Briefs: Photonics/Optics
General MACOS Interface for Modeling and Analysis for Controlled Optical Systems

The General MACOS Interface (GMI) for Modeling and Analysis for Controlled Optical Systems (MACOS) enables the use of MATLAB as a front-end for JPL’s critical optical modeling package, MACOS. MACOS is JPL’s in-house optical modeling software, which has proven to...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
ASIC Readout Circuit Architecture for Large Geiger Photodiode Arrays

The objective of this work was to develop a new class of readout integrated circuit (ROIC) arrays to be operated with Geiger avalanche photodiode (GPD) arrays, by integrating multiple functions at the pixel level (smart-pixel or active pixel technology) in 250-nm CMOS...

Traditionally, the recording of ordnance proofing data has been split into two main areas: instrumentation and high speed photography. Instrumentation was more focused on the collection of...

Dell, Round Rock, TX, has introduced the Dell Pre cision M4700 and M6700 15" and 17" mobile workstations that incorporate Intel Core i5, i7, and Extreme Ed ition processors with Turbo...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Photovoltaic Tracking Control Systems

Tracking systems are included in more than one-third of new photovoltaic developments in Europe, but less than 10% in the US. If properly controlled, they can capture more energy from each panel than...

“Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history. The successful landing of Curiosity – the most sophisticated roving laboratory ever to land on another planet – marks an...

Articles: Aerospace
Talking Mars

NASA Tech Briefs recently spoke with Doug McCuistion, Director of the Mars Exploration Program, and Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program and Program Scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). We...

Articles: Aerospace
The Technology of Curiosity

On April 14, 2004, NASA announced an opportunity for researchers to propose science investigations for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. Eight months later, the agency announced selection of eight...

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, was designed to determine whether the Gale Crater on Mars ever had conditions...

Articles: Nanotechnology
An Ionic Twist on Hair Care

Disinfecting can be dirty work. Typical cleaning agents, like chlorine and alcohol, release fumes that don’t go away when applied in the contained environment of a spacecraft. So NASA scientists developed an...

SOFTWARE Tech Briefs - 2012
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Software Tech Briefs is a special supplement to NASA Tech Briefs. Download the digital version (PDF) at right to learn about new software programs outlined in the table of contents below.

Table of Contents

FEATURES 4 Simulation Leads to Better Cooling of Electronic...

Live, high-resolution imaging is increasingly being leveraged to enhance operating procedures. It can improve the precision of physicians and their instruments, and minimize...

Products: Imaging
Imaging Sensor

OmniVision Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) offers the OV12830, a 12.7-megapixel CameraChip™ sensor designed to meet the image and video recording standards of smartphones and tablets. The OV12830 utilizes the OmniBSI- 2 pixel...

Products: Imaging
GigE Vision Cameras

Teledyne DALSA (Billerica, MA) has expanded its Genie™ TS camera series with the addition of three color models that use CMOS imaging sensor technology. The Genie TS color cameras, which include 5M, 8M, and 12M models, reach speeds up to 29 fps.

Products: Imaging
Digital High-Speed Cameras

Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has added the v411 to its 1 Megapixel (Mpx)-v-Series line of digital high-speed cameras. The 4Gpx/s v411 has a top speed at full resolution of 4200 fps. V-Series cameras feature...

Products: Imaging
CCD Scientific Cameras

Photometrics (Tucson, AZ) has introduced CoolSNAP™ MYO and CoolSNAP™ KINO CCD cameras, which are designed to discern finer details in biological samples under lower light levels. The MYO, capable of cooling to...

Products: Imaging
Human-Machine Interface

The HMI5121P from Maple Systems (Everett, WA) is equipped with a bright 12.1" TFT touchscreen; up to 16.2 million colors can be shown on the 1024 × 768-pixel display. The model has a 800- MHz microprocessor, designed...

Products: Imaging
3D Visualization

Christie® (Cypress, CA) has added three Mirage M Series digital projectors: Mirage DS+14KM, Mirage HD14K-M, and Mirage WU14K-M. New Christie Twist™hardware provides built-in geometric warping with sharper imagery, and...

Products: Imaging
Infrared Camera

The IR-1000 near-infrared camera from Dage-MTI (Michigan City, IN) features automatic contrast and real-time edge enhancement. The realtime CCD camera includes electronics that automatically and instantaneously readjust when...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Blue Tunable Laser

New Focus™ (Santa Clara, CA) a Newport Corporation Brand, has introduced the Vortex™ Plus Blue TLB-6802 precision series, single-mode, finely-tunable laser. This is the world’s first precision tunable blue laser that...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Smart Camera

The In-Sight® 7000 smart camera from Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) features a vision tool library; In-Sight measurement, location, and inspection vision tools; and the EasyBuilder® setup and deployment environment. The smart...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Matrix Switch

Polatis (Andover, MA) has introduced its Series 6000 Optical Matrix Switch — a non-blocking, all-optical single-mode fiber cross-connect for up to 192x192 fiber ports. The switch features less than 1dB typical optical...

Products: Photonics/Optics
DC Cabling

Amphenol Industrial (Sidney, NY) has announced an active trunk and drop cabling product, in conjunction with Ampt (Fort Collins, CO), a designer of active electronics for photovoltaic (PV) solar modules.

Products: Photonics/Optics
Machinable Glass Ceramic

MACOR® machinable glass ceramic from Goodfellow Corp. (Oakdale, PA) is machinable with ordinary metalworking tools rather than diamond grinding equipment. The rigid, radiation- resistant ceramic, which has a...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber-Pigtailed Laser

Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) has expanded its OBIS family of plug-and-play smart laser modules with a new fiber-pigtailed (FP) option at several wavelengths, including 405nm, 488nm, and 640nm. The OBIS FP lasers are...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Digital Laser Diode Driver

Portable Power Systems (St. Louis, MO) has expanded its line of Digital Laser Diode Drivers by offering the new series of PPS drivers, which are offered in CW, Pulsed or CW/Pulsed versions. The pulsed versions have...

Products: Photonics/Optics
CMOS Cameras

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced new HXG cameras that combine CMOS sensor technology with a dual GigE interface and PoE (Power over Ethernet). Available with 2- and 4- megapixel resolutions, Baumer HXG cameras transfer...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Diode Laser Bars

DILAS (Mainz, Germany) offers water-cooled laser diodes for alkali laser pumping at 766nm, 780nm, and 852nm on micro-channel heat sinks at CW power levels of 40W, 60W, and 100W, respectively. The laser bar geometry has a 1cm...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Silicone Solar Cables

Rated for voltages up to 42,000 Volts DC, Cicoil’s (Valencia, CA) Silicone Jacketed Solar Power Cables have been designed to provide absolute reliability in solar panel interconnection and photovoltaic applications....

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