Cymer, an ASML company, an industry leader in developing lithography light sources used by chipmakers to pattern advanced semiconductor chips, today announced the shipment of its first XLR® 700ix light source. Enabling higher scanner throughput and process stability for 14nm chip manufacturing and beyond, the XLR 700ix provides improvements in bandwidth, wavelength and energy stability to reduce process variability and increase yield through improvements in wafer critical dimension (CD) uniformity; software enhancements to increase light source predictability and availability; and reduction in helium and power consumption to decrease operating costs.
Switching Superconductivity By Light
A research team led by Prof. Hiroshi M. Yamamoto of the Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences has developed a novel superconducting transistor which can be switched reversibly between ON and OFF by light-irradiation.
Scientists Get First Glimpse Of A Chemical Bond Being Born
Scientists have used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to get the first glimpse of the transition state where two atoms begin to form a weak bond on the way to becoming a molecule.
Gold Nanotubes Launch A Three-Pronged Attack On Cancer Cells
Scientists have shown that gold nanotubes have many applications in fighting cancer: internal nanoprobes for high-resolution imaging; drug delivery vehicles; and agents for destroying cancer cells.
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Fiber Coupled and Free Beam Laser Diode Modules: LDM Laser Series
These laser diode modules are ideal for use in applications involving bioanalytical research, particle measurements, confocal microscopy, metrology, industrial measurements, testing, medical and/or scientific research, and academic research.
Custom OEM Optics and Coatings
OptoSigma manufactures custom optical coatings within a class-1000 cleanroom. This room cleans, loads, and inspects both catalog and customer supplied optics. The room is virtually particulate-free. Uncoated substrates can be given reflective coatings to make filters, mirrors, beam splitters, and polarizers. A variety of thin-film coatings can be applied to catalog, custom, or customer supplied optics. High performance coatings from 190 nm to 3 microns are provided in Ion-Assist Deposition chambers and Advanced Plasma Source Ion-Assist chambers
VIS-SWIR Camera for High-Sensitivity Imaging: Ninox 640
The Ninox 640 is a digital VIS-SWIR camera that utilizes a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor for thermography, astronomy, hyperspectral imaging, telecommunications, solar cell inspection, semiconductor inspection, and microscopy applications.
Liquid Silicone Rubber Injection Molding
Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding is a thermoset process that mixes a two-component compound together, which is then heat cured in the mold with a platinum catalyst to produce a final part. Liquid Silicon Rubber parts are formed through an injection-molding process similar to that of conventional plastic injection molding with one major difference — the material delivery system is cooled and the mold is heated. Liquid silicone rubber possesses thermal, chemical and electrical resistance, plus biocompatibility. Also, Liquid Silicone Rubber parts can withstand sterilization while maintaining physical properties at extreme temperatures.
Mid-Wave, Science-Grade Thermal Imaging: FLIR A6700sc IR Camera
The A6700sc infrared (IR) camera is ideal for capturing temperature calibrated infrared imagery in research and science related applications. It has a sensitivity of 0.02C and provides 640x512 pixel resolution through its integrated InSb detector.
Deep UV Emitters: MTE280xxx Series
These deep UV emitters operate in the 280nm wavelength range and are particularly well-suited for air and water sanitation applications, as well as in ultraviolet curing applications. They’re offered in one of the largest selection of packages commercially available on the market today. Bare die versions of the emitters are also available for custom OEM packages and assemblies.
High Precision Positioning: MMP Series
Mad City Labs’ MMP series of positioners have a 25mm range of motion and are available in 1, 2, or 3-axis configurations. They feature optical encoders with 50nm resolution, proprietary intelligent control for stability, nanopositioner compatibility, and high native precision and accuracy.
Compact 640 x 480 Pixel Thermal Camera
The Tamarisk®640 thermal camera is well suited for security and surveillance, UAVs, medical imaging equipment, analytic devices, man-portable imaging devices, and other applications with size, weight, and power (SWaP) restrictions.
Narrow Bandpass Filters for Gesture Recognition Systems
Optics Balzers’ NIR narrow bandpass filters are ideal for integration into gesture recognition systems, in 3D imaging applications, and in multipurpose cameras for the automotive market. They’ve specifically been developed for use in TOF cameras where a wide field of incidence angle and high performance blocking are necessary. For more information, download the datasheet.
Scientific CMOS Camera: pco.edge 4.2 LT
This sCMOS camera offers 2048 x 2048 pixel resolution, low noise (0.8 electrons), high speed (40 fps), a high dynamic range (36 000:1), and greater than 70% quantum efficiency. It’s been optimized for microscope synchronization and scanning applications.
Surface Measurements In The Most Challenging Environments
In this video, one of Zygo’s applications engineers provides a demonstration of the ZeGageTM 3D optical surface profiler as it measures the roughness of the surface of a sealing valve used in the automotive industry. That might sounds fairly unremarkable, but check out how the system does on a rickety plastic table in a machine shop full of noise and vibration.
