Photonics & Imaging

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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Improved Refractometer for Measuring Temperatures of Drops

The Dual Rainbow refractometer is an enhanced version of the Rainbow refractometer, which is added to, and extends the capabilities of, a phase Doppler particle analyzer (PDPA). A PDPA utilizes pairs of laser beams to measure individual components of velocity and sizes of drops in a...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Phytoplankton-Fluorescence-Lifetime Vertical Profiler

A battery-operated optoelectronic instrument is designed to be lowered into the ocean to measure the intensity and lifetime of fluorescence of chlorophyll A in marine phytoplankton as a function of depth from 0 to 300 m. Fluorescence lifetimes are especially useful as robust measures of...

An experimental tunable, narrowband-pass electro-optical filter is based on a whispering-gallery resonator. This device is a prototype of tunable filters needed for the further...

Advances in the development and manufacturing of photonic processors have reached a critical stage where their mass applications are becoming commercially viable. LNL...

A versatile and simple approach to the design and fabrication of curved-focal-plane arrays of silicon-based photodetectors is being developed. This approach is an alternative...

Under a DARPA program known as Steered Agile Beams (STAB), novel liquid-crystal devices are being developed by Rockwell Scientific Company (RSC) to...

Controlled Ultraviolet (UV) laser ablation is a viable method of micro-machining micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and micro-optical-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS). It enables users to...

Gray-scale x-ray lithography is undergoing development as a technique for fabricating blazed diffraction gratings. As such, gray-scale x-ray lithography now complements such other...

A versatile electronic timing-and-control unit, denoted a rotorcraft strobe controller, has been developed for use in controlling stroboscopes, lasers, video cameras, and other instruments...

A proposed method of measuring gravitational acceleration would involve the application of polarization spectroscopy to an ultracold, vertically moving cloud of atoms (an atomic...

A modular, integrated, completely solid-state system designed to harvest and store solar energy is under development. Called the "power tile," the hybrid device consists of a...

A charge-coupled-device (CCD) based high-speed imaging system, called a real-time, event-driven (RARE) camera, is undergoing development. This camera is capable of readout from multiple...

There has long been a desire to deposit conductive paths directly on molded plastic structures, combining the electrical and mechanical functions in one...

Specially formulated diffusion filter materials have successfully optimized the legibility of miniature display viewing areas, providing brighter and more enhanced images for a...

Optical assemblies are used in an extensive range of technical applications to deliver a laser beam of a certain size, quality, and intensity to a region of space. While different...

Piezoelectric diffraction-based optoelectronic devices have been invented to satisfy requirements for switching signals quickly among alternative optical paths in optical communication...

A design concept has been proposed for an optomechanical apparatus that would implement a variable optical delay line with a fixed angle between its input and output light beams. The apparatus...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Whispering-Gallery Mode-Locked Lasers

Mode-locked lasers of a proposed type would incorporate features of the design and operation of previously demonstrated miniature electro-optical modulators and erbium-doped glass lasers that contain...

A method of observing the interdiffusion of a pair of miscible liquids is based on the use of a common-path interferometer (CPI) to measure the spatially varying gradient of the...

A proposed method of implementing cross connections in an optical communication network is based on the use of a spatial light modulator (SLM) to form controlled diffraction patterns that...

Features: Photonics/Optics
Fiber Lasers

The advantages of cladding pumping fiber lasers were identified early in the research era of fiber laser technology. Essentially, fiber lasers allow efficient brightness conversion from the broad area pump laser diode into a...

A proposed method of suppressing the effect of background noise in an optical communication system would exploit the transmission and reception of correlated photons at the receiver. The...

Curved-focal-plane arrays of back-illuminated silicon-based photodetectors are being developed. The basic idea is to improve the performance of an imaging instrument...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
ICCD Camera Enables PLIF Technique for Fuel Visualization in Engines

Large-bore, slow-speed, natural gas two-stoke cycle engines used for power generation and gas compression on natural gas pipelines suffer from poor in-cylinder mixing processes caused by ineffective fuel delivery, which can increase emissions and create low engine efficiency...

Because the hardware interfaces of IR cameras change frequently, this infrared (IR) camera software suite (RTools™) consists of a set of stand-alone, executable...

Scanning tunneling optical resonance microscopy (STORM) is a method, now undergoing development, for measuring optoelectronic properties of materials and devices on the nanoscale by means of a...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The Micro-Arcsecond Metrology Testbed

The Micro-Arcsecond Metrology (MAM) testbed is a ground-based system of optical and electronic equipment for testing components, systems, and engineering concepts for the Space Interferometer Mission...

Features: Photonics/Optics
Progressive-Scan Cameras

No single image sensor will ever satisfy the diverse requirements of all industrial camera applications. The characteristics of higher resolution, faster speed, and a wide dynamic range are, however, increasingly...

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