May 2008

Podcasts : Software
Multiphysics - A Guided Tour

Recorded February 27, 2008

In this podcast, COMSOL Branch Manager, David Kan, speaks with NASA Tech Briefs Editorial Director, Linda Bell, about the wide range of challenging design problems that can now be easily tackled by applying multiphysics modeling and simulation techniques.

Learn how...

Podcasts
Exclusive Interview With the Director of 'Westinghouse'

Westinghouse is a fascinating new feature-length documentary about the life and times of George Westinghouse, one of America's greatest inventors, entrepreneurs, and industrialists. Listen to our interview with the writer and director, Mark Bussler, as he discusses this "forgotten giant" --...

Briefs : Medical
Hand-Held Units for Short-Range Wireless Biotelemetry

Special-purpose hand-held radio- transceiver units have been proposed as means of short-range radio powering and interrogation of surgically implanted microelectromechanical sensors and actuators. These units are based partly on the same principles as those of the units described in...

Briefs : Medical
Wearable Wireless Telemetry System for Implantable BioMEMS Sensors

Telemetry systems of a type that have been proposed for the monitoring of physiological functions in humans would include the following subsystems:

Surgically implanted or ingested units that would comprise combinations of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)- based sensors...
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Electronic Escape Trails for Firefighters

A proposed wireless- communication and data-processing system would exploit recent advances in radio- frequency identification devices (RFIDs) and software to establish information lifelines between firefighters in a burning building and a fire chief at a control station near but outside the building....

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Deployable Wireless Camera Penetrators

A lightweight, low-power camera dart has been designed and tested for context imaging of sampling sites and ground surveys from an aerobot or an orbiting spacecraft in a microgravity environment. The camera penetrators also can be used to image any line-of-sight surface, such as cliff walls, that is...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Fast Electromechanical Switches Based on Carbon Nanotubes

Electrostatically actuated nano- electromechanical switches based on carbon nanotubes have been fabricated and tested in a continuing effort to develop high-speed switches for a variety of stationary and portable electronic equipment. As explained below, these devices offer advantages...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Architecture for a High-to-Medium-Voltage Power Converter

A power converter now undergoing development is required to operate at a DC input potential ranging between 5.5 and 10 kV and a DC output potential of 400 V at a current up to 25 A. This power converter is also required to be sufficiently compact and reliable to fit and operate within the...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
24-Way Radial Power Combiner/Divider for 31 to 36 GHz

The figure shows a prototype radial power-combining waveguide structure, capable of operation at frequencies from 31 to 36 GHz, that features an unusually large number (N = 24) of combining (input) ports. The combination of wide-band operation and large N is achieved by incorporating several...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Three-Stage InP Submillimeter-Wave MMIC Amplifier

A submillimeter-wave monolithic integrated- circuit (S-MMIC) amplifier has been designed and fabricated using an indium phosphide (InP) 35-nm gate-length high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) device, developed at Northrop Grumman Corporation. The HEMT device employs two fingers each 15...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Solid-State High-Temperature Power Cells

All-solid-state electrochemical power cells have been fabricated and tested in a continuing effort to develop batteries for instruments for use in environments as hot as 500 °C. Batteries of this type are needed for exploration of Venus, and could be used on Earth for such applications as measuring...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Direct Metal Laser-Sintering of Titanium

During the first decade of direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS), the metals employed were generally ones developed specifically for DMLS, rather than those used in traditional metalforming methods. But in recent years, the range of available powder metals and the production quality of DMLS parts have...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Embossed Teflon AF Laminate Membrane Microfluidic Diaphragm Valves

A microfluidic system has been designed to survive spaceflight and to function autonomously on the Martian surface. It manipulates microscopic quantities of liquid water and performs chemical analyses on these samples to assay for the presence of molecules associated with past or...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fabricating High-Resolution X-Ray Collimators

A process and method for fabricating multi-grid, high-resolution rotating modulation collimators for arcsecond and sub-arcsecond x-ray and gamma-ray imaging involves photochemical machining and precision stack lamination. The special fixturing and etching techniques that have been developed are used...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Flipperons for Improved Aerodynamic Performance

