July 2010

Products : Energy
Energy Harvesting Wireless Sensor Node

MicroStrain, Inc. (Williston, VT) introduces EH-Link™, a new hybrid energy harvesting wireless sensor node that collects energy from multiple sources including strain, vibration, thermal gradients, ambient light, and thermal and electromagnetic fields.

Features : Energy
Generating Energy Innovation: Disrupting the Alternatives

In just the last few years, innovation in alternative-energy technologies have gained significant footholds in product development lifecycles and are rapidly changing our individual roles as energy consumers and producers. Out of the box thinking and breakthrough discoveries are on the...

Products : Transportation
High Efficiency Power Manager

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC4098-3.6, an autonomous high efficiency power manager, ideal diode controller, and battery charger for 1-cell Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries used in portable devices.

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Making Hydrogen From Waste Vegetable Oil

Researchers at the University of Leeds have found an energy-efficient way to make hydrogen out of used vegetable oils discarded by restaurants and other establishments. The process generates some of the energy needed to make the hydrogen gas itself and is also essentially carbon-neutral.

News : Energy
Metal Alloy Increases Cooling Efficiency, Reduces CO2 Emissions

Researchers at the University of Maryland are developing a new "thermally elastic" metal alloy for use in advanced refrigeration and air conditioning systems. The technology promises far greater efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Features : Energy
Optimized Power Devices Enable Energy Efficient Solar Inverters and Micro-Converters

As the demand for greener appliances and consumer products soars across the globe, and energy savings becomes a global phenomenon (and necessity) in residential and commercial environments, solar and wind power technologies have begun to proliferate in cities...

Question of the Week
Should brain scans be admissible as legal evidence?

This week's question concerns brain scans and the legal system. In 2008 a judge in India convicted a woman of murdering her fiancee based partly on brain scan evidence that gauged her ability to remember details of the crime. And in the US, fMRI scans have already found their way into...

News : Energy
Introducing the First Solar & Wind e-zine

The latest e-zine from Green Design & Manufacturing is here! The premiere issue of Solar and Wind Power features articles, tech briefs, application stories, and more regarding alternative energy solutions.

Briefs : Energy
Fish Schooling as a Basis for Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Farm Design

Most wind farms consist of horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWTs), but an alternative paradigm for wind energy extraction is found in vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) designs. A single spatially-isolated VAWT has a significantly lower power coefficient.

Briefs : Energy
Effects of Cerium Removal from Glass on Photovoltaic Module Performance and Stability
In recent years, better stabilizer formulations for ethylene vinyl-acetate have been developed, giving more confidence in the long-term stability of PV packaging materials. Because of this, some manufacturers have stopped using Ce-doped glass. National Renewable...
Question of the Week
Was the discovery of Russian spies still operating in the US surprising?

This week's question concerns the recent discovery of Russian spies still operating in the US. In June, authorities uncovered a Russian spy ring of 10 individuals operating in New York and Cambridge. Last week, the US and Russian governments completed a "spy swap" in...

News : Transportation
Bio-Based Process for Producing Fuel Additive

A new bio-based method for producing a much-used fuel additive and industrial chemical, which is currently made from petroleum products, has been developed by an Iowa State University researcher.

News : Energy
Molecules Found in Blue Jean Dyes May Lead to Better Solar Cells

Cornell University researchers have discovered a simple process – employing molecules typically used in blue jean and ink dyes – for building an organic framework that could lead to economical, flexible, and versatile solar cells.

News : Energy
Producing Biofuels from Woody Plants With No Waste

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a more efficient technique for producing biofuels from woody plants that significantly reduces the waste that results from conventional biofuel production techniques.

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Road Surface Purifies Air by Removing Nitrogen Oxides

Road surfaces can make a big contribution to local air purity. This conclusion can be drawn from the first test results on a road surface of air-purifying concrete, which reduces the concentration of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 25 to 45 percent.

Products : Green Design & Manufacturing
Energy-Saving LED High Bay Fixture

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) has introduced ultra-bright DuroSite LED High Bay fixtures that incorporate Cree’s Xlamp® XP-G LEDs, delivering nearly 12,000 lumens while consuming only 150 watts. Free of hazardous materials including mercury, the fixtures can be recycled at the end of their life cycle.

