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Scientists Move Quantum Optic Networks A Step Closer To Reality
Scientists Move Quantum Optic Networks A Step Closer To Reality

Scientists have moved quantum optic networks a step closer to reality. The ability to precisely control the interactions of light and matter at the nanoscale could help such a network transmit larger amounts of data more quickly and securely than an electrical network.

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Production Ready 3D Optical Profiler: ZeGage™ Pro
Production Ready 3D Optical Profiler: ZeGage™ Pro The ZeGage™ Pro and ZeGage™ Pro HR are scanning white light interferometers that provide 3D optical surface profiling for the measurement of precision surfaces that require non-contact metrology. The base ZeGage™ Pro model delivers surface mapping at the nanometer scale, meeting the needs for most industrial surfaces. For smoother samples with a much finer surface finish, the ZeGage™ Pro HR offers more than 20X higher...  Continue Reading...
Ultraviolet LED With Narrow Spectral Output: OD-265-001
Ultraviolet LED With Narrow Spectral Output: OD-265-001 Opto Diode’s OD-265-001 is the first model in a series of ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (UVLEDs) designed for robust and long-life use. With features including a power output of 0.53 mW (minimum) and 0.68 mW (typical), with peak emission wavelengths at 260 nm (minimum), 265 nm (typical) and 270 nm (maximum), these devices are especially suitable for disinfection applications.  Continue Reading...
High-Speed, 9 mm² Circular Photodiode For Electron Detection: AXUV63HS1
High-Speed, 9 mm² Circular Photodiode For Electron Detection: AXUV63HS1 Opto Diode introduces the AXUV63HS1 as part of their family of AXUV detectors featuring high-performance measurement of electrons, photons, or X-rays. This high-speed photodetector is designed with a circular active area of 9 mm diameter and is ideally suited for electron detection.  Continue Reading...
Machine Vision Camera With USB3 Vision: Firefly®
Machine Vision Camera With USB3 Vision: Firefly® FLIR’s Firefly® camera is designed to combine machine vision features with the power of deep learning inference on-camera. With its integrated Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ 2 Vision Processing Unit (VPU) users can deploy a trained neural network directly onto the camera and achieve inference on the edge. Its small size and low power are ideal for portable devices, and it provides excellent imaging with the latest global...  Continue Reading...
High-Performance Machine Vision Camera: Blackfly S Series
High-Performance Machine Vision Camera: Blackfly S Series FLIR’s Blackfly S cameras are compact, machine vision cameras designed to produce exact images for acceleration of application development. With features for both automatic and manual control over image capture and on-camera pre-processing, these cameras offer support for a wide range of operating systems and hosts system hardware architectures.  Continue Reading...
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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • SCHOTT Is Advancing Into The Single-Use Endoscope Market
    SCHOTT Is Advancing Into The Single-Use Endoscope Market

    SCHOTT North America, Inc., - Lighting and Imaging offers a variety of illumination components for the single-use endoscope market. This includes a camera fitted fiber with a beam angle up to 120 degrees, Plug and Play availability as just light or light and camera combination, and small compact light sources which can be integrated into the unit with a perfect fit. Check out the video for more information.

  • Support For The Entire Photonics Spectrum!
    Support For The Entire Photonics Spectrum!

    Lisa Gerbracht at FLIR gives a brief introduction to showcased products, information on available imaging technologies, and an overview of FLIR’s specialized divisions.

  • New Immersion Grating For Astronomy Applications
    New Immersion Grating For Astronomy Applications

    Sukegawa Takashi from Canon USA, Inc. Optoelectronic Components introduces the new Canon Immersion Grating. With a size that is 1/27th of typical spectroscopy devices and the ability to cover infrared frequencies from 1 to 20 micrometers, this immersion grating is ideal for astronomy, satellites, and large ground-based telescope applications.

  • Introducing The pco.edge bi For Microscopy Applications
    Introducing The pco.edge bi For Microscopy Applications

    Dr. Scott Metzler from PCO introduces the pco.edge 4.2 bi back illuminated camera sensor with high resolution and a 6.5 x 6.5 μm² pixel size for high-quality images with quantum efficiency up to 95%. This next-generation camera offers an extremely versatile solution for all of your microscopy needs.

  •  Why You Should Use Back Illuminated sCMOS Cameras For OEM Development
    Why You Should Use Back Illuminated sCMOS Cameras For OEM Development

    On our last day here at Photonics West 2019, Dr. Scott Metzler from PCO presents the enhanced capabilities that bi sCMOS sensors have to offer, including up to 95% quantum efficiency and a broader spectral response than previous generation. Check out the video for more information.

