September 2007

Products : Electronics & Computers
Low Power 65nm FPGA

Altera Corporation (San Jose, CA) announced the shipment of the EP3C120, the largest member of its new low-cost 65nm Cyclone® III FPGA family. Leveraging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) 65-nm low-power (LP) process, Cyclone III FPGAs offer low power, a rich supply of logic (5K to 120K logic elements),...

Products
Phantom® V7.3

Vision Research, Wayne, NJ, has introduced an upgraded version of the Phantom® V7.3 digital high-speed camera that allows users to capture 500,000 pictures per second. The camera has two operating modes. In standard mode, users can capture images between 6,700 frames per second (fps) and 190,000 fps, and can adjust exposure...

Who's Who
Douglas A. Comstock, Director, NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP)

NASA's IPP provides leveraged technology for NASA's mission directorates, programs, and projects through investments and technology partnerships with industry, academia, government agencies, and national laboratories. As IPP Director, Doug Comstock also is responsible...

Techs for License
Diagnostic Pattern Recognition Using Mid-IR Spectroscopy

By applying mid-infrared spectroscopy to bodily fluids, this suite of technologies offers the potential for quick, accurate, and inexpensive diagnostic support for a variety of diseases in humans or animals. Every disease or condition results in quantitative imbalances in the “normally...

Techs for License
Precision Feedback-Controlled Laser Drilling for Fluid Flow Apertures

This technology provides a method of laserdrilling any component under the control of real-time feedback to provide for predictable, calibrated fluid flow through one or an array of holes formed in the component. The technique can improve flow control through a machined part...

NASA Tech Needs
Solar-Based Hydrogen Generation Technology

A company seeks to increase the efficiency of solar-based hydrogen generation systems by device technologies that can help to develop a new module with at least 16% solar energy utilization efficiency. Examples include the Z-scheme method and tandem type, which has achieved a Solar Energy Utilization...

NASA Tech Needs
Making Metal Packaging Lighter

Because of increasing cost pressures on high-volume metal packaging, a manufacturer needs to make each unit weight of metal (steel and aluminum) go further. Technologies are sought that make metal packaging lighter and enhance the physical performance (like tensile strength, stiffness, etc). This could include, for...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Testing Equipment Helps NASA Prepare for Telescope Launch
LabVIEW FPGA
National Instruments
Austin, TX
888-280-7645
www.ni.com

NASA’s next-generation successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), features the Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec), which is equipped with more...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Spectroscopy of Planetary Systems Made Possible by Focal Plane Detector
NIRSpec STM Focal Plane Detector
ITT Corp.
White Plains, NY
914-641-2000
www.itt.com

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled for launch in 2013 with the goal of discovering the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe. On...

Articles : RF & Microwave Electronics
GPS Receiver RF Front-End Enables Use of a Laptop PC for Soft Baseband Processing

Software techniques for use in the global positioning system (GPS)1,2 have recently captured the growing interest of communication and navigation engineers. Thanks to very-largescale integration (VLSI) development, powerful CPUs and DSPs are now capable...

Briefs : Materials
Coating Thermoelectric Devices To Suppress Sublimation

A technique for suppressing sublimation of key elements from skutterudite compounds in advanced thermoelectric devices has been demonstrated. The essence of the technique is to cover what would otherwise be the exposed skutterudite surface of such a device with a thin, continuous film of a...

Briefs : Materials
Rapid Fabrication of Carbide Matrix/Carbon Fiber Composites

Composites of zirconium carbide matrix material reinforced with carbon fibers can be fabricated relatively rapidly in a process that includes a melt infiltration step. Heretofore, these and other ceramic matrix composites have been made in a chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) process...

Briefs : Materials
Ultrahigh-Temperature Ceramics

Figure 1. Examples of UHTC Components areshown that have been tested in the NASA AmesArc Jet facility to evaluate the materialsresponse in a simulated reentry environment.The cone and wedge models are representativeof the scale and geometries anticipated for useon UHTC sharp leading-edge vehicles.Ultrahigh...

Briefs : Materials
Improved C/SiC Ceramic Composites Made Using PIP

Improved carbon-fiber- reinforced SiC ceramic-matrix composite (C/SiC CMC) materials, suitable for fabrication of thick-section structural components, are producible by use of a combination of raw materials and processing conditions different from such combinations used in the prior art. In...

Briefs : Materials
Coating Carbon Fibers With Platinum

A process for coating carbon fibers with platinum has been developed. The process may also be adaptable to coating carbon fibers with other noble and refractory metals, including rhenium and iridium. The coated carbon fibers would be used as ingredients of matrix/fiber composite materials that would resist...

Briefs : Materials
Nanorod-Based Fast-Response Pressure-Sensitive Paints

A proposed program of research and development would be devoted to exploitation of nanomaterials in pressuresensitive paints (PSPs), which are used on wind-tunnel models for mapping surface pressures associated with flow fields. Heretofore, some success has been achieved in measuring...

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Microrectenna: A Terahertz Antenna and Rectifier on a Chip

A microrectenna that would operate at a frequency of 2.5 THz has been designed and partially fabricated. The circuit is intended to be a prototype of an extremely compact device that could be used to convert radio-beamed power to DC to drive microdevices (see Figure 1).

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
MCM Polarimetric Radiometers for Planar Arrays

A polarimetric radiometer that operates at a frequency of 40 GHz has been designed and built as a prototype of multiple identical units that could be arranged in a planar array for scientific measurements. Such an array is planned for use in studying the cosmic microwave background (CMB).

