April 2008

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Smoothing the Wave for High-Power Lasers

For years, laser manufacturers have promised the ability to produce very high-power, cost-effective lasers that are stable outside of a laboratory environment. Recent requirements in aerospace and defense applications, such as LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), IR countermeasures, and laser targeting,...

Briefs : Materials
Gas Sensors Based on Coated and Doped Carbon Nanotubes

Efforts are underway to develop inexpensive, low-power electronic sensors, based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), for measuring part-per-million and part-per-billion of selected gases (small molecules) at room temperature. Chemically unmodified SWCNTs are mostly unresponsive to...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Thin-Film Magnetic-Field-Response Fluid-Level Sensor for Non-Viscous Fluids

An innovative method has been developed for acquiring fluid-level measurements. This method eliminates the need for the fluid-level sensor to have a physical connection to a power source or to data acquisition equipment. The complete system consists of a lightweight,...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Tactile Robotic Topographical Mapping Without Force or Contact Sensors

A method of topographical mapping of a local solid surface within the range of motion of a robot arm is based on detection of contact between the surface and the end effector (the fixture or tool at the tip of the robot arm). The method was conceived to enable mapping of...

Briefs : Software
Simulating Operation of a Complex Sensor Network

Simulation Tool for ASCTA Microsensor Network Architecture (STAMiNA) ["ASCTA" denotes the Advanced Sensors Collaborative Technology Alliance.] is a computer program for evaluating conceptual sensor networks deployed over terrain to provide military situational awareness. This or a similar program...

Briefs : Medical
Progress in Development of Improved Ion-Channel Biosensors

Further improvements have recently been made in the development of the devices described in “Improved Ion-Channel Biosensors” (NPO-30710), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 28, No. 10 (October 2004), page 30. As discussed in more detail in that article, these sensors offer advantages of greater...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Using Transponders on the Moon to Increase Accuracy of GPS

It has been proposed to place laser or radio transponders at suitably chosen locations on the Moon to increase the accuracy achievable using the Global Positioning System (GPS) or other satellite-based positioning system. The accuracy of GPS position measurements depends on the accuracy...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Controller for Driving a Piezoelectric Actuator at Resonance

A digital control system based partly on an extremum-seeking control algorithm tracks the changing resonance frequency of a piezoelectric actuator or an electrically similar electromechanical device that is driven by a sinusoidal excitation signal and is required to be maintained at or...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Coaxial Electric Heaters

Coaxial electric heaters have been conceived for use in highly sensitive instruments in which there are requirements for compact heaters but stray magnetic fields associated with heater electric currents would adversely affect operation. Such instruments include atomic clocks and magnetometers that utilize heated...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
High-Density, High-Bandwidth, Multilevel Holographic Memory

A proposed holographic memory system would be capable of storing data at unprecedentedly high density, and its data-transfer performance in both reading and writing would be characterized by exceptionally high bandwidth. The capabilities of the proposed system would greatly exceed even...

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Dual-Input AND Gate From Single-Channel Thin-Film FET

A regio-regular poly (3-hexylthiophene) (RRP3HT) thin-film transistor having a split-gate architecture has been fabricated on a doped silicon/silicon nitride substrate and characterized. RRP3HT is a semiconducting polymer that has a carrier mobility and on/off ratio when used in a field...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fabrication of Gate-Electrode Integrated Carbon-Nanotube Bundle Field Emitters

Figure 1. A Gate Electrode Overhangs a recess containing an array of bundles of carbon nanotubes (see part a). In part (b) are scanning electron micrograph (SEM) images of fabricated field-emitter devices.A continuing effort to develop carbon- nanotube-based field...

Briefs : Materials
Photochemically Synthesized Polyimides

An alternative to the conventional approach to synthesis of polyimides involves the use of single monomers that are amenable to photopolymerization. Heretofore, the synthesis of polyimides has involved multiple-monomer formulations and heating to temperatures that often exceed 250 °C. The present...

Briefs : Materials
Hydroxide-Assisted Bonding of Ultra-Low-Expansion Glass

A process for hydroxide-assisted bonding has been developed as a means of joining optical components made of ultra-low-expansion (ULE) glass, while maintaining sufficiently precise alignment between. The process is intended mainly for use in applications in which (1) bonding of glass...

