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Photonics Spectra: May 2014

Materials Hold Secret to Better LED Performance, Efficiency, Value
There’s little doubt that LEDs save energy, but the high initial cost of LED lamps is preventing mass adoption by lighting consumers. New materials are crucial to driving down the price tag and driving up market acceptance. The price of LEDs has come down rapidly over the past three years, and this trend is expected to continue over the next couple of years until LED lamps reach mass...
Marie Freebody, Contributing Editor,
Light Sources, Filters Enable 3-D Sensing Advances
Improving the manufacturability, reliability and size of hardware components for 3-D sensing systems opens up new applications for the technology. Today, a growing number of smart TVs and...
Andre Wong and Markus Bilger, JDSU
QDs Up Display Color, Brightness with Less Power
Want a brighter, more colorful display that uses less power? Quantum dots may be the answer. After 25 years of research and development, quantum dots – man-made semiconducting crystals so...
Melinda Rose, Freelance Writer,
LEDs, Other Optoelectronic Components Merging for Emerging Applications
Advances in on-chip integration, materials and fabrication methods enable smaller, faster components for next-generation applications. The market for optoelectronic (OE) components – parts...
Valerie C. Coffey, Science Writer,
Engineering Makes Powerful Lasers Safer
Containment, software, training and other precautions allow embedded or enclosed lasers to move into new applications. Hiding your light under a bushel isn’t always a bad thing, contrary...
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor,

A Vision of the Future
At The Vision Show last month in Boston, keynote speaker Dennis Treece spoke about the evolving “security vision” market, in which machine vision for packaging integrity is morphing to perform security duties. The retired Army colonel and former director of security and emergency preparedness for the Massachusetts Port Authority delivered a presentation on cutting-edge surveillance...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher,

New Laser Brings Faster Internet
High-speed Internet continues to evolve, making very quick work of downloading, streaming and communicating. But could it get faster? Researchers in California say yes. A new laser developed by...
QD Lasers Grown on Silicon Show Record Performance
Direct growth of III-V lasers on silicon (Si) with quantum dot (QD) active regions is a competitive alternative to wafer bonding lasers grown on native substrates, a new study shows. The...
New Approach to Creating Flexible Waveguides
Creating flexible optical waveguides has long been a challenge, as it requires the self-contradicting task of shaping a highly soft material into thin and long structures that are also...
Fast Phase Modulator Is World's Most Compact
A new electro-optical device just 29 µm long can convert signals at a rate of about 40 Gb/s, making it the world’s most compact high-speed phase modulator. The converter device,...
New Devices Could Realize Optical Microprocessing
The development of two new devices — a modulator and a tunable filter — that are energy efficient and were built using a standard IBM advanced CMOS process represents a major...
THz Laser Chip Sets Power Records
A newly developed terahertz laser chip is already setting records as the most powerful in the world. A team from the University of Leeds has engineered a quantum cascade terahertz laser that...
Plasmonic metamaterial absorber acts as UV-protective coating
A new approach to tunable plasmonic metamaterials for high UV frequencies could pave the way for their application in UV-protective coatings, as well as thermophotovoltaics and stealth technology. ...
NASA Laser Technology Tracks Changes in Polar Regions
A laser-based photon-counting technique will enable the measurement of Earth’s height from space, allowing researchers to track the melt and growth of its frozen regions. NASA conducted...
Roll-to-Roll Nano Sensors Enhance Manufacturing Opportunities
Roll-to-roll mass manufacturing is a key technology in low-cost disposable photonic sensor production, which could pave the way for new business and job opportunities, particularly for small and...
Two Firsts for Raman Lasers
Synthetic diamond has enabled two significant developments in solid-state laser engineering: the first tunable diamond Raman laser, and the first continuously operating diamond Raman laser. ...

