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Digital High-Speed Camera

The Phantom® v310 digital high-speed camera from Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) offers users a wide aspect ratio and a top speed of 3,400 frames-per-second (fps) at the camera’s maximum resolution of 1280 x 800. At reduced resolution, the v310 can record at speeds up to 500,000 fps. The camera is suitable for applications such as scientific research, product development, and ballistics and explosions testing. The v310’s proprietary CMOS sensor allows users to keep moving subjects in-frame longer and see more of the event being recorded.

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Line Scan Camera

The DiViiNA line scan camera from e2v (Cedex, France) is a cost-effective industrial inspection camera that features 1024, 2048, and 4096 pixel sensors, running at 40 MHz and outputting 8 bits on Camera Link. The camera can be set through a flexible and easy serial control, operated with a two tap Camera Link base configuration, and triggered on free run and external trigger modes. The DiViiNA cameras are easy-to-use and robust, with user-friendly levels of functionality providing image quality for mid-range applications.

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Illumination Design Software

LightTools® 6.2 illumination design and analysis software from Optical Research Associates (Pasadena, CA) is for applications ranging from LEDs to displays and luminaires. A backward ray tracing capability reduces the time needed to design and analyze systems such as sources, luminaires, and projectors. The LightTools SolidWorks® Link Module reduces design cycle time by enabling users to build 3D models in SolidWorks and import them into LightTools, where they can assign optical properties, optimize the design, and update the SolidWorks model.

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Thru-Beam Sensors

UltraFrameTM self-contained thru-beam sensors from Balluff (Florence, KY) are ideal for error-proofing, process monitoring, and general automation tasks in a number of environments. The UltraFrame sensors’ one-piece housings contain both emitter and receiver elements with pre-aligned optics, providing easy installation and an end to misalignment problems. On-board sensitivity and light/dark operation controls provide for easy adjustment to the user’s process.

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Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope

Novelx (Lafayette, CA) introduces the mySEM® compact field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) for imaging and characterizing nanoscale objects and materials. In a compact design that installs easily, the mySEM is optimized for low-voltage operation and delivers sub-10nm imaging capabilities. With no need to coat non-conductive samples and providing up to 65,000x magnification, the mySEM is suitable for the nanoscale imaging of energy sensitive samples, biomaterials, and thin films. The mySEM enables users to select a specific operating voltage between 0.5 to 2.0 kV.

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PbSe Thermal Imaging Array

The LIRA5S lead selenide (PbSe) thermal imaging array from Cal Sensors (Santa Rosa, CA) is sensitive in the 1.0 to 5.5μm wavelength region and has state-of-the art integrated electronics. LIRA5S can be programmed for use in high-speed thermal imaging applications, including hot-spot detection in manufacturing and assembly process lines, conveyer belts, buildings, and railway systems. LIRA5S can measure up to 256 discrete thermal points, and the data readout speed of 4MHz allows for fast data analysis.

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Laser Diode Controller

VueMetrix (Sunnyvale, CA) has released the Vue-LV-15, a 15A high performance, low-cost laser diode controller based on a powerful microprocessor and proprietary current control algorithm. The Vue-LV-15 features an all digital control system that uses a precise crystal oscillator time base for direct computer control of its switching power stage. A patent-pending software algorithm produces extremely low noise current without dangerous overshoots or start-up delays. The Vue-LV-15 is available as an OEM PCB-only option or as an OEM starter kit.

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Fiber Coupled Laser Modules

FiberLight fiber coupled laser modules from Modulight (San Jose, CA) are for applications in medical, industrial, defense, and research activities. The FiberLight products are based on the company’s broad-area laser bars, from which the laser emission is coupled to a single output fiber with high efficiency. FiberLight can embed all the company’s high-power laser arrays, offering broad wavelength and power level coverage. The compact size and flexible fiber output enable integration into modular, multi-laser array designs hosting 3, 6, or 9 laser arrays. The module is offered in conduction cooled and water cooled versions.

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Advanced Technologies Will Help Hubble Yield More Remarkable Discoveries

The fourth servicing mission (SM-4) for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) offered an impressive and unprecedented set of advanced technologies that may yield the most remarkable discoveries and imaging to date of Earth, the solar system, and beyond. The mission was, according to Deputy Associate Director for the HST Development Project Frank Cepollina, “the most complicated mission – from a servicing perspective – that NASA has ever flown.”

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Advancing Technologies Harness the Power of Wind, Water, and the Sun

Renewable energy will be the world’s fastest-growing source of electricity generation over the next two decades, although it will still make up a relatively minor portion of the global energy supply, according to the Energy Information Administration. The majority of that increase will come from the use of wind power and water power, or hydropower. The Obama Administration advocates a policy that would require 25% of United States electricity demand be met by renewable energy by 2025.

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