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Photonics Spectra: April 2015

Nanoparticles: Probing the Plasma Threshold
Laser-induced plasma generation in nanoparticles has potential application in fields as diverse as medicine and materials processing. To fully harness this tool, it is important to understand how...
Cicely Rathmell, Mapleseed LLC; Daniel D. Hickstein, Jila – University of Colorado Boulder; Craig Hanson, Idex Corporation
Consumers and Cost Are Driving Infrared Imagers into New Markets
Once the exclusive domain of the military, infrared imagers are now taking commercial applications by storm, thanks to lower prices and better technology. In fact, it seems the only limit to this...
Marie Freebody, Contributing Editor,
Hyperspectral Imager Opens Options for Consumer, Medical and Industrial Uses
The applications, advantages and impact of microsized HSI enable compact, high-end and even autonomous intelligent cameras. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) has long been confined to laboratory...
Jan Provoost, imec
Breaking the Mold: Overcoming Manufacturing Challenges of Chalcogenide Glass Optics
Fabricating optics using chalcogenides can be challenging because of these glasses’ special optical, mechanical and economical characteristics. Diamond-turned machining is a viable option for...
Myeong Nam, Joseph Washer and Jacob Oh, ISP Optics Corporation
Scintillator Detectors with Integrated Nanophotonics for Medical Imaging
Combining the principles of integrated nanophotonics with traditional scintillator materials will greatly improve the development of radiation detection. Strong evidence exists that integrated...
Ya Sha Yi, University of Michigan, and Bo Liu, Tongji University
Advances in Industrial Color Testing of Automotive Metallic Finishes
The measurement and characterization of lightness fluctuations, their scaling properties and their potential causes could help design low-noise industrial painting processes and help engineer...
José M. Medina and José A. Díaz, University of Granada, Spain

Night Baseball: Made Possible by Light
The nerve-racking snake draft is over, and everyone is on deck and ready for major league baseball’s first pitch on April 5. Being a rookie in a fantasy baseball league has made me contemplate just what it is I like about the game. I’ve never dug deeply into team or player stats or league history. At the end of the day, what I like best about baseball is sitting behind the plate,...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher,

Metals Absorb Light, Repel Water after Laser Conditioning
A new laser micropatterning technique turns normally shiny metals black and makes them so hydrophobic that water droplets bounce off. University of Rochester researchers carved microgrooves...
MEMS-Based QCL Spectrometer Aims at Hazardous Materials Detection
A new MEMS-based spectrometer that operates in the mid-infrared could form the basis of a handheld system for detecting hazardous materials. Developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for...
Fluorometer Measures Glucose Levels Noninvasively
A new light-based diagnostic tool allows physicians to monitor blood sugar levels in patients who can’t give blood samples. The Glucolight system is intended to help prevent...
Entangled Photons Emitted from Silicon Microring
Microring resonators could become a chip-scale source of entangled photons crucial to quantum computing and encryption. Such resonators are known to be efficient sources of photon pairs, but...
Expanded Tissues Show Confocal Microscopes More Detail
Nobel Prize-winning superresolution microscopy techniques circumvent the diffraction limit of light to image the smallest details of cells. But there is another way. Researchers at MIT have...
Mobius Strips Conjured from Beam Polarization
A light beam can be structured so that its polarization twists around like a Mobius strip. The finding, by a team of researchers from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, confirms a theoretical...
Ultrasonic Waves Create One-Way Optical Fiber
Ultrasonic waves can turn optical fiber into a one-way street for photons, a discovery that could aid the development of quantum computers. Researchers from the University of Illinois at...
Spontaneous Emission Enhanced by Nanoantennas
LEDs enabled by nanoscale antennas to spontaneously emit more light could be a better solution than lasers for short-range optical communications. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National...
Film Enables Touch Displays That Respond to Bending, Heat
A novel film could be used to make flexible displays that respond not only to touch but also to bending and heat. Developed by a team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research...
Increased NCA Height Reveals New Lattice Plasmon Mode
A better understanding of the unique optical properties of core-shell nanostructures could impact the development of next-generation optical sensing and detection devices, as well as low-threshold...

