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Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
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Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines

Photovoltaic Simulators

AMETEK Programmable Power (San Diego, CA) has expanded its Elgar TerraSAS ™ line with the ETS Series Standalone Photovoltaic (PV) Simulator. The new series includes three models for testing PV inverters across a wide spectrum of applications. ETS 80 tests micro-inverters or DC optimizers up to 80 VDC Voc. ETS 600 can test string inverters that contain transformer isolation up to 600 VDC Voc. ETS 1000 is for non-isolated string inverters up to 1000 VDC Voc. The ETS 600 and ETS 1000 are 3U rack units, while the ETS 80 comes in a 1U package.

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Multispectral Optical Filter Assembly

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI®) (Santa Rosa, CA) announced an expansion of its optical components line, the new Multispectral Optical Filter Assemblies, orMOFAs. DSI’s advanced optical assembly technology combines individually-coated multispectral filter substrates into an array assembly. The new assemblies range from two-filter stacks to eight-filter stacks, or more. For added flexibility, the MOFAs can employ a variety of adhesives including space-qualified adhesives.

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LED Light Engines

Innovations in Optics, Inc. (Woburn, MA) now offers a new generation of ultra-high brightness LED light engines with integrated fluorescence excitation filters for use with many types of life science instruments. LumiBright LE light engines use state-of-theart LED technology and interference filters with hard dielectric coatings to meet the most demanding requirements involving fluorescence excitation in life science instrumentation and medical illumination.

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Solar Connectors

Heyco Products, Inc., (Toms River, NJ) has announced the availability of new CPV Solar Connectors. Heyco CPV Solar Bulkhead Connectors mate with Heyco CPV Solar Connectors creating a liquid tight seal through the panel. The connectors crimp to stranded 14 to 10 gauge wire for internal connections. The CPV Solar Connectors offer a large cable diameter range covering a wide range of both USE-2 and 1000V PV cables. These connectors meet all UL cold impact requirements of the - 35°C test and meet all NEC requirements for solar installations. The CPV Solar and Bulkhead Connectors are UL recognized under File E344722, TUV certified under certification number R60033714, are IP 65 & 67 rated, have a V0 flammability rating and are constructed of polycarbonate for good chemical and impact resistance.

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Board-Level Industrial Camera

IDS Imaging Development Systems (Woburn, MA) has introduced the GigE uEye LE, a new boardlevel industrial camera that measures a mere 45mm × 45mm for integration into small spaces. Thanks to its GigE interface the camera can deliver frame rates of 50 fps at full resolution. It comes equipped with the latest 1.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor from e2v and available as mono or color. An NIR version is also available.

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Yellow HeNe Lasers

REO (Boulder, CO) has released a 594nm (yellow) helium neon (HeNe) laser suitable for cost-sensitive bioinstrumentation and fluorescence excitation applications. The new laser features a perfectly circular beam profile and superior beam quality (M²500:1), with a guaranteed minimum output power of 2 mW. Additionally, these yellow lasers provide low noise output (

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Gray-Grade Diffuse Reflection Material

White ODM98 optically diffuse reflecting material from Gigahertz- Optik (Newburyport, MA) exhibits a diffuse reflectance of >98% from 400-1600nm and >95% from 250 - 2000nm. The white ODM98 features uniform reflectance across the UV to NIR spectral range and over a large area, operating temperatures up to 200°C (300°C short exposures).

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Spectral Flux Analysis

Labsphere (North Sutton, NH) has released its illumia LED and light measurement product, illumia ®lite. The portable system packages the accuracy of sphere-based measurement in a handheld device. The illumia lite incorporates a spectrometer calibrated for absolute spectral flux, and employs an integrating sphere in its design. The handheld instrument measures both luminous flux and color of a device under test, including LEDs and other sources up to 1cm in diameter. A built-in auxiliary lamp provides self-absorption correction. The luminous flux range of illumia lite is 0.1 lumens to 5000 lumens.

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Near-Infrared Spectrometer

Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) has added another option to its nearinfrared spectrometer line: the NIRQuest512-1.9. The high-resolution device features a response from 1100-1900nm. The product includes a high-stability, 512-element Hamamatsu Indium Gallium Arsenide (In- GaAs)-array detector, and it is available with multiple grating and optical bench options for optimizing performance between 1100-1900nm. The standard NIRQuest512-1.9 comes with a 150 lines/mm grating, 25 micron entrance slit, and a non-fluorescing longpass filter that transmits >1000nm.

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Optical Sensors

Maxim Integrated Products (San Jose, CA) has announced 4 new digital optical sensors that advance analog integration with sensor fusion. The MAX44004/05/06/08 sensors measure red/green/ blue (RGB) light levels, ambient visible light (ALS), proximity to the sensor, ambient infrared (IR) levels, and temperature. As many as seven sensors are integrated into the compact optical package. The MAX44005, MAX44006, and MAX44008 each consume 20μA each. The MAX44004 is a low-power ALS that consumes only 5μA.

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