Lightweight, piezoelectrically actuated bending flight-control surfaces have shown promise as means of actively controlling airflows to improve the performances of transport airplanes. These bending flight-control surfaces are called "flipperons" because they look somewhat like small ailerons, but,...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
System Estimates Radius of Curvature of a Segmented Mirror

A system that estimates the global radius of curvature (GRoC) of a segmented telescope mirror has been developed for use as one of the subsystems of a larger system that exerts precise control over the displacements of the mirror segments. This GRoC-estimating system, when integrated...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Compact, Highly Stable Ion Atomic Clock

A mercury-ion clock now at the breadboard stage of development (see figure) has a stability comparable to that of a hydrogen-maser clock: In tests, the clock exhibited an Allan deviation of between 2 × 10–13 and 3 × 10–13 at a measurement time of 1 second, averaging to about...

Briefs : Materials
Self-Deploying Trusses Containing Shape-Memory Polymers

Composite truss structures are being developed that can be compacted for stowage and later deploy themselves to full size and shape. In the target applications, these "smart" structures will precisely self-deploy and support a large, lightweight space-based antenna. Self-deploying trusses...

Briefs : Materials
Refractory Ceramic Foams for Novel Applications

Workers at NASA Ames Research center are endeavoring to develop durable, oxidation- resistant, foam thermal protection systems (TPSs) that would be suitable for covering large exterior spacecraft surfaces, would have low to moderate densities, and would have temperature capabilities comparable to...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
LiGa(OTf)₄ as an Electrolyte Salt for Li-Ion Cells

Lithium tetrakis(trifluoro- methanesulfonato) gallate [abbreviated “LiGa(OTf)4” (wherein “OTf” signifies trifluoro- methanesulfonate)] has been found to be promising as an electrolyte salt for incorporation into both liquid and polymer electrolytes in both rechargeable and...

Briefs : Materials
Molecules for Fluorescence Detection of Specific Chemicals

A family of fluorescent dye molecules has been developed for use in "on-off" fluorescence detection of specific chemicals. By themselves, these molecules do not fluoresce. However, when exposed to certain chemical analytes in liquid or vapor forms, they do fluoresce (see figure). These...

Briefs : Materials
Fuel-Cell Electrolytes Based on Organosilica Hybrid Proton Conductors

A new membrane composite material that combines an organosilica proton conductor with perfluorinated Nafion material to achieve good proton conductivity and high-temperature performance for membranes used for fuel cells in stationary, transportation, and portable applications...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Single-Mode WGM Resonators Fabricated by Diamond Turning

A diamond turning process has made possible a significant advance in the art of whispering-gallery- mode (WGM) optical resonators. By use of this process, it is possible to fashion crystalline materials into WGM resonators that have ultrahigh resonance quality factors (high Q values), are...

Briefs : Medical
Redesigned Human Metabolic Simulator

A design has been formulated for a proposed improved version of an apparatus that simulates atmospheric effects of human respiration by introducing controlled amounts of carbon dioxide, water vapor, and heat into the air. Denoted a human metabolic simulator (HMS), the apparatus is used for testing...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Compact Dielectric-Rod White-Light Delay Lines

Optical delay lines of a proposed type would be made from rods of such dielectric materials as calcium fluoride, fused silica, or sapphire. These would offer advantages over prior optical delay lines, as summarized below.

Briefs : Medical
Cell-Detection Technique for Automated Patch Clamping

A unique and customizable machine-vision and image-data-processing technique has been developed for use in automated identification of cells that are optimal for patch clamping. [Patch clamping (in which patch electrodes are pressed against cell membranes) is an electrophysiological technique...

Articles : Energy
Printed Flexible Solar Cells Provide Embedded Renewable Power

In the effort to produce inexpensive, easily manufactured sources of sustainable, renewable power, solar cells continue to be a major focus — particularly flexible solar cells that can be applied directly to surfaces. Flexible solar cells are nothing new, but the methods by which...