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 systems are already used on Israeli commercial aircraft as well as by the Brazilian, Italian and German air forces. The fiber laser-based systems are designed to protect large aircraft against attacks...
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...
EOS, MTU Partner on Quality Control for Laser Additive Manufacturing
EOS has partnered with MTU Aero Engines to develop quality assurance technology for metal engine components created using laser-based additive manufacturing. A manufacturer of aircraft...
Viso Systems Named European Distributor for Acal BFi
Viso Systems of Copenhagen, Denmark, will distribute Acal BFi products in France, Italy, Spain and the U.K. The companies have had a distribution agreement for the last two years covering...
Digital Imaging Down, But Teledyne Ends the Year Up
Despite lagging sales in its digital imaging department, Teledyne Technologies Inc. reported record profits as it closed the books on 2014. Total year sales were $2.4 billion, up 2.4 percent...
Strong Fourth Quarter Keeps Jenoptik on Track
The Jenoptik Group said it is looking forward to a jump in revenues in the new year after ending 2014 with sales and earnings down slightly. The company’s preliminary numbers place...
Edmund, Fisba Partner on IR Glass-Molded Optics
Edmund Optics Inc. and Fisba Optik LLC of Tucson, Ariz., have teamed up to produce IR optics using nontraditional materials. The new components will be suited for life sciences applications...
Quantum Materials Begins Shipping of Cadmium-Free QDs
Quantum Materials Corp. has begun shipping cadmium-free red and green quantum dots in evaluation and production quantities to consumer electronics manufacturers. The company said a new...
Flir Marks Successful Foray Into Consumer Market
Flir Systems Inc. ended its fiscal year with increased revenues and profits, having marked a successful entrance into the consumer market with thermal cameras for smartphones. “During...
Earnings Jump at Hamilton Thorne
Biophotonics firm Hamilton Thorne Ltd. said it experienced a five-fold increase in profits from 2013 to 2014. Preliminary figures put net income at more than $800,000, compared to $125,000...
Edmund, Luxexcel Partner on 3-D Printed Optics
Edmund Optics has partnered with Luxexcel Group BV of the Netherlands to develop 3-D-printed plastic optical components. Luxexcel’s patented Printoptical technology uses additive...
CyberOptics Looks to Break Even in 2015
Optical metrology firm CyberOptics Corp. said it expects sales growth of at least 10 percent and a break-even operating result in the year ahead after introducing new products and cutting losses in...
M Squared Secures $5M in New Funding
Eyeing oversees sales growth and the emerging quantum technology market, M Squared Lasers has secured £3.25 million (about $5.02 million) in new funding. The international bank...

Light-Based Technology Aids Insect Control
Insects wreak havoc on communities with their spread of viruses and airborne diseases. They damage and even kill crops. And let’s face it: They’re just plain annoying. There has been some relief in a “photonic fence” device, created several years ago by Intellectual Ventures Management LLC, of Bellevue, Wash., as a way of addressing the spread of malaria (courtesy...

Super Vision in the Wink of an Eye
It is, and has only ever been, an inquiring mind that leads to technological innovation. When scientists focus their attention on the “what ifs” in their investigative brains, it often leads to impressive discoveries. For Dr. Eric Tremblay at the Federal Polytechnic Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL), his musings on telescopic sight and military optics could potentially turn...

