EDITOR’S PICKS

Laser 'Lightning Rods' Channel Electricity Through Thin Air

By zapping the air with a pair of powerful laser bursts, researchers at the University of Arizona have created highly focused pathways that can channel electricity through the atmosphere.

  • Laser Makes Microscopes Way Cooler
    Laser Makes Microscopes Way Cooler

    Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus.

  • High-Speed Digital Camera Enables Study Of Gas And Oil Flow In Pipelines
    High-Speed Digital Camera Enables Study Of Gas And Oil Flow In Pipelines

    For gas and oil companies, pipes are extremely important. Pipelines are the primary method of transportation for many of their products, providing movement from the field to processing and finally to the customers. This case study provides details on how the FASTCAM SA3 high-speed camera from Photron enabled researchers at the University of Tulsa to better understand how different combinations of fluids, changing temperatures, and varying elevations all affect fluid flow.

  • Dancing Electrons Are At The Heart Of A Laser Breakthrough
    Dancing Electrons Are At The Heart Of A Laser Breakthrough

    A team of Dartmouth scientists and their colleagues have devised a breakthrough laser that uses a single artificial atom to generate and emit particles of light—and may play a crucial role in the development of quantum computers, which are predicted to eventually outperform even today’s most powerful supercomputers. By Joseph Blumberg

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Ready-to-Use Laser System: SparkLight

These turnkey laser platforms offer the required auxiliary devices needed to operate semiconductor laser arrays and can be modified to power a variety of lasers from 635nm to 1550nm, with output powers ranging from 3W to 5W.

  • Custom Manufactured Prisms and Wedges
    Custom Manufactured Prisms and Wedges

    LaCroix Optical Co. manufactures custom precision prisms and wedges according to your exact specifications at our facility in Batesville, Arkansas. A wide variety of prisms and wedges are produced including: 90 degree, anamorphic, cube, dove, and correction wedges.

  • Fizeau Interferometer: Verifire™ QPZ Interferometer
    Fizeau Interferometer: Verifire™ QPZ Interferometer

    The Verifire QPZ interferometer is a true common-path Fizeau configuration that ensures accurate metrology and “ripple-free” phase measurements in vibration prone environments.  The patented QPSI™ acquisition technique provides true on-axis metrology for plano and spherical surfaces making it well-suited to provide accurate surface metrology in both production and QC environments. For additional information on the system and its performance, download the datasheet.

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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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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • Mil-Rugged 0.9 MP SWIR Camera For Low Light Applications
    Mil-Rugged 0.9 MP SWIR Camera For Low Light Applications

    Doug Malchow with Sensors Unlimited took time out of the first day of the Optics and Photonics 2014 exhibition to show us the suite of cameras they had on display, with a special emphasis on the GA1280JSX – a mil-rugged, high-resolution SWIR camera ideal for low-light level imaging, persistent surveillance, laser detection, and imaging through atmospheric obscurants.

  • Full Line Of Polarizing Beamsplitters For High Power Laser Applications
    Full Line Of Polarizing Beamsplitters For High Power Laser Applications

    This year at Optics and Photonics, PG&O’s president Dan Bukaty, Jr. met with Photonics Online to tell us about his company’s line of polarizing beamsplitters with extinction ratios up to 1000:1 and a laser damage threshold up to 12 megajoules per cm/2.

  • New Products On Display For Aerotech
    New Products On Display For Aerotech

    Tom Markel, applications manager with Aerotech took some time out of day one at the Optics and Photonics 2014 exhibition to tell us about some of the optical gimbals they had on display, including a new 4-inch mirror cell and an older direct-drive gimbal.

  • High Precision Molding For High Precision Optics
    High Precision Molding For High Precision Optics

    Aaron Johnson with Accumold met with us on the first day of O+P 2014 to tell us how his company’s high precision molding services play well into the high precision optics space.

  • The World's Most Affordable Super Continuum Source
    The World's Most Affordable Super Continuum Source

    Check out this video for information on NKT Photonics core technology, a line of photonic crystal fibers that collectively handle a 400nm to a 2.4 micron range, as well as information on the world’s most affordable super continuum white light source.

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PHOTONICS ONLINE SPECIAL FEATURE

Sierra-Olympic’s Vinden CZ is a thermal imaging camera with a 12x zoom factor for 640 x 480 resolution and a 6x zoom factor for 320 x 240. It’s well suited for system integrators in the security and surveillance space, or any other project requiring advanced continuous zoom thermal imaging capabilities.

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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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LEADING SUPPLIERS

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.

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.

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.

Heraeus Quartz America, LLC.

Heraeus Quartz America, LLC.

Heraeus is a globally active precious metal and technology Group based in Hanau, near Frankfurt, and with deep roots in Germany. The company has been family-owned for more than 160 years. Our business groups cover precious metals, materials and technologies, sensors, biomaterials, medical, dental, and pharmaceutical products, quartz glass, and specialty light sources.

Photron, Inc.

Photron, Inc.

Photron was founded in 1974 to provide manufacturing, sales and service of professional film and video equipment and photo-instrumentation

PCO-TECH Inc.

PCO-TECH Inc.

PCO-TECH Inc., founded in 1986, is a manufacturing, sales and marketing organization offering photonic instrumentation and complete systems throughout the world

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Camera Requirements For 3D Metrology

    As the objects to inspect/measure in high-tech manufacturing become smaller, higher-resolution cameras with better spatial resolution can improve accuracy and precision. This does require a high-quality machine vision camera design, however, or what is now called a metrology camera. 3D measurements in particular pose increasing demands on camera performance and reliability. This article discusses critical parameters, depending on the specific measurement.

  • High-Speed Digital Camera Enables Study Of Gas And Oil Flow In Pipelines

    For gas and oil companies, pipes are extremely important. Pipelines are the primary method of transportation for many of their products, providing movement from the field to processing and finally to the customers. This case study provides details on how the FASTCAM SA3 high-speed camera from Photron enabled researchers at the University of Tulsa to better understand how different combinations of fluids, changing temperatures, and varying elevations all affect fluid flow.

  • Facilitating NIR-II And SWIR Imaging For Drug Discovery And Research Applications

    The extension of in vivo optical imaging for disease screening and image-guided surgical interventions requires brightly emitting, tissue-specific materials that optically transmit through living tissue and can be imaged with portable systems that display data in real-time.

  • Passive Electro-Optical Counter-Countermeasures (EOCCM)

    As laser countermeasures proliferate around the world, infantry, aircrews, and electro-optic sensors are at risk of being engaged with little to no warning. A laser countermeasure can adversely affect targeting and navigation functions by jamming or 'spoofing' the sensor through laser illumination or by damaging the sensor through more intense laser illumination. The laser can also be used to detect and track an otherwise covert electro-optic target by sensing retro-reflections off the target’s optics. This article provides a background on traditional protection technologies and explains how electro-optic counter-countermeasures (EOCCMs) can help mitigate the damage that can be inflicted on optical and electro-optical sights. By Ariela Donval and Moshe Oron, KiloLambda Technologies, Ltd.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

SPIE Photomask Technology 2014

September 16 - 18, 2014
Monterey, CA

OLEDs World Summit 2014

September 16 - 18, 2014
Berkeley, CA

SPIE Photomask Technology Exhibition 2014

September 16 - 17, 2014
Monterey, CA

SPIE Remote Sensing 2014

September 22 - 25, 2014
Amsterdam
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