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eBook: Improving Electronic Design And Testing With Infrared Imaging

This eBook addresses the inherent heating problems in electrical system designs as they become smaller and more powerful. Whether it is in the early rapid prototyping design phase, failure analysis and quality assurance phase, or troubleshooting on product returns, thermal measurement is a key tool for identifying problems and improving thermal management solutions. The FLIR eBook also offers insight and advice from industry experts on new infrared technologies, innovations, and techniques. Read more.

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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 open architecture and standards applied to defense applications, overlooked EMC vulnerabilities, microfabrication, display technologies, and more.

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LEADING SUPPLIERS

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...

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.

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.

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.

FLIR Systems, Inc - OEM Cores and Components FLIR Systems, Inc - OEM Cores and Components

 

Make something big with something small with FLIR, the world’s highest volume infrared camera and core supplier. Our proven components like the Lepton®, Boson®, and the Neutrino™ cores, FLIR’s common software architecture makes for ease of integration across an array of applications. Integrating FLIR’s cameras, cores and components based on your size, weight, power, and performance requirements is easy and may be the last little piece you need for your next big idea. 

 

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.

TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Innovation In AR Lens Coatings: High Quality Coatings For High-Power Lasers

    Lens coatings are an essential part of high-power CO2 laser systems. Coatings must protect the lens and allow for the highest levels of optical performance, with low levels of absorption and a long-life expectancy. Transparency is another coveted characteristic for use with visible HeNe red laser pointers. The cost/benefit ratio of a coating must also be considered, as well as the environmental impact of the substrates used. For optical manufacturers, the challenge is in developing a lens coating that excels in all these areas. This white paper discusses the development of anti-reflection (AR) lens coatings for use in high-power lasers.

  • Analyzing Small, High Power Beams At Focus In Manufacturing Applications

    Lasers are increasingly deployed in manufacturing applications, being pushed to higher and higher output powers and smaller and smaller beam sizes to work faster and with higher precision. Determining the beam profile at the beam focus of these lasers is critical to verify and improve manufacturing product quality. However, there are enormous challenges that must be overcome to capture the beam profiling data. This white paper discusses best practices for analyzing small, high power beams at focus for manufacturing applications.

  • Optical Micromirrors Reveal The Secrets Of Cell Membranes

    Progress in understanding the lipid bilayer – an ingenious two-molecule thick oily barrier that protects all living cells, including our own – has been dramatic over the past 100 years. But there are still puzzles to be solved such as how these membrane proteins, which are oily themselves, navigate the oily lipid bilayer to go about their work. The first step for scientists is to figure out the thermodynamic rules that govern protein assembly in membranes.

  • Poking And Prodding The Molecules Of Life

    Applying physics to the properties and underlying structures of the molecules of life offers an insight into the mechanisms that make living beings tick. But even seemingly simple actions like muscle contraction involve a wide array of biological interactions, which has shrouded the dynamics and function of individual molecules behind a curtain of complexity. The scientific community has developed a powerful toolbox of methods to probe these interactions over the past two decades, uncovering previously hidden information about the structure, dynamics and function of individual biomolecules.

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  • Quantum Launch Into The Future

    A research centre in Sydney is developing world-leading technology that will transform the information economy and industries of the future.

  • Controlling And Visualising Receptor Signals In Neural Cells

    Using a novel optogenetic tool, researchers have successfully controlled, reproduced and visualised serotonin receptor signals in neural cells. To this end, they modified a photosensitive membrane receptor in the eye, namely melanopsin.

  • MKS Announces Ophir® Integrating Spheres For Accurate, Repeatable Measurement Of Optical Power In VCELs

    MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced at SPIE Photonics West the Ophir® IS6D integrating spheres for measuring the optical power of widely divergent laser diode sources, such as VCSELs. Part of the Ophir Integrating Spheres series of products, the new spheres can accurately measure light that diverges up to ±85 degrees. Each sphere is delivered as a calibrated unit with a photodiode detector.

  • MKS Announces Ophir® BeamWatch® Integrated, Fully Automated Beam Monitoring System For Industrial Production Environments

    MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced at SPIE Photonics West Ophir® BeamWatch® Integrated, a fully automated, non-contact laser measurement system designed to measure critical beam parameters in industrial production environments. A rugged, compact, self-contained system, BeamWatch Integrated measures parameters of the focused beam in real-time, including focus spot size, beam caustic, and absolute power readings. The system can accommodate different types of welding heads and includes a variety of interfaces, such as PROFINET and Ethernet/IP, for integration into production networks and automated manufacturing lines to facilitate direct transfer of measurement data.

  • NRL, AFRL Develop Direct-Write Quantum Calligraphy In Monolayer Semiconductors

    Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have developed a way to directly write quantum light sources, which emit a single photon of light at a time, into monolayer semiconductors such as tungsten diselenide (WSe2).

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