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
FPGAs Yield Virtual Laser Valves for Microfluidics

In today’s “micro world,” complex electrical systems, including analog and digital components, can fit on integrated circuits smaller than a fingernail. Microfluidics, a subset of...

The votes are in and the winners of the 2006 Photonics Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards have been selected. The three PTB Products of the Year were presented...

A carrier structure made from a single silicon substrate is the basis of a compact, lightweight, relatively inexpensive package that holds the main optical/electronic coupling components...

It is now possible to fashion transparent crystalline materials into axisymmetric optical components having diameters ranging from hundreds down to tens of micrometers, whereas...

A design has been proposed for a photodetector that would exhibit a high quantum efficiency (as much as 90 percent) over a wide wavelength band, which would typically be centered at a...

An optical beam combiner now under development would make it possible to use the outputs of multiple single-mode laser diodes to pump a neodymium: yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG)...

Optical resonators of the whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) type featuring DC-tunable free spectral ranges (FSRs) have been demonstrated. Previously, the FSRs of WGM optical resonators were...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Digital Beam Deflectors Based Partly on Liquid Crystals

A digital beam deflector based partly on liquid crystals has been demonstrated as a prototype of a class of optical beam-steering devices that contain no mechanical actuators or solid moving parts. Such beam-steering devices could be useful in a variety of applications, including free-space...

HORIBA Jobin Yvon (Edison, NJ) released the LS5 software, designed with a kernel-based modular structure. It operates all Raman products including the automated LabRAM ARAMIS, high-resolution...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Photoelectric Sensor

The OptoproxTM from Balluff, Inc. (Florence, KY) is a photoelectric sensor that offers the mounting, aligning, and handling of an inductive proximity sensor without the range limitations of a prox. The device...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Photodetector Amplifier

Opto Diode Corp. (Newbury Park, CA) offers the ODA-5W-100M Photodetector Amplifier Combination with 100 Mohm gain. The visible wavelength responsivity at 660 nm is 40 V/μW, and the combination detector-preamps...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Scanner Platform

The LightningTM Digital Scanner Platform Technology from General Scanning (Billerica, MA) consists of three elements: MPower motors, a Lightning digital servo driver, and the TuneMasterTM software toolset. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) introduced the portable LIBS2500 laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy system featuring a sensitivity of 10-50 ppm; a series of 2,048-element, linear CCD detectors; and a...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Halogen Lamp Microscope

Rolyn Optics (Covina, CA) introduced the VMM 200 high-precision measuring microscope with XY measuring ranges of 150 × 100 or 250 × 150, a Z of 150 mm, and resolution to 0.0001 mm. Magnifications range from 25× to...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Lens Design Software

Lambda Research Corp. (Littleton, MA) offers the 6.4.3 release of their OSLO lens design software featuring 18 additions augmenting the flexibility and open architecture of the program, allowing the user to modify,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Imaging Lens

The Harsh Environment Optics (HEOTM) micro video-imaging lenses from Edmund Optics, Inc. (Barrington, NJ) incorporate optical components inside a sealed, water-resistant optical assembly. Intended for automotive and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
System Control Software

J P Sercel Associates (JPSA, Manchester, NH) released the JSPAControls32 System Control Software, a Windows-based, engineer-level user interface providing control of system devices and software components for system...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Diode Laser Modules

DILAS Diode Laser Inc. (Tucson, AZ) introduced a line of fiber-coupled diode-laser modules delivering up to 40 W continuous-wave output power at wavelengths of 808nm, 915nm, 940nm,and 980nm via a 400μm-diameter,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Semiconductor Laser Modules

QPC Lasers, Inc. (Sylmar, CA) offers fiber-coupled semiconductor laser modules for fiber-laser pumping and spectroscopy applications.

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Fiber Backlighting

Lumitex, Inc. (Strongsville, OH) released a family of products — BendiGloTM, HoloGloTM, CircleGloTM, and Selective LightingTM — based on their existing...

Products: Photonics/Optics
LED Drivers

Endicott Research Group (Endicott, NY) released the Smart ForceTM family of LED driver solutions for high-bright LEDs (HBLEDs) used in LCD backlighting applications. Available as a LED driver board or a complete kit...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Michelson Interferometer

The portable FiBOTM 300 true phase shifting Michelson interferometers from PROMET International, Inc. (Shoreview, MN) are designed for 3D surface mapping and visual defect evaluation capability. Features...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Laser

Orbits Lightwave, Inc. (Pasadena, CA) has added up to a 20 GHz mode hop free fast tuning option to its line of EthernalTM fiber lasers.

Products: Photonics/Optics
Test Module

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (Quebec City, Canada) introduced the FTB-8105 T-Carrier/PDH Transport Blazer test module as part of the Transport Blazer line. The unit tests digital-signal levels and plesio-synchronous...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Detector Array

The Andor iDus InGaAs detector array system from Andor Technology (Belfast, N. Ireland) is a spectroscopic detector with 512 or 1,024 element linear photodiode arrays for near-infrared spectroscopy. The resolution covers...

Like most mature industries, the automotive industry is highly competitive. Customers demand quality, security, and economy. Competition requires increasingly fast times to market for...

As warfare becomes more asymmetric, civilians and other non-combatants become a larger percentage of the casualties, along with unintended property damage. The military, of...

An atom laser now undergoing development simultaneously generates two pulsed beams of correlated 87Rb atoms. (An atom laser is a source of atoms in beams characterized by coherent...

A rugged, tunable extended-cavity diode laser (ECDL) has been developed to satisfy stringent requirements for frequency stability, notably including low sensitivity to vibration. This laser is...

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