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.

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...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Slowing Light Via Beam Coupling in Dye-Doped Chiral Nematics

Apart from the fundamental interest of discovering the physical effects that are behind the light-matter interaction processes that make it possible, slowing and storing light currently attracts a lot of attention because the ability to control the propagation speed of optical pulses,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Full HD Autofocus 8MP USB 3.0 Camera

e-con Systems Inc. (St. Louis, MO) has launched the See3CAM_80, part of the See3CAM family of USB3.0 SuperSpeed cameras. The See3CAM_80 supports video streaming at resolutions of up to 1080p@30fps and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Board-Level Camera

Equipped with the CMV300 VGA sensor from CMOSIS, Baumer’s (Southington, CT) new MXG03 board-level camera delivers very high frame rates up to 250 frames/s and can be integrated into extremely small spaces. The camera...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Triggers

Specialised Imaging Ltd. (Tring, UK) has been assigned the worldwide rights by SFW (El Cajon, CA, USA) to manufacture and market its new range of optical triggers. The already highly reliable OT-series trigger has been...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Mid-IR Transport Fiber

NP Photonics Inc. (Tucson, AZ) has introduced a mid-infrared (IR) transport fiber that offers high transparency across the visible and mid-infrared (400 nm to 4500 nm) and has been designed to be mechanically robust....

Products: Photonics/Optics
3D Weld Seam Inspection Software

New EyeVision 3.0 software from EVT Eye Vision Technology GmbH (Karlsruhe, Germany) performs automated 3D inspection of weld seams and stores the results for further processing. The following metrical...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Vision System Frame Grabber

BitFlow, Inc. (Boston, MA) has introduced the Cyton™ CXP4 fourchannel frame grabber based on the CoaXPress standard. Key to its success is the incorporation of the Gen 2.0 x8 PCI Express bus interface on its...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Sub-Nanosecond Solid-State Lasers

The new Helios series of sub-nanosecond solid-state lasers from Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) offer a pulse repetition frequency of 50 kHz and a pulsewidth of <600 ps. Specific applications include scribing of both thin-film and c-Si solar cells (e.g. selective opening of anti-reflection or passivation...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
High-Voltage Clock Driver for Photon-Counting CCD Characterization

A document discusses the CCD97 from e2v technologies as it is being evaluated at Goddard Space Flight Center’s Detector Characterization Laboratory (DCL) for possible use in ultra-low background noise space astronomy applications, such as Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph...

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