View these and other new products on display by exhibitors at Photonics West, January 27-29, in San Jose, CA. Visit Photonics Tech Briefs at Booth 832.Visit http://spie.org/x23685.xml for more information.

Product of the Month Booth 541: Thermoelectric Cooler-Equipped APD

Nextreme Thermal Solutions (Durham, NC) has integrated the OptoCooler UPF4 thermo-electric cooler into Voxtel’s VDHAX line of hermetically-packaged avalanche photodiode (APD) receivers. The OptoCooler-equipped APD device will be used for applications in military laser radar and optical communications and commercial telecommunications. APDs can multiply the signal produced by incident light by as much as 100 million times, enabling photon detection at very low light levels. The APD device delivers more than 45°C of cooling during operation. The UPF4 removes a maximum of 610 mW of heat at 85°C ambient in an active footprint of 0.55 mm2.

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Booth 6330: Tunable Fabry-Perot IR Detector

InfraTec Infrared LLC (Grapevine, TX) is introducing a new tunable mid-wave (3 - 4.1μm and 3.9 - 4.8μm) infrared detector. Based around InfraTec’s standard LME-337 single channel detector, a micromachined tunable Fabry-Perot filter is applied that lets the device scan a spectral region instead of only one discrete wavelength. By varying the control voltage from 0 to 30 volts, the filter will move through a spectral range of slightly more than 1 micron.

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Booth 6144: Deformable Mirror

The DM52 deformable mirror from ALPAO (Biviers, France) features very large stroke and large bandwidth. The series is optimized for each application in free space optics, astronomy, and vision sciences. ALPAO also offers a highly flexible and open architecture called ALPAO Core Engine. This modular approach is an ideal tool for developing custom system and innovative solutions based on AO technologies. The AOS-0 is designed for R&D and education applications, while the AOS-1 is designed for more demanding applications.

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Booth 6015: Turnkey Diode Laser System

DILAS Industrial Laser Systems (Mainz, Germany) has released the 980nm, COMPACT 500W 400μm, which is based on a fiber-coupled module using DILAS’ conduction-cooled laser diode bars. It comes with an industrial water-to-air chiller, power supply, and an integrated control unit. The turnkey diode laser system is controllable via 24V interface signals and its compact 19" rack mounts make it easy to integrate for OEM integrators. Utilizing a QBH high-power fiber, the COMPACT 500/400 delivers 500W of cladding free optical power and is an ideal source for fiber laser pumping, materials processing, and medical applications.

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Booth 6198: 100 kHz Digital Joulemeter

Spectrum Detector (Lake Oswego, OR) has introduced the mach 5, a 100 kHz digital joulemeter that offers real-time, pulse-to-pulse energy measurement of high rep rate laser sources. Capable of better than 100,000 pps measurement with 12-bit accuracy, mach 5 enables users to measure every pulse of ultrafast pulsed lasers. The mach 5 captures and stores up to 4 million pulses (40 seconds of data at maximum rep rate) and on command puts them on the user’s PC via a full speed USB 2.0 interface. Comprehensive data analysis and system control is provided by LabView software and drivers.

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Booth 5063: Optical Engineering Software

Photon Engineering (Tucson, AZ) announces Release 7.100.0 of its optical engineering software FRED. FRED is an advanced 3D CAD optical engineering software program capable of simulating the propagation of light through virtually any optical or illumination system. The FRED Optimum release features a non-sequential hybrid optimizer. Both the FRED Optimum and Standard editions feature revised glass and lens catalogs with absorption, and extend the Coherent Field Synthesis capabilities to the scripting language. Scalar and vector fields can be computed on any analysis surface.

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Booth 6319: 15 kV Opto-Coupler

The OC150 opto-coupler from Voltage Multipliers Inc. (Visalia, CA) uses a 15kV photo-diode sandwiched between two high intensity LEDs, which are positioned for maximum photo-diode junction exposure. Once positioned, the part is injection molded with optically clear material. Because the photo-diode has been coated with a specially selected passivation material, the junctions are sensitized to light generated by the LEDs. LED light intensity is determined by the forward current through the LED. The OC150HG provides a method for remotely controlling high voltage systems though low voltage control circuitry, while providing a minimum of 15kV isolation.