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Wirelessly Interrogated Wear or Temperature Sensors

Sensors for monitoring surface wear and/or temperature without need for wire connections have been developed. Excitation and interrogation of these sensors are accomplished by means of a magnetic-field-response recorder — an apparatus previously reported in “Magnetic-Field-Response...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Optical Pointing Sensor

The optical pointing sensor provides a means of directly measuring the relative positions of JPL’s Formation Control Testbed (FCT) vehicles without communication. This innovation is a steerable infrared (IR) rangefinder that gives measurements in terms of range and bearing to a passive retroreflector. Due to its reduced...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Processing Nanostructured Sensors Using Microfabrication Techniques

Standard microfabrication techniques can be implemented and scaled to help assemble nanoscale microsensors. Currently nanostructures are often deposited onto materials primarily by adding them to a solution, then applying the solution in a thin film. This results in random...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Radio-Frequency Tank Eigenmode Sensor for Propellant Quantity Gauging

Although there are several methods for determining liquid level in a tank, there are no proven methods to quickly gauge the amount of propellant in a tank while it is in low gravity or under low-settling thrust conditions where propellant sloshing is an issue. Having the...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
High-Temperature Optical Sensor

A high-temperature optical sensor (see Figure 1) has been developed that can operate at temperatures up to 1,000 °C. The sensor development process consists of two parts: packaging of a fiber Bragg grating into a housing that allows a more sturdy thermally stable device, and a technological process to which the...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Integral Battery Power Limiting Circuit for Intrinsically Safe Applications
Integral Battery Power Limiting Circuit for Intrinsically Safe Applications

A circuit topology has been designed to guarantee the output of intrinsically safe power for the operation of electrical devices in a hazardous environment. This...

Integral Battery Power Limiting Circuit for Intrinsically Safe Applications
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Squeezing Alters Frequency Tuning of WGM Optical Resonator

Mechanical squeezing has been found to alter the frequency tuning of a whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) optical resonator that has an elliptical shape and is made of lithium niobate. It may be possible to exploit this effect to design reconfigurable optical filters for optical...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Configurable Multi-Purpose Processor

Advancements in technology have allowed the miniaturization of systems used in aerospace vehicles. This technology is driven by the need for next-generation systems that provide reliable, responsive, and cost-effective range operations while providing increased capabilities such as simultaneous mission...

Briefs : Software
Automated Computer Access Request System

The Automated Computer Access Request (AutoCAR) system is a Web-based account provisioning application that replaces the time-consuming paper-based computer-access request process at Johnson Space Center (JSC). AutoCAR combines rules-based and role-based functionality in one application to provide a...

Briefs : Software
Range Safety for an Autonomous Flight Safety System

The Range Safety Algorithm software encapsulates the various constructs and algorithms required to accomplish Time Space Position Information (TSPI) data management from multiple tracking sources, autonomous mission mode detection and management, and flight-termination mission rule evaluation....

Briefs : Software
Fast and Easy Searching of Files in Unisys 2200 Computers

A program has been written to enable (1) fast and easy searching of symbolic files for one or more strings of characters, dates, or numerical values in specific fields or columns and (2) summarizing results of searching other fields or columns. Intended for use in Unisys 2200-series...

Briefs : Software
Parachute Drag Model

DTV-SIM is a computer program that implements a mathematical model of the flight dynamics of a missile-shaped drop test vehicle (DTV) equipped with a multistage parachute system that includes two simultaneously deployed drogue parachutes and three main parachutes deployed subsequently and simultaneously by use of pilot...

