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.

Products: Photonics/Optics
Blue Laser Diodes

Power Technology (PTI) (Little Rock, AR) has released new blue laser diode wavelengths and power levels. The new options include: 375nm 200mW, 395nm 120mW, 415nm 120mW, 420nm 120mW, and 460nm 100mW. The laser diodes also...

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Custom Microminiature Optics

Bern Optics (Westfield, MA) offers custom optical elements with dimensions as small as 0.20 mm. They can be custom engineered, ground, and polished to micron tolerances in a variety of configurations, including...

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PFC and Ballast Control ICs

International Rectifier Corp. (El Segundo, CA) has introduced the IRS2580DS Combo8, an IC that integrates power factor correction (PFC) and ballast control in an 8-pin SO-8 package. To provide power factor...

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Power MOSFETs

STripFET VI DeepGATE power MOSFETs from STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) withstand maximum voltages up to 80V. Transistor options include the 60V STP260N6F6 and STH260N6F6-2, the 75V STP210N75F6 and STH210N75F6-2, and...

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Light Engine

Lumencor (Beaverton, OR) has released the SOLA light engine. The device offers solid state illumination and continuous white light from 380 to 680nm, allowing the user simple integration with existing filter cubes and hardware...

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Photovoltaic Metallization Paste

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) (Bristol, UK) has introduced the low temperature processing DuPont™ Solamet® PV414 photovoltaic (PV) metallization paste designed for rotary screen printing to enable...

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Diode Laser System

DILAS Industrial Laser Systems (Tucson, AZ) has introduced a diode laser system with an optical output power of 30W CW and increased beam quality. Its module is integrated into the fiber-coupled turnkey diode laser...

In the world of precision motion control there is a continuous pursuit of higher performance, whether it’s resolution, speed, stability, accuracy or step size. Even if a specified device appears...

We have known for decades that the sun radiates enough energy to meet the world’s needs for power, both now and in the future. As in any energy conversion from original source to...

A microspectrometer has a circular geometry, and is designed with the Fresnel diffraction equation. This enables a dramatic miniaturization of the optical parts of a...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Miniature Laser Magnetometer

A conceptual design has been developed for a miniature laser magnetometer (MLM) that will measure the scalar magnitude and vector components of near-Earth magnetic fields. The MLM incorporates a number of technical innovations to achieve high-accuracy and high-resolution performance while significantly reducing the...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Low-Power, Self-Calibrated Vector Magnetometer

NASA satellites measure vector magnetic fields around planets to learn about the geology of the planets. Existing fluxgate magnetometers drift as a result of temperature and aging. A magnetometer whose calibration was stable would improve investigations of planets and the solar system.

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All-In-One Fluorescence Microscope

The BZ-9000 (BIOREVO) from Keyence Corp. of America (Elmwood Park, NJ) performs fluorescence, bright field, and phase-contrast imaging on a variety of specimen holders, including slides, dishes, and...

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Harsh Environment Optical Systems

Resolve Optics Ltd. (Chesham, Bucks, England) has developed optical systems that will operate in up to 950°C without cooling. For radioactive environments, the custom lens systems and through-wall...

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Light Pipes

Lumex (Palatine, IL) has announced TransBrite™ Halo Ring™ light pipe technology for LEDs. The pipes come in both standard and custom formats, created with ray trace software and 3D CAD/CAM models for optimum light...

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Quantum Cascade Laser Driver

The QCL Series of Low Noise Quantum Cascade Laser Drivers from Wavelength Electronics (Bozeman, MT) minimize linewidth, spectral drift, and center wavelength jitter with low noise control electronics. The...

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Laser Modules

FLEXPOINT® laser modules from Laser Components USA (Hudson, NH) display a “clean” spot at multiple levels of magnification. Inside the module, optical elements are used and adjusted manually to obtain the optimal...

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Raman Spectroscopy Spectrometer

B&W Tek (Newark, DE) has released the Glacier™ T spectrometer for Raman spectroscopy applications. The Glacier™ T, which measures less than 8" × 4" × 4", comes preconfigured with a choice of 532nm or...

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Wavelength Meter

TOPTICA (Victor, NY) has announced its WS6–200 IR3 wavelength meter for wavelength measurements (from 2μm to 11μm) in the mid-infrared (IR) region. The WS6–200 IR3 permits both CW and pulsed lasers with narrow-band...

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Color Sensors

ColorMax and ColorMax View sensors from EMX Industries (Cleveland, OH) have been made in an industry standard M30 housing without internal or external switches. The operator has control over parameters of the sensor,...

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DPSS Lasers

Cobolt AB (Stockholm, Sweden) has released two wavelengths on the single frequency 05-01 DPSS laser platform. The Cobolt Flamenco™ 660nm is available with 300mW CW output power, and the Cobolt Jive™ 561nm has 500mW CW...

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Laser Splicing System

Joining Technologies (East Granby, CT) has introduced the Infinite Web™ 355, a laser cutting and welding system for splicing iron and nickelbased strip alloys. The design incorporates laser welding and cutting with...

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Patterned Optical Coatings

To grow its PixelTec™ patterned optical coating technology, Ocean Thin Films (Largo, FL) has expanded its Golden, Colardo facility. PixelTec technology enables micron-scale patterning of multiple thin film...

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Photoelectric Sensor

The photoelectric sensor from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now includes 18 mm rectangular plastic DC models. The IP67 rated sensors, available in 12 varieties, feature an 18mm diameter threaded lens and M12...

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Ten-Megapixel Camera

The SILICON VIDEO®10C6 color and 10M6 monochrome cameras from EPIX (Buffalo Grove, IL) have 10 megapixel progressive scan images with a resolution of 3840 × 2764 pixels and 12 bits per pixel. Asynchronous capture is...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Using Aspheric Optics in Complex Lens Designs

Optical design engineers often discuss the use of aspheres to reduce element count, but they seldom put the discussion into real-time practice, often fearing that the more complex fabrication...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Proximity Detection Sensors

Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions® (Plano, TX) has announced its 5th generation sensor family, the TSL2x72 Series, that delivers improved digital ambient light sensing (ALS) and proximity detection...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
High Speed Photoreceiver

New Focus(TM) (Santa Clara, CA), a Newport Corporation Brand, has introduced the GHz Nirvana(TM) High Speed Receiver, the world's only photoreceiver with automatic balancing. The new GHz Nirvana features 2000...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Compact Camera Focus Module

New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) has upgraded the lifetime specification and provided new repeatability data for its miniature M3-F focus module, which replaces fixed lens holders in compact board...

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