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Flexible Hybrid Electronics Advancing, Spurred By Dual-Use Technology Development
By Jason Marsh and Benjamin Leever, NextFlex

Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) is a category of microelectronics using novel materials with stretchable, conformable, and flexible form factors. FHE enables wearables, medical Internet of Things (IoT) applications, defense applications, and more by shifting from electronics based on rigid and fragile circuit boards to flexible electronics components mounted on substrates, such as plastics and textiles.

Spotlight On Optical Mirrors
Optical Components Group

Zygo's Optical Components Group uses innovative and proprietary manufacturing technologies to create high-precision optical components through CNC glass machining and light-weighting, weighting, MRF polishing, and thin film coating.

First Surface Mirrors

Conventional mirrors are constructed with a glass protective surface and a “silvering” second surface. In high-precision applications, these second surface mirrors have distinct disadvantages such as refracted or bent images, loss of energy, and a dim and distorted reflection.

Precision Optics

Gooch & Housego produces precision optics components and assemblies from a variety of materials for research, industry, and defense markets. Products created for laser cavity and beam conditioning include active and passive components, nonlinear crystals, and acousto-optic and electro-optic components.

HOYA Corporation Brochure

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. 

Commercial Optics

PG&O offers optical components used for commercial applications. These products have less demanding optical requirements and are therefore considerably more cost-efficient. Some of the available optical components include prisms, windows, hot mirrors, cold mirrors, and other types of mirrors.

Coated Laser Optics

LASER COMPONENTS designs and manufactures dielectric coatings for a wide range of laser optics applications. The laser optics provided by LASER COMPONENTS are mostly OEM products that meet the individual customer's specifications; the products include substrates and dielectric coatings. 

Resources
Laser Beam Profiling And Infrared Cameras

This white paper addresses the general need for laser beam profile analysis, describes laser beam analysis instruments, and provides an overview of laser applications, in particular for infrared wavelengths.

Large-Format, Narrow Band Pass Filters (NBPF) – A Uniformity Challenge

Within so many diverse optical filtering applications, large-format (>100 mm diameter), narrow band pass 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.

Understanding Detectors With Thermoelectric Coolers

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

Outcomes Of Mid-Air Collisions Between Drops And Solid Particles

The study of drop-particle collisions involves examining the outcome of the impact of a particle on to a drop of liquid in mid-air. In applications such as tablet coating in the pharmaceutical industry, or the refining of heavy crude oil in fluid catalytic cracking, the information gleaned from this experiment is vital.

Featured Multimedia
Laser Measurement Best Practices: Thermal Offset Due To Sensor Heating
 

Thermal sensors are designed to measure the power of lasers according to their heat measurements. In some cases, the sensor may be heated due to environmental causes and result in an incorrect laser power measurement. This video provides a set of best practices to assume in order to get the most accurate thermal sensor readings every time.

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Piezoelectric Mirror Tip/Tilt Actuators: Nano-MTA Series
 

The Nano-MTA series comprising single and two-axis piezoelectric mirror tip/tilt actuators with nanoradian resolution, making them ideal for applications involving high-speed laser beam steering, optical disk manufacturing, interferometry, optical trapping, FBG writing, astronomy, and active optics.

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