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Photonics Spectra: February 2015

FEATURES
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Nanoimprint Lithography Enables Cost-Effective Photonics Production
The ability to create wafer-scale stitching-error-free patterns of nanostructures on bowed and warped surfaces and even on topography, as well as direct patterning of 3-D structures, makes nanoimprint lithography ideally suited for the needs of a diversified photonics market. Photonics applications are emerging rapidly, thanks to the fabrication infrastructure of the semiconductor industry...
Dr Martin Eibelhuber, Dr. Thomas Glinsner, Dr. Thomas Uhrmann and Paul Lindner, EV Group
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ColorLock™ Filter Stacks Enable Better Wide-Angle Imaging
New glass filters overcome considerable design challenges to transmit wide-angle incident light without shifting wavelengths, offering an innovative solution for a variety of applications in which...
Jason Keck, Reynard Corporation
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Multispectral Imaging Extends Vision Technology Capability
Multispectral imaging takes the detection capability of machine vision beyond just color inspection. With wafer-level coating of multispectral filters, advanced multispectral cameras now can be...
Xing-Fei He, Teledyne Dalsa Inc.
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LSCM and RelA for Quantifying Microwear: A Case Study
Laser scanning confocal microscopy and relative area are effective tools for surface-roughness analysis of experimental Mistassini quartzite scrapers. Laser scanning confocal microscopy...
W. James Stemp, Keene State College; Harry J. Lerner, Laval University; and Elaine H Kristant, Harvard University
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Asia-Pacific: Manufacturing the Future
3-D laser printing is becoming a catalyst for industrial development — and the Asia-Pacific region is taking full advantage. The world of laser-based 3-D printing is one of endless...


EDITORIAL
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To a Bright Future
I had the pleasure of attending Photonics West this month, along with a sizable cross section of the industry. The BiOS exhibition was humming, and the plenary event featuring talks by the three 2014 Nobel Prize winners in chemistry was exuberant. The annual Women in Optics event was enlightening on many issues that women face, both as they work to finish their studies and as they make...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher, karen.newman@photonics.com


TECH PULSE
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Attosecond UV Pulses Could Control Electrons
Elliptically polarized attosecond laser pulses could ionize helium atoms in a controlled fashion, potentially giving physicists control over the freed electrons. In a theoretical study, an...
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Chip Puts Sound and Light on the Same Wavelength
A new microchip generates both light waves and ultrahigh-frequency sound waves — and forces them to interact. “Our breakthrough is to integrate optical circuits in the same layer...
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Imaging Systems to Explore Asteroid Composition Close-Up
A probe launched today by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) carries a spectroscopy and imaging systems to examine the composition of a near-Earth asteroid. Asteroid Explorer...
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Modified Streak Camera Captures 100B Frames Per Second
A modified streak camera is fast enough to capture the movement of a single laser pulse in real time. Streak cameras measure the intensity variation in a pulse of light with time, but in...
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Biospeckle Laser Method IDs Fruits’ Peak Ripeness
There is a relatively small window of “peak edibleness” for fruits such as apples and tomatoes. Imagine being able to fit in that window at precisely the right time for an optimal...
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Ground-Based Telescope Observes ‘Super-Earth’ 40 Light-Years Away
For the first time, a ground-based telescope has been used to observe the transit of a “super-Earth” around its parent star. An international team of astronomers used the 2.5-m...
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QD Solution Provides Spray-On Solar Power
A technique akin to spray painting could be used to create a new wave of solar cells. A team from the University of Toronto’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the...
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Transparent Spheres Simplify 3-D Nanolithography
A photolithography technique using nanospheres could make fabrication of 3-D structures easier, and at lower costs. The new technique, developed by a team from North Carolina State...
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Laser Creates Graphene Electronics from Polymer
An IR CO2 laser operating at room temperature can turn cheap polymer into multilayer graphene with heightened electrical conductivity and capacitance.   Researchers at Rice...
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High-Q Metamaterial Resonator Different from the Crowd
A new nanophotonic resonator efficiently traps light by exploiting a quantum phenomenon called bound states in the continuum (BIC). Researchers at the University of California, San Diego,...
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‘Smart’ Windows Block Heat, Not Light
A new kind of smart window blocks out heat when the outside temperature rises, potentially reducing the use of air conditioning. Developed by researchers from several Chinese institutions,...
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Lens-Free 3-D Microscope Sharp Enough for Pathology
A computational lens-free, holographic on-chip microscope could provide a faster and cheaper means of diagnosing cancer and other diseases at the cellular level. Developed by researchers at...
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Nanofiber Integrated with Quantum Dots
A research team from the Center for Photonic Innovations at the University of Electro-Communications has integrated quantum light sources with nanofibers, a possible step toward a quantum Internet. ...
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Partnerships Aim to Produce Smartphone 3-D Cameras
Two business partnerships are setting out on separate missions to develop compact 3-D cameras for mobile devices and, potentially, machine vision applications. Pelican Imaging of Santa...


