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Successful Synthesis Of Nanomaterial That Improves Catalytic Converter Efficiency
Successful Synthesis Of Nanomaterial That Improves Catalytic Converter Efficiency

A large international collaboration, which included ANSTO, has successfully synthesised highly porous rhodium nanoparticles that could be used as a more effective catalytic converter for vehicles.

  • Scientists Demonstrate New Real-Time Technique For Studying Ionic Liquids At Electrode Interfaces
    Scientists Demonstrate New Real-Time Technique For Studying Ionic Liquids At Electrode Interfaces

    Ionic liquids—salts made by combining positively charged molecules (cations) and negatively charged molecules (anions) that are liquid at relatively low temperatures, often below room temperature—are increasingly being investigated for uses in batteries, supercapacitors, and transistors.

  • World's Thinnest Hologram Integrates With Smartphones And Wearables
    World's Thinnest Hologram Integrates With Smartphones And Wearables

    Researchers at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), working in collaboration with counterparts at Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), have developed the world's thinnest nanometric hologram, making it possible for the first time to integrate 3D holography with smartphones and wearable devices.

  • NASA Readies World's First Spaceborne Sodium LIDAR System
    NASA Readies World's First Spaceborne Sodium LIDAR System

    Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are developing the world's first space-based sodium LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) instrument to study the nature and dynamics of the mesosphere, the poorly understood middle layer of the Earth's atmosphere, which lies 40-100 miles above Earth’s surface and separates the planet from the vacuum of space.

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Ultra-Thin SCHOTT AS 87 eco Aluminosilicate Glass
Ultra-Thin SCHOTT AS 87 eco Aluminosilicate Glass Abrisa Technologies offers the SCHOTT AS 87 eco ultra-thin aluminosilicate glass for use as a cover or enhancement glass on low profile displays, touch sensors, and other applications where thickness and weight are a concern. The glass features extremely high levels of bending and impact strength, and superior scratch resistance qualities.  Continue Reading...
Ultra-Stable XY Motorized Microscope Stage With Controller And Joystick: U-780
Ultra-Stable XY Motorized Microscope Stage With Controller And Joystick: U-780 The U-780 from PI is a new low-profile precision positioning stage with a controller and joystick for high-resolution microscopy applications. With technology based on PI’s patented ultrasonic ceramic linear motors, this motorized stage provides extremely high stability, which is vital for high-resolution imaging.  Continue Reading...
Piezo-Z Microscopy Scanner: P-736 PInano®-Z
Piezo-Z Microscopy Scanner: P-736 PInano®-Z The P-736 PInano®-Z is a low profile, low cost, high-speed piezo-Z slide scanner with extremely fast step and settling times from 5 msec at target position. With an exceptionally low profile for easy integration and travel ranges of 100 or 200 µm, this scanner is ideally used for scanning microscopy, 3D imaging, laser technology, interferometry, metrology, biotechnology, and micromanipulation.  Continue Reading...
High Precision XYZ Piezo Stage For Super-Resolution Microscopy: P-545 PInano® II
High Precision XYZ Piezo Stage For Super-Resolution Microscopy: P-545 PInano® II PI offers the new P-545 2nd generation PInano® high-resolution XY/XYZ multi-axis positioning system with higher linearity, simple operation, and easier access to advanced features in comparison to conventional analog piezo controllers. This PInano® II device features an easy-to-integrate low profile (20 mm), a long travel distance of 200 µm, and millisecond step time, making it ideal for super-resolution microscopy and imaging...  Continue Reading...
Surface Reflectance Analyzer: RA-532H
Surface Reflectance Analyzer: RA-532H The Surface Reflectance Analyzer RA-532H is a device designed to comprehensively measure and evaluate the surface conditions of objects. Utilized measurement methods include standard compliant gloss, haze, Image Clarity (IC), and 2-D BRDF (Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function) measurements.  Continue Reading...
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  • 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.

  • Endoscopy – Flexible Endoscope Animation
    Endoscopy – Flexible Endoscope Animation

    Flexible endoscopes are used in medical procedures where the scope must be bent inside the body. This animation from SCHOTT demonstrates the transmission of light and data through external and internal flexible fiber optic light cables in endoscopy.

