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Nanoparticles Can Limit Inflammation By Distracting The Immune System
Nanoparticles Can Limit Inflammation By Distracting The Immune System

A surprise finding suggests that an injection of nanoparticles may be able to help fight the immune system when it goes haywire, researchers at the University of Michigan have shown.

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High-Speed Hexapod Motion Platform For Smartphone Camera Optimization: H-860
High-Speed Hexapod Motion Platform For Smartphone Camera Optimization: H-860 PI introduces the new H-860 high-speed hexapod system designed to accurately simulate motion with six degrees of freedom. The platform features high accuracy and bandwidth that optimizes motion and image stabilization algorithms that are used in drones and cameras, and for pinpoint accurate images. Ideal applications include vibration simulation, precision positioning, lens alignment in camera manufacturing, photonic fiber alignment, and image...  Continue Reading...
Single-Channel, Two-Stage, Cooled Infrared (IR) Detector: BXT2-17TF
Single-Channel, Two-Stage, Cooled Infrared (IR) Detector: BXT2-17TF Opto Diode now offers the new BXT2-17TF single-channel infrared (IR) detector designed to provide excellent sensitivity for industrial carbon monoxide (CO) detection in harsh environments. With an integrated 4.67 µm optical bandpass silicon filter and a thermistor, this thermoelectrically-cooled device features excellent performance and high reliability for long life use.  Continue Reading...
Full HD Thermal Camera: Vayu HD
Full HD Thermal Camera: Vayu HD Sierra-Olympic introduces the Vayu HD – the world’s first full high definition, uncooled, 1080p output thermal camera designed to deliver unmatched 1920 x 1200 image resolution, sensitivity, and detector quality for the most stunning thermal images from a stand-alone commercially designed camera.     Continue Reading...
Digital High-Speed Phantom v-Series Camera Family
Digital High-Speed Phantom v-Series Camera Family The Phantom v-Series of digital high-speed cameras are designed to eliminate blur, see the smallest of details, and keep moving targets in-frame as long as possible for the longest recording time for an event.   Continue Reading...
Phantom® Miro® LAB-, LC-, and R-Series Cameras
Phantom® Miro® LAB-, LC-, and R-Series Cameras The Phantom® Miro® camera series offers a wide variety of models with a range of performance levels in three different available body styles. Available in 1, 2, and 4 megapixel versions, these cameras are the ideal choice for qualitative and quantitative analysis and allow for users to choose the resolution, performance level, and body style that fits each application.  Continue Reading...
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  • RA-532H Surface Reflectance Analyzer Video Introduction
    RA-532H Surface Reflectance Analyzer Video Introduction

    The new RA-532H Surface Reflectance Analyzer from Canon USA, Inc. Optoelectronic Components is capable of surface measurements at three different angles (20°, 60°, and 85°). Utilized measurement methods include standard compliant gloss, haze, Image Clarity (IC), and 1-D and 2-D BRDF (Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function) measurements. The analyzer can be used for a variety of evaluation and inspection applications with many types of surfaces such as film, paper, and automotive, printed, or painted surfaces.

  • 3D Machine Vision System RV1100 Video Introduction
    3D Machine Vision System RV1100 Video Introduction

    The RV1100 is a 3D machine vision system designed to measure and recognize randomly assembled production line parts with complex shapes and very few distinguishing features for robotic arm systems. It offers the benefits of one-time measurements of 3D pose, high-speed recognition, improved productivity, and reduced production costs. The RV1100 is ideal for use in industrial production applications such as automobile parts manufacturing, car manufacturing, and electronics manufacturing.

  • Video – Piezo Nano Positioning Stage For Microscopy: P-563 PIMars XYZ-Stage
    Video – Piezo Nano Positioning Stage For Microscopy: P-563 PIMars XYZ-Stage

    Piezo nanopositioning stages offer high-resolution and scanning speed, making them useful for super-resolution microscopy and optical trapping. The P-563 PIMars XYZ-Stages are designed with a parallel-kinematics arrangement with higher precision and responsiveness compared to nested or stacked multi-axis positioners.

  • What Is Multispectral Imaging?
    What Is Multispectral Imaging?

    Telops offers a variety of high-performance scientific instruments to meet the most demanding research applications. The MS-IR Series of time-resolved, multispectral imagers are able to combine measurements obtained with various attenuation filters to achieve a composite HDR image that shows hot and cold objects at the same time. 

  • Endoscopy – Rigid Endoscope Animation
    Endoscopy – Rigid Endoscope Animation

    Flexible endoscopes are used in medical procedures where the scope cannot bend. This animation from SCHOTT demonstrates the transmission of light and data through external and internal rigid fiber optic light cables in endoscopy.

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Phantom® VEO4K Camera Series

The Phantom® VEO4K camera family from Vision Research combines the small, convenient form factor of the VEO camera with the imaging power of the Flex4K-GS. This family is designed to capture up to 1,000 frames per second (fps) at 4k at high reduced resolutions and may be used for demanding scientific research, defense, and media applications. Read more.

