EDITOR’S PICKS

Philae Lander Sends First-Ever Images From A Comet

The Philae lander, the first human spacecraft to ever land on a comet, has sent back initial images from the surface. After a touch-and-go landing, the probe settled on the surface of the comet that it has been chasing since 2004.

  • Moving Cameras Talk To Each Other To Identify, Track Pedestrians
    Moving Cameras Talk To Each Other To Identify, Track Pedestrians

    It’s not uncommon to see cameras mounted on store ceilings, propped up in public places or placed inside subways, buses and even on the dashboards of cars.

  • Dartmouth Researchers Test First 'Smart Spaces' Using Light To Send Data
    Dartmouth Researchers Test First 'Smart Spaces' Using Light To Send Data

    One of the problems in the high-tech field of visible light communication (VLC) - or using light to send data wirelessly - is decidedly low tech: The data transmission stops whenever the light is blocked by people's movements, shadows or other obstacles.

  • Creating Bright X-Ray Pulses In The Laser Lab
    Creating Bright X-Ray Pulses In The Laser Lab

    X-rays are widely used in medicine and in materials science. To take a picture of a broken bone, it is enough to create a continuous flux of X-ray photons, but in order to study time-dependent phenomena on very short timescales, short X-ray pulses are required. One possibility to create short hard X-ray pulses is hitting a metal target with laser pulses.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Fused Silica Materials & Components

Heraeus has been providing breakthrough solutions for the world's most challenging optical applications for over 100 years — where high performance fused silica is an absolute necessity. Heraeus offers material for several optic segments, which have been optimized for performance in each application.

  • High-Speed CMOS Camera: Phantom® v1611
    High-Speed CMOS Camera: Phantom® v1611

    Like the v1211 high-speed CMOS camera, the v1611 offers 1280 x 800 resolution, but it performs at over 30% more speed. It can acquire and save up to 16 gigapixels-per-second of data, which translates into 16,000 frames per second at full resolution.

  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) for Additive Manufacturing
    Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) for Additive Manufacturing

    In direct metal laser sintering, a laser draws onto the surface of atomized powder to build production-quality metal parts. The process produces metal parts with the same speed as plastic parts, and it can transition into metal injection molding.

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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

  • Ladybug Takes Off In Slow Motion

    This particular sequence was recorded with at pco.dimax HD CMOS camera at 3,000 frames-per-second and 1296 x 720 pixel resolution. Once the ladybug unfolds its wings, the display speed is reduced to 25 fps.

  • Clear, Colored Images Captured In Low Light

    This video was taken out of a lab window at dawn. The sequence displays three times at 16bit and 8bit scaling to capture details. All imagery was captured by the pco.edge – a color, sCMOS (scientific CMOS) camera operating at 2560 x 2160 resolution at 100 frames/s.

  • Fishing Kingfisher in Slow Motion II

    The pco.dimax HD is a high-speed, 12-bit CMOS camera ideal for a variety of slow-motion capture applications. In this video example, Rainer Bergomaz from Blue Paw Artists used one of these cameras with 1920 x 1440 pixel resolution @ 1060 frames/s to capture sequences of young kingfishers trying (successfully, in some instances) to catch fish.

  • Magic Drops In Slow Motion

    Blue Paw Artists’ Rainer Bergomaz and Daniel Nimmervoll used the pco.dimax HD high-speed camera to capture water droplet sequences, showing that slow motion imagery is just as appealing aesthetically as it is scientifically.

  • Tracking Objects Through Heat Signature Acquisition
    Tracking Objects Through Heat Signature Acquisition

    This video showcases an ATP (acquisition, tracking, and pointing) tracker in action in both day and nighttime conditions. The imagery was captured with DRS Technologies’ infrared cameras. The ATP tracker used in this footage is the result of a Senior Capstone Project in Texas A&M’s electrical engineering program.

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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

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.

PG & O Precision Glass & Optics

PG & O Precision Glass & Optics

Our company began with an ingenious idea: combine high-volume, low-cost commercial glass manufacturing with the technical precision of optics and thin film coating. A quarter-century later, you can rely on us with confidence - because we put all those years of experience into every component we create for you.
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.

