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Photonics Spectra: December 1999

FEATURES
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Clouds in the Crystal Ball
An expert is someone who can accurately predict how a certain technology will progress in the next 12 to 18 months. An authority can extend the prediction relatively accurately to five years or so. A visionary looks ahead 10 years or more and is either lucky or wrong. In the long run, innovation has a bad habit of upsetting the technology continuum. Photonics has had its share of...
Stephanie A. Weiss, Executive Editor
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The Photon Connection
Wearable, miniature computers that moonlight as movie viewers with nearly unlimited selections. Enough bandwidth to simultaneously connect every living person through just one optical fiber. These...
Lamont Wood, Contributing Editor
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Photonics Gets Personal
The last time the millennial clock rolled over, the only individuals that required some stamp of personal identification sat on thrones. Signet rings and hot wax made a simple task of identifying the...
Daniel C. McCarthy, Senior News Editor
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Photovoltaics Grows Up
Long dismissed by some pundits as expensive and impractical, photovoltaic cells, also known as solar cells, are a popular way to generate electricity in remote areas. John Benner, a...
Dan Drollette, Senior Editor
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Sensing the Century
The Deep Space 2 microprobe, which recently slammed into Mars, only hints at what's possible in the next century as smart sensors merge with biological and chemical systems, according to Barbara...
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor


TECH PULSE
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New Laser Could Be Alternative to Laser Diode
Professor Cesare Svelto of the Polytechnic Institute of Milan has developed a high-power narrow-linewidth source that claims to outperform any device in its class. Svelto said the key to the new type of erbium-glass laser is highly optimized stabilization circuitry on the pump laser. Slow development This was designed to damp resonance oscillations, which are particularly...
Dr. Flavio Fontana
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Bell Labs Breaks the 1-km Barrier
Researchers at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, N.J., have demonstrated serial transmission at 10 Gb/s over a 1.6-km multimode fiber. In May, the team displayed 10-Gb/s serial transmission over 300 m of...
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Duke University’s Free-Electron Laser Breaks 200-nm Wavelength Barrier
The Russian-built OK-4 free-electron laser at Duke University in Durham, N.C., emitted 5 mW of continuous-wave, 193.7-nm vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) light, the province of ArF excimer lasers. Vladimir...
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Diode Laser Emits in the Mid-IR at Room Temperature
The Naval Research Laboratory in Washington has produced a laser diode that displays pulsed operation in the mid-infrared at room temperature. Team members Jerry Meyer of the lab's Optical Sciences...
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Physicists Use Lasers to Achieve Fermi Degeneracy
It was almost five years ago that Eric A. Cornell and Carl E. Wieman achieved Bose-Einstein condensation at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, cooling bosons to almost absolute zero....
Dr. James P. Smith
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This Is Your Garden-Variety Laser
Next time you go shopping for a lasing medium, forget about rubies or sapphires or gases. Just go to the local supermarket and pick up some carrots, potatoes or peppers. Researchers at Iwate...
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Proton Radiography Images Implosion
A demonstration at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Neutron Science Center in Los Alamos, N.M., has left researchers confident of the application of proton radiography in the hydrodynamic...
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Lidar Satellite Will Analyze Forests
In September 2000, the Vegetation Canopy Lidar satellite is scheduled for liftoff on an Athena I rocket -- the first scheduled orbital launch from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska. This satellite...
Dr. James P. Smith
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Researchers Develop Electro-Optic Lightning Detector
Lightning strikes during space launch preparation can be very dangerous. Information provided by detectors can predict a lightning hazard, but time is of the essence. An array of 31...
Dr. James P. Smith
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Luminescence Aids Detection of Toxic Leaks
As a legacy to the uranium enrichment process that has provided nuclear reactor fuel since the 1940s, the US Department of Energy stores more than 700,000 metric tons of depleted uranium hexafluoride...
Aaron J. Hand
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Military Laser Gets Ready for Industry
The chemical oxygen-iodine laser technology that is the basis of the US Air Force's Airborne Laser aircraft could soon be harnessed for such commercial applications as dismantling and decommissioning...
Michael D. Wheeler
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Lasers Quiet Mirrors
Researchers at the École Normale Supérieure and Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris reported cooling a mirror with laser light. Brownian motion from internal thermal noise...
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Nobel Prize Recognizes Ultrafast Revolution
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in chemistry to Ahmed H. Zewail, a professor of chemistry and physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The...
