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Raman Spectrometer

The SE1000 Raman spectrometer from Mesophotonics (Southampton, UK) allows users to perform non-invasive, non-destructive analysis of materials with no sample preparation. The technique reports information on the molecular structure, identifying the material under scrutiny. It performs Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) analysis on low concentrations of material by deposition onto the company's Klarite® SERS substrates.

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CCD Cameras

Lumenera Corp. (Ottawa, Canada) released the Lm family of mini-CCD USB 2.0 cameras for industrial markets. The Lm075, Lm135, and Lm165 function in low light conditions and where space is restricted. The cameras measure 44 × 44 × 56 mm, have fast frame at VGA through megapixel resolution, and include industrial locking USB and GPI/O connectors, eight mounting points, electronic global shutter (for high speed objects), and on-board processing and sensitivity for image quality. Higher frame rates are available at lower resolution, with full sub-window control and live focusing models.

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Pulsed Solid-State Laser

The TruPulse laser from TRUMPF (Farmington, CT) is a pulsed solid-state laser that allows the average power to be briefly exceeded and increases the pulse frequency. The product range is based on a modular supply structure, and the average power ranges from 20 to 150 watts at a maximum pulse power of up to 10 kilowatts. Within this range, beam qualities of 4 to 25 mm•mrad are possible.

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Portable Microscope/Camera

Aven (Ann Arbor, MI) offers the iLoupeTM, a portable digital-field microscope/camera. The microscope aspect is constructed by attaching the removable microscopic module, which features lens magnifications from 60× to 150×, to a digital Canon SD600 six-megapixel camera. Applications include forensics, quality control, detection, and documentation in a variety of industries.

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Scintillation Crystals

SAES Getters Group (Liante, Italy) has introduced the Lu(Y)AP scintillation crystal for next-generation Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanners. The Lu(Y)AP scintillation material features improved energy resolution, a decay time of 20 ns, and high stopping power and temperature performance for use in medical imaging devices. The device can be applied to industrial and homeland security equipment.

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Diving Equipment Helps Expedition Team Uncover Microbial Adaptation to Harsh Environments

CODE Rebreathers and SSV Lifejackets Aqua Lung Vista, CA 760- 597-5000 The High Lakes Project (HLP) is funded by a grant from the NASA Astrobiology Institute to the SETI/NAI team. The HLP is an endeavor involving a team of expert scientists, mountainclimbers, and divers that will explore the ecosystems of three high-altitude-summit lakes in Bolivia and Chile. The physical and environmental conditions around and in these lakes — characterized by a thin atmosphere, temperature swings, and intense ultraviolet radiation — are uniquely analogous to ancient Martian lakes about 2.7 billion years ago. Learning about how microbial organisms adapt to such harsh environments is a critical step in preparing for life on Mars. The HLP also aims to understand how rapid climate change affects life and habitats, which is relevant to Martian exploration and to Earth’s current evolution.

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Power Complex Protects NASA Test Equipment

Centralized Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Lee Technologies Fairfax, VA 703-968-0300 NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, MS, is NASA’s primary site for rocket propulsion testing. It is also home to the Applied Research and Technology Project Office (ARTPO), which supplies project management to support NASA’s science and technology goals. Recently, Stennis awarded Lee Technologies a contract to construct a centralized uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and emergency generator. Under the terms of the contract, Lee Technologies will partner with Z Corporation in Burlington, MA, to construct the power complex at Stennis.

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