Briefs : Software
Evolutionary Scheduler for the Deep Space Network

A computer program assists human schedulers in satisfying, to the maximum extent possible, competing demands from multiple spacecraft missions for utilization of the transmitting/receiving Earth stations of NASA’s Deep Space Network. The program embodies a concept of optimal scheduling to...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modular Habitats Comprising Rigid and Inflatable Modules

Modular, lightweight, fully equipped buildings comprising hybrids of rigid and inflatable structures can be assembled on Earth and then transported to and deployed on the Moon for use as habitats. Modified versions of these buildings could also prove useful on Earth as shelters that can be...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
More About N₂O-Based Propulsion and Breathable-Gas Systems

A concept was evaluated of using nitrous oxide as (1) a monopropellant in thrusters for space suits and spacecraft and (2) a source of breathable gas inside space suits and spacecraft, both by exploiting the controlled decomposition of N2O into N2 and...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ultrasonic/Sonic Rotary-Hammer Drills

Ultrasonic/sonic rotary-hammer drill (USRoHD) is a recent addition to the collection of apparatuses based on ultrasonic/sonic drill corer (USDC). As described below, the USRoHD has several features, not present in a basic USDC, that increase efficiency and provide some redundancy against partial failure.

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Lunar Soil Particle Separator

The Lunar Soil Particle Separator (LSPS) beneficiates soil prior to in situ resource utilization (ISRU). It can improve ISRU oxygen yield by boosting the concentration of ilmenite, or other iron-oxide-bearing materials found in lunar soils, which can substantially reduce hydrogen reduction reactor size, as well as...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Miniature Piezoelectric Shaker for Distribution of Unconsolidated Samples to Instrument Cells

The planned Mars Science Laboratory mission requires inlet funnels for channeling unconsolidated powdered samples from the sampling and sieving mechanisms into instrument test cells, which are required to reduce cross-contamination of the samples and to...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Advanced Aerobots for Scientific Exploration

The Picosat and Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Systems Engineering (PAUSE) project is developing balloon-borne instrumentation systems as aerobots for scientific exploration of remote planets and for diverse terrestrial purposes that can include scientific exploration, mapping, and military surveillance....

Briefs : Materials
Exfoliated Graphite Nano-Reinforcements With Surface Modifications to Improve Dispersability

Exfoliated graphite nanoflakes are a potential low-cost source of nano-reinforcement for making polymer composites with unique properties. The chemical nature of the graphitic surface leads to a low-surface energy as produced. This makes the nanoflakes...

Briefs : Materials
MicroGel® for Passivation of Pigment Degradation

MicroGel® is a unique, highly porous xero-gel silica formed using sol-gel techniques. The starting materials used are designed per guidance from molecular dynamic calculations, and are made up of mixed alkali silicates rather than normally used single alkali silicates that are gelled with...

Briefs : Materials
Producing Synthetic Agglutinates in Simulated Lunar Regolith

A method was developed of synthesizing agglutinates as components of simulated Lunar regolith. The method is needed for further development of Lunar-exploration capabilities because natural Lunar regolith contains agglutinates that contribute significantly to its mechanical and...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Fuel-Cell Power Source Based on Onboard Rocket Propellants

The use of onboard rocket propellants (dense liquids at room temperature) in place of conventional cryogenic fuel-cell reactants (hydrogen and oxygen) eliminates the mass penalties associated with cryocooling and boil-off. The high energy content and density of the rocket propellants...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Polar Lunar Regions: Exploiting Natural and Augmented Thermal Environments

In the polar regions of the Moon, some areas within craters are permanently shadowed from solar illumination and can drop to temperatures of 100 K or lower. These sites may serve as cold traps, capturing ice and other volatile compounds, possibly for eons. Interestingly,...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Improved Speed and Functionality of a 580-GHz Imaging Radar

With this high-resolution imaging radar system, coherent illumination in the 576-to-589-GHz range and phase-sensitive detection are implemented in an all-solid-state design based on Schottky diode sensors and sources. By employing the frequency-modulated, continuous-wave (FMCW) radar...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Bolometric Device Based on Fluxoid Quantization

The temperature dependence of fluxoid quantization in a superconducting loop. The sensitivity of the device is expected to surpass that of other super-conducting-based bolometric devices, such as superconducting transition-edge sensors and superconducting nanowire devices. Just as important, the...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Simultaneous Spectral Temporal Adaptive Raman Spectrometer — SSTARS

Raman spectroscopy is a prime candidate for the next generation of planetary instruments, as it addresses the primary goal of mineralogical analysis, which is structure and composition. However, large fluorescence return from many mineral samples under visible light excitation...