Zygo Corporation

Zygo Corporation

Supplier of precision optics including extreme precision aspheres and freeform, meter-class flats and windows in common and exotic materials. Full electro-mechanical-optical design/prototype and manufacturing capabilities for medical, defense, military, ISR, semiconductor and industrial technology research.

Xenics

Xenics

Xenics is a well established and rapidly growing high-tech company about to enter exciting new fields of IR products and applications, serving the markets with excellent products and a strong technology background.

Excelitas Technologies

Excelitas Technologies

Excelitas Technologies is a global technology leader focused on delivering innovative, customized optoelectronics and advanced electronic systems to a global customer base of leading OEMs seeking high-performance, market-driven technologies.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • System Integration Of Fiber Lasers And Its Effects On Laser Quality

    Recently, companies that perform system integrations have become more concerned about the quality of the laser delivered to the process and not just the quality of the laser source itself. Some companies are now starting to use beam profiling for much more than simply qualifying the laser source. They also leverage the technology to qualify the components that are integrated into their systems and to characterize the application of the laser. Using sample beam profiles as illustrations, this article defines laser quality and provides examples of how laser system quality can be affected by system componentry.

  • Liquid Silicone Rubber Takes The Heat

    Liquid silicone rubber is created in high heat conditions, and as such, can withstand a variety of high heat applications. This makes LSR ideal for medical devices because of its ability to withstand with high temperatures associated with device sterilization. Its stability also prevents it from affecting skin surfaces, and from skin surfaces affecting it.

  • Utilizing Inkjet Coating Technology For Optics And Injection Molded Parts

    This case study explains how Carclo developed an inexpensive, one-sided, anti-scratch coating resistant to UV light, abrasion, solvents, and chemicals that could be applied to a customer’s optics without having a negative impact on its optical properties.

  • Advances In sCMOS Camera Technology Benefit Bio Research

    Since the inception of digital microscopy, scientific-grade CCD cameras have been the gold standard for imaging due to their sensitivity, linear response to light, and low noise characteristics. However, many cell mechanisms occur on short time scales and emit low luminescence signals, making imaging difficult for slower CCD cameras. This technical note discusses why scientific CMOS (sCMOS) is becoming the sensor technology of choice for live cell fluorescence applications, largely due to their combination of very low electronic noise, high frame rates, and a large field of view.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • “NanoFlares” Illuminate Individual Cancer Cells
    “NanoFlares” Illuminate Individual Cancer Cells

    Recently, a team from Northwestern University developed nanoparticles with a built-in fluorescent tag that are capable of identifying genetic biomarkers specific to cancer. Deemed “NanoFlares,” these particles operate inside the cell and can identify cancer cells in the bloodstream, potentially providing an early warning of metastasis.

  • Dual-Action Nanoparticle Allows Fluorescence Imaging And MRI
    Dual-Action Nanoparticle Allows Fluorescence Imaging And MRI

    A hybrid nanoparticle has been developed that is compatible with both fluorescence imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The new agent may allow a better real-time understanding of tumor biochemistry and drug delivery.

  • NRL Scientists Discover Novel Metamaterial Properties Within Hexagonal Boron Nitride
    NRL Scientists Discover Novel Metamaterial Properties Within Hexagonal Boron Nitride

    U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS), Japan, have demonstrated that confined surface phonon polaritons within hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) exhibit unique metamaterial properties that enable novel nanoscale optical devices for use in optical communications, super-resolution imaging, and improved infrared cameras and detectors.

  • A Jettisoned Black Hole?
    A Jettisoned Black Hole?

    Astronomers have discovered an object in space that might be a black hole catapulted out of a galaxy.

  • Spooky Alignment Of Quasars Across Billions Of Light-Years
    Spooky Alignment Of Quasars Across Billions Of Light-Years

    New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

SPIE Photonics West 2015

February 7 - 12, 2015
San Francisco, CA

IS&T / SPIE Electronic Imaging 2015

February 8 - 12, 2015
San Francisco, CA

SPIE Medical Imaging 2015

February 21 - 26, 2015
Orlando, FL

SPIE Advanced Lithography 2015

February 22 - 26, 2015
San Jose, CA

SPIE Advanced Lithography Exhibition 2015

February 24 - 25, 2015
San Jose, CA
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