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Clear Align

BioPhotonics
Jan 2012
Custom imaging and laser systems manufacturer Clear Align of Eagleville, Pa., has received a patent for laser technology that is suitable for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications. The US Patent and Trademark Office granted the company Patent No. 8,064,491 for its apparatus and method for generating short optical pulses. Developed by Ralph Jameson, the company’s principal laser engineer, the technology could advance systems and devices for light detection and ranging, remote sensing, laser altimeters, laser range-finding and medical procedures. The patent describes a laser architecture with shorter pulses and higher optical power that provides improved resistance to shock and vibration.



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lidar
An acronym of light detection and ranging, describing systems that use a light beam in place of conventional microwave beams for atmospheric monitoring, tracking and detection functions. Ladar, an acronym of laser detection and ranging, uses laser light for detection of speed, altitude, direction and range; it is often called laser radar.
remote sensing
Technique that utilizes electromagnetic energy to detect and quantify information about an object that is not in contact with the sensing apparatus.
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