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Random Nanowire Configurations Increase Conductivity Over Heavily Ordered Configurations

Researchers at Lehigh University have identified for the first time that a performance gain in the electrical conductivity of random metal nanowire networks can be achieved by slightly restricting nanowire orientation.

  • Photonic Laser Thruster Propels Simulated Spacecraft
    Photonic Laser Thruster Propels Simulated Spacecraft

    Y.K. Bae Corporation announces their proprietary Photonic Laser Thruster (PLT) has successfully accelerated a 450 gram (~1 lb.) spacecraft simulator with pure laser light for the first time in history.

  • Gel Filled With Nanosponges Cleans Up MRSA Infections
    Gel Filled With Nanosponges Cleans Up MRSA Infections

    Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego developed a gel filled with toxin-absorbing nanosponges that could lead to an effective treatment for skin and wound infections caused by MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

  • OPALS Boosts Space-To-Ground Optical Communications Research
    OPALS Boosts Space-To-Ground Optical Communications Research

    Ever wonder why stars seem to twinkle? This effect is caused by variations in the density of our atmosphere that cause blurring in light coming from space. It's pretty for stargazing, but a challenge for space-to-ground communications.

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Optical Filters

Acton Optics & Coatings offers bandpass, band rejection, long pass, neutral density, reflective, and solar blind filters for spectroscopy, elemental analysis, environmental monitoring, biotechnology instrumentation, space exploration, and in general research areas.

  • InGaAs SWIR Camera: A6200sc
    InGaAs SWIR Camera: A6200sc

    FLIR’s longstanding expertise in traditional infrared imaging applications has them poised to enter the SWIR imaging market to allow their customers to detect phenomena in the 0.9 to 1.7µm range. SWIR imaging can be used to image through paint to see hidden details, image through silicon for wafer analysis applications, and much more. The A6200sc can also be used as a high-temperature thermal measurement tool for ovens or furnaces.

  • Laser Spot Size and Position Monitoring for YAG and Fiber Lasers: BeamWatch®
    Laser Spot Size and Position Monitoring for YAG and Fiber Lasers: BeamWatch®

    The BeamWatch® system instantly measures the focus spot size of high power YAG, fiber, diode, and disk lasers and dynamically measures focal plane location during start-up. It uses disruptive technology to monitor a laser beam at frequent intervals without having to shut down the process or remove tooling features to make adjustments.

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  • 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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LEADING SUPPLIERS

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.

Opto Diode, An ITW Company

Opto Diode, An ITW Company

Opto Diode Corporation is a world supplier of reliable, high quality infrared (IR) LEDs and custom LEDs in the visible range. Since 1981, we have produced standard TO-packaging and custom housing LEDs in our U. S. facility in Southern California, maintaining the highest standards with our in-process quality control and testing systems...

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.

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI)

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI)

For over 20 years, Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI) has produced the most durable optical thin film filter coatings in the industry...

Sierra-Olympic Technologies, Inc.

Sierra-Olympic Technologies, Inc.

Sierra-Olympic Technologies, Inc.  ̶  experts in thermal imaging technology  ̶  designs, manufactures and distributes cameras, components, and systems solutions for infrared (IR) camera users and integrators. Products include cooled, uncooled, and OEM infrared cameras, accessories, digital acquisition, and image processing systems. We provide full engineering services and support and are able to customize our systems to meet your specific requirements. We offer very high-value, cost-effective thermal imagers for R&D, OEM, commercial, and security applications, available for easy purchase directly from our web site.

First Sensor AG

First Sensor AG

First Sensor AG (Formerly Silicon Sensor) has over 20 years of experience in the development and manufacture of individual sensor solutions offering highest levels of precision and reliability.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • 3D Printing Technologies for Prototyping and Production

    In today’s market, products are designed to be manufactured in large bulk quantities where parts and assembled products are built and tested throughout the development process. This results in a high rate of product innovation, but it puts a lot of pressure on the prototyping process. It is important to choose the right prototyping processes at each point in development depending on application, material requirements, and manufacturability.

  • Advanced-Absorber Microbolometer Superstructure: Patented Sensor Technology Revealed

    The most significant development in the production of infrared sensors and their ability to affect improvements to SWaP-C requirements comes from the introduction of uncooled focal plane array (FPA) designs. The progress of uncooled infrared sensor development has paved the way for a host of applications spanning multiple industries, to include commercial and civilian. Through years of persistent development efforts against rigorous quality standards, DRS’ patented Advanced-Absorber Microbolometer Superstructure offers equilibrium between SWaP-C advancement and maintaining the integrity of a sensor’s imaging capability.

  • LIDAR Guns, Accuracy, and Speeding Tickets

    A Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system uses a 130 μW 904 nm beam produced by three light emitting diodes (LEDs), and a telescope working together in order to calculate how long it takes for the beam to leave the device and return to the telescope. This application note describes how to use Ophir products to test LIDAR guns for performance by assessing the power output of the beam, and testing the three LEDs that produce the beam.

  • Cooled vs. Uncooled Thermal Imaging

    Thermal imaging cameras have been used by scientists, researchers and R&D specialists for many years in a variety of applications.This application note describes the difference between cooled and uncooled thermal imaging cameras, and when to use them in applications such as industrial R&D, academics and research, and defense and aerospace.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • CEA-Leti Creates New Process To Fab Next-Gen LED Arrays

    CEA-Leti on June 2 announced that it has demonstrated a path to fabricating high-density micro-LED arrays for the next generation of wearable and nomadic systems in a process that is scalable to the IC manufacturing process.

  • PI Launches New Smaller, More Powerful Hexapod
    PI Launches New Smaller, More Powerful Hexapod

    PI (Physik Instrumente) recently launched a new hexapod controller for parallel kinematics precision positioners. The C-887.52 makes controlling the hexapod 6-axis parallel positioner easier. It also comes with many software programs for testing, configuration, and simulation, and drivers and program examples for positioning and alignment.

  • High-Sensitivity UV Spectrophotometer With Extended Lifetime
    High-Sensitivity UV Spectrophotometer With Extended Lifetime

    McPherson now offers extended lifetime deep and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) wavelength spectral test systems. The VUV instruments are ideal for analyzing doped crystalline materials, deep UV optics, and coatings.

  • NASA Telescopes Set Limits On Space-Time Quantum ‘Foam’
    NASA Telescopes Set Limits On Space-Time Quantum ‘Foam’

    A team of scientists has used X-ray and gamma-ray observations of some of the most distant objects in the Universe to better understand the nature of space and time. Their results set limits on the quantum nature, or “foaminess” of space-time at extremely tiny scales.

  • Better Welding With Speedy Laser Mirrors
    Better Welding With Speedy Laser Mirrors

    Silicon micromirrors can guide laser beams at extremely high speeds, allowing operators to dose heat input to workpieces with absolute precision. But to date they have not been robust enough to be used for laser cutting and welding.

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Photonex Roadshow Scotland

June 3, 2015
Glasgow

LASER World of PHOTONICS 2015

June 22 - 25, 2015
Munich

World Congress on Industrial Automation

July 20 - 22, 2015
San Francisco, CA

Conference and Trade Fair on Laser Technology

July 20 - 22, 2015
Florida, FL

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015

August 9 - 13, 2015
San Diego, CA
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