Daniel S. Burgess
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New Laser Could Be Alternative to Laser Diode
The use of lasers for materials processing is on the rise in Nordic countries, demonstrated not only by an increasing number of installed high-power lasers, but also by a growing attendance at the...
Veli Kujanpää and John C. Ion
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Nortel Has 6.4-Tb/s Optical Platform
Nortel Networks Corp. of Paignton, UK, presented a scalable 40- to 80-Gb/s optical Internet platform during Telecom '99 in Geneva. The system, which is designed to connect 2500 backbone...
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Proteins Key to Plants’ Response to Light and Shade
An international research team announced that it has identified the protein dynamics that control plants' response to light and shade. The study, which appeared in the Oct. 7 issue of Nature,...
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Fiber Amplifier Pumps Reach 200-mW Level
Scientists announced in the Sept. 20 issue of Applied Optics that they have fabricated 200-mW, 980-nm pump laser modules for erbium-doped fiber amplifiers. The diode lasers are coupled to...
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Laser System Inspects Space Plane
Lockheed Martin's Tactical Aircraft Systems in Fort Worth, Texas, has applied its LaserUT ultrasonic inspection system to the development of the X-33 reusable launch vehicle. The system, which is...
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New Spectroscopy Technique Detects Trace Samples
A new approach to surface spectroscopy has proved 100 times more sensitive than current methods and may eventually be capable of identifying a strand of a deadly virus or a single particle of...
Michael D. Wheeler
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Team Produces Tunable Solid-State Blue Laser
In a collaboration between the City University of Hong Kong and Shandong University, both in China, scientists have produced tunable, continuous-wave blue light with a solid-state laser. The results...
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Two-in-One Laser
Researchers at Bell Laboratories described in the Oct. 22 issue of Science a semiconductor quantum cascade laser that emits light at 6.33 or 6.5 µm with opposite bias polarities. Bell Labs'...
Daniel S. Burgess


LIGHT SPEED
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Arkansas Produces Engineers for Business
Two new master's degree programs at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville offer an interdisciplinary program designed to better prepare students for entry into high-tech industry. The microelectronics-photonics and applied physics degree programs, which have received a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training grant, combine technology management,...
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AlliedSignal, Honeywell Must Sell Avionics Businesses Before Merger
AlliedSignal Inc. of Morristown, N.J., and Honeywell Inc. of Minneapolis must divest themselves of elements of their avionics businesses to win approval for their $16 billion merger, according to...
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Corning, Fibercore Settle Patent Dispute
Corning Inc. of Corning, N.Y., announced that it has settled the patent infringement suit it had filed against Fibercore Ltd. of Southampton, UK. The companies signed a consent judgment in which...
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EG&G Inc. Changes Name
EG&G Inc. based in Wellesley, Mass., announced that it changed its name to PerkinElmer Inc., effective Oct. 26. The change reflects a focus on commercial markets and a move to develop under a...
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Technology Exchange Expands Global Market
Researchers and commercial ventures in both the US and Japan have directly benefited from three years of technology exchange through the Joint US-Japan Optoelectronic Project (JOP), officials say. ...
Gaynell Terrell
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Executives Have New Reason to Fear Flying
The senior manager who drives a company car to a doctor's appointment for a free medical examination while checking by company-leased mobile phone on dinner reservations at the country club where he...
Gaynell Terrell
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Matrox to Discontinue Frame Grabber Line
Philips Semiconductors, which announced plans this year to phase out a key component used by a number of major frame grabber manufacturers, has been only partly successful in assuring its customers...
Gaynell Terrell
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Akio Morita, Sony Founder, Dies
Akio Morita, the founder and honorary chairman of Sony Corp. in Tokyo, died of pneumonia Oct. 3. Morita founded the company with Masaru Ibuka as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo KK (Tokyo...
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Newport Electronics Names Newport Corp. in Trademark Suit
Newport Electronics Inc.'s inch-thick complaint of trademark infringement in federal district court against Newport Corp. is another entry in the larger history of trademark -- and now Internet...
Gaynell Terrell
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Patent Office Accepts E-Applications
The US Patent & Trademark Office will expand its electronic filing system to include most patent requests. The office has allowed trademark customers to file applications over the Internet for a...
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’Optics City’ Is Under Development in Quebec
The Société Innovatech Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches in Canada announced a government-sponsored effort to strengthen and expand the optics cluster in Quebec. Under the...
