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Product of the Month: Fiber Optic Sensing System

The RTS125 from 4DSP (Austin, TX) is an off-the-shelf, distributed fiber optic sensing solution. With tens of thousands of strain or temperature sensors simultaneously monitored up to 100 times per second, the RTS125 offers the same sensing capabilities on up to eight channels as its predecessor, the RTS150, but in a lighter, ruggedized enclosure. This product delivers reliable measurements in the most demanding environments faced by the aerospace, automotive, civil engineering, and energy sectors among others.

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High-Power Laser Fiber Packaging

OSI Laser Diode, Inc. (LDI) (Edison, NJ), an OSI Systems Company, has introduced new packaging options for the CVD High Power Laser line. The innovative and compact package features coaxial cable construction, which permits a fiber option for lasers in a much smaller footprint than the standard TO5F housing. LDI’s new fiber coaxial packaging is available for 850 nm, 905 nm, and 1550 nm single-chip and stacked devices.

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Single Crystal Chemical Vapor Deposition Diamond

Element Six (Santa Clara, CA) recently announced that its high-purity single crystal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond material has been proven for use in intracavity cooling of disc lasers and in development of the first ever tunable diamond Raman laser system. Element Six’s high-purity single crystal CVD diamond has the highest thermal conductivity of any material at room temperature (up to 2200 W/mK). Combined with low absorption coefficient at a number of key wavelengths, the material gave the University of Strathclyde the ability to demonstrate the first ever tunable, continuous-wave diamond raman laser. Furthermore, photonics and laser manufacturer M Squared Lasers recently leveraged Element Six’s CVD diamond in a patented technique as a key enabler in its Dragonfly semiconductor laser.

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Image-Based Code Reader

SICK (Minneapolis, MN) recently announced the launch of the high-resolution LECTOR®650 image-based code reader for high-performance 1D and 2D code reading. A large field of view and an optional dynamic focus feature enable the LECTOR650 to easily identify different code positions, object heights, and transport speeds.

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Optical Fiber Cleaver

NYFORS (Stockholm, Sweden) has introduced a new high-precision optical fiber cleaver that accommodates fiber diameters from 80 μm up to more than 400 μm. The new AutoCleaver LDF-M‘ is specifically designed to provide fast and reliable high-quality cleaving capability for the mid-span to large diameter fibers commonly used in fiber laser manufacturing and other specialty fiber applications. Based on the well-known AutoCleaver‘ platform, this is a fully automated optical fiber cleaver for production and laboratory settings with a cycle time of less than 15 seconds. Flat and smooth fiber end faces, free of surface defects such as hackles, mist, and chips, are produced with high consistency thanks to the stable mechanical design and proven tension-and-scribe cleaving process.

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Miniaturized Sensor

greenTEG AG (Zurich, Switzerland) has added a new small thermal sensor for radiation measurements to its product portfolio. At just 4.4 x 4.4 x 0.5 mm, the Gskin-XB 45 9R for radiation measurements is among the smallest sensors of its kind. Its features include: signal linearity with power below 0.5% across a broad power range (10 uW – 1 W); homogeneous signal across the sensor area (independent of beam position and angle); spectral range from DUV to MIR; and scalable pricing model for large volume applications.

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New Laser Technology to Make 2020 Mission to Mars

NASA announced recently that laser technology originally developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected for its new Mars mission in 2020. SuperCam, which builds upon the successful capabilities demonstrated aboard the Curiosity Rover during NASA’s current Mars Mission, will allow researchers to sample rocks and other targets from a distance using a laser.

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