Briefs: Materials
Selective Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes

This invention is a process by which carbon nanotubes can be chemically functionalized according to their precise electronic structure. The process involves an exploitation of charge transfer stability at the nanotube sidewall to direct selective reaction of certain electronic structures over...

Briefs: Materials
Predictive Modeling of Corrosion Efficiencies and Toxicities

Atmospheric corrosion is significantly accelerated by the presence of heat, humidity, corrosive salts, and sunlight. At Kennedy Space Center (KSC), all of these accelerants are present, producing an extremely corrosive environment. Toxicity and environmental impacts of some inorganic...

Briefs: Materials
Improving Foreign Object Damage Performance for 2D Woven Ceramic Matrix Composites

As the power density of advanced engines increases, the need for new materials that are capable of high operating temperatures, such as ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), is critical for turbine hot-section static and rotating components. Such advanced materials...

Briefs: Software
Enhanced Project Management Tool

A complex project having many tasks and sub-tasks, many phases, and many workers will often require an evaluation of completion of the tasks and sub-tasks at several times during the project’s duration. Initially and throughout the duration, suitability of the technical and inter-personal characteristics of the...

Briefs: Information Technology
Advanced Navigation Strategies for Asteroid Sample Return Missions

Sample-return missions to primitive solar system bodies (asteroids, comets, and planetary satellites) can provide a wealth of scientific information and insight into the composition and origins of the solar system. Recent interest in primitive body missions has been driven by the...

Briefs: Information Technology
Half-Cycle Crack Growth

Half-Cycle Crack Growth software offers a reliable method for calculating theoretical fatigue crack growths that could lead to catastrophic structural component failures. The program builds upon and integrates Armstrong’s proven half-cycle and closed-form aging theories, and considers every half-cycle of loading spectra...

Briefs: Information Technology
NASA Visualization Explorer

NASA Visualization Explorer (NASA Viz) is an intuitive, interactive iOS application (app) that delivers science stories with multimedia content linking high-quality explorable images, descriptive text, visualizations, videos, and interviews with a fresh look and feel. NASA Viz aims to excite a wide audience about...

This hazard avoidance algorithm uses a single flash lidar range image to select a safe landing site for NASA missions. The advantage of flash lidar is that the entire range image is captured...

Briefs: Software
Fast Classification Method for Multivariate Mixtures of Spectroscopic Responses

In many fields of spectroscopy, classification of the measured multivariate response is not always a straightforward process. Accurate classification is limited by many factors that are highly dependent upon the spectroscopy method being utilized. In all cases,...

Briefs: Information Technology
Feature Database

The primary function of the Feature Database (FDB) is to contain information about all the ground features seen so far in a sequence of aerial images. This information is organized so that features can be efficiently located and tracked into later images. As each new image is processed, the database grows to include more images...

Briefs: Information Technology
DRAT: A Distributed Release Audit Tool

DRAT software overcomes limitations inherent in the Apache Release Audit Tool (RAT), and also brings code auditing and open-source license analysis into the realm of Big Data by using scalable, open-source Apache technologies. Distributed RAT (DRAT) leverages Apache Tika to automatically detect and classify...

In the past decade, diode lasers have made great strides in both power and reliability. The performance improvements have enabled new applications, particularly in areas where...

Articles: Photonics/Optics
SPIE Photonics West 2015 Preview

The SPIE Photonics West 2015 technical conference and exhibition, taking place February 7-12 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, offers attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest technological...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fabricating Custom Components from Stock Optics

Two quantities are perennially in short supply on engineering projects: time and money. When it comes to producing custom optical components in less time, for less money, one feasible approach...

A design methodology was developed that optimizes the performance of active mirrors. Patterns of parameterized ellipsoidal actuators are overlaid onto the mirror,...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Monolithic Dual Telescope for Compact Biaxial Lidar

A document discusses the Ultra Compact Cloud Physics Lidar, a biaxial lidar with a narrow receiver field of view. It requires tight optical alignment between the transmitter and receiver paths while flying on various aircraft over various temperatures and in the presence of vibration. To...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Passive Aerosol Cloud Suite

The Passive Aerosol Cloud Suite (PACS) is an imaging polarimeter that employs wide field-of-view (FOV) optics to obtain a highly accurate polarimetric signal across an image with hyperangle, multiangle views. PACS is designed to measure the array of parameters necessary to retrieve aerosol and cloud microphysical...

Innovations in Optics, Inc. (Woburn, MA) offers high power LED Light Engines as excitation illuminators for large field-of-view fluorescent imagers used in...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Low Viscosity, Two Component Epoxy

Master Bond EP112LS is a two-part epoxy that is well suited for impregnation, potting, encapsulation, sealing and coating applications, particularly in the aerospace and optoelectronics industries. EP112LS...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
CCD Image Sensor

The KAI-08051 charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensor from ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) shares the same advanced 5.5 micron pixel architecture, 8 megapixel resolution, 15 frame per second readout rate, and 4/3 optical...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Thermal Imaging Core

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Portland, OR) has announced its latest thermal imaging core, Muon™, which is designed specifically for OEMs capable of integrating uncooled FPAs into their own camera solutions. Muon is based on...

Products: Photonics/Optics
CCTV Lenses

SCHOTT MORITEX (San Jose, CA) has introduced the ML-M MP5 Series with four lens models for high-precision inspection. The company’s newest lineup of highend closed-circuit television (CCTV) lenses addresses the needs of...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optic Laser Source Modules

Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA) is expanding its product portfolio with the LS Series LabSources. These bench top fiber optic laser source modules are specifically designed for the needs of researchers...

Products: Photonics/Optics
AFM TERS Solution

Bruker (Santa Barbara, CA) recently announced the launch of the new-generation Innova-IRIS, the first guaranteed Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS) system specifically designed to accelerate the adoption and...

Products: Imaging
Imaging Sensor Targets

Headwall (Fitchburg, MA) has announced the availability of a new hyperspectral imager targeting very high resolution spectral measurements of 0.1 nm over specific spectral ranges that yield indicators of vegetative...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser Optics Coatings

Coated laser optics are used to optimize the characteristics of the emitted laser beam. However, losses are produced at each glass surface - thus the number of optics should be reduced to a minimum. Laser Components...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Measurement System

Hexagon Metrology (North Kingstown, RI) has announced the release of a new HP-O non-contact scanning probe for high accuracy measurement and inspection applications. The device exerts no physical impact on a part,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
4 x 25G Lasers

BinOptics (Ithaca, NY) has announced the availability of 25G lasers at four wavelengths (1270, 1290, 1310 and 1330nm), allowing 100G solutions for data centers through course wavelength division multiplexing (CDWM). Trends...

Products: Photonics/Optics
sCMOS Camera

The Andor (Belfast, UK) Neo 5.5 megapixel sCMOS camera is a unique - 40°C vacuum cooled platform designed around a low noise 5.5 megapixel sensor with 6.5 μm pixels and a 22mm diameter to drive lowest possible dark noise....

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