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Photonics Companies Form Rochester Cluster
A consortium of photonics companies in Rochester, N.Y., has formed Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster Inc. to promote the local business community and encourage cooperation among industry,...
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SPIE Appoints Executive Director
SPIE's board of directors named Eugene G. Arthurs as its executive director effective Nov. 1. He succeeds James E. Pearson, who resigned in February to become the executive director of the Instrument...
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Technology Transfer Grants Opening
The US Department of Defense will open application to its Small Business Technology Transfer program Jan. 4. The grant program will award $30 million in 2000 to fund cooperative research and...
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European Firms Form Joint Venture
Thermo Instrument Systems Inc. of Waltham, Mass., announced that its Spectra Precision AB subsidiary in Danderyd, Sweden, has formed a joint venture company with Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH of Germany. The...


ACCENT ON APPLICATIONS
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Small Nd:YAG Laser Enables in Situ Studies of Airborne Particulates
Many man-made and natural activities emit airborne particulates, filling our atmosphere with pollution that can damage human respiratory systems, reduce visibility and even alter the local climate through interactions with solar radiation. Scientists have developed ways to measure the elemental composition of aerosols, but large, unwieldy instruments discourage their use in the field....
Aaron J. Hand
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Spectrometer Makes Filmmakers See Red
Cinematographers hate fluorescent lights. Although these light sources look more or less normal to the human eye, they show up as green on film. Worse, they impart a weird and unhealthy greenish cast...
Dan Drollette
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Infrared Grain Analyzer Goes with the Flow
Knowing the exact quality of grain can increase profits for farmers. Corn containing a high oil content and wheat with a high level of protein can demand higher prices. Current methods of measuring...
Laurel M. Sheppard
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Image Analysis System Packs Multifunctionality
NASA's Receipt Inspection Quality Assurance Lab reduces the percentage of non-conforming items being shipped to its Langley Research Center. The quality assurance facility, operated by Hernandez...
Daniel C. McCarthy
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DRS Names President of Electro-Optical Group
DRS Technologies Inc. has named Fred L. Marion president of its Palm Bay, Fla.-based Electro-Optical Systems Group (EOSG). Marion is a 35-year veteran of the aerospace and defense...


PRESSTIME BULLETIN
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JDS Uniphase Plans Merger with Longtime Supplier OCLI
JDS Uniphase Corp. of San Jose, Calif., and Optical Coating Laboratory Inc. (OCLI) of Santa Rosa, Calif., have signed a merger agreement under which OCLI will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of JDS Uniphase. The companies expect the $2.8 billion deal to be finalized in early 2000, pending government review. During a Nov. 4 conference call, Charles J. Abbe, CEO of OCLI, called the...
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NTT Plans to Eliminate 20,000 Jobs
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (NTT) of Tokyo announced a restructuring plan that would cut about 20,000 jobs by March 31, 2003. The company, which reported a work force of 224,000 in March...
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Longtime Optics Maker Dies
John L. Plummer, 84, co-founder of Plummer Precision Optics Co. of Pennsburg, Pa., died Oct. 31. He was best known for helping to develop precision optics for the US Army during World War II. ...
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Planet Might Be Orbiting Binary Pair
Researchers with the Microlensing Planet Search project have found evidence of the first known circumbinary planet, an object of about three times the size of Jupiter orbiting a pair of stars nearly...
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Roper Announces Acquisitions
Roper Industries Inc. of Bogart, Ga., has approved the purchase of Eastman Kodak Co.'s Motion Analysis Systems Div. in San Diego. The company expects the $51 million acquisition to be completed by...


PRODUCTS
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COOLED PHOTODIODES
Advanced Photonix Inc.'s 631 AC-coupled and 641 DC-coupled series of cooled modules use the company's 571 series of thermoelectrically cooled large-area avalanche photodiode detectors with a built-in high-voltage power supply, cooler controller and high-speed transimpedance amplifier. The devices are available in 5-, 10- and 16-mm diameters, with peak quantum efficiency that exceeds 80% and...
Advanced Photonix, Inc.
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InGaAs DETECTOR
An InGaAs detector for performing absolute measurements and low-level spectral studies with typically weak signals has been released by International Light Inc. The IL SED(SEL) 007 is a stable...
