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Autofocus Machine Vision Camera

IDS Imaging Development Systems (Woburn, MA) announced that it is shipping its new uEye™ XS, the world's smallest machine vision camera with autofocus. Measuring a compact 23 x 26.5 x 21.5 mm (.9" x 1.04" x .84"), the uEye™ XS is simple to integrate into virtually any imaging system. Featuring the 5 megapixel Aptina™ CMOS sensor with a pixel size of 1.4 µm, the uEye™ XS camera delivers detailed, true color images in a choice of seven fixed image formats ranging from 5 MP (2592 x 1944) to basic VGA (640 x 480). Frame rate is freely adjustable for long or short exposures, and at full 5MB resolution the XS will capture 15 fps. Binning can be used to achieve frame rates as high as 30 fps. It connects via standard USB 2.0 and a mini-B socket, with power supply provided by the bus cable.

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Achromatic Beam Expanders

Optical Surfaces’ (Surrey, UK) beam expanders incorporate off-axis mirrors which provide an unobstructed output and highly efficient transmission. Beam expanders are the optical tool of choice for increasing the diameter of a collimated input beam to a larger collimated output beam. Beam expanders are used in applications such as, high power lasers, laser scanning, interferometry, LIDAR systems and remote sensing. Available in standard (5x, 10x, 15x and 20x fixed magnification) or customer specified (fixed or variable magnification) configurations, each OSL beam expander is supplied housed in an aluminum housing with provision for fixing to an optical table.

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Ultraviolet Radiation Spectrometer

McPherson’s (Chelmsford MA) vacuum ultraviolet spectrometer, Model 234/302, is now complete with sensitive, cooled, scientific grade CCD detectors. The compact 200mm focal length spectrometer has adjustable slits, and operates at f/4.5, providing fast, sensitive data collection from ultraviolet radiation and emission spectra in the 100 to 190 nanometer wavelength range simultaneously, in near real time, with sub-nanometer spectral resolution. Tune the grating to longer or shorter wavelengths to collect different wavelength swaths. Various models of cooled, back illuminated and windowless sensors fit directly to the focal plane for direct detection of vacuum ultraviolet spectra. Furnished with spectral calibration certificate the McPherson spectrometer is available with standard light sources, reflective condenser optics, and vacuum differential sections.

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Product of the Month: the Model 2450 SourceMeter® SMU Instrument

Keithley Instruments, Cleveland, OH, has introduced the Model 2450 SourceMeter® SMU instrument, the first benchtop source measure unit (SMU) instrument with a capacitive touchscreen graphical user interface. The instrument is based on the company’s Touch, Test, Invent™ design philosophy that lets users interact with the instruments via the touchscreen and icon-based control. The instrument combines the functionality of a power supply, a true current source, 6-1/2-digit multimeter, electronic load, and trigger controller. It features a 5" touchscreen, low current and voltage ranges to eliminate the need for separate instruments, built-in help via the touchscreen, and KickStart start-up software. Data can be stored to disk and exported to another software environment. The unit integrates the capabilities of I-V systems, curve tracers, and semiconductor analyzers in one instrument.

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UV-Visible-NIR Microspectrophotometer

CRAIC Technologies (San Dimas, CA) has introduced an automated version of the 20/30 Perfect Vision™ UV-visible- NIR microspectrophotometer. This system is designed to be fully programmable with touchscreen controls so that it can automatically analyze microscopic samples with UV-visible-NIR spectroscopy and microscopy. Imaging and spectroscopic analysis of samples can be done by absorbance, reflectance and fluorescence from the deep UV to far into the near infrared.

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Touch-Operated Portable Spectrometer

Announced as the world’s first smart, touch-enabled portable spectrometer, the GL SPECTIS 1.0 Touch Mini from Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) includes WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, and SD card interfaces in a handheld unit that operates for up to 6 hours on a battery charge. The Android-based GL Spectis 1.0 Touch Mini is easy to navigate and comes preconfigured, and individually calibrated for fast, reliable results.

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Hollow-Core Fiber

OFS (Avon, CT) has developed a new Hollowcore Fiber (HCF) as part of the DARPA-funded Compact Ultra Stable Gyro for Absolute Reference (COUGAR) program, led by Honeywell International, Inc. The breakthrough fiber employs an air filled core surrounded by glass webbing. Hollow-core fibers allow light to propagate through free space rather than a solid glass core, making them an ideal waveguide in theory.

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