Technical Articles

  1. Emerging Applications For Miniature Thermal Imaging Cameras

    More people are becoming aware of the uses of thermal imaging, especially in the cases where the technology has saved lives. This article presents many different emerging applications for miniature thermal imaging cameras and the advantages that they can provide.

  2. BMW Incorporates Thermal Imaging Cameras In Its Cars

    BMW has integrated night vision systems in order to detect living objects that are not illuminated in total darkness.

  3. Bringing Fluorescence Images Into Full View With A Novel Hyperspectral Imager

    This article explores the use of a SnapShot imager in fluorescence imaging via microscope for the very first time. Utilizing the latest imaging sensor, the Snapshot imager is both compact and attachable via C-mount to any commercially available light microscope. 

  4. Developing Silicon Photonics Technologies With A Wafer-Level Test Station

    Demand for I/O bandwidth has increased as logic chip compute power and memory chip storage capacity has grown. Silicon (SI) photonics is a promising technology for delivering a massive terabyte-per-second I/O aggregate bandwidth at the chip level, especially for applications requiring long interconnect distances. 

  5. Capturing Fast-Moving Ferrofluids On The Nanoscale

    When you pass a magnet over the surface of ferrofluids, it begins to reach out with its gooey, spikey arms. A team of researchers at Juniata College is using a Phantom high-speed camera to study its unique, magnetic particles that have vast implications for future lab-on-a-chip devices. The camera helps them to see these too-small, too-fast reactions and capture their nanoscale behaviors.

  6. Using High-Speed Infrared Imaging In Additive Manufacturing

    Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, involves extremely high thermal gradients that can sometimes induce stress and deformation in the materials. High-speed infrared imaging of this Direct Medal Laser Sintering (DMLS) process on stainless steel has been used to better understand and visualize these thermal transfers. 

  7. Optimizing Workflow For High-Speed Imaging Applications

    Today’s advanced high-speed cameras are used to record phenomena that are otherwise not visible to the naked eye by capturing the details of fast-moving events. While the images can be incredible, the high frame rates and pixel resolutions used can generate extreme amounts of data in a short period of time. This makes it imperative to optimize the high-speed imaging workflow for the application at hand. Whether imaging in a laboratory, outdoors, or on a movie set, planning an efficient workflow is vital to achieving the best results.

  8. Engineered Precision Motion Systems – From Laser Machining To Photonics Alignment Benefits From Holistic Approach

    A multi-axis precision motion system with higher dynamics and throughput targets must have a more holistic design approach to achieve success. There are many obvious advantages to the user when the mechanics, control electronics, and software of a system are designed by the same team.

  9. Motion Control Advances For Laser Micromachining And Microprocessing

    Many laser micromachining and micro processing engineers face challenges of delivering laser pulses to a workpiece with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability, and developing a strong human machine interface (HMI) software through CAD/CAM post processing, motion profile generation, user interface and host programming, motion programming, laser control, and real-time IO control. This article discusses how these issues can now be solved with PI’s motion/CNC controller technologies that are designed to reduce complexity, and allow for faster time-to-market while improving the process accuracy.

  10. Advanced Camera Manufacturing And Lens Alignment Enabled By Compact 6-Axis Micro-Robotic Hexapod Systems

    Hexapod micro-motion robot technologies provide all six degrees of freedom in a stiff, compact, and high-precision structure. This app note discusses how the functionality enabled by a compact 6-axis micro-robotic hexapod system provides precise manufacturing and lens alignment in advanced cameras.