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.

Products: Photonics/Optics
Industrial 50W Picosecond Laser

RPMC Lasers (O’Fallon, MO) has introduced an industrial 50W picosecond laser suitable for manufacturers who need to drill or cut thin materials to produce components that should not be subjected to heat....

Products: Photonics/Optics
Variable Focus Industrial Laser Module

Photonic Products (Hertfordshire, UK) has released a new range of variable focus industrial laser diode modules that offer high boresight accuracy of The modules also feature either a standard...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Hi-Speed DM37 Deformable Mirror

ALPAO (Biviers, France) has developed the Hi-Speed DM37, with optimized temporal response, large stroke, and high linearity. Designed for applications requiring large corrections with a small optical beam,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Continuously Variable Apodizing Filters

Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ) has introduced continuously variable apodizing filters designed to eliminate undesirable intensity variations and create an even illumination profile in optical systems....

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber-Coupled, Multi-Bar Module

A fiber-coupled, multi-bar module from DILAS (Tucson, AZ) delivers 300W through a cladding mode free QBH high-power 200-μm core diameter fiber with a low numerical aperture of 35%. The modules are packaged in...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Auto Focus Modules for CCD/CMOS Cameras

New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) has introduced custom auto focus modules that install directly on board-mounted cameras and accept standard threaded lens assemblies. The compact lens motion module...

The SPMArray from sensL (Cork, Ireland) is the first four-side scalable low-light-detecting silicon photomultiplier array for use in markets such as medical imaging, homeland security, radiation...

Products: Photonics/Optics
PIXCI SI1 Frame Grabber

EPIX (Buffalo Grove, IL) has introduced a PIXCI SI1 frame grabber that allows image and control data transfer with minimal buffering over any PCI Express slot for low latency image capture and analysis. Featuring 190...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Laser Marker

TRUMPF (Farmington, CT) has unveiled the TruMark 5020, a new fiber laser marker that is suited for applications on metals and plastics with high speed and edge quality requirements. With high pulse frequencies and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Thin-Film Thermal Charger Application

Nextreme Thermal Solutions (Durham, NC) and Infinite Power Solutions (Denver, CO) have developed a thermal charger with the ability to continuously recharge the IPS THINERGY ™ Micro-Energy Cell (MEC)...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High-Energy Fiber Laser

Fianium (Eugene, OR) has introduced the FP1060-HE high-energy fiber laser that delivers pulse energies in excess of 10 μJ and pulse durations below 20 ps. The laser platform is suitable for challenging materials...

Features: Photonics/Optics
Moving Machine Vision to 64-Bits

A nearly geometric growth in the data requirements for many machine vision applications is pushing 32-bit processing to its limits. The challenge is not in processing power, however, but in addressing memory...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Designing 3D Capabilities Into Handheld Displays

For 3D viewing to be convenient on small, portable devices, it must be autostereoscopic, thus eliminating the requirement for 3D “glasses.” The display devices must also provide 2D and 3D...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Solar Rejection Filter for Large Telescopes

To reject solar radiation photons at the front aperture for large telescopes, a mosaic of large transmission mode filters is placed in front of the telescope or at the aperture of the dome. Filtering options for effective rejection of sunlight include a smaller filter down-path near the focus of the...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Free-Space Optical Interconnect Employing VCSEL Diodes

Sensor signal processing is widely used on aircraft and spacecraft. The scheme employs multiple input/output nodes for data acquisition and CPU (central processing unit) nodes for data processing. To connect 110 nodes and CPU nodes, scalable interconnections such as backplanes are desired...

Two recipes for ensuring critical coupling between a single-mode optical fiber and a whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) optical resonator have been devised. The recipes provide for phase...

Marshall’s Industrial and Security Division (El Segundo, CA) has developed a new series of pinhole lenses designed to protect employees when monitoring high temperature and/or hostile...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Shadowgraph Camera

The Specialised Imaging Shadowgraph (SIS) camera from Specialised Imaging (Tring, UK) enables high resolution digital imaging of ultra-fast events in ambient and low-light environments. Integrating this camera with an...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High-Power Titanium Sapphire Coatings

Laser Components (Hudson, NH) offers solid state laser coatings with high damage thresholds, including coatings for Q-switched lasers at 1064 nm, 532 nm, 355 nm, or 266 nm. Coatings for short pulse...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Highly Aspheric Mirrors and Lenses

Optical Surfaces Ltd (Surrey, UK) can generate highly aspheric parabolic mirrors with off-axis angles approaching 30 degrees and focal lengths as short as 100mm. They can also fabricate high-performance...

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Machine Vision Camera System

Toshiba Teli America (Irvine, CA) has introduced the CS8581QF, a remote-head FireWire camera system for high-speed industrial imaging. The CS8581QF offers 133 fps at full 640 × 480 resolution (8bit monochrome),...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Sub-Miniature Resonant Optical Scanner

The SC-3 Sub-Miniature Resonant Optical Scanner from Electro-Optical Products (Fresh Meadows, NY) is an electromagnetically driven moving mirror device that deflects a light beam with a continuous...

Products: Photonics/Optics
USB-Equipped Cameras

The CMOS camera models ProgRes® CT1, CT3 and CT5 from Jenoptik (Jena, Germany) are now equipped with USB interface. With an extended resolution up to 5 Megapixel and a live frame rate up to 20 fps the new USB Camera of...

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RTA Polygonal Scanners

Lincoln Laser (Phoenix, AZ) has announced a new family of RTA Polygonal Scanners. You may select a precision ball bearing motor for operation from 500 to 12,000 RPM or a self-generating air bearing motor for operation...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Digital Welding Camera System

Invisual E. Inc. (Toronto, Canada) has introduced the ICAM digital weld viewing and monitoring system as a tool for improving welding automation. The ICAM system extends the operatorís view of the weld zone by...

TriDAR vision system
Neptec Design Group
Ottawa, ON, Canada

NASA is conducting a Detailed Test Objective (DTO)...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Instruments for Imaging From Far to Near

The acronym “CHAMP” (signifying “camera, hand lens, and microscope”) denotes any of several proposed optoelectronic instruments that would be capable of color imaging at working distances that...

Lightweight cylindrical reflectors of a proposed type would be made from reflective membranes stretched between pairs of identically curved and identically oriented end rails. In each...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Tool Coil Springs Aid in Hubble Repairs
Canted-Coil™ springs
Bal Seal Engineering
Foothill Ranch, CA

When astronauts embarked on the latest mission to repair the Hubble Space...


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