Photonics/​Optics

Photonics

Find the latest news and technical briefs on next-generation photonics technologies. Learn more about applications like biophotonics, silicon photonics, and green photonics.

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Self-Nulling Beam Combiner Using No External Phase Inverter

A self-nulling beam combiner is proposed that completely eliminates the phase inversion subsystem from the nulling interferometer, and instead uses the intrinsic phase shifts in the beam splitters. Simplifying the flight instrument in this way will be a valuable enhancement of mission...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

Most people working with lasers today are trying to do something with the light beam, either as the raw beam or, more commonly, modified with optics. Whether it is printing a label on a part, welding a precision joint or...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

To decode the human genome and gain a greater understanding of diseases and their aetiology, advances need to be made in the rate at which the nucleotides that comprise DNA can be...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

An analysis of the classical method of calculating the zero-gravity surface figure of a mirror from surface-figure measurements in the presence of gravity has led to improved...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fiber-Coupled Planar Light-Wave Circuit for Seed Laser Control in High Spectral Resolution Lidar Systems

Precise laser remote sensing of aerosol extinction and backscatter in the atmosphere requires a high-power, pulsed, frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser that is wavelength-stabilized to a narrow absorption line such as found in iodine vapor. One...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Dontech (Doylestown, PA) Therma Klear™ transparent heaters provide the warmth necessary to extend the operating temperature of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) in cold environments (e.g. from 0° to below -40°C). A...

Products: Photonics/Optics

SCHOTT (Mainz, Germany) has developed a version of its N-BK7 glass that offers extremely high transmission (HT) for the types of prisms used in digital theater projectors. The new N-BK7HT guarantees a minimum...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The ProScan™ III Microscope Automation System from Prior Scientific (Rockland, MA) features a compact and modular design capable of controlling up to 16 axes including a motorized stage, focus drive, three...

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CRAIC Technologies (San Dimas, CA) has released the 64-bit version of its MINERVA™ microspectroscopy software package, designed to collect, analyze and process microspectra™ from CRAIC...

Products: Photonics/Optics

MIRICLE® MicroCAM™ from Thermoteknix Systems (Cambridge, UK) is a miniature thermal imager designed for portable battery operated night vision applications. The unit draws less than 0.6 watts while delivering a...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Bern Optics, Inc. (Westfield, MA) has announced the availability of submillimeter optical lenses as small as 0.20 mm. These precision lenses can be ground and polished in a variety of difficult configurations,...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Genia Photonics (Lasalle, Quebec, Canada) is now offering a family of high-performance, fiber-based MOPA (Master Oscillator Power Amplifier) lasers that deliver short, high-frequency pulses in the picosecond regime. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Voxtel (Beaverton, OR) has introduced the YVX-657 time-to-digital converter. This processor has been designed for time-of-flight measurements for applications including time-correlated spectroscopy, flash...

Products: Photonics/Optics

DuPont Performance Polymers (Wilmington, DE) has introduced DuPont™ Zalak® 5300 high-performance seals for photovoltaic cell manufacturing. Zalak 5300 seals bridge the performance gap between standard...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The new series of sole light engines from Omicron (Rodgau, Germany) are available in up to three wavelengths or up to six wavelengths, in the range of 375nm to 830nm, and an optical output power of up to 150mW at...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) has introduced new ultra-bright DuroSite LED High Bay Fixtures. The DuroSite High Bay fixture, incorporates Cree’s Xlamp® XP-G LEDs, delivering nearly 12,000 lumens while consuming only 150...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Laser Components (Hudson, NH) has recently added the K41 and CS405 series to their range of fiber-coupled high-power laser diodes. At a wavelength of 405nm, the components emit an optical output power of 20mW...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The new NSC0905 sensor from New Imaging Technologies (Evry, France) is specially designed for high-performance intensified night vision applications. The NSC0905 sensor has a pixel pitch of 10.6um with 1280×1024...

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McPherson’s (Chelmsford, MA) Model 642-1 calibration light source for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and soft x-ray (XUV) features a six-position anode carousel to exchange target materials. It permits...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Highland Technology (San Francisco, CA) has introduced the T750 and T760 high-voltage pulse drivers. Both feature fast, low-jitter, transformer-isolated pulse outputs which are user adjustable from +5 volts to +100...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Extech Instruments (Waltham, MA) has introduced METERLiNK ™, an exclusive new technology that wirelessly connects FLIR infrared cameras to Extech meters via Bluetooth™ to accelerate and simplify...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Renishaw (Hoffman Estates, IL) has introduced the "lean design" XL-80 laser calibration system. The new design allows a 4X faster slew rate, 10X higher dynamic data capture rate, and total system accuracy in a...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Cal Sensors (Santa Rosa, CA) has announced the launch of IDA (Integrated Detector Assembly) lead selenide and lead sulfide high-sensitivity infrared detectors with integrated electronics enclosed...

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Imec (Leuven, Belgium) has produced large-area (70cm2) epitaxial solar cells with efficiencies of up to 16.3% on high-quality substrates.

Products: Photonics/Optics

Sensors Unlimited (Princeton, NJ), part of Goodrich Corporation, has announced the new SU1024LDH2, a high speed, digital line scan SWIR-indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) camera. The second generation 1024-pixel, high speed...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced the OADM 250, an optical laser distance sensor specifically designed to accurately detect target objects, regardless of surface properties or color, at distances from 0.2...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Resolve Optics Ltd. (Chesham, Bucks., UK) offers a custom OEM design and manufacture service for organizations requiring non-browning fixed focus or zoom lenses optimized to their applications. All optical elements...

Videos: Test & Measurement

The NASA World Wind Java computer program developed at Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA, has won NASA’s 2009 Software of the Year award. Software engineers at Ames created the NASA World Wind...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

The basic function of a photovoltaic cell is to convert input — sunlight energy expressed in irradiance (W/m2) — into output — useable electrical power — with as little loss as possible. To...

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