EDITOR’S PICKS

Unusual Asteroid Suspected Of Spinning To Explosion

A team led by astronomers from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, recently used the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to observe and measure a rare class of “active asteroids” that spontaneously emit dust and have been confounding scientists for years.

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PHOTONICS WEST PRODUCT SHOWCASE

  • 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.

  • High-Accuracy Laser Wavelength Meter
    High-Accuracy Laser Wavelength Meter

    The 621 Series Laser Wavelength Meter is the best way to measure the absolute wavelength of CW lasers that operate from the visible to the mid-IR. This system provides real-time laser wavelength information with an accuracy as high as ± 0.0001 nm. Continuous calibration with a built-in wavelength standard ensures the reliable accuracy that is needed to generate the most meaningful experimental results.

  • World Class Optical Thin Films
    World Class Optical Thin Films

    DELTA has been providing world class optical thin films for applications involving optical coherence tomography (OCT), image transferring systems, Point of Care (PoC) instruments, flow cytometry, raman spectroscopy, high performance monochromators, biomedical laser systems, and more.

  • Deep UV Emitters: MTE280xxx Series
    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.

  • HDR CMOS Cameras for Automotive, Surveillance, and Industrial Applications
    HDR CMOS Cameras for Automotive, Surveillance, and Industrial Applications

    First Sensor’s Blue Raven line of fully programmable CMOS cameras feature a 1/3“ color HDR CMOS sensor that provides 1.2 Megapixel resolution (6 times digital zoom), low power consumption, motion detection, and a wide range of both power supplies and fixed focus optics to choose from.

  • Fiber Coupled and Free Beam Laser Diode Modules: LDM Laser Series
    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.

  • Photon Counting Device: MPPC (Multi-Pixel Photon Counter)
    Photon Counting Device: MPPC (Multi-Pixel Photon Counter)

    Hamamatsu’s MPPC, a type of silicon photomultiplier, is a photon-counting device with high photon detection efficiency, wide dynamic range, low afterpulsing, and low crosstalk. It also features small size, low voltage operation, and insensitivity to magnetic fields. These and other characteristics make the MPPC suitable low-light detectors for many applications including fluorescence measurement, radiation monitoring, and LIDAR. MPPCs are available in a variety of sizes, package types, and arrays. For easy operation, MPPC modules that integrate an MPPC and various circuits are available.

  • Scientific CMOS Camera: pco.edge 4.2 LT
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • Custom Plano Optics: Making Laser Amplifiers for the World's Most Powerful Laser

    The world's most powerful laser needed a high precision custom optics manufacturer. In this case study, high fluence laser amplifiers were developed into a volume production process for the National Ignition Facility project.

  • 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.

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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 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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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Optical Coatings for 122nm-1100nm

Acton offers optical coatings for use in the 122nm to 1100nm range for a variety of applications, including excimer laser vision correction systems, semiconductor laser and metrology systems, both government and university laboratories, and in industrial and analytical instrumentation.

  • Ruggedized MWIR Camera: Cruz MWIR™ 640-20
    Ruggedized MWIR Camera: Cruz MWIR™ 640-20

    The Cruz MWIR 640-20 is a 20μ pixel pitch and 640x512 pixel format using InSb from Lockheed Martin - Santa Barbara Focal Plane detector and ROIC. This camera has NEΔT of 30 milikelvin and is ruggedized and tested to Mil-STD-810G and is qualified for gimbals and pan and tilt applications.

  • 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.

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LEADING SUPPLIERS

Raptor Photonics Limited

Raptor Photonics Limited

Raptor Photonics Limited, founded in 2006, is a global leader and manufacturer of high performance, industrial-grade and rugged low light digital & analogue cameras. Raptor specialises in complete cameras and core engine solutions using EMCCD, Scientific CMOS, SWIR and Vis-SWIR sensor technology.

StellarNet, Inc.

StellarNet, Inc.

