EDITOR’S PICKS

BMBF’s Digital Photonic Production Research Campus Opens With A Key Moment

With the United Nations having declared 2015 the “International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies,” the opening of the BMBF’s new “Digital Photonic Production (DPP)” research campus at the end of January was perfectly timed. Located on the RWTH Aachen Campus, the DPP research campus is destined to become well known as the home to a new kind of collaboration between science and industry.

  • New Research Signals Big Future For Quantum Radar
    New Research Signals Big Future For Quantum Radar

    The new breed of radar is a hybrid system that uses quantum correlation between microwave and optical beams to detect objects of low reflectivity such as cancer cells or aircraft with a stealth capability.

  • Flexible Nanosensors For Wearable Devices
    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
    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.

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PHOTONICS WEST PRODUCT SHOWCASE

  • Liquid Silicone Rubber Injection Molding
    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.

  • CCD Camera: 1110S
    CCD Camera: 1110S

    SI’s new 1110S camera is a pixel power-house!  It is designed to accommodate the very large area muti-port single-chip CCD sensors coming onto the market today. These 100+ megapixel CCDs require a camera capable of running  the large number of output ports in a cryo cooled dewar that meets and exceeds the requirements of the most demanding scientific applications. It provides device-limited performance in a very compact configuration.

  • Mid-Wave, Science-Grade Thermal Imaging: FLIR A6700sc IR Camera
    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.

  • Digital Laser Scanner/Galvano Scanner
    Digital Laser Scanner/Galvano Scanner

    The Digital Laser/Galvano Scanner series from Canon includes three different models with various features and application areas. Each Galvano scanner has digital servo controllers and encoders, ensuring good temperature characteristics.

  • Spatial Light Modulators
    Spatial Light Modulators

    As their name would indicate, spatial light modulators modulate light according to a fixed pixel, or spatial, pattern. Meadowlark Optics manufactures and sells three different variations of these modulators to address a variety of photonics-based applications.

  • Narrow Bandpass Filters for Gesture Recognition Systems
    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.

     

  • VIS-SWIR Camera for High-Sensitivity Imaging: Ninox 640
    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.

  • Compact 640 x 480 Pixel Thermal Camera
    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.

  • Optical Glass and Lens Pressings
    Optical Glass and Lens Pressings

    HOYA has been a supplier of optical glass in the photonics arena for over 70 years now. Their glass has been used in the development of advanced electronics since 1941. In addition to the technical innovation they’ve provided with their optical glass and lens pressings, HOYA has also committed themselves to environmental preservation by removing lead, arsenics, and other harmful chemicals from their optical glass and lens pressing process.

  • Multi-Zone Filters
    Multi-Zone Filters

    Iridian Spectral Technologies' multi-zone filters offer optical designers spatially varying spectral performance on a single substrate in the UV (300nm) to LWIR (15µm) wavelength range. Filter types available include bandpass, notch, long-pass, and short-pass with additional coatings offered for AR, high-reflectivity, and black-absorbing.

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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • Surface Measurements In The Most Challenging Environments
    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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PHOTONICS ONLINE SPECIAL FEATURE

FLIR is proud to be releasing our high performance cooled A-Series product family with detectors in every waveband. These cutting-edge FLIR Research and Science Thermal Imaging Cameras set a new standard for price and performance.  See for yourself and check out the new, affordable NIR, MWIR HD, and LWIR SLS thermal imagers at FLIR booth #1130.

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 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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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Fast X-ray TDI Camera For Inspections (C12200-321)

Hamamatsu's new X-ray TDI (time delay integration) camera offers high speed speed scanning for X-ray inspection of electronic, pharmaceutical, food, and other products where high sensitivity and high resolution are required.

  • Digital Encoder Galvano Scanner: GM-1000 Series
    Digital Encoder Galvano Scanner: GM-1000 Series

    The GM-1000 series of digital encoder galvano scanners is comprised of four different models with variations in beam diameter, scan angles, small step response, and resolution. Each model has a compact physical profile, super low thermal drift, and extreme high resolution, precision, and accuracy.

  • Metal Coatings For Broadband Reflector Or Beamsplitter Metal coatings are often used in systems where a very broadband reflector or beamsplitter is needed. They can also be an excellent choice when an economical coating is especially important.
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LEADING SUPPLIERS

Image Science Ltd

Image Science Ltd

Image Science was formed in 1991 and specialises in the design and manufacture lens testing systems for both Research & Development and production applications.  We concentrate on providing the best combination of accuracy, speed of measurement,  and ease of use.

Proto Labs, Inc.

Proto Labs, Inc.

Proto Labs, Inc., through its Firstcut and Protomold services, utilizes proprietary computing technologies and automated manufacturing systems to provide prototype parts and short-run production services. All parts are made by standard production methods, delivered at affordable prices, and can be delivered in as fast as one day.
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.

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.

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.

TELOPS

TELOPS

Telops specializes in the design and production of sophisticated opto-electronic systems for the defense, aerospace and telecommunications industries. A reliable source of accelerated innovation inoptronics, the experienced engineering team thrives on high expectations and great challenges.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • FAST Thermal Imaging – Tank/Artillery Muzzle Flash Analysis

    Typical large caliber muzzle flash last less than 0.2 seconds in the MW (3μm to 5μm) band. This fact leads to the most important technological challenge when it comes to the detection and characterization of short, millisecond long events: high frame rate.

  • 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.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

Photonex Roadshow Southampton

March 9, 2015
Southampton

Phosphor Global Summit 2015

March 16 - 17, 2015
San Francisco, CA

Quantum Dots Forum 2015

March 18, 2015
San Francisco, CA

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April 13 - 16, 2015
Prague
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