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NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines
Vibration Tables Shake Up Aerospace and Car Testing
Supercomputer Cooling System Uses Refrigerant to Replace Water
Computer Chips Calculate and Store in an Integrated Unit
Electron-to-Photon Communication for Quantum Computing

Collimated Diode Lasers

Laserglow Technologies (Toronto, Canada) has developed the Cyanea™ Series of Collimated Diode Lasers that are tuned to emit low optical noise, low duty cycle, and clean pulse shapes in the 470 nm spectral range, which coincides with the peak excitation wavelength for Channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2).

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Photon Camera

The Imaging Photon Camera from PHOTONIS (Sturbridge, MA) operates under light-starved conditions. The device features micrometer resolution, picosecond timing, a full 18-mm wide field of view, and a count rate up to 5MHz (with no added read noise). A microchannel plate detector addresses the problem of electron noise. The Imaging Photon Camera connects to any microscopy or imaging device via a standard C-Mount. In Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy applications, the position of individual molecules, fluorescence time and diffusion, or dynamics can be determined at high resolution levels.

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CMOS Scientific Camera

Photometrics® (Tucson, AZ) has announced the Prime 95B™ Scientific CMOS camera. The Prime 95B camera, built on the GSENSE400BSI-TVISB sensor, combines backside illumination (BSI) technology with large pixels and low-noise characteristics to maximize light collection. The Prime 95B, optimized for low-light microscopy, features a 95 percent QE and 11 × 11μm pixel area. The camera captures images using the full microscope field-of-view at over 41 frames per second (fps) with 16-bit images (and 82 fps with 12-bit images).

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Thermocouple Simulator

The P470 thermocouple simulator is the latest in Highland Technology’s (San Francisco, CA) line of USB and Ethernet-connected Bench-top modules. It features 8 isolated channels, each capable of simulating J, K, E, T, R, S, B, and N thermocouple types, or outputting voltage in a range of ±100 millivolts with 20-bits of resolution. It can also simulate an open thermocouple. Two precision external RTD signal conditioners plus one internal RTD are provided for reference junction temperature sensing.

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High-Speed Cameras

Photron, Inc. (San Diego, CA) has announced a new 32GB memory option for the FASTCAM Mini AX, FASTCAM Mini UX, and FASTCAM Mini WX High Speed Camera Systems. The new memory option is doubled at 32GB; other memory options still available are 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB.

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Discrete Amplification Geiger Mode Arrays

Amplification Technologies Corp. (“ATC”) (Bensalem, PA) announced the availability of a new family of Discrete Amplification Photon Detector (DAPD) Geiger mode avalanche photodiode arrays for 3D LIDAR and other applications. LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) range finding systems have been in use for many years for civil and defense applications, measuring distance using a pulse of a laser beam aimed toward an object and measuring the time of flight of the reflected beam.

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Pulsed Laser Diode Driver

Analog Modules, Inc. (Longwood, FL) recently released its Ultra Low Ripple CW & Pulsed Laser Diode Driver, Model 785. The Model 785 laser diode driver is a high power, medium speed, analog current source driver that is ideal for compact industrial and medical direct illumination applications that require extremely low ripple and/or pulse shaping. Proprietary technology allows AMI to offer a 0-20A, 1.5- 14V driver with industry leading output current stability and small footprint. Output pulse widths of 10μs to CW are possible with modulation capability up to 600kHz.

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Researchers Propose Modular Space Telescope

Researchers from California Institute of Technology are proposing the idea of a modular space telescope that could be assembled by robots. The space observatory would have a primary mirror with a diameter of 100 meters — 40 times larger than the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Smart Cameras Get Smarter

How Actionable Data Drives Today’s Imaging Technology

Cameras are the eyes of the modern world. The devices equip today’s cars and machines, and real-time imaging capabilities support law enforcement, businesses, and homeowners. Thus far, cameras have been just that: simple cameras, eyes without a brain. Their sole purpose has been, primarily, to output images. Nowadays, however, cameras are “smarter.” In this article, we will review how imaging technology’s ability to intelligently process data will support new insights and applications.

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Delivering Industrial Reliability in Scientific Lasers

Industrial-strength design and production methodologies improve the quality and productivity of scientific lasers.

Scientific laser users have long relied on state-of-the-art performance (e.g., higher peak power, shorter pulse duration, wider wavelength tuning) to achieve groundbreaking results. Unfortunately, this high performance has often been emphasized at the expense of ease-of-use and reliability. Recently, however, this paradigm has dramatically changed, and some of the latest scientific lasers — including complex ultrafast amplifiers — now deliver both cutting-edge performance and exceptional reliability. This advance is sometimes referred to as “The Industrial Revolution in Ultrafast Science.”

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