to catalyze reactions.

  • 6-Axis Motion Simulator Hexapod Obtains Exclusive Imaging Certification from CIPA

    Precision motion and positioning systems specialist PI (Physik Instrumente) LP recently obtained certification for the miniature, high-dynamics H-811.S11 6-axis motion and positioning Hexapod from the Camera and Imaging Product Association (CIPA). The H-811 Hexapod is the only 6-axis motion and positioning system that meets CIPS standards for simulating camera shake on a defined and repeatable test trajectory while taking photographs.

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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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