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
Digital CMOS Laser Sensor

The Keyence GV Series Digital CMOS Laser Sensor from Keyence (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) uses a DATUM Algorithm to stably detect targets. The GV is an optical triangulation sensor, and it excels in detecting shiny objects...

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Laser Pump Reflector

Labsphere’s (North Sutton, NH) Spectralon® Laser Pump Reflectors offer greater than 99 percent reflectance, beam stability, and uniformity. They have a high level of diffusion efficiency coupled with economical...

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Thermal Camera

The Jade LR is a high-performance thermal camera from Cedip Infrared Systems (Croissy-Beaubourg, France). The camera provides long-range images from fixed position surveillance applications, including passive observation,...

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CMOS Camera

Intevac, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) announced the MicroVistaTM–NIR, a back-thinned CMOS camera optimized for near-infrared imaging with 100% fill factor and proprietary anti-reflection coatings. Applications for the...

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Water Repellent Cables

Cicoil (Valencia, CA) has released water-repellent silicone cables that are impervious to immersion, high humidity, fungus, and damp operating environments. Also, extremely dry conditions, low humidity, or salt spray...

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Intensified CCD Camera

Hamamatsu Corporation (Bridgewater, NJ) has introduced the C10054 series of compact Intensified CCD (ICCD) cameras for capturing still images or continuous video of high-speed or ultra-low-light phenomena. Key features...

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12-bit CCD Camera System

The electron multiplication 12-bit CCD camera system from The Cooke Corporation (Romulus, MI) has a resolution of 1004 × 1002 pixels and is suitable for extreme low-light camera applications. The system features...

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LED Driver Boards

Two new Smart ForceTM LED driver boards from Endicott Research Group (Endicott, NY) provide wide range dimming, wide input voltage, and full brightness. The SFDL Series driver board provides high efficiency power...

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Digital Panel Meters

Mouser Electronics, Inc. (Mansfield, TX) has expanded its C&D Technologies portfolio to include the DMS-30DR series daylight-readable digital panel meters. The DMS-30DR series of large, 0.56-inch high, super-bright red...

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CO2 Lasers

A new series of low-power, continuous-wave (CW) CO2 lasers from Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) now offers high reliability operation for OEM applications. The new DIAMOND C Series consists of sealed lasers with output...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fast Offset Laser Phase-Locking System

Figure 1 shows a simplified block diagram of an improved optoelectronic system for locking the phase of one laser to that of another laser with an adjustable offset frequency specified by the user. In...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Smoothing the Wave for High-Power Lasers

For years, laser manufacturers have promised the ability to produce very high-power, cost-effective lasers that are stable outside of a laboratory environment. Recent requirements in aerospace and...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Compact 6-DOF Stage for Optical Adjustments

The figure depicts selected aspects of a six-degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) stage for mechanical adjustment of an optical component. The six degrees of freedom are translations along the Cartesian axes...

The thermographic imaging characteristics of an IR camera are largely determined by its detector assembly. Infrared radiation (IR) is focused onto the camera’s detector...

The votes are in and the winners of the 2007 Photonics Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards have been selected. The three PTB Products of the Year will be...

DILAS (Tuscon, AZ) has introduced the first commercially available high-power diode laser arrays operating at 1940nm with wall plug efficiencies (WPE) of >10-percent.

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Pyroelectric Detectors

Spectrum Detector (Lake Oswego, OR) manufactures the LiTaO3 Pyro-electric Detector Hybrid for use in applications including energy measurement, power measurement, radiometry, spectral radiometry, and FTIR and IR Gas...

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Vibration Cancellation System

Technical Manufacturing Corporation (TMC) (Peabody, MA) offers Electro-Damp® PZT active inertial vibration cancellation system for use in microlithography, inspection, and metrology tools. Electro-Damp PZT is...

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Power Converters

EMCO (Sutter Creek, CA) provides high voltage power supplies with high performance in miniature packages. Standard, off-the-shelf products range from ultra-miniature high voltage converters occupying 0.125 cubic inches to...

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Digital Potentiometer

The iC-HL from iC-Haus GmbH is a 1,024-step logarithmic precision potentiometer used to set the optical output power of laser diodes in conjunction with APC laser drivers. iC-HL’s logarithmic characteristic curve...

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Laser Interferometer Kit

4D Technology Corporation (Tuscon, AZ) offers the MiniFIZ from ADE Phase Shift laser interferometer upgrade kit. The kit extends the life and enhances functionality of MiniFIZ temporal phase shifting interferometers....

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Optical Table

The vibration-damping Ultimate Performer 5300 Series Optical Table from Kinetic Systems (Boston, MA) has Maximum Dynamic Deflection Coefficients of ≤0.3 (10)-3 and an IRD-Maximum Relative Motion of 0.8...

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Supercontinuum Laser Source

Arctic Photonics and RPMC Lasers Inc. (O’Fallon, MO) offer the MQO-SC, a component level supercontinuum source. The MQO-SC is based on a hermetically sealed design with telecom grade packaging. Output is...

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PXIT Modules

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) offers PXIT modules for optical transceiver manufacturing. The modules have a combined bit error ratio tester (BERT) and digital communication analyzer (DCA). The flexible modular...

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Waveguide Optics Design Suite

Optiwave Systems Inc. (Ottawa, ON) introduces the OptiBPM 9.0 waveguide optics design suite with integrated simulator dedicated for the design of electro-optic devices in arbitrary materials. The OptiBPM 9.0...

SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is a joint venture between NASA and the German space agency, DLR, involving the use of a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft as an...

While working on designing an X-ray navigation system for NASA's next-generation Black Hole Imager, Dr. Keith Gendreau, a physicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center,...

Articles: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optic Communications Systems

Communications and, more recently telecommunications, are needs deeply engrained in human history. These needs have significantly evolved over time enabling today’s content-rich (text, music, images and...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Designing Converged Optical Ethernet Networks

Transport networks have witnessed two significant trends over the past half-decade or so. The first has been an explosion in the bandwidth these networks can support and the distances over which...

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