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Physicist Develops New Laser Technique to Study Electronic Properties

It’s often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Such was the case for Ames Laboratory physicist Adam Kaminski who took a challenge he was facing and turned it into a new solution that will help advance his research. 

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Theory Turns into Reality for Nonlinear Optical Metamaterials

A research team has realized one of the long-standing theoretical predictions in nonlinear optical metamaterials: creation of a nonlinear material that has opposite refractive indices at the fundamental and harmonic frequencies of light. Such a material, which doesn’t exist naturally, had been predicted for nearly a decade.

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940nm VCSEL Array

Princeton Optronics (Mercerville, NJ) has introduced high-power (8W) 940nm VCSEL arrays for illumination applications. These arrays have an efficiency of >45%, a spectral width of approximately 1nm and a circular beam with divergence of 18 degrees (full angle). The array’s dimensions are 2x2mm and it is normally mounted on submounts.

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Open Frame, XY Linear-Motor Stage

Aerotech’s (Pittsburgh, PA) PlanarDLA integrated, open-frame stages have high dynamics and exceptional geometric performance in a low-profile package. These stages are essential for applications ranging from two-sided LED wafer processing where high-dynamics and micrometer-level straightness are required, to quasi-static optical metrology where high-accuracy and precise geometric performance are necessary.

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Intelligent Room Controller

Hubbell Building Automation (Austin, TX) has launched an intelligent lighting control that simplifies installation with auto-configuration. The NXTM Room Controller integrates automatic and manual control of lighting. Auto-configuration provides an easy and affordable way to meet energy codes, including California's Title 24 and ASHRAE 90.1. No network or software is required to set up the unit. Users benefit from intuitive energy-saving control over the lighting in their space.

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277 V Thermistor

Ametherm (Carson City, NV) recently released a new UL-approved circuit protection thermistor that offers a 277 V rating optimized for applications including LED lighting and ballasts, power factor correction (PFC) circuits, and inrush current control in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) with ratings under 500 W.

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Compact Range LEDs

Mouser Electronics, Inc. (Mansfield, TX) is now stocking LUXEON CoB Compact Range LEDs from Lumileds (San Jose, CA). These LEDs offer high flux densities in a very small light emitting surface (LES), which provides good center beam candle power (CBCP). The Lumileds LUXEON CoB Compact Range LEDs feature a single 6.5mm optical LES that provides high flux densities and high efficacy. Industry-leading thermal resistance allows for smaller heat sinks, and the assembly’s ceramic substrate offers excellent protection in high-potential (HiPot) testing.

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