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Scientists Get First Glimpse Of A Chemical Bond Being Born

Scientists have used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to get the first glimpse of the transition state where two atoms begin to form a weak bond on the way to becoming a molecule.

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PHOTONICS WEST PRODUCT SHOWCASE

  • Adjustable Power Raman Laser: Ramulaser™
    Adjustable Power Raman Laser: Ramulaser™

    StellarNet’s RamulaserTM line is a series of low cost Raman lasers that come in rugged metal enclosures with 8-hour battery packs for portability. The 785nm and 1064nm entries in this series come equipped with power adjustment dials for operation in step increments to the highest 499mW output power.

  • Deep UV Emitters: MTE280xxx Series
    Deep UV Emitters: MTE280xxx Series

    These deep UV emitters operate in the 280nm wavelength range and are particularly well-suited for air and water sanitation applications, as well as in ultraviolet curing applications. They’re offered in one of the largest selection of packages commercially available on the market today. Bare die versions of the emitters are also available for custom OEM packages and assemblies.

  • APEX&reg: Glass for Photonic and Optoelectronic Packages
    APEX®: Glass for Photonic and Optoelectronic Packages

    3D Glass Solutions provides systems integration solutions for a wide array of Optoelectronic and Opto-RF products, ranging from mechanical spacers, fiber optic alignment trenches, to completely integrated optoelectronic packages.  

  • Mid-Wave, Science-Grade Thermal Imaging: FLIR A6700sc IR Camera
    Mid-Wave, Science-Grade Thermal Imaging: FLIR A6700sc IR Camera

    The A6700sc infrared (IR) camera is ideal for capturing temperature calibrated infrared imagery in research and science related applications. It has a sensitivity of 0.02C and provides 640x512 pixel resolution through its integrated InSb detector.

  • Industrial Grade Mid-IR Laser Source: Cobolt Odin™
    Industrial Grade Mid-IR Laser Source: Cobolt Odin™

    This compact and tunable mid-IR laser is well suited for applications involving the industrial and scientific markets. They’re ideal for analytical instrumentation used in environmental monitoring, for the control and limitation of pollution emissions, and for other applications involving molecular spectroscopy.

  • World Class Optical Thin Films
    World Class Optical Thin Films

    DELTA has been providing world class optical thin films for applications involving optical coherence tomography (OCT), image transferring systems, Point of Care (PoC) instruments, flow cytometry, raman spectroscopy, high performance monochromators, biomedical laser systems, and more.

  • Optical Components Group
    Optical Components Group

    Zygo’s Optical Components Group uses innovative and proprietary manufacturing technologies to create high-precision optical components through CNC glass machining and light-weighting, weighting, MRF polishing, and thin film coating. 

  • Scientific CMOS Camera: pco.edge 4.2 LT
    Scientific CMOS Camera: pco.edge 4.2 LT

    This sCMOS camera offers 2048 x 2048 pixel resolution, low noise (0.8 electrons), high speed (40 fps), a high dynamic range (36 000:1), and greater than 70% quantum efficiency. It’s been optimized for microscope synchronization and scanning applications.

  • Custom OEM Optics and Coatings
    Custom OEM Optics and Coatings

    OptoSigma manufactures custom optical coatings within a class-1000 cleanroom. This room cleans, loads, and inspects both catalog and customer supplied optics. The room is virtually particulate-free. Uncoated substrates can be given reflective coatings to make filters, mirrors, beam splitters, and polarizers. A variety of thin-film coatings can be applied to catalog, custom, or customer supplied optics. High performance coatings from 190 nm to 3 microns are provided in Ion-Assist Deposition chambers and Advanced Plasma Source Ion-Assist chambers

  • VIS-SWIR Camera for High-Sensitivity Imaging: Ninox 640
    VIS-SWIR Camera for High-Sensitivity Imaging: Ninox 640

    The Ninox 640 is a digital VIS-SWIR camera that utilizes a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor for thermography, astronomy, hyperspectral imaging, telecommunications, solar cell inspection, semiconductor inspection, and microscopy applications.

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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • 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.

