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
Handheld Spectrometer

The i-LAB® Hand Held Analyzing Spectrometer from MicrOptix Technologies (Wilton, ME) performs real-time measurement and analysis of liquids and solids in the visible light range from 400–700nm. Features include a...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Damage-Resistant Mirrors

Saint-Gobain Crystals (Hiram, OH) has introduced high reflectors optimized for use with q-switched, solid-state lasers (Nd:YAG, NdYVO4, and Nd:YLF) operating in the near infrared and visible spectrum...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Dispersion Control Modules

OFS (Norcross, GA) has announced new additions to its FemtoCompTM Modules line of dispersion control technologies for ultra-short pulse lasers. The modules address the difficult-to-match, third- and...

In spectrometry, the more light gathered the better the results. Yet in many applications, both military and commercial, the need to protect instruments or operators from harsh...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Using Vision Sensors to Eliminate Manufacturing Defects

Supplying parts to the world’s leading automotive companies leaves no room for error. That’s why Miniature Precision Components Inc. (MPC) uses three vision sensors to error-proof...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Product of the Month: Infrared Camera

The ICI 7320 infrared camera from Infrared Cameras (Beaumont, TX) operates on 1 watt of power via USB connection. IR Flash software provides real time radiometric data stream directly to a hard drive or...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Large Format MWIR Lens

StingRay Optics (Keene, NH) introduces a 50mm, f/2.3 Midwave Infrared (MWIR) large format lens assembly. The 50mm lens offers flexibility as either a stand alone solution for large format detectors or in conjunction...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Light Measurement System

Labsphere (North Sutton, NH) offers the HalfMoon Total Forward Spectral Flux Measurement System designed for manufacturers of LEDs, light fixtures, and displays. Available in standard 12, 20, and 40 inch diameters,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Fibers and Cables

Fiberguide Industries (Stirling, NJ) offers single mode, multimode, graded index, tapered, and metal-coated optical fibers that are suitable for applications in the medical/biomedical and spectroscopy industries, as...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser Diode

TRUMPF (Farmington, CT) introduces the next generation of TruDisk lasers. With up to 16 kW of power, the high brightness, fiber delivered laser is ideal for demanding industrial applications. The TruDisk lasers maintain beam...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Video Microscope Sampling System

The BAC151 from B&W Tek (Newark, DE) is a video microscope sampling system compatible with B&W Tek’s laboratory and industrial Raman probes. The system features a color video camera for convenient...

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Optical Transmittance Spectrometer

For accurate, repeatable, real-time transmittance measurement of optical lenses and other optical components, Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) has introduced the Optical Transmittance Spectrometer (OTS). The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser Beam Shaping Module

StockerYale (Salem, NH) offers the Flat-Top Generator, a laser beam shaping module that converts a Gaussian beam into a focused, collimated, or diverging flat-top profile, using refractive beam shaping optics. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Analyzer

Picarro, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) now offers an analyzer for monitoring trace levels of H2S (hydrogen sulfide) in ambient air, with a low detection limit of 1 ppbv. Based on the company’s WS-CRDS...

Products: Photonics/Optics
4K Resolution Camera

DALSA Corporation (Waterloo, ON) offers the Spyder3 4K camera with 4K resolution and 14x14um or 10x10 um pixel size. The camera is particularly well-suited for film, glass, 100% print and web inspection, as well as other...

Products: Photonics/Optics
White LEDs

OSRAM (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced white LEDs with an operating current of 350 mA, brightness peaked at a value of 155 lm, and efficiency at 136 lm/W. Potential applications for the high-performance LED technology include...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Light Source Software

Radiant Imaging (Duvall, WA) has released ProSource 8.0 software for light source near-field data analysis and ray generation. ProSource 8.0 generates ray data that accurately represent the output of the light source...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Renishaw Encoder Improves Positional Accuracy for CNC Optical Maker

When a leading manufacturer of CNC optical manufacturing technology needed ultra-accurate and stable positioning for a new system to measure conformal optics, it turned to...

A proposed metrology system would be incorporated into a proposed telescope that would include focusing optics on a rigid bench connected via a deployable mast to another rigid bench...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Formation Flying of Components of a Large Space Telescope

A conceptual space telescope having an aperture tens of meters wide and a focal length of hundreds of meters would be implemented as a group of six separate optical modules flying in formation: a primary-membrane-mirror module, a relay-mirror module, a focal-plane-assembly module...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Laser Metrology Heterodyne Phase-Locked Loop

A method reduces sensitivity to noise in a signal from a laser heterodyne interferometer. The phase-locked loop (PLL) removes glitches that occur in a zero-crossing detector's output [that can happen if the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the heterodyne signal is low] by the use of an internal...

Crystalline whispering gallery mode resonators (CWGMRs) made of crystals with axial symmetry have ordinary and extraordinary families of optical modes. These modes have substantially...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Spatial Modulation Improves Performance in CTIS

Suitably formulated spatial modulation of a scene imaged by a computed-tomography imaging spectrometer (CTIS) has been found to be useful as a means of improving the imaging performance of the CTIS. As used here, “spatial modulation” signifies the imposition of additional, artificial structure...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Micromachining with Lasers

Laser micromachining involves using light to remove material. Lasers can also be used in many other applications such as welding, marking, additive manufacturing and surface alteration, but these fall outside the...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Measuring LED and Solid State Lighting Performance

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) and solid state lighting (SSL) products that incorporate LEDs pose many measurement challenges compared with other lighting elements, such as traditional...

A method of optical thermometry, now undergoing development, involves low-resolution measurement of the spectrum of spontaneous Raman scattering (SRS) from N2 and...

The ability to record simultaneous framing images and streak images has long been a requirement in the research fields of detonation, electrical discharge, biomedical and many other...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Tactile Feedback for Touch-input Devices

As products become more featurerich, manufacturers are looking at ways to improve the human-computer interface (HCI). Touchscreens, with intuitive operation and software flexibility, and...

Phase matching of diverse electromagnetic modes (specifically, coexisting optical and microwave modes) in a whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) resonator has been predicted theoretically and...

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