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Multispectral Imaging System

The SATIR system from Cedip Infrared Systems (Croissy, France) is designed for infrared analysis of targets on air, sea, or land. Designed to provide outdoor IR radiometric measurements, the system enables operators to collect and store in real time synchronized sequences of images from the three main infrared wavebands: 1-2.5, 3-5, and 8-12 microns. The system uses IR focal plane array detector technology and ultrafast processing electronics, and is mounted in a ruggedized enclosure. The system comprises three IRFPA cameras, each one connected to a single computer for real-time storage. A PC server controls each camera PC and provides image processing. All images taken on the SATIR are referenced with time and location through a GPS receiver. Software provides processing and analysis of IR images and sequences of images.

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Digital Video Imaging System

The FASTCAM MH-4 digital video imaging system from Photron (San Diego, CA) allows the use of one to four detachable camera heads that measure 35 × 35 × 35 mm, and weighs less than 100 grams. The system features light sensitivity with 512 × 512 pixel resolution, up to 2,000 frames per second, and 10,000 fps at reduced resolution. The camera system utilizes a 10-micron-square pixel with an 8-bit monochrome and 24-bit color CMOS sensor. Designed for hostile conditions, the camera heads can be mounted in areas of limited space in any orientation using 32.8-foot cables. Three cable types (90° right, straight, and 90° left) and two camera-head connector configurations (top- or rear-mounted) enable mounting and placement of the camera heads.

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High-Temperature Optical System

Resolve Optics (Chesham, UK) has introduced a high-temperature optical system that can be adapted to a variety of high-temperature applications. The system does not require air cooling for use in most applications. Its prisms are designed to analyze high-temperature processes including incineration, recycling, smelting, chemical manufacturing, and operations inside furnaces to a temperature of 950C. The optical system can be adapted to operate at various fields of view and angles of view up to 90°. It can accommodate any length and diameter of endoscope enabling in situ microinspection.

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Laser Optics

Alpine Research Optics (Boulder, CO) has released a Spectral Shaping Filter providing a route to shorter pulses from titanium:sapphire amplifiers. This intra-cavity optic is a dielectric coated filter with a spectral transmission curve designed to compensate for spectral narrowing due to gain flattening. The optic is available in 1" and 2" diameters. Both the center wavelength and the magnitude of the single-pass gain correction can be adjusted with the filter. Varying the angle of incidence at which the optic is mounted causes a shift in the center wavelength. This enables the filter’s performance to be matched to the skewed spectral gain curve of chirped amplifiers. By rotating the filter angle relative to the beam polarization, its transmission maximum can be increased or decreased, allowing the same filter to be used in both a multi-pass or regenerative-type amplifier.

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Scanning Probe Microscope

The Caliber™ scanning probe microscope (SPM) from Veeco Instruments (Woodbury, NY) can perform various SPM research and industrial applications on samples of differing sizes. The SPM’s open-platform, closed-loop design allows researchers to customize hardware. Features include real-time software with line-by line analysis, oscilloscope, FFT, and leveling functions. Proprietary electronic control provides a triple-DAC design for 16-bit scan control at any scan range and offset. The system utilizes integrated optics with a color camera, enabling engineers to judge tip-sample separation. Image modes include contact mode, tapping mode, phase imaging, lateral force microscopy (LFM), force modulation microscopy (FMM), force distance curves, and optional nanolithography. The system can scan up to 90μm on most surfaces.

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Supercontinuum Source

Precision Photonics Corp. (Boulder, CO) offers ultra-wideband supercontinuum sources featuring optical spectrum from 1200 to 2000 nm (over 800 nm), optical power density of more than -17 dBm/nm, spectral uniformity of less than 13 dB, and long-term spectral stability of less than 0.15 dB. The supercontinuum sources incorporate the company’s all-fiber-integrated 40-MHz rep-rate sub-100-femtosecond fiber laser and supercontinuum generation technology. The supercontinuum sources are suitable for optical component testing, optical sensing, spectroscopic analysis, and optical coherence tomography (OCT). They feature pushbutton operation with no tuning required.

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Luminaire Measurement System

The PM-GONI system from Radiant Imaging (Duvall, WA) enables luminous intensity distribution and color measurements for various illumination products, including wide-beam-angle luminaires such as automotive headlamps and taillights, architectural lighting, traffic signals, aircraft lighting, and runway lighting. The system mates a CCD-based photometer and a two-axis goniometer with system control, data acquisition, and image processing software.

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