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Compact Laser Modules

The ZM12 range of small industrial laser modules from Z-LASER (Freiburg, Germany) is designed for industrial manufacturing processes such as laser marking or machine vision applications where superior quality and performance are elementary. With IP67 protection class it is resistant to water and dust. The basic model with optic head has a length of 85 mm and a diameter of 15 mm. With the external focus mechanism it is easy to manually change the beam shape. As a laser model with integrated cable (ZM12DM5) the laser is only 63 mm long. The laser configuration is available with red and infrared wavelengths, optical output up to 100 mW as well as modulation option up to 100 kHz. These properties allow an easy synchronization with a camera system or to setup the laser intensity via PWM (pulse-width modulation).

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Turnkey Laser Systems

Superior heat dissipation and maximum durability are just two of the advantages of BEA Lasers’ (Elk Grove Village, IL) new MIL Series turnkey laser system. Offered in either 650nm (red) or 532nm (green) laser light, these ruggedized industrial laser systems include: a 12 mm connector fitted to a black, zinc-coated, stainless steel laser diode housing, with your choice of a red or green laser diode module; your choice of optics, including standard round, line, cross (no additional charge), or target (additional $70.00); black, PVC-coated, 2 meter long cable with your choice of straight connector or 90° connector; a 3.3 VDC switching power supply; and mounting bracket option.

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2013 Infrared Handbook

FLIR Systems (Croissy-Beaubourg, France) has announced an updated 2013 edition of its popular Infrared Handbook for R&D Professionals. Although infrared radiation (IR) is not detectable by the human eye, an IR camera can convert it to a visual image that depicts thermal variations across an object or scene. IR covers a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum from approximately 900 to 14,000 nanometers (0.9–14 μm). IR is emitted by all objects at temperatures above absolute zero, and the amount of radiation increases with temperature.

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Solar Blind Filters

Optical Filter Source (OFS) (Austin, TX), teaming with Pellicori Optical Consulting (POC) (Santa Barbara, CA) has developed and demonstrated solar-blind UV filters for applications in the wavelength range covering the UV regions: UVA (300 - 400 nm), UVB (280 -300 nm), and the long-wave part of the UVC band (~225 – 280 nm). There is a need for UV bandpass filters in the UVC spectrum at wavelengths shorter than ~270 nm that possess extreme rejection of solar energy at wavelengths longer than ~300 nm. The solar spectrum contains >99% of its total energy at wavelengths longer than ~300 nm, therefore very high rejection is needed to permit the detection of UV energy.

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Temperature Characteristics-Free Etalon Filter

Kyocera Corporation (Kyoto, Japan) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kyocera Crystal Device Corporation, in charge of development and manufacturing of crystal devices, has succeeded in developing a temperature characteristics-free etalon filter — a crystal device which has applied the atomic diffusion bonding technique. An etalon filter is a component which detects deviations in multiple light wavelengths in high-capacity optical communication transmissions systems. Its external dimensions are >1.2mm squared; its adaptive wavelength is 1,520 to 1,620nm; temperature characteristics: ±0.15pm /°C typ. (pm/°C = 10-12m/°C); FSR: 50/100 GHz; and custom extinction ratio or reflectance.

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Color Filter Stacks

Reynard Corporation (San Clemente, CA) recently introduced ColorLock™ color filter stacks. These filters utilize the transmission and blocking characteristics of two or more specialty designed filter glass types to produce a precision optical component with extreme wide-angle performance characteristics. Configurations include Band Pass, Long Wave Pass, Short Wave Pass, and custom arbitrary specifications in the ultra-violet (UV), visible, and near-infrared (NIR) spectral ranges.

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UV Hybrid Fiber Laser

Spectra-Physics® (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced the Quasar, a breakthrough hybrid fiber laser that delivers high UV power at high repetition rates with TimeShift™ technology for precise micromachining. Combining advanced fiber laser, power amplifier and patented harmonics technologies, the new Quasar laser produces >40W UV power at high repetition rates. The novel TimeShift technology provides programmable pulse profiles to deliver the ultimate in process flexibility and control.

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