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Featured Article
Thin-Film Interference Filters For LIDAR
By Alannah Johansen, Amber Czajkowski, Mike Scobey, Peter Egerton, and Rance Fortenberry, PhD, Alluxa

LIDAR is now being used for obstacle avoidance in autonomous vehicles, urban planning, security, infrastructure development, and many other growing applications. This application note details how high-performance, ultra-narrowband interference filters improve LIDAR signal-to-noise ratios in specific applications.

Spotlight On Cooled vs. Uncooled Thermal Imaging
Why SWIR And InGaAs Are Useful
By Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems

Sensing in the shortwave infrared (SWIR) range (wavelengths from 0.9 to 1.7 microns) has been made practical by the development of indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) sensors. This white paper covers the importance of using InGaAs technologies in SWIR applications.

FAST Thermal Imaging – Tank/Artillery Muzzle Flash Analysis

Typical large caliber muzzle flash last less than 0.2 seconds in the MW (3μm to 5μm) band. This fact leads to the most important technological challenge when it comes to the detection and characterization of short, millisecond long events: high frame rate.

Thermal Imaging: How It Works
By Sierra-Olympic Technologies, Inc.

Thermal imaging is simply made up of a thermal scene, a lens, a sensor, and a display. But how do you focus heat? What kind of sensor detects heat, and how do you display it? This article offers a short Infrared 101 overview, and covers fundamental terms and concepts of thermal imaging.

Thermal Imaging Detectors

Leonardo DRS offers VOx LWIR detectors for high-end rugged applications as well as for lower cost projects. Eight different models are available with varying resolution, pixel pitch, and packaging.

Cooled Mid-Wave Infrared Camera

The Tigris-640 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 biomedical, industrial process monitoring, nondestructive testing, MWIR R&D, and thermography applications.

Multi-Focus Element Application Note
By Laser Components

A multi-focus element is used to create several focus points along its optical axis. This application note is meant to aid in the understanding of the functionality and consideration when using a diffractive element.

Understanding Detectors With Thermoelectric Coolers
By Opto Diode

In order to optimize a detector for enhanced performance levels within their designated applications, it is important to understand the heatsinking of the package. A detector’s thermal resistance is minimized by the proper heat sink selection and mounting by using a thermal interface material.

Large-Format, Narrow Band Pass Filters (NBPF) – A Uniformity Challenge
By Iridian Spectral Technologies

Within so many diverse optical filtering applications, large-format (>100 mm diameter), narrow bandpass filters (NBPF) are required to be used alongside large collection optics in order to facilitate specific and selective analysis of a phenomena or the substance of interest.

BOROFLOAT & Optical Mirrors: A Union of Inspiration & Quality

This white paper introduces BOROFLOAT, the world’s first borosilicate glass by SCHOTT, explains how it is used in the Hobby Eberly Telescope (HET), and describes its exceptional optical and thermal properties.

Featured Multimedia
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.

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High-Speed Polarization Cameras: CRYSTA Systems

Recent developments in robotics, clear film production, and new materials testing technologies have raised the demand for using polarization in structural dynamics and high-speed object detection. Since conventional high-speed cameras lack any polarization sensitivity, Photron has developed the new CRYSTA high-speed camera system with polarization sensitivity.

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