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Novel Techniques Examine Solar Cells With Nanoscale Precision
Novel Techniques Examine Solar Cells With Nanoscale Precision

Using two novel techniques, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have for the first time examined, with nanometer-scale precision, the variations in chemical composition and defects of widely used solar cells.

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  Ultra-High-Resolution Verifire™ HDX Laser Interferometer System For 3D Metrology
Ultra-High-Resolution Verifire™ HDX Laser Interferometer System For 3D Metrology Zygo introduces the new Verifire™ HDX laser interferometer system designed for precise 3D metrology and mid-spatial frequency content characterization of extreme performance optical components and systems. The HDX system includes all of the features of the Verifire HD, and adds enhancements such as the best-in-class imaging and resolution for high instrument transfer function (ITF), and superior characterization of mid-spatial frequency...  Continue Reading...
Miniature Hexapod 6-Axis Positioner With Dynamic, Vacuum, High Resolution Options: H-811
Miniature Hexapod 6-Axis Positioner With Dynamic, Vacuum, High Resolution Options: H-811 PI’s H-811 miniature hexapod 6-axis positioner is designed with the options of standard, high-speed, vacuum, and high resolution configurations for research, industry, standard, vacuum, micro-manufacturing, medical, and tool control applications. With a parallel-kinematic design for six degrees of freedom, this hexapod is significantly more reliable, has reduced friction, and is much more stiff and compact than serial-kinematic systems.  Continue Reading...
SWIR InGaAs Detectors Using Flip-Chip (FC) Type Hybridization: XLIN-FC Series
SWIR InGaAs Detectors Using Flip-Chip (FC) Type Hybridization: XLIN-FC Series The XLIN-FC Series from Xenics comprises the latest linescan SWIR InGaAs detectors utilizing flip-chip (FC) type hybridization. These detectors are available in two high speed detector types with 512, 1024, or 2048 pixel resolution. The XLIN-FC R comes with rectangular pixels for spectroscopy applications, while the XLIN-FC SQ comes with square pixels for machine vision applications.  Continue Reading...
SCHOTT® Fiber Optic Faceplates
SCHOTT® Fiber Optic Faceplates SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging offers a series of fiber optic faceplates designed for high-resolution, “zero thickness” image transfer applications such as CCD and CMOS coupling, LCD and OLED displays, image intensification, remote viewing, field flattening, and x-ray imaging. They may also be used as input and output image intensifier windows in opto-electronic applications.  Continue Reading...
Standard Camera Detectors For Visible/NIR MTF Measurement
Standard Camera Detectors For Visible/NIR MTF Measurement Image Science offers a comprehensive range of Matrix digital camera detectors designed specifically for real-time MTF measurements in the visible and near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths. Available in three models with variations in sensor size and pixel resolutions, these cameras can be used in a variety of applications such as routine production testing, or research and development work.  Continue Reading...
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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • 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.

  • Endoscopy – Flexible Endoscope Animation
    Endoscopy – Flexible Endoscope Animation

    Flexible endoscopes are used in medical procedures where the scope must be bent inside the body. This animation from SCHOTT demonstrates the transmission of light and data through external and internal flexible fiber optic light cables in endoscopy.

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Hot Topic: The Promise, Advantages, And Challenges of High-Speed Infrared Cameras

Thermally characterizing high-speed targets is a challenging task, one that is difficult to undertake with traditional forms of temperature measurement. This Q&A details how next-generation high-speed IR cameras are up to this challenge, pointing out their functions, benefits and limitations. Read more.

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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.

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...

Laser Components USA, Inc. Laser Components USA, Inc.

LASER COMPONENTS is a family-owned business that was founded by Mr. Günther Paul in Germany in 1982. With over 130 employees worldwide, LASER COMPONENTS has specialized in the development, production, and distribution of components and services in the laser and optoelectronics industry.

Image Science Ltd Image Science Ltd

Image Science was formed in 1991 and specialises in the design and manufacture lens testing systems for both Research & Development and production applications.  We concentrate on providing the best combination of accuracy, speed of measurement,  and ease of use.

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.

TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Precision Of FLEET Velocimetry Using High-Speed CMOS Camera Systems

    Femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging (FLEET) is an optical measurement technique that permits quantitative velocimetry of unseeded air or nitrogen using a single laser and a single camera. This paper seeks to determine the fundamental precision of the FLEET technique using high-speed complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) cameras. A comparison of the performance of several different high-speed CMOS camera systems for acquiring FLEET velocimetry data in air and nitrogen free-jet flows is also provided.

  • Development Of Background-Oriented Schlieren For NASA Langley Research Center Ground Test Facilities

    This paper provides an overview of recent wind tunnel tests performed at the NASA Langley Research Center where the Background-Oriented Schlieren (BOS) technique was used to provide information pertaining to flow-field density disturbances. The facilities where the BOS technique was applied included the National Transonic Facility (NTF), Transonic Dynamics Tunnel (TDT), 31-Inch Mach 10 Air Tunnel, 15-Inch Mach 6 High-Temperature Air Tunnel, Rotor Test Cell at the 14×22 Subsonic Tunnel, and a 13-Inch Low-Speed Tunnel.

  • Laser Beam Profiling And Infrared Cameras

    One of the key parameters for understanding how a laser will perform in an application is the spatial intensity distribution. In many industial laser cutting or welding applications, monitoring the beam quality is critical for successful operation. The measurement of the beam can either be made during the design stage of the laser, or it might be more sufficient for continuous real-time monitoring during the laser’s operation. This white paper addresses the general need for laser beam profile analysis, describes laser beam analysis instruments, and provides an overview of laser applications, in particular for infrared wavelengths.

  • Inspectahire Relies On Optical Gas Imaging For Leak Detection In the Offshore Oil And Gas Industry

    Inspectahire is a company that helps customers manage the safety, profitability, and environmental impacts of their assets through remote visual inspection technologies and solutions. The FLIR’s GFx320 Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera is their preferred technology to use when tasked with the detection of fugitive hydrocarbon emissions.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Optical Phased Array Technology Could Make Lens-Based Cameras Obsolete

    Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a 2D ultra-thin camera that uses an optical phased array (OPA), rather than the curved lenses and mechanical parts of a traditional camera, to capture images.

  • Xenics at Laser World of Photonics

    Xenics, Europe's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors, cameras and customized imaging solutions from the SWIR to the LWIR realm, comes to Laser World of Photonics 2017 with its latest developments.

  • New Verifire™ HDX Laser Interferometer With Ultra-High-Resolution And Imaging For Precise 3D Metrology

    Zygo Corporation is pleased to introduce the Verifire™ HDX laser interferometer system with ultra-high spatial resolution and advanced imaging for measuring surface form and transmitted wavefront of high-performance optical components and systems. At the core of the Verifire HDX is a new optical design, which delivers improved instrument transfer function (ITF) and ultra-high spatial resolution for superior characterization of midspatial frequency (MSF) characteristics and high-slope surface form errors, with high precision and confidence.

  • New Laser Modules For Machine Vision

    At LASER World of PHOTONIOCS 2017, LASER COMPONENTS will present a new generation of line laser modules for machine vision. The M18 threaded MV18 module is the latest addition to the successful MV series, while existing models like MVnano, MVpico and MVfemto have been re-engineered for better functionality and flexibility.

  • PI's Precision Automation Solutions Featured At 2017 LASER World Of PHOTONICS

    The world’s largest conference and trade show on laser technology and photonics is the backdrop for PI’s most anticipated high performance motion solutions for photonics, robotics, microscopy, and precision industrial automation applications. Held in Munich, Germany from June 26th to 29th, LASER World of PHOTONICS includes lectures and exhibits from the pioneers of the photonics world and anticipates more than 30,000 visitors this year.

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LASER World of PHOTONICS 2017 June 26 - 29, 2017
Messe München
China International Optoelectronics Expo September 6 - 9, 2017
Shenzhen
China International Optoelectronics Expo September 6 - 9, 2017
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Global Bioanalysis Summit 2017 September 18 - 20, 2017
San Francisco, CA
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