Briefs : Information Technology
Spiking Neurons for Analysis of Patterns

Artificial neural networks comprising spiking neurons of a novel type have been conceived as improved pattern- analysis and pattern- recognition computational systems. These neurons are represented by a mathematical model denoted the state- variable model (SVM), which among other things, exploits a...

Briefs : Information Technology
Symmetric Phase-Only Filtering in Particle-Image Velocimetry

Symmetrical phase-only filtering (SPOF) can be exploited to obtain substantial improvements in the results of data processing in particle- image velocimetry (PIV). In comparison with traditional PIV data processing, SPOF PIV data processing yields narrower and larger amplitude...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Efficient Coupler for a Bessel Beam Dispersive Element

A document discusses overcoming efficient optical coupling to high orbital momentum modes by slightly bending the taper dispersive element. This little shape distortion is not enough to scramble the modes, but it allows the use of regular, free-beam prism coupling, fiber coupling, or planar...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Attitude and Translation Control of a Solar Sail Vehicle

A report discusses the ability to control the attitude and translation degrees-of-freedom of a solar sail vehicle by changing its center of gravity. A movement of the spacecraft's center of mass causes solar- pressure force to apply a torque to the vehicle. At the compact core of the...

Articles : Semiconductors & ICs
Performance of 1mm² Silicon Photomultipliers

A silicon photomultiplier (SPM) is a new type of semiconductor detector that has the potential to replace the photo- multiplier tube (PMT) detector in many applications. In common with a PMT detector, the output of an SPM is an easily detectable current pulse for each detected photon and can be used...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Advanced Position Sensors to Aid NASA in Future Spaceflight
Silicon carbide-based position sensors
INPROX Technology Corp.
Boston, MA
617-573-5158
www.inproxtechnology.com

INPROX Technology Corp. (ITC) has entered into a Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Ohio to develop...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Simulated Models Test Design of Space Shuttles and Rocket Engines
Finite element modeling and analysis
Dynamic Concepts
Huntsville, AL
256-922-9888
www.dynamic-concepts.com

NASA tasked Dynamic Concepts (DCI) with assessing the structural dynamics of the rollout process, whereby the space shuttle orbiter, external...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
MACOS Version 3.31

Version 3.31 of Modeling and Analysis for Controlled Optical Systems (MACOS) has been released. MACOS is an easy-to-use computer program for modeling and analyzing the behaviors of a variety of optical systems, including systems that have large, segmented apertures and are aligned with the technology of wavefront sensing and...

Products
PX Series Photoelectric Sensors

The KEYENCE PX Series rugged photoelectric sensors from Keyence Corp. of America, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, feature an IP-69K environmental rating for highpressure (1,400 psi) applications at temperatures to 176°F. They feature stainless steel casings, sensor heads backfilled with epoxy under vacuum conditions, and...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Mitigating Photon Jitter in Optical PPM Communication

A theoretical analysis of photon-arrival jitter in an optical pulse-position- modulation (PPM) communication channel has been performed, and now constitutes the basis of a methodology for designing receivers to compensate so that errors attributable to photon-arrival jitter would be minimized...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Fast Offset Laser Phase-Locking System

Figure 1 shows a simplified block diagram of an improved opto- electronic system for locking the phase of one laser to that of another laser with an adjustable offset frequency specified by the user. In comparison with prior systems, this system exhibits higher performance (including higher stability) and...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Fiber-Optic Determination of N₂, O₂, and Fuel Vapor in the Ullage of Liquid-Fuel Tanks

A fiber-optic sensor system has been developed that can remotely measure the concentration of molecular oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2), hydro- carbon vapor, and other gases (CO2, CO, H2O, chlorofluorocarbons, etc.)...

Techs for License
Analytical Technique for Healthcare and Industrial Applications

Aria Analytics is commercializing a novel analytical technology to characterize liquids for healthcare and industrial applications. As a drop of liquid evaporates on the vibrating quartz sensor, it undergoes distinctive phase changes representing the unique chemical and physical...

