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>60 W Ultraviolet (UV) Laser

Spectra-Physics®, (Santa Clara, CA), a Newport company, recently introduced Quasar 355-60, a UV laser that offers a groundbreaking >60 W with high >300 μJ pulse energies. Featuring TimeShiftTM technology for programmable pulse parameters, the laser delivers dramatic advances of 33 percent in power and pulse energies, 3.5x in maximum repetition rate (0 to 3.5 MHz), and 2.5x in minimum pulse widths (100 ns) over the >45 W Quasar 355-45. The new Quasar 355-60 transforms microelectronic device manufacturing, enabling major advances in both throughput and precision.

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Monolithic Light Engine

Melles Griot (Carlsbad, CA) has introduced the OEM Monolithic Light Engine. The light engine can shake, rattle, and ship without needing to be realigned. The hermetically sealed design, combined with a patented beam-combiner results in rock-solid stability when subjected to mechanical shock, vibration and temperature changes. The internal laser components, combining elements, and beam shaping optics are held at a constant temperature in an ultra-compact package, which delivers excellent pointing stability, ultra-low optical noise and outstanding power stability. The worry free and truly hands-free light engine is available in three or more output wavelengths from 405 to 785 nm and powers up to 200 mW.

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Laser Diode Driver

Portable Power Systems (St. Louis, MO) has introduced the new PPS-90-125OEMDPC laser diode driver. The PPS series of OEM laser diode drivers will operate from 1-45 diodes or bars in either the Pulsed or CW mode. Added features include Over Voltage and Over Current protection, Remote and Coolant interlocks, Over Temperature interlocks for the driver and laser, as well as an Emergency Stop feature. The units are microprocessor controlled and can be interfaced with either USB or RS-232. 16 sets of parameters for current, pulse width and frequency can be stored and recalled with all parameters displayed every 4 seconds. The units come with a 3 year warranty.

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Green Laser Diode Modules

The Optoelectronics Company (Hertfordshire, UK) has launched a range of direct emission 520nm green laser diode modules which offer OEMs and system integrators a cost and energy-efficient alternative to low-tech DPSS green laser modules. The green laser diode modules produce a high-quality elliptical beam at 520nm and offer high output stability with optical output powers of up to 35 mW. With an operating voltage of 9V DC and a broad ambient operating temperature range from -10°C to +50°C, they are energy-efficient, requiring typically 140mA operating current at 35mW and offer a long lifetime at continuous operation.

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ESD Protection For Laser Diodes

Pangolin Laser Systems, Inc. (Orlando, FL) are now offering their patented LASORB component in an SMT form. LASORB is a hybrid electronic device that consists of passive electrical and active silicon components that come together to help protect laser diodes from electrostatic discharge (ESD) and power surges. Currently LASORB is the only proven device that can guarantee the protection of laser diodes from ESD and power surges. The LASORB SMT KIT consists of two resistors, a capacitor, and Pangolin’s TSOP6/4G-20V LASORB semiconductor.

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Spectral Surface Mapping Software

CRAIC Technologies (San Dimas, CA) recently announced Spectral Surface MappingTM (S2MTM) capabilities for its UV-visible-NIR microspectrophotometers. S2MTM gives CRAIC microspectrometer users the ability to map the spectral responses across surfaces of their samples point-by-point. With microscopic spatial resolution, surface profiles can be created using UV-visible-NIR transmission, absorbance, emission, fluorescence and polarization microspectral data. S2MTM can even create maps from Raman microspectral data from the CRAIC ApolloTM Raman microspectrometer. CRAIC microspectrometers can now create highly detailed spectral maps with micron scale resolution rapidly and automatically.

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CMOS Video Camera Platform

Forza Silicon (Pasadena, CA) has introduced the Forza 100+ MP CAM Platform featuring a customizable CMOS image sensor operating at 60 frames per second (fps) and supporting multiple camera resolutions. The dual-mode camera operates in B&W or color and produces high-quality video at the highest resolution and speed available, with minimal motion blur. It is ideal for surveillance applications and particularly useful for large-area image capture. With a proprietary onboard image processor, image sequences can be captured, downloaded, and configured to resolutions approaching 200 MP while maintaining speeds of 60 fps.

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