International Light Technologies
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LOW-LIGHT DETECTION
Hamamatsu Corp. has launched a preamplifier module designed to decrease noise and increase gain of photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) used for detecting light at extremely low levels. The C7319 has three...
Hamamatsu Corporation
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PHOTODETECTORS
The series 99 photodetector modules from Martin, Froeschner & Associates are designed to capture fast transient light signals. The compact, rugged devices are powered by an internal battery or by...
Martin, Froeschner & Assoc.
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POWER DETECTORS
Gentec Inc. has unveiled the LT-50 and LT-200 series OEM power sensor heads for integration into laser systems. The sensors, measuring 60 x 60 x 30 mm, are designed to fit into confined spaces. The...
Gentec Electro-Optics, Inc.
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SURFACE-MOUNT PHOTODIODE
PerkinElmer Inc. has released surface-mount versions of its VTD34 silicon photodiode. The VTD34SM is molded in clear plastic for broad spectral response applications, while the VTD34FSM is molded in...
PerkinElmer Inc.
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VARIABLE OPTICAL ATTENUATORS
The Eclipse series of variable optical attenuators (VOA) is available from NZ Applied Technologies Corp. The devices are based on the company's OptoCeramic device technology and packaging. They...
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DENSE WDM EXPANDER
WaveSplitter Technologies Inc.'s WaveXpander is an all-fiber dense wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) expander that can increase the number of channels in 200- or 400-GHz dense WDM systems by two...
WaveSplitter Technologies, Inc.
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MULTICHANNEL TESTING
Hewlett-Packard Co.'s lightwave multichannel system can help engineers and technicians develop and manufacture multichannel components, modules and systems for the fiber optic industry. The HP 8166A...
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TUNABLE LASER SOURCE
Profile Optische Systeme GmbH has produced a tunable distributed Bragg reflector laser source module for dense wavelength division multiplexing applications. Designed for the company's Pro 8000, the...
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OPTICAL SUBASSEMBLIES
PD-LD Inc. offers 1310-nm optical emitter and receiver subassemblies for Gigabit Ethernet and Fiber Channel. The transmitter subassembly is a multiple-quantum-well Fabry-Perot laser diode with either...
PD-LD, Inc.
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VOICE, DATA TRANSPORT
Ciena Corp. has introduced its MultiWave EdgeDirector 500, a multiservice optical access platform that combines the functions of traditional transport equipment with advanced data networking. The...
Ciena Corp.
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UNIVERSAL TEST SYSTEM
Exfo E.O. Engineering Inc. has released version 5.1 of its ToolBox software for optical-time domain reflectometer and MultiTest modules. A new feature is pop-up messaging, which alerts users to...
EXFO, Inc.
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COLOR CCD CAMERA
The TMC-1000 color charge-coupled device camera from Pulnix America Inc. is suitable for web printing, manufacturing processes, food product inspection, packaging, sorting, content verification,...
Pulnix America, Inc.
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HIGH-SPEED IMAGING
Eastman Kodak Co.'s Motion Analysis Systems Div. has introduced a color digital imager for use in research and design laboratories. The model 2000 Kodak EktaPro CR imager is a self-contained unit...
Eastman Kodak Co.
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HOLOGRAM MASTERING
New Light Industries Ltd. provides hologram masters manufactured on its HI-1200 and HI-600 Holographic Imagesetters. The company can produce masters with 1000-dpi resolution, multiple dot sizes in a...
New Light Industries, Ltd.
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HIGH-RESOLUTION CAMERA
The CT-E4-2048W charge-coupled device camera from Dalsa Inc. has four-output capability at 20 or 25 MHz each, providing a maximum data rate up to 100 MHz with line rates up to 44 kHz. It offers a...
Teledyne DALSA, Machine Vision OEM Components
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IMAGE ANALYSIS
The Graticules Div. of Pyser-SGI Ltd. has introduced a high-precision image analysis standard that provides four test areas for calibrating image analysis systems and identifying deviations and...
Pyser-SGI Ltd.
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MACHINE VISION
A progressive-scan monochrome camera for fast-paced machine vision applications is available from Toshiba Imaging Systems. The IK-542 is built around a 1/2-in. CCD and comes in either a traditional...
Toshiba Imaging Systems
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MINIATURE IMAGING SYSTEM
American Eltec Inc.'s miniHiPerCam is an image processing system in a single standard-size camera case. It contains an intelligent camera with integrated color CMOS imaging sensor head, a...