Briefs : Information Technology
Algorithms for Learning Preferences for Sets of Objects

A method is being developed that provides for an artificial-intelligence system to learn a user’s preferences for sets of objects and to thereafter automatically select subsets of objects according to those preferences. The method was originally intended to enable automated selection,...

Briefs : Information Technology
Algorithms for High-Speed Noninvasive Eye-Tracking System

Two image-data-processing algorithms are essential to the successful operation of a system of electronic hardware and software that noninvasively tracks the direction of a person’s gaze in real time. The system was described in “High-Speed Noninvasive Eye-Tracking System”...

Briefs : Information Technology
Model for Simulating a Spiral Software-Development Process

A discrete-event simulation model, and a computer program that implements the model, have been developed as means of analyzing a spiral software-development process. This model can be tailored to specific development environments for use by software project managers in making...

Briefs : Information Technology
Adapting ASPEN for Orbital Express

By studying the Orbital Express mission, modeling the spacecraft and scenarios, and testing the system, a technique has been developed that uses recursive decomposition to represent procedural actions declaratively, schemalevel uncertainty reasoning to make uncertainty reasoning tractable, and lightweight,...

Briefs : Information Technology
Algorithm That Synthesizes Other Algorithms for Hashing

An algorithm that includes a collection of several subalgorithms has been devised as a means of synthesizing still other algorithms (which could include computer code) that utilize hashing to determine whether an element (typically, a number or other datum) is a member of a set (typically,...

COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.0 multiphysics simulation software

COMSOL, Burlington, MA, has released COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.0 multiphysics simulation software with a new COMSOL Desktop™ user interface that provides an organized layout and streamlined model-building. Quick model setup is enabled in the Model Builder and its graphical...

Techs for License
Microshutters With Fast Switching Time for Highly Integrated Spectrometers

In contemporary spectrometers the wavelength selection is obtained through a dispersing optical element and a linear detector. The introduction of micro-cantilevers with fast response time, used as micro-shutters, allows the possibility to adopt a single sensing...

Techs for License
Size-Controlled Fabrication of Microparticles Incorporating Active Ingredients

A scaleable technique based on ink-jet technology fabricates polymer microparticles with best-in-class size distribution. It is suitable for a variety of particle morphologies such as solid, porous, and microcapsules filled with gases, liquids, or a combination. Drugs...

NASA Tech Needs
Ideas and Protocols to Differentiate Terrestrial Life from Indigenous Exobiological Life

No protocol exists to determine whether life found on other planets or in space is indigenous to its locale, or is the result of contamination from probes sent by Earth. NASA seeks such a protocol in anticipation of manned exploration of Mars. The protocol...

NASA Tech Needs
Polymer/Carbon or Other Materials With Conductivity Approaching Copper and Aluminum

A company seeks a weight-saving alternative to sheets and wires of copper and aluminum that can operate at specific frequencies. The company wants to replace conductive casings, conductors, wires, grounding plates, and similar electronics structures with other...

Who's Who
NASA’s Chief Technologist Leads the Agency’s New Focus on Research and Innovation

Dr. Robert Braun began his NASA career at Langley Research Center in Virginia in 1987 after receiving a B.S in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University. While at Langley, he worked on a number of advanced space systems concept and flight programs...

Dr. Robert Braun

Dr. Robert Braun began his NASA career at Langley Research Center in Virginia in 1987 after receiving a B.S in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University. While at Langley, he worked on a number of advanced space systems concept and flight programs including the Mars Pathfinder, Mars Microbe, and Mars Surveyor 2001...

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wireless Sensor Technology for Real-Time Applications

The ability to make real-time decisions based on pressure, temperature, or flow measurements while a process is running can provide significant advantages in a measurement and control system. These advantages can be expressed in different ways such as cost savings through improved resource...

