EDITOR’S PICKS

Raptor Launches The NINOX 640, A Cooled VIS-SWIR InGaAs Camera Offering Ultra-Low Dark Current

Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance digital cameras has launched an additional member to its family of SWIR and Visible SWIR cameras.

  • Servomotors Stabilize And Position Sensor Turrets On UAVs
    Servomotors Stabilize And Position Sensor Turrets On UAVs

    Today, recon is dominated by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a much more cost-effective approach that presents no risk to the operators. Of course, imagery is only useful if it’s crisp and clear, which requires both focusing and stabilization. This case study describes the development of a 700-gram gyro-feedback-stabilized sensor turret, which keeps a UAV sensor payload and its electronics steady and aimed while countering vibration, thermal loading, wind forces, and more. 

  • IEEE Photonics Society's 2014 Avionics Fiber-Optics & Photonics Conference To Showcase Latest Technology Developments In Avionics, Mobile Platforms, Surface Ships, Submarines & Ground Vehicles
    IEEE Photonics Society's 2014 Avionics Fiber-Optics & Photonics Conference To Showcase Latest Technology Developments In Avionics, Mobile Platforms, Surface Ships, Submarines & Ground Vehicles

    The IEEE Photonics Society's 2014 Avionics Fiber-Optics & Photonics Conference (AVFOP 2014) provides an international forum for engineers, researchers and manufacturers to meet and exchange ideas on designing and deploying fiber optic and photonics technologies for the harsh environments of avionics and vetronics (vehicle electronics) applications.

  • National Synchrotron Light Source II Achieves 'First Light'
    National Synchrotron Light Source II Achieves 'First Light'

    The brightest synchrotron light source in the world has delivered its first x-ray beams. The National Synchrotron Light Source II NSLS-II) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory achieved "first light" on October 23, 2014, when operators opened the shutter to begin commissioning the first experimental station (called a beamline), allowing powerful x-rays to travel to a phosphor detector and capture the facility's first photons.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Laser Doppler Velocimeters: LV-20Z, LV 1004Z and LV-1520Z

Canon’s laser Doppler velocimiters benefit from an optical system that can provide accurate, precise measurement in semiconductor laser velocity, even when those lasers are subjected to temperature changes. The optical system uses the diffraction laser light Doppler method, which means that velocity measurements are not dependent upon the semiconductor laser’s wavelength.

  • Precision Molded Aspherical Lenses
    Precision Molded Aspherical Lenses

    Aspherical lenses, or aspheres, are typically used in high efficiency illumination systems due to their shorter focal length and correction for spherical and coma aberrations. These characteristics result in better overall image quality.

  • High Power, GaAIAs IRLED Illuminator

    Opto Diode’s OD-669-850 high-power IRLED illuminator provides a very uniform optical beam with an ultra-high optical output from 800 (min) to 1250 mW (typ) and a peak emission wavelength of 850 nm.

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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

  • Using Thermography In Precision Agriculture
    Using Thermography In Precision Agriculture

    Changes in soil texture, topography, wind, and even the time of day can all affect crop field variability. All of these factors can affect how water infiltrates and holds into the soil profile. These variables need to be taken into consideration in irrigation scheduling.

  • 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.

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PHOTONICS ONLINE SPECIAL FEATURE

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 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

Precision Optics Corporation

Precision Optics Corporation

For over 30 years, Precision Optics Corporation has provided state-of-the-art optical designs, components and complete optical systems for medical, biomedical, military (ITAR complainant) and industrial applications. As next generation techniques in these areas have advanced to use smaller and less invasive tools and equipment, Precision Optics responded with microprecision™ optical technology to provide components, assemblies, and products with sizes on the order of one millimeter and smaller.

Hamamatsu Corporation

Hamamatsu Corporation

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Accumold

Accumold

Accumold® is a high-tech manufacturer of precision micro, small and lead frame injection molded plastic components
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.
II-VI Optical Systems

II-VI Optical Systems

II-VI Optical Systems is a premier solutions provider for the design, development, and production of integrated optical systems for advanced applications. From prototypes to production, we design, manufacture, assemble, and test precision optical systems and components-including visible, infrared, and laser-based systems and subassemblies.

FLIR Systems, Inc

FLIR Systems, Inc

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Advances In sCMOS Camera Technology Benefit Bio Research

    Since the inception of digital microscopy, scientific-grade CCD cameras have been the gold standard for imaging due to their sensitivity, linear response to light, and low noise characteristics. However, many cell mechanisms occur on short time scales and emit low luminescence signals, making imaging difficult for slower CCD cameras. This technical note discusses why scientific CMOS (sCMOS) is becoming the sensor technology of choice for live cell fluorescence applications, largely due to their combination of very low electronic noise, high frame rates, and a large field of view.

  • Optimizing Hematology Analysis: When Physical Prototypes Fail, Simulation Provides The Answers

    In order to take measurements that are inaccessible using just physical prototyping, HORIBA Medical turned to simulation to optimize and improve their line of leading hematology analysis equipment.

  • Designing Lens-Free Microscopes Based On Holographic Imaging

    Leading nanoelectronics research center imec has recently developed a new microscope — a fast and compact, lens-free imaging solution based on holographic imaging. Starting from a well-known R&D concept, imec’s engineers made a robust solution that can be fabricated by tool providers and used in commercial labs and industrial environments. Imec’s solution is characterized by a very large field of view, high resolution, fast reconstruction software, and excellent scalability. It offers the prospect of easy integration in bio-incubator environments, in large-surface inspection, and even in micro-sized lab-on-chips.

  • 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.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • SRS Probes Inner Workings Of Solar Panels
    SRS Probes Inner Workings Of Solar Panels

    Using femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SRS), scientists have now probed the inner workings of plastic solar panels.

  • NRC Launches Quantum Photonics Technology Program

    As world photonics experts gather for the Schawlow-Townes Symposium in Ottawa, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) announces a new research program that will translate quantum photonics research into technology applications for Canada's future economy.

  • Graphene Sensors Stimulate Neurons Optically And Electronically
    Graphene Sensors Stimulate Neurons Optically And Electronically

    While electrical sensing is a mainstay of neurological studies, optical methods have recently started to become more prevalent.

  • Bristol Team Develops Aerosol Optical Tweezers
    Bristol Team Develops Aerosol Optical Tweezers

    The AOT-100 Aerosol Optical Tweezers, which is capable of holding and manipulating single or multiple particles for indefinite lengths of time using light, is the result of a project funded by an Impact Acceleration Award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

  • NIST Launches New Calibration Service For High-Power Lasers
    NIST Launches New Calibration Service For High-Power Lasers

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a new calibration service for high-power lasers of the sort used by manufacturers for applications such as cutting and welding metals, as well as by the military for more specialized applications like defusing unexploded land mines.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

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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