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Dr. Simon "Pete" Worden, Center Director, NASA Ames Research, Moffett Field, CA

Before becoming NASA Ames Research Center Director, Dr. Worden was a Research Professor of Astronomy, Optical Sciences, and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona, where his research involved the development of large space optics for national security and scientific purposes. Dr. Worden retired in 2004 after 29 years of active service in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Brigadier General. He is a recognized expert on civil and military space issues, and has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific technical papers in astrophysics, space sciences, and strategic studies. Dr. Worden also serves as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions.

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10G and “Killer Apps” Excite Telecom Market in ‘07

In the optical communications industry, it’s important to look back before you look forward. History has a way of putting the future into perspective.

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Laser Diode Market Stays Hot in 2007

The high-power laser diode market has grown rapidly in the last twelve months, a trend that is set to continue throughout 2006 and beyond. The global market for laser systems is forecast to grow by 8% in 2006 to US $5.9 billion, with diode lasers alone growing by 8%.

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Optical Software in ‘07: Isn’t that Easy?

Optical software programs provide optical designers with the means to predict and analyze performance characteristics of optical systems without experimental prototyping. Looking ahead into 2007, optical software will continue to enhance optical design capabilities in several ways. Optical software developers are concentrating their efforts on improving communication channels between engineers in disparate fields who are asked to collaborate. In a word, the direction is “inter-operability.”

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Product of the Month: Infrared Camera

Mikron Infrared (Oakland, NJ) offers the Model M7500 infrared camera configurable for midwave or long-wave imaging and four different temperature bands. The camera is an uncooled microbolometer camera that features spectral tuning technology. It can image in the mid-wave bands of 3.9 μm and 4.8 to 5.2 μm, in a temperature range of 400 to 1600°C. The camera has two temperature ranges of -40 to 120°C, and 50 to 500°C in 8 to 14 μm long-wave mode for thermal monitoring applications. An 8 to 14 μm high-temperature version provides a range of 200 to 2000°C.

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Fiber-Coupled Laser Diode Module

The IQμ4X(760-5) from Power Technology (Little Rock, AR) is a fiber-coupled DFB IQ (Instrument Quality) laser diode module that features a current source and a PID temperature controller. It is available with 20-MHz analog beam modulation or 100-MHz digital beam modulation. The unit measures 1.5" in diameter and 7.52" in length, and can operate in either constant current or automatic power control mode.

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Photon Counting Detector

Electron Tubes (Rockaway, NJ) has released the DM0060C miniature photon counting detector with RS-232 interface for plate readers used in chemiluminescence and bioluminescence applications. Comprised of a photomultiplier, a high voltage supply, an amplifier/discriminator, and a microcontroller, the detector requires an external +5V bias. Output is provided via an RS-232 interface, and all models are available with a spectral response of 280 to 850 nm. The detector comes with Windows®-compatible software.

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