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Two-Band, Low-Loss Microwave Window

A window for a high-sensitivity microwave receiving system allows microwave radiation to pass through to a cryogenically cooled microwave feed system in a vacuum chamber, while keeping ambient air out of the chamber and helping to keep the interior of the chamber cold. The microwave feed system comprises a...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
WGM-Based Photonic Local Oscillators and Modulators

Photonic local oscillators and modulators that include whispering-gallery- mode (WGM) optical resonators have been proposed as power-efficient devices for generating and detecting radiation at frequencies of the order of a terahertz. These devices are intended especially to satisfy anticipated...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Aperture-Coupled Thin-Membrane L-Band Antenna

The upper part of the figure depicts an aperture-coupled L-band antenna comprising patterned metal conductor films supported on two thin polyimide membranes separated by an air gap. In this antenna, power is coupled from a microstrip line on the lower surface of the lower membrane, through a slot in...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Focal-Plane Arrays of Quantum-Dot Infrared Photodetectors

Focal-plane arrays of semiconductor quantum-dot infrared photodetectors (QDIPs) are being developed as superior alternatives to prior infrared imagers, including imagers based on HgCdTe devices and, especially, those based on quantum-well infrared photodetectors (QWIPs). HgCdTe devices...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Laser Range and Bearing Finder With No Moving Parts

A proposed laser-based instrument would quickly measure the approximate distance and approximate direction to the closest target within its field of view. The instrument would not contain any moving parts and its mode of operation would not entail scanning over of its field of view. Typically,...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Miniature L-Band Radar Transceiver

A miniature L-band transceiver that operates at a carrier frequency of 1.25 GHz has been developed as part of a generic radar electronics module (REM) that would constitute one unit in an array of many identical units in a very-large-aperture phased-array antenna. NASA and the Department of Defense are...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Cathodoluminescent Source of Intense White Light

The device shown in the figure exploits cathodoluminescence to generate intense light in the visible and near-infrared regions of the spectrum. This device is suitable for use as a source of white light for general illumination or microscopy or as a broad-band light source for spectroscopy. Unlike...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Robotic Vision-Based Localization in an Urban Environment

A system of electronic hardware and software, now undergoing development, automatically estimates the location of a robotic land vehicle in an urban environment using a somewhat imprecise map, which has been generated in advance from aerial imagery. This system does not utilize the Global...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Reverse-Tangent Injection in a Centrifugal Compressor

Injection of working fluid into a centrifugal compressor in the reverse tangent direction has been invented as a way of preventing flow instabilities (stall and surge) or restoring stability when stall or surge has already commenced. If not suppressed, such instabilities interrupt the smooth...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Capacitors Would Help Protect Against Hypervelocity Impacts

A proposal investigates alternatives to the present "bumper" method of protecting spacecraft against impacts of meteoroids and orbital debris. The proposed method is based on a British highvoltage- capacitance technique for protecting armored vehicles against shapedcharge warheads.

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Diaphragm Pump With Resonant Piezoelectric Drive

A diaphragm pump driven by a piezoelectric actuator is undergoing development. This pump is intended to be a prototype of lightweight, highly reliable pumps for circulating cooling liquids in protective garments and high-power electronic circuits, and perhaps for some medical applications. The...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Improved Quick-Release Pin Mechanism

An improved quick-release pin mechanism supplants a prior such mechanism in which the pin bears a shear load to hold two objects together. The prior mechanism, of a ball-locking design, can fail when vibrations cause balls to fall out. The load-bearing pin is an outer tube with a handle at one end (hereafter...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Process for High-Rate Fabrication of Alumina Nanotemplates

An anodizing process, at an early stage of development at the time of reporting the information for this article, has shown promise as a means of fabricating alumina nanotemplates integrated with silicon wafers. Alumina nanotemplates are basically layers of alumina, typically several...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fluorine-Based DRIE of Fused Silica

A process of deep reactive-ion etching (DRIE) using a fluorine-based gas mixture enhanced by induction-coupled plasma (ICP) has been demonstrated to be effective in forming high-aspect-ratio three-dimensional patterns in fused silica. The patterns are defined in part by an etch mask in the form of a thick,...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mechanical Alloying for Making Thermoelectric Compounds

An economical room-temperature mechanical alloying process has been shown to be an effective means of making a homogeneous powder that can be hot-pressed to synthesize a thermoelectric material having reproducible chemical composition. The thermoelectric materials to which the technique has...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
An Automated Flying-Insect Detection System

An automated flying-insect detection system (AFIDS) was developed as a proof-of-concept instrument for real-time detection and identification of flying insects. This type of system has use in public health and homeland-security decision support, agriculture and military pest management, and/or...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Blackbody Cavity for Calibrations at 200 to 273 K

A laboratory blackbody cavity has been designed and built for calibrating infrared radiometers used to measure radiant temperatures in the range from about 200 to about 273 K. In this below-room- temperature range, scattering of background infrared radiation from room-temperature surfaces could,...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Calligraphic Poling of Ferroelectric Material

Calligraphic poling is a technique for generating an arbitrary, possibly complex pattern of localized reversal in the direction of permanent polarization in a wafer of LiNbO3 or other ferroelectric material. The technique is so named because it involves a writing process in which a sharp...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Composite Pulse Tube

A modification of the design of the pulse tube in a pulse-tube cryocooler reduces axial thermal conductance while preserving radial thermal conductance. It is desirable to minimize axial thermal conductance in the pulse-tube wall to minimize leakage of heat between the warm and cold ends of the pulse tube. At the same time,...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Photometric Calibration of Consumer Video Cameras

Equipment and techniques have been developed to implement a method of photometric calibration of consumer video cameras for imaging of objects that are sufficiently narrow or sufficiently distant to be optically equivalent to point or line sources. Heretofore, it has been difficult to calibrate...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Criterion for Identifying Vortices in High-Pressure Flows

A study of four previously published computational criteria for identifying vortices in high-pressure flows has led to the selection of one of them as the best. This development can be expected to contribute to understanding of high-pressure flows, which occur in diverse settings,...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Delamination-Indicating Thermal Barrier Coatings

The risk of premature failure of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs), typically composed of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), compromises the reliability of TBCs used to provide thermal protection for turbine engine components. Unfortunately, TBC delamination proceeds well beneath the TBC surface and...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Amplified Thermionic Cooling Using Arrays of Nanowires

A class of proposed thermionic cooling devices would incorporate precise arrays of metal nanowires as electron emitters. The proposed devices could be highly miniaturized, enabling removal of heat from locations, very close to electronic devices, that have previously been inaccessible for...

Briefs : Information Technology
Representing Functions in n Dimensions to Arbitrary Accuracy

A method of approximating a scalar function of n independent variables (where n is a positive integer) to arbitrary accuracy has been developed. This method is expected to be attractive for use in engineering computations in which it is necessary to link global models with local ones...