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 detecting explosives with mm-Wave radars, advanced optical materials for transparent armor, simulating complicated radar cross sections, machine vision for military imaging, and more.

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LEADING SUPPLIERS

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.

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.

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.

BaySpec Inc. BaySpec Inc.

BaySpec, Inc., founded in 1999 with 100% manufacturing in the USA (San Jose, California), is a vertically integrated spectral sensing company. The company designs, manufactures and markets advanced spectral instruments, including UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR spectrometers, benchtop and portable NIR/SWIR and Raman analyzers, confocal Raman microscopes, hyperspectral imagers, mass spectrometers, and OEM spectral engines and components, for the R&D, biomedical, pharmaceuticals, chemical, food, semiconductor, health monitoring, human & animal medical devices, and the optical telecommunications industries.

Mad City Labs, Inc. Mad City Labs, Inc.

Mad City Labs, Inc. is the leading US manufacturer of precision piezo based nanopositioning stages and nano-instrumenation.  We manufacture high performance motion control instrumentation including our innovative closed loop nanopositioning systems, high stability microscopy platforms, low cost probe microscopy and metrology solutions.  Our instruments are suitable for super resolution microscopy, metrology, imaging, photonics, interferometry and astronomy.

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

TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • How Hexapod Motion Platforms Help Google Engineers Advance Cell-Phone Cameras

    An unsteady hand can ruin the most epic picture moment. The engineers at Google understand this and have taken steps to optimize the motion and image stabilization algorithms in their Pixel 2 camera. The Google Pixel 2 has been integrated with PI’s H-860 high speed hexapod system that accurately simulates motion with 6 degrees of freedom and results in pinpoint accurate crisp images.

  • How To Make A Good Reflected Color Measurement

    Color perception is based on the wavelengths of light that are reflected from, absorbed by, or emitted by an object. Light can be reflected via specular or diffuse reflection depending on whether or not a surface is smooth (like mirrors), rough, or a mixture of both. When measuring reflection from an object, it is important to consider which type of reflection is dominant, and whether some or all the reflected light needs to be collected. This article discusses the best practices for making good reflected color measurements that can be used in a wide range of optical imaging applications.

  • Thin-Film Optical Components For Use In Non-Linear Optical Systems

    Bio-imaging and detection techniques that use non-linear optical (NLO) phenomena have led to great advancements, such as super-resolution images, label-free visualization of naturally occurring biomolecules, and greater freedom for working with in-vivo samples. Many NLO systems rely on the high peak pulse intensity of femtosecond lasers for signal generation, and demand that optical filters and mirrors integrated into these systems have an appropriate laser damage rating, and the reflective components be controlled for both group delay dispersion (GDD) and flatness. This white paper discusses the importance of choosing thin-film optical components for NLO systems to ensure optimal signal strength, resolution, and image quality.

  • Thin-Film Interference Filters For LIDAR

    LIDAR is now being used for obstacle avoidance in autonomous vehicles, urban planning, security, infrastructure development, and many other growing applications. This application note details how high-performance, ultra-narrowband interference filters improve LIDAR signal-to-noise ratios in specific applications.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • MKS Announces Ophir® BeamWatch AM, Non-Contact Laser Beam Monitoring System For Additive Manufacturing

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® BeamWatch® AM, the industry's first non-contact laser beam monitoring system for additive manufacturing. BeamWatch AM is a lightweight, compact system designed for real-time measurement of focal shift during laser startup of powder bed fusion manufacturing processes. It measures key beam size, position, and quality parameters, including focus spot size and beam caustic. These measurements allow users to more easily determine when the beam is aligned and in focus, providing more consistent metallurgy. Measurements can be displayed as tabular, 2D, and 3D views, providing a quick and realistic display of laser characteristics.  

  • Ultrafast Pulses Modulate Circadian Rhythm And Blues

    Manipulating the spectral components of ultrafast, near-infrared pulses of light can influence neural activity, paving the way for more effective treatments of mood and circadian rhythm sleep disorders, according to a team of researchers at the University of Illinois.

  • Improving The Femtosecond Ultrashort Pulse Laser

    MXenes, conductive materials widely used in many industries, now have one more promising application: helping lasers fire extremely short femtosecond pulses, which last just millionths of a billionth of a second.

  • Photon Counting Camera LINCam Now Available From PicoQuant

    PicoQuant proudly announces the inclusion of the LINCam, a photon counting camera manufactured by Photonscore, to its line up of single photon sensitive detectors.

  • Israeli Researchers Successfully Hide Optical Chip Under ‘Cloak Of Invisibility’

    Scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) are proposing a new method to obscure an optical chip by bending light around the object. This could be achieved by manipulating waves in the near field region (such as surface plasmons) of a metamaterial surface (a metasurface) on an integrated photonic structure.

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