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.

Features: Photonics/Optics
Calibrating Photovoltaic Cells

The basic function of a photovoltaic cell is to convert input — sunlight energy expressed in irradiance (W/m2) — into output — useable electrical power — with as little loss as possible. To...

Organic photovoltaic (OPV) materials are an emerging alternative technology for converting sunlight into electricity. OPVs are potentially inexpensive to...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Qualification and Selection of Flight Diode Lasers for Space Applications

The reliability and lifetime of laser diodes is critical to space missions. The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission includes a metrology system that is based upon laser diodes. An operational test facility has been developed to qualify and select, by...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
High-Speed Operation of Interband Cascade Lasers

Optical sources operating in the atmospheric window of 3–5 μm are of particular interest for the development of free-space optical communication link. It is more advantageous to operate the free-space optical communication link in 3–5-μm atmospheric transmission window than at the telecom...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Hybrid AlGaN-SiC Avalanche Photodiode for Deep-UV Photon Detection

The proposed device is capable of counting ultraviolet (UV) photons, is compatible for inclusion into space instruments, and has applications as deep-UV detectors for calibration systems, curing systems, and crack detection. The device is based on a Separate Absorption and Charge...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Mode Selection for a Single-Frequency Fiber Laser

A superstructured fiber-grating-based mode selection filter for a single-frequency fiber laser eliminates all free-space components, and makes the laser truly all-fiber. A ring cavity provides for stable operations in both frequency and power. There is no alignment or realignment required. After...

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) has introduced the industry's first compact vision system based on the Intel® Core™2 Duo P8400 processor. The EOS-1000 provides four independent PoE (Power...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fuse and Fuseholder

Schurter (Santa Rosa, CA) has introduced the ASO series fuse and FSO series fuseholder, both designed to protect DC applications from low short circuits and overvoltage conditions in systems upwards of 1000 VDC. They are...

Products: Photonics/Optics
LED Power Supplies

ERG Lighting, a division of Endicott Research Group (Endicott, NY), has introduced the eDriver family of LED power supplies for solid state lighting (SSL) applications. It is available in a range of constant voltage and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
CCD Microscope Cameras

Jenoptik Optical Systems Division (Jupiter, FL) has added two USB camera types to its CCD microscope camera range: ProgRes® SpeedXTcore 3 and ProgRes® SpeedXTcore 5. SpeedXTcore 3...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Thermal Imaging Camera Core

FLIR Systems (Portland, OR) has introduced the 640 × 480 resolution Tau 640 long-wave camera core. It delivers thermal imagery with a 17-micron pixel size and Digital Detail Enhancement image processing...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Counter-Rotating Doublet Prisms

Optical Surfaces (Surrey, England) has announced the delivery of a pair of ultra-high-precision counter-rotating doublet prisms for an Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector (ADC), which is part of the SONG (Stellar...

Products: Photonics/Optics
CCTV Lens

Universe Kogaku America (Oyster Bay, NY) offers the EL1025B, a 25mm CCTV lens with adjustable focus and iris that offers an F/0.95 aperture. Aperture range is 0.95 to 16 in a 16mm lens format. The lens is suitable for low-light...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Machine Vision Solution

DALSA Corporation (Billerica, MA) has introduced the BOA M1280, a high-resolution model of its BOA vision system, a highly integrated smart camera that comprises the elements of an industrial machine vision system. It...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Electron and Ion-Beam Microscope System

FEI (Hillsboro, OR) has introduced the Helios NanoLab™ x50 DualBeam™ Series, which integrates FEI's extreme high-resolution scanning electron microscope (XHR SEM) with a high-performance focused...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Table

The 5300 Series optical table from Kinetic Systems (Boston, MA) offers maximum dynamic deflection coefficients of ≤0.3 (10)-3 and an IRD-maximum relative motion as low as 0.8(10)-9 inches. It features...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Hyperspectral Imaging Sensor

SPECIM, Spectral Imaging Ltd. (Oulu, Finland), offers the V10M, a high-resolution hyperspectral imaging sensor with dimensions required for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) applications. The sensor operates in the...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Low-Energy Laser Measurement Sensor

Ophir-Spiricon (Logan, UT) has introduced the PD10-IR-pJ photodiode energy sensors. It extends the low measurement capability to the NIR range, covering from 800 to 1800nm, and is designed for low-energy...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Plastic-Coated Silica Fibers

Fiberguide Industries (Stirling, NJ) offers a line of low and standard hydroxyl concentration (OH) plastic-coated silica fibers. The Anhydroguide™ and Superguide™ are low-cost optical fibers that provide UV...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Receiver

PHOTONIS USA (Sturbridge, MA) has introduced an optical receiver that is capable of sustaining tens of microamperes of signal current over an indefinite period. It also features an integrated power supply with low power...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Semiconductor Tapered Amplifiers

New Focus™ (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced a new series of semiconductor tapered amplifiers for high-power tunable and fixed-wavelength applications. The VAMP series is designed to accept many...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Infrared LED

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors’ (Sunnyvale, CA) new infrared DRAGON SFH 4236 LED achieves a typical radiant intensity of 650 mW/sr at a DC current of 1A, more than three times that of the standard IR DRAGON. The device emits at a...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Holographic Vortex Coronagraph

A holographic vortex coronagraph (HVC) has been proposed as an improvement over conventional coronagraphs for use in high-contrast astronomical imaging for detecting planets, dust disks, and other broadband...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Photon Counting Using Edge-Detection Algorithm

New applications such as high-data-rate, photon-starved, free-space optical communications require photon counting at flux rates into gigaphoton-per-second regimes coupled with sub-nanosecond timing accuracy. Current single-photon detectors that are capable of handling such operating conditions are...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Optical Structural Health Monitoring Device

This non-destructive, optical fatigue detection and monitoring system relies on a small and unobtrusive light-scattering sensor that is installed on a component at the beginning of its life in order to periodically scan the component in situ. The method involves using a laser beam to scan the surface...

Laser diodes for telecommunications have traditionally used thermoelectric coolers (TECs) for precision temperature control to improve diode output levels and maintain wavelength...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Tunable Bandpass Filters

The ubiquitous techniques of fluorescence and Raman imaging and spectroscopy rely heavily on spectrally precise, high-quality and high-throughput optical filter technologies. As both fluorescence and Raman-based...

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has developed a wireless MEMS sensor that acts as a transducer, antenna, and mechanical support for the SENSIMED Triggerfish®...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Vibration Cancellation System

Technical Manufacturing Corporation (Peabody, MA) has introduced the STACIS® iX LaserTable-Base™, a hybrid piezoelectric/ air active vibration cancellation system for optical tables. TMC’s patented STACIS...

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