Ultrashort pulse (USP), or “ultrafast,” lasers emit extremely brief pulses of light, generally with duration of a picosecond (10-12 seconds) or less. The...

A method of polarimetric imaging, now undergoing development, involves the use of two photoelastic modulators in series, driven at equal amplitude but at different frequencies. The net...

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Modal Filters for Infrared Interferometry

Modal filters in the ≈10-μm spectral range have been implemented as planar dielectric waveguides in infrared interferometric applications such as searching for Earth-like planets. When looking for a small, dim object (“Earth”) in close proximity to a large, bright object (“Sun”), the...

McPherson, Inc. (Chelmsford, MA) has released the 251MX x-ray and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) spectrometer, for wavelength dispersive spectral measurements from 0.6 to 20nm (60 to 2000eV). The...

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Benchtop Optical Meter

The 1928-C Single-Channel Bench-top Optical Meter from Newport (Irvine, CA) interfaces with the company’s photodiode detectors, thermopiles, and pyroelectric detectors. It has the capability of measuring from 11 pW...

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Near-Infrared Photodetectors

The Siletz series of carrier multiplication devices (CMDs) from Voxtel (Beaverton, OR) are nanostructured InGaAs/ InAlAs devices that are designed to overcome the limitations of avalanche photodiodes (APDs) in...

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Eye-Safe Laser Illuminator

The Prolight-G from Snake Creek Lasers (Hallstead, PA) is a rugged, eye-safe laser illuminator that features a continuously-variable cone-angle setting to accommodate short-distance illumination tasks. Highly...

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Supercontinuum Fiber Laser

Fianium (Southampton, UK) has developed a supercontinuum (SC) fiber laser based on its proprietary high-performance photonic crystal fiber (PCF) design. SC lasers, based on the PCF design, offer true white spectrum...

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Imaging Spectrometer

The Pika NIR from Resonon (Bozeman, MT) is a cost-effective, line-scan imaging spectrometer for the 900nm - 1,700nm spectral range. The system includes an embedded InGaAs camera, interchangeable c-mount objective lens,...

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Variable Angle Tilt Stage

PROMET International (Shoreview, MN) has introduced the FiBO® Variable Angle Tilt Stage (VATS) with Bare Fiber (BF) Adapter for efficient bare fiber endface geometry testing. When used with the FiBO® 300...

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Clear Aperture Beam Collimator

Optical Surfaces (Surrey, UK) has released a 235mm clear aperture beam collimator that can precisely measure the quality of the company’s imaging systems from the visible to the IR, using Modulation Transfer...

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X-Ray Photodiode

The AXUV 100GX Absolute X-ray Photodiode from International Radiation Detectors (Torrance, CA) possesses known active silicon thicknesses and 100 percent internal quantum efficiency, making possible absolute measurement of...

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Pavement Profiling Sensor

LMI Technologies (Vancouver, Canada) has introduced the SelcomTM High Speed RoLineTM 1130 Sensor with laser line sensing for accurate profiling of all pavement geometries on high-speed profilers, at any...

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UV Curable Adhesive

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) offers UV10FL-1 UV curable adhesive with a tensile strength of 2,850 psi and a tensile modulus of 154,000 psi. It remains a flexible adhesive with elongation at break of 43%. UV10FL-1 is a low...

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Optomechanical Design Software

Lambda Research Corporation (Littleton, MA) has released TracePro® 5.0, the newest version of its optomechanical design software. TracePro 5.0 provides a new interface for modeling optical sources. Users can...

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Digital X-Ray Detectors

PerkinElmer Optoelectronics (Waltham, MA) has introduced high-speed, high-throughput, digital X-ray detectors for industrial and medical applications, including pipeline inspection and diagnostic and therapeutic...

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4-inch Fizeau Interferometer

The Z100 from ESDI (Tuscon, AZ) is a Fizeau interferometer with a four inch aperture. The interferometer is available in wavelength options of 405nm, 542nm, 1053nm, 1064nm, 1313nm, and 1550nm. Reference optics...

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Laser Diode Mounting Fixtures

ILX Lightwave Corporation (Bozeman, MT) has released the LDM-49800 series of laser diode mounting fixtures for high-power fiber-coupled laser diodes. The LDM-49800 series consists of two family members that...

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Conspiracy Theories

It’s been quite a year so far for UFO conspiracy theorists.

This month, former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who walked on the Moon in 1971 as part of the Apollo 14 mission, stated publicly that we are not alone. During a speaking engagement at the National Press Club following the Fifth Annual X-Conference,...

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Earth Day 2009

Today is Earth Day, the day set aside 39 years ago to inspire awareness and appreciation of the earth’s environment. There will be no shortage of commemorative activities and people pumping their chests proudly proclaiming their dedication to preserving the environment we live in. But with this country and many parts of the...

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Bright Spots in Motion Control Market

Like other sectors, the motion control product market has been impacted by the economic downturn over the past nine months, according to a recent report by market research firm IMS Research. The sector saw the double-digit growth of the past few years slow significantly the second half of 2008 and first few...

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Gadget Addicts

We have become a world full of gadget addicts. Every day on my commute to and from New York City, I'm surrounded by hordes of people happily ensconced in their own little worlds, listening to music on their MP3 players, fiddling with their cell phones, madly texting associates or scanning emails on their iPhones and BlackBerries....

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Shrinking the Nuclear Arsenal

President Obama’s recent call for the United States to reduce its stockpile of nuclear weapons has met its share of skeptics concerned about national security, given unstable political and military conditions around the world. But there’s at least one group of scientists and environmental activists adamant about...

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Giving Engineers a Hand

Manufacturing employment fell by 161,000 last month, and as we all know, most other aspects of our economy are not doing much better. Displaced engineers are finding that having skills in 3D computer-aided design could improve the success of their job search.

To that end, Dassault Systems SolidWorks has launched an...

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Comsol News - 2009

COMSOL News 2009 is a collection of case studies on industrial multiphysics applications. Discover how GE, Waters, STMicroelectronics, ArcelorMittal and others are benefiting from using multiphysics tools by downloading your own copy of COMSOL News. Inside, you will find several examples of how your peers have cut costs,...

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China Raises Stakes in Electric Vehicle Race

As if the U.S. auto industry doesn’t already have enough problems, it looks like domestic automakers will have another competitor to deal with – China. A New York Times article said today the Chinese government has hatched a plan to be a leading producer of hybrid and all-electric vehicles over...

Magnetic-field-response sensors have been developed for use in measuring levels of fluids under extreme conditions. The sensors work without wire connections or direct physical contact with...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Direct-Solve Image-Based Wavefront Sensing

A method of wavefront sensing (more precisely characterized as a method of determining the deviation of a wavefront from a nominal figure) has been invented as an improved means of assessing the performance of an optical system as affected by such imperfections as misalignments, design errors, and...

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Using Fluorescent Viruses for Detecting Bacteria in Water

A method of detecting water-borne pathogenic bacteria is based partly on established molecular-recognition and fluorescent-labeling concepts, according to which bacteria of a species of interest are labeled with fluorescent reporter molecules and the bacteria can then be detected by...

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