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University Of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Research: Ultrafast Pulses Shed Light On Photochemical Processes
University Of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Research: Ultrafast Pulses Shed Light On Photochemical Processes

The change in electronic distributions in molecules as they are photoexcited can offer useful insights for photochemistry.

  • Novel Gate May Enhance Power Of Majorana-Based Quantum Computers
    Novel Gate May Enhance Power Of Majorana-Based Quantum Computers

    Quantum computers hold great potential, but they remain hard to build because their basic components—individual quantum systems like atoms, electrons or photons—are fragile. A relentless and noisy background constantly bombards the computer’s data.

  • The Most Sensitive Measurement In History: 30+ Years In The Making
    The Most Sensitive Measurement In History: 30+ Years In The Making

    On Sept. 14, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. EST, a very specific set of 40 kg mirrors moved in a very specific way — a distance thousands of times smaller than a proton — and humanity entered a new era. We spoke with David Reitze, executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), about the technology that confirmed Albert Einstein's theory of ripples in spacetime.

  • New Imaging Technology Allows Scientists To Peer Even Deeper Into Fatty Arteries
    New Imaging Technology Allows Scientists To Peer Even Deeper Into Fatty Arteries

    As plaque accumulates on the inside of arteries, it can cause the arteries to thicken and harden. When that plaque ruptures, it can ultimately block blood flow and lead to a heart attack, stroke or other problem throughout the body.

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PILine<sup>®</sup> Linear Positioning Stage With Ultrasonic Piezomotor: U-521
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Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) With Enhanced NIR sensitivity Up To 950nm: Series 9.5
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Compact Multi-Purpose Modular Camera: ME200S-SH
Compact Multi-Purpose Modular Camera: ME200S-SH The Canon ME200S-SH is a multi-purpose module camera featuring a 35 mm CMOS sensor and dual pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) technology. With the capability to deliver an outstanding balance of image quality and sensitivity, this camera supports a broad range of uses including cinema, television production, live sports, law enforcement, weather monitoring, night shooting, and security surveillance applications.  Continue Reading...
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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • Co-alignment Of Visible, NIR, And IR Laser Beams
    Co-alignment Of Visible, NIR, And IR Laser Beams

    Eric Craven with Ophir Photonics provided us with a tutorial at DCS 2016 on how to co-align visible, near-infrared, and infrared laser beams through the use of a pyroelectric camera array coupled with beam profiling software.

  • Achieving HD, Full Color Video In Low Light
    Achieving HD, Full Color Video In Low Light

    On the last day of SPIE’s 2016 DCS exhibition in Baltimore, Kevin Fogarty with Canon showed us a 19 micron pixel pitch sensor that can achieve a full color and high definition image in extremely low light environments.

  • Clear The Air: Challenges In MWIR Optical Sensing
    Clear The Air: Challenges In MWIR Optical Sensing

    Jason Palidwar with Iridian Spectral Technologies spent some time with us on the last day of SPIE’s 2016 DCS exhibition to talk about the challenges encountered in the mid-wave spectrum and how his company has worked around them.

  • An Intro To Advanced Hyperspectral Imaging
    An Intro To Advanced Hyperspectral Imaging

    Hyperspectral imaging technology has advanced significantly in the last 50 years, and Greg Staples with Bayspec talked with us for a few minutes at the 2016 SPIE DCS exhibition about how it has changed.

  • Hyperspectral Camera For Systems Integration
    Hyperspectral Camera For Systems Integration

    Telops has responded to the request of their customers for a smaller version of their Hyper-Cam hyperspectral camera and has miniaturized it enough so that it can be integrated into smaller systems and packages.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • From “Guess” To “Best”: How Infrared Cameras Are Increasing Accuracy And Insight In Product Testing

    Infrared (IR) cameras may be best known for their use in military and security applications, but did you know they are also ideal for testing medical devices? This article explores how IR cameras deliver a major data-gathering advantage over legacy approaches to temperature measurement, an advantage that can prevent costly product failures and safety hazards, providing an immediate and ongoing return on investment.

  • Using Next-Generation Thin-Film Optical Filters For Fluorescence Imaging And Detection Systems

    Within any fluorescence application, there are three basic filters that are needed for operation – the excitation filter, the emission filter, and the beamsplitter. Hard-coated, thin-film optical filters are the best choice for these filters in that they provide the highest standards. These next-generation thin-film optical filters offer improvements in transmission, blocking, and both transmitted and reflected wavefront properties, which translates into bright, high-contrast images and accurate detection of target molecules in fluorescence applications. This white paper further discusses the use of Alluxa’s thin-film optical filters in in fluorescence imaging and detection systems.

  • Semi-Transparent Mirrors For Visually Dynamic Hospitality Displays

    Hotel, restaurant, and retail owners are latching on the emerging trend of using aesthetically pleasing high performance Semi-Transparent Mirrors to create a visually dynamic display/mirror combination. These mirrors are constructed with a display unit hidden behind the glass that is not visible until powered on. When the display is powered up, a clear, sharp and color neutral image appears. This application note discusses Abrisa Technologies’ available options for catering to this new display arena.

  • The Most Sensitive Measurement In History: 30+ Years In The Making

    On Sept. 14, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. EST, a very specific set of 40 kg mirrors moved in a very specific way — a distance thousands of times smaller than a proton — and humanity entered a new era. We spoke with David Reitze, executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), about the technology that confirmed Albert Einstein's theory of ripples in spacetime.

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  • Excelitas Introduces New Optical Parametric Oscillator

    Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies Company and global technology leader in delivering innovative optical and photonic solutions, introduces iFLEX-Agile, a high-power, continuous-wave Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO), which features optimized optics for a full wavelength range to enable seamless operation.

  • Could Optical Clocks Redefine The Length Of A Second?

    GPS-based navigation, communication systems, electrical power grids and financial networks all rely on the precise time kept by a network of around 500 atomic clocks located around the world.

  • Samsung’s LED Component Test Lab Approved By UL For UL Total Certification Program

    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced component solutions, recently announced that its test lab for LED packages and modules has been qualified by UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a widely-recognized global safety science organization, to operate the UL Total Certification Program (TCP), one of the highest levels of testing and qualification under the UL Data Acceptance Program (DAP)

  • More Light On Cancer: Scientists Created Nanoparticles To Highlight Cancer Cells

    Investigations to find methods for synthesizing such nanoparticles are actively conducted in many laboratories around the world, however, according to one of the study co-authors, professor of the Physics Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Victor Timoshenko, the particles' quality was poor, mainly because they were synthesized by chemical reactions in acid solutions.

  • High-Speed Cameras Used For Scientific And Medical Research

    Professor Liu, the Director of Biomedical Optical Imaging Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, is working on developing an imaging technology for high-throughput nanoscale nuclear architecture mapping; applications to predict early progression of cancer; phase imaging to improve cytology diagnostics; and super-resolution imaging of the organization of genomes in cancer progression. Professor Liu needed extremely high-resolution, high-speed, and light-sensitive cameras which led him to Phantom cameras. One of the highest-quality Phantom cameras that Liu and his team utilize is the Phantom V1210, which can capture images up to 12,600 frames-per-second (FPS).

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