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Optical Tweezing Fiber Laser

Manlight (Lannion, France) and RPMC (O’Fallon, MO) have released a new fiber based OTS (Optical Tweezing Source) that features a narrow linewidth. The new OTS is a compact CW fiber laser that delivers output powers up to 20W with a near diffraction limited beam (M2

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Multi-Wavelength Laser Combiner

Agilent Technologies Inc., (Santa Clara, CA) offers a Multi-Wavelength Laser Combiner for microscopy applications. Developed to work with laser-based tools, the laser combiner is ideal for applications including epifluorescence, laser scanning confocal, and flow cytometry. The combiner provides 19 wavelength options that can be used in three-channel to eight-channel configurations. The Multi-Wavelength Laser Combiner gives new options to a wide variety of OEM and end-user applications for fluorescence microscopy.

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Optical Design Software

Lambda Research (Littleton, MA) introduces TracePro 5.0 software for optical modeling, design and analysis. TracePro 5.0 allows users to combine multiple light sources with various wavelength spectrums in one TracePro model and analyze numerous light source interactions in the same ray trace. A user-defined, customized surface source database can be built in TracePro 5.0. The user can specify particular light source wavelengths to be traced for all source types (surface, grid and file sources) providing the designer with greater modeling flexibility.

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Design and Analysis Software

LightTools® 6.1 illumination design and analysis software from Optical Research Associates (ORA) (Pasadena, CA) is suitable for the design of sophisticated luminaires, LEDs, and displays. The Ray Path feature makes it easy to identify exactly what system elements are contributing to light loss, scatter, unintentional reflections, or ghost images. This is useful in the design of stray-light sensitive systems, such as microlithography steppers or astronomical instruments. LightTools also supports accurate modeling of scattering surfaces by allowing users to apply measured BSDF data, both isotropic and anisotropic, to a surface.

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Transparent Conductive Coatings

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI) (Santa Rosa, CA) offers transparent conductive coatings for use in the visible and near-infrared (NIR) spectral ranges. The transparent coatings are compatible with DSI’s dichroic filter technology. This technology yields high performance, highly uniform, transparent conductive filters that remain extremely stable while withstanding high thermal loads and changes in humidity. The coatings with indium tin oxide, induced transmission silver, and induced transmission gold, all deliver high transmission within selected wavelength ranges from 400 nm to 2500 nm.

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Optical Engineering Software

Photon Engineering (Tucson, AZ) has released version 7.50.0 of its optical engineering software FRED 7.x series. FRED is an advanced 3D CAD optical engineering software program capable of simulating the propagation of light through most optical/illumination systems. The new version features enhancements to FRED’s raytracing speed and modeling capabilities for backlight display design and biomedical simulation. Version 7.50.0 includes surface scatter models that can be used to model spatially varying patterns.

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High-Power Light Engines

The Enfis QUATTRO Mini from AMS Technologies (Martinsreid, Germany) provides a very high-power spot source with up to 160W of power in a 2 × 2 cm array. The RGBA version with additional amber LED chip offers an extra-large color gamut versus conventional RGB color mixing technology. The RGBW model provides RGB color mixing with the addition of a white channel for higher maximum lumen capability. The Hi-CRI Vari-CCT version is a high quality light source with a range of correlated color temperatures (CCTs) from 3000 K to 6500 K.

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Wireless Accelerometer

CyberOptics Semiconductor (Beaverton, OR) introduces its WaferSenseTM Auto Vibration System (AVS) that monitors three-axis accelerations and equipment vibration. The WaferSense AVS is a wireless, wafer-like accelerometer available in a 200mm or 300mm format that moves through semiconductor process equipment and automation material handling systems. It reports x, y and z acceleration, has a range of ±2 G, and can detect wafer slides, slips, bumps, scrapes and rough handling.

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Light Metrology Software

Labsphere (North Sutton, NH) offers the MtrX-SPEC light metrology software module with user friendly spectrometer calibration and control for spectral characterization such as flux, color, intensity, and irradiance. The MtrX-SPEC calibrates Labsphere’s spectrometers and analyzes spectral radiometric, photometric, and colorimetric properties of light sources. Spectral, electrical, and thermal controls provide complete characterization of a wide range of light sources, from simple lamps and LEDs to solid state lighting assemblies and traditional indoor/outdoor lighting.

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NIR/SWIR Cameras for Unmanned Vehicles

Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ) offers the KT series of NIR/SWIR cameras for UAV and UGV (unmanned aerial and ground vehicle) applications. The cameras feature the night vision and laser detection capability that images from the near infrared (NIR) to the shortwave infrared (SWIR) portion of the spectrum, including what night vision goggles can and cannot see. Available in lightweight, high sensitivity camera packages with 320 × 256 pixel or 640 × 512 pixel resolution.

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