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

  • NIR Spectrometer: AvaSpec-NIR256-2.5-HSC
    NIR Spectrometer: AvaSpec-NIR256-2.5-HSC

    The new AvaSpec-NIR256-2.5-HSC spectrometer enhances the Avantes NIRline family.  Thanks to its new 100mm Symmetrical Czerny Turner design, the AvaSpec-NIR256-2.5-HSC takes performance to a new level, especially in the region from 2-2.5 µm where every photon counts.  The enclosed lab version of this spectrometer is 50% smaller and 35% lighter than its predecessor and the unhoused OEM configuration is nearly 30% smaller and lighter.  The dual-stage cooling of the AvaSpec-NIR256-2.5-HSC has improved signal to noise and dynamic range specifications for better performance in difficult applications like diffuse reflectance. 

  • Optical Components Group
    Optical Components Group

    Zygo’s Optical Components Group uses innovative and proprietary manufacturing technologies to create high-precision optical components through CNC glass machining and light-weighting, weighting, MRF polishing, and thin film coating. 

  • Adjustable Power Raman Laser: Ramulaser™
    Adjustable Power Raman Laser: Ramulaser™

    StellarNet’s RamulaserTM line is a series of low cost Raman lasers that come in rugged metal enclosures with 8-hour battery packs for portability. The 785nm and 1064nm entries in this series come equipped with power adjustment dials for operation in step increments to the highest 499mW output power.

  • Custom OEM Optics and Coatings
    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

  • High Precision Positioning: MMP Series
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

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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 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

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

  • 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.

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