StellarNet manufactures precision fiber optic spectrometers for portable and multi-channel industrial applications, which enable low cost spectroscopy solutions.  Our expertise in electro-optics, software design, and applications development, provides unmatched price performance in the global instrumentation market.

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.

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.

Ophir Photonics

Ophir Photonics

Ophir Photonics, a Newport Corporation, began making laser power meters, energy meters, and beam profilers in 1979, and we’ve never looked back. We have headquarters in the United States, Israel, Japan, and Germany, as well as distributors in over 50 countries worldwide.

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.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Designing A New Optical Projection Device For Military Pilots

    When the Department of Defense decided that their previous landscape flight simulators used to train pilots required too large of a display, too large of an enclosure space, and were starting to feel a bit antiquated in general, they went on the lookout for a helmet –mounted simulation solution to replace the traditional rear-projection screens they were using.

  • Imaging In The Worst Possible Environment

    Trips to the dentist are rarely pleasant, and that unpleasantness can be compounded when the doctor needs a 3D model of your teeth.

  • 4 Big Mistakes In Developing Photonics-Enabled Medical Devices

    Photonics components have become key enablers in the design and development of next-generation medical devices and diagnostics. This trend has its roots in mature imaging technologies like optical microscopy and endoscopy/colonoscopy, and is poised to accelerate through emerging applications such as optogenetics, laser ablation therapy, and optical coherence tomography (OCT), among many others. This white paper identifies four of the most common mistakes we see medical device manufacturers make when attempting to incorporate optics and photonics into their designs — and how to avoid them.

  • Reduce Prototyping Costs: Seven Ways To Trim Machining Expenses

    Proto Labs has been in the machining business since 1999, and in that time, they’ve learned a thing or two about the intricacies of the CNC machining process. This document contains a compilation of their shared knowledge as it relates to reducing your overall costs by trimming machine expenses.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Continuous Leak Detection At Vital Installations
    Continuous Leak Detection At Vital Installations

    The G300a thermal imaging camera from FLIR Systems lets you can monitor vital gas pipelines or installations 24/7. Installing a FLIR G300a will immediately enable you to see if a dangerous and costly gas leak appears.

  • Imec Demonstrates 50GHz Ge Waveguide Electro-Absorption Modulator
    Imec Demonstrates 50GHz Ge Waveguide Electro-Absorption Modulator

    At this week’s OFC 2015, the largest global conference and exposition for optical communications, nanoelectronics research center imec, its associated lab at Ghent University (Intec), and Stanford University have demonstrated a compact germanium (Ge) waveguide electro-absorption modulator (EAM) with a modulation bandwidth beyond 50GHz.

  • Laser Research CO2 Optics For Mid-Range Cutting & Engraving Lasers
    Laser Research CO2 Optics For Mid-Range Cutting & Engraving Lasers

    Laser Research Optics has introduced a line of OEM quality CO2 lenses and mirrors for mid-range laser cutting and engraving systems. Suited for field-replacement, they are in-stock for next day delivery.

  • Capturing Blur Free Images From Ultra High Speed Events
    Capturing Blur Free Images From Ultra High Speed Events

    The new generation SIR3 Series compact range camera from Specialised Imaging is lightweight and robust making it ideally suited for the harsh indoor and outdoor environments associated with ballistic proofing ground and industrial use.

  • Building Shape Inspires New Material Discovery
    Building Shape Inspires New Material Discovery

    Physicists inspired by the radical shape of a Canberra building have created a new type of material which enables scientists to put a perfect bend in light.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics 2015

April 13 - 16, 2015
Prague

SPIE Defense + Security

April 20 - 25, 2015
Baltimore, MD

SPIE Sensing Technology + Applications

April 20 - 25, 2015
Baltimore, MD

Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology 2015

May 11 - 13, 2015
San Francisco, CA

Photonex Roadshow Scotland

June 3, 2015
Glasgow
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