Photonics/​Optics

Photonics

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Products: Photonics/Optics

A new series of low-cost DC drive motors from Siskiyou Corporation (Grants Pass, OR) enables precise, hands-free adjustment of translation stages and mirror mounts, using a simple, push-button control pad. Specifically,...

INSIDER: Green Design & Manufacturing

Cellular biologists work at a frustratingly small scale. Like their colleagues in particle physics, these scientists investigate fundamental questions about our lives and our world...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A pair of University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) researchers aim to explore fundamental properties of infrasonic optical sensors that could make them more...

INSIDER: Energy

A novel three-dimensional solar cell design developed at Georgia Tech will soon get its first testing in space aboard the International Space Station. An experimental module containing...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) now offers a rugged, high performance embedded vision system that incorporates four configurable Camera Link ports and a front-removable, multi-terabyte storage bay with SATA III...

INSIDER Product: Imaging

Andor Technology (Belfast, Northern Ireland) has announced the launch of Dragonfly, a high-speed confocal imaging platform supporting multiple high-contrast imaging techniques. Dragonfly integrates Andor’s cameras with...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

The D200 is the latest in Highland Technology's (San Francisco, CA) line of high-performance compact precision laser drivers. A DC-coupled trigger signal produces fast, 2 nanosecond transitions. Up to 4 amps of regulated drive...

INSIDER Product: Imaging

Fiber Optic Center, Inc., (FOC) (New Bedford, MA) has announced the addition of the FiberChek Probe from Viavi to focenter.com. Meeting all fiber inspection needs with built-in image viewing, auto-focus, pass/fail...

Briefs: Imaging
Smartphone Video Guidance Sensor

The need arose to apply the state determination algorithms developed for the Advanced Video Guidance Sensor autonomous rendezvous and docking (AR&D) sensor onto a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), smartphone-based platform to create a lower-mass, lower-cost sensor for small satellite and CubeSat applications....

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A Smooth-Walled Feedhorn with Sub-30-dB Cross-Polarization Over a 30-Percent Bandwidth

The focus of this research was the design, optimization, and measurement of a monotonically profiled, smooth-walled scalar feedhorn with a diffraction-limited ~14° FWHM (full width at half maximum). It is an easier-to-manufacture, smooth-walled feed that...

Briefs: Imaging
Partially Transparent Circular Mask to Suppress Narrowband Laser Light

The evolved Laser Interferometry Space Antenna (eLISA) is the implementation of the original Laser Interferometry Space Antenna (LISA) concept that will be proposed for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) L.3 Cosmic Visions opportunity. The eLISA observatory uses lasers to...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Characterizing Richness of Previously Unmapped Terrain and Estimating its Impact on Navigation Performance using 3D Range Sensors in Flight

Landers to large planetary bodies such as Mars typically use a secondary reconnaissance spacecraft to generate high-fidelity 3D terrain maps that are subsequently used for landing site selection and creating...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Measurements of the cosmic micro wave background are a powerful probe of the early universe. Part-per-million fluctuations in the intensity of background trace the initial...

Briefs: Imaging
A Novel Orbiting Cloud Imager System for IR/UV/X-Ray Bands

Typically, the cost of a spaceborne imaging system is driven by the size and mass of the primary aperture. Innovative solutions for imagers that are less complex and are lightweight are very desirable. Currently, telescopes such as JWST and ATLAST are very expensive and very complex.

Articles: Imaging

The Near-Earth Object Camera (NEOCam) is part of a proposed NASA mission to find potentially hazardous asteroids. In a Q&A with Photonics & Imaging Technology, NEOCam principal...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

High-definition digital projectors based on Texas Instruments’ DLP® technology are widely known for being used in more than 90% of the world’s digital movie theaters. However, DLP...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

Thanks to a combination of high-quality optics and advanced digital imaging technology, today’s newest digital microscopes provide efficient solutions to a...

Application Briefs: Imaging

Today’s robots easily execute “pick-and-place” tasks: finding an object in one specified location and bringing it to another. But what if there are obstacles in a robot’s way? And what...

Application Briefs: Imaging

The “always-true” use case for 360º vision systems is to avoid blind spots. Blind spots are a byproduct of conventional cameras. They have a limited field of view and they only see in the...

Products: Photonics/Optics

JEOL’s (Peabody, MA) most recent addition to its suite of Transmission Electron Microscopes is the versatile JEM-F200, or “F2,” the only advanced analytical, high-throughput 200kV S/TEM in its class to...

Products: Imaging

The EoSens® 25CXP+ and EoSens® 12CXP high-speed cameras from Mikrotron GmbH (Poway, CA) are powered by the OnSemi PYTHON CMOS sensor. Both 80 × 80 × 66 mm models have a global shutter and a photo-sensitivity of 5.8...

Products: Photonics/Optics

LASOS (Jena, Germany) has announced the commercial release of its MCS Series multi-color, laser-based light engines. The platform offers output power levels to 100 mW and up to six individual wavelengths from 405...

Products: Imaging

XIMEA (Golden, CO) offers the xiSpec Hyperspectral Multi-Linescan Camera, which includes a line-wise arrangement of 150 HSI bands between 470 and 900 nm. Objects can be moved orthogonally to the horizontal color filters...

Products: Imaging

LinkCom Manufacturing (Walnut, CA) has announced a new family of INCORE high-performance constant-current LED power supplies. The first offering in the family is the 45 W DBFN-45 series. The slender, low-profile (372...

Products: Imaging

Coherix (Ann Arbor, MI) has announced the Predator3D™, an advanced bead inspection system used to monitor and control the dispensing of structural adhesives and sealants. The Predator3D captures the 3D data, including...

Products: Photonics/Optics

JAI (San Jose, CA/Shanghai, China) has added the GO- 2400-PMCL to its Go Series of industrial cameras. A two-channel Mini Camera Link interface enables its Sony IMX174 CMOS imager to output full-resolution 2.35-megapixel...

Products: Imaging

To prevent lasers from sustaining damage as a result of their environment, Laser Components (Bedford, NH) places them in housings that can withstand all conditions. Thanks to the IP67 protective class,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The S-25A80/CXP camera from Adimec Electronic Imaging (Stoneham, MA) uses the ON Semiconductor Python 25k 25 MP CMOS global shutter image sensor. Images of 5120 x 5120 pixels are taken at a maximum of 80 full frames per second...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Titan Tool Supply, Inc. (Buffalo, NY) has introduced a mobile and compact 2D optimal measuring device that provides accurate and precise measurements of workpieces in a matter of seconds. Manufactured in Germany...

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