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Photonics Tech Briefs Announces 2008 Products of the Year

The votes are in and the winners of the 2008 Photonics Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards have been selected.

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Product of the Month: Laser Beam Analysis System

Ophir-Spiricon (Logan, UT) has introduced BeamGageTM, a new laser beam analysis system. Based on UltraCalTM, Ophir-Spiracon’s patented baseline correction algorithm that helped establish the ISO 11146-3 standard for beam measurement accuracy, BeamGage guarantees that the data baseline (zero-point reference) is accurate to 1/8th of a digital count on a pixel-by-pixel basis. BeamGage features BeamMakerTM, a beam simulator that enables users to numerically model expected results and confirm that the beam will be measured accurately. Beam-Gage also provides an Auto Aperture camera control function that allows for faster application setup.

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Gel Imaging System

UVP (Upland, CA) has released an upgraded GelDoc-ItTMTS Imaging System with a 15" VGA screen for high resolution fluorescent imaging. The GelDoc-It TS touch screen capabilities and built-in computer minimizes equipment on the laboratory workbench. The high resolution, scientific grade CCD camera, with conveniently located zoom lens, enables users to capture images of gels, plates, and membranes. The darkroom features a wide access door, overhead white and UV blocking viewing window, for viewing samples without opening the door.

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Near-IR Cameras

FJW Optical Systems, Inc. (Palatine, IL) has released the Find-R-Scope model 85700 and 85706 Near-IR Cameras. The cameras utilize a 2.54cm (1”) PbO-PbS Super Infrared Vidicon and sophisticated electronics to provide uniform high resolution, low geometric distortion, and low noise performance without compromising long term stability. The BNC style coaxial output connects to external devices such as monitors, VCRs, frame grabbers, and image processors. The cameras provide the video output in either NTSC or PAL formats. With their standard C- mount, the cameras can utilize a variety of lenses and filters.

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LED Lighting Modules

The Imaging Source (Charlotte, NC) now offers cost effective LED lighting modules, which seamlessly integrate with The Imaging Source USB, FireWire, and GigE cameras. The lighting modules feature very bright LEDs and direct connection to the camera. All parameters can be set via the shipped software, IC Capture and IC Imaging Control, or by custom built software. IC Capture is an end-user application, making it possible to save singular images and image sequences, and display live video streams. IC Imaging Control is an SDK, which consists of a .NET component, ActiveX control, and C++ class library for Windows XP and Vista.

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Piezo Stages

Physik Instrumente (Auburn, MA) has extended its line of piezo stages for scanning microscopy applications. The P-737 Piezo Z-Focusing Stage is offered along with the stiffer, P-726 high performance microscope lens focusing system for large NA microscope objectives and the redesigned P-686 XY piezo motor positioning stage providing long travel ranges to 25x25 mm. The M-686 XY coarse-positioning stage can accommodate an XY / Z nanopositioning scanning piezo stage. The piezo stages are suitable for 3D imaging, Z-stack acquisition, autofocusing, scanning, and alignment tasks in microscopy and biotechnology.

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Transmission Flat For Interferometers

Tower Optical Corp. (Boynton Beach, FL) has released a Transmission Flat, TxF, that is used in interferometers to verify the surface flatness of plano elements such as mirrors, windows, and prism surfaces. The transmission flat provides a reference wavefront which is compared to the returning, reflected light from the test object. The transmission flat has a surface with a reflectivity of 4% and another surface of 0.25%. This enables them to measure surfaces with 0.1% to 40% reflectivity. The 4-inch TxF mounts directly into the bayonet mounts of most interferometers.

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