LIGHT SPEED
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Northeastern, PHI Establish Research Program
A collaboration between Northeastern University and Phase Holographic Imaging (PHI) of Sweden will establish a Holographic Imaging Cytometry Program of Excellence. The new program is an application development hub and educational resource that offers training for scientists using time-lapse cytometry. It extends PHI’s ongoing HoloMonitor technology evaluation program at...
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UK Establishes 4 Quantum Technology Hubs
Four newly established quantum technology research hubs in the U.K. will explore advanced light detectors and more. The £120 million project (about $148.5 million) involves 17...
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Iridex Ophthalmology Lasers to Aid Chinese Health Initiative
The Chinese government has ordered $620,000 worth of ophthalmology laser equipment from Iridex Corp. to aid an initiative to bring advanced health care technologies to rural areas of the country. ...
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Orbotech Supplies 1000th Direct Imaging System
Orbotech will supply Red Board Ltd. of China with a direct imaging system for printed circuit board inspection, marking the 1000th to be produced. “The sale of our 1000th DI system is...
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BioLight to Distribute Laser Eye Surgery System in Hong Kong, Macao
BioLight Life Sciences Investments Ltd. will distribute IOPtima’s IOPtiMate laser eye surgery system in Hong Kong and Macao, with a purchase commitment of at least nine systems. ...
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Thales, ICFO Partner on MIR Lasers
The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) will collaborate with the Thales Group of France to develop ultrafast mid-infrared lasers with high energies and repetition rates. Targeted...
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Daylight Solutions Marks QCL Testing Milestones
Daylight Solutions Inc. has reached major milestones under its reliability characterization and growth program for quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology. The company has clocked more than 1...
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Photonics21 Holds Elections, Sets Priorities
The European industry and research association Photonics21 recently carried out membership and priorities votes. Jenoptik CEO Michael Mertin was unanimously re-elected as association...
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Emcore Announces Leadership Changes, Sheds Solar and Telecom Segments
Emcore Corp. has named a new CEO and let other executives go as it streamlines its business concerns to focus on broadband fiber optics. The first quarter of Emcore’s fiscal 2015 ends...
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Elbit to Supply Laser Missile-Defense Systems to Asian Military
Elbit Systems Ltd. said it will provide an Asian country’s military with laser missile-defense systems for Blackhawk helicopters. The company’s MUSIC directed IR countermeasures...
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Shanghai Investors Increase Stake in LightPath Technologies
LightPath Technologies Inc. plans to use a $1.3 million investment to support new product development, sales and marketing of its IR products and the acquisition of new equipment. The...
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Zecotek Receives Japanese Patent for Photomultiplier
The Japan Patent Office has issued Singapore-based Zecotek Imaging Systems Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Zecotek Photonics Inc., a patent for its microchannel avalanche photodiode silicon...
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Zecotek Settles Patent Lawsuit Against Philips, Saint-Gobain
Zecotek Photonics Inc. has settled a patent lawsuit its imaging subsidiary brought against Philips and Saint-Gobain Corp. in 2012. The suit alleged Saint-Gobain’s lutetium fine silicate...