IPG acquires Veeco MBE system
of Oxford, Mass., is set to expand its diode laser production following the acquisition of Veeco Instruments’ GEN2000 production molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system (pictured on the right). IPG plans to use the system for high-volume manufacturing of laser diodes for fiber lasers, given the popularity of the lasers and their low power consumption in materials processing applications. Fiber...
Zecotek Gains 3-D Display Patent
Zecotek Photonics has been awarded a patent for an optical imaging technology it has developed for an autostereoscopic display system. The patent, granted by the Korean Intellectual Property...
UK student honored for outstanding paper
Johannes von Lindeiner has been awarded the 2014 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition top prize by the OSA Foundation and Corning Inc. A student at the University of Cambridge in...
SPIE Co-Sponsors Winter College on Optics
The Winter College on Optics brought the fundamentals of photonics to the forefront recently, as students from around the world learned about everything from optics research and technology transfer...
Exfo receives Market Share Leadership Award
Frost & Sullivan has awarded EXFO Inc. the 2014 Global Market Share Leadership Award for its work in the fiber-optic test equipment (FOTE) market. EXFO received the award after reporting a...
HelioVolt Stops Work as Investor Backs Out
HelioVolt, a developer and manufacturer of thin-film solar modules based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) technology, has suspended its photovoltaic (PV) initiatives because its major...
EO Accepting Applications for Educational Awards
Edmund Optics (EO) is now accepting applications for its 2014 Educational Award, formerly the Higher Education Grant program. The award combines EO’s regional grant programs, including...
Go Photon! reaches out in Europe
While photonics enables so many aspects of our daily lives, it remains an unknown science for many. A new outreach project intends to change that and make photonics a household word. GoPhoton!,...
Tessera Technologies Settles Suit with ASE
Tessera Technologies has settled its suit against Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), and the pair has entered into a technical collaboration agreement. The lawsuit, originally filed...

Elusive Solar Light-Trapping Limit Nearly Reached
The theoretical limit of light-trapping in solar cells has eluded researchers for decades. But a group from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has come closer to it than anyone else. The researchers, members of TU Delft’s Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) group, have experimentally demonstrated the theoretical limit of the enhancement of light absorption using an...

Celestial light switch reveals lunar ranging data
When certain members of the universe play a linear game of hide-and-seek, humans pay attention: Many don special solar glasses; others stay up late to catch sight of a burnt-orange moon. Solar and lunar eclipses are sights to behold, appearing just a few times a year and visible only to certain geographies. The power of an eclipse, however, can be harnessed for uses other than wonder: On Dec. 21,...

