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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Color provides critical information that can improve the reliability of many machine vision inspection applications and make it possible to inspect many products that cannot be inspected...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The new APC Combiner Block™ from American Photonics Co. (Sarasota, FL) replaces the first turning mirror in many CO2 laser machines to add three new capabilities: a visible alignment...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Electronic noise from quantum cascade laser drivers has long limited the detection threshold of chemical sensors. That may no longer be a problem. Wavelength Electronics (Bozeman, MT) has introduced the QCL LAB...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Excelitas Technologies Corp. (Waltham, MA) recently launched the new HeliX™ Silicon Avalanche Photodiode (Si APD) Module, employing its leading-edge Si APD detectors to deliver enhanced performance...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The new Lumen 1600-LED from Prior Scientific (Rockland, MA) is the latest product in Prior’s expanding microscopy illumination product line. The Lumen 1600-LED offers individual control for 16...

Products: Photonics/Optics

To meet the demands of automated visual inspections in the electronics assembly process, EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) has developed the “ChipControl” command set for its EyeVision image processing software....

Products: Photonics/Optics

AOS Technologies (Baden, Switzerland) has introduced the PROMON SCOPE G2, a portable high-speed streaming camera system that helps technicians quickly isolate problems to get ailing equipment back up and running....

Products: Photonics/Optics

Ricoh Americas Corporation (Malvern, PA) recently unveiled the RICOH NV-10A digital binoculars, which for the first time can penetrate fog, smoke, rain, and sand to provide a crisp, clear image even at night. The RICOH...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Spectra-Physics® (Santa Clara, CA), a Newport company, has introduced Talon 355-20, a high UV output power addition to its Talon family of Q-switched diode-pumped solidstate (DPSS) lasers. The new laser delivers >20 W UV power,...

INSIDER: Materials
'Electron Camera' Reveals Nature's Fastest Processes

Using a method known as ultrafast electron diffraction (UED), a scientific instrument from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory reveals nature's fastest processes, including the rapid motions of atoms and molecules.

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

It’s often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Such was the case for Ames Laboratory physicist Adam Kaminski who took a challenge he was facing and turned it...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

A research team has realized one of the long-standing theoretical predictions in nonlinear optical metamaterials: creation of a nonlinear material that has opposite refractive...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Zygo Corporation (Middlefield, CT) has introduced the ZeGage™ Plus optical profiler, a full-featured instrument for the 3D measurement of surface topography and roughness. The ZeGage Plus utilizes ZYGO’s...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Spark Lasers, a start-up currently in incubation at ALPhANOV (Talence, France), has introduced two new industrial picosecond lasers. Sirius and Vegas provide excellent beam quality with a linear...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

LASER COMPONENTS‘(Bedford, NH) FLEXPOINT® laser module series now includes dot and line lasers with 488 nm, in addition to 405 nm and 450 nm wavelengths in the blue spectral range. Depending on the beam profile, the output...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Princeton Optronics Inc. (Mercerville, NJ) has introduced a VCSEL-based miniature line generator. The wavelength of the line generator is in the 820- 840nm range, has a 20mW CW power output, a fan angle...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology
New Nanowires Absorb Light

Harvard University scientists have created nanowires with new useful properties. The wire not only absorbs light at specific wavelengths, but also light from other parts of the spectrum. The technology could have applications in areas ranging from consumer electronics to solar panels.

INSIDER: Energy
New System Stores Solar Energy at Night

Common solar energy systems today are unable to use the generated energy at night or in cloudy conditions. A University of Texas at Arlington materials science and engineering team has developed a new energy cell that stores large-scale solar energy even when it is dark.

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Domain-Engineered Magnesium-Oxide-Doped Lithium Niobate for Lidar-Based Remote Sensing

There are several frequency conversion applications associated with lidar-based remote sensing that would benefit from the use of high-quality, complex (i.e., chirped, multi-section, or otherwise modulated) domain-engineered magnesiumoxide- doped lithium...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fiber-Optic Sensor for Aircraft and Structure Lightning Measurement

An optical-fiber sensor based on Faraday Effect was developed for measuring total lightning current. Designed for aircraft installation, it is lightweight, non-conducting, structure conforming, and is immune to electromagnetic interference, hysteresis, and saturation. It can...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

The successful exploitation of hyperspectral imaging sensors depends on the availability of accurate and complete spectral signature libraries. Coupled with the appropriate spectral...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Applications for 3D machine vision are rapidly expanding in a variety of industries for several reasons. The first is that vision systems can lower production costs by increasing yields and/or...

Products: Photonics/Optics

AMG-GR gear-driven motorized gimbals from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) provide economical, high-accuracy elevation- over-azimuth positioning. The AMG-GR standard circular cells range from 100 mm to 300 mm in diameter....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

SCANLAB AG (Puchheim, Germany) has introduced a new high-end scan system, called excelliSCAN, that utilizes galvo scanners with ultra-precise digital angle sensors and a completely new SCANahead servo control to enable dynamic...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The GPL 105 series laser diode module system from BEA Lasers’ (Elk Grove Village, IL) includes a 3/8” NPT-threaded housing with mounting hardware and a plug-in USB-type power supply. Cable connector length is 36” and...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The XEVA-2.35-320 TE4 from Xenics (Leuven, Belgium), a thermoelectrically cooled infrared camera features T2SL infrared detection technology and delivers superb performance in the 1.0 to 2.35 μm wavelength region for...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

MicroCare Corporation (New Britain, CT) has introduced the newest additions to its STICKLERS® family of fiber optic cleaning tools. Sticklers® CleanClicker™ push-to-clean tools contain more than 750 cleaning...

INSIDER: Materials

Silicon micromirrors can guide laser beams at extremely high speeds, allowing operators to dose heat input to workpieces with absolute precision. But to date, they have not been robust enough to be...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics have shown that a laser-generated microplasma in air can be used as a source of broadband terahertz...

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