Briefs : Materials
Optimized Carbonate and Ester-Based Li-Ion Electrolytes

To maintain high conductivity in low temperatures, electrolyte co-solvents have been designed to have a high dielectric constant, low viscosity, adequate coordination behavior, and appropriate liquid ranges and salt solubilities. Electrolytes that contain ester-based co-solvents in large...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ultrasonic/Sonic Impacting Penetrators

Ultrasonic/sonic impacting penetrators (USIPs) are recent additions to the series of apparatuses based on ultrasonic/sonic drill corers (USDCs). A USIP enables a rod probe to penetrate packed soil or another substance of similar consistency, without need to apply a large axial force that could result in...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Miniature, Lightweight, One-Time-Opening Valve

The figure depicts the main parts of a prototype miniature, lightweight, one-time- opening valve. Like some other miniature one-time-opening valves reported in previous issues of NASA Tech Briefs, this valve is opened by melting a material that blocks the flow path. This valve is designed to remain...

Briefs : Information Technology
Supplier Management System

Supplier Management System (SMS) allows for a consistent, agency-wide performance rating system for suppliers used by NASA. This version (2.0) combines separate databases into one central database that allows for the sharing of supplier data. Information extracted from the NBS/Oracle database can be used to generate...

Briefs : Information Technology
Improved CLARAty Functional-Layer/Decision-Layer Interface

Improved interface software for communication between the CLARAty Decision and Functional layers has been developed. [The Coupled Layer Architecture for Robotics Autonomy (CLARAty) was described in "Coupled-Layer Robotics Architecture for Autonomy" (NPO-21218), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 26,...

Briefs : Information Technology
JAVA Stereo Display Toolkit

This toolkit provides a common interface for displaying graphical user interface (GUI) components in stereo using either specialized stereo display hardware (e.g., liquid crystal shutter or polarized glasses) or anaglyph display (red/blue glasses) on standard workstation displays. An application using this toolkit...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Remote-Sensing Time Series Analysis, a Vegetation Monitoring Tool

The Time Series Product Tool (TSPT) is software, developed in MATLAB®, which creates and displays high signal-to-noise Vegetation Indices imagery and other higher-level products derived from remotely sensed data. This tool enables automated, rapid, large-scale regional...

Briefs : Information Technology
PyPele Rewritten To Use MPI

A computer program known as "PyPele," originally written as a Python-language extension module of a C++ language program, has been rewritten in pure Python language. The original version of PyPele dispatches and coordinates parallel- processing tasks on cluster computers and provides a conceptual framework for...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Data Assimilation Cycling for Weather Analysis

This software package runs the atmospheric model MM5 in data assimilation cycling mode to produce an optimized weather analysis, including the ability to insert or adjust a hurricane vortex. The program runs MM5 through a cycle of short forecasts every three hours where the vortex is adjusted to...

Briefs : Medical
Activating STAT3 Alpha for Promoting Healing of Neurons

A method of promoting healing of injured or diseased neurons involves pharmacological activation of the STAT3 alpha protein. Usually, injured or diseased neurons heal incompletely or not at all for two reasons: (1) they are susceptible to apoptosis (cell death); and (2) they fail to engage...

Briefs : Medical
Hydrocyclone/Filter for Concentrating Biomarkers From Soil

The hydrocyclone- filtration extractor (HFE), now undergoing development, is a simple, robust apparatus for processing large amounts of soil to extract trace amounts of microorganisms, soluble organic compounds, and other biomarkers from soil and to concentrate the extracts in amounts...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Probing a Spray Using Frequency-Analyzed Light Scattering

Frequency-analyzed laser-light scattering (FALLS) is a relatively simple technique that can be used to measure principal characteristics of a sheet of sprayed liquid as it breaks up into ligaments and then the ligaments break up into droplets. In particular, through frequency analysis of...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Eye On Innovation
By Dr. Udo Ungeheuer
Chairman of the Board
of Management
Mainz, Germany

Many people consider the printing press developed here in Mainz, Germany, near the headquarters of SCHOTT, the greatest invention of the last 1,000 years. Yet, many of the key technologies that made the development...