American Eltec Inc.
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DATA PLUG-IN
The Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) Import Plug-in version 1.1 is available for online purchase and download from Fortner Software LLC. It offers seamless imports of science and remote sensing data...
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STRESS ANALYSIS IMAGING
Cedip Infrared Systems has released an image stress analyzer based on the thermoelasticity effect. The Sapphire-LII uses the Jade II mercury cadmium telluride infrared camera that can capture up to...
FLIR Systems, Inc., Advanced Thermal Solutions Div.
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OPTICALLY CLEAR ADHESIVE
Master Bond Inc. is offering a two-component optically clear epoxy system. The EP37-3FLF low-viscosity adhesive/sealant bonds to a range of substrates, including metals, glass, ceramics, rubber and...
Master Bond Inc.
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ASSEMBLY ADHESIVES
Optomechanical adhesives from Dymax Corp. are designed to prevent movement of components during curing and thermal cycling. The OP line features low shrinkage, moisture resistance and low outgassing....
Dymax Corp.
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CLEAR EPOXY
Tra-Con Inc. has developed an optically clear, low-viscosity adhesive with low shrinkage during cure, making it suitable for laser and optical component applications. Tra-Bond 2115 can withstand 30 s...
TRA-CON, Inc. (now part of Henkel)
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PHOTOCURABLE ADHESIVE
Ablestik's Ablelux OG RFI 146T photocurable adhesive is designed for the assembly of optical, fiber optic and optoelectronic devices. It cures in seconds when exposed to blue visible or ultraviolet...
Ablestik Laboratories (see Henkel)
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SCANNING MICROSCOPE
The M1 model of the LSM 510 laser scanning microscope from Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH contains a low-noise, red HeNe laser and two confocal recording channels. It is available with laser lines ranging from...
Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC
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SPOT CURING
Efos Inc. is offering Novacure, a microprocessor-controlled UV/VIS spot curing system for precision assembly. It features automated exposure control by intensity or time. Optional with this system is...
EXFO Precision Assembly Group
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AIR-COOLED ARGON LASERS
The air-cooled argon lasers in the 131 LG series from LG Laser Graphics GmbH produce outputs from 20 to 500 mW and operate at 458, 488 or 514 nm. The 131 LGV has >95% TEM00 mode purity, beam...
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LASER DIODE COLLIMATOR
Photonic Products Ltd. has unveiled a line of laser diode collimators that produce diffraction-limited, circular nonastigmatic outputs. The Photon Power Plus devices use Blue Sky Research's...
Photonic Products Group, Inc.
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COMPACT CW Nd:YAG LASERS
Spectron Lasers has introduced the SL502Q, a dedicated compact single phase laser system for marking and scribing. The company said the SL502Q combines the latest in power supply, compact water...
Spectron Laser Systems Ltd.
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Q-SWITCHED PULSED Nd:YAG LASER
Spectron Lasers has introduced a new compact pulsed Nd:YAG laser, the COMPACT-Q. The company said the single-rod, single-lamp, Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is efficient and reliable, and was designed for...
Spectron Laser Systems Ltd.
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COOLED DFB LASER
A distributed feedback laser from AMS OptoTech GmbH is kept at a constant temperature by its integrated thermoelectric Peltier cooler, making it possible to maintain a constant emission wavelength...
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CW Nd:YAG LASER
Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme GmbH has added a new model to its line of diode-pumped Nd:YAG lasers. The JOL-RB 70 is a low-mode laser, with a head that measures 1200 x 170 x 190 mm. In...
JENOPTIK Laser GmbH
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DFB LASER DIODES
Laser Components Inc. has expanded its range of single-mode distributed feedback laser diodes to include wavelengths suitable for spectroscopy. The Specdilas-D series includes 1414- and 1330-nm...
Laser Components GmbH
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DIODE-PUMPED CW Nd:YAG LASERS
Spectron Lasers has introduced its SL2100 series of diode-pumped, continuous-wave Nd:YAG lasers. The company said the product line was designed specifically for materials marking and for the...
Spectron Laser Systems Ltd.
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DIODE DRIVER
The model 880D laser diode driver from Analog Modules Inc. provides CW or quasi-CW output currents. In quasi-CW mode, 200-µs pulses with rise times of less than 50 µs are achievable. The...
Analog Modules, Inc.
