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.

A lens that enables microscopic objects to be seen from nine different angles at once to create a 3D image has been developed. Other 3D microscopes use multiple lenses or cameras...

Proponents of laser beam welding (LBW) and electron beam (EBW) welding each pronounce the singular praises of their favored technology, but often the best solution for a...

Custom fiber optic bundle array assemblies developed by the Photonics Group at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center were an enabling technology for both the...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Automated Cryocooler Monitor and Control System

A system was designed to automate cryogenically cooled low-noise amplifier systems used in the NASA Deep Space Network. It automates the entire operation of the system including cool-down, warm-up, and performance monitoring. The system is based on a single-board computer with custom software and...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Making Machine Vision Systems Smarter

Machine vision technology is used extensively throughout manufacturing to improve product quality, increase productivity and reduce costs. One of the reasons for that is a machine vision system will work...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Multi-Wavelength, Multi-Beam, and Polarization-Sensitive Laser Transmitter for Surface Mapping

A multi-beam, multi-color, polarized laser transmitter has been developed for mapping applications. It uses commercial off-the-shelf components for a low-cost approach for a ruggedized laser suitable for field deployment.

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Optical Communications Link to Airborne Transceiver

An optical link from Earth to an aircraft demonstrates the ability to establish a link from a ground platform to a transceiver moving overhead. An airplane has a challenging disturbance environment including airframe vibrations and occasional abrupt changes in attitude during flight. These...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Optical Receiver for Laser Pulse Measurement

The new optical receiver iC212 from iC-Haus (Bodenheim, Germany) is the first of its kind that operates throughout a wide input frequency range of DC up to 1.4 GHz, combined with a wide spectral...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
PDL Source/Emulator

The PDLPro (PDLE-101) PDL Source/Emulator from General Photonics (Chino, CA) aids in testing to ensure that high speed fiber optic transceivers and coherent detection systems meet their stringent PDL tolerance...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
C-Mount lenses

Schneider (Van Nuys, CA) C-mount 2/3” (11mm image circle) lenses are designed for aerospace, military, and other high performance imaging. These compact precision primes are optically corrected and broadband coated for the...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Linear Motor Tables

The Dover (Westborough, MA) MMG Mini-Mag line of precision linear motor tables are now available in aluminum-based versions with an optional single phase motor to reduce controller complexity, system footprint and cost....

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
UV Fluorescent Conformal Coating

Specialty Coating Systems (Indianapolis, IN) has introduced a new technology, SCS Parylene C-UVF™, a coating that fluoresces under a specific spectrum of UV light, enabling customers to identify and verify...

Articles: Photonics/Optics
Adhesives for Optical Assembly

Adhesives deliver excellent performance on a range of materials used to manufacture optical components, including glass, metal, ceramic and most plastics. By their very nature, adhesives allow devices to be...

The European Space Agency is funding e2v’s development of an image sensor for the visible instrument in the Euclid space telescope. Euclid is a candidate mission for one of two...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Continuous-Integration Laser Energy Lidar Monitor

This circuit design implements an integrator intended to allow digitization of the energy output of a pulsed laser, or the energy of a received pulse of laser light. It integrates the output of a detector upon which the laser light is incident. The integration is performed constantly, either by...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
n-B-pi-p Superlattice Infrared Detector

A specially designed barrier (B) is inserted at the n-pi junction [where most G-R (generation-recombination) processes take place] in the standard n-pi-p structure to substantially reduce generation-recombination dark currents. The resulting n-B-pi-p structure also has reduced tunneling dark currents,...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Monolithic, High-Speed Fiber-Optic Switching Array for Lidar

Current fiber switch technologies use mechanical means to redirect light beams, resulting in slow switch time, as well as poor reliability due to moving parts wearing out quickly at high speeds. A non-mechanical ability to switch laser output into one of multiple fibers within a fiber...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Radius of Curvature Measurement of Large Optics Using Interferometry and Laser Tracker

The determination of radius of curvature (ROC) of optics typically uses either a phase measuring interferometer on an adjustable stage to determine the position of the ROC and the optics surface under test. Alternatively, a spherometer or a profilometer are...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Miniaturized Airborne Imaging Central Server System

In recent years, some remote-sensing applications require advanced airborne multi-sensor systems to provide high performance reflective and emissive spectral imaging measurement rapidly over large areas. The key or unique problem of characteristics is associated with a black box back-end system...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Creep Measurement Video Extensometer

Understanding material behavior under load is critical to the efficient and accurate design of advanced aircraft and spacecraft. Technologies such as the one disclosed here allow accurate creep measurements to be taken automatically, reducing error.

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
General Tool for Evaluating High-Contrast Coronagraphic Telescope Performance Error Budgets

The Coronagraph Performance Error Budget (CPEB) tool automates many of the key steps required to evaluate the scattered starlight contrast in the dark hole of a space-based coronagraph. The tool uses a Code V prescription of the optical train, and uses...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Laser Cutting System

Hypertherm (Hanover, NH) has released the HyIntensity™ Fiber Laser HFL015 cutting system, which includes a power source, cutting head, gas supply, operator interface consoles, motion controls, and software, all...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Infrared LEDs

A set of surface-mount, high-output infrared LEDs from ROHM Semiconductor (San Diego, CA) can be used in proximity sensor applications. The SIM-030/031ST and SIM-040/041ST surface-mount IR LEDs feature IR wavelength technology...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Spectral Reflectivity Measurement System

Olympus Corp. (Center Valley, PA) has introduced a spectral reflectivity measurement system designed for use with lenses, prisms, flat glass, plastics, and electronic components produced by optical...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Vibration Isolation Workstation

The new Vision IsoStation vibration isolation workstation from Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA) is designed to improve ease-of-installation, setup, and lab space utilization. The workstation is available with...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser Power/Energy Sensor Shock Absorber

Ophir Photonics Group (Logan, UT) has announced the Shock Absorber, a mounting post designed to allow the operation of sensitive pyroelectric laser power/energy sensors in an environment with...

Products: Photonics/Optics
f/#1.0 Athermalised LWIR Lens

LightPath Technologies (Orlando, FL) has introduced an f/#1.0 athermalised long wave infrared (LWIR) lens assembly with 10.65mm focal length, developed for uncooled infrared sensors using 8μm — 12μm infrared...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Pulsed Laser Driver

ILX Lightwave Corporation (Bozeman, MT) has released the LDP-3832 Pulsed Quantum Cascade Laser Driver. The LDP-3832 is designed specifically for quantum cascade lasers used in absorption spectroscopy applications and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Industrial Microscope Module

Carl Zeiss (Thornwood, NY) has introduced the Axio Imager Vario, a microscope module for industrial tasks where large samples requiring various contrasting methods, such as solar cells, wafers, flat panel screens...

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