Newsletter | December 1, 2021

12.01.21 -- Bright Ideas | High-Speed Cameras Help Fracking Research

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Featured Articles
4 Advantages Of Optical Active Alignment

Optical alignment and micro-optic positioning are challenging, time-consuming processes. Tiny positional variations in photonic and optical manufacturing can mean the difference between success and failure. This article discusses active alignment as a technology that improves the performance, profitability and yield in manufacturing advanced optics and photonics components for the modern era.

Phantom Cameras Aid In Fracking Research

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” involves drilling into the ground and then directing high-pressure water at the rock to release the gas inside. While fracking has had a major impact on the energy industry, many critics have environmental concerns—particularly regarding earth tremors and potential groundwater contamination.

Industry Insights
When The Going Gets Tough: Ruggedizing G&H’s Hi-Res SWIR Lens Systems

G&H’s expertise is founded on the use of best-in-class materials, image sensors, and control electronics. One arena that presents particularly interesting opportunities for the team to go above and beyond in accommodating customers’ special requirements is SWIR – short-wave infrared. 

The Fight Against COVID-19: How UVC Radiation Battles Viruses

During the coronavirus pandemic, high-power germicidal LEDs have been used to disinfect hospital staff. The technology for use against multi-resistant bacteria has been shown to be successful with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The Seductive Siren Call Of The “Megapixel Lens” (And Why You Shouldn’t Listen To It)

In response to the popularity of megapixel cameras and sensors, many lens manufacturers are marketing "megapixel lenses." The problem? There's no such thing.

Calibration: Understanding The Process, The Techniques, And The Instruments

At Gentec-EO, we understand that the essence of our business has been delivering accuracy for over 45 years. There are no half measures: It either measures accurately, or it doesn’t. One of our company’s values is “rigorousness,” because our customers expect nothing less.

Neutron Hardness Of Photodiodes For Use In Passive Rubidium Frequency Standards

With the goal of obtaining a photodiode that's more neutron-resistant than what's typically used in an RFS, experiments were performed in this case study to evaluate several different planar silicon photodiodes.

Tech Note: Advanced IR Zoom Lenses For Next-Generation Thermal Imaging Applications

This paper reviews advances in the development of infrared zoom lenses that meet challenging SWaP requirements while enabling high-resolution vision and identification in harsh environmental conditions and constrained platforms such as airborne and portable systems. 

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