Professor Roberto Morandotti and his colleagues have discovered a way to guide electric discharges -- and even steer them around obstacles -- through the clever use of lasers. This scientific breakthrough was published on June 19, 2015, in Science Advances, the new open-access journal from the editors of the international journal Science.
World's First Full-Color, Flexible, Skin-Like Display Developed At UCF
Imagine a soldier who can change the color and pattern of his camouflage uniform from woodland green to desert tan at will.
Future SI Standard For Solar Irradiance Delivered To Switzerland
Scientists from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have installed a Cryogenic Solar Absolute Radiometer (CSAR) at the Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC) in Switzerland.
Sweeping Lasers Snap Together Nanoscale Geometric Grids
Down at the nanoscale, where objects span just billionths of a meter, the size and shape of a material can often have surprising and powerful electronic and optical effects.
Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems' revolutionary, near infrared (NIR) InGaAs camera increases line rates for 1024 pixels to over 46,000 lines per second, making this linear digital linescan camera ideal for optical coherence tomography (OCT) and high data rate industrial process control
Multi-Head High-Speed Camera: FASTCAM Multi
The FASTCAM Multi is a multi-head, high-speed camera system ideal for applications involving the life sciences, defense and aerospace R&D, fluid dynamics, material science, microscopy, explosives testing, off-board automotive safety testing, and digital image correlation. It can be outfitted with one to two compact camera heads that can access confined areas where traditional camera housings wouldn’t fit.
SWIR Imaging Camera for Advanced Research: Xeva-1.7-320
Xenics’ Xeva-1.7-320 digital camera combines a thermo-electrically cooled InGaAs detector head and the control and communication electronics in a compact housing. Single or three-stage Peltier cooling reduces the noise and dark current for enhanced low light-level imaging. The Xeva-1.7-320 combines standard (up to 1.7 µm) InGaAs detector arrays with various speed versions: 60 Hz, 100 Hz and 350 Hz. This allows you to choose the most suitable detector-camera configuration for applications including SWIR microscopy, hyperspectral imaging, laser beam profiling, low-light level imaging, semiconductor inspection, and medical applications.
Verifire HD Interferometer System Video Demonstration
This video features the new VerifireTM HD Interferometer System with a high-speed 2k x 2k pixel CCD camera, and an optimized optical design to reliably measure surface features.
BOROFLOAT® & Optical Mirrors Video
BOROFLOAT®, the world’s first borosilicate glass by SCHOTT, has become one of the most influential specialty glass materials with its thermal stability, superior surface quality, and remarkably high transmission for utilization in research applications such as its implementation in the Hobby Eberly Telescope.
Refractive Eye Surgery Using Fast Piezo Steering Mirrors
This video demonstrates the use of the Piezo Drive in refractive eye surgery. These Piezo-based tilting mirrors direct the laser beam faster and more precisely than conventional scanners.
FLIR High-Speed Thermal Imager On SantaPod Raceway
FLIR X6580sc High-Speed Thermal Imager footage of a drag race on the SantaPod Raceway
Phantom Micro C210J/C210 Camera Video Footage
Vision Research shows footage of a pumpkin smashing at 2000 FPS using the Phantom Micro C210 high-speed camera.
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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
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
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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Laser Ablation Makes Automotive Interiors Shine
This application note describes how JUNO, the F150A-BB-26 thermopile laser power sensor, and StarLab measurement software are used to know the status of automotive etching equipment in order to keep the power beam stable.
Rapid Manufacturing For Metals
This white paper describes how Proto Labs uses a range of soft and hard metals in its manufacturing services, how to “machine” these metals, how to cast and mold them, how to use 3D printing in the metal manufacturing process, and other post-processing methods for metals.
Optical Filters: Right In Front Of Your Eyes
Over the past decade, continued improvements in multi-layer thin film filter (TFF) design and manufacturing methods — such as in-situ optical monitoring and automated coater control with dynamic design adjustment — have enabled successful production of optical filters with increasing control over the spectral shape. This has facilitated the production of more complex filters, including multi-band spectral performance. Improvements in coater uniformity and machine operation efficiency achieved through quick-turn load-locked systems have reduced filter manufacturing costs, even as the complexity of filters has increased. This reduction in price, coupled with improvements in performance, has enabled new applications using these TFFs and closed the consumer gap.
High Power Lasers In Medical Applications
Advances in laser technology have had a tremendous impact on the medical industry, especially medical devices, which have allowed us to live longer, healthier, and happier lives. The full list of medical procedures involving lasers is growing every day and, when discussing the development and production of medical devices, the importance of high power industrial lasers cannot be overlooked. But, regardless of the application of the laser, controlling the process is crucial.
Coherent Debuts Higher-Power Lasers For Pumping Amplifiers And Commercial Applications
Coherent, Inc. released their new Revolution series of q-switched, green, pulsed lasers that offer higher power and other enhanced performance specifications. Revolution lasers are featured with power up to 80W at a wavelength of 527 nm, pulse rate flexibility, and an extremely smooth energy distribution of the beam profile.
Printable Elastic Conductors With A High Conductivity For Electronic Textile Applications：Professor Takao Someya, Department Of Electrical Engineering Information Systems
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a new ink that can be printed on textiles in a single step to form highly conductive and stretchable connections.
The Quantum Spin Hall Effect Is A Fundamental Property Of Light
In a paper that crystalizes knowledge from a variety of experiments and theoretical developments, scientists from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS) in Japan have demonstrated that the quantum spin Hall effect—an effect known to take place in solid state physics—is also an intrinsic property of light.
NASA Technology Protects Webb Telescope From Contamination
Contamination from organic molecules can harm delicate instruments and engineers are taking special care at NASA to prevent that from affecting the James Webb Space Telescope (and all satellites and instruments)
UCSD Engineers Break Power, Distance Barriers For Fiber Optic Communication
Electrical engineers have broken key barriers that limit the distance information can travel in fiber optic cables and still be accurately deciphered by a receiver.
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