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SMASH Will Solve Five Major Questions Of Particle Physics
SMASH Will Solve Five Major Questions Of Particle Physics

The extremely successful standard model of particle physics has an undesirable limit: it explains in the present version only about 15 percent of the matter in the universe.

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Helios Laser Power Meter For Industrial Automation
Helios Laser Power Meter For Industrial Automation

The Helios is a compact, precision laser power meter designed specifically for the measurement of high power lasers in industrial processing applications. It measures an array of high power solid state lasers such as diode, fiber, and YAG lasers with powers ranging from 100 W to 12 kW and energies ranging from 10 J to 10 kJ. This device operates by measuring the energy and exposure time of a short 0.1 to 10 second exposure of the laser, and then calculates the power.

  • Laser Line Mirrors
    Laser Line Mirrors

    Optics Balzers has successfully developed and tested a special dielectric layer system with PARMS coating technology, making it possible to manufacture 45°-HR mirrors for 1030nm applications with an established destruction threshold of 0.44J/cm² at 210fs. These mirrors are typically used in ultra-short pulsed systems of Yb:YAG solid-state lasers.

  • Nexview™ 3D Optical Surface Profiler
    Nexview™ 3D Optical Surface Profiler

    The Nexview™ 3D optical profiler microscope stands out amongst competitive products by its ability to measure the topography of virtually any surface, irrespective of roughness, large steps and segments, thin films, steep slopes, with feature heights ranging from < 1 nm up to 20000 µm. It does all this in 3D, without contact, and provides the best qualities of other profiling technologies (stylus, confocal, focus scanning) without their limitations.

  • Imaging Color Filters
    Imaging Color Filters

    Iridian Spectral Technologies has designed and manufactured a wide range of dielectric optical filters for imaging and machine vision applications. Featuring steep edges, high transmission values, and high durability, these color filters can be used to improve contrasts, and isolate spectral regions and colors in images.

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Transportable Mass Spectrometers
Transportable Mass Spectrometers BaySpec presents two new transportable mass spectrometers (MS) ideally suited for a variety of bulk or trace detection applications including counter-terrorism, drug analysis, forensics, biomedical, environmental, industrial, and military, police, and homeland security. With a compact design and intuitive user software, the MS is small enough to be carried by one person and is compatible with in situ, ambient analysis techniques.  Continue Reading...
 Scientific CMOS Cameras: pco.edge
Scientific CMOS Cameras: pco.edge PCO offers a family of scientific CMOS (sCMOS) cameras featuring high-resolution, high quantum efficiency, high frame rates, high dynamic range, and availability with various interface options. These cameras are designed to provide low latency, low jitter, real-time signals between a camera and frame grabber while carrying image data, control data, and trigger events. These cameras feature 2048 x 2048 pixel resolution (2560 x 2160 in the 5.5...  Continue Reading...
High-Speed Science-Grade MWIR Camera: FLIR X8500sc
High-Speed Science-Grade MWIR Camera: FLIR X8500sc FLIR offers the X8500sc as its new high-sensitivity, high-speed MWIR camera for science and R&D applications. With 1280 x 1024 resolution, fast frame rates, and RAM/SSD recording, this camera allows for full imaging of the scene and stop motion on high speed events both in the lab or on the test range.  Continue Reading...
Sensor And Scanner Window Solutions
Sensor And Scanner Window Solutions Abrisa Technologies offers high throughput efficiency wide angle, broad spectrum sensor and laser scanning window solutions for visible 425-675 nm (VIS), visible to near infrared 425-1050 nm (VIS-NIR), short wave infrared 700-1800 nm (SWIR) and popular laser and LED wavelengths from 405 to 1550 nm. These window solutions are designed for image sensors and scanners and may be used in industrial 3D metrology, machine vision, automotive obstacle...  Continue Reading...
Cooled Mid-wave Infrared Camera: Tigris-640
Cooled Mid-wave Infrared Camera: Tigris-640 The Tigris-640 from Xenics is a cooled mid-wave infrared (MWIR) camera with a resolution of 640 x 512 pixels and a pixel pitch of 15 µm that is ideally used for bio-medical, industrial process monitoring, non-destructive testing, MWIR R&D, and thermography applications. Interfacing is done with the GigE Vision or CameraLink output, but analog out, HD-SDI, and triggering are also available.  Continue Reading...
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FEATURED VIDEOS

  • When And Why You Should Use SWIR
    When And Why You Should Use SWIR

    Martin Ettenberg, with Princeton Infrared, gave us a breakdown on when and why you should use shortwave infrared imaging, and what this technology’s role can be as it relates to machine vision applications.

  • Product Video: Achieving Laser Beam Consistency
    Product Video: Achieving Laser Beam Consistency

    This year at Photonics West, Dan Ford with the Ophir Photonics Group talked to us about the importance of achieving laser consistency.

  • Challenges In Operating Pulsed Laser Diodes For LIDAR Applications
    Challenges In Operating Pulsed Laser Diodes For LIDAR Applications

    Jeff Briton and Dragan Grubsic spoke to us about some of the challenges involved in operating pulsed laser diodes and avalanche photodiodes in LIDAR for the automotive and sensor markets.

  • Three Things To Consider Before Purchasing A High Speed Camera
    Three Things To Consider Before Purchasing A High Speed Camera

    At Photonics West 2017, Gene Nepomuceno with Vision Research spent a few minutes with us discussing the three main factors one should take into account before selecting a high speed camera – resolution, frame rate, and sensitivity (with an honorable mention for transferring the data off of the camera).

