Newsletter | September 18, 2023

09.18.23 -- Nuclear Dreams: The Race To Build Project Orion


SPIE Optifab 2023

The largest optical manufacturing conference and exhibition in North America


Nuclear Dreams: The Race To Build Project Orion

Project Orion was a conceptual design for a spacecraft propulsion system that was developed during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Ambitious and innovative, the project's goal was to develop a spacecraft capable of carrying humans to distant destinations – including Mars and beyond – using nuclear explosions for propulsion.


Custom Opal Diffusers: Crafting Light To Your Specifications

Introducing Opal Diffusers, a new product made from opal glass that can be polished to any thickness and bonded to any glass substrate. 

Understanding Microscopes And Objectives

A microscope magnifies and projects an object's image onto the eye or camera. Its components, concepts, specifications, and applications are important to understand.

Polarization Metrology Of Anisotropic Materials

Polarization metrology combines ellipsometry, circular dichroism, and transmission polarimetry. Mueller matrix polarimetry unifies these techniques for various applications in both transmission and reflection.

Nanopositioners: What Are They Good For?

Nanopositioner applications offer stability, precision, and repeatability, yet researchers often misunderstand their utility and functionality.


New Loss Mitigation Technique Paves The Way For Perfect Optical Resonators

System Combines Light And Electrons To Unlock Faster, Greener Computing

Prisma Photonics Secures $20M To Monitor Critical Infrastructure

Laser Photonics Showcases Its WeldTech Laser Welding Solution At FABTECH

Spirent Supports H3C To Complete Industry’s First Large-Scale 800G Test

POET Technologies’ New Module Designs Attract Major Companies At CIOE

A Linear Path To Efficient Quantum Technologies

Axithra, A Spin-Off Of imec And Ghent University, Raises 10M Euro

A New Way To Create Germ-Killing Light

New Material Enables An Ultrafast Electron Diffraction Probe For Quantum Materials


Introducing The BN13 Compact High-Power Coreless BLDC Motor

Canon's BN13 brushless servomotors are compact in size and provide high output power. Cordless winding technology contributes to low cogging, resulting in a high mechanical response.


Harnessing Piezo Technology For Sensing And Imaging

Power ultrasonic transducers, such as the Langevin transducer, can be used in industry and life science applications. High-quality piezoelectric rings create ultrasonic waves in the transducer that are amplified until they reach the device tip, triggering vibrations in the target media.


ZeGage Pro 3D Optical Profiler System

The ZeGage Pro optical profiler provides non-contact measurement and characterization of micro- and nano-scale features of many types of surfaces, ensuring quality control and process monitoring.

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Zygo Corporation

High-Performance Lenses For Sensors Up To 2"

The Thulite Series lenses from Schneider Optics are a set of high-end lenses for APS-C sized 2” sensors and typical machine vision applications.

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Schneider Optics

Micro-SWIR Multi-Mode Tracking Camera: 640CSX MMT

The Multi-Mode Micro-SWIR camera with plate number 640CSX is a compact and versatile imaging device. It facilitates quick identification of laser targets in battlefield scenarios, reducing risks of collateral damage.

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Sensors Unlimited – A part of Collins Aerospace

NVIS, Dual Mode, NVG Compatible Filters

ZC&R, a division of Abrisa Technologies, has over 20 years of design and volume manufacturing experience for high-performance thin film coating solutions for night vision imaging systems (NVIS) and night vision goggle (NVG) compatible lighting and displays.

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Abrisa Technologies

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