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Nanotube Fibers In A Jiffy
Nanotube Fibers In A Jiffy

The terms “handmade” and “high tech” are not commonly found in the same sentence, but they both apply to a Rice University method to quickly produce fibers from carbon nanotubes.

  • In The Kaleidoscope Of Quantum Physics
    In The Kaleidoscope Of Quantum Physics

    Roughly 100 years after the quantum nature of light and matter was discovered, quantum physics is experiencing a kind of revolution. New techniques based, in particular, on the controlled interaction of laser beams with atoms make it possible to explore the mysteries of nature on the one hand, while also setting the basis for future “quantum devices”, such as quantum computers.

  • Harvard-Produced Metalens Is “Next Big Step” In Optics, Virtual Reality
    Harvard-Produced Metalens Is “Next Big Step” In Optics, Virtual Reality

    Scientists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have built the first single lens that can focus the entire visible spectrum of light. The breakthrough means bulky stacked lenses could soon be replaced with simpler, flat metalenses — without loss of resolution.

  • Pulses Of Light To Encrypt Data And Protect Security Of Cryptocurrencies
    Pulses Of Light To Encrypt Data And Protect Security Of Cryptocurrencies

    Data travels through thousands of miles of fiber optic cables underneath the world’s oceans–via pulses of light. And according to experts, the data in these cables is at great risk of being intercepted.

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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...
  Sophisticated Seat Illumination For Airlines
Sophisticated Seat Illumination For Airlines Ambient lighting has become an essential factor in cabin interior designs. The quality of light not only influences passenger comfort, but also enables airlines to enhance their onboard brand recognition. These cutting-edge seating illumination concepts allow for customization of lighting in any seat class while lowering overall maintenance costs and without putting risk on the overall project.  Continue Reading...
Portable Laser Beam Splitter For Small Beam Diameters: Ophir® LBS-300s
Portable Laser Beam Splitter For Small Beam Diameters: Ophir® LBS-300s The new Ophir® LBS-300s from the Ophir brand is a compact, portable laser beam splitter ideally suited for handling small beam diameters (up to 15 mm) over a wide range of powers (10 mW to 400 W). The instrument is designed with a shorter distance from the input surface to the camera array to accommodate finding focus spots with shorter working distances. Ideal applications include micromachining, microwelding, and medical device...  Continue Reading...
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...
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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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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

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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.

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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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