GREENLIGHT
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Laser Pulse Combo Sniffs Out Trace Toxic Gases
A combination of IR laser pulses and terahertz radiation (T-ray) is giving scientists a nose-up on toxic gases. This technology can sniff out even trace amounts of harmful gases in the air – such as from a chemical spill or nerve gas attack – from up to 1 km away. Researchers at both Duke University and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and...


LIGHTER SIDE
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Stop and Smell The Spectrum
When en route to a new destination, travelers are best served by focusing on the “now.” But that can be hard to do when one is moving amongst a flurry of ticket stubs, boarding time announcements and carry-on luggage. It’s far too easy to lose sight of the life that’s happening around us when we’re in flux. Amsterdam Central train station, however, has taken...


ASIA-PACIFIC SPECIAL SECTION
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Imaging Systems to Explore Asteroid Composition Close-Up
A probe launched today by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) carries a spectroscopy and imaging systems to examine the composition of a near-Earth asteroid. Asteroid Explorer...
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Iridex Ophthalmology Lasers to Aid Chinese Health Initiative
The Chinese government has ordered $620,000 worth of ophthalmology laser equipment from Iridex Corp. to aid an initiative to bring advanced health care technologies to rural areas of the country. ...
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Biospeckle Laser Method IDs Fruits’ Peak Ripeness
There is a relatively small window of “peak edibleness” for fruits such as apples and tomatoes. Imagine being able to fit in that window at precisely the right time for an optimal...
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BioLight to Distribute Laser Eye Surgery System in Hong Kong, Macao
BioLight Life Sciences Investments Ltd. will distribute IOPtima’s IOPtiMate laser eye surgery system in Hong Kong and Macao, with a purchase commitment of at least nine systems. ...
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‘Smart’ Windows Block Heat, Not Light
A new kind of smart window blocks out heat when the outside temperature rises, potentially reducing the use of air conditioning. Developed by researchers from several Chinese institutions,...
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Nanofiber Integrated with Quantum Dots
A research team from the Center for Photonic Innovations at the University of Electro-Communications has integrated quantum light sources with nanofibers, a possible step toward a quantum Internet. ...
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Partnerships Aim to Produce Smartphone 3-D Cameras
Two business partnerships are setting out on separate missions to develop compact 3-D cameras for mobile devices and, potentially, machine vision applications. Pelican Imaging of Santa...
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Elbit to Supply Laser Missile-Defense Systems to Asian Military
Elbit Systems Ltd. said it will provide an Asian country’s military with laser missile-defense systems for Blackhawk helicopters. The company’s MUSIC directed IR countermeasures...
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Shanghai Investors Increase Stake in LightPath Technologies
LightPath Technologies Inc. plans to use a $1.3 million investment to support new product development, sales and marketing of its IR products and the acquisition of new equipment. The...
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Asia-Pacific: Manufacturing the Future
3-D laser printing is becoming a catalyst for industrial development — and the Asia-Pacific region is taking full advantage. The world of laser-based 3-D printing is one of endless...
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Zecotek Receives Japanese Patent for Photomultiplier
The Japan Patent Office has issued Singapore-based Zecotek Imaging Systems Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Zecotek Photonics Inc., a patent for its microchannel avalanche photodiode silicon...
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Zecotek Settles Patent Lawsuit Against Philips, Saint-Gobain
Zecotek Photonics Inc. has settled a patent lawsuit its imaging subsidiary brought against Philips and Saint-Gobain Corp. in 2012. The suit alleged Saint-Gobain’s lutetium fine silicate...


