Briefs: Information Technology
PowderSim: Lagrangian Discrete and Mesh-Free Continuum Simulation Code for Cohesive Soils

PowderSim is a calculation tool that combines a discrete-element method (DEM) module, including calibrated interparticle- interaction relationships, with a mesh-free, continuum, SPH (smoothed-particle hydrodynamics) based module that utilizes enhanced,...

Briefs: Information Technology
Basic Operational Robotics Instructional System

The Basic Operational Robotics Instructional System (BORIS) is a sixdegree- of-freedom rotational robotic manipulator system simulation used for training of fundamental robotics concepts, with in-line shoulder, offset elbow, and offset wrist. BORIS is used to provide generic robotics training to...

Briefs: Information Technology
Multiple-Frame Detection of Subpixel Targets in Thermal Image Sequences

The new technology in this approach combines the subpixel detection information from multiple frames of a sequence to achieve a more sensitive detection result, using only the information found in the images themselves. It is taken as a constraint that the method is...

Briefs: Information Technology
Metric Learning to Enhance Hyperspectral Image Segmentation

Unsupervised hyperspectral image segmentation can reveal spatial trends that show the physical structure of the scene to an analyst. They highlight borders and reveal areas of homogeneity and change. Segmentations are independently helpful for object recognition, and assist with...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sheet Membrane Spacesuit Water Membrane Evaporator

A document describes a sheet membrane spacesuit water membrane evaporator (SWME), which allows for the use of one common water tank that can supply cooling water to the astronaut and to the evaporator. Test data showed that heat rejection performance dropped only 6 percent after being subjected...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Motor Qualification for Long-Duration Mars Missions

Qualification of motors for deep space under extreme thermal environments to be encountered during the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission is required to verify the reliability and validate mission assurance requirements. The motor assembly must survive all ground operations, plus the nominal...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Advanced Materials and Manufacturing for Low- Cost, High-Performance Liquid Rocket Combustion Chambers

A document describes the low-cost manufacturing of C103 niobium alloy combustion chambers, and the use of a high-temperature, oxidation-resistant coating that is superior to the standard silicide coating. The manufacturing process involved...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Ultra-Compact, Superconducting Spectrometer-on-a-Chip at Submillimeter Wavelengths

Small size, wide spectral bandwidth, and highly multiplexed detector readout are required to develop powerful multi-beam spectrometers for high-redshift observations. Currently available spectrometers at these frequencies are large and bulky. The grating sizes for...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Rad-Tolerant, Thermally Stable, High-Speed Fiber-Optic Network for Harsh Environments

Future NASA destinations will be challenging to get to, have extreme environmental conditions, and may present difficulty in retrieving a spacecraft or its data. Space Photonics is developing a radiationtolerant (rad-tolerant), high-speed, multichannel...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
UV Resonant Raman Spectrometer With Multi-Line Laser Excitation

A Raman spectrometer employs two or more UV (ultraviolet) laser wavelengths to generate UV resonant Raman (UVRR) spectra in organic samples. Resonant Raman scattering results when the laser excitation is near an electronic transition of a molecule, and the enhancement of Raman...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Towed Subsurface Optical Communications Buoy

The innovation allows critical, high-bandwidth submarine communications at speed and depth. This reported innovation is a subsurface optical communications buoy, with active neutral buoyancy and streamlined flow surface veins for depth control. This novel subsurface positioning for the towed...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
High-Collection-Efficiency Fluorescence Detection Cell

A new fluorescence cell has been developed for the laser induced fluorescence (LIF) detection of formaldehyde. The cell is used to sample a flow of air that contains trace concentrations of formaldehyde. The cell provides a hermetically sealed volume in which a flow of air containing...

High-power fiber lasers have been increasingly used for material processing, metal cutting, and welding applications due to high wall-plug efficiency, compactness, and superb long term...

Articles: Photonics/Optics
Photonics Design Automation

Fuelled by an increasing demand for bandwidth combined with a continued drive towards cost and size reduction, larger scale photonics integrated circuits are now clearly breaking through. For example, fiber optics...

Products: Photonics/Optics
3D Imaging Sensor

FSI Technologies (Lombard, IL) has added a new 3D imaging sensor to its machine vision product line. The GS Family of 3D imaging sensors provides support to a whole new range of robot control and inspection applications....

Products: Photonics/Optics
C-mount Spectrometer Adapters

A new series of adapters, simplifying integration of c-mount cMOS and CCD cameras with McPherson (Chelmsford, MA) high performance spectrometers, is now available. Easy and secure c-mount adapters are suitable...

Products: Photonics/Optics
2.8 MP GigE Vision Camera

Point Grey (Richmond, BC, Canada) recently announced the addition of new 2.8 megapixel models to its Flea®3 line of GigE Vision digital cameras. Building on Point Grey’s experience with Sony CCD technology, the...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Cool Bypass Switches

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has introduced its latestgeneration high-efficiency cool bypass switches for photovoltaic modules, enabling an even higher percentage of harvested energy to reach end-users and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Multi-Channel Laser Modules

AKELA Laser Corporation (Monmouth Junction, NJ) announced the release of its single and multi-channel laser diode modules in wavelengths from 635nm to 1950nm. The second in a series of releases over the next 6...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Chip-Based Video Camera

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (Bridgewater, NJ) recently demonstrated a LatticeECP3-based video camera supporting NIT’s NSC1005 Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) 720p image sensor. The NSC1005 high dynamic range image...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Silicon Solar Cells

Imec (Leuven, Belgium) has developed a 20.04% large-area industrial-level silicon solar cell. Imec’s PERC-cell is compatible with the requirements of industrial photovoltaic production. It is a large-area (125mm x...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Infrared Image Sensor

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has collaborated with Teledyne Imaging Sensors (Camarillo, CA) to manufacture an Extremely Large Stitched Read Out Integrated Circuit (ELS ROIC) for astronomy. The H4RG-15 image sensor,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
USB 3.0 CMOSIS-Sensor- Based Cameras

Lumenera Corporation (0ttawa. Ontario, Canada) has introduced a new line of cameras that pair CMOSIS sensors with a USB 3.0 interface. This new product line features six distinct color, monochrome and NIR...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Epoxy Based UV Curable System

With outstanding light transmission properties and optical clarity, Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) UV15 is widely used for a variety of bonding, coating and sealing applications in the optical, electronic and...

Opto Diode (Newbury Park, CA), a division of ITW, has introduced the ODD-900-001, a surface-mount photodiode with a daylight filter. The new photodiode offers low capacitance and short switching...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Galvo and Controller Combination

Aerotech’s (Pittsburgh, PA) Nmark AGV-HP advanced galvanometers use innovative optical feedback technology to increase resolution to greater than 24 bits. Both the standard AGV and higher performance AGV-HP...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Tunable Lenses

Edmund Optics (EO) (Barrington, NJ) has introduced new CMount Focus-Tunable Lenses. When a control current is applied to the lens, its focal range is adjusted from +80 to +200mm. This variable tuning range - the ability to...

Mcor Technologies, Dunleer, Ireland, has introduced the IRIS color 3D printer that prints in more than one million hues simultaneously, creating photorealistic physical objects from 3D data....

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