Ready, Fight! Photon Camera vs. Thermal Camera – The Speed Test
How difficult is it to measure the temperature of a moving golf ball? Would it be better to use a thermal camera, or a photon camera? It’s certain that there are more critical-type measurements one can make outside of golf ball temperature, but this video does a great job of showing the different results that each camera type yields from a qualitative analysis standpoint.
From The Show Floor – Part 4 of 4: Piezo Motor Stages
In the final installment of our four-part video series with PI from Photonics West 2015, Scott Jordan introduced us his company’s latest line of Piezo motor stages. He also explained the difference between a Piezo nanopositioner and a Piezo motor positioner, and the impact this difference can have on travel ranges and package size.
From The Show Floor – Part 3 of 4: Actuators For Test And Assembly
In part three of our four-part series with PI from Photonics West 2015, Scott Jordan showed us a new type of actuator for test and assembly process that call for very highly calibrated, careful, and very repeatable force increments.
From The Show Floor – Part 2 of 4: Air Bearing Stages
Just last year, PI acquired Nelson Air Bearing Proeucts in order to expand on their portofilio of precision motion technologies. In part two of a four part video series taken from Photonics West 2015, Scott Jordan spoke with us about these air bearing stage offerings and the extremely smooth and long travel motions they provide.
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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
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
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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Acton Optics’ METACHROME is a Lumogen stack coating optimized to increases a detector’s quantum efficiency in the UV spectral region. It emits light at approximately 540 to 580nm when excited with light below 450nm. It becomes transparent at >450nm wavelengths, and as such, will not negatively impact a detector’s quantum efficiency in the VIS and NIR regions.
High Precision Nanopositioning Systems: Nano-MET Series
The Nano-MET series of nanopositioning systems have been designed to provide picometer positioning resolution for metrology, AFM, and SPM applications. Three models are available in the series with variations in configuration, size, noise floor, response time, and more.
1 Mpx High-Speed Cameras: Phantom® v711 - 7Gpx/s Vision Research has updated their popular 1 megapixel v-Series High-Speed camera line. While the camera specifications stay the same, camera packaging and controls have been updated.
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From Patterned Wafer To Packaged Device: Optical Alignment For Packaging and Test In SiP
As photonic and electronic devices began to converge, bandwidth, efficiency, and functionality improved significantly. On the flip side, testing and packaging these silicon photonic (SiP) devices has proven to be a challenge. Testing conventional microcircuits can be done through physical contact, conventional positioning control devices, and visual inspection. On the other hand, photonic devices require non-contact and nanoscale alignment between the hybrid device under test and a probe fiber or other element. And we haven’t even begun discussing the complications involved in packaging such devices.
Getting The Best Results From Fourier Spectrometers (FTIR)
Dr. Fred Goldstein in his 16 February 2004 Film Star News had the following comment:
"...it appears that the current consensus on ‘FTIR vs. Grating IR' is that FTIR instruments are unsuitable for optical measurements. If you disagree, or have evidence to the contrary, we'd like to hear."
Having been associated with FTIR since 1957, I felt compelled to respond to that comment. In general, I have to agree that the application of FTIR can lead to results that are prone to photometric errors. However, there are things that can be done to overcome the limitations of FTIR for optical measurements.
Vision Research High-Speed Digital Cameras Instrumental In Teaching Construction Site Safety
There is a good reason construction workers are asked to wear hard hats, gloves, safety goggles, and various other safety equipment while on the job; construction sites are dangerous. Filled with heavy and sharp objects, platforms of varying heights, flying sparks and debris, and a number of other potentially dangerous elements, it’s no wonder so many injuries occur on construction sites.
Principles Of Dispersive And Fourier Spectrometers
A review of the general principles of spectrophotometers is given here. This is part one of two articles.
SLAC-Led Research Team Bends Highly Energetic Electron Beam With Crystal
An international team of researchers working at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has demonstrated that a bent silicon crystal can bend the paths of focused, very energetic electron beams much more than magnets used today.
Flexible Nanosensors For Wearable Devices
A new method developed at the Institute of Optoelectronics Systems and Microtechnology (ISOM) from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) will enable the fabrication of optical nanosensors capable of sticking on uneven surfaces and biological surfaces like human skin.
Rapid Data Transfer Thanks To Quantum Physics
RUB engineers have developed a new concept for accelerating data transfer in server farms. To this end, the team at the Chair of Photonics and Terahertz Technology applies a quantum-mechanical variable, i.e. the spin. RUBIN, the science magazine published by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, reports on how researchers optimise so-called spin lasers for data transfer.
New Nanowire Structure Absorbs Light Efficiently
Researchers at Aalto University have developed a new method to implement different types of nanowires side-by-side into a single array on a single substrate.
Researchers Enable Solar Cells To Use More Sunlight
Scientists of the University of Luxembourg and of the Japanese electronics company TDK report progress in photovoltaic research: they have improved a component that will enable solar cells to use more energy of the sun and thus create a higher current.
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