Imaging

USB 3.0 Cameras

IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH (Obersulm, Germany/Boston, MA) has released its USB 3 uEye CP series, featuring sensors from Aptina and e2v. The 5 MP Aptina sensors in the UI-3480CP Rev. 2 (monochrome) or UI-3580CP Rev. 2 (color) cameras are suitable for classical machine vision tasks as well as for microscopy and medical applications. Providing 60 fps, the e2v sensors in the UI-3240CP Rev. 2 (1.3 MP) or UI-3250CP Rev. 2 (2 MP) devices support machine vision, traffic monitoring, and quality assurance tasks. The 1.3 MP sensor from e2v is also available as an NIR version.

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High-Speed Cameras

The CB120, a 4K camera from XIMEA (Münster, Germany/Golden, CO), uses a PCI Express® (PCIe®) interface and delivers 12-Megapixel images. With the help of fiber-optic cable, 130 frames per second is achieved over distances up to 300 meters. The CB120 provides bandwidth of 20 Gb/s.

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Scientific CMOS Cameras

The Photometrics Prime scientific CMOS camera from Photometrics (Tucson, AZ) enables signal restoration and feature detection for localization-based Super Resolution Microscopy. The 4.2-Megapixel Prime features an FPGA-based Embedded Signal Processing engine, ESP™.

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CMOS Cameras

New ace models from Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany/Exton, PA) feature Sony's IMX249 global shutter CMOS sensor. The cameras deliver 40 frames per second at 2.3 megapixel resolution. Additionally, the models are available with both USB 3.0 and GigE interfaces.

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Open Source Software

Bitplane (Belfast, Northern Ireland) announced that its proprietary IMS file format would become Open Source. The IMS file format is based on Hierarchical Data Format (HDF5), which is designed to work with huge multidimensional data and is optimized to allow extremely fast visualization of huge volume data. To facilitate this, the format stores not only the original image data but also lower resolution versions of the original data. This allows the visualization software to load the resolutions which match those of the screen.

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Spectral Test Station

The McPherson (Chelmsford, MA) Spectral Test Station (STS) is for wavelength testing and calibration from LWIR to 200 nanometers and less. It is for sensor testing, process control, and calibration.

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Area-Scan Cameras

JAI (Glostrup, Denmark/San Jose, CA) has expanded its Spark Series of industrial area-scan cameras with two new models: Spark SP-12000C-CXP4 and Spark SP- 12000M-CXP4 (color camera and monochrome camera, respectively).

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Thermal Imaging Cameras See Through the Smoke

Scientists, researchers, automation specialists, electrical and building professionals, and security specialists use thermal imaging cameras (TICs) to discover hidden heat patterns and gain new insights in their fields of expertise. Thermal imaging technology, however, can also save lives. Firefighters use thermal imaging cameras every day to see through smoke, locate and rescue victims, identify hot spots, navigate safely, and stay better oriented during response missions.

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Stereoscopic Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence Imaging for Time-Resolved 3D Movies in Hypersonic Flow

This technique may be useful in applications where time-resolved visualization of unsteady, high-speed flows is needed, such as detonations, supersonic combustion systems, and explosions. Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia Understanding and predicting transition from laminar to turbulent flow in hypersonic boundary layers is an active and important field of research because transitional and turbulent heating can be four or more times higher than laminar heating on hypersonic vehicles, including the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).

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Modified-Wolter-Schwarzschild X-ray Telescope

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland X-ray survey missions require nested grazing incidence telescopes with a large field of view (1° or larger) and moderately high resolution across the field of view. This cannot be accomplished using flat focal plane detectors. The telescopes have excellent on-axis resolution, but unacceptable resolution at the edge of the field of view. The aberrations need to be optimized and correctly balanced to improve the telescope optical performance across the field of view.

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