Application Briefs : Aerospace
Cockpit Vision System to Improve Pilot Safety
Inertial-Optical Head-Tracking System
Billerica, MA

Under NASA funding, InterSense is developing and testing an inertial-optical head-tracking system for commercial pilots. The company will work with a miniaturized...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Vibration Isolators Supplied for James Webb Telescope Testing
Vibration isolators
Minus K® Technology
Inglewood, CA

Minus K Technology was chosen by ITT Space Systems, LLC, a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman Corp., to provide vibration isolators for the ground testing of the James...

NASA Tech Needs
Predicting Remaining Component Life

Maintaining proper operation is crucial in safety-critical settings such as space-going vehicles, launch operations, and aeronautics applications. Should abnormal conditions be encountered, it is desirable to not only detect these early on, but to predict when the system will no longer meet operational...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Programming Network Processors Made Simple

The telecommunications industry’s continuous strive for higher performance has spurred innovations in processor architectures. The general trend has been to go parallel; adding more cores to a single processor device and then dividing tasks between them. This has resulted in a more complex environment...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Designing Solid State Drives Into ATCA-based Platforms

Due to the growth of video on demand (VoD), IPTV media content, and embedded database applications, AdvancedTCA (ATCA)-based storage capacity requirements continue to increase exponentially. In addition, storage requirements have become more complex and varied for ATCA designs that have...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Achieving Embedded Software Safety with Agility

Safety-critical development standards, such as DO-1781, have been very successful in guiding the production of reliable software. These standards assist developers in applying good software practices during development, ensuring, as much as possible, the absence of errors. Compliance...

Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Optimizing the Interoperability of Military Satellite Communications

Satellite communications offer mobility and communications for military operations in remote locations where terrestrial-based connectivity is not available, or is too expensive. Unfortunately, satellite connectivity brings many challenges that can impair network performance in...

Products : Electronics & Computers
12-Volt System with Mini-ITX Motherboard

ITOX (East Brunswick, NJ) has partnered with Systium® Technologies to introduce the Model 132 “mini” series 12-volt system utilizing the ITOX NP101-D16C Mini-ITX motherboard. The Systium Model 132 “mini” series system platform is designed for cost-sensitive applied computing and x86 embedded...

Products : Electronics & Computers
DB9 Adapter

Sealevel (Liberty, SC) has developed a compact, rugged DB9F-to-5 screw terminal block adapter that allows users to connect their field wiring to DB9 connectors on USB Serial adapters, Ethernet Serial servers, and other Sealevel RS-485 products with a DB9M connector. It is RoHS compliant, works with 2- and 4-wire RS-485 networks, and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Embedded Virtualization Manager

TenAsys® Corporation (Beaverton, OR) is now shipping eVMTM for Windows®, an embedded virtualization manager software product that enables different real-time operating systems (RTOSes) to run alongside Windows on the same multi-core processor platform. Using eVM, applications that have been developed for...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Rugged Waterproof Computer

SmallPC.com (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) has released its latest waterproof computer. The SC240ML is designed and tested for reliable operation in the most extreme wet, dirty, and dusty environments, hot or cold. The SC240ML’s rugged aluminum chassis uses a unique heat pipe

assembly along with a set of...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Ternary Content Addressable Memory

Renesas Technology America (San Jose, CA) now offers the TCAM (Ternary Content Addressable Memory) Series of memory products to enable high-speed packet processing for networking equipment such as routers and switches. The first product in the series is the R8A20410BG TCAM, which has a capacity of 20 Mbits and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
LPDDR2 Compliance and Protocol Test Tools

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced a new comprehensive low-power double data rate 2 (LPDDR2) compliance and protocol test application package and industry-first LPDDR2 ball-grid array (BGA) probes. The Agilent N5413B LPDDR2 test application, which runs on Agilent Infiniium 9000...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Single-Chip OTN Platform

Zarlink Semiconductor (Ottawa, Canada) has introduced ClockCenter, a platform for high-speed optical transport network (OTN) and communications equipment. ClockCenter synchronous products synchronize “any rate, any port, all the time,” meaning the single-chip solution accepts and generates any frequency (1 kHz to 720...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Holographic Vortex Coronagraph

