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Perovskite Solar Cells: Perfection Not Required
Perovskite Solar Cells: Perfection Not Required

Metal-organic perovskite layers for solar cells are frequently fabricated using the spin coating technique. If you follow the simplest synthesis pathway and use industry-relevant compact substrates, the perovskite layers laid down by spin coating generally exhibit numerous holes, yet attain astonishingly high levels of efficiency

  • First Observation Of Accelerating Beams In Curved Space
    First Observation Of Accelerating Beams In Curved Space

    Physicists report the first experimental observation of accelerating light beams in curved space. This phenomenon provides new ideas for emulating Einstein's general relativity, as well as new ways of propagating light in curved surfaces and media.

  • Semiconductor Breakthrough May Be Game-Changer For Organic Solar Cells
    Semiconductor Breakthrough May Be Game-Changer For Organic Solar Cells

    In an advance that could push cheap, ubiquitous solar power closer to reality, University of Michigan researchers have found a way to coax electrons to travel much further than was previously thought possible in the materials often used for organic solar cells and other organic semiconductors.

  • Novel 3D Printing Technique Yields High-Performance Composites
    Novel 3D Printing Technique Yields High-Performance Composites

    Nature has produced exquisite composite materials—wood, bone, teeth, and shells, for example—that combine light weight and density with desirable mechanical properties such as stiffness, strength and damage tolerance.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Transistor Outline (TO) Sensor Headers, Caps, And Packages
Transistor Outline (TO) Sensor Headers, Caps, And Packages The Transistor Outline (TO) package is an industrial standard that regulates the design and size of current-conducting microelectronic packaging and housings consisting of a TO header and a TO cap. SCHOTT offers TO headers for ensuring encapsulated components are provided with power, and a TO cap for ensuring the smooth transition of optical signals.  Continue Reading...
Red To Near-IR Enhanced Surface-Mount Photodiode: NXIR-5C
Red To Near-IR Enhanced Surface-Mount Photodiode: NXIR-5C Opto Diode’s new NXIR-5C is a red to near-infrared (NIR) enhanced photodiode ideally designed for laser monitoring, medical diagnostic equipment, industrial automation, scientific measurement, and military applications. The photodiode features a circular active area of 5 mm2, and delivers spectral response from 320 nm to 100 nm.  Continue Reading...
13.5 nm Directly-Deposited Thin-Film Filter Photodetectors
13.5 nm Directly-Deposited Thin-Film Filter Photodetectors Opto Diode introduces two new 13.5 nm directly-deposited thin-film filter photodetectors ideal for electrical performance in many applications, including laser power monitoring, semiconductor photolithography, and metrology systems that utilize extreme ultraviolet light. The SXUV100TF135 and SXUV100TF135B feature a 100 mm2 active area, detection capabilities between 12 nm and 18 nm, and a responsivity of 0.09 A/W at 13.5 nm.  Continue Reading...
Laser Measurement System For Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing: BeamWatch® AM
Laser Measurement System For Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing: BeamWatch® AM The BeamWatch® AM from Ophir® is an integrated laser measurement system created for measuring critical laser beam parameters for laser-based additive manufacturing systems. Simultaneous, real-time measurements are performed at video rates and are available for multiple profiles along the beam caustic in the camera field-of-view (FOV). These measurements include waist (focus spot) width and location, focal shift, centroid, M2 or K,...  Continue Reading...
HermeS® Hermetic Through Glass Via (TGV) Wafer For MEMS Devices
HermeS® Hermetic Through Glass Via (TGV) Wafer For MEMS Devices SCHOTT Electronic Packaging offers the HermeS® glass substrate wafer with hermetically sealed solid “Through Glass Vias” (TGV) designed to enable fully gastight and long-term robust enclosures for MEMS devices such as industrial hermetic MEMS sensors, medical MEMS, and RF MEMS. It features vine-pitched vias that allow for reliable conduction of electrical signals and power into and out of MEMS devices.  Continue Reading...
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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • 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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Compact sCMOS Camera: pco.panda 4.2

The new pco.panda 4.2 is a sCMOS sensor camera system designed to provide high quantum efficiency with low dark noise for applications including localization microscopy (PALM, STORM, dSTORM, GSDIM), light sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM, SPIM), structured illumination microscopy (SIM), and more. It also is housed in a compact, 65 x 65 x 65 mm3 package. 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 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

Canon USA Future Product and Solutions Canon USA Future Product and Solutions

Canon USA Future Product and Solutions is a leading provider of business-to-business, industrial and consumer digital and optical imaging solutions to the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets with an increasing intent for more customized, localized products.

