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Rotary Air-Bearing Stage

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the ABRT series rotary air-bearing stages that provide 360-degree continuous travel with resolution to 0.027 arc sec. Payload capacity is up to 69 kg.

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Origin 8

OriginLab Corp., Northampton, MA, has announced Origin 8 Windows-based data analysis and graphing software that operates around a revamped workbook space, which allows results of an analysis to be placed into a worksheet within a raw data’s workbook. Parameter values, statistics, and related analysis graphs are available whenever looking at the original data. A new multi-sheet workbook feature keeps all related data, analyses, and graphs together. Sheets can be moved, added, inserted, or deleted. Workbooks in the new version also contain a new feature that allows users to embed graphs and images within cells to create a custom report. Another new feature called Sparklines allows for a special type of embedded graph found within worksheet column headers. Column Sparklines provide brief profiles of the column’s data, providing users with an at-a-glance profile of the data in a given column. The aspect ratio of column Sparklines can be changed to show more data trends by changing the column width and/or row height. A graph can be copied to the clipboard as a Sparkline to display a small, word-sized graphic within text documents.

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Product of the Month: Optical Receiver Stress Test Set

Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced the N4917A optical receiver stress test set to provide repeatable conformance and characterization test results. The design allows users to accurately characterize and verify standard conformance of receiver optical subassemblies and transceiver modules operating up to 12.5 Gb/s. The test set provides the calibrated injection of optical modulation amplitude (OMA), extinction ratio (ER), and vertical eye closure penalty (VECP) through automation software controls.

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Fiber Optical Switches

Laser Components IG (Hudson, NH) has introduced a series of fiber optical switches with core diameters of up to 600 μm. The "mol 1×N" and "mol 2×N" feature switching times of two milliseconds and low signal loss (less than 0.5 dB). The switches are available in various configurations, and come with or without a connector in compact housings, table housings, or 19" insertions.

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Positioning and Scanning System

The P-363 PicoCubeTM positioning and scanning system from PI L.P. (Auburn, MA) is designed to provide ultra-high resolution and positional stability together with its E-536 driver/controller. Features of the P-363 include a high-speed XYZ scanner for AFM/SPM and manipulation tool for nanotechnology, high-stiffness shear piezo drives with up to 10 kHz resonant frequency, 0.025-nm resolution, capacitive feedback, parallel metrology, and vacuum compatibility.

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LED Backlighting

CI Lumen Industries (Hauppauge, NY) has introduced a light-emitting-diode (LED) backlighting solution for display panels. The technology, applicable for military or industrial end-uses, conserves power, features heat-relevant elevated brightness levels, and may be applied to LCD panels produced by other manufacturers. Developed for hi-bright panels requiring brightness levels of 800 nits or more, the technology can be utilized on LEDs ranging from 5 to 19", and hibrighted to 800 to 1,300 nits.

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Diode Laser

Point Source (Hamble, UK) offers a 20-mW blue diode laser with a TEM00 true Gaussian beam, a higher power version of their range of iFLEX2000TM fiber-coupled lasers. The laser beam conditioning is performed using a single mode fiber, reducing beam astigmatism and spatial noise. The device employs a forward closed loop power control that resists optical feedback. Short-term amplitude noise is reduced and the stability of output is augmented. Applications include biomedical fluorescence imaging and optical media.

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