Validating Thermal Protection Before A Space-Shot Launch
Validating Thermal Protection Before A Space-Shot Launch
Neil Tewksbury and his team at the University of Southern California Rocket Propulsion Lab want to blast a rocket into space. As part of an unofficial space race among international universities, Tewksbury and his team don’t just want to be the first team to successfully launch; they want to reach an altitude of 100 km (330,000 ft) above sea level with a rocket made up completely of components that they manufacture themselves. They only...  Continue Reading..
FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras Monitor Stress Levels Of Helicopter Pilots
Italian helicopter manufacturer Leonardo wanted a reliable and objective way to measure the stress pilots experience so they would be able to design more functional cockpits and train helicopter pilots more efficiently.   Continue Reading..
Optical Components for SWIR Imaging
Optical Components For SWIR Imaging
This application note provides information on the benefits of SWIR imaging in harsh or low-light conditions and PG&O's capabilities in manufacturing optical components for SWIR imaging.  Continue Reading..
Virtual Engineering Lab Using Photron High-Speed Cameras For Aviation Research
Virtual Engineering Lab Using Photron High-Speed Cameras For Aviation Research
Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) is using high-speed digital cameras, manufactured by Photron, in their Virtual Engineering Laboratory in a variety of testing modes such as high-impact dynamic events.  Continue Reading..
Radiometric Temperature Measurements: Surface Characteristics And Atmospheric Compensation
Radiometric temperature measurements are made with radiometric thermal cameras. This white paper discusses this non-contact, non-destructive technique (NDT) that offers advantages for many surface temperature measurement applications, as well as unmanned aerial systems (UAS).  Continue Reading..


The LE/LSE Series from Sensors Unlimited comprises InGaAs linear photodiode arrays and can be used in many commercial applications, as well as in industrial process control. Additional applications include inspection in agricultural sorting, biomedical analysis, thermal imaging, and NIR Molecular Spectroscopy.

Sensors Unlimited’s Multi-Mode Micro-SWIR 640CSX video camera is ideal for laboratory, factory, military, and other applications requiring SWIR imaging and detection/decoding of NIR/SWIR pulsed lasers.  The camera enables rapid identification of common battlefield targeting lasers, including those with covert eye-safe laser wavelengths. Lightweight and compact, the 640CSX MMT allows its user to view images despite haze, dust, and smoke while reducing fratricide and collateral damage.

Ophir Optics group develops and delivers a wide range of IR complex lens assemblies with fixed, motorized focus, and zoom lenses to support UAV MWIR and LWIR imaging. These optics are designed to optimize the specific size, weight and power (SWAP) constraints of the UAV payload platforms for military, security and emerging UAV applications.

BaySpec’s OCI-M is a multispectral imager designed for aerial imaging in precision agriculture, remote sensing, security, material detection, and geological survey. The aerial imager has 8 selective bands covering the range from 400-1000 nm.

DSI is capable of producing a variety of durable, reliable, and heat resistant optical coatings within the ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared, shortwave infrared, mid-wave infrared, and long-wave infrared spectral wavelengths. Along with standard products, DSI is able to work in close collaboration with customers in order to develop innovative coatings that meet specific requirements within real-world applications.

Princeton Infrared Technologies offers the 1280SCICAM lattice-matched InGaAs camera designed for excellent SWIR and visible imaging 1280 x 1024 resolution at high frame rates greater than 95 fps at full frame size. The small pitch array at 12 μm, combined with the high quantum efficiency of the lattice-matched InGaAs arrays enables excellent imaging in the SWIR and visible band.

The GEM III is a multifunctional night vision device with a wide variety of configurations for an array of cameras, camcorders, lenses, and scopes for covert surveillance operations. This device is capable of true night vision in the world of still and full-motion digital image capture, and is able to change between configurations in a short amount of time without the use of tools.

Sensors Unlimited presents the series of superior image quality MicroOLED microdisplays for near-to-eye applications that require high image quality, high definition, high brightness, wide field of view, and optimized power consumption. The MDP01, MDP02, and MDP03 microdisplays are designed on MicroOLED proprietary low voltage technology and can easily outperform the competition in picture quality, low power consumption, and compactness.


  • No need to “keep your eyes on the skies,” as they say. In this week’s Bright Ideas, we rely on two optical systems for our view into the unknown. Optica walks us through a wider and more detailed understanding of the James Webb Space Telescope’s incredible MIDI, or Mid-Infrared Instrument, as it prepares to deliver a never-before-seen look in the beyond.  And the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter shows us the most holistic view of the Sun to date — all thanks to its Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI).

  • Bright Ideas presents the most captivating news and innovations in photonics. This week, two new COVID-19 tests crop up as quicker, more dynamic alternatives to PCR and antigen methods. NASA offers up the very first images taken by its James Webb Space Telescope. And, NASA voices its concern over the growing number of Starlink satellites in LEO.

  • Methane gas is 25 times more potent than CO2 at locking heat in the earth’s atmosphere and has more than doubled in concentration over the past two centuries. In an effort to curb the damage done by this potent greenhouse gas, the Biden administration has urged the EPA to implement rules that further reduce methane emissions, particularly in the oil and gas industry. Rising to the challenge of identifying those methane leaks are photonics firms employing existing technologies to tackle an age-old problem in new ways. 

  • Bright Ideas presents the most captivating news and innovations in photonics. This week, NASA updates its launch time for the James Webb telescope, Intel opens a new photonics research center, a first-of-its-kind optical oscilloscope is created, and one scientist thinks mouse fur might have heat-sensing properties. 

  • Bright Ideas presents the most captivating news and innovations in photonics. This week, Chinese researchers presented a new planar photonic chip that doesn’t require a "bulky" condenser or special objective to conduct darkfield or total image reflection (TIR) microscopy. A new DARPA Young Faculty Award recipient is exploring a ne way to control the propagation of light that would enhance power efficiency and thereby improve communications technologies.  And, biomedical engineers have found a way to increase optical coherence tomography (OCT) depth through the skin by 50 percent.


  • G&H is recognized for the diversity of their acousto-optic, electro-optic, crystal-optic, fiber optic, and precision optic products. G&H's engineers bring decades of experience, working closely with program managers at prime aerospace and defense suppliers. 

  • Driven by passion and precision, G&H supplies solutions to life sciences customers worldwide, supported by highly qualified people.

  • Driven by passion and precision, G&H engineering is found at the bottom of our oceans through to orbits in outer space.

  • At Photonics West 2017, Frank Weiss with G&H offered practical advice on considerations one should take into account when specifying fiber optics for deployment in rugged environments, including life cycle requirements, the pitfalls of underspecifying, and the potential headaches that can be involved in not paying close attention to export control parameters.

  • Hyperspectral imaging technology has advanced significantly in the last 50 years, and Greg Staples with Bayspec talked with us for a few minutes at the 2016 SPIE DCS exhibition about how it has changed.