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Optical Table

The vibration-damping Ultimate Performer 5300 Series Optical Table from Kinetic Systems (Boston, MA) has Maximum Dynamic Deflection Coefficients of ≤0.3 (10)-3 and an IRD-Maximum Relative Motion of 0.8 (10)-9 inches. The 5300 Series features a broadband damping plus quad-tuned dampers in each corner. Flatness is ±0.005" overall and core shear modulus is 225,000 psi. The 5300 Series is available in sizes up to 6' × 20' and in thicknesses up to 36". Standard tabletops have a ferromagnetic stainless steel top skin and a proprietary epoxy-bonded honeycomb core that features the SPILL-PRUFTM design.

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Supercontinuum Laser Source

Arctic Photonics and RPMC Lasers Inc. (O’Fallon, MO) offer the MQO-SC, a component level supercontinuum source. The MQO-SC is based on a hermetically sealed design with telecom grade packaging. Output is provided via standard singlemode fiber with or without a fiber connector. The MQO-SC is an ultra-compact, monolithic, short pulsed supercontinuum laser source that emits a spectrum from 750 nm to >1750 nm. It can generate a pulse energy of >3uJ at 20 kHz or less with a 2-3 ns pulsewidth. Features include drive electronics, variable rep rates, and a fiber coupled output.

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PXIT Modules

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) offers PXIT modules for optical transceiver manufacturing. The modules have a combined bit error ratio tester (BERT) and digital communication analyzer (DCA). The flexible modular platform allows optical transceiver manufacturers to combine key instruments needed to perform required measurements in one mainframe via the same interface. The PXIT modules come in four versions: the N2100B PXIT 8.5 Gb/s digital communications analyzer, the N2101B PXIT 10.7 Gb/s bit error ratio tester, the N2102B PXIT 11.1 Gb/s pattern generator, and the N2099A PXIT synthesizer.

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Waveguide Optics Design Suite

Optiwave Systems Inc. (Ottawa, ON) introduces the OptiBPM 9.0 waveguide optics design suite with integrated simulator dedicated for the design of electro-optic devices in arbitrary materials. The OptiBPM 9.0 includes a simplified method of creating slanted waveguides in the design environment, 3D path monitoring, and a robust bi-directional data interface with the lens design tool ZEMAX.

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Eye On Innovation

Dual-Use InnovationBy Dr. Udo Ungeheuer Chairman of the Board of Management SCHOTT Mainz, Germany Many people consider the printing press developed here in Mainz, Germany, near the headquarters of SCHOTT, the greatest invention of the last 1,000 years. Yet, many of the key technologies that made the development of the press possible were first developed for other, quite different applications. The screw press originally was developed to press grapes and olives for wine and olive oil. The new alloys that Gutenberg developed for moveable typeface were an outgrowth of weapons and armor metallurgy. The oil-based ink used by Gutenberg was developed for paintings, not books.

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2007 NASA Tech Briefs "Create the Future" Design Contest

Presented by SolidWorks Corp. This year’s sixth annual NASA Tech Briefs’ “Create the Future” design contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp., recognized innovation in product design in six categories: Consumer Products, Safety & Security, Machinery & Equipment, Medical, Sustainable Technologies, and Transportation. A record 973 entries were received from engineers worldwide. On the following pages, you’ll meet the Grand Winner, as well as the winners and honorable mentions in all six categories. Congratulations to this year’s winners, and thanks to all of the engineers who submitted their creative design ideas. To view the contest entries online: .

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Machinery & Equipment Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

(Winner of an HP Workstation) Cargo Management System Jeremy Connell Blacksburg, VA Standard truck beds lack the ability to secure loose items easily. The Cargo Management System design employs various methods in order to increase functionality while maintaining normal truck bed usage. The platform has a maximum height of 2", allowing for an ultra-low profile while the rails are not in use. Four lateral adjustments mate with the sidewalls of the truck bed. This feature allows for application in trucks with different bed sizes. The rail gutters are slightly raised off the platform surface to mimic the standard truck bed and simultaneously limit lateral motions of items placed within the rails.

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