Featured Editorial
Behind The Curtain: Developing The First Laser Based On Bound States In The Continuum (BIC)
By Marissa Stonefield

Nearly 90 years after it was predicted that certain wave states are able to remain perfectly confined, or bound, in an open system, this wave physics phenomenon - called bound states in the continuum (BIC) - has been demonstrated by researchers at UCSD in the form of the world’s first BIC laser. This Q&A discusses the design process and features of this lasing technology, as well as future steps in making BIC lasers electrically powered and how long it might take to build a BIC laser to custom specifications.

Featured Article
What is InGaAs?
By Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems

InGaAs is an alloy of gallium arsenide and indium arsenide, and is a III-V compound semiconductor. Creating this material is a complicated process, so why go through all the trouble? This article discusses InGaAs in detail and offers benefits for using this technology for SWIR and other imaging applications.

Spotlight On Fiber Optic Components And Systems
Fastest Multi-Wavelength Meter

The 438 Series Multi-Wavelength Meter is designed to take the fastest wavelength, power, and OSNR measurements (at 10 Hz) for the analysis of as many as 1000 discrete optical signals. This meter offers high efficiency, straightforward operation, and a rugged design.

Bristol Instruments, Inc. | OFC Booth 3412
Fast Optical Alignment For SiP Production

Testing and packaging of silicon photonics elements requires nanoscale alignments that cannot be performed using visual or mechanical references. This article presents PI’s solution  for fast, parallel, nanoscale-accurate, multi-DOF global optical alignment optimization.

PI (Physik Instrumente) LP | OFC Booth 3408
Fiber Optics

The line of active and passive fiber optic components and modules from Gooch & Housego provide the performance and reliability needed for a variety of applications including space, terrestrial, and submarine telecommunications systems. 

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Smart Fiber Optics For Use In Modern Radiology

Sophisticated dynamic or 3-D x-rays would be impossible without using state-of-the-art flat image detectors that feature fast CMOS sensors. To support this trend, RoHS-conforming fiber optic plates are offered with high transmission and x-ray attenuation.

SCHOTT North America, Inc. - Lighting and Imaging
Coating High Quality Custom Optics: Risk Reduction Through Supplier Evaluation

Risk mitigation is vital when procuring optics for use in critical applications such as defense, aerospace, semiconductor, research, and life/health sciences. This article examines four key capabilities to look for in optical coating suppliers to minimize program risks.

Saving The Lens For Last?

Designers have been known to “save the lens for last” when creating vision systems with very specific black box dimensions, and lighting, resolution, and pixel specifications. When this happens, the lens needed to fulfill the design is sometimes not available, or not even possible to create. 

Using A Photron FASTCAM Camera For Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV)

Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV) can be extremely useful for the analysis of turbulent flow, transient flow, micro flow, and 3D volumetric flow studies within automotive, aerospace, bio-tech/medical, marine propulsion, electronics, and scientific research industries.

Focus On OFC 2017
OFC: Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition

March 19 to 23, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA

The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) is the largest global conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals. For over 40 years, OFC has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move business forward. OFC attracts the biggest names in the field, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends and technology advances affecting the industry.

Featured Multimedia
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.

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Radiometric Detection And Imaging: Tamarisk320 Precision Series

The Tamarisk320 Precision Series of micro thermal imagers for radiometric detection and imaging offer 320 x 240 pixel resolution and are ideal for applications involving test and measurement, fire detection, equipment monitoring, perimeter security, gas leak detection, process monitoring and automation, building inspections, and medical diagnostics/screening.

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Modular, Multifunction Night Vision Device With SWIR Upgrade
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Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) Core Module
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Custom Coatings For Avionics Displays
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Compact And Versatile High-Speed Camera For Numerous Applications
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Customized OEM Solutions
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MicroMirror TIRF System
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Raman Filters
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