Who's Who
Dr. Steve Hipskind, Chief, NASA's Earth Science Division

Dr. Steve Hipskind is an expert on climate change and the effects of global warming with over 20 years of experience in atmospheric research. He currently heads up NASA's Earth Science Division.

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Compact 6-DOF Stage for Optical Adjustments

The figure depicts selected aspects of a six-degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) stage for mechanical adjustment of an optical component. The six degrees of freedom are translations along the Cartesian axes (x, y, and z) and rotations about these axes (θx, θy, and θz,...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
2007 NASA Tech Briefs "Create the Future" Design Contest

This year's sixth annual NASA Tech Briefs' "Create the Future" design contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp., recognized innovation in product design in six categories: Consumer Products, Safety & Security, Machinery & Equipment, Medical, Sustainable Technologies, and...

Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Machinery & Equipment Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

Cargo Management System

Jeremy Connell
Blacksburg, VA

Standard truck beds lack the ability to secure loose items easily. The Cargo Management System design employs various methods in order to increase functionality while maintaining normal...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Grand Prize Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

Litroenergy™, a New Light Source Material

Steve Stark
Champlin, MN

A patent-pending light source material, Litroenergy™ contains self-luminous micro particles about the size of grains of salt called Litrospheres that emit light continuously for...


The MathWorks, Natick, MA, has released Simscape™ software for modeling and simulating multidomain physical systems. Employing a physical network approach to model building, Simscape allows engineers to describe the physical structure of a system, rather than the underlying mathematics. From the model, the software automatically...

Articles : Medical
Medical Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

(Winner of an HP Workstation)

3D Ultrasonic Neuronavigation System for Image-Guided Brain Surgery

Ajay Mahajan

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Murphysboro, IL

This GPS-like system could help surgeons navigate through the brain to find...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Consumer Products Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

LED Cocoon Tent

Stephen Boynton
Orem, UT

Outdoor camping tents have used the zipper as the solution to opening and closing the tent since the zipper was invented. Even before the zipper was applied, campers used candles, lanterns,...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Safety & Security Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

Personnel Beacon/Locator for Mine Workers

Joseph Hollmann
Spectral Biopsy
Kansas City, MO

When trapped, miners are instructed to create noise by tapping on surrounding metal pipes and stone. However, rescuers cannot be sure these signals...

Articles : Transportation
Transportation Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

Internally Radiating Impulse Structure (IRIS) Engine

Corban Tillemann-Dick
Tendix LLC
Denver, CO

The vast majority of internal combustion engines we use for transportation and commerce run at approximately 25% efficiency. Tendix LLC has...

Articles : Green Design & Manufacturing
Sustainable Technologies Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest


Ted Bristow
Creative Electric
Kailua Kona, HI

LEDTRICITY™ uses a combination of various electrical principles, unique wiring circuits, and state-of-the-art components to produce a safe, low-voltage/current output. The...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Meet the Judges, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Contest Sponsors, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
Tech Needs : Aerospace
NASA Technology Needs: An Overview

M. N. Dastoor, Ph.D

Chief Technologist, Innovative Partnerships Program Office

NASA Headquarters, Washington, D. C.

The NASA Strategic Plan articulates a three-part Mission for the Agency: (1) Space Exploration; (2) Scientific Discovery; (3) Aeronautics Research. These...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Rugged, Flight-Ready Data Storage Selected for NASA Aircraft Project
ToughDisk® 3500 SATA Rugged Hard Disk
Formation, Inc.
Moorestown, NJ

Formation’s ToughDisk® 3500 SATA Rugged Hard Disk has been selected by Conduant Corp. to be used in data recorders for a NASA technology...

Application Briefs : Software
Software Improves Access to Data at NASA Wind Tunnel Facility
Adept document management software
Synergis Software
Quakertown, PA

NASA Ames Research Center’s Unitary Plan Wind Tunnels (UPWT) in Mountain View, CA, is a leader in aeronautics and aerospace wind tunnel testing...

