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
Diode Pumped Gain Module

Cutting Edge Optronics (St. Charles, MO) has expanded its line of high power diode pumped gain modules with the release of a Nd:YVO4 version of its RBA pump head. The pump module features a side pumped...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Display Production Test Sequencer

Radiant Imaging (Duvall, WA) introduces the Production Test Sequencer 3.0 (PM-PTS) for production line testing and calibration of displays, including LCD, plasma, and front and rear projection systems....

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser Diode Controller

VueMetrix Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) has released the Vue-MV-40 laser diode controller with DiodeGuard, VueMetrix’s proprietary laser diode protection circuitry. The high-power, low-noise controller is ideal for...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Flat Panel Heaters

Watlow® (St. Louis, MO) offers large thick film flat panel heaters ideal for the photovoltaic (PV) industry’s transition to processing PV cells on large glass, stainless steel, and polymer substrates. The large thick...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Radhard Fiber Optic Cable

Linden Photonics (Westford, MA) has developed the Strong Tether Fiber Optic Cable (STFOC), a 0.030"diameter cable with a tensile strength in excess of 50 lbs. STFOC is radhard, impervious to moisture and oxygen,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Galvanometer Mirrors

Reynard Corporation (San Clemente, CA) has released high precision coatings Galvanometer mirrors for laser system applications such as scanners, bar code readers, sweeping remote sensors, marking systems, and laser light...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Edge Filters

Semrock (Rochester, NY) has introduced optical edge filters for Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence imaging. The EdgeBasicTM long-wave-pass filters are hard-coated optical filters that have high transmission...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Turnkey Diode Laser System

A new turnkey diode laser system from Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) delivers 75W of power at either 808 nm from a 200 μm core 0.22 NA (numerical aperture) fiber, or 976 nm from a 400 μm core 0.22 NA fiber. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optic Rotary Encoder

The EC-TD5207 ZapFreeTM Fiber Optic Rotary Encoder from Micronor Inc. (Newbury Park, CA) is a passive, safe, non-metallic fiber optic rotary encoder designed specifically for use in Magnetic Resonance...

Products: Photonics/Optics
LED-Based Backlights

Global Lighting Technologies (Brecksville, OH) has introduced LED-based high-brightness backlights that offer thinness down to 0.4 mm for backlighting LCDs in consumer electronics products such as the keypads/keyboards...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Spectral Irradiance Meter

The BSR112 is a miniature Spectral Irradiance Meter from B&W Tek, Inc. (Newark, DE) designed for field, industrial, and lab applications. BSR112 comes with a plug-and-play USB 2.0/1.1 interface. Standard software...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Reflective Electro-Absorption Modulator

CIP Technologies (Ipswich, UK) offers a reflective electro-absorption modulator (R-EAM) for applications including 10 Gbit/s wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) passive optical networks (PONs). The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
InGaAs Pin Photodiodes

GPD Optoelectronics Corp. (Salem, NH) offers 1.5 mm diameter InGaAs pin photodiodes. The GAP1500 series detectors are available in bare die and packaged form. The photodiodes are available in TO-46 or TO-5 cans with...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Universal Laser Systems, Inc. (ULS) (Scottsdale, AZ) offers VersaLASER® VLS3.60, VLS4.60, and VLS6.60, a broad range of entry-level, powerful, and versatile laser solutions that can process multiple materials and diverse applications...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Single Mode Coupler/Splitter

Timbercon, Inc. (Lake Oswego, OR) offers standard single mode coupler/splitters, which are used to either combine two or more signals into one, or split one signal into multiple paths. They are available in 1×2,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
DC-AC Inverter

The W10M Series DC-AC inverter from Endicott Research Group (Endicott, NY) provides a wide input voltage of 8V-24V for powering the backlights of LCDS used in portable medical equipment and other equipment where input is...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Wavelength Stabilized Lasers

Ondox, Inc. (Monrovia, CA) has added a 10mW, 405nm diode to its product line of wavelength stabilized lasers. The single longitudinal mode 405nm lasers have coherent length >1m, side mode suppression >25dB, and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Communication System Design Tool

Optiwave Systems Inc. (Ottawa, Ontario) has released the OptiSystem 6.0, the latest version of its optical communication system engineering design and validation tool. The system’s new features...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Precision Filament Supply

The FIL-5V-3A precision filament supply, offered by UltraVolt, Inc. (Ronkonkoma, NY), is a center-tapped, non-isolated, low-voltage filament supply rated for 0 to 5 VDC at 0 to 3 Amps. The supply is designed for a...

Products: Photonics/Optics
DC/DC Converter

The BPS Series high-voltage DC/DC converters from BEAR Power Supplies (Phelps, NY) power avalanche photodiodes (APDs) and piezoelectric actuators in optical systems, lasers, and other industrial and scientific instruments....

Products: Photonics/Optics
Ceramic Capacitor

Morgan Electro Ceramics (Bedford, OH) introduces a high voltage discharge ceramic capacitor with a high break-down strength up to 10 kVmm-1 and an inherently low dielectric loss. This combination of properties makes the...

A system that comprises optical and electronic subsystems has been developed as an infrastructure for a spectroradiometer that measures time- dependent spectral radiance of the daylight...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Automated Camera Array Fine Calibration

Using aerial imagery, the JPL FineCalibration (JPL FineCal) software automatically tunes a set of existing CAHVOR camera models for an array of cameras. The software finds matching features in the overlap region between images from adjacent cameras, and uses these features to refine the camera models. It...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Prism Window for Optical Alignment

A prism window has been devised for use, with an autocollimator, in aligning optical components that are (1) required to be oriented parallel to each other and/or at a specified angle of incidence with...

Features: Photonics/Optics
Creating Patterned Multispectral Filters

In recent years the explosion in demand for multispectral imaging has coupled with the industry’s insatiable need for weight reduction, there-by greatly increasing the demand for more sophisticated...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Implementing Thermal Bumps in New Product Designs

Thermal issues are dominating today’s electronic product design landscape as never before. It is easy to see this in Intel’s move to a multi-core architecture as a methodology to manage...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
NbₓTi₁₋ₓN Superconducting-Nanowire Single-Photon Detectors

Superconducting-nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) in which NbxTi1–xN (where xerve as the superconducting materials have shown promise as superior alternatives to previously developed SNSPDs in which NbN films serve as the superconducting materials....

Miniature incandescent lamps of a special type have been invented to satisfy a need for compact, rapid-response, rugged, broadband, power-efficient, fiber-optic-coupled light sources...

This work represents a radical simplification in the design of the optical head needed for high-precision laser ranging applications. The optical head is now a single fiber-optic collimator...


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