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Quantum Sensors Decipher Magnetic Ordering In A New Semiconducting Material
Quantum Sensors Decipher Magnetic Ordering In A New Semiconducting Material

For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media.

  • First Imaging Of Free Nanoparticles In Laboratory Experiment Using A High-Intensity Laser Source
    First Imaging Of Free Nanoparticles In Laboratory Experiment Using A High-Intensity Laser Source

    In a joint research project, scientists from the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI), the Technische Universität Berlin (TU) and the University of Rostock have managed for the first time to image free nanoparticles in a laboratory experiment using a high-intensity laser source.

  • Core Solutions Reach Optimally Extreme Light Pulses
    Core Solutions Reach Optimally Extreme Light Pulses

    As scientist probe nature ever more precisely with laser pulses, now aiming for the zeptosecond regime –  a trillionth of a billionth of a second and the fastest scale of time measured –  optimizing each parameter of those pulses can offer more finely tuned measurements of as-yet unknown dynamic properties.

  • TU Wien Researchers Develop Cloaking Technology
    TU Wien Researchers Develop Cloaking Technology

    Researchers at TU Wien (Vienna) have developed a type of cloaking technology that renders opaque materials invisible by letting the flow of light pass through the medium unperturbed.

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ColdVision Series For Machine Vision And Microscopy Illumination
ColdVision Series For Machine Vision And Microscopy Illumination The ColdVision series from SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging is composed of an extensive array of light sources, fiber optic guides, and accessories designed to work seamlessly with each other for illumination purposes in machine vision and microscopy applications. This series delivers flexibility and versatility via LED, halogen, and xenon light sources and accessories for custom and standard solutions.  Continue Reading...
Piezo-Based Miniaturized Fast Steering Mirror Platforms (FSM) For Laser Beam Control: S-335
Piezo-Based Miniaturized Fast Steering Mirror Platforms (FSM) For Laser Beam Control: S-335 The new S-255 piezo fast steering mirror (FSM) from PI is designed with millisecond response settling time, high dynamic linearity for precision image processing and image stabilization, laser beam steering, materials processing, and lithography. These piezo steering mirrors are based on parallel-kinematic designs with coplanar rotational axes and a single moving platform driven by two pairs of differential actuators that enables jitter-free,...  Continue Reading...
High-Speed, High-Resolution Cameras For Science, Aerospace And Media Applications: Phantom® VEO4K
High-Speed, High-Resolution Cameras For Science, Aerospace And Media Applications: Phantom® VEO4K The new 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.  Continue Reading...
Small, Precision PIMag® Linear Motor Stage With Magnetic Direct Drive: V-408
Small, Precision PIMag® Linear Motor Stage With Magnetic Direct Drive: V-408 PI offers the V-408 PIMag® Linear Motor Stage with magnetic direct drive and an incremental linear encoder for direct position measurement, high-force 3-phase linear motor drives, and general automation applications. With high load capacity precision crossed roller elements and an anti-creep cage assist prevents roller creep, offers zero-wear, and makes the device capable of long life in high duty cycle industrial applications.  Continue Reading...
FLEXPOINT® Machine Vision Lasers: MVstereo
FLEXPOINT® Machine Vision Lasers: MVstereo A prerequisite for 3-D stereo image processing requires the clear allocation of pixels in both camera images and in an image comparison. However, this is only possible on clearly textured surfaces, making it nearly impossible to clearly allocate monochrome surfaces with little or repetitive texture. Markers, or random patterns on the surface, are needed for assistance in the measuring process. LASER COMPONENTS now offers the FLEXPOINT®...  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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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. Read more.

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Vision Research, Inc. Vision Research, Inc.

It all started in 1950 when a young, idealistic, engineer quit his job at Fairchild Camera to pursue a career in an industry that barely existed. He formed a brand new company named Photographic Analysis Company whose sales mark was "Research Through Photography."

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Q&A With SPIE CEO Dr. Eugene Arthurs

    In July, SPIE CEO Dr. Eugene Arthurs announced his intent to retire effective on Jan. 19, 2018. Recently, Dr, Arthurs graciously made time to reflect on his career at SPIE, as well as his and the organization’s future, with Photonics Online.

  • Innovative Design Process Fastracks UAV Laser Comms Development

    Using photonics technologies to establish communications in air-to-ground, air-to-air, and air-to-space fields offers many advantages related to transmission speed, low Size Weight and Power (SWaP) systems, spectrum regulations, and immunity to electromagnetic interference. Specifically in UAV laser communications, photonics technology has the potential to establish secure and reliable high-speed links that are also immune to jamming/spoofing, where transmissions cannot be detected, in contrast to traditional RF technology. This article discusses the additional advantages of using photonics in the design process of UAV laser comms development, and provides an example of a UAV laser transmitter under testing at Gooch & Housego.

  • Why Are SWIR And InGaAs Useful?

    Sensing in the shortwave infrared (SWIR) range has been made practical by the development of Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) sensors. Since the SWIR band is not visible to the human eye, InGaAs sensors are necessary when objects need to be recognized in high quality with little or no visible light. This article discusses the many uses of SWIR technologies, as well as the advantages that make it an important tool in both day time and nighttime applications.

  • Keeping Up With Moore’s Law: Mass Producing SiP Components With Silicon Photonics Alignment Automation

    New advancements in computer performance comprise the shrinking of feature sizes and the shift to 10 nm technologies. As these enhancements are implemented, extraordinary performance levels will come from the use of silicon photonics, or the integration of optical circuits on semiconductor wafers, instead of the use of electronics. This white paper discusses the silicon photonics alignment automation technology and how it is a key element in the mass production of SiP components.

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