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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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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.

  • InGaAs SWIR Camera: A6200sc
    InGaAs SWIR Camera: A6200sc

    FLIR’s longstanding expertise in traditional infrared imaging applications has them poised to enter the SWIR imaging market to allow their customers to detect phenomena in the 0.9 to 1.7µm range. SWIR imaging can be used to image through paint to see hidden details, image through silicon for wafer analysis applications, and much more. The A6200sc can also be used as a high-temperature thermal measurement tool for ovens or furnaces.

  • Laser Spot Size and Position Monitoring for YAG and Fiber Lasers: BeamWatch®
    Laser Spot Size and Position Monitoring for YAG and Fiber Lasers: BeamWatch®

    The BeamWatch® system instantly measures the focus spot size of high power YAG, fiber, diode, and disk lasers and dynamically measures focal plane location during start-up. It uses disruptive technology to monitor a laser beam at frequent intervals without having to shut down the process or remove tooling features to make adjustments.

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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

Bristol Instruments, Inc.

Bristol Instruments, Inc.

BRISTOL INSTRUMENTS, INC., located near Rochester, NY, was founded in January, 2005, by three technical and marketing leaders of the now-defunct Burleigh Instruments. Together, this group has almost 60 years of combined experience in the design, manufacture, and marketing of lasers and precision test instruments used in basic and applied research, engineering, and production test applications.

Opto Diode, An ITW Company

Opto Diode, An ITW Company

Opto Diode Corporation is a world supplier of reliable, high quality infrared (IR) LEDs and custom LEDs in the visible range. Since 1981, we have produced standard TO-packaging and custom housing LEDs in our U. S. facility in Southern California, maintaining the highest standards with our in-process quality control and testing systems...

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.

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI)

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI)

For over 20 years, Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI) has produced the most durable optical thin film filter coatings in the industry...

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.

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.

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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

  • Physicists Solve Quantum Tunneling Mystery
    Physicists Solve Quantum Tunneling Mystery

    An international team of scientists studying ultrafast physics have solved a mystery of quantum mechanics, and found that quantum tunneling is an instantaneous process.

  • 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.

  • Paleontologists Pioneer Laser-Beam Scanning Of Dinosaur Fossils
    Paleontologists Pioneer Laser-Beam Scanning Of Dinosaur Fossils

    A team of scientists based largely at the University of Kansas and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Washington has developed methods of using commercial-grade laser equipment to find and analyze fossils of dinosaurs.

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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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