Imaging

Monolithically Integrated, Mechanically Resilient Carbon-Based Probes for Scanning Probe Microscopy

These probes can be used in medical applications for bacteria or protein imaging.Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) is an important tool for performing measurements at the nanoscale in imaging bacteria or proteins in biology, as well as in the electronics industry. An essential element of SPM is a sharp, stable tip that possesses a small radius of curvature to enhance spatial resolution. Existing techniques for forming such tips are not ideal. High-aspect-ratio, monolithically integrated, as-grown carbon nanofibers (CNFs) have been formed that show promise for SPM applications by overcoming the limitations present in wet chemical and separate substrate etching processes.

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Imaging Technology Enables 3D Monitoring for Surveillance and Missile Defense

A new imaging technology can quickly give users accurate three-dimensional depictions of objects being tracked, whether they are incoming missiles or the faces of suspects in a crowd. The technology, being developed by Visidyne of Burlington, MA, has numerous applications beyond missile defense. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) originally funded the company through a 2003 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract.

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Frame Grabber

ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA, offers the HDV62, a PCI Express frame grabber with uncompressed image acquisition and video streaming in 1080p HD. The unit provides 1920 × 1080p resolution, progressive scan, and noise generation, as well as a wide aspect ratio. It is equipped with a field programmable gate array (FPGA) and 512 MB memory buffer, and offers color space conversion in real time via onboard hardware to facilitate applications that require different color formats for image analysis.

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Low-Light Lens

Universe Kogaku America, Oyster Bay, NY, has released the EL1025B lens with a F/0.95 aperture in a 1" format. The 25-mm CCTV lens features adjustable focus and iris, and is designed for low-light applications such as surveillance and security. The aperture range is 0.95 to 16. The 16-mm lens format provides high image quality.

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Vision Appliance

DALSA, Waterloo, ON, Canada, offers the GEVA Gigabit Ethernet (GigE)-ready vision appliance that is compatible with DALSA Genie and Spyder3 cameras. It offers an expandable platform for multi-camera vision applications such as final inspection of large assemblies. The high-bandwidth camera ports are compatible with a range of mono or color, area and line scan GigE cameras. Camera expansion is accommodated using commercially available network technologies.

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Graphics Adapter Board

Matrox Imaging, Dorval, QE, Canada, has introduced the Orion HD graphics adapter with video capture capabilities. It features two independent video paths; each path can connect and switch between RGB/CVBS/YPrPb, DVI-D/HDMI, and SDI signal types through DVI-D and BNC connectivity. It can handle different resolutions and rates including SD, HD, PC, and non-standard. It includes a programmable color space converter for obtaining accurate color representation of the original image. Video outputs are independent of each other as well as independent from the video inputs.

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Image Processor

The Northstar nBoxTM simulation display processor from 3D perception, Orlando, FL, is a plug-and-play, zero-frame-latency controller that scales, warps, blends, and color-corrects content, outputs to multiple projectors, and displays imagery across all screen shapes. Features include support for projector resolutions up to WQXGA and 4K, direct projector control, redundant power supplies, and a 2U form factor. Other features include nonlinear image warping, automatic image alignment, gamma correction, automatic color alignment, hot-spot compensation, test pattern generation, input signal analysis, central control, and active and passive stereo projection.

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Color Cameras

FLIR Systems, Colorado Springs, CO, offers the ChromaNox electron multiplied CCD low-light cameras available in VGA (640 × 480) and SXGA (1280 × 1024) resolution, and in color and monochrome models. The cameras feature proprietary image processing algorithms to highlight hidden image details in difficult scene conditions. The cameras meet MIL-spec operating temperature requirements of -40 to 71 oC. A range of ½" format C-mount lenses enable close situational awareness and long-range observation in low light levels.

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Digital Microscope

The VHX-1000 digital microscope from Keyence Corp. of America, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, features real-time 16-bit imaging resolution that makes subtle color differences visible, and optimizes areas that are too dark or too bright to see. Brightness ranges to 65,536 levels, and the 3-CCD color clarity is 2.8 trillion colors. The system features the DOUBLE’R automatic lens/zoom recognition system, enabling the microscope to recognize, in real time, which lens is mounted to the camera, as well as current magnification.

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SWIR Lenses

Alternative Vision Corp., Tucson, AZ, has released the f/1.4 SWIR lens series from Optec. The lens line is designed for large-format (20.5 mm) shortwave infrared (SWIR) imagers, and combines high throughput with low vignetting and distortion. The lenses are optimized for use with indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) SWIR sensors. Individual models support 900-1700 nm, 1700-2300 nm, and 900-2300 nm wavelength bands.

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