Techs for License
Unique DNA Signature Identifies Organism’s Species

Unique genetic markers called oligonucleotides can provide swift identification of a known organism or rule out an organism from known genomes. This software technology provides a way to generate thousands of such markers and provides a searchable database of chromosomal sequences for over 100...

Techs for License
Finger Seals Replace Brush or Labyrinth Seals

Finger seals are non-contact fluid seals similar in purpose to labyrinth or brush seals in that they act as a barrier between two areas of the same or different pressures, but allow a rotating shaft to penetrate through them from one side to the other. Applications include sealing rotating parts in...

NASA Tech Needs
Home Exterior Building/Construction Products

A company is looking for innovative or improved PVCu/composite products, systems, and manufacturing technologies relating to home exterior building/construction products and systems. Products, systems, or technologies to improve energy efficiency, U-value, product performance/ lifetime, visual...

NASA Tech Needs
Methods to Detect Minute Quantities of Acrylamide in Foods

A large global food company seeks a rapid, inexpensive, and reliable test that can detect even small levels of acrylamide in fried snack foods. What is desired is a rapid, simple, inexpensive method that could be performed essentially online in a fried snack plant by line operators or...

Articles : Motion Control
Linear Motors and Actuators Meets Automation Needs

Linear motors and actuators are now cost-competitive with ball screws and belt drives and offer distinctly superior agility and bandwidth for advanced positioning applications. New micromotors and actuators are helping to automate tasks not previously feasible. Direct linear drives are...

Articles : Motion Control
Motion Control Components Lend Hand to Biomedical Applications

The worlds of biomedical and motion control are joining at the hip, with motors, controllers, actuators, and other motion control components becoming key elements in advanced biomedical applications ranging from fluid dispensers to imaging tables to surgical simulation systems.

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Universal Joint Carries Power in Surgical Device

Belden Inc., a manufacturer of universal joints, has developed a miniaturized universal joint for a surgical tool developed by Tuebingen Scientific Medical GmbH for minimally invasive surgical applications. The surgical manual manipulator system required a joint to transmit the power from the...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Linear Rails Bear Weight of New X-Ray Table Apps

Arcoma, one of the world’s leading providers of automatic x-ray equipment, faced the challenge of redesigning one its flagship products, the Arcoma mobile imaging table, because new applications had been developed for the top-selling mobile imaging table.

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Encoder Helps Track Molecular Level Movement

What good is a $100,000 ultra-precision inverted microscope if it can’t hold focus? That’s the problem facing researchers involved in an increasing number of genetic experiments.

Brushless Motor Design Kit

Luminary Micro (Austin, TX) has introduced the Stellaris brushless DC motor control reference design kit, enabling designers without prior motor control experience to implement an advanced motor control system. The kit comprises a four-quadrant controller for three-phase brushless DC motors rated up to 36V, 500W, and...

Bevel Gear Drives

The TDB254WR wide-wheel bevel gear drive from ABM Drives (Germany) incorporates special gearing to produce the industry’s tightest swing radius – just 7in. – for wide wheel capability with zero-offset drive. Designed for pallet trucks, the gear drive is available in gear ratios from 14:1 to 39:1.

Load Cells

A family of industrial load cells from Stellar Technology (Amherst, NY) includes 20 models covering ranges from 5 lb to 1,000,000 lb. These cells are available in pancake, rod end, miniature, through-hole, load pin, beam, and canister designs. The cells incorporate welded stainless steel or high-strength alloy construction. All have...

Linear Actuators and Amplifiers

Four new series of piezoelectric stacked actuators from Physik Instrumente L.P. (Auburn, MA) are equipped with the advanced PIC 255 PICA(TM) Power piezoceramic stacks. Designated the P-212, P-216, P-225, and P-235, the actuators come with load capacities from 2,000 to 30,000 Newtons and travel ranges from 15 to...

Absolute Encoder

The Acuro(TM) AD34 and AD35 absolute encoders from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) utilizes the company’s proven OptoASIC engine for reliable absolute positioning and speed feedback up to 10,000 RPM. This high-speed capability, coupled with an operating temperature range of up to 120°C, suits it for servomotors. In addition to its...