Briefs : Information Technology
Automated Recognition of 3D Features in GPIR Images

A method of automated recognition of three-dimensional (3D) features in images generated by ground-penetrating imaging radar (GPIR) is undergoing development. GPIR 3D images can be analyzed to detect and identify such subsurface features as pipes and other utility conduits. Until now, much of...

Briefs : Information Technology
Algorithm Plans Collision-Free Path for Robotic Manipulator

An algorithm has been developed to enable a computer aboard a robot to autonomously plan the path of the manipulator arm of the robot to avoid collisions between the arm and any obstacle, which could be another part of the robot or an external object in the vicinity of the robot. In...

Briefs : Information Technology
Hybrid Automated Diagnosis of Discrete/Continuous Systems

A recently conceived method of automated diagnosis of a complex electromechanical system affords a complete set of capabilities for hybrid diagnosis in the case in which the state of the electromechanical system is characterized by both continuous and discrete values (as represented by...

Briefs : Information Technology
State-Estimation Algorithm Based on Computer Vision

An algorithm and software to implement the algorithm are being developed as means to estimate the state (that is, the position and velocity) of an autonomous vehicle, relative to a visible nearby target object, to provide guidance for maneuvering the vehicle. In the original intended...

Briefs : Information Technology
Accumulate-Repeat-Accumulate-Accumulate Codes

Accumulate-repeat- accumulate-accumulate (ARAA) codes have been proposed, inspired by the recently proposed accumulate- repeat-accumulate (ARA) codes. These are error-correcting codes suitable for use in a variety of wireless data-communication systems that include noisy channels. ARAA codes can be...

Briefs : Medical
Ultraviolet-Resistant Bacterial Spores

A document summarizes a study in which it was found that spores of the SAFR-032 strain of Bacillus pumilus can survive doses of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, γ radiation, and hydrogen peroxide in proportions much greater than those of other bacteria. The study was part of a continuing effort to understand...

Briefs : Medical
Effects of Bone Morphogenic Proteins on Engineered Cartilage

A report describes experiments on the effects of bone morphogenic proteins (BMPs) on engineered cartilage grown in vitro. In the experiments, bovine calf articular chondrocytes were seeded onto biodegradable polyglycolic acid scaffolds and cultured in, variously, a control medium or a...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Launching Payloads Into Orbit at Relatively Low Cost

A report proposes the development of a system for launching payloads into orbit at about one-fifth the cost per unit payload weight of current systems. The system would be based on the formerly secret PILOT microsatellite- launching system developed in response to the Soviet launch of...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Telescope Formation at L2 for Observing Earth’s Atmosphere

Two documents describe a proposed Earth-atmosphere observatory to orbit the Sun at the Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange point — a point of unstable equilibrium in the shadow of the Earth, about 1.5 million km from the Earth along an outward projection of the Earth-Sun axis. The observatory...

Briefs : Software
Designing Rolling-Element Bearings

Bearing Analysis Tool (BAT) is a computer program for designing rolling-element bearings for cryogenic turbomachines. BAT provides a graphical user interface (GUI) that guides the entry of data to develop mathematical models of bearings. The GUI breaks model data into logical subsets that are entered through...

Briefs : Software
Interface for Physics Simulation Engines

DSS-Prototyper is an open-source, real-time 3D virtual environment software that supports design simulation for the new Vision for Space Exploration (VSE). This is a simulation of NASA's proposed Robotic Lunar Exploration Program, second mission (RLEP2). It simulates the Lunar Surface Access Module...

Briefs : Software
Assessing the Friction Stir Welding Process With Mathematical Modeling

Patented in 1991, friction stir welding (FSW) has since been used widely to create strong joints in aluminum alloys. The aircraft industry has started to adapt this technology, and now the largest manufacturers, including Airbus, are studying how to cut manufacturing costs...

Briefs : Software
Solving Fluid-Structure-Acoustic Interactions With Multiphysics Modeling

Computational analysis of fluid-structure interactions (FSI) represents a considerable challenge for most computational analysis codes. Simple one-way coupled problems, in which the fluid pressure deforms a structure but does not substantially affect the fluid flow...

Briefs : Software
Solving Equations of Multibody Dynamics

Darts++ is a computer program for solving the equations of motion of a multibody system or of a multibody model of a dynamic system. It is intended especially for use in dynamical simulations performed in designing and analyzing, and developing software for the control of, complex mechanical systems....

Briefs : Software
Analysis of Complex Valve and Feed Systems

A numerical framework for analysis of complex valve systems supports testing of propulsive systems by simulating key valve and control system components in the test loop. In particular, it is designed to enhance the analysis capability in terms of identifying system transients and quantifying the valve...

Briefs : Software
Programs for Testing an SSME-Monitoring System

A suite of computer programs has been developed for special test equipment (STE) that is used in verification testing of the Health Management Computer Integrated Rack Assembly (HMC-IRA), a ground- based system of analog and digital electronic hardware and software for "flight-like" testing for...

Briefs : Software
Displaying and Analyzing Antenna Radiation Patterns

Radiant Energy Display and Analysis Software Package (REDAP) is a computer program for processing antenna-radiation- pattern data that have been preprocessed by a data-collection program and stored in a spherical-coordinate format. REDAP is designed specifically for application to data...

Briefs : Software
Payload Operations Support Team Tools

Payload Operations Support Team Tools is a software system that assists in (1) development and testing of software for payloads to be flown aboard the space shuttles and (2) training of payload customers, flight controllers, and flight crews in payload operations. POST Tools includes the following...

Briefs : Software
Analyzing Radio-Frequency Coverage for the ISS

The Interactive Coverage Analysis Tool (iCAT) is an interactive desktopcomputer program serving to (1) support planning of coverage, and management of usage of frequencies, of current and proposed radio communication systems on and near the International Space Station (ISS) and (2) enable definition...

Briefs : Software
Soft Real-Time PID Control on a VME Computer

microPID (μPID) is a computer program for real-time proportional + integral + derivative (PID) control of a translation stage in a Fourier-transform ultraviolet spectrometer. μPID implements a PID control loop over a position profile at sampling rate of 8 kHz (sampling period 125 μs). The...