PRODUCTS
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LED Heat Sinks
Two cold-forged heat sinks from GlacialTech Inc. offer heat dissipation for LEDs. The Igloo FR210 and Igloo FR210HP are suitable for 80-W applications. The FR210HP is optimized for...
GlacialTech Inc.
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Chip-Sale Package
The ReadyMount Enhanced CSP (chip-scale package) from SemiLEDs is a series of packaged white emitter surface-mount components that combine Enhanced Flip chip and ReadyWhite phosphor technology. ...
SemiLEDs Corp.
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IR Gas-Imaging Cameras
New IR gas-imaging cameras by Flir Systems Inc. provide new tools for monitoring gas pipelines and installations from safe distances. The G300a and G300pt cameras have a resolution of 320...
FLIR Systems, Inc.
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1064-nm Laser Diode
A new single-emitter broad-area laser (BAL) diode from eagleyard Photonics operates at 1064 nm with an output power of 16 W. The device features integrated fast- and slow-axis collimation...
eagleyard Photonics GmbH
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3-D Sensing VCSEL Arrays
Princeton Optronics Inc. has introduced 8-W vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays that tout an efficiency of >40 percent at 60 °C and a mean lifetime of >100 years at an...
Princeton Optronics, Inc.
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Near-Infrared LEDs
Featuring low thermal resistance, high radiant intensity and ultracompact size, the HIR-C19D series of near-infrared LEDs from Everlight Electronics outputs at 855 nm, delivering 3 W of power. ...
Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd.
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C-Mount Lenses
New C-mount lenses from Basler work in sensors with very small pixels. Designed in cooperation with Fujinon, the new lenses can be used in Basler’s Ace and Dart cameras with sensors...
Basler AG
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Offshore LED Fixture
A new LED fixture from Larson Electronics is designed for offshore rig platforms where flammable gases are present. The HAL-48-2L-LED-BMSW-BL features two high-output fluorescent-style LED...
Larson Electronics LLC
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Laser Projector
Equipped with diode sources only to ensure linear color fading, the new high-power laser projector from Laserworld has after-aperture output power of 10 W RGB. The RTI Piko RGB 11 Pure Diode...
Laserworld USA Inc.
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Raman Spectroscopy Module
The uRaman-Module flexible Raman spectroscopy system, by TechnoSpex Pte Ltd., can be integrated with imaging systems such as fluorescence microscopes. The module is available with a 532, 633...
TechnoSpex Pte. Ltd.
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LED Packages
Completing Samsung’s chip-on-board package lineup, the LC006B and LC008B LED packages feature 6 and 8 W of power, respectively. The packages feature a single light source that combines...
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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Laser Projectors
The PX602WL and PX602UL projectors by NEC Display Solutions of America are laser/phosphor light sources that produce 6000 lumens. The PX602WL touts a native resolution of 1280 × 800,...
NEC Display Solutions of America
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UV Photodiode
A new multi-element detector from Opto Diode is designed to resist radiation damage from high-intensity UV lasers, making it suited for laser alignment applications. The SXUVPS4 has a 5 mm2...
Opto Diode Corporation
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Light Engine
The LumiBright LE light engine by Innovations in Optics Inc. offers nonimaging optics for large field-of-view fluorescent imagers used in life science instruments. It can direct LED light...
Innovations in Optics, Inc.
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Tunable Diode Laser
The TLB-6736 Velocity diode laser from New Focus features a tuning range of 1975 to 2075 nm. It is capable of fine (piezo) and coarse (DC motor) mode-hop-free tuning, operates in single mode...
New Focus
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Q-Switch Modules
A laser intracavity Q-switch from Mirrorcle replaces complex and costly components previously needed for acousto-optic, electro-optic or passive Q-switches. The modules are based on...
Mirrorcle Technologies, Inc.
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ArF Immersion Light Source
Cymer LLC has announced a new argon fluoride (ArF) immersion light source for advanced 14-nm chip manufacturing. The XLR 700ix uses 15 percent less power and 50 percent less helium than...
Cymer, Inc.
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Optical Fiber Test Software
A new Link Map module with a pass/fail option is available for AFL’s OFL280 and FLX380 FlexTester optical test sets. Link Map provides an icon-based display of the tested network,...
AFL
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Microscope Camera
A new scientific-grade digital microscope camera from BestScope International Ltd. offers color fidelity at a high frame rate. The BHC3-1080P HDMI microscope camera offers 30 fps...
BestScope International Ltd.
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Global Shutter Sensor