PTFE Bearing Liner

A maintenance-free PTFE bearing liner from Aurora Bearing (Montgomery, IL) provides an alternative to fractured race and light series spherical bearings in hydraulic cylinders in both Metric and inch versions. They are best used in static situations where potential misalignment cannot be accommodated by plane bushings or...

Single-Axis Motion Control

Maxon’s (Fall River, MA) Freedom Series motion control development tool is a motion control package offered with a choice of four brushless motor options sized from 16 to 40 mm in diameter and up to 1/16 hp. It comes with Maxon’s priority Graphical User Interface software and instruction wizards. The plug-and-play...

Linear Translation Stages

Linear translation stages from Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ) are available with travel track distances as long as 24 in. The stages use rack-and-pinion positioning with accuracy of 0.01 in., and are designed to allow easy integration of standard English-unit positioning equipment.

Linear Actuated Sensor

BI Technologies’ (Fullerton, CA) 400 Series linear actuated sensor is offered with and without end bearings to suit the different grades of various applications. Redundant output is available, and stroke size ranges from 0.5 to 6.0 in. The sensor has been specified for use by a business jet manufacturer and has received...


Dytran Instruments’ 3234A series IEPE accelerometer is available in three versions with varying sensitivities and range. Model 3234A1 is rated 10mV/g, Model 3234A2 is 100mV/g, and Model 3234A3 is 500mV/g.

Industrial Joysticks

The J6 line of industrial joysticks from Elobou Sensor Technology (Lake Bluff, Ill.) is designed for heavy-duty use on vehicles and equipment including machinery, cranes, forklifts, and material handling devices. They are offered in standard analog (Hall-effect) or digital measurement styles, with voltage, current, PWM, and...


New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) has added a smaller, lower-power module to its SQL-M line of SQUIGGLE(R) micro-actuators. The SQL-M-1.8 micro-actuator module measures 13.5 × 4.3 × 4.2 mm – 35 percent smaller than the company’s original SQL-M-3.4 model - and consumes 300 mW when moving. It also has greater power...

Mini Bearing

Igus Inc. (East Providence, RI) is offering a highly-resistant bearing with a wall thickness of just 3 mm. Part of the company’s line of igubal(R) spherical bearings, the bearing requires minimal installation space, is self aligning, requires no lubrication, and is easily installed.

Motor Control Reference Platform

The R8C/25-based motor control reference platform from Renesas Technology (San Jose, CA) accelerates the design of brushless DC motor applications. The platform allows engineers to quickly bring the latest motor control technology to appliances, powertools, fans, pumps, and other products, while providing the...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Brushless DC Pump

Thomas Products Div. (Sheboygan, WI) has introduced a brushless DC WOB-L(R) air compressor and vacuum pump for medical and other applications requiring a small-size and lightweight pump with variable output. The 250 Series pump measures 4.25 x 4.54 x 3.02 in. and weighs only 1.9 lbs.

High-Temp Bearing Materials

Metallized Carbon Corp. (Ossining, NY) has unveiled the Metcar Grade 2500 and Metcar Grade 9800 from its Resistox (TM) family of high temperature mechanical grades. Treated with a specially formulated oxidation inhibitor, these bearings and thrust washers offer greatly increased oxidation resistance without...

Linear Actuators

Haydon Switch & Instrument (Waterbury, CT) now offers its size 14 hybrid linear actuators with an integrated connector. Offered alone or with a harness assembly, this connector is RoHS compliant and features a positive latch in order for high connection integrity. The connector is rated up to 3 amps, and the mating connector...

Precision Tensioning Brake

Placid Industries’ Hystereis brakes features the company’s patented Cog-Buster to automatically smooth braking torque. Frictionless torque is produced by internal magnetic fields rather than contact between parts. Slip torque is smooth, accurate, and reliable, with long term stability and wide speed range. Even...

Clutch/brake Module

Warner Electric’s Gen 2 electromagnetic clutch/brake modules feature several enhancements in performance and appearance, compared to the original C-Face design.