Briefs : Software
Space-Shuttle Emulator Software

A package of software has been developed to execute a raw binary image of the space shuttle flight software for simulation of the computational effects of operation of space shuttle avionics. This software can be run on inexpensive computer workstations. Heretofore, it was necessary to use real flight computers to...

Briefs : Software
Robust, Flexible Motion Control for the Mars Explorer Rovers

The Mobility Flight Software, running on computers aboard the Mars Explorer Rover (MER) robotic vehicles Spirit and Opportunity, affords the robustness and flexibility of control to enable safe and effective operation of these vehicles in traversing natural terrain. It can make the...

Briefs : Software
Improved Path Planning Onboard the Mars Exploration Rovers

A revised version of the AutoNav (autonomous navigation with hazard avoidance) software running onboard each Mars Exploration Rover (MER) affords better obstacle avoidance than does the previous version. Both versions include GESTALT (Grid-based Estimation of Surface Traversability...

Briefs : Software
Inertial Measurements for Aero-assisted Navigation (IMAN)

IMAN is a Python tool that provides inertial sensor-based estimates of spacecraft trajectories within an atmospheric influence. It provides Kalman filterderived spacecraft state estimates based upon data collected onboard, and is shown to perform at a level comparable to the conventional...

Briefs : Software
Solar Sail Spaceflight Simulation

The Solar Sail Spaceflight Simulation Software (S5) toolkit provides solar-sail designers with an integrated environment for designing optimal solar-sail trajectories, and then studying the attitude dynamics/ control, navigation, and trajectory control/ correction of sails during realistic mission simulations....

Briefs : Software
Deep Space Network Antenna Logic Controller

The Antenna Logic Controller (ALC) software controls and monitors the motion control equipment of the 4,000- metric-ton structure of the Deep Space Network 70-meter antenna. This program coordinates the control of 42 hydraulic pumps, while monitoring several interlocks for personnel and equipment...

Briefs : Software
Modeling Magnetic Properties in EZTB

A software module that calculates magnetic properties of a semiconducting material has been written for incorporation into, and execution within, the Easy (Modular) Tight-Binding (EZTB) software infrastructure. [EZTB is designed to model the electronic structures of semiconductor devices ranging from bulk...

Briefs : Software
Modeling Carbon and Hydrocarbon Molecular Structures in EZTB

A software module that models the electronic and mechanical aspects of hydrocarbon molecules and carbon molecular structures on the basis of first principles has been written for incorporation into, and execution within, the Easy (Modular) Tight-Binding (EZTB) software infrastructure,...

Briefs : Software
BigView Image Viewing on Tiled Displays

BigView allows for interactive panning and zooming of images of arbitrary size on desktop PCs running Linux. Additionally, it can work in a multi-screen environment where multiple PCs cooperate to view a single, large image. Using this software, one can explore — on relatively modest machines —...

Briefs : Software
Rapid Analysis of Mass Distribution of Radiation Shielding

Radiation Shielding Evaluation Toolset (RADSET) is a computer program that rapidly calculates the spatial distribution of mass of an arbitrary structure for use in ray-tracing analysis of the radiation-shielding properties of the structure. RADSET was written to be used in conjunction...

Briefs : Software
Software Compensates Electronic-Nose Readings for Humidity

A computer program corrects for the effects of humidity on the readouts of an array of chemical sensors (an "electronic nose"). To enable the use of this program, the array must incorporate an independent humidity sensor in addition to sensors designed to detect analytes other than water...

Briefs : Software
Imaging Sensor Flight and Test Equipment Software

The Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) is one of the components onboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, and was designed to detect and locate lightning over the tropics. The LIS flight code was developed to run on a single onboard digital signal processor, and has operated...

Briefs : Software
Space Propulsion Design and Analysis

This software provides an improved methodology for predicting launcher base pressure and heat loads for RSRM (Reusable Solid Rocket Motor) launchers by accounting for complex anisotropic stress/ strains and variable turbulent Prandtl and Schmidt numbers. A "building block" approach to turbulence model...

Briefs : Software
Processing AIRS Scientific Data Through Level 2

The Atmospheric Infrared Spectrometer (AIRS) Science Processing System (SPS) is a collection of computer programs, denoted product generation executives (PGEs), for processing the readings of the AIRS suite of infrared and microwave instruments orbiting the Earth aboard NASA's Aqua spacecraft. AIRS...

Briefs : Software
PREDICTS

PREDICTS is a computer program that predicts the frequencies, as functions of time, of signals to be received by a radio science receiver — in this case, a special-purpose digital receiver dedicated to analysis of signals received by an antenna in NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN). Unlike other software used in the DSN, PREDICTS...

Briefs : Software
Analyzing Responses of Chemical Sensor Arrays

NASA is developing a third-generation electronic nose (ENose) capable of continuous monitoring of the International Space Station's cabin atmosphere for specific, harmful airborne contaminants. Previous generations of the ENose have been described in prior NASA Tech Briefs issues.

Briefs : Software
Triaxial Probe Magnetic Data Analysis

The Triaxial Magnetic Moment Analysis software uses measured magnetic field test data to compute dipole and quadrupole moment information from a hardware element. It is used to support JPL projects needing magnetic control and an understanding of the spacecraftgenerated magnetic fields.

Briefs : Software
Parallelization of the Coupled Earthquake Model

This Web-based tsunami simulation system allows users to remotely run a model on JPL's supercomputers for a given undersea earthquake. At the time of this reporting, predicting tsunamis on the Internet has never happened before. This new code directly couples the earthquake model and the ocean...

Briefs : Software
Modeling of Radiative Transfer in Protostellar Disks

This program implements a spectral line, radiative transfer tool for interpreting Spitzer Space Telescope observations by matching them with models of protostellar disks for improved understanding of planet and star formation. The Spitzer Space Telescope detects gasphase molecules in the...

Briefs : Software
KML Super Overlay to WMS Translator

This translator is a server-based application that automatically generates KML super overlay configuration files required by Google Earth for map data access via the Open Geospatial Consortium WMS (Web Map Service) standard. The translator uses a set of URL parameters that mirror the WMS parameters as much as...

