Photonics/Optics

Products of Tomorrow: April 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today. This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. If you are interested in licensing the technologies described here, use the contact information provided. To learn about more available technologies, visit the NASA Technology Transfer Portal at http://technology.nasa.gov.

Posted in: Articles, Products, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Joining & Assembly, Optical Components, Optics

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Product of the Month: LED Light Engines for Large FOV Fluorescence Imaging Systems

Innovations in Optics, Inc. (Woburn, MA) offers high power LED Light Engines as excitation illuminators for large field-of-view fluorescent imagers used in life science instruments. LumiBright LE Light Engines feature patented non-imaging optics that direct LED light into a desired cone angle, while producing highly uniform output, both angularly and spatially. The two standard far-field half-angles are 20 and 40 degrees. Available peak LED wavelengths range from 365 nm in the ultraviolet through 970 nm in the near-infrared.

Posted in: Products, Products, LEDs, Photonics

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Low Viscosity, Two Component Epoxy

Master Bond EP112LS is a two-part epoxy that is well suited for impregnation, potting, encapsulation, sealing and coating applications, particularly in the aerospace and optoelectronics industries. EP112LS is optically clear, features reliable non-yellowing properties and has a refractive index of 1.55. This electrically insulative system is resistant to chemicals including water, oils, fuels, acids and bases. EP112LS is serviceable over the temperature range of -60°F to +450°F.

Posted in: Products, Products, Coatings & Adhesives, Photonics

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CCD Image Sensor

The KAI-08051 charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensor from ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) shares the same advanced 5.5 micron pixel architecture, 8 megapixel resolution, 15 frame per second readout rate, and 4/3 optical format as the existing KAI-08050 Image Sensor, but improves key performance parameters through the use of an improved amplifier design, newly optimized microlens structure, and new color filter pigments in both Bayer and Sparse color configurations.

Posted in: Products, Products, Photonics, Sensors

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Thermal Imaging Core

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Portland, OR) has announced its latest thermal imaging core, Muon™, which is designed specifically for OEMs capable of integrating uncooled FPAs into their own camera solutions. Muon is based on FLIR’s 17μ pitch Vandium Oxide (VOx) 640x512 or 336x256 FPAs and offers frame rates of 9Hz and up to 60Hz. Optimized for size, weight and power (SWaP), Muon has a form factor of 22 mm × 22 mm × 6 mm, a mass of less than 5 grams, and depending on the configuration, uses less than 300mW of power.

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CCTV Lenses

SCHOTT MORITEX (San Jose, CA) has introduced the ML-M MP5 Series with four lens models for high-precision inspection. The company’s newest lineup of highend closed-circuit television (CCTV) lenses addresses the needs of applications using high pixel count image sensors, such as the inspection of printed circuit boards (PCBs), electronic components, and food and beverage products. The key feature of the four ML-M MP5 lenses, with focal lengths ranging from 16 mm to 50 mm, is their ability to realize a resolution of more than 150 LP/mm both at the center and the periphery of the field of view (FOV) for very close objects. In combination with a 5-megapixel camera, the new series achieves great image quality with higher resolution and contrast than conventional CCTV lenses.

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Fiber Optic Laser Source Modules

Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA) is expanding its product portfolio with the LS Series LabSources. These bench top fiber optic laser source modules are specifically designed for the needs of researchers performing Raman Spectroscopy and are available with single or dual wavelength outputs. Other applications include bioinstrumentation, cytometry, interferometry and metrology.

Posted in: Products, Products, Fiber Optics, Lasers & Laser Systems, Photonics

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