A holographic vortex coronagraph (HVC) has been proposed as an improvement over conventional coronagraphs for use in high-contrast astronomical imaging for detecting planets, dust disks, and other broadband light scatterers in the vicinities of stars other than the Sun. Because such light scatterers are so faint...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Photon Counting Using Edge-Detection Algorithm

New applications such as high-data-rate, photon-starved, free-space optical communications require photon counting at flux rates into gigaphoton-per-second regimes coupled with sub-nanosecond timing accuracy. Current single-photon detectors that are capable of handling such operating conditions are...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Optical Structural Health Monitoring Device

This non-destructive, optical fatigue detection and monitoring system relies on a small and unobtrusive light-scattering sensor that is installed on a component at the beginning of its life in order to periodically scan the component in situ. The method involves using a laser beam to scan the surface...

Articles : Photonics/Optics
Cooling Lasers with Thin-Film Thermoelectric Coolers

Laser diodes for telecommunications have traditionally used thermoelectric coolers (TECs) for precision temperature control to improve diode output levels and maintain wavelength integrity. A major trend for photonics in telecommunications has been the move to more integrated packaging that is...

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Tunable Bandpass Filters

The ubiquitous techniques of fluorescence and Raman imaging and spectroscopy rely heavily on spectrally precise, high-quality and high-throughput optical filter technologies. As both fluorescence and Raman-based techniques move from traditional R&D-based environments into medical and clinical (diagnostic) settings, even...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Product of the Month: Wireless MEMS Sensor for Glaucoma Diagnosis

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has developed a wireless MEMS sensor that acts as a transducer, antenna, and mechanical support for the SENSIMED Triggerfish® continuous eye pressure monitor from Sensimed AG. The solution will enable better management of glaucoma patients...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Vibration Cancellation System

Technical Manufacturing Corporation (Peabody, MA) has introduced the STACIS® iX LaserTable-Base™, a hybrid piezoelectric/ air active vibration cancellation system for optical tables. TMC’s patented STACIS technology incorporates piezoelectric actuators and inertial vibration sensors to cancel vibration at very...

Products : Photonics/Optics

The Optoelectronics Company (Hertfordshire, UK) has introduced its SH85-4U001, 850nm VCSEL chips with a maximum output power of 20mW at an operating current of 50mA and operating voltage of 2.1V maximum. The chips feature a spectral bandwidth (RMS) of 0.85nm maximum and threshold current of 15mA typical.

Products : Photonics/Optics
Laser Diodes

Alfalight (Madison, WI) has introduced the 808C laser diode series of 3.5W, 808nm devices in a 6-pin package with a 105μm/0.15 NA output fiber. They feature a lifetime of 20,000 hours. A 3W version integrates wavelength stabilization technology (WST) to offer 0.07 nm/°C wavelength stability. Additional new products include a 30W,...

Products : Photonics/Optics
LED Light Tubes

Elma Electronic (Fremont, CA) offers the M-tube LED light tube system with new 5mm and 10mm diameter options. Other standard diameters include 6mm and 8mm. The light housings come in double-ended or optional single-ended configurations. Lengths of up to 2m are available. The light guides are rugged with a hard-plastic light bar...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Dual CCD Camera

Hamamatsu Photonics (Bridgewater, NJ) has introduced the ORCAD2, a dual CCD camera that can capture simultaneous dual wavelength or multiple focal plane images. Each CCD captures a 1280 (H) x 960 (V) pixels field of view, and each CCD has independent exposure and gain settings, making it suitable for FRET and ratio imaging...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Green Laser

Z-LASER (Freiburg, Germany) now offers a high-performance green laser with output powers up to 300mW in a bench mountable package. It is compatible with M6 and ¼"-20 breadboards. The laser is available in two versions: a standard collimated version and a fiber-coupled laser.