Who's Who
Dr. William (Bill) Farrell, Scientist, Lunar Exploration Program

Dr. William Farrell, a scientist with the Lunar Exploration Program at Goddard Space Flight Center, is an expert on the problem of lunar dust and its effects on astronauts and equipment.

Articles : Aerospace
Fly-by-Wireless: A Less-Wire and Wireless Revolution for Aerospace Vehicle Architectures

Every ounce of weight brought to the lunar surface costs 40 to 60 times that in fuel needed at liftoff from the Earth. Part of that weight penalty is due to wires, but the cost of wires is much more than weight. Wired connectivity drives up the price of...

Techs for License
Microbial-Based Lawn-Care, Pond-Care, and Cleaning Technologies

Proprietary microbial systems use naturally occurring microbes in lieu of chemicals in fertilizers, microbial inoculants, cleaning products, and pond treatments. Products are based on incorporating beneficial micro-organisms with a variety of task-specific organic surfactants,...

NASA Tech Needs
Intelligent Multi-Sensor Control Systems to Manage Lighting

Technology is needed to generate a change in the ambience of a given space. The technology must interpret a number of sensory changes within a room in order to change other parameters. Of specific interest is software that interprets multi-sensor data and the consequence hardware to...

NASA Tech Needs
Testing and Analysis for Measuring Food Qualities

A food company seeks ways of objectively measuring and analyzing taste, mouth feel, texture, flavor, and eating quality of foods, leading to an analysis method that is accurate and repeatable across many foods and across time.

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Articles : Electronics & Computers
Techniques for Cooling Power and Other Electronic Devices

All electronic devices generate heat due to their unavoidable internal losses and inefficiencies. The higher the efficiency rating of the device, the less internal heat is generated within it. If we could achieve 100% efficiency, and technology is getting ever closer to that elusive goal,...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Prototyping PMC Daughterboards

The PMC, or PCI Mezzanine Card, follows the IEEE P1386.1 standard for printed circuit boards. PMCs combine the electrical characteristics of the PCI bus with the mechanical dimensions of the Common Mezzanine Card, or CMC, format. Within the PMC format single PMC boards measure 74mm × 149mm. While the standard...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Touch Screen Technology 101

What makes the iPhone so great? Touch screen technology. Touch screens are changing the way we interact with technology and with iPhone, Apple has opened the floodgates of innovation for the function and design of handheld devices.

Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
The Virtual Becomes Reality at Iowa State University

The colonel has a problem. He has eight unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flying over the outskirts of Baghdad, looking for potential insurgent activity. Are those people he sees moving through the streets insurgents or are they a US infantry patrol? If he alters the flight path of one UAV to...

Products : Electronics & Computers
EPIC Single Board Computer

Diamond Systems (Mountain View, CA) has announced Neptune, an ultra-high-integration EPIC form factor single board computer that combines state-of-the-art CPU and I/O technology with Diamond Systems' high accuracy data acquisition circuitry on a single board. Neptune offers up to 2GB of DDR/DDR2 DRAM via SODIMM and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Quad- and Dual-Core Processors

Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) has released new processors with extended seven-year lifecycle support, a new chipset, and a carrier-grade server. The processors are based on Intel's high-k, metal gate transistor formula and manufactured on the company's 45-nanometer process. The processors include the...

Products : Electronics & Computers
New Embedded Form Factor

Congatec AG (Deggendorf, Germany) and SECO (Arezzo, Italy) have jointly created a new form factor for embedded computing. The Qseven format will complement the low power and small size of next-generation embedded processors built using 45nm technology. The Qseven format offers high-performance computing power delivered...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Networked Intelligent Display and Serial-to-Ethernet Modules

Luminary Micro (Austin, TX) has released communications modules and reference design kits for Ethernet-enabled display applications and serial- to-Ethernet communications applications. The compact networked Intelligent Display Module (MDL-IDM) offers a complete graphical touch-screen...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Separation Kernel and Embedded Hypervisor

LynuxWorks (San Jose, CA) unveiled the LynxSecure 2.0, its next-generation separation kernel and embedded hypervisor. LynxSecure 2.0 virtualizes the underlying hardware to enable multiple different operating systems (OS) to co-exist on the same platform. Consolidating heterogeneous OS environments...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Potting and Encapsulation UV Adhesive

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has introduced Master Bond UV10SP-2A, a one-component, flexible, UV curable polymer system for bonding, sealing, and coating with an attractive balance of pertinent physical, electrical, and chemical properties. The 100% reactive, moderate viscosity liquid at ambient temperatures...