Briefs : Software
High-Performance Tiled WMS and KML Web Server

This software is an Apache 2.0 module implementing a high-performance map server to support interactive map viewers and virtual planet client software. It can be used in applications that require access to very-high-resolution geolocated images, such as GIS, virtual planet applications, and flight...

Briefs : Software
Displaying Properties of PDFs

PDFVis is a computer program that assists in visualization of uncertainty as represented by a probability density function (PDF) located at each grid cell in a spatial domain. PDFVis performs the following functions:

Briefs : Software
Flyby Geometry Optimization Tool

The Flyby Geometry Optimization Tool is a computer program for computing trajectories and trajectory-altering impulsive maneuvers for spacecraft used in radio relay of scientific data to Earth from an exploratory airplane flying in the atmosphere of Mars. This program implements a genetic algorithm (GA) to choose...

Briefs : Software
WMAP C&DH Software

The command- and-data- handling (C&DH) software of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) spacecraft functions as the sole interface between (1) the spacecraft and its instrument subsystem and (2) ground operations equipment.

This software includes a command-decoding and -distribution system, a telemetry/...

Briefs : Software
Automated Diagnosis and Control of Complex Systems

Artist’s conception of the New Milennium Deep Space One Probe.Livingstone2 is a reusable, artificial intelligence (AI) software system designed to assist spacecraft, life support systems, chemical plants, or other complex systems by operating with minimal human supervision, even in the face of...

Briefs : Software
Modular Filter and Source-Management Upgrade of RADAC

In an upgrade of the Range Data Acquisition Computer (RADAC) software, a modular software object library was developed to implement required functionality for filtering of flight-vehicle- tracking data and management of tracking-data sources. (The RADAC software is used to process...

Briefs : Software
CASPER Version 2.0

The Continuous Activity Scheduling Planning Execution and Replanning (CASPER) computer program has been updated to version 2.0. A prototype version was reported in "Software for Continuous Replanning During Execution" (NPO-20972), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 26, No. 7 (April 2002), page 67. To recapitulate: CASPER is designed to...

Briefs : Software
ISPATOM: A Generic Real-Time Data Processing Tool Without Programming

Information Sharing Protocol Advanced Tool of Math (ISPATOM) is an application program allowing for the streamlined generation of "comps," which subscribe to streams of incoming telemetry data, perform any necessary computations on the data, then send the data to other...

Briefs : Software
Program Management Tool

The Program Management Tool (PMT) is a comprehensive, Web-enabled business intelligence software tool for assisting program and project managers within NASA enterprises in gathering, comprehending, and disseminating information on the progress of their programs and projects. The PMT provides planning and management...

Briefs : Software
Generating Scenarios When Data Are Missing

A computer program implements the algorithm described in "Hypothetical Scenario Generator for Fault-Tolerant Diagnosis" (NPO-42516), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 31, No. 6 (June 2007), page 71. To recapitulate: the Hypothetical Scenario Generator (HSG) is being developed in conjunction with other components...

Briefs : Software
Automatic Command Sequence Generation

Automatic Sequence Generator (Autogen) Version 3.0 software automatically generates command sequences for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and several other JPL spacecraft operated by the multi-mission support team. Autogen uses standard JPL sequencing tools like APGEN, ASP, SEQGEN, and the DOM database...

Briefs : Software
Mission Simulation Toolkit

The Mission Simulation Toolkit (MST) is a flexible software system for autonomy research. It was developed as part of the Mission Simulation Facility (MSF) project that was started in 2001 to facilitate the development of autonomous planetary robotic missions. Autonomy is a key enabling factor for robotic exploration....

Briefs : Software
Model Checker for Java Programs

Java Pathfinder (JPF) is a verification and testing environment for Java that integrates model checking, program analysis, and testing. JPF consists of a custom-made Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that interprets bytecode, combined with a search interface to allow the complete behavior of a Java program to be...

Briefs : Software
Parallel-Processing Software for Correlating Stereo Images

A computer program implements parallel-processing algorithms for correlating images of terrain acquired by stereoscopic pairs of digital stereo cameras on an exploratory robotic vehicle (e.g., a Mars rover). Such correlations are used to create three-dimensional computational models of...

Briefs : Software
Parallel-Processing Software for Correlating Stereo Images

A computer program implements parallel-processing algorithms for correlating images of terrain acquired by stereoscopic pairs of digital stereo cameras on an exploratory robotic vehicle (e.g., a Mars rover). Such correlations are used to create three-dimensional computational models of...

Briefs : Software
Web-Based Environment for Maintaining Legacy Software

"Advanced Tool Integration Environment" ("ATIE") is the name of both a software system and a Web-based environment created by the system for maintaining an archive of legacy software and expertise involved in developing the legacy software. ATIE can also be used in modifying legacy software...

Briefs : Software
Mapped Landmark Algorithm for Precision Landing

A report discusses a computer vision algorithm for position estimation to enable precision landing during planetary descent. The Descent Image Motion Estimation System for the Mars Exploration Rovers has been used as a starting point for creating code for precision, terrain-relative navigation...

Briefs : Software
Grid Task Execution

IPG Execution Service is a framework that reliably executes complex jobs on a computational grid, and is part of the IPG service architecture designed to support location-independent computing. The new grid service enables users to describe the platform on which they need a job to run, which allows the service to locate the...

Briefs : Software
Knowledge Base Editor (SharpKBE)

The SharpKBE software provides a graphical user interface environment for domain experts to build and manage knowledge base systems. Knowledge bases can be exported/translated to various target languages automatically, including customizable target languages. The tool enhances current practices by minimizing...

Briefs : Software
Simulating Operations at a Spaceport

SPACESIM is a computer program for detailed simulation of operations at a spaceport. SPACESIM is being developed to greatly improve existing spaceports and to aid in designing, building, and operating future spaceports, given that there is a worldwide trend in spaceport operations from very expensive,...

Briefs : Software
Web-Based Real-Time Emergency Monitoring

The Web-based Real-Time Asset Monitoring (RAM) module for emergency operations and facility management enables emergency personnel in federal agencies and local and state governments to monitor and analyze data in the event of a natural disaster or other crisis that threatens a large number of people and...

