Two recipes for ensuring critical coupling between a single-mode optical fiber and a whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) optical resonator have been devised. The recipes provide for phase...

Marshall’s Industrial and Security Division (El Segundo, CA) has developed a new series of pinhole lenses designed to protect employees when monitoring high temperature and/or hostile...

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Shadowgraph Camera

The Specialised Imaging Shadowgraph (SIS) camera from Specialised Imaging (Tring, UK) enables high resolution digital imaging of ultra-fast events in ambient and low-light environments. Integrating this camera with an...

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High-Power Titanium Sapphire Coatings

Laser Components (Hudson, NH) offers solid state laser coatings with high damage thresholds, including coatings for Q-switched lasers at 1064 nm, 532 nm, 355 nm, or 266 nm. Coatings for short pulse...

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Highly Aspheric Mirrors and Lenses

Optical Surfaces Ltd (Surrey, UK) can generate highly aspheric parabolic mirrors with off-axis angles approaching 30 degrees and focal lengths as short as 100mm. They can also fabricate high-performance...

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Machine Vision Camera System

Toshiba Teli America (Irvine, CA) has introduced the CS8581QF, a remote-head FireWire camera system for high-speed industrial imaging. The CS8581QF offers 133 fps at full 640 × 480 resolution (8bit monochrome),...

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Sub-Miniature Resonant Optical Scanner

The SC-3 Sub-Miniature Resonant Optical Scanner from Electro-Optical Products (Fresh Meadows, NY) is an electromagnetically driven moving mirror device that deflects a light beam with a continuous...

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USB-Equipped Cameras

The CMOS camera models ProgRes® CT1, CT3 and CT5 from Jenoptik (Jena, Germany) are now equipped with USB interface. With an extended resolution up to 5 Megapixel and a live frame rate up to 20 fps the new USB Camera of...

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RTA Polygonal Scanners

Lincoln Laser (Phoenix, AZ) has announced a new family of RTA Polygonal Scanners. You may select a precision ball bearing motor for operation from 500 to 12,000 RPM or a self-generating air bearing motor for operation...

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Digital Welding Camera System

Invisual E. Inc. (Toronto, Canada) has introduced the ICAM digital weld viewing and monitoring system as a tool for improving welding automation. The ICAM system extends the operatorís view of the weld zone by...

Duke University engineers have developed a novel approach that they believe can more efficiently harvest electricity from the motions of everyday life. Although motion is an abundant...

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LED Characterization System

As part of the design process, engineers must predict the performance of their LED system and determine if it will meet specifications at real operating temperatures and electrical drive conditions. The ETΦ™...

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Permeable Pavement and Reducing Water Runoff

Paved parking lots and driveways often create an easy pathway for pollutants to reach underground water sources and change the natural flow of water back into the ground. Today, EPA announced a study that will investigate ways to reduce pollution that can run off paved surfaces and improve how water...

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A Smarter Electric Grid

A stark reminder of our country’s outdated infrastructure is the sight of uniformed utility company personnel canvassing neighborhoods to read electric and gas meters in homes and businesses. For many residents, this means having to arrange access for meter readers. I have circumvented this issue by doing my own...

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MEMS Industry Fueled By New Technology

Like other sectors, the market for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) stagnated during the economic downturn. According to a report by market research organization Yole Developpement titled “State of the MEMS Industry 2009 Report,” sales of MEMS-based products are slated to reach $6.9 billion in...

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Should net neutrality rules be imposed on broadband service providers?

This week’s question concerns net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission last week began drafting legislation that would prevent phone and cable companies from abusing their control over the broadband access market, by prohibiting them from censoring certain...

A wireless monitoring system from Arch Rock (San Francisco, CA) provides continually updated information on a data center's electrical usage and thermal status -...

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"Earth Binoculars" Sense Disasters From Space

New Tel Aviv University technology combines sophisticated sensors in orbit with sensors on the ground and in the air to create a “Hyperspectral Remote Sensor” (HRS). HRS can give advance warnings about water contamination after a forest fire, or swiftly alert authorities of a pollution...

North Carolina State University engineers have developed a new material that would allow a fingernail-size computer chip to store the equivalent of 20 high-definition DVDs or 250 million...

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Should there be a mandate to buy health insurance?

This week’s question concerns the health-care reform bill. One of the controversial bill’s provisions, now in Congressional debate, revolves around an escalating series of fines that would be imposed on individuals refusing to purchase health insurance. The fines, slated to take effect...

Roughly the size of a postage stamp, the PC-10 ultracapacitor from Maxwell Technologies Inc. (San Diego, CA) has a proprietary electrode for enhancing the reliability of backup power in...

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PV Measurement System

Newport Corporation’s Oriel Instruments division (Irvine, CA) has introduced the Oriel IQE-200TM, an instrument that permits simultaneous measurements of the external quantum efficiency (EQE) and the...

Today, DOE Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman announced the winners of the 2009 Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The student team from Darmstadt, Germany, won top...

A new Tel Aviv University invention - a real-time "Optical Soil Dipstick" (OSD) - provides a new diagnostic tool for assessing the health of the planet. Professor Eyal Ben-Dor, of...

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Silver Nanoparticles Give Polymer Solar Cells A Boost

Researchers at Ohio State University, led by professor Paul Berger, are experimenting with polymer semiconductors that absorb the sun’s energy and generate electricity - with the goal of lighter, cheaper, and more-flexible solar cells. The team has discovered that adding tiny bits of...

A strain of yeast, which thrives on turning sugar cane and other tough grasses into ethanol and might be used as biofuel, has had its genome completely sequenced by researchers...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3)

The EPA has awarded 43 grants to teams of university students who will design technologies addressing sustainability challenges in the developed and developing world. The People, Prosperity, and the...

University of Florida chemists have pioneered a method to tease out promising molecular structures for capturing energy, a step that could speed the development of more efficient, cheaper...

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Battery Battle

A new type of redox flow battery from the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) offers an advantage for electric cars. If the rechargeable batteries are low, the discharged electrolyte fluid can simply be...

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