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

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.

Canon USA, Inc. Optoelectronic Components Canon USA, Inc. Optoelectronic Components

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of business-to-business, industrial and consumer digital and optical imaging solutions to the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets with an increasing intent for more customized, localized products.

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.

Abrisa Technologies Abrisa Technologies

With Over 80 years of combined experience, the divisions of Abrisa Technologies (Abrisa Industrial Glass, Sycamore Glass Components, and ZC&R Coatings for Optics) have the engineering, manufacturing and customer service teams needed to service your optics requirements.

TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Engineered Precision Motion Systems – From Laser Machining To Photonics Alignment Benefits From Holistic Approach

    A multi-axis precision motion system with higher dynamics and throughput targets must have a more holistic design approach to achieve success. There are many obvious advantages to the user when the mechanics, control electronics, and software of a system are designed by the same team. In addition to a holistic design approach, PI’s precision positioning systems have enabled countless high-end applications in industries from semiconductor manufacturing to biotechnology.

  • Motion Control Advances For Laser Micromachining And Microprocessing

    Many laser micromachining and micro processing engineers face challenges of delivering laser pulses to a workpiece with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability, and developing a strong human machine interface (HMI) software through CAD/CAM post processing, motion profile generation, user interface and host programming, motion programming, laser control, and real-time IO control. This article discusses how these issues can now be solved with PI’s motion/CNC controller technologies that are designed to reduce complexity, and allow for faster time-to-market while improving the process accuracy.

  • Advanced Camera Manufacturing And Lens Alignment Enabled By Compact 6-Axis Micro-Robotic Hexapod Systems

    Hexapod micro-motion robot technologies provide all six degrees of freedom in an unusually stiff, compact, and high-precision structure. These types of structures deliver free translation and rotation of the coordinate system, allowing the rotational center point to be placed anywhere in space, such as at an optical focus, a fiber or waveguide and-face, or any other location. This application note discusses how the functionality enabled by a compact 6-axis micro-robotic hexapod system provides precise manufacturing and lens alignment in advanced cameras.

  • New Tool Measures 4 Surface Appearance Quality Conditions Simultaneously

    If surface appearance quality is critical to your product, learn about a new manufacturing-friendly tool that allows you to establish numerical standards for and measure four conditions of surface quality: gloss, haze, image clarity, BRDF including Canon’s new parameter “Scattering C20, C60.” This new parameter goes beyond IC and DOI to enable measure of non-glossy surfaces such as textured surfaces, matte paint, and matte paper. With this one tool, the Surface Reflectance Analyzer, you can measure four surface conditions simultaneously, in less than four seconds.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Chinese Scientists Develop World's First All-Silicon Laser

    Scientists at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, have demonstrated the world's first optically pumped all-silicon distributed-feedback (DFB) laser, a key achievement toward realizing possibilities in integrated silicon photonics.

  • New Catalog On Piezo-Mechanic Nanopositioning Motion Systems For OEM, Industry And Research Released

    Motion and nano precision positioning systems leader PI (Physik Instrumente) released a new 250 page catalog on precision mechatronic actuators and nanopositioning systems based on piezo drive technology and frictionless flexure guiding systems.  Products covered in this catalog use PI’s in-house designed and manufactured Mars Rover-tested piezo ceramic actuators as their drive principle.

  • First Observation Of Accelerating Beams In Curved Space

    Physicists report the first experimental observation of accelerating light beams in curved space. This phenomenon provides new ideas for emulating Einstein's general relativity, as well as new ways of propagating light in curved surfaces and media.

  • Reflex Photonics To Show Latest LightCONEX Optical Interconnect Solution At ETT 2018

    LightCONEX is a backplane interconnect solution that integrates a multilane optical transceiver into a small, rugged board-edge plug-in module connector to enable easy circuit card replacement and simplify system upgrades. This connector reduces system cost and complexity as it requires no onboard optical cables handling or cable routing.

  • Critical Link To Demonstrate Five Embedded Imaging Platforms At SPIE’s Photonics West

    Critical Link, LLC, experts in image sensor technology, system-on-chip (SoC) and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) designs, vision protocols, and signal processing, will present five embedded imaging demonstrations in South Hall booth # 210 at SPIE’s Photonics West 2018, Moscone Center, San Francisco, January 30 - February 1, 2018.

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