Briefs : Software
Parallel Computing With Satellite Orbit Analysis Program

This software innovation speeds up the computation time of the Satellite Orbit Analysis Program (SOAP) tool by parallelizing the code using the message- passing interface (MPI) library. The speed increases almost linearly with the number of processors, allowing the perstudy duration of the...

Briefs : Software
Periodic, On-Demand, and User-Specified Information Reconciliation

POUR is a framework that accepts periodic information updates, collects information on demand, and accepts user-specified information while presenting a single unified view to the user. The primary functionality of POUR is through its query interface. A query consists of any...

Briefs : Software
Information Metacatalog for a Grid

SWIM is a Software Information Metacatalog that gathers detailed information about the software components and packages installed on a grid resource. Information is currently gathered for Executable and Linking Format (ELF) executables and shared libraries, Java classes, shell scripts, and Perl and Python...

Briefs : Software
Automated Sequence Generation Process and Software

"Automated sequence generation" (autogen) signifies both a process and software used to automatically generate sequences of commands to operate various spacecraft. Autogen requires fewer workers than are needed for older manual sequence-generation processes and reduces sequence-generation times...

Briefs : Software
Master Metadata Repository and Metadata-Management System

A master metadata repository (MMR) software system manages the storage and searching of metadata pertaining to data from national and international satellite sources of the Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE) High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Pilot Project [GHRSST-PP]....

Briefs : Software
Real-Time Data Display

RT-Display is a MATLAB- based data acquisition environment designed to use a variety of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware to digitize analog signals to a standard data format usable by other post-acquisition data analysis tools. This software presents the acquired data in real time using a variety of...

Briefs : Software
Collaborative Resource Allocation

Collaborative Resource Allocation Networking Environment (CRANE) Version 0.5 is a prototype created to prove the newest concept of using a distributed environment to schedule Deep Space Network (DSN) antenna times in a collaborative fashion. This program is for all space-flight and terrestrial science project...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Cell Technology Tackles 3D Medical Imaging Reconstruction Challenges

Medical imaging is an information processing technique that takes data samples from medical devices such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computer tomography (CT) scanners and translates them into 2D, 3D or even 4D images. Advances in sensor technology allow for the...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
User Programmable FPGAs Power CompactRIO Embedded Systems

With a laundry list of design constraints, including a combination of real-time requirements, reliability/durability requests, and functionality and performance needs, it’s not surprising that engineers may find successfully building a competitive embedded solution difficult. To...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Using RapidIO® Technology as a System-Level Fabric

Both Serial RapidIO and Ethernet are being used as a backplane interconnect technology in a wide range of embedded applications. Many suppliers support both standards and let designers choose to work with whichever interconnect they feel is best. This neutral position provides interesting...

Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ruggedized Hard Disk Drives Keep Data Safe In Harsh Environments

Conventional hard disk drives (HDDs) are designed to reliably operate in the hospitable physical surroundings of interior deployments, which are typically characterized by mild temperatures, stable humidity and modest levels of vibration. By contrast, outdoor and mobile storage...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 1704-Fanless PC/104-Plus Single Board Computer

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) has introduced the PPM-GX, a PC/104-Plus compatible single board computer (SBC) that operates throughout the temperature range of - 40°to 85°C without needing a fan. The board integrates the CPU, video, Ethernet, USB, COM, LPT, mouse, audio, and keyboard...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 213-Multichannel LVDT Signal Conditioner

ACCESS IO Products Inc. (San Diego, CA) has developed the Model LVDT- 8A, a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) signal conditioner board offering eight channels of signal conditioning. The elimination of multiplexer circuitry on the board provides capability of simultaneous outputs that...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 501-Human Machine Interface

Kontron (Poway, CA) has announced the Kontron Barracuda Human Machine Interface (HMI) family of products suitable for use in military command, control, communications, and computers where a display or workstation must be able to withstand vehicle shock and vibration.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 1209-32-Bit CISC Microcontrollers With On-Chip Floating Point Unit

Renesas Technology America, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan), has launched two R32C/118 group microcontrollers (MCUs) offering 512KB on-chip flash memory and speeds of up to 48 MHz on the R32C/100 32-bit CISC CPU core.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 709-Customizable Mixed-Signal Chips for Printers

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has unveiled the Structured Architecture of Bridges and Regulators (S.A.B.Re®), an IC offering a set of configurable and customizable analog functions for printer, fax, and point-of-sale system applications.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 804-Embedded Internet Connectivity Software

Allegro Software Development Corp. (Boxborough, MA) has launched its RomPager 4.6 embedded Internet connectivity software suite giving OEMs the ability to integrate connectivity features into their devices.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 800-EPIC Panel Computer for Industrial Applications

Ampro Computers (San Joe, CA) has introduced the ReadyPanel™ Industrial Panel PC for industrial automation, human-machine interface (HMI), and operator control applications. The ReadyPanel is designed as a Panel PC that includes a standard EPIC form factor Pentium® compatible...

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Booth 1716-5U Five-Slot AdvancedTCA Chassis

The aTCA-8505 from ADLINK Technology (Irvine, CA), is an AdvancedTCA chassis with shelf manager and dual hot-swappable I2C controlled fan trays. The aTCA-8505 features a push-pull design for a right-to-left transverse of air flow. To accelerate the transition speed within the blades, the chassis...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 1123-FPGA-Based PCI Board Processes Real-Time Streaming Data

Embedded Systems Design (Elkridge, MD) has released the StreamBlade™ SOE-4, a short form FPGA-based PCI board designed to process real-time streaming data. The device uses Ethernet to implement a distributed computer backplane and uses the PCI bus solely for power,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 306-Dual-LAN, Mini-ITX Mainboard

VIA Technologies (Taipei, Taiwan) has announced the VIA EPIA LTSeries Mini-ITX mainboard powered by a 1.5 GHz or fanless 1.0 GHz VIA C7 processor.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 1121-Air-Over Conduction-Cooled Air Transport Rack Enclosure

Carlo Gavazzi Computing Solutions (Brockton, MA) offers the 717 Series of air-over conduction-cooled air transport rack (ATR) enclosures engineered for harsh environments in both air-and land-based military applications. The 717 Series enclosures use an external fan that, when...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 1117-Linux Quick-Start Support Packages

