Photonics/Optics

Silicon Avalanche Photodiode Module

Excelitas Technologies Corp. (Waltham, MA) recently launched the new HeliX™ Silicon Avalanche Photodiode (Si APD) Module, employing its leading-edge Si APD detectors to deliver enhanced performance including high responsivity, broadband photon absorption (400- 1100nm), wide dynamic range and linearity, and exceptional signal-to-noise ratio. Designed for high-performance applications such as fluorescence measurement, distributed temperature sensing, analytical instrumentation, and laser scanning ophthalmology, the HeliX Si APD module provides highly accurate measurements and is fully customizable.

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Universal Fluorescence Illumination System

The new Lumen 1600-LED from Prior Scientific (Rockland, MA) is the latest product in Prior’s expanding microscopy illumination product line. The Lumen 1600-LED offers individual control for 16 selectable wavelengths. With its unique 16 selectable LED wavelengths, the Lumen 1600-LED is compatible with all simple and multiband filter sets. The Lumen 1600-LED has a “white light” mode with simple on/off and intensity buttons. Fitting directly to most microscopes, the system enables rapid switching between LED wavelengths to allow for capture of high-speed events.

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Machine Vision Software

To meet the demands of automated visual inspections in the electronics assembly process, EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) has developed the “ChipControl” command set for its EyeVision image processing software. ChipControl specifically focuses on areas such as inspecting for bent electrical contacts, the presence of the contact housing, inspection of coplanarity, recognition of the pin-one marker, orientation and position adjustment, pin gap, etc.

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High-Speed Streaming Camera

AOS Technologies (Baden, Switzerland) has introduced the PROMON SCOPE G2, a portable high-speed streaming camera system that helps technicians quickly isolate problems to get ailing equipment back up and running. Featuring a recording rate of 3,000 images per second, ultra-slow-motion playback, and a built-in battery, the PROMON SCOPE G2 is ready to use right out of the box.

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Digital Binoculars

Ricoh Americas Corporation (Malvern, PA) recently unveiled the RICOH NV-10A digital binoculars, which for the first time can penetrate fog, smoke, rain, and sand to provide a crisp, clear image even at night. The RICOH NV-10A enhanced binoculars enable marine, military, rescue, firefighting, law enforcement, homeland security, and other professional users to push a button on the binoculars and clarify, brighten, and sharpen images. The PENTAX Atmospheric Interference Reduction (PAIR) technology reintroduces color that would otherwise be obscured.

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UV Laser

Spectra-Physics® (Santa Clara, CA), a Newport company, has introduced Talon 355-20, a high UV output power addition to its Talon family of Q-switched diode-pumped solidstate (DPSS) lasers. The new laser delivers >20 W UV power, wide-repetition-rate range of 0 to 500 kHz, and excellent beam profile and stability.

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Using a Wide-Band Tunable Laser for Optical Filter Measurements

The concept of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) in fiber optic communication networks gained traction when optical amplifiers became available. Able to amplify an entire wavelength grid at once, they removed the need to first demultiplex, then convert every channel to an electrical signal, regenerate it, convert it back to an optical signal, and finally multiplex all channels onto a single optical fiber.

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