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INDUSTRIAL OEM CO2 LASERS
Spectron Laser has introduced its Series 100 & 200 industrial CO2 lasers. The company said the lasers were designed specifically for OEM applications, and described them as flexible, affordable...
Spectron Laser Systems Ltd.
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INDUSTRIAL LASER
The Rofin DY 044 is one of a series of diode-pumped solid-state lasers from Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH. The company says the laser, available in powers up to 4400 W, delivers a high-quality beam, higher...
Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH
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TUNABLE LASER MODULE
Alcatel Optronics' 1905 TLM broadband tunable laser module covers 32 channels with 50-GHz spacing and comes in a 14-pin industry-standard butterfly package. The continuous-wave laser module offers 10...
Alcatel Optronics (see Avanex France SA)
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Nd:YAG LASERS
Two Nd:YAG lasers, the H1 and H1Q, are available from Q-Lase. The H1 is a continuous-wave, 60-W laser with a beam roundness of more than 95% and an M2 of 1.2 at maximum power. The H1Q is a Q-switched...
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Nd:YVO4 LASER WITH SELECTABLE WAVELENGTHS
Spectra-Physics has introduced a diode-pumped solid-state Nd:YVO4 laser with turnkey access to infrared, green and ultraviolet wavelengths. The T80-YHP40-355QW uses external doubling or tripling...
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COMPACT PULSED Nd:YAG LASER
Spectron Lasers has introduced the MICRO-Q, its new ultra-compact pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The company said the MICRO-Q features a small sealed rugged laser head measuring 235mm x 100mm x 50mm, variable...
Spectron Laser Systems Ltd.
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DIODE-PUMPED LASERS
Cutting Edge Optronics Inc. has released two more versions of its diode-pumped solid-state Stiletto laser. The 5-W, 532-nm model is a pulsed laser suitable for use in medical, machining, marking and...
Northrop Grumman Poly-Scientific
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LASER SAFETY
Lasermet Ltd. has launched a laser protection adviser service to help companies using Class III B or IV lasers to meet the EN 60825-1 laser safety officer requirement. The service includes an annual...
Lasermet Ltd.
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SINGLE-EMITTER DIODE LASER
A high-brightness, single-emitter diode laser from Opto Power Corp. is suitable for direct-to-press and direct-to-plate writing applications in printing. The H02-A002-830-CT/60 delivers 1.5 W from a...
Opto GmbH
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TUNABLE LASER
A wavelength-selectable/tunable distributed feedback laser array, dubbed WSL, is available from Quantum Devices Inc. (QDI). The company says it offers superior wavelength stability, requires few...
Quantum Devices
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ARC LAMP SYSTEM FOR REAR-PROJECTION DISPLAYS
Welch Allyn Inc. has developed the MonArc projection display lamp for use in the development of rear-projection computer monitors. The lamp comes in a developer's kit for manufacturers, which would...
Welch Allyn Lighting Products
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FLUORESCENT RINGLIGHTS
Stocker & Yale Inc. has released two high-frequency fluorescent ringlights for machine vision applications. The 25-kHz model 5 and Superlite model 18S are housed in a black anodized aluminum housing...
ProPhotonix Ltd.
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LIGHT SOURCE SOFTWARE
Illumination Technologies Inc. has released LightSet 4.0, a Windows 95- and NT-compatible software that supports both RS-232 and RS-485 serial communications protocols and allows control and...
Illumination Technologies, Inc.
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3-D MODELING SOFTWARE
Lambda Research Corp. says that TracePro 2.0 3-D solid modeling software ray traces 10 times faster than its previous version. Other additions in 2.0 include a wizard to convert raw bidirectional...
Lambda Research Corp.
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DATA ACQUISITION
Labtech Corp. and Data Translation Inc. have collaborated to produce software and hardware that are compatible with the Open Data Acquisition Standard (ODAS). Labtech says this provides an open...
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PROCESSOR BOARD
Microstar Laboratories Inc. has launched a data acquisition processor board for the PCI bus. The iDSC 1816 is a high-performance, eight-channel, 16-bit-resolution board for PC-based systems that...
Microstar Laboratories, Inc.
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LASER DRIVER IC
The EL6270C laser driver integrated circuit (IC) from Elantec Semiconductor Inc. is for applications requiring constant output power. Designed for applications such as bar-code scanners, motion...
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SCAN GENERATOR
The SG40 scan generator from Deschutes Corp. is designed to add to the functionality of the company's DC100 modular beam steering/deflection system. The device provides direct digital X and Y inputs...