VersaLogic Corp. (Eugene OR) provides Linux board support packages (BSPs) for two of its single board computers, the Gecko and Puma. The packages are based on the Debian Linux, which has been configured for installation and support of each board's hardware features.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 712-Mini Serial Attached SCSI Connectors

Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX) has expanded its 3M® line of products with the addition of the Mini Serial Attached SCSI (mini-SAS) connector solutions. The RoHS compliant mini-SAS devices support data transmission rates of 6 Gbps in server and storage applications and reduce the connector...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Booth 509-8-Bit Microcontrollers With USB 2.0 12Mbps Transceivers

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) has announced the eight-member PIC18F87J50 family of 8-bit microcontrollers with an integrated and certified USB 2.0 full-speed, 12 Mbps transceiver. This line of microcontrollers also provides 12 MIPS performance with I/O and a selection of...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Industrial-Grade Embedded Computers For Harsh Environments

Moxa Technologies, Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan) offers the DA- 660, DA-661, DA-662, and DA-663 models of the ThinkCore RISCbased embedded computers series designed for use in harsh environments. The computers feature 8 or 16 RS-232/422/485 serial ports, multiple Ethernet or fiber ports, and are...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Dual-Processor, Carrier-Grade AdvancedTCA Server Blade

The KAT6200 quad-core AdvancedTCA® blade from Emerson Network Power (Madison, WI) is a field replaceable ATCA server blade featuring a pair of dualcore, Intel Xeon processors, a high-speed ATCA switched fabric, a mid-size AdvancedMC expansion bay, redundant IPMI system management, and an...

Products : Electronics & Computers
32-Bit CompactPCI Backplane

Elma Bustronic (Fremont, CA) has developed a 3U 32-bit CompactPCI (cPCI) backplane in a 6-slot size. It features hundreds of I/O pins across the backplane that are undefined on the 64-bit version. The backplanes are PICMG 2.16-compliant and utilize controlled-impedance stripline design resulting in virtually zero...

Products : Electronics & Computers
PM Controller with Integrated Control Loop Functionality

Watlow (St. Louis, MO) announces the introduction of its EZZONE ™ PM controller in the popular 1/32nd and 1/16th DIN panel mount package sizes.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Intel Core 2 Duo Mini PC

Stealth Computer Corporation (Toronto, Canada) has introduced the LPC-450 mini PC. Measuring 5.7"(W) x 9.9"(D) x 1.65"(H), the LPC- 450 mini PC features a multitude of I/O connectivity built into its small design such as: Gigabit LAN, Serial, 3-USB 2.0, FireWire, Video, Audio, PS/2 Mouse & Keyboard...

Articles : Photonics/Optics
Laser Scanning Improves Dimensional Accuracy of Automotive Gas Tanks

In the past, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fuel tanks used coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) to inspect first articles. The geometry of the tanks is so complex, however, that it was difficult to fully inspect the surface one point at a time. Inergy Automotive...

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Nanotechnology’s Role in Mid-Infrared Laser Development

Progress in developing improved semiconductor lasers with emission in the mid-IR spectral region (≈3 μm to ≈15 μm) has depended heavily on the use of nanometer-scaled structures. Mid-IR quantum cascade lasers (QCLs), for example, represent a “tour de force” of semiconductor...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Electroform/Plasma-Spray Laminates for X-Ray Optics

Electroform/ plasma-spray laminates have shown promise as lightweight, strong, low-thermal-expansion components for x-ray optics. The basic idea is to exploit both (1) the well-established art of fabrication of optical components by replication and (2) plasma spraying as a means of reinforcing...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Preventing Raman Lasing in High-Q WGM Resonators

A generic design has been conceived to suppress the Raman effect in whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) optical resonators that have high values of the resonance quality factor (Q). Although it is possible to exploit the Raman effect (even striving to maximize the Raman gain to obtain Raman lasing), the...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Procedures for Tuning a Multiresonator Photonic Filter

Two procedures have been devised for tuning a photonic filter that comprises multiple whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) disk resonators. As used here, “tuning” signifies locking the filter to a specific laser frequency and configuring the filter to obtain a desired high-order transfer...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Extended-Range Ultrarefractive 1D Photonic Crystal Prisms

A proposal has been made to exploit the special wavelength-dispersive characteristics of devices of the type described in “One-Dimensional Photonic Crystal Superprisms” (NPO-30232) NASA Tech Angle of Incidence Briefs, Vol. 29, No. 4 (April 2005), page 10a. A photonic crystal is an...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Robust Mapping of Incoherent Fiber-Optic Bundles

A method and apparatus for mapping between the positions of fibers at opposite ends of incoherent fiber-optic bundles have been invented to enable the use of such bundles to transmit images in visible or infrared light. The method is robust in the sense that it provides useful mapping even for a...

Products
Product of the Month: High-Power Microscope

FEI (Hillsboro, OR) has released the PhenomTM microscope, bridging the performance gap between optical and scanning electron microscope (SEM) technologies. Capable of yielding magnification up to 20,000× — 20 times higher than most advanced optical scopes — and with an ultimate...

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Optical Time Domain Reflectometer

Luna Technologies (Roanoke, VA) has announced the Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBRTM) 4400, an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) that can diagnose, locate, and troubleshoot problems in fiber optic components and assemblies such as splices, breaks, connectors, bends, and hot-spots. The OBR...

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Modular LED Test System

Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ) has released the MLED modular LED test and measurement systems available in three configurations for making measurements on discrete LEDs, arrays, and assemblies. The MLED-2 version includes a 2-inch diameter integrating sphere with a ½-inch diameter input port for making measurements on...

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Continuous Wave Laser

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Regensburg, Germany) has introduced a continuous wave laser offering thermal resistance of 2.5 K/W, an output of up to 6W, and a footprint measuring 6.0mm × 4.5 mm. It emits light at a wavelength of 810 nm through a prism that directs the laser’s light upwards. These capabilities allow the CW...

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Laser Diode

Photonic Products (Hertfordshire, UK) has launched the Opnext HL6750MG 685nm Al-GaInP laser diode with a multi-quantum well structure. It has an optical output power of 50 mW CW, a package size of 5.6 mm, and a built-in photodiode for monitoring laser output which enables control of the auto power circuit. Supplied in a 5.6mm...

