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.
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.
NIST scientists have achieved a world record in detecting the intensity of an ultra-faint source of light, equaling the capabilities of the deep-space instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope but operating 100 times faster and with equivalent accuracy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Autonomous driving systems are beginning to make their mark in the world, but questions still remain concerning everything from how different their embedded sensor and perception technologies work together, to how safe these systems really are. These are the types of questions that the LETI research institute of CEA Tech attempted to address when creating its sensor fusion solution intended for autonomous driving applications. This Q&A with a LETI research engineer, Julien Mottin, addresses the SigmaFusion solution, the processes and challenges involved in its design, and the rationale behind embedding it into the AURIX microcontroller platform.
LASER COMPONENTS USA, specialized provider of laser and optoelectronic components in the US and Canada, is proud to announce an impressive list of 40 speakers at the 4th International WORKshop on Infrared Technologies. Organized for the first time in the US, the event will take place at Arizona State University on November 8 – 9, 2017 in Tempe, AZ, USA.
Sierra-Olympic Technologies, supplier of infrared (IR) and thermal imaging components, cameras, and systems solutions for innovative imaging applications, introduces the Vayu HD, an uncooled thermal camera with true high definition (1920 x 1200 pixels) and capable of 1080p output. The new thermal imager replaces the recently introduced Viento HD and Viento HD IP67 cameras and features the same longwave infrared (LWIR) spectral response from 8 to 14 µm, making it ideal for security, border protection, military imaging, airborne recon, and wide area surveillance.
Scientists at the Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, have designed a split-disk whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonator that controls the tunability of lasers by stretching a flexible substrate.
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the photovoltaic (PV) industry, today announced that, in addition to being ranked as a top solar brand in debt financed projects, it was named the most "bankable" PV manufacturer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) among 52 module brands.
LASER COMPONENTS USA, specialized provider of laser and optoelectronic components in the US and Canada, introduces the new ADL-83Y51TL laser diode, a high-performance, low-cost solution for any application that requires powerful NIR laser diodes with a longitudinal single-mode beam profile, such as camera-supported gesture control.
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