Products : Electronics & Computers
CompactPCI Camera Link Frame Grabber

Active Silicon (Chelmsford, MA) has released the Phoenix D48CL-3CPCI32, a conduction-cooled, 3U CompactPCI Camera Link frame grabber. Designed for extremely rugged environments, the Phoenix operates in temperatures of -40 °C to +85 °C. The board is suitable for harsh environments found in industrial,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Multi-I/O PMC

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. (Chatsworth, CA) offers a compact, multi-I/O PMC for I/O environments. The low-power, single-width M705 features up to five dual-channel, dual-redundant MIL-STD-1553B channels, 16 ARINC-429 receive channels and eight ARINC-429 transmit channels, up to six RS-232/422/485 serial channels and eight...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Oscilloscopes

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) expanded its mixed-signal and digital-storage oscilloscope portfolio with 10 new models that comprise its InfiniiVision 7000 Series. The InfiniiVision 7000 Series offers bandwidths up to 1 GHz and delivers a deep memory waveform update rate of up to 100,000 waveforms per second. Each...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Data Acquisition Cards

Strategic Test Corp. (Woburn, MA) offers two new 250 kHz 16-bit data acquisition cards for PCI Express. The UF2e-4721 has 16 analog inputs and the UF2e-4020 has 8 channels. Features include the options for dual- timebase sampling, synchronous digital inputs, asynchronous digital I/O, and the possibility to synchronize up...

Products : Electronics & Computers
MicroTCA System

Emerson Network Power (Tempe, AZ) has released the Centellis™ 500, a fully deployable MicroTCA™ system that uses innovative plastic packaging, and Emerson's MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH) and high-performance processor module. Made of an injection molded plastic enclosure that houses a MicroTCA backplane, fans, power...

Articles : Photonics/Optics
Performance of 1mm² Silicon Photomultipliers

A silicon photomultiplier (SPM) is a new type of semiconductor detector that has the potential to replace the photomultiplier tube (PMT) detector in many applications. In common with a PMT detector, the output of an SPM is an easily detectable current pulse for each detected photon and can be used in...

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Biomedical Imaging Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses

The field of optical microscopy experienced significant gains in resolution and speed following the introduction of lasers. Unfortunately, these gains came at the expense of sample degradation caused by the continuous flux of intense light. Taking advantage of the two-photon absorption process,...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
MACOS Version 3.31

Version 3.31 of Modeling and Analysis for Controlled Optical Systems (MACOS) has been released. MACOS is an easy-to-use computer program for modeling and analyzing the behaviors of a variety of optical systems, including systems that have large, segmented apertures and are aligned with the technology of wavefront sensing and...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Mitigating Photon Jitter in Optical PPM Communication

A theoretical analysis of photon-arrival jitter in an optical pulse-position-modulation (PPM) communication channel has been performed, and now constitutes the basis of a methodology for designing receivers to compensate so that errors attributable to photon-arrival jitter would be minimized...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Fast Offset Laser Phase-Locking System

Figure 1 shows a simplified block diagram of an improved optoelectronic system for locking the phase of one laser to that of another laser with an adjustable offset frequency specified by the user. In comparison with prior systems, this system exhibits higher performance (including higher stability) and is...

Products
Product of the Month: Fiber-Coupled Solid State Laser

Point Source (Hamble, UK) introduces the iFLEX-Mustang, a fiber-coupled solid-state laser with on-board modulation. Using single-mode and polarization preserving fiber, the iFLEX-Mustang delivers 25mW of power with a polarization extinction ratio of greater than 100:1. With an operating...

