CAMERA & IMAGING INSIGHTS

Approaches To High Performance SWIR Lens Design

G&H's A&D Business Development Manager, Trevor Cook discusses approaches to high-performance SWIR lens designs, by explaining technical challenges in more detail, addressing effective solutions.

  • 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

    Vision Research recently helped shed light on aircraft fire extinguishing systems and satellite springs by supplying its high-speed imaging equipment and expertise to two companies. 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.

  • Integrated Solutions: Interconnecting Ophir Products and Accessories

    Ophir customers often need to connect different optical components together to create an optimal setup. In order to do this, mutual interconnections between different Ophir products are provided via adapters with various threads. These are designed to exactly fit required optical path distances for each device. This integrated solution is prealigned and ready to use.

  • Advantages Of Developing MWIR Imaging Platforms With Designed-In Zoom Optics

    Midwave infrared (MWIR) cameras and continuous zoom optics are the preferred solution for providing clear thermal image detail over a range of distances. MWIR systems are common in military, law enforcement, and other long-range surveillance applications. Improvements in MWIR detectors and continuous zoom optics are converging to produce SWaP optimized MWIR integrated solutions, overcoming challenges with design, time to market and other business needs.

FEATURED SOLUTIONS

  • The FLIR T865 is a high-performance infrared camera designed to collect meaningful thermal data with flexibility and portability in research and science applications. Key features include temperature measurements down to -40°C with an accuracy of ±1°C / ±1%, and FLIR UltraMax® and MSX® (Multi-spectral Dynamic Imaging) modes providing exceptional image quality and measurement capabilities.

  • Ophir's family of LightIR lenses are compact yet offer high-performing features. While optimized for stabilized payloads, the 680389, 680314, and 680386 products are also suitable for a wide range of applications.

  • The compact, yet powerful 680389 from Ophir is a Folded-Optics Zoom Lens that features a motorized, continuous zoom functionality. This product is designed for reduced SWaP MWIR 10μm pitch VGA detectors.

  • The compact, rugged, and portable Phantom VEO4K 990 provides the highest pixel resolution, available in two body styles. The VEO4K 990 brings high imaging standards to scientific and research related applications for motion analysis.

  • The power of Phantom high-speed cameras can be captured using the machine vision streaming applications in this series. Once image data has flown to a frame grabber and PC or long record DVR via CXP protocol, the data is immediately accessible and only limited by the amount of storage in the PC or DVR.

RECENT HEADLINES

  • 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.

  • Marking a new innovation trajectory for the OLED industry, CYNORA today announced that device test kits for its Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF)-based Deep Green emitter for next-generation OLED displays are now available to customers.

  • 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.

CAMERA & IMAGING VIDEOS

  • 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

    Gooch & Housego's 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.