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.

Narrow-band filters in the form of phase-shifted Fabry-Perot Bragg gratings incorporated into optical fibers are being developed for differential-absorption lidar (DIAL) instruments...

Photon, Inc., San Jose, California

A common misconception is that beam collimation angle measurements must involve a least two or more beam size measurements along the beam path. For this...

Glasses that comprise rare-earth oxides and aluminum oxide plus, optionally, lesser amounts of other oxides, have been invented. The other oxide(s) can include SiO2,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Product of the Month: Camera Shutters

Melles Griot Optics Group (Rochester, NY) has released the ExtremeService™ shutter designed for operation in environmental conditions involving variations in temperature. The shutter is suitable for...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber-Optic Laser Couplers

Bristol Instruments (Victor, NY) offers the LC Series fiber-optic laser couplers that can be used to launch a free-space laser beam into a fiber, or return the laser to a collimated free-space beam. The couplers...

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Wide-Gap Sensor

TT Electronics OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) offers the OPB856Z Series wide-gap optical sensor that includes an emitter-sensor pair. The sensor consists of an LED and a phototransistor designed to operate over distances...

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Laser Processing System

Universal Laser Systems (Scottsdale, AZ) has added a laser platform to its XL Series of industrial CO2 laser processing systems that can provide 400 watts of air-cooled laser power. The laser utilizes...

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FBG Sensor Arrays

QPS Photronics (Montreal, QE, Canada) offers sensor arrays with 100 Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs) in each array, with the total length of the fiber measuring 20 kilometers. Through a front-end switch matrix, 16 of these fiber arrays can be connected together to form a Star Network that contains a total of 1,600 sensors. This...

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CCD Camera

A custom CCD camera capable of operating at 100 million frames per second is available from KAMAN Electro-Optics Dev. Center (Tucson, AZ). The camera’s 10-nsec exposures offer speed-of-light image capture outside the gated-ICCD...

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UV Hazard Meter

The X1-1 + XD-9506-4 UV hazard meter and detector from Gigahertz- Optik (Newburyport, MA) can operate and display separate UV-C/B and UV-A detector measurements, and can calculate and display the sum of the two detector...

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Imaging Camera

PerkinElmer Optoelectronics (Fremont, CA) has introduced the MultiBlue™ multi-purpose CCD imaging camera featuring 12-bit output depth and USB 2.0 and IEEE-1394b FireWire interfaces that provide dual plug-and-play...

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Laser Event Recorder

OPTRA (Topsfield, MA) offers a laser event recorder that measures, characterizes, and documents laser exposures in support of dosimetry requirements for the protection of personnel working with, or who could potentially...

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Crystal Rotation Stage

Cleveland Crystals (Highland Heights, OH) has introduced the CRS150 counter rotation stage that can facilitate simultaneous angle-tuning of two crystals oriented for compensation of birefringent walkoff. The walkoff...

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Document Camera

The TT-02 from ELMO USA Corp. (Plainview, NY) is an XGA-output Visual Presenter that enables users to share information, documents, and small 3D objects with audiences. The camera contains a 5.3× optical zoom, 8× digital...

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Optical Flats

Optical Surfaces (Surrey, UK) offers standard and custom optical flats measuring up to 600 mm in diameter and manufactured of materials such as glass, Zerodur, and silica. The optical flats can be used for measuring surface...

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CMOS Camera

Lumenera Corp. (Ottawa, ON, Canada) has introduced the Lw290, a USB 2.0 digital camera based on the company’s 1080P HD sensor. The 16:9 HD format, 2.0-megapixel CMOS sensor provides 20 frames per second at full 1920×1080 resolution. Higher frame rates are available at lower resolution, with full sub-window control and live...

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Diode Laser Platform

Spectra-Physics, a Division of Newport Corp. (Tucson, AZ), has released a 900- to 980-nm diode laser platform based on epitaxial design. The diode laser platform provides CW power conversion efficiency to 71% for 940-nm single emitters (15°C case temperature). More than 68.5% peak PCE at 25°C may be achieved from...

A scheme is proposed for referencing the propagation direction of the transmit laser signal in pointing a free-space optical communications terminal. This recently...

Visible light is only one narrow band of the electromagnetic spectrum, and doesn't always tell scientists what they need to know. Infrared, which is...

Whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) optical resonators can be designed to exhibit continuous spectra over wide wavelength bands (in effect, white-light spectra), with ultrahigh values of the...

Historically, high-energy (Joule-class) nanosecond YAG lasers have been confined primarily to laboratory research facilities and government labs. System designs were unique for...

Features: Photonics/Optics
DFM Your Device? Simulation Is the Answer

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) has taken off like a rocket in the electronics industry in recent years. Performing process and device simulations on CMOS transistors in a DFM flow have proven to be...

It is widely known that the light emitting diode (LED) R&D and commercialization community is striving to produce higher power, bright-white-light LEDs. From both a temperature and...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Simplified Optics and Controls for Laser Communications

A document discusses an architecture of a spaceborne laser communication system that provides for a simplified control subsystem that stabilizes the line of sight in a desired direction. Heretofore, a typical design for a spaceborne laser communication system has called for a high-bandwidth...

A method of coherent detection of high-rate pulse-position modulation (PPM) on a received laser beam has been conceived as a means of reducing the deleterious effects of noise and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Raman Spectrometer

Lambda Solutions (Waltham, MA) has released the Dimension-P Series Raman spectrometers providing real-time analysis and monitoring in pharmaceutical or food processing quality control. The systems are operated via...

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Color Cameras

PPT VISION (Minneapolis, MN) has added the IMPACT™ T28 and the IMPACT™ T24 to its line of IMPACT T-series color cameras designed for inline industrial vision applications. The IMPACT T28 provides a 1,600 × 1,200 pixel...

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Simulation Software

Liekki (Reston, VA) offers Liekki Application Designer (LAD) v3.1 software for power fiber laser and amplifier simulation. It includes tools for designing systems employing large mode area fibers. Using multimode...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Confocal Optical Pens

Confocal chromatic optical pens from Micro Photonics (Irvine, CA) allow 30 different optical pen configurations for specific depth of field, spot size, working distance, object slope, and photometric efficiency. Users...

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