Products
Laser Bars

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Santa Clara, CA) offers laser bars with a wavelength of 910 to 980 nm that achieve an optical output of 120W under real-world conditions and a typical efficiency of 70%. The laser bars have a 50% fill factor (the ratio of active width to overall width) and they are ideal for pumping solid-state lasers and...

Products
Remote Head Camera

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division (Irvine, CA) introduces the remote head IK-TF7H7U camera. The progressive scan model delivers true color video output of 1024 × 768 pixels at 30 frames per second at full frame and up to 90 frames per second in partial scan mode. The camera features 1/100 to 1/100,000 second electronic...

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Fabry-Perot Etalons

Optical Surfaces Ltd. (Surrey, UK) offers Fabry-Perot etalons in a range of shapes and sizes up to 150 mm in diameter with matching accuracies to lambda/300. Etalons are used in telecommunications, lasers, and spectroscopic applications to measure the wavelength of light. Optical Surfaces Ltd. manufactures Fabry-Perot etalons...

Products
Infrared Materials

SCHOTT (San Jose, CA) introduces infrared (IR) materials, including Zinc Sulfide (ZnS) and Infrared Chalcogenide glasses. SCHOTT offers its IR material in large sizes and custom shapes, and as windows, domes, or lens blanks. Applications for the IR material include night vision devices, temperature analysis tools, and...

Products
Thermal Imaging InfraRed Camera

Extech Instruments (Waltham, MA) introduces its InfraCAMTM SD Thermal Imaging InfraRed Camera that enables the proactive condition monitoring of electrical systems to detect hot spots and avoid electrical failures. The InfraCAM SD provides an accuracy level of ±2% and a thermal sensitivity of better...

Products
Optical Design Software

Optical Research Associates (Pasadena, CA) introduces CODE V® 9.81 optical design software with aspheric lens tolerancing capabilities that are valuable in the fabrication of optical elements. The Fabrication Data analysis feature provides a way to visualize interferogram data on a lens surface, entrance pupil, or exit...

Products
Goniometric System for LEDs

Gamma Scientific, Inc. (San Diego, CA) introduces the RadOMA-LED Goniometric System for LED angular and LED spectral measurements. The system combines the RadOMA multi-element array technology with Gamma’s 940 LED measurement goniometer that has backside-thinned CCD detector technology. The instrument offers...

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Optical Parametric Oscillator

Aculight Corporation (Bothell, WA) introduces an improved ArgosTM single-frequency, continuous-wave (CW) optical parametric oscillator (OPO). Argos provides multi-Watt, widely tunable output in the near- to mid-infrared wavelength range. The rugged, fiber-pumped, singly resonant OPO provides continuous tuning from...

Products
High-Speed Video Imaging System

The Fastcam SA3 from Photron, Inc. (San Diego, CA) is a megapixel, high-speed video imaging system designed to withstand high-G and rugged environments. Ideal for automotive safety testing, the camera features 17 micron pixel size for demanding frame rate or low light applications. The 12-bit CMOS camera with...

Products
Five Megapixel Camera

The Imaging Solutions Group (ISG) (Rochester, NY) offers the 5-megapixel LightWise LW-5-S-1394 camera in color and monochrome versions. All camera controls are done via the 1394 interface, which includes a fully programmable image processing pipeline and dynamic range/gamma control LUT for any desired response curve. An...

Products
Monochromators and Spectrographs

Princeton Instruments (Acton, MA) introduces the Acton Advanced Series of monochromators and spectrographs that combines high precision computer-controlled motorized slits, interchangeable triple grating turrets, and dual entrance ports. These features offer researchers complete software control of incoming light...

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Data Acquisition Software

Bartington Instruments (Oxfordshire, England) offers a new version of software for its Spectramag-6 Data Acquisition system. The Spectramag-6 combines PC-based data storage/display with a separate signal conditioning unit and supports simultaneous sampling on six 24-bit channels. The version 5.1 software offers up to...