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Booth 6095: Solid State Photomultiplier

Amplification Technologies Inc. (New York, NY), has released a high gain solid state photomultiplier that operates in the near infrared wavelengths of 1000 to 1700 nm. The measured devices have capabilities that provide a gain of over 200,000. The devices can be used for single photon counting applications without requiring external quenching circuits that introduce delay. The devices are suitable for use in the fields of spectroscopy, night vision, industrial and scientific instrumentation, astronomy, quantum cryptography, and other military, defense, and aerospace applications.

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Booth 447: Optical Flats

Tower Optical (Boynton Beach, FL) has released low cost optical flats, made from either BK7 or fused silica for higher quality requirements. The flats, which are generally used as a reference against which the flatness of an unknown surface can be determined, may also be used as windows. The fused silica optical flats are offered with precision flat surfaces on one side or both sides. They maintain a flatness of either λ/10 or λ/20. Their diameter ranges from 25mm to 200mm for single and dual sided with a λ/10 flatness and thicknesses up to 38mm at 200 mm diameter. Selected sizes are offered with flatness of λ/20 for single sided applications.

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Booth 1227: Image Acquisition Software

Jenoptik (Jena, Germany) has published Version 2.6 of its CapturePro image acquisition software for ProgRes® microscope cameras. Version 2.6 offers an annotation function that allows markers and text to be inserted in a previously acquired image, an improved selection tool for convenient selection of any previously inserted elements, and the addition of a “drag indicator” to the focus tool that facilitates finding the optimal focus setting. In the case of time-controlled time lapse imaging, users can select a replay frequency for stored video files. Measuring functions have been revised so names as long as 37 characters can be assigned to a set of calibration data.

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Booth 221: Optical Communication System Design Suite

Optiwave Systems Inc. (Ottawa, Ontario) offers OptiSystem 7.0, the latest version of its optical communication system design suite. Optical Code Division Multiple Access for Passive Optical Networks (OCDMA-PON) is a framework that provides cost-effective transport, provisioning, and protection of multi-protocol network traffic. The OptiSystem is available in a newly designed 64-bit edition, addressing complex computing simulations requiring a significant amount of memory. OptiSystem 7.0 includes a variety of new component models, including reflective semiconductor optical amplifiers (RSOA) for wavelength division multiplexed passive optical network (WDM-PON) architectures.

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Booth 335: Laser Fluorescence Filters

Semrock (Rochester, NY) has expanded its BrightLine family of fluorescence filters with a series of high-performance long-wave-pass filter sets optimized for laser-based microscopes and imaging systems. The laser fluorescence filter sets offer wavelengths precisely keyed to important excitation laser lines, such as 405, 488, and 561 nm. The BrightLine lasers feature deep blocking at the laser wavelengths to minimize noise, and highly flat and anti-reflection (AR) coated dichroic beamsplitters for producing clear images free from the artifacts often seen in laser microscopes.

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Booth 1119: Diode Laser Module

The CUBETM 660-100 laser from Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) delivers 100 mW of CW output at 660 nm. CUBE lasers are based on a high-power, single emitter diode laser, and integrate collimating and beam shaping optics, drive and control electronics, and TEC temperature stabilization. The turnkey, CDRH compliant module is for both OEM and laboratory use, and is primarily intended for bio-imaging applications. The CUBE 660-100 features built-in capabilities for analog modulation with a bandwidth of 350 kHz, and digital modulation with a bandwidth of 150 MHz. The CUBE 660-100 also features high-quality output with a TEM00 beam (M2<1.5) and low noise (<0.2% rms from 20Hz to 10MHz).

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Booth 6229: Infrared Detector

ULIS (Veurey-Voroize, France) has launched the UL 03 16 2, a miniature, low-consumption infrared detector. Integrated into a flat package, it works without the need of a thermo-electric cooler and features an embedded ADC (analog-to-digital converter) on chip, enabling the use of simplified driving electronic boards. The detector integrates into compact, lightweight, low-consumption cameras that are manufactured in large quantities. UL 03 16 2 is particularly well-adapted to applications like night vision enhancements for vehicles, building inspection, predictive maintenance, surveillance, and firefighting.

