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.

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...

Products: Photonics/Optics
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...

Products: Photonics/Optics
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
613-599-7602
www.neptec.com

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
949-460-2100
www.balseal.com

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

About 25% of space-borne electro-optical (EO) sensor programs in both the civil and National Security Space (NSS) communities have experienced reduced...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Choosing Optics for Medical Lasers

Designers of medical equipment using lasers must be careful in their selection of optical components in order to ensure safe and reliable operation. The high power density and narrow wavelength range of...

Newport Corporation’s Spectra-Physics® Lasers Division (Mountain View, CA) introduces the Mai Tai SP, the first fully-automated, hands-free 60nm to responding to near transform-limited...

Products: Photonics/Optics
VGA Cameras

Basler Vision Technologies (Ahrensburg, Germanay) has introduced four new scout 120gm VGA cameras based on Sony’s ICX618 sensor. The cameras feature a compact 29 mm × 44 mm × 73.7 mm housing and are equipped with a C- or...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Gamma-Ray Spectrometer

ORTEC® (Oak Ridge, TN) offers the trans-SPEC DX-100 hand-held gamma-ray spectroscopic instruments that are suitable for a variety of in situ applications. The trans-SPEC DX-100 features a high-purity Germanium (HPGE)...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Vision Software

Cognex (Natick, MA) has released VisionPro 5.2 hardware-independent vision software that features SearchMaxTM and Color ExtractorTM color tools. SearchMax uses color features to search for objects, and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Machine Vision Software

DALSA Corporation (Ontario, Canada) has advanced the color capability of its Sapera Essential software for machine vision applications. The cost-effective machine vision software toolkit bundles board-level...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Photodarkening-Resistant Fibers

nLIGHT (Vancouver, WA) has released highly doped, photodarkening-resistant ytterbium fibers with up to 60% higher absorption at 920nm and pump conversion efficiencies routinely over 75%. The LIEKKITM Yb2000...

Products: Photonics/Optics
UV LEDs

OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) introduces OUE8A ultraviolet LEDs in the UV-A spectrum. OUE8A UV LEDs are offered in a variety of wavelengths and are housed in hermetic TO-46 metal can packages. The UV LEDs are suitable for medical...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Ambient Light Sensor ICs

ROHM Semiconductor (San Diego, CA) releases analog and digital Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) ICs for the control of LED backlighting for LCD-equipped devices. Featuring ROHM’s proprietary trimming process and use of...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Digital Wavefront Analyzing System

DataRay (Boulder Creek, CA) introduces PhaseProTM, a Digital Wavefront Analyzing system that measures intensity and wavefront phase with high resolution in real-time in one shot. PhasePro employs...

Products: Photonics/Optics
DUV Dynamic Interferometer

The FizCam DUV interferometer from 4D Technology (Tucson, AZ) provides accurate measurement of optics and optical systems at 193 nm wavelength (deep ultra-violet), even in the presence of vibration and air...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Thin Film Measurement Instrument

The Craic Technologies QDI 2010 FilmTM is available from Elliot Scientific (Hertfordshire, UK). The QDI 2010 Film is a specialized instrument developed from the existing QDI 2010 UV-VIS-NIR...

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