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....

Tech Needs
Non-Invasive Intra-Cranial Pressure Monitoring

Because manned spaceflight still imposes unknown stresses on the human body, NASA is seeking non-invasive technological approaches for intra-cranial pressure measurement. A baseline must be established on the ground, and then periodic measurements will be taken during flight — possibly over...

Tech Needs
Better Foam Generation

Foam is a key indicator of efficacy and performance for a range of consumer pharmaceutical and food products. A company seeks cost-effective physical and mechanical technologies for enhanced foam generation and stability. Devices that are able to generate a high volume of foam from low-concentration, surfactant-based...

Techs for License
Multiple-Input DC Converter Distributes Power from Battery

The Direct Electric Power Converter (D-EPC), a semiconductor switching circuit, controls power distribution among multiple DC power sources without using a DC-DC converter. During every pulse-width-modulation (PWM) cycle, the DEPC alternately activates one of the multiple inverter...

Techs for License
Piezo Technology Offers Precise Actuation, Generates Less Heat

“VIVA” piezo technology enables a valve to be direct-operated. The piezo element is protected from the fluid stream to eliminate potential for clogging or contamination failure. The valve is directly shifted by the VIVA arm, and requires only a standard 40-micron air filter...

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...

You may not realize it, but many of the bells and whistles in the products that you engage with on a daily basis are actually powered by software.

The Partnership for Next Gen eration Vehicles (PNGV) is not a NASA initiative to develop powerful new rockets and spacecraft, even though it may sound like one. PNGV was a partnership...

When it comes to creating white light using LEDs, there are many different methods, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. First, the most common and traditional is chip-level conversion, where...

Chuck Jorgensen, Chief Scientist for the Neuro Engineering Lab at NASA Ames Research Center, in Moffett Field, CA, currently studies...

The Propellants North Administrative and Maintenance Facility at Kennedy Space Center, located in Cape Canaveral, FL, achieves net-zero energy use. To offset the costs of electricity provided...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensors Monitor Curiosity’s Drilling Arm

With the successful landing last August, NASA’s Curiosity rover is maneuvering the surface of Mars, analyzing samples of soil. Two sensors were developed by FUTEK for Curiosity. The first is a...

The Harry S. Truman Building is the State Department’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. Its main corridor spans two city blocks and contains more than 150...

Roundabouts, also known as traffic circles, are increasing in number across the U.S. These intersections generally increase traffic throughput while reducing the severity of automobile...

That annoying buzz created by overhead fluorescent light bulbs in your office or residence hall may soon be a thing of the past thanks to the work of Wake Forest scientists who...

Research News: Lighting
Low-Level Light Therapy Could Be Used to Treat Alzheimer’s Patients

Among Americans over 80, who represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, half are debilitated with a neurodegenerative disorder. Of this group, 5.4 million now have Alzheimer’s Disease, and according to recent data released by the Alzheimer’s Association,...

The incandescent light bulb, first commercialized by Thomas Edison in 1879, was a remarkable invention for its day. Edison found that when an electric current was passed through a...

NASA Technology

“Alpha, Golf, November, Echo, Zulu.” “Sierra, Alpha, Golf, Echo, Sierra.” “Lima, Hotel, Yankee.”

It looks like some strange word game, but the...

MathWorks, Natick, MA, has introduced Release 2012b with updates to MATLAB and Simulink environments for technical computing, and simulation and design, respectively. The new release includes a redesigned...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
CNC Machine Controllers

B&R Industrial Automation Corp. (Roswell, GA) offers standardized system modules for CNC machines. Consisting of hardware components, all necessary software functions, and available simulation options, the software...

Products: Motion Control
Automation Control Platform

GE Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the PACSystems® control and computing platform designed for the industrial Internet. It incorporates COM Express architecture with multi-core CPUs. The...

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