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VIDEO SHIFT REGISTER
The VSC6424 is a 500-Mb/s, 40-bit video shift register from Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. that integrates both multiplexer and demultiplexer capabilities. The device allows users to serialize and...
Vitesse Semiconductor
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SIGNAL PROCESSOR
Burr-Brown Corp. offers the VSP3010 single-chip, three-channel image signal processor for CCD or contact image sensor (CIS) systems such as color scanners, fax machines and industrial quality-control...
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BEAM EXPANDER
A reflective beam expander from Precision-Optical Engineering can be used for analysis of large optics using the Interfire range of infrared interferometers from Optical Surfaces Ltd. The expander...
Precision Solutions
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TWO-AXIS ADJUSTABLE OPTICAL WEDGE
MetaStable Instruments Inc. has unveiled the model G1002 "beam tweaker" for deviating a laser beam through small angles without displacing the pivot point of the beam from the original beam axis. The...
MetaStable Instruments, Inc.
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PLASTIC WINDOW
LasIRvis Optoelectronic Components Ltd. says its new OptoGuard HSR clear, flat plastic window protects emitting and detecting components from nearly all hazards. Its refractive index of 1.52 at 546...
LasIRvis Optoelectronic Components Ltd.
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MOTION CONTROLLERS
National Instruments has introduced three motion controller boards that accelerate the development of fatigue, burn-in and life cycle tests. The PCI-7344 and PXI-7344 modules control both stepper and...
National Instruments Corp.
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PRECISION STAGE DOCKING
Technical Manufacturing Corp. has introduced a stage-docking system for pneumatic vibration- isolation systems. FastDock is designed for metrology tools and steppers that require position...
TMC
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LINEAR MOTOR STAGE
The Impulse stage from New England Affiliated Technologies offers linear motor performance with a 50-mm-high profile. The brushless servo linear motor may be sinusoidally commutated for smoothness....
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MICROSYSTEM HANDLING
A piezoelectric gripper from piezosystem jena GmbH is suitable for micro-optics manipulation, fiber optic assembly, precision mounting and adjusting, and biological sample manipulation. The...
piezosystem jena GmbH
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MOTORIZED FILTER WHEEL
Prior Scientific Inc. has unveiled a high-speed motorized filter wheel system for fluorescence microscopy applications. It can hold up to 10 25-mm-diameter filters and be mounted on the illumination...
Prior Scientific, Inc.
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LASER WORKSTATION
The IX-555 laser workstation from J P Sercel Associates Inc. is an industrial-grade, Class I micromachining system that can be configured with a YAG, CO2 or excimer laser. It has a welded steel...
IPG Photonics, Microsystems Div.
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COMPACT INTERFEROMETER
The MicroLupi 2000 interferometer from Firefly Technologies is for applications involving repetitive testing of similar small components, including microlenses as small as 100 µm and optics up...
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FO TEST SOURCE
An LED fiber optic test source with dual simultaneous outputs is available from Fotec Inc. Designed for fast loss testing of duplex multimode fiber optic links, the FS370 Smart Source has two LEDs,...
Fotec, Inc.
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MACHINE TOOL DIAGNOSIS
Renishaw Inc.'s Laser10 calibration software is available with ML10 laser-based diagnostic systems and as an upgrade for existing systems. It assists in measuring the accuracy of machine tools and...
Renishaw Inc.
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NIR SPECTROMETER
The S2000-1550 spectrometer from Ocean Optics Inc. has a silicon linear charge-coupled device array with a coating that extends the array's responsivity into the 1450- to 1650-nm range. Its...
Ocean Optics, Inc.
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OPTICAL PROFILER
The Wyko NT3300 optical profiling system from Veeco Metrology Group is capable of in-line three-dimensional surface height measurements from 0.1 nm to several millimeters. It can perform repeatable...
Veeco Metrology Group
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SPECTRAL ANALYSIS
Analytical Spectral Devices Inc. has begun distributing the Unscrambler software from Camo ASA with its LabSpec Pro spectrophotometer. The software allows users to evaluate and compare large,...
PANalytical Boulder
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UV/VIS SPECTROSCOPY
The EPP2000C fiber optic spectrometer from StellarNet Inc. is for UV/VIS applications from 200 to 850 nm. It provides 4-ms spectral data from a CCD or optional photodiode array detector. The device...
StellarNet, Inc.

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