Photonics & Imaging


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
General MACOS Interface for Modeling and Analysis for Controlled Optical Systems

The General MACOS Interface (GMI) for Modeling and Analysis for Controlled Optical Systems (MACOS) enables the use of MATLAB as a front-end for JPL’s critical optical modeling package, MACOS. MACOS is JPL’s in-house optical modeling software, which has proven to...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
ASIC Readout Circuit Architecture for Large Geiger Photodiode Arrays

The objective of this work was to develop a new class of readout integrated circuit (ROIC) arrays to be operated with Geiger avalanche photodiode (GPD) arrays, by integrating multiple functions at the pixel level (smart-pixel or active pixel technology) in 250-nm CMOS...

Traditionally, the recording of ordnance proofing data has been split into two main areas: instrumentation and high speed photography. Instrumentation was more focused on the collection of...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Photovoltaic Tracking Control Systems

Tracking systems are included in more than one-third of new photovoltaic developments in Europe, but less than 10% in the US. If properly controlled, they can capture more energy from each panel than...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Blue Tunable Laser

New Focus™ (Santa Clara, CA) a Newport Corporation Brand, has introduced the Vortex™ Plus Blue TLB-6802 precision series, single-mode, finely-tunable laser. This is the world’s first precision tunable blue laser that...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Smart Camera

The In-Sight® 7000 smart camera from Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) features a vision tool library; In-Sight measurement, location, and inspection vision tools; and the EasyBuilder® setup and deployment environment. The smart...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Matrix Switch

Polatis (Andover, MA) has introduced its Series 6000 Optical Matrix Switch — a non-blocking, all-optical single-mode fiber cross-connect for up to 192x192 fiber ports. The switch features less than 1dB typical optical...

Products: Photonics/Optics
DC Cabling

Amphenol Industrial (Sidney, NY) has announced an active trunk and drop cabling product, in conjunction with Ampt (Fort Collins, CO), a designer of active electronics for photovoltaic (PV) solar modules.

Products: Photonics/Optics
Machinable Glass Ceramic

MACOR® machinable glass ceramic from Goodfellow Corp. (Oakdale, PA) is machinable with ordinary metalworking tools rather than diamond grinding equipment. The rigid, radiation- resistant ceramic, which has a...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber-Pigtailed Laser

Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) has expanded its OBIS family of plug-and-play smart laser modules with a new fiber-pigtailed (FP) option at several wavelengths, including 405nm, 488nm, and 640nm. The OBIS FP lasers are...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Digital Laser Diode Driver

Portable Power Systems (St. Louis, MO) has expanded its line of Digital Laser Diode Drivers by offering the new series of PPS drivers, which are offered in CW, Pulsed or CW/Pulsed versions. The pulsed versions have...

Products: Photonics/Optics
CMOS Cameras

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced new HXG cameras that combine CMOS sensor technology with a dual GigE interface and PoE (Power over Ethernet). Available with 2- and 4- megapixel resolutions, Baumer HXG cameras transfer...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Diode Laser Bars

DILAS (Mainz, Germany) offers water-cooled laser diodes for alkali laser pumping at 766nm, 780nm, and 852nm on micro-channel heat sinks at CW power levels of 40W, 60W, and 100W, respectively. The laser bar geometry has a 1cm...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Silicone Solar Cables

Rated for voltages up to 42,000 Volts DC, Cicoil’s (Valencia, CA) Silicone Jacketed Solar Power Cables have been designed to provide absolute reliability in solar panel interconnection and photovoltaic applications....

Products: Photonics/Optics
Near-Infrared Photon Counter

The id220-FR-SMF from id Quantique (Carouge, Switzerland) provides a cost-effective tool for applications that require asynchronous photon detection. The cooled InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiode and associated...

Products: Photonics/Optics
InGaAs Camera

FLIR Systems (Portland, OR) has announced its SC2600 near infrared (NIR) camera. The device features a 640 × 512 InGaAs sensor. The SC2600 combines a spectral sensitivity range of 0.9-1.7μm and small 25μm pixels. Other...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optic Connector Cleaning Tools

US Conec (Hickory, NC) has released two new fiber optic connector cleaning tools in the IBC™ family. The Zi series tools feature a 117mm (4.6") housing, and a lanyard attaches to the operator’s belt....

Fifteen years of work by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) team paid off recently with a historic record-breaking laser shot. The NIF...

In a leap forward for laser technology, a team at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) has developed the first violet nonpolar vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) based...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Machine Vision Lenses

FSI Technologies Inc. (Lombard, IL) has introduced a line of industrial machine vision lenses, the CLH Series lenses. These lenses provide versatility to work well with most common machine vision applications, and are...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Thermoelectric Modules

Laird Technologies, Inc. (St. Louis, MO) has released its eTEC(TM) Series Thermoelectric Module (TEM) product line. The eTEC Series of TEMs enable high-powered optoelectronics to maintain peak performance by...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Ultrafast Lasers

Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has expanded their family of industrial ultrafast lasers with the Talisker 500, which delivers over 10 Watts of ultraviolet output at 355nm, 15 Watts of green output at 532nm or 25 Watts of...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Femtosecond Laser Mirrors

Semrock, Inc. (Rochester, NY) recently released the first two products in its soon-to-be expanded line of PulseLine(TM) femtosecond laser optics. These 45° turning mirrors are IBS-coated for maximum durability and...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Single-Frequency, 1,064-nm Laser Designed for Space LIDAR

Redfern Integrated Optics was awarded a Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for further development of its single-frequency, narrow- linewidth semiconductor...

Laser diodes are very sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD), current/ voltage transients, and temperature changes, and extra care must be taken to ensure the laser...

From apples to oranges, from avocado to zucchini — the fruit and vegetable departments of large supermarkets offer an overwhelming choice...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
885-nm Pumped Ceramic Nd:YAG Master Oscillator Power Amplifier Laser System

The performance of a traditional diode pumped solid-state laser that is typically pumped with 808-nm laser diode array (LDA) and crystalline Nd:YAG was improved by using 885-nm LDAs and ceramic Nd:YAG. The advantage is lower quantum defect, which will improve the thermal...

Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are unipolar semiconductor lasers, where the wavelength of emitted radiation is determined by the engineering of quantum states within the...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Measurement Via Optical Near-Nulling and Subaperture Stitching

A subaperture stitching interferometer system provides near-nulling of a subaperture wavefront reflected from an object of interest over a portion of a surface of the object. A variable optical element located in the radiation path adjustably provides near-nulling to facilitate...


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