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.

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Lenses Monitor Hubble Space Telescope Servicing in Orbit
C-mount Xenoplan and Cinegon lenses
Schneider Optics
Van Nuys, CA
818-766-3715
www.schneideroptics.com

Schneider Optics’ C-mount Xenoplan and Cinegon lenses...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Assembly Machines Produce Optics for NASA’s NuSTAR Telescope
Cylindrical optics module assembly machines
ABTech
Swanzey, NH
603-358-6431
www.abtechmfg.com

ABTech has completed the first of two cylindrical optics module assembly machines for Columbia University’s Nevis Astrophysics Laboratory. The multi-axis air...

Integrated miniature planar arrays of optical sensors for detecting specific biochemicals in extremely small quantities have been proposed. An array of this type would have an area...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Inter-Symbol Guard Time for Synchronizing Optical PPM

An inter-symbol guard time has been proposed as a means of synchronizing the symbol and slot clocks of an optical pulse-position modulation (PPM) receiver with the symbol and slot periods of an incoming optical PPM signal. (Such synchronization is necessary for correct identification of...

Features: Photonics/Optics
Wafer Level Camera Technology

Film cameras were traditionally manufactured by discrete assembly, which means each component was fabricated as an individual item, tested if necessary, and then assembled into the final working product. The...

Manufacturers that design, formulate and apply coatings have struggled for years to find a rigorous and easy-to-use method that reliably measures the color and appearance of...

RPMC (O’Fallon, MO) has introduced the new Manlight ML1550-PL-R-OEM mini laser transmitter for LIDAR, telemetry, or range finding applications. The ML1550-PL-R-OEM has a compact size of 90...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Digital High-Speed Camera

The Phantom® v310 digital high-speed camera from Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) offers users a wide aspect ratio and a top speed of 3,400 frames-per-second (fps) at the camera’s maximum resolution of 1280...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Line Scan Camera

The DiViiNA line scan camera from e2v (Cedex, France) is a cost-effective industrial inspection camera that features 1024, 2048, and 4096 pixel sensors, running at 40 MHz and outputting 8 bits on Camera Link. The camera can...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Illumination Design Software

LightTools® 6.2 illumination design and analysis software from Optical Research Associates (Pasadena, CA) is for applications ranging from LEDs to displays and luminaires. A backward ray tracing capability...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Thru-Beam Sensors

UltraFrameTM self-contained thru-beam sensors from Balluff (Florence, KY) are ideal for error-proofing, process monitoring, and general automation tasks in a number of environments. The UltraFrame sensors’...

Novelx (Lafayette, CA) introduces the mySEM® compact field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) for imaging and characterizing nanoscale objects and materials. In a compact design that...

Products: Photonics/Optics
PbSe Thermal Imaging Array

The LIRA5S lead selenide (PbSe) thermal imaging array from Cal Sensors (Santa Rosa, CA) is sensitive in the 1.0 to 5.5μm wavelength region and has state-of-the art integrated electronics. LIRA5S can be programmed...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser Diode Controller

VueMetrix (Sunnyvale, CA) has released the Vue-LV-15, a 15A high performance, low-cost laser diode controller based on a powerful microprocessor and proprietary current control algorithm. The Vue-LV-15 features an all...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Coupled Laser Modules

FiberLight fiber coupled laser modules from Modulight (San Jose, CA) are for applications in medical, industrial, defense, and research activities. The FiberLight products are based on the company’s broad-area...

FARO® Laser Tracker
FARO Technologies
Lake Mary, FL
800-736-0234
www.faro.com

Making its first flights to the International Space Station by the middle...

The figure schematically depicts some alternative designs of proposed compact, lightweight optoelectronic microscopes that would contain no lenses and would generate magnified video images of...

An analog electronic camera that is part of a metrology system measures the varying direction to a light-emitting diode that serves as a bright point target. In the original application for which...

The figure depicts a proposed wide-angle lens that would be especially well suited for an electronic camera in which the focal plane is occupied by an image sensor that has small...

More than 50 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, a retinal disease that can lead to blindness. The condition is a result of...

Ultrashort pulse (USP), or “ultrafast,” lasers emit extremely brief pulses of light, generally with duration of a picosecond (10-12 seconds) or less. The...

A method of polarimetric imaging, now undergoing development, involves the use of two photoelastic modulators in series, driven at equal amplitude but at different frequencies. The net...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Modal Filters for Infrared Interferometry

Modal filters in the ≈10-μm spectral range have been implemented as planar dielectric waveguides in infrared interferometric applications such as searching for Earth-like planets. When looking for a small, dim object (“Earth”) in close proximity to a large, bright object (“Sun”), the...

McPherson, Inc. (Chelmsford, MA) has released the 251MX x-ray and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) spectrometer, for wavelength dispersive spectral measurements from 0.6 to 20nm (60 to 2000eV). The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Benchtop Optical Meter

The 1928-C Single-Channel Bench-top Optical Meter from Newport (Irvine, CA) interfaces with the company’s photodiode detectors, thermopiles, and pyroelectric detectors. It has the capability of measuring from 11 pW...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Near-Infrared Photodetectors

The Siletz series of carrier multiplication devices (CMDs) from Voxtel (Beaverton, OR) are nanostructured InGaAs/ InAlAs devices that are designed to overcome the limitations of avalanche photodiodes (APDs) in...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Eye-Safe Laser Illuminator

The Prolight-G from Snake Creek Lasers (Hallstead, PA) is a rugged, eye-safe laser illuminator that features a continuously-variable cone-angle setting to accommodate short-distance illumination tasks. Highly...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Supercontinuum Fiber Laser

Fianium (Southampton, UK) has developed a supercontinuum (SC) fiber laser based on its proprietary high-performance photonic crystal fiber (PCF) design. SC lasers, based on the PCF design, offer true white spectrum...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Imaging Spectrometer

The Pika NIR from Resonon (Bozeman, MT) is a cost-effective, line-scan imaging spectrometer for the 900nm - 1,700nm spectral range. The system includes an embedded InGaAs camera, interchangeable c-mount objective lens,...

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