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.

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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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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....

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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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Tunable Single Frequency Diode Laser

TOPTICA Photonics AG (Munich, German) has introduced the DL pro 780, a Littrow-type grating stabilized diode laser featuring a wavelength tuning range of 765 nm -795 nm, optical output power up to 80 mW,...

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UV Excimer-Based Micromachining System

Photon Machines (San Diego, CA) has announced the MicroMaster V5, a UV excimer-based micromachining system offering 4-6 ns pulse length and 193 nm or 248 nm wavelength output. It also features 1 μm...

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Machine Vision Digital Camera

Prosilica (Burnaby, BC) has added the GigE VisionTM GC750 Gigabit Ethernet camera to its line of machine vision cameras. The GC750 connects directly to the Gigabit Ethernet port on the host computer...

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Thin Film Optical Coating

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) has developed a line of thin film optical coatings that operate in the 3 - 5 micron and the 8 - 12 micron infrared (IR) spectral regions. A variety of coating types...

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Laser Beam Expanders

The OSL laser beam expanders from Optical Surfaces (Surrey, UK) are designed to provide achromatic expansion of a collimated input source. With aluminum coatings they can operate from the UV to far IR range...

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White SMD LEDs

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) has released the VLMW1100 series of ultrabright white SMD LEDs that utilize InGaN technology to provide brightness. It comes in a 0603 footprint with dimensions of 1.6 mm × 0.8 mm...

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Tunable Laser System

Aculight Corp. (Bothell, WA) has announced the ArgosTM single-frequency, continuous-wave (CW) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that provides multi-Watt, widely tunable, near- to mid-infrared output. Argos is a...

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Multi-Laser Engine

Point Source (Hamble, UK) has developed the iFLEX-ViperTM multi-laser engine that incorporates up to six laser wavelengths, covering the entire visible spectrum range from 405 to 640 nm. It includes a...

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