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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Glowing Crystals Cleanse Contaminated Drinking Water

Motivated by public hazards associated with contaminated sources of drinking water, a group of scientists has successfully developed and tested tiny, glowing crystals that detect and trap heavy-metal toxins like mercury and lead.

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A Novel Orbiting Cloud Imager System for IR/UV/X-Ray Bands

Typically, the cost of a spaceborne imaging system is driven by the size and mass of the primary aperture. Innovative solutions for imagers that are less complex and are lightweight are very desirable. Currently, telescopes such as JWST and ATLAST are very expensive and very complex.

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Improved Two-Step Replication Process for Producing Precision Optical Mirrors

Production of precision optical mirrors by replication requires molds or mandrels of the complementary shape. For example, replicating a concave mirror requires a convex mandrel. Convex shapes are difficult to fabricate and test since they do not focus light. Convex...

NASA’s Langley Research Center has made a breakthrough improvement in laser frequency modulation. Frequency modulation technology has been used for surface...

SpaceCube Processors

Next-generation spacecraft instruments are capable of producing data at rates of 108 to 1011 bits per second, and both their instrument designs and...

Over the last 15 years, breakthroughs in the manufacture and processing of diamond grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) have established diamond as an excellent substrate material for...

At NASA’s White Sands Test Facility, Donald Henderson and his team spend much of their days shooting projectiles at 15,700 miles per hour....

When ambient light hits displays, it causes unwanted reflections, which adversely affects readability. This is a nuisance for users; however, it can be prevented with optical adhesives.

Products: Photonics/Optics
Spectroscopy System

Princeton Instruments (Trenton, NJ) launched the FERGIE ™ spectroscopy system, a fully integrated, aberration-free spectrograph with a built-in, low-noise, cooled detector in an 11 × 7 × 8" profile. Thanks to a...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Collimated Diode Lasers

Laserglow Technologies (Toronto, Canada) has developed the Cyanea™ Series of Collimated Diode Lasers that are tuned to emit low optical noise, low duty cycle, and clean pulse shapes in the 470 nm spectral range,...

Products: Imaging
Infrared Cameras

Sierra-Olympic Technologies (Hood River, OR), supplier of infrared (IR) and thermal imaging components and cameras, has introduced the Oculus surveillance systems from Silent Sentinel, Ltd. (Rocklin, CA). The new,...

Products: Imaging
New Microscopy Technique

An innovative microfabrication technique used to produce a mirror array that both directs the excitation beam and holds the sample may revolutionize the field of 3D super-resolution mi - croscopy. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Photon Camera

The Imaging Photon Camera from PHOTONIS (Sturbridge, MA) operates under light-starved conditions. The device features micrometer resolution, picosecond timing, a full 18-mm wide field of view, and a count rate up to 5MHz (with...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Vision Sensors

Vision Sensors EVT’s (Karlsruhe, Germany) new EyeSens vision sensors are available as greyscale or color camera and integrate easily into existing systems. A variety of available resolutions makes it possible for EyeSens...

Products: Photonics/Optics
CMOS Scientific Camera

Photometrics® (Tucson, AZ) has announced the Prime 95B™ Scientific CMOS camera. The Prime 95B camera, built on the GSENSE400BSI-TVISB sensor, combines backside illumination (BSI) technology with large pixels and...

Products: Imaging
USB Cameras

Point Grey (Richmond, BC, Canada) has announced the Blackfly S series of USB3 Vision and GigE Vision cameras. The 5 MP Blackfly S BFS-U3-51S5 model uses the Sony Pregius IMX250 global shutter CMOS sensor, featuring 2448 × 2048...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Hexapod

Aerotech’s (Pittsburgh, PA) HexGen™ hexapods represent a significant advance in six-degree-of-freedom positioning performance. The HEX500-350HL is driven by AC brushless, slotless servomotors and actuated with six high-accuracy...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High-Speed Cameras

The Phantom VEO® from Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) incorporates 12-bit, 35-mm CMOS sensors (color or mono) with a choice of lens mount. At maximum resolution, the one-megapixel (1280×800) Phantom VEO 710 and 410 records...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Microscopy Camera

Basler USA (Exton, PA) has introduced an additional Basler PowerPack for Microscopy. The new PowerPack includes the Microscopy pulse 3.3 MP camera. With its 4:3 sensor format, the “pulse” 3.3 MP fits to the image...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Multispectral Camera

PIXELTEQ (Largo, FL) has introduced the SpectroCam™ VIS-SWIR 640 multispectral imaging camera. The SpectroCam VIS-SWIR 640 features an InGaAs sensor for increased sensitivity, full frame 640 × 512 pixel resolution,...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Thermocouple Simulator

The P470 thermocouple simulator is the latest in Highland Technology’s (San Francisco, CA) line of USB and Ethernet-connected Bench-top modules. It features 8 isolated channels, each capable of simulating J, K, E,...

Products: Imaging
High-Speed Cameras

Photron, Inc. (San Diego, CA) has announced a new 32GB memory option for the FASTCAM Mini AX, FASTCAM Mini UX, and FASTCAM Mini WX High Speed Camera Systems. The new memory option is doubled at 32GB; other memory options...

Products: Imaging
Non-Contact Vision Probe

RVP, Renishaw’s (Hoffman Estates, IL) new vision measurement probe for use with the REVO 5-axis measurement system on coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), increases the multi-sensor capability of REVO by adding...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Discrete Amplification Geiger Mode Arrays

Amplification Technologies Corp. (“ATC”) (Bensalem, PA) announced the availability of a new family of Discrete Amplification Photon Detector (DAPD) Geiger mode avalanche photodiode arrays for 3D...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Packaging Inspection Technology

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (Wilmington MA) recently unveiled its new patented Clearfind™ technology, which can detect organic defects that are difficult or impossible to see with conventional white-light...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Pulsed Laser Diode Driver

Analog Modules, Inc. (Longwood, FL) recently released its Ultra Low Ripple CW & Pulsed Laser Diode Driver, Model 785. The Model 785 laser diode driver is a high power, medium speed, analog current source driver...

As solar cells produce a greater proportion of total electric power, a fundamental limitation remains: the dark of night when solar cells go to sleep. Lithium-ion batteries, the commonplace...

From hard to malleable, from transparent to opaque, from channeling electricity to blocking it: materials come in all types. A number of their intriguing properties...

Through a collaboration between the University of Calgary, The City of Calgary and researchers in the United States, a group of physicists led by Wolfgang Tittel, professor in the...

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