  • Video: Photoluminescence In The Time Domain
    Video: Photoluminescence In The Time Domain

    This video shows the principle of photoluminescence in the time domain (pulsed excitation) and in the frequency domain (continuous, modulated excitation) using the pco.flim – a specialized camera for luminescence lifetime measurements in the frequency domain. The corresponding waveforms of light, shaped and delayed by a reflective target and a photoluminescent sample, are visualized.

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Schneider Optics designs, develops, and manufactures high performance lenses for machine vision, robotics, document scanning, industrial inspection and metrology, gauging, military, surveillance, & other image processing applications. Standard products include Compact C-Mount lenses, F-Mount lenses, Bilateral and Object Sided Telecentric lenses, a modular Macro system, large format lenses (area & line scan), 3-CCD lenses and industrial filters. Custom lens solutions are also available. Key markets include Machine Vision, Robotics, Document Scanning, Industrial Inspection, 2D/3D Metrology, Surveillance, & SWIR/Hyperspectral Imaging.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLES

  • Automation And Microscopy: Faster Test And Measurement

    The world of nano-technology now uses the concept that constant velocity will get you to the destination faster than constantly stopped traffic. One technique puts this concept into practice through the use of a fast nano-focus device based on a piezo-ceramic actuator embedded in a flexure guided lens positioning mechanism from PI. This technique allows a comprehensive examination of micro well plates within seconds. This application note provides an overview of this new approach and the equipment used in this very repeatable process.

  • Laser Illumination For High-Speed Imaging

    An incorrect or poorly lit subject affects the image, regardless of the quality of a camera system. Therefore the illumination source is just as important as the camera's resolution and sensitivity. For high-speed imaging applications, a wide range of light sources can be utilized. See how a laser can be used for illumination in these four high speed imaging application examples.

  • BP Chemicals Enhances Site Safety With FLIR Infrared

    BP Chemicals is a world renowned company in the production of acetic acid, and is responsible for a significant portion of the world’s capacity. Every year the company invests many millions of pounds in improving production efficiency, minimizing environmental impact, and protecting their employees. With personnel safety in mind, BP Chemicals is now taking a fresh look at how FLIR thermal imaging can help minimize leaks.

  • Remote Detection And Localization Of Gas Leaks With Autonomous Mobile Inspection Robots In Technical Facilities

    The process of detecting gas leaks within industrial facilities can be susceptible to human error and interpretation, as well as dangerous and time-consuming. The RoboGasInstector is a type of robot system that was created with the intention of providing a safer, more efficient, and more reliable gas detection solution. This system delivers remote detection and localization of gas leaks, and was developed by a group of German companies and institutes. It uses a FLIR GF302 optical gas imaging camera.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • “V8 Power” And Nanometer Precision Positioning In PI's New Piezo Linear Motor

    Motion control and piezo systems expert PI (Physik Instrumente) introduces a new robust OEM walking motor drive, the N-331, with its configuration rooted in existing patented piezo actuator technology and a patented piezo stepping motion principle design. Based on the application of historically successful technology, the new design it is ideal for use in high-end applications that require extreme precision and durability.

  • OSI Laser Diode To Showcase LCW/SCW Series Of Instrument Laser Modules At Laser World Of Photonics

    OSI Laser Diode, Inc. (LDI) will showcase the LCW/SCW Series of high-power laser modules for optical testing at Laser World of Photonics in Munich, Germany, in Hall B2, booth #161, June 26 - 29, 2017. The specially-designed devices feature high-peak optical power (pulsed) up to 200 mW@1000mA and continuous-wave (CW) optical power up to 75 mW to meet the demanding performance requirements of the optical test equipment market. The new series offers a variety of wavelength options including 1310 nm, 1490 nm, 1550 nm, 1625 nm, and 1650 nm. 

  • SPIE Calls Proposed U.S. budget Cuts For Science, Technology “Troubling”

    Federal funding for basic and applied scientific research — a powerful driver of the economy as well as an enabler of life-saving medical and other vital technologies — deserves continued support, say leaders of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

  • Qioptiq Introduces New UV LINOS F-Theta-Ronar Lens For 340-360nm

    Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies Company and global technology leader in delivering innovative optical and photonic solutions, introduces its new telecentric UV LINOS 70mm F-Theta-Ronar Lenses for 340-360nm.

  • AMRC Develops Hybrid 3D Printing Process

    The Design and Prototyping Group at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) has developed a unique hybrid 3D printing process that allows electrical, optical and structural elements to be introduced throughout an additively manufactured component during the build process.

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