Products : Photonics/Optics
Purified Steam Generator


(San Diego,CA) has introduced the Steamer '02, which generates purified steam from de-ionized water for semiconductor, MEMS, solar, and optical device applications. It features additional control loop for the heated steam process line between the Steamer and the tool, integrated flow meter, reduced...
Products : Photonics/Optics
Laser Fluorescence Filters


(Rochester, NY) has announced a triple-band filter set for three-color microscopy, LF405/488/594-A, consists of an excitation filter, a beamsplitter, and an emission filter for simultaneous illumination with 405, 488, and 594 nm laser lines. A complete single-band set, LF594-A, optimized for the orange...
Products : Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optics Testing Platform

M2 Optics

(Raleigh, NC) has introduced the rugged Fiber Lab 800HE testing platform, suitable for applications where rough handling and harsh conditions are common, such as field and laboratory testing, manufacturing environments, and military systems. The testing platform provides a protective enclosure that...
Products : Photonics/Optics
Avalanche Photodiode Receiver


(Beaverton, OR) has introduced an avalanche photodiode (APD) receiver with 1-GHz bandwidth and a large 200-μm diameter optical area. The RIP1-NJAC APD photoreceiver integrates the low-excess-noise SCM-APD with a low-noise transimpedance amplifier (TIA). It offers a maximum responsivity over 50 A/W at...
Products : Photonics/Optics
Logarithmic Sensor

New Imaging Technologies

(Evry, France) has introduced the MD1-10-B logarithmic sensor, which uses an array of photodiodes operated in photovoltaic mode. In most logarithmic imager designs, linear photo current passes through a MOS transistor whose exponential characteristic transforms photo current into a...
Products : Photonics/Optics


(Palatine, IL) has introduced the InfoVue EBTN (Enhanced Background Twisted Nematic) family of custom negative image TN LCD technology. The LCDs offer a contrast ratio of 300 to 1, and are RoHS compliant. They are available in sizes ranging from 1.0 in2 to 5 in2. Sharp, crisp negative images can be...
Products : Photonics/Optics
DPSS Industrial Laser


(Santa Clara, CA) offers the 355-2 Q-switched diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) industrial laser, which provides over 2W of 355nm output at 90 kHz and a short pulse width of less than 25ns. Features include a motorized third harmonic crystal shifter for stable UV power, an automatic laser purification...
Products : Imaging
CMOS Machine Vision Camera


(San Diego, CA) offers the Iyeron™, a 12 megapixel CMOS machine vision camera. It is shock-resistant with a 1.9" CMOS monochrome progressive scan sensor, and offers HXGA 4906 (H) × 3072 (V) pixel resolution at a full frame speed of 25 fps. A programmable Window of Interest (WOI) partial scanning mode...
Products : Photonics/Optics
5-Megapixel APO-Xenoplan Lens

Schneider Optics

(Van Nuys, CA) has introduced the 5-megapixel APOXenoplan 1.8/35mm lens for 2/3" CMOS/CCD sensors. It features apochromatic correction and broadband coating, is suitable for luminescence applications at 1200nm, and accommodates small pixel sizes of 3.45μ or less.

Products : Photonics/Optics
Rapid Automated Modular Microscope System

The Rapid Automated Modular Microscope (RAMM) system from Applied Scientific Instrumentation (Eugene, OR) offers a modular design with automated high-speed XY stages, precision piezo and motorized Z focusing, along with a range of scanning options. It is configurable with infinity-corrected optics,...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Machine Vision Software

Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has introduced a new release of VisionPro®, its hardware-independent machine vision software. Vision- Pro 6.1 includes support for Microsoft® Windows 7 and offers line scan distortion correction that eliminates horizontal lens distortion and equalizes pixel width across the sensor. The...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Plug & Play Driver for Pulsed Laser Diodes

Laser Components

(Hudson, NH) offers the LSP40 plug & play driver module, which can be used to accurately control pulsed laser diodes (PLDs). With two resistors, the user is able to regulate the operating current (and thus the laser power) and the pulse length. It requires an operating voltage...
Products : Photonics/Optics
Solar PV Encapsulant


(Wilmington, DE) has collaborated with Oerlikon Solar to produce the DuPont™ PV5223 thin white reflective solar PV encapsulant sheet. This thin 0.45-mm white reflective encapsulant eliminates the need for reflective paint typically used to reflect light back to the active layer. Designed for use with Oerlikon...
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