Photonics & Imaging

Photonics/​Optics

Explore the latest technical briefs and product breakthroughs in photonics and optics. Resources include breakthroughs in lasers, laser systems, fiber optics, optical components, and photonics.

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
250W CO2 Laser

Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has added the new DIAMOND E-250 to its E Series CO2 laser family. The power range for the Coherent E-Series product line extends from 150W to 1000W. The new DIAMOND E-250 is a fully sealed,...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
IR Emitters

Laser Components (Hudson, NH) has introduced a new generation of diamond-like pulsable infrared emitters. The DLSxxxX2224 series has replaced its predecessors, 17-900 and 22-1000. Significant improvements include tighter process...

Rice University scientists have created a highly sensitive portable sensor to test the air for the most damaging greenhouse gases. The device, created by Rice engineer and...

Sunlight drives nearly all life on Earth, and scientists want to develop ways for it to power civilization as well. Now researchers suggest that a relatively simple,...

Traditionally, spacecraft maneuvering is performed by onboard particle- based thrusters, such as ion thrusters, with a limited amount of fuel that restricts lifetime and V capability. In...

Solar technologies are all measured and specified under standard test conditions. The conditions state that the solar panel be tested at 25°C and be subjected to 1000...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
V-Assembly Dual-Head Efficiency Resonator (VADER) Laser Transmitter

A complete demonstration breadboard unit for advanced development as a high-TRL (technology readiness level) system has been constructed and characterized. Infusion of several new component technologies, such as ceramic:YAG material and high-power laser diode arrays (LDAs),...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Twin Head Efficient Oscillator Development for the ACE Multi- Beam Lidar and 3D-Winds

The Twin Head Efficient Oscillator (THEO) concept uses a pair of smaller, identical laser pump modules, oriented to remove asymmetrical thermo-optical effects typical in single-slab lasers such as HOMER (High Output Maximum Efficiency Resonator), MLA (Mercury...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Planetary Polarization Nephelometer

Aerosols in planetary atmospheres have a significant impact on the energy balance of the planets, yet are often poorly characterized. An in situ instrument was developed that would provide more diagnostic information on the nature of aerosols it encountered if deployed on a planetary descent probe. Previous...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
GaSb-Based Diode Lasers for Remote Detection of Carbon Dioxide

Monolithic ridge-waveguide GaSbbased diode lasers were fabricated with a second-order, laterally etched Bragg grating to generate single-mode emission from InGaAsSb/AlGaAsSb multiquantum- well structures. In this design, the monolithic Type-I GaSb-based diode lasers use grating...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Optical Tunable-Based Transmitter for Multiple High-Frequency Bands

The purpose of this innovation is to be able to deliver, individually or simultaneously, multiple microwave high-frequency bands including, but not limited to, L (1.5 GHz), C (7 GHz), X (8.4 GHz), Ku (14.5 GHz), Ka (32 GHz), and Q (38 GHz) frequencies at high data rates and with...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A High-Repetition-Rate Seeded Optical Fiber Amplifier (SOFiA) for the LIST Mission and Next-Generation Satellite Laser Ranging

A document describes a fiber/solid-state hybrid seeded regenerative amplifier capable of achieving high output energy with tunable pulse widths for satellite laser ranging (SLR) applications. The diode-pumped solid-state...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Motorized Zoom Lens

Resolve Optics (Chesham, Bucks, UK) has developed a variant of its Model 207 miniature motorised zoom lens, enabling a manufacturer of remotely operated vehicles (ROV’s) to help improve the deep sea welding capability...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Galvanometer-Based Optical Scanner

ScannerMAX (Orlando, FL) recently announced the release of the all new Compact- 506 model optical scanner. The Compact-506 is built upon ScannerMAX’s patented VRAD actuator platform and features a very...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Handheld Raman Spectrometer

Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) has released the IDRaman mini handheld Raman spectrometer, a small, powerful instrument for sample authentication and counterfeit detection, identification and verification. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
2.8 MP USB 3.0 Scientific Imaging Camera

Point Grey (Richmond, BC) announced a new addition to the Grasshopper3 scientific imaging camera family that features high quality, high resolution CCD sensors with a USB 3.0 interface. The new...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Dual-Band Photodetector

GPD Optoelectronics Corp. (Salem, NH) has announced the availability of made-toorder Dual-Band photodetectors. Two discrete photodiodes are mounted in a stack such that the incoming light is sensed by both diodes. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Portable Spectrometer

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced the GL SPECTIS 5.0 Touch - a portable instrument for obtaining light measurement data ranging from NIR to UV with laboratory accuracy. Unique features of the GL SPECTIS...

Asylum Research (Santa Barbara, CA), an Oxford Instruments company, has announced blueDrive photothermal excitation, an option available exclusively for Asylum’s Cypher™ Atomic Force...

Products: Photonics/Optics
DOP Meter

Using a patented maximum & minimum search technique, the DOP- 201 from General Photonics (Chino, CA) measures and displays the Degree of Polarization (DOP) of a light source in real time with high accuracy and wide dynamic...

Products: Photonics/Optics
120mW Laser Diode

Oclaro’s (Denville, NJ) HL63142DG high power red laser diode offers an inbuilt monitor photodiode at a lasing wavelength of 637nm. It is a unique design which enables system designers to control optical power output by...

Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter, an element used in specialized solar cells, that could significantly improve the efficiency of the cells. The novel...

Gems are known for the beauty of the light that passes through them. But it is the fixed atomic arrangements of these crystals that determine which light frequencies are permitted...

A new dual inverted selective plane illumination microscope from Applied Scientific Instrumentation (Eugene, OR) generates 3d volumes with isotropic resolution (330) nm in all directions,...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Infrared Imaging Camera Engines

Sofradir EC, Inc. (Fairfield, NJ) is introducing a new line of high performance infrared imaging engines. The Miniature Thermal Imaging Engines, labeled “MiTIE”, utilize a Sofradir cryogenically cooled MCT...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Microspectrometer

The STS-UV Microspectrometer from Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) is a compact, high-performance spectrometer. Measuring just 40mm x 42mm and 24mm high, this product is optimized for applications in the ultraviolet (190-650 nm)...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Thermal Night Vision Systems

Senso Optics (Yokneam, Israel) has announced development of the world’s first "Thermal camera on Chip(TM)" for ADAS (Advance Driver Assistance System). ADAS is a driver warning system, designed to reduce...

In the “old” days when high speed cameras used film, there was a very definite period of time in which the event one wished to record had to occur. This was between the point at which the...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Projected-Capacitive Touch Sensing Technology

Projected-capacitive (PCAP) touch sensing technology is rapidly evolving to meet the advanced user-interface needs of modern applications. Popular consumer products that use multitouch and...

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