Wearable Optical Pulse Oximeter
The Reflective Pulse Oximetry Sensor from Taiwan Biophotonic Co. is designed to be worn comfortably on the wrist rather than the fingers, toes or earlobes. The device measures pulse rate and...
Scientific CMOS Camera
The Dhyana 400A scientific CMOS camera from Xintu Photonics Co. Ltd. offers a 93-dB dynamic range, a 25 fps frame rate and a readout noise of 1.5 electrons. The camera is suited for ultralow...
Xintu Photonics Co., Ltd. (Tucsen)
IR Detectors
CalSensors’ SCD-B line of photodetectors are optimized to provide the high performance of lead salt detectors while reducing harmful radiation. Sensitive across the mid-infrared...
Opto Diode Corporation
Laser Scan Head
The basiCube 10 from Scanlab AG is a scan head optimized for laser marking. The scan head is available with silicon mirrors for three laser wavelengths, and it achieves 800 characters per...
Optical Transceiver
An ultralow-power transceiver from Silicon Line GmbH enables active optical cables. The SL86050 contains both a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) driver and a transimpedance...
Silicon Line GmbH
Gel Analysis System
The omniDoc from Cleaver Scientific integrates illumination and imaging components for documentation and analysis of fluorescent and colorimetric gels. It comes equipped with an...
A time-resolved Forster resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) high-throughput screening assay from BellBrook Labs is designed for use with for UDP-producing enzymes. The device relies on...
BellBrook Labs
Measuring Station
The PXA-1000 measuring station from General Photonics measures polarization crosstalk at specific locations along polarization-maintaining (PM) optical fiber. Based on a white-light...
Laser Components GmbH
Wireless Lighting Controls
The ZenNet series of self-powered wireless lighting controls from Thomas Research Products are suited for use by OEMs for retrofit lighting, as well as new construction. The controls feature...
Thomas Research Products
Laser-Processing Systems
Two new laser systems have been announced by LPKF Laser & Electronics. The Fusion 3D 1200 Laser Direct Structuring System features a rotary indexing table and a vision system. Small-,...
LPKF Laser & Electronics, Plastics Welding Div.
SWIR Camera
Xenics has introduced its latest shortwave-infrared image camera, the Xeva-2.35-320 TE4. The thermoelectrically cooled infrared camera features T2SL IR detection technology and delivers...
Smartphone IR Camera
The Seek XR thermal imaging smartphone accessory from Seek Thermal allows users to view objects at close range, as well as distances of up to 2000 feet. Designed for outdoor use, it can see...
Seek Thermal Inc.
Lighting Controllers
A new indoor lighting controller from AMS AG senses ambient light and enables the delivery of constant lux levels by making subtle adjustments as the amount of outside light varies. The...
ams AG
LED Cart
A new wheeled cart-mounted explosion-proof LED array from Larson Electronics is designed for mobility and paint spray-booth regulation compliance. The EPLC-24-2L-LED features a 7680-lumen...
Larson Electronics LLC
Telecommunications VCSEL
A new optical fiber test module from VI Systems GmbH is suitable for multimode transmission up to 50 Gbps. The V50-850M transmitter is based on an 850-nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting...
VI Systems GmbH
McPherson Inc.’s Deep UV Luminescence Spectrophotometer offers optical characterization and spectral measurements from the vacuum ultraviolet to the near-infrared. The optical test...
The RM9 Radiometer by Ophir Photonics is a high-sensitivity, low-noise sensor that measures the power of low-level CW and quasi-CW sources. It uses a pyroelectric sensor in conjunction with...
Ophir - Spiricon LLC, Photonics
Microscopy Software
PicoQuant has released version 2.0 of its SymPhoTime 64 software package for fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). New features...
PicoQuant GmbH
Smart Cameras
Vision Components’ VC-F smart cameras are designed for use with intelligent transportation systems, including automatic license plate recognition, quality inspection and production control. ...
Vision Components GmbH
Industrial Camera
The Q-12A180 high-speed area-scan camera from Adimec utilizes a CMOSIS CMV12000 global shutter image sensor. The 12-MP CMOS global shutter camera delivers images of 4096 × 3072 pixels...
Adimec Advanced Image Systems BV
CO2 Detection Camera
A new thermal camera from Flir Systems provides an optical alternative to traditional sniffers used to detect carbon dioxide leaks. The GF343 can scan broad areas quickly and from safe...
FLIR Systems
Dual-Wavelength Laser
The latest dual-wavelength laser from Toptica Photonics Inc. is intended for two-photon excitation. The FemtoFiber dichro design bioMP offers two synchronized beams of different wavelengths...
TOPTICA Photonics, Inc.
Disposable-Fiber Laser
A 14-pin laser package from SemiNex Corp. is suited for integration as a high-power IR laser in systems where the use of disposable fibers is prevalent. The laser produces up to 5.8 W of CW...
SemiNex Corp.
DPSS Lasers
Spectra-Physics has announced two new ultracompact Q-switched diode-pumped solid state (DPSS) green lasers for materials processing. The Explorer One 532-2 is a Nd:vanadate laser targeted...
LED Heat Sinks
Providing cost-effective cooling for high-power LED lighting, the Igloo SS Series of heat sinks from GlacialTech offers wattage ratings of 100, 150 and 200 W. With a rectangular profile, the...
GlacialTech Inc.
Machine Vision Software
MVTec Software GmbH has announced a new version of its Halcon machine vision system for Android mobile devices. The software may be used to develop apps for object or text recognition, for...
MVTec Software GmbH
Water-Cooled Beam Dumps
New water-cooled beam dumps from Gentec Electro-Optics Inc. have a highly resistant absorber that can withstand up to 12,000 W of laser power in CW mode. The beam dumps feature...
Gentec Electro-Optics, Inc.
Inspection Software
Zeiss has announced new semiconductor inspection software, AutoAnalysis. The software provides fully automated analysis of aerial images in parallel to the measurements as they are being...
Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH
Laser Bar
With a maximum output of more than 60 W, the SPL BF98-40-5 laser bar from Osram Opto Semiconductors reduces system costs for fiber-coupled diode lasers. The SPL BF98-40-5 laser bar has a...
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Inc.
Femtosecond Fiber Laser
The orange ytterbium femtosecond fiber laser from Menlo Systems GmbH provides average powers up to 10 W and pulse energies up to 200 nJ with typical pulse durations of 130 fs and a center wavelength...
Menlo Systems GmbH

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