venus Application Note: Imaging Venus With A Scientific SWIR Camera

German researcher Dr. Sebastian Voltmer has been looking at the inner planet Venus as a Ring next to the sun and how the crescent is getting bigger. According to Dr. Voltmer, the cooled Ninox 640 II SWIR camera provided a much better signal-to-noise ratio.

  • Cytometry Gets Fast

    Flow cytometry plays an increasingly important role in cell analysis. Modern flow cytometry, which can support cancer research and drug development, has analyzers that allow researchers to characterize the image of single cells. This characterization provides insights into a variety of key cellular phenotypes.

  • Stopping The Spread

    Researchers are looking to understand the efficiency of face masks as COVID-19 rages on. When you compare N95 respirators to handmade cloth coverings, not all masks are created equal. By evaluating a cough or sneeze using a high-speed imaging technique called Background Oriented Schlieren, it’s possible to study mask performance.

  • When High-Speed Photography Meets High-Throughput Biochemistry

    Scientists believe that protein molecules hold the key to solving many human problems related to disease, environmental protection and more. Unfortunately, the ability to enhance and engineer new proteins is limited by our understanding of these sophisticated molecules. This challenge is what the biochemistry department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hoping to overcome with the help of high-throughput experimentation and high-speed photography.

  • Phantom Cameras Shine In Recent Ballistics And Material Tests For Aerospace Components

    This case study explores how the Phantom Ultra high-speed and VEO high-speed cameras were used to record the testing processes for both components. These analytic tools were able to provide crucial information on the design and performance of aerospace devices.

  • Revealing Their True Colors

    Dr. Daniel Whisler, a member of the Impact Group at California State Long Beach and his team devised a new method to measure the dynamic response of composites in a new, colorful way. Various materials and structures studied include flexible polymer composites. By utilizing high-speed cameras, the traditional measurement process gets an interesting spin. 

  • Shedding Light On The Dark Ocean Depths

    The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is an oceanographic research group developing new technologies to explore understand the mysteries of the deep sea. Lasers and high-speed cameras are leveraged in studying midwater animals during feeding and swimming, working to comprehend the biomechanics and fluid dynamics of these creatures.


  • The Kestrel 1000 Camera from Raptor Photonics is a Digital Monochrome Scientific Frame Transfer EMCCD, 1,800 fps, 128 x 128, 24µm x 24µm pixels, cooled to -20C.

  • The Ninox 640 SU from Raptor Photonics continues to push the boundaries in scientific SWIR imaging. This camera is vacuum cooled to -80°C InGaAs, offering ultra-low dark current for longer exposure times up to 5 minutes. 

  • The IR Detectors (B Series) from Opto Diode are high-performance lead selenide (PbSe) single-channel, cooled and uncooled devices. Applications for these detectors include gas analysis, emissions monitoring, spectroscopy, thermal imaging, defense, security, and process control systems. 

  • The compact thermal A50 and A70 from FLIR are image streaming cameras, ideal for users who want not only camera control capabilities but also image streaming over Ethernet. These cameras also feature the flexibility to perform analytics and collect raw data on thermal characteristics using preferred software applications.

  • The compact A50 and A70 from FLIR are thermal, smart sensor cameras, ideal for users who want built-in, on-camera analytics. These cameras also feature alarm capabilities, perfect for condition monitoring as well as applications for early fire detection.


  • Raptor Photonics has launched a new EMCCD camera, the Kestrel 1000, offering ultra-low readout noise while running at 1,000 frames per second (fps) in full frame and up to 1,800 fps with ROI.

  • Innovative LightIR 16-180mm f/3.6 folded zoom lens addresses market shift toward smaller size, weight, and power (SWaP) 10μm VGA FPA detectors.

  • A leading manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, Vision Research introduces the Phantom® TMX Series. These high-speed cameras are the first to feature back side illuminated (BSI) sensors, achieving up to 75 Gpx/sec and improving light sensitivity.

  • Forage Mass Monitoring (FFM) analysis has been traditionally done using biomass sampling to calculate biomass yield per hectare. Raptor Photonics has recently published an application note showing how reflectance spectroscopy methods using drone based remote sensing systems are now being used to derive well-established vegetation indices (VIs) more efficiently than biomass sampling.

  • BaySpec’s snapshot hyperspectral imager, GoldenEye™, breaks tradition of the cumbersome imaging instrumentation, and is made for durability and reliability in a compact, lightweight, and easy one-shot operation design. BaySpec’s GoldenEye™ takes its name from the extraordinary vision of ducks whose golden eyes have a field vision of nearly 360 degrees and can see both near and far simultaneously, far beyond the vision of humans.

  • LASER COMPONENTS held its first Infrared Sessions workshop in its new virtual format called LC Talks. The event was held over two days, with 450 participants from 35 countries around the world in attendance. Attendees engaged in learning about the latest developments in IR technology from 20 short presentations.

  • Dione 1280 has been announced today as the new high resolution uncooled long-wave infrared (LWIR) core from Xenics. Xenics is Europe’s leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared sensors, cameras and customized imaging solutions from the short-wave infrared (SWIR) to the LWIR realm. Dione 1280 is an SXGA LWIR camera core optimized to meet today’s increased demand for smaller size, lower weight, higher resolution and lower power (SWaP).

  • Recently, a research team led by Prof. SHENG Zhigao from the High Magnetic Field Laboratory of the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS), along with collaborators in HFIPS and ShanghaiTech University, invented a broad-band tunable terahertz (THz) absorber based on a strongly correlated electron oxide material.


  • Video: Lightweight, Reduced SWaP, Infrared Zoom Lenses For Cooled MWIR/Uncooled LWIR Cameras

    Designed specifically for use in unmanned aerial vehicles, payloads, drones and hand-held devices. The outstanding optomechanical design ensures that it is the smallest, lightest and most compact lens on the market today, whilst still achieving the highest levels of IR thermal imaging performance.

  • Video: Raptor 640N Vis-SWIR Camera

    This video walks through a step-by-step guide on how to set up and operate a Raptor Owl N Vis-SWIR camera using an Euresys Grablink GigE converter. Most of Raptor's SWIR cameras are now supported by and compatible with the Euresys software.

  • Video: StingRay NightCrawlIR

    G&H NightCrawlIR™ series utilizes unique aperture specific foreoptics and a modular base to maximize performance, while staying budget-friendly. These lenses are purpose-built from the ground up for the demands of high resolution applications.

  • Cytometry Gets Fast At Spicatek

    Flow cytometry plays an increasingly important role in cell analysis. Modern flow cytometry, which can support cancer research and drug development, has analyzers that allow researchers to characterize the image of single cells. This characterization provides insights into a variety of key cellular phenotypes.