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Booth 945: SWIR InGaAs Camera

Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ) has introduced a high-speed, square 25-micron pixel shortwave infrared (SWIR) SU-LDH Digital Line Scan Camera. It uses the LC linear array, providing correlated double-sampling, integrate-while-read snapshot acquisition, and extremely low noise. The SU1024LDH camera delivers high dynamic range at frame rates greater than 46,000 lines per second, and quantum efficiency greater than 70 percent from 1.0 to 1.6 microns. The square 25-micron pixels make this camera ideal for high-speed machine vision to monitor continuous processes and moving objects.

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Booth 6609: Microscope System

Carl Zeiss MicroImaging (Thornwood, NY) introduces the Cell Observer SD (Spinning Disc) that enables confocal observation and documentation of experiments with living cells over a long period of time and at high frame rates. The microscope system provides high-end research in the field of life sciences with new experimental possibilities. With the full integration of the CSU-X1 confocal scanning unit manufactured by Yokogawa Electric Corporation into the ZEISS Cell Observer SD, the unit is suitable for molecular cell biology, developmental biology and neurobiology, and in Live Cell Imaging.

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Booth 1833: Flash Photography LEDs

The CERAMOS and OSLUX LED flash products from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Santa Clara, CA) meet the high brightness requirements demanded by modern digital cameras with higher pixel resolutions. The brightest LED without a lens for flash photography is the CER-AMOS, which produces 90 lumens from an operating current of 500 mA. The CE-RAMOS is available with clear encapsulation or diffused encapsulation for a neutral white appearance. The OSLUX, with its built-in special lens, is ideal for use with-out external optics in cell phones or digital cameras, and optimizes illumination over the target area.

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Booth 6005: Progressive Scan Camera

Toshiba Teli America, Inc. (Irvine, CA) has expanded its Fire-DragonTM line of progressive scan cameras by introducing the model CCSFU15CC18, a UXGA resolution (1600 × 1200) color camera incorporating FireWire-B (IEEE-1394.b) technology, resulting in image signal output rates of 800 Mbps. The camera is ideal for robotic vision, electronics inspection, semi-conductors or microscopy. Although it features a 1/1.8 inch type CCD, the camera measures only 44mm × 29mm × 44mm, allowing its integration into smaller machine vision systems.

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Booth 1007: Single-Element VGA Lens

Tessera Technologies, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has introduced the OptiML WL-VGA-1E, a single-element VGA lens for cell phone camera modules. The WL-VGA-1E is a reflow compatible, two-surface, lead-free lens designed to work with 2.2um pixel VGA image sensors. Its reflow compatibility enables camera modules built with this lens to go through high heat soldering without damage. The OptiML WL-VGA-1E includes an integrated infrared filter incorporated into the lens to reduce the number of components required by the camera module. The lens will support cell phone cameras, as well as applications such as PC cameras, gaming consoles, and security cameras.

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Booth 1843: Fiber System Design Tool

nLIGHT (Vancouver, WA) has released version 4.0 of the LIEKKITM Application Designer (LAD). LAD is a versatile and powerful design tool for simulating and optimizing fiber amplifiers and fiber laser systems. The design software is based on precise algorithms that account for all the reflections in the system, which is especially crucial for accurate laser and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) light source simulations. The software also accurately simulates large mode area and highly doped fibers. LAD v4.0 features multimode analysis of bent fibers.

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Booth 817: Three-Axis Motion Controller

Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA) offers the ESP301 three-axis motion controller and driver with a standard USB interface. The ESP301 can drive and control up to three axes of motion using any combination of DC or 2-phase stepper motors up to 3A per axis. It uses a 64-bit, floating point, DSP processor for high precision synchronized control. A digital PID-FF (feed-forward) servo loop ensures precise velocity profile tracking and accurate positioning. A 1000x programmable micro-step resolution provides ultra-smooth low-speed stepper positioning capability, and 18-bit DC motor command output ensures improved stability for precision applications.

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Booth 1621: High-Output Laser

The ColdRay laser from StockerYale (Montreal, Quebec) is a temperature-stabilized device resulting in excellent wavelength, excellent power and pointing stability, as well as a long lifetime. The laser is available in a wide range of wavelengths, from 375 nm to 830 nm. The high-output power laser is capable of projecting either a violet or red beam, making it suitable for bio-instrumentation applications. The unit’s thermoelectrical system maintains a constant laser diode temperature.

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