Products
Flat Top Motorized Stages

Prior Scientific (Rockland, MA) introduces the H117LSM ProscanTMII flat top motorized stages designed specifically for Carl Zeiss laser scanning microscopes, specifically the Axiovert 200 and AxioOberver microscopes. The H117SLM inverted stage seamlessly integrates with the MCU28 motor controller and has been designed...

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LED Package

The OVS5WBCR4 Series from OPTEK Technology (New York, NY) is a 0.5W surface mount white LED package with an ultra-low profile of 1.5 mm. This LED package has a 120° viewing angle and water clear lens. The typical luminous flux is 21 lumens, with a typical on-axis intensity of 8.5 cd, and typical forward voltage of 3.2V. The DC...

Products
Digital CMOS Laser Sensor

The Keyence GV Series Digital CMOS Laser Sensor from Keyence (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) uses a DATUM Algorithm to stably detect targets. The GV is an optical triangulation sensor, and it excels in detecting shiny objects with multiple reflections, as well as light absorbing materials such as black rubber. Designed for...

Products
Laser Pump Reflector

Labsphere’s (North Sutton, NH) Spectralon® Laser Pump Reflectors offer greater than 99 percent reflectance, beam stability, and uniformity. They have a high level of diffusion efficiency coupled with economical machined part flexibility, making them a suitable choice for laser original equipment manufacturers. The...

Products
Thermal Camera

The Jade LR is a high-performance thermal camera from Cedip Infrared Systems (Croissy-Beaubourg, France). The camera provides long-range images from fixed position surveillance applications, including passive observation, detection and recognition of targets by day and night. The Jade LR uses motorized lenses (25, 80, and 320 mm...

Products
CMOS Camera

Intevac, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) announced the MicroVistaTM–NIR, a back-thinned CMOS camera optimized for near-infrared imaging with 100% fill factor and proprietary anti-reflection coatings. Applications for the MicroVistaTM-NIR camera include biometrics, NIR microscopy, general low light NIR imaging, medical...

Products
Water Repellent Cables

Cicoil (Valencia, CA) has released water-repellent silicone cables that are impervious to immersion, high humidity, fungus, and damp operating environments. Also, extremely dry conditions, low humidity, or salt spray and seawater exposure will not affect the cable’s high flexibility or life. The flat silicone cables are...

Products
Intensified CCD Camera

Hamamatsu Corporation (Bridgewater, NJ) has introduced the C10054 series of compact Intensified CCD (ICCD) cameras for capturing still images or continuous video of high-speed or ultra-low-light phenomena. Key features include a high-speed electronic shutter that provides a shutter time as short as 5 ns, and image...

Products
12-bit CCD Camera System

The electron multiplication 12-bit CCD camera system from The Cooke Corporation (Romulus, MI) has a resolution of 1004 × 1002 pixels and is suitable for extreme low-light camera applications. The system features thermo-electrical cooling of the image sensor (down to -45°C vs. ambient) and a quantum efficiency of up to...

Products
LED Driver Boards

Two new Smart ForceTM LED driver boards from Endicott Research Group (Endicott, NY) provide wide range dimming, wide input voltage, and full brightness. The SFDL Series driver board provides high efficiency power with a maximum current of 180 mA, and measures 1.10 in. by 3.93 in. The SFDC Series driver board is a...

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Digital Panel Meters

Mouser Electronics, Inc. (Mansfield, TX) has expanded its C&D Technologies portfolio to include the DMS-30DR series daylight-readable digital panel meters. The DMS-30DR series of large, 0.56-inch high, super-bright red LEDs are readable in direct sunlight without the need for special filters or shading devices. These devices...

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CO2 Lasers

A new series of low-power, continuous-wave (CW) CO2 lasers from Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) now offers high reliability operation for OEM applications. The new DIAMOND C Series consists of sealed lasers with output powers of 30, 40, 55, and 70 watts at 10.6 μm. The lasers offer amplitude stability of ±5% for...

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