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Laser Alignment Module

BFi OPTiLAS (Evry, France) has developed the 300-0100-00 series 645nm laser alignment module offering a range of interchangeable, pre-aligned, precision optics: 88 degrees cross, 58 degrees line, 58 degrees cross/spot. The focus is user adjustable, as is the laser intensity (from 0.1 mW to 4.5 mW), allowing brightness to...

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UV-Conversion Screens

Laser Components (Hudson, NH) offers the LDT-300B and LDT-300BG UV-conversion screens that can make UV laser radiation from 190 nm — 390 nm visible. The emission is based on “photon up conversion” effects. The screens do not require activation or moving inside the beam since there is no fading effect. The LDT-300B...

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Micromachining Laser

The RAPID industrial micromachining laser from RPMC Lasers (O’Fallon, MO) is a >1 MHz diode pumped Nd:YVO4 picosecond laser with 2W average power at 1064 nm. It delivers pulses at ≥640 kHz and removes between 10 nm and 100 nm in depth per pulse. Its 11 ps-pulses offer pulse energy up to 200 μJ, peak power of up to 20...

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Tunable Single Frequency Diode Laser

TOPTICA Photonics AG (Munich, German) has introduced the DL pro 780, a Littrow-type grating stabilized diode laser featuring a wavelength tuning range of 765 nm -795 nm, optical output power up to 80 mW, and mode-hop-free tuning > 50 GHz. The laser also offers linewidth ~ 500 kHz, and RockSolid II design,...

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UV Excimer-Based Micromachining System

Photon Machines (San Diego, CA) has announced the MicroMaster V5, a UV excimer-based micromachining system offering 4-6 ns pulse length and 193 nm or 248 nm wavelength output. It also features 1 μm multi-axis workpiece positioning control with 200 mm square travel, variable apertures for various shapes and...

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Machine Vision Digital Camera

Prosilica (Burnaby, BC) has added the GigE VisionTM GC750 Gigabit Ethernet camera to its line of machine vision cameras. The GC750 connects directly to the Gigabit Ethernet port on the host computer and does not require a frame grabber. It incorporates a progressive scan CMOS sensor with global electronic...

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Thin Film Optical Coating

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) has developed a line of thin film optical coatings that operate in the 3 - 5 micron and the 8 - 12 micron infrared (IR) spectral regions. A variety of coating types with these two wavelength regions are available, including AR (antireflection), high reflectors, beam splitters,...

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Laser Beam Expanders

The OSL laser beam expanders from Optical Surfaces (Surrey, UK) are designed to provide achromatic expansion of a collimated input source. With aluminum coatings they can operate from the UV to far IR range without adjustment. Alignment aids are supplied with each beam expander to ensure correct beam pointing. Specialist...

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White SMD LEDs

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) has released the VLMW1100 series of ultrabright white SMD LEDs that utilize InGaN technology to provide brightness. It comes in a 0603 footprint with dimensions of 1.6 mm × 0.8 mm × 0.6 mm. The devices offer an 80°angle of half-intensity, a luminous intensity ranging from 140 mcd to 280 mcd,...

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Vibration-Damping Breadboards

Kinetic Systems (Boston, MA) has introduced the series 5500 VIBRALITE AL nonmagnetic breadboards that feature high natural frequency nominal broadband damping, flatness of ±0.004" over a 24" × 24" area, and removable elastomeric iso feet. The series 5500 VIBRALITE AL nonmagnetic breadboards use a structural core...

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Tunable Laser System

Aculight Corp. (Bothell, WA) has announced the ArgosTM single-frequency, continuous-wave (CW) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that provides multi-Watt, widely tunable, near- to mid-infrared output. Argos is a fiber-pumped, singly resonant OPO that provides continuous tuning from 1.4 to 2 microns and from 2.4 to 3.9...

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Multi-Laser Engine

Point Source (Hamble, UK) has developed the iFLEX-ViperTM multi-laser engine that incorporates up to six laser wavelengths, covering the entire visible spectrum range from 405 to 640 nm. It includes a mix-and-match choice of diode, gas, and DPSS laser types with a power of up to 50mW per line and optical noise of...

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Conduction Cooled Fiber Coupled Modules

DILAS (Tucson, AZ) offers a line of conduction cooled fiber coupled modules supplying power levels of 30W, 40W, 50W, 100W, 200W, and 400W, at standard wavelengths of 790 nm to 976 nm based on a single bar or multi-bar 400μm fiber coupled diode laser modules. The company also offers 200μm SMA-fiber...

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Erbium-Doped Amplifier Fiber

The EDF-T9 from StockerYale (Salem, NH) is an erbium-doped amplifier fiber that uses the company’s proprietary doping method to enable homogeneous glass matrix and control aluminum content. The EDF-T9 can be customized to match the gain spectrum of any existing gain-flattening filter and any other standard EDF. The...

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Commercial Grade Optics

Anchor Optics (Barrington, NJ) has added 14 new commercial grade optics to its product line including commercial grade Fresnel lenses and Kodak Wratten filters, right angle mirrors, penta prisms, color polarizer film, right angle prisms, PCX lenses, protected gold mirrors, retarder film, achromats, elliptical mirrors,...

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Picosecond Laser

High Q Laser Production (Hohenems, Austria) has introduced the mode locked picoTRAINTM Green IC-532-12000, a picosecond laser featuring integrated second harmonic generation (SHG) delivering 20W at a wavelength of 1064 nm and 12W at 532 nm in a 76 MHz pulse train with 6 ps pulses. The SHG is performed in a separate...

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Science Grade Infrared Camera

FLIR Systems (Boston, MA) has introduced the ThermoVision® SC8000 MWIR infrared camera. Capable of generating over 1.0 million pixels for a single thermal image, the SC8000 produces full window 1024×1024 14-bit data at 132 frames per second (fps). By reducing the window size, the camera offers frame rates of 309...

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Filter Sets for CoralHueTM Keima-Red Fluorescent Protein

Omega Optical (Brattleboro, VT) has developed three new filter sets for use with CoralHueTM Keima-Red fluorescent protein. The new filter sets include versions with both longpass and band-pass emission filters to accommodate a variety of single and multi-fluor applications....