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Illumination Design Software

LightTools® 7.0 illumination design and analysis software from Optical Research Associates (ORA®) (Pasadena, CA) supports Windows 7 and delivers expanded capabilities for both model construction and system analysis. Complex light source models can now be created instantly from any geometric object, including those generated in LightTools using Boolean operations on basic shapes, or imported from other CAD software, such as SolidWorks®, using the LightTools Solid-Works Link Module. LightTools’ ray tracing and analysis functionality has been extended and improved, providing backward ray tracing for illuminance, intensity, and spatial and angular luminance meshes. A new “smart output” smoothing algorithm reduces statistical noise in these calculations, enabling analysis with higher accuracy and greater speed that proves to be especially effective with color calculations.

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Rugged Lenses

Resolve Optics (Chesham, UK) has introduced rugged lenses designed to meet and exceed environmental tests such as Def Stan 00-35 which includes vibration, shock, and bump testing over a temperature range of -40 °C to 70 °C. Lens optical coatings can be applied to meet a range of MIL Spec standards (including MIL-C-14806, MIL-C-675, MIL-M-13508) to ensure the coatings do not craze, peel, or succumb to fungal attack.

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Articulating Video Boreoscope

Titan Tool Supply (Buffalo, NY) has introduced the VJ7X1.5 articulating video boreoscope featuring onboard (standalone) image processing and battery-powered, portable operation. It has a high-resolution 2.4-inch TFT LCD screen with a sun visor and high-intensity LED lighting with adjustable brightness control. It also includes a thumb-activated joystick and can record and store approximately one hour of video with a 1GB MicroSD card and 500 still images. It can be connected to a larger monitor or computer via USB. The boreoscope has a diameter of 0.272" (6.9mm) with polyurethane sheathing, flexible length of 60" (1.5m) with a waterproof insertion tube and tip, and focal length of 0.59" (15mm) to infinity. Operating temperature range is 20 °F to 150 °F.

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High-Sensitivity Infrared Detectors

Cal Sensors (Santa Rosa, CA) has launched a line of IDA (Integrated Detector Assembly) lead selenide and lead sulfide high-sensitivity infrared detectors with integrated electronics enclosed within a compact, hermetically sealed TO-8 package. Covering the 1.0 to 5.5 μm infrared region, IDA detectors provide sensitivity of 1.5E10 Jones. IDA lead selenide (2.8 × 1010 cm Hz1/2 w-1 peak D*) and lead sulfide (1.5 × 1011 cm Hz1/2 w-1 peak D*) detectors are available in both 1mm and 2mm square sizes. The detectors come with integrated electronics in an industry standard T0-8 package IDA lead selenide (2.8 × 1010 cm Hz1/2 w-1 peak D*) and lead sulfide (1.5 x 1011 cm Hz1/2 w-1 peak D*) detectors are available in both 1mm and 2mm square sizes.

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Image Dimension Measurement System

The IM-6000 Series image dimension measurement system from Keyence Corp. (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) includes an Intelligent Pattern Analysis Search System (iPASS) that locates, identifies, and measures parts placed anywhere within the unit’s 100mm field of view, eliminating the need for an x-y stage. A Part Evaluation Library stores the images, measurement functions, and specifications of parts and provides automatic Pattern Search, part recognition, and measurement without setup the next time inspection of the same parts are performed. It can perform up to 99 distinct measurements, including angle, radius, inner/outer diameter, and circular and linear pitch, with the press of a button.

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Single Photon Counting Module for 1064nm

The id400 from id Quantique (Geneva, Switzerland) is a photon counting module optimized for 1064nm wavelength. It includes an In-GaAsP/InP avalanche photodiode optimised for Geiger mode and a fast quenching electronic circuit. It comes with a control unit intended for APD temperature control and regulation, power supply, gate generation and dead time setting. The photon detection probability can be adjusted at 7.5%, 15% or 30%. The id400 can work in free running or gated mode.

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Temperature Controllers

VueMetrix (Martinsried, Germany) has introduced Vue-TEC-15 and Vue-TEC-24 temperature controllers that are microprocessor- controlled and feature advanced fault diagnostics, user-settable operational limits, and an extensive library of interface commands. They are switch mode DC/DC converters with smoothing filters to improve power conversion efficiency. Operating point is regulated automatically. Vue-TEC 15 is rated at 120 watts and the Vue-TEC 24 is rated at 200 watts. An auxiliary second serial port on the Vue-TEC allows it to communicate internally with another controller. They are available in packaged form or as a circuit board assembly. They are suitable for driving Peltier effect devices to deliver temperature regulation of small thermal loads such as laser diode and heat sinks, non-linear laser crystals, and infrared detectors.

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