EDITOR’S PICKS

Researchers Deliver Large Particles Into Cells At High Speed

A new device developed by UCLA engineers and doctors may eventually help scientists study the development of disease, enable them to capture improved images of the inside of cells and lead to other improvements in medical and biological research.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

NIR/SWIR Night Vision And Laser Detection Camera

Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems has launched a night vision and laser detection camera that can see from the near infrared (NIR) to the shortwave infrared (SWIR) portions of the light spectrum, beyond what traditional night vision goggles can see.

  • <B>High Speed Camera Systems</b>
    High Speed Camera Systems For over 20 years, Photron’s FASTCAM technology has allowed occurrences too fast for the human eye to be captured, studied, and analyzed. FASTCAM high speed cameras have been used successfully in numerous applications including, but not limited to, fluid dynamics, automotive crash testing, ballistics, fluid dynamics, inkjet printing, materials failure, droplet measurements, sports science, product fault finding, military/defense aerospace research, broadcasting, nature/animal research, and so much more. Trained technical staff in the Japan headquarters and additional sales offices worldwide has resulted in the FASTCAM series use by leading industrial, military, and academic institutions throughout the world. Additional information on the FASTCAM series of high speed cameras can be found below.
  • ITO Coating
    ITO Coating PG&O is an industry leader as a supplier of optics and thin film coating. Our ITO Coating is an addition to our currently existing optical product offering.
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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • Custom Plano Optics: Making Laser Amplifiers for the World's Most Powerful Laser

    The world's most powerful laser needed a high precision custom optics manufacturer. In this case study, high fluence laser amplifiers were developed into a volume production process for the National Ignition Facility project.

  • Surface Measurements In The Most Challenging Environments
    Surface Measurements In The Most Challenging Environments

    In this video, one of Zygo’s applications engineers provides a demonstration of the ZeGageTM 3D optical surface profiler as it measures the roughness of the surface of a sealing valve used in the automotive industry. That might sounds fairly unremarkable, but check out how the system does on a rickety plastic table in a machine shop full of noise and vibration.

  • Ready, Fight! Photon Camera vs. Thermal Camera – The Speed Test

    How difficult is it to measure the temperature of a moving golf ball? Would it be better to use a thermal camera, or a photon camera? It’s certain that there are more critical-type measurements one can make outside of golf ball temperature, but this video does a great job of showing the different results that each camera type yields from a qualitative analysis standpoint.

  • From The Show Floor – Part 4 of 4: Piezo Motor Stages

    In the final installment of our four-part video series with PI from Photonics West 2015, Scott Jordan introduced us his company’s latest line of Piezo motor stages. He also explained the difference between a Piezo nanopositioner and a Piezo motor positioner, and the impact this difference can have on travel ranges and package size.

  • From The Show Floor – Part 3 of 4: Actuators For Test And Assembly

    In part three of our four-part series with PI from Photonics West 2015, Scott Jordan showed us a new type of actuator for test and assembly process that call for very highly calibrated, careful, and very repeatable force increments.

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PHOTONICS ONLINE SPECIAL FEATURE

Join us at FLIR Center Stage for a technology briefing on HighSpeed Thermal Imaging at 11:30a today.  See live demonstrations of the new FLIR X6900sc 640x512 1000fps high speed thermal camera, perfect for any application such as munition testing, bullet tracking, muzzle flash, or where stop-motion thermal imaging is required.  Then stick around to get hands on with our new cooled A-Series thermal cameras, including the new low cost A6250sc SWIR, A8300sc HD MWIR, and A6750sc LWIR SLS.  For details, check out flir.com/spiedss.

 

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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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

Gooch & Housego PLC

Gooch & Housego PLC

Gooch & Housego provides complete optical system design, engineering and manufacturing services to the aerospace & defense, industrial, life sciences and scientific research sectors, based upon the following key enabling photonic technologies: Acousto-Optics, Crystal Optics Electro-Optics, Fiber Optics and photonic packaging, Non-Linear Optics, Precision Optics including optical polishing and coatings, as well as light measurement instrumentation and services, spectral Imaging & synthesis.

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.

Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems

Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems

UTC Aerospace Systems (Sensors Unlimited Products), is the world’s leading manufacturer of indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs)-based imaging products. As renowned experts in shortwave infrared (SWIR) imaging, Sensors Unlimited, Inc. introduced the world to the concept of imaging in the shortwave IR spectrum with simple, compact, and uncooled cameras.

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

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.

II-VI Optical Systems

II-VI Optical Systems

II-VI Optical Systems is a premier solutions provider for the design, development, and production of integrated optical systems for advanced applications. From prototypes to production, we design, manufacture, assemble, and test precision optical systems and components-including visible, infrared, and laser-based systems and subassemblies.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • SpectroRadiometry of Energy Efficient Bulbs

    This application note discusses using the StellarNet SpectroRadiometer Systems and integrating spheres as energy efficient light bulbs.

  • Tutorial: Modifying Laser Beams – No Way Around It, So Here’s How

    This application note discusses how to match an appropriate laser beam profiling technique, such as building and aligned optical system, collimation and focusing, high power laser quality measurements, and proper attenuation design to a laser application in order to help make the process of building a laser system much more efficient and accurate.

  • Projecting UV Into The Eye To Help The Blind See

    When an ophthalmologist removes the natural lens in a human eye that’s affected by a cataract, an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is put in its place. Recently, a medical device startup manufacturer developed a new type of IOL that allows surgeons to adjust for errors in preoperative measurements and variations in vision as the eye heals.

  • Clear The Air: New Optical Filters For Sensors And Detectors

    Environmental air quality; proximity control; crowd counting; climate change; the “Internet of Things”.  Our world has become an increasingly monitored place where the proliferation of sensors and detectors allows us, and our devices, to better understand and interact with our environments.  Photonics is one of the key technologies enabling this growth, facilitating the development and commercialization of low-cost, compact, and robust optical sensors and detectors.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Advances In Molecular Electronics: Lights On – Molecule On

    Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Konstanz are working on storing and processing information on the level of single molecules to create the smallest possible components that will combine autonomously to form a circuit.

  • Uncooled Long Wave IR Capabilities Featured at Defense, Security and Sensing Exhibition

    Uncooled IR, UV, Visible and Multispectral Imaging are featured in Teledyne booth #819 at SPIE’s Defense, Security and Sensing Exhibition.

  • New Lab Technique Simultaneously Reveals Structure And Function Of Proteins Critical In DNA Repair
    New Lab Technique Simultaneously Reveals Structure And Function Of Proteins Critical In DNA Repair

    By combining two highly innovative experimental techniques, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have for the first time simultaneously observed the structure and the correlated function of specific proteins critical in the repair of DNA, providing definitive answers to some highly debated questions, and opening up new avenues of inquiry and exciting new possibilities for biological engineering.

  • Light In A Spin
    Light In A Spin

    Light must travel in a straight line and at a constant speed, or so the laws of nature suggest. Now, researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have demonstrated that laser light traveling along a helical path through space, can accelerate and decelerate as it spins into the distance.

  • Engineer Improves Rechargeable Batteries With MoS2 Nano 'Sandwich'
    Engineer Improves Rechargeable Batteries With MoS2 Nano 'Sandwich'

    The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University.

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PHOTONICS EVENTS

Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology 2015

May 11 - 13, 2015
San Francisco, CA

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
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