  • What Wavelength Range Should You Use?
    What Wavelength Range Should You Use?

    At Photonics West 2017, Greg Staples focused on selecting different wavelengths for specific applications. Watch the video for wavelength selection guidance for precision agriculture, food sorting, mining, pharmaceutical quality control, and more.

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Thermal That Looks So Good, You Need To See It In Slow Motion.

FLIR, the industry leader in thermal technology, release the X8500sc and the X6800sc. Get hands on with the world’s fastest HD camera and the world’s lowest cost high speed camera at Photonics West. See us at booth #2516 or visit FLIR.com/science

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LEADING SUPPLIERS

TELOPS TELOPS

Telops specializes in the design and production of sophisticated opto-electronic systems for the defense, aerospace and telecommunications industries. A reliable source of accelerated innovation inoptronics, the experienced engineering team thrives on high expectations and great challenges.

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."

HOYA Corporation USA Optics Division HOYA Corporation USA Optics Division

HOYA CORPORATION USA Optics Division is a leading supplier of advanced optical materials and components for scientific, technology and industrial companies throughout the US.

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

OptoSigma Corporation OptoSigma Corporation

Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, OptoSigma continues to provide the photonics industry with the finest laser grade optics, optical coatings and hardware to the domestic USA and over 20 international agents. The keys to their success are global manufacturing, consistent product performance and availability, price and delivery, and good old-fashioned customer service

PI (Physik Instrumente) LP PI (Physik Instrumente) LP

PI (Physik Instrumente) provides the world’s broadest range of precision motion technologies for both micro- and nano-precision applications. PI is the world’s first and largest manufacturer of piezoelectric nanopositioning technology.  Started 4 decades ago as a supplier to research labs and universities, the company has grown into a business of 700+ employees and more than $100 million in global sales.

TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Fast Optical Alignment For SiP Production

    Within converging photonics and semiconductor technologies, many of the practical challenges in testing and packaging have not been addressed. Testing and packaging of silicon photonics elements require nanoscale alignments that cannot be performed using visual or mechanical references. This blog article presents PI’s solution that addresses the need for fast, parallel, nanoscale-accurate, multi-DOF global optical alignment optimization required in key SiP production steps from planar testing to packaging.

  • Direct Imaging Of Shale Gas Leaks Using Passive Thermal Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging

    Many types of natural gas from shale formations, including methane (CH4), are odorless, colorless, highly flammable, and leaks/emanations are important considerations for safety and the environment. Telops has recently launched the Hyper-Cam Methane, a field-deployable thermal infrared hyperspectral camera specially tuned for detecting methane infrared spectral features under ambient conditions and over large distances. This application note illustrates the benefits of using this imager a site where shale gas leaks unexpectedly happened during a geological survey near the Enfant-Jesus hospital in Quebec City, Canada, during December 2014.

  • Hyperspectral Imaging Reveals New Information For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    The human eye is an important instrument for gathering information about the world, but it has limitations and obviously varies from person to person. It sees only over a particular range of wavelengths and has a limited ability to distinguish very similar colors. Hyperspectral imaging technologies provide a solution for overcoming these limitations, revealing data that the eye alone cannot capture. This article presents and discusses the new information that hyperspectral imaging brings to unmnanned aerial vehicles.

  • Short-Wave Infrared Adaptive Optics And Applications

    Adaptive optics (AO) is a technique used to measure wavefront errors or distortions in imaging, and to correct resulting images in real time. This article introduces adaptive optics and focuses on the benefits of using (short-wave) infrared cameras in wavefront sensing for key applications, including astronomy, laser communication, biological imaging microcopy, and retinal imaging in combination with optical coherence tomography. It also covers the fundamental performance characteristics of SWIR cameras used in adaptive optics applications.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Multi-Axis Photonics / SiP Alignment Motion Engines Released; Based On Award-Winning Technology

    Nanopositioning equipment manufacturer PI now offers a new family of automated alignment engines for silicon photonics applications including 3 to 6 axis mechanisms, controllers with firmware based alignment algorithms, and the software tools to meet the high accuracy demands of different markets, such as packing, planar testing, or inspection.

  • Princeton Infrared Technologies Announces New Director of Sales & Marketing, Bob Struthers

    Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Bob Struthers to the position of Director of Sales & Marketing. Mr. Struthers has over 35 years of experience in the photonics industry, beginning his career at EG&G, Reticon and Electro-Optics divisions, where he was directly involved with the company’s first silicon (Si) and InGaAs photodetector product lines. He also served as VP of Sales & Marketing at Sensors Unlimited for 15 years during their meteoric growth which included several mergers and acquisitions. 

  • E-754 Nanopositioning Controller For Piezo Stages Provides Higher Resolution

    PI has recently improved its best in class with a new reference-class digital controller / driver offering higher bandwidth and resolution, along with 3 times the driver power of its predecessor. From the nanopositioning systems industry leader, the E-754 is designed for closed-loop piezo mechanisms with capacitive position feedback sensors.

  • Holographic Laser Enhances Nanophotonic Devices

    A new method to tune nanocavities using digital holography enables the researchers to program photonic circuits by switching them into and out of resonance.

  • Optical Fiber Provides Real-Time Anticoagulation Monitoring

    Using fiber optics, University of Central Florida (UCF) researchers have developed a technique to monitor, in real time, the formation of dangerous blood clots during cardiovascular procedures.

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