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
Light Pipe Homogenizing Rods

Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ) announces the release of the TechSpec™ family of light pipe homogenizing rods for OEM illumination needs. The rods use total internal reflection to turn a non-uniform light source...

Products: Photonics/Optics
5 Megapixel Cameras

EPIX, Inc. (Buffalo Grove, IL) introduces the SV5C10 12-bit color and the SV5M10 12-bit monochrome 5 megapixel 10 fps cameras. These camera systems, which are based on the MT9P001 sensor from Micron, offer both an...

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Line Scan Camera

DALSA Corporation (Waterloo, Ontario) has introduced its Spyder 3 CL line scan camera with Camera Link interface. It has broadband responsivity up to 408 DN/(nJ/cm2) enabling low-light applications, and up to 68...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Ball Lenses

Antireflection (AR) coated ball lenses from Deposition Sciences, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) are available in a variety of glass indexes and sizes from 200 microns up to 10.0 mm diameter. They feature transmission values of greater...

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Twyman-Green Interferometer

The PhaseCam™ 5030 from 4D Technology (Tucson, AZ) is a high-performance, Twyman-Green interferometer developed specifically to measure meter-class optics for terrestrial and space-based telescopes. Unlike...

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Wide Angle Zoom Adapter

The 287-000 Series Wide Angle Zoom Adapter from Resolve Optics Ltd. (Chesham, UK) provides a true 0.5x field of view and maintains minimal distortion and high resolution throughout the zoom range of a camera. Each...

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Digital Line Scan NIR/SWIR Camera

Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ) introduces the SU-LDH digital line scan shortwave infrared (SWIR) camera for spectroscopy and machine vision applications. The near infrared (NIR) indium gallium...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Inspection Device

The Super Optical Device 3 from Moritex (San Jose, CA) is a unit optimized for vision and inspection applications that require mounted lens and lighting. Available in three different versions, the Super Optical...

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Optical Channel Monitor

AMS Technologies (Martinsried, Germany) has introduced the Optical Channel Monitor, which provides critical data on optical transmission signals present in DWDM networks with a scan time of less than 100msec. The...

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Reflective Semiconductor Optical Amplifier

The new reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) component from CIP (Ipswich, UK) provides high-speed transmission capability for wavelength division multiplexing passive optical networks...

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LED Indicator Light

DDP (El Segundo, CA) has designed a solid-state LED indicator light called the P81 that features a snap-in installation to a ½" panel opening. The P81 can be modified to include a shunt resistor and metal oxide varistor...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High Definition Color Video Camera

Wilco Imaging, Inc. (San Diego, CA) offers the remote head IK-HD1, a 3-CCD prism block high definition color video camera from Toshiba. The camera is suitable for tasks that require low weight and reduced...

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Design Software

Liekki (Lohja, Finland) introduces their Liekki Application Designer (LAD) v4.0. LAD provides a platform for simulating and optimizing fiber amplifiers, and amplifying spontaneous emission sources and fiber laser systems. LAD...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Alternative Controller for a Fiber-Optic Switch

The figure is a simplified diagram of a relatively inexpensive controller for a DiCon VX (or equivalent) fiber-optic switch — an electromechanically actuated switch for optically connecting...

In the past, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fuel tanks used coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) to inspect first articles. The geometry of the tanks is so...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Nanotechnology’s Role in Mid-Infrared Laser Development

Progress in developing improved semiconductor lasers with emission in the mid-IR spectral region (≈3 μm to ≈15 μm) has depended heavily on the use of nanometer-scaled...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Electroform/Plasma-Spray Laminates for X-Ray Optics

Electroform/ plasma-spray laminates have shown promise as lightweight, strong, low-thermal-expansion components for x-ray optics. The basic idea is to exploit both (1) the well-established art of fabrication of optical components by replication and (2) plasma spraying as a means of reinforcing...

A generic design has been conceived to suppress the Raman effect in whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) optical resonators that have high values of the resonance quality factor (Q). Although it is...

Two procedures have been devised for tuning a photonic filter that comprises multiple whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) disk resonators. As used here, “tuning” signifies locking the...

A proposal has been made to exploit the special wavelength-dispersive characteristics of devices of the type described in “One-Dimensional Photonic Crystal Superprisms”...

A method and apparatus for mapping between the positions of fibers at opposite ends of incoherent fiber-optic bundles have been invented to enable the use of such bundles to transmit images in...

FEI (Hillsboro, OR) has released the PhenomTM microscope, bridging the performance gap between optical and scanning electron microscope (SEM) technologies. Capable of yielding...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Time Domain Reflectometer

Luna Technologies (Roanoke, VA) has announced the Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBRTM) 4400, an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) that can diagnose, locate, and troubleshoot problems...

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Modular LED Test System

Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ) has released the MLED modular LED test and measurement systems available in three configurations for making measurements on discrete LEDs, arrays, and assemblies. The MLED-2 version...

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Continuous Wave Laser

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Regensburg, Germany) has introduced a continuous wave laser offering thermal resistance of 2.5 K/W, an output of up to 6W, and a footprint measuring 6.0mm × 4.5 mm. It emits light at a...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser Diode

Photonic Products (Hertfordshire, UK) has launched the Opnext HL6750MG 685nm Al-GaInP laser diode with a multi-quantum well structure. It has an optical output power of 50 mW CW, a package size of 5.6 mm, and a built-in...

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Laser Alignment Module

BFi OPTiLAS (Evry, France) has developed the 300-0100-00 series 645nm laser alignment module offering a range of interchangeable, pre-aligned, precision optics: 88 degrees cross, 58 degrees line, 58 degrees cross/spot....

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UV-Conversion Screens

Laser Components (Hudson, NH) offers the LDT-300B and LDT-300BG UV-conversion screens that can make UV laser radiation from 190 nm — 390 nm visible. The emission is based on “photon up conversion” effects....

Products: Photonics/Optics
Micromachining Laser

The RAPID industrial micromachining laser from RPMC Lasers (O’Fallon, MO) is a >1 MHz diode pumped Nd:YVO4 picosecond laser with 2W average power at 1064 nm. It delivers pulses at ≥640 kHz and removes...


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