  • From The Show Floor – Part 2 of 4: Air Bearing Stages

    Just last year, PI acquired Nelson Air Bearing Proeucts in order to expand on their portofilio of precision motion technologies. In part two of a four part video series taken from Photonics West 2015, Scott Jordan spoke with us about these air bearing stage offerings and the extremely smooth and long travel motions they provide.

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PHOTONICS ONLINE SPECIAL FEATURE

FLIR is proud to be releasing our high performance cooled A-Series product family with detectors in every waveband. These cutting-edge FLIR Research and Science Thermal Imaging Cameras set a new standard for price and performance.  See for yourself and check out the new, affordable NIR, MWIR HD, and LWIR SLS thermal imagers at FLIR booth #1130.

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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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Lumogen Coatings

Acton Optics’ METACHROME is a Lumogen stack coating optimized to increases a detector’s quantum efficiency in the UV spectral region. It emits light at approximately 540 to 580nm when excited with light below 450nm. It becomes transparent at >450nm wavelengths, and as such, will not negatively impact a detector’s quantum efficiency in the VIS and NIR regions.

  • High Precision Nanopositioning Systems: Nano-MET Series
    High Precision Nanopositioning Systems: Nano-MET Series

    The Nano-MET series of nanopositioning systems have been designed to provide picometer positioning resolution for metrology, AFM, and SPM applications. Three models are available in the series with variations in configuration, size, noise floor, response time, and more.

  • 1 Mpx High-Speed Cameras: Phantom® v711 - 7Gpx/s
    1 Mpx High-Speed Cameras: Phantom® v711 - 7Gpx/s Vision Research has updated their popular 1 megapixel v-Series High-Speed camera line. While the camera specifications stay the same, camera packaging and controls have been updated.
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LEADING SUPPLIERS

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.

TELOPS

TELOPS

Telops specializes in the design and production of sophisticated opto-electronic systems for the defense, aerospace and telecommunications industries. A reliable source of accelerated innovation inoptronics, the experienced engineering team thrives on high expectations and great challenges.

HOYA Corporation USA Optics Division

HOYA Corporation USA Optics Division

HOYA CORPORATION USA Optics Division is a leading supplier of advanced optical materials and components for scientific, technology and industrial companies throughout the US.

Ophir Photonics

Ophir Photonics

Ophir Photonics, a Newport Corporation, began making laser power meters, energy meters, and beam profilers in 1979, and we’ve never looked back. We have headquarters in the United States, Israel, Japan, and Germany, as well as distributors in over 50 countries worldwide.

DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies, commercial partners and prime contractors worldwide.

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...

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • From Patterned Wafer To Packaged Device: Optical Alignment For Packaging and Test In SiP

    As photonic and electronic devices began to converge, bandwidth, efficiency, and functionality improved significantly. On the flip side, testing and packaging these silicon photonic (SiP) devices has proven to be a challenge. Testing conventional microcircuits can be done through physical contact, conventional positioning control devices, and visual inspection. On the other hand, photonic devices require non-contact and nanoscale alignment between the hybrid device under test and a probe fiber or other element. And we haven’t even begun discussing the complications involved in packaging such devices.

  • Getting The Best Results From Fourier Spectrometers (FTIR)

    Dr. Fred Goldstein in his 16 February 2004 Film Star News had the following comment:

    "...it appears that the current consensus on ‘FTIR vs. Grating IR' is that FTIR instruments are unsuitable for optical measurements.  If you disagree, or have evidence to the contrary, we'd like to hear."

    Having been associated with FTIR since 1957, I felt compelled to respond to that comment.  In general, I have to agree that the application of FTIR can lead to results that are prone to photometric errors.  However, there are things that can be done to overcome the limitations of FTIR for optical measurements.

  • Vision Research High-Speed Digital Cameras Instrumental In Teaching Construction Site Safety

    There is a good reason construction workers are asked to wear hard hats, gloves, safety goggles, and various other safety equipment while on the job; construction sites are dangerous. Filled with heavy and sharp objects, platforms of varying heights, flying sparks and debris, and a number of other potentially dangerous elements, it’s no wonder so many injuries occur on construction sites.

  • Principles Of Dispersive And Fourier Spectrometers

    A review of the general principles of spectrophotometers is given here. This is part one of two articles.

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