Suited for rapidly moving objects or scenes, the NSC1201-SI global shutter VGA InGaAs sensor from New Imaging Technologies features a high-frequency clock in TECless mode. The...
New Imaging Technologies (NIT)
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Position-Processing System
Designed for one- and two-dimensional position-sensitive detector devices, the SEEPOS position-processing system from SiTeK is designed to carry out measurement at a resolution of 16 bits and at...
Laser Components GmbH
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UV-VIS Spectrometer
The Freedom UV-VIS spectrometer platform from Ibsen Photonics covers visible and ultraviolet spectra. Intended for integrators of analytical and process control instruments, the spectrometer uses a...
Ibsen Photonics A/S
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Virtual Reality Headset
The Zeiss VR One mobile virtual-reality headset works with smartphones with display sizes from 4.7 to 5.2 in. The transparent visor allows the use of augmented reality apps with the...
Carl Zeiss AG, Camera Lenses
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Few-Mode Fiber Amplifier
A new few-mode fiber erbium-doped amplifier (FM-EDFA) is the latest product from the European R&D collaborative Mode-Gap. Developed by the University of Southampton, the new FM-EDFA will...
Phoenix Photonics Ltd.
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Antireflection Coatings
The newly expanded line of antireflection (AR) coatings from Edmund Optics is now available in standard models for faster turnaround. The series includes the YAG-BBAR coating, which is a...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
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Optical Power Sensor
Ophir Photonics Group’s 3A-IS optical power sensor, with the AUX-LED self-absorption accessory, is designed to measure the optical power of divergent, narrowband light sources such as lasers...
Ophir - Spiricon LLC, Photonics
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Ultrahigh-Speed Camera
The Kirana ultrahigh-speed camera by Specialised Imaging produce high-resolution images for materials testing. It takes up to 5 million fps, and shutters every 100 ns. The data obtained is...
Specialised Imaging
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Fiber Connector
Trans data elektronik (tde) GmbH has announced its tML 24-System, a cabling system with MPO 24 fiber connectors on trunk cables and modules. The rear cabling is based on the 24-fiber...
trans data elektronik GmbH
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Forestry Vision System
The Polterluchs camera system from Visiosens enables digital collection of data on timber stacks. The system allows data to be recorded from a vehicle by driving past the wood pile....
Framos GmbH
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Pyroelectric Detectors
New pyroelectric detectors from Laser Components have a wide spectral sensitivity range from UV to terahertz wavelengths, limited by the detector window used. The detectors are based on...
Laser Components GmbH
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Vibration Isolation Platform
The VIP100 vibration isolation platform by Newport Corp. is designed for laboratory and industrial OEM applications. It offers vibration isolation for small instruments and sensitive...
Newport Corporation
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Chip-on-Board LEDs
Everlight Electronics has announced two new chip-on-board LED families. Suited for spotlights and downlights, the 36-V Xuan series covers a wattage range from 2 to 50 W and can achieve...
Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd.
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DPSS Laser
The Jewel Laser from Quantum Composers Inc. can be integrated onto a gantry in a clean room or onto battery-operated portable systems. The diode-pumped solid-state Nd:YAG laser features a...
Quantum Composers, Inc.
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CCD Camera
The 6-MP Grasshopper3 USB3 camera from Point Grey features a quad-tap CCD sensor. The camera is capable of streaming 2736 × 2192 resolution images at 25 fps and uses Sony’s...
Point Grey Research Inc.
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Industrial Cameras
The Spark Series SP-5000 from JAI is now available in models with USB3 Vision or GigE Vision interfaces. The four cameras use a 2560 × 2048 pixel CMOS imager; M-USB (monochrome), C-USB...
JAI, Inc.
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UVscale Film
UVscale film from Fujifilm visualizes UV light distribution using color density. The film visualizes the light distribution of a range of UV lights up to 6000 mJ/cm2 using microcapsule and...
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Piezo Nanopositioners
The QNP-XY series of piezo nanopositioning stages from Aerotech provides resolution, linearity, repeatability and high dynamics for optical alignment. The stages offer positioning resolution...
Aerotech, Inc.
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THz TDS System
Tera Sync from Menlo Systems GmbH is a synchronizable terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system offers measurement times as low as 20 s and features an optomechanical delay line with a >850-ps...
Menlo Systems Inc.

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