Features : Photonics/Optics
Thermographic Imaging Selecting an IR Camera with the Right Detector

The thermographic imaging characteristics of an IR camera are largely determined by its detector assembly. Infrared radiation (IR) is focused onto the camera’s detector assembly, which is a focal plane array (FPA) that converts IR into a visual image depicting temperature...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Photonics Tech Briefs Announces 2007 Products of the Year

The votes are in and the winners of the 2007 Photonics Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards have been selected. The three PTB Products of the Year will be presented at a special awards reception and dinner in New York City on April 22.

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Compact 6-DOF Stage for Optical Adjustments

The figure depicts selected aspects of a six-degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) stage for mechanical adjustment of an optical component. The six degrees of freedom are translations along the Cartesian axes (x, y, and z) and rotations about these axes (θx, θy, and θz,...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Product of the Month: 1940nm Diode Laser Arrays

DILAS (Tuscon, AZ) has introduced the first commercially available high-power diode laser arrays operating at 1940nm with wall plug efficiencies (WPE) of >10-percent.

Products : Photonics/Optics
Pyroelectric Detectors

Spectrum Detector (Lake Oswego, OR) manufactures the LiTaO3 Pyro-electric Detector Hybrid for use in applications including energy measurement, power measurement, radiometry, spectral radiometry, and FTIR and IR Gas analysis. The large area, 9 mm spectrally flat pyroelectric detectors are offered in either a voltage or...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Vibration Cancellation System

Technical Manufacturing Corporation (TMC) (Peabody, MA) offers Electro-Damp® PZT active inertial vibration cancellation system for use in microlithography, inspection, and metrology tools. Electro-Damp PZT is an active, inertially damped, pneumatic vibration isolator. Electro-Damp features extended stroke...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Power Converters

EMCO (Sutter Creek, CA) provides high voltage power supplies with high performance in miniature packages. Standard, off-the-shelf products range from ultra-miniature high voltage converters occupying 0.125 cubic inches to precision, multi-output, rack-mount high voltage systems. The RoHS high voltage power converters feature low...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Digital Potentiometer

The iC-HL from iC-Haus GmbH is a 1,024-step logarithmic precision potentiometer used to set the optical output power of laser diodes in conjunction with APC laser drivers. iC-HL’s logarithmic characteristic curve provides continuous precision setup across a wide resistance range of 350 Ω to 80 kΩ. Resistance can be set...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Laser Interferometer Kit

4D Technology Corporation (Tuscon, AZ) offers the MiniFIZ from ADE Phase Shift laser interferometer upgrade kit. The kit extends the life and enhances functionality of MiniFIZ temporal phase shifting interferometers. The MiniFIZ upgrade kit includes an updated computer system running Windows operating system software....

Products : Photonics/Optics
Optical Table

The vibration-damping Ultimate Performer 5300 Series Optical Table from Kinetic Systems (Boston, MA) has Maximum Dynamic Deflection Coefficients of ≤0.3 (10)-3 and an IRD-Maximum Relative Motion of 0.8 (10)-9 inches. The 5300 Series features a broadband damping plus quad-tuned dampers in each corner....

Products : Photonics/Optics
Supercontinuum Laser Source

Arctic Photonics and RPMC Lasers Inc. (O’Fallon, MO) offer the MQO-SC, a component level supercontinuum source. The MQO-SC is based on a hermetically sealed design with telecom grade packaging. Output is provided via standard singlemode fiber with or without a fiber connector. The MQO-SC is an ultra-compact,...

Products : Photonics/Optics
PXIT Modules

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) offers PXIT modules for optical transceiver manufacturing. The modules have a combined bit error ratio tester (BERT) and digital communication analyzer (DCA). The flexible modular platform allows optical transceiver manufacturers to combine key instruments needed to perform required...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Waveguide Optics Design Suite

Optiwave Systems Inc. (Ottawa, ON) introduces the OptiBPM 9.0 waveguide optics design suite with integrated simulator dedicated for the design of electro-optic devices in arbitrary materials. The OptiBPM 9.0 includes a simplified method of creating slanted waveguides in the design environment, 3D path monitoring,...

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