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Featured Article
High-Speed Imaging Uncovers The Invisible With Schlieren Techniques
 
By Phil Taylor, Vision Research

Scientists use schlieren imaging, a noninvasive testing method, to visualize density gradients within otherwise invisible flows. Although this advanced imaging technique can now deliver detailed images of highly dynamic processes, obtaining high-quality data requires choosing the best high-speed camera for the application and careful optimization of the optical setup.

Spotlight On Optics For Military And Defense
Optical Solutions For Defense And Aerospace Applications

From applications under the sea to those orbiting the Earth, ZYGO creates the highest quality products with challenging specifications in extreme operating environments. From prototype to production volumes, ZYGO provides program management, engineering design, and manufacturing support.

Defense And Security

SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging offers high-tech materials and components for enabling the defense and security industry to develop night vision, display, sensor, and other technologies that are smaller, lighter, and more effective.

Precision Optics For Military Imaging

Precision Glass & Optics offers advanced thin film coatings, commercial optics, and precision optics (standard and customized) for military and defense applications. Plano optical components include prisms, windows, beamsplitters, light pipes, optical mirrors, and retro reflectors.

Advanced Optical Materials And Components

The HOYA Corporation supplies advanced optical materials and components for scientific, technology, and industrial companies around the world. HOYA offers a broad range of high-quality products including color filter glass, polished or blank optics, glass polarizer, films, wafers, and aspherical lenses. 

Resources
High-Speed Infrared Imaging For Analysis Of A Diesel Engine Supplied With Premixed Methane-Air Charge
By TELOPS

Engineers are continuously looking to improve the efficiency of internal combustion engines (ICEs). This white paper walks through this experiment and investigates the different phases of the combustion cycle using four different spectral filters in order to see the difference in the exhaust fumes.

Image Resolution Comparisons

In thermal imaging, it is difficult to overcome the challenges of fewer pixels and lower resolution. As a solution, Sierra-Olympic offers arrays with 320 x 240 resolution and up.

SWIR And The U-2

The U-2 spy plane is the leading reconnaissance platform for the United States. The camera used in today’s U-2, SYERS, uses electronic sensors to see in both the midwave infrared (MWIR) band (thermal energy) and the shortwave infrared (SWIR) band (reflected light).

Custom Solutions

Mad City Labs offers solutions ranging from simple modifications of existing designs to completely custom projects. Some customized options include special physical configurations, expanded or reduced range of motion, compatibility with environmental conditions, and special materials.

Featured Multimedia
A Spark In The Dark – And How To Snatch It With PCO’s High-Speed Cameras
 

High-speed camera users demand cameras that work accurately under the harshest environmental conditions, making reliability and operational capability crucial considerations in scientific cameras. This video shows a combustion analysis application, using a pco.dimax high-speed camera, at the Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart. 

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Optical Filters For Raman Analysis: Finding The Needle In The Haystack
 

Most Raman microscopy applications seek to maximize access to the Raman fingerprint of the molecule of interest, requiring filters that provide “more signal with less background.” This article discusses optical filters for Raman analysis, addressing filters for both bench-top and portable Raman applications.

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