808-nm Fabry-Perot Laser
An 808-nm Fabry-Perot laser that measures 3-D surfaces using CCD sensors has been released by eagleyard Photonics. The 808-mW single-transverse-mode semiconductor laser is suitable for diffractive optical element (DOE)-based sensors in the areas of surface measurements and inspections. The hermetically sealed and RoHS-compliant butterfly package offers beam collimation optics suitable for...
eagleyard Photonics GmbH
DC-DC Converters
Pico Electronics’ DC-1 series converters combine high-input voltage capabilities (120 to 370 VDC) and high power ratings (up to 300 W) with regulated output voltages from 5 to 300 VDC standard....
Pico Electronics, Inc.
Modulation/Spectrum Analyzer
Apex Technologies has launched the AP264XB optical complex spectrum analyzer, which can function as both an optical modulation analyzer and as an optical spectrum analyzer for various testing and...
APEX Technologies
Excimer Laser Stepper
Suss MicroTec has launched the ELP300 Gen2, an excimer laser stepper that enables the creation of smaller via sizes (<5 µm) and decreased via pitch for advanced packaging and 3-D processing...
SUSS MicroTec AG
Inspection Camera
Teledyne Dalsa has expanded its Genie TS series with the TS M2560, a 5-MP camera that can reach speeds up to 51 fps in fast mode. It delivers a wider feature set in a GigE Vision camera and provides...
Teledyne DALSA, Machine Vision OEM Components
Remote Sensing Bundle
Spectral Evolution has released the PSR-3500 remote sensing bundle for a range of remote sensing applications. The bundle is built around the proprietary PSR-3500 UV-VIS-NIR field-portable...
Spectral Evolution, Inc.
Metallic-Coated Mirrors
Cylindrical concave metallic-coated mirrors by Altechna serve as reflectors in the broadband spectral range, focusing light to a thin line without chromatic aberration for applications such as beam...
Altechna, UAB
Neutral Density Filters
Edmund Optics has introduced new TechSpec UV-NIR neutral density filters for applications including spectroscopy, machine vision and ellipsometry. These filters attenuate light from the UV to...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
Fiber Optic Connector
Tratech Fiberoptics Inc.’s HP2.5 high-power fiber optic connector is suitable for high-power fiber laser and diode pump applications. The device splices a fiber to a beam-expanding end...
TraTech Fiberoptics, Inc.
IR Camera
Telops Inc. has added the TS-IR to its line of cooled infrared cameras for environmental, defense and security, and industrial applications. The TS-IR comes in multiple configurations,...
Telops Inc.
Fiber Laser Sapphire Windows
Laser Research Optics has released a series of protective fiber laser sapphire windows for use with 1-µm optics. Featuring Moh 9 hardness, the windows can withstand steel splatter, flash...
Laser Research Optics
Camera Link Translators
Vivid Engineering has released two Camera Link translators that enable the use of Camera Link cameras with frame grabbers incorporating parallel digital interfaces. The CLT-353R supports the...
Vivid Engineering
CMOS Distance Image Sensors
Hamamatsu Corp. has introduced three CMOS image sensors for real-time distance measurement using a time-of-flight method. Models S11961-01CR, S11962-01CR and S11963-01CR are suitable for obstacle...
Hamamatsu Corporation
PM Sensing Optical Fiber
OFS has added the GyroSil Rad-Hard PM optical fiber to its line of sensing fibers for gyroscopes.  Designed to perform in radiation environments, it has an 80-µm outside diameter cladding...
Linear Smart Stage
New Scale Technologies Inc. has released the M3-LS linear smart stage for use in handheld or portable OEM instruments for high-resolution radio-frequency tuning, precision photonics, laser beam...
New Scale Technologies, Inc.
UV-NIR Spectrometer
Ibsen Photonics has released the Freedom UV-NIR spectrometer for integrators of portable and handheld analytical and process control instruments. The 50 × 50 × 15-mm device operates...
Ibsen Photonics A/S
Athermal MWIR Lens
LightWorks Optical Systems Inc. has added a series of athermal f/2 mid-wave infrared (MWIR) lenses to its Owl-IR line of fixed-focus objective lenses. The lenses offer radiometric quality with...
II-VI Optical Systems
Mirror Mounts
Optical Surfaces Ltd. has released OS-Z mirror mounts, which support off-axis paraboloid, spherical and flat mirrors. The mounts accommodate wedge-back and parallel-back mirrors from 90 to 250...
Optical Surfaces Ltd.
Fluorescence Spectrometers
Incorporating a semiconductor detector, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments’ EDX-7000/8000 fluorescence spectrometers are designed for applications ranging from general screening analysis to...
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.
Demonstrator Board
InfiniLED has released a demonstrator board that enables companies and research organizations to test and evaluate µLED technology at their own facilities. The board includes three...
Microspectrometer Detector
InfraTec GmbH’s latest detector, the LFP-3144C-337, offers an integrated tunable Fabry-Perot (FP) filter and closed-loop control driven by an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and...
InfraTec GmbH, Infrarotsensorik und Messtechnik
InGaAs Photodiode
GPD Optoelectronics Corp. has added the 3-mm-diameter GAP3000Q to its InGaAs Quadrant line of photodiodes. The GAP3000Q operates in the 800- to 1700-nm spectrum and features monolithic,...
GPD Optoelectronics Corp.
Beam-Steering Assemblies
Optra Inc. has released Risley prism-based beam-steering assemblies for applications in laser communications, lidar/ladar, laser machining and general-purpose beam steering. Featuring in-line...
Waveguide Power Sensor
The E8486A waveguide power sensor from Agilent Technologies Inc. makes power measurements in the E-band spectrum from 60 to 90 GHz, making it suitable for E-band telecommunications applications. ...
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Current Source
Vektrex, a supplier of cutting-edge instrumentation and systems to the solid-state lighting industry, has released the SpikeSafe400 DC current source, the latest addition to the SpikeSafe product...
Vektrex Electronic Systems, Inc.

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