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Case Study: Plant Manufacturer Integrates Laser Measurement Technology
Körber Business Area Technologies uses MKS's customized Ophir® OEM sensors to measure the laser power and position of the laser beam in its laser-based perforation systems, ensuring high quality and seamless monitoring of the entire manufacturing process.  Continue Reading..
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Fast Shaping Control Of X Ray Beams Using A Closed-Loop Adaptive Bimorph Deformable Mirror
Zygo collaborated with Diamond Light Source (DLS) in the UK to install a deformable mirror with deformation feedback provided by Zygo’s ZPS sensor system. The system was installed in the B16 Test Beamline at DLS as a proof of principle for this application.  Continue Reading..
Ophir - Lichtblock
Luminous Quality For Optimal Photobiomodulation
Lichtblock GmbH has developed a compact light system that radiates red light in wavelengths of 630, 660, and 850 nm. To test the quality of the systems and document their effectiveness, the company uses an Ophir power gauge.  Continue Reading..
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Why Is The Surface Of My Detector Damaged?
So your laser power detector is supposed to be good up to 110W, and you damaged its surface with a 30W laser. Sound familiar? Why is this happening? Let’s find out.  Continue Reading..
How To Avoid Damage To Your Thermal Sensors
If thermal sensors are used correctly from the get-go, they can be used over many years without any need for repair. This article briefly summarized the four most common causes that significantly influence the measurement accuracy of thermal sensors, as well as corresponding preventive measures.  Continue Reading..
Thin-Film Interference Filters For LIDAR
LIDAR is used for obstacle avoidance in autonomous vehicles, urban planning, security, infrastructure development, and other applications. This application note details how high-performance, ultra-narrow bandpass interference filters improve LIDAR signal-to-noise ratios in specific applications.  Continue Reading..
History And Development Of EMCCD Technology – What Is Gen III?
The earliest versions of EMCCD (Electron Multiplying CCD) sensors offered a new dimension in imaging that eliminated read noise from an image sensor. This application note provides a comparison between the first, second, and third generations of EMCCD technology.  Continue Reading..


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  • This demo video demonstrates fully corrected SWIR continuous zoom imagery using a 10µm pixel VGA sensor whose smaller FPA and pixel results in narrower FOV and smaller IFOV.

  • On day two of Photonics West 2022, Toby Reid with Gooch & Housego discussed how their fiber optic components can be integrated into lidar systems for applications involving distributed fiber sensing, atmospheric sensing, and remote sensing.

  • The second generation of the INTEGRA is a meterless line of all-in-one detectors that combine a detector and a meter in one device that lugs directly into your PC. Each detector of the INTEGRA series offers the same incredible performance as the usual detector and meter combination, from pW to kW and from fJ to J. For a brief introduction on this product, watch the video.

  • On the last day of SPIE’s 2016 DCS exhibition in Baltimore, Kevin Fogarty with Canon showed us a 19 micron pixel pitch sensor that can achieve a full color and high definition image in extremely low light environments.

  • Marco Snikkers wrapped up our Photonics West 2016 coverage by introducing us to a pixel sensor that acts as an 8-channel spectrometer for biomedical, fluorescence marking, and colorimeter applications, as well as a multi-spectral camera that can monitor specific wavelengths in real-time.

  • Sensors Unlimited — UTC Aerospace Systems cut the ribbon on their new facility on September 17th, 2014. Doug Malchow spent a few minutes with us explaining how the move to a bigger and better place has already resulted in better quality imaging detectors with lower defects, lower bad pixel counts, and much lower dark current.

  • Jeff Eng, applications engineer with Hamamatsu, shows us a MEMS FTIR engine for IR spectroscopy instruments that works in applications involving gas sensing, materials analysis, and point of care devices. He also introduces us to 2D InGaAs image sensors for thermal imaging monitors, NIR image detection, and foreign object detection; compact radiation detectors; and more.