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Photonics Spectra: February 2016

Through the Spectrum
1666 Sir Isaac Newton discovers that the sun’s white light could be dispersed into a continuous series of colors using an instrument he invented — now called the spectroscope...
Spectroscopy Heading Toward 'Fantastic Voyage'
When Sir Isaac Newton discovered that the white light from the sun could be dispersed into a continuous series of colors — a phenomenon he described as a “spectrum” — he...
Putting Tunable Light Sources to the Test
Many common spectroscopic measurements require the coordinated operation of a detection instrument and light source, as well as data acquisition and processing. Integration of individual components...
Laser Confocal Microscopy: Challenging the Limits of Measuring Surface Roughness
When evaluating the surface of a component, surface roughness can be assessed by eye or rubbed with a fingertip. Common expressions include “shiny,” “lusterless and rough,”...
Thin Film Inspection Methods Aim to Match Human Eye Perception
Thin-film coatings have long been ubiquitous in precision optical systems, and are now finding increasing use in eyeglasses, architectural glass and displays. When fabricating precision optics, the...
Advances Add Up For 3D Printing
For additive manufacturing, aka 3D printing, 2016 could be a very good year. Some big names are entering the field, advances promise better processing and signs point to movement into the mainstream....
HUD Systems: Augmented Reality Is Coming to Your Windshield
Only a few short years ago, the use of displays in automobiles was considered a luxury spec reserved for high-end vehicles. Today, however, rapid developments in automotive infotainment and...
Spectroscopy: The Tools of the Trade
Understanding the whys and wherefores of a technology goes a long way toward solving your problem. Putting that knowledge to work requires an understanding of the tools of the trade and how to use...
John R. Gilchrist, Gilden Photonics Ltd.

New Frontiers in Spectroscopy
This month’s issue should prove a treat to history buffs and futurists alike. In a special section focusing on spectroscopy (read article), we chart the major contributions to the field over the past 500 years, beginning with Sir Isaac Newton’s discovery that the sun’s light could be dispersbed into a continuous series of colors using an instrument he invented — now...

Multispectral Camera Tracks Earth's Atmosphere from Distant Orbit
NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), affixed to NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) about a million miles from Earth, has begun capturing images of the planet's clouds, land...
'Rubber Laser' Material Advances Sensor Technology
A rubberlike material that emits coherent light without mirrors — even while it's being stretched — could be used in remote sensors or as a tunable light source. Liquid crystal...
Microprocessor Integrates Silicon Photonics
Made from silicon using conventional fabrication methods, a microprocessor that integrates multiple photonic components is said to be the first to communicate directly with other devices using light....
App Categorizes Street Scenes in Real Time
Adept at identifying roads, pedestrians, buildings and more, two smartphone apps could form the basis of an autonomous vehicle navigation system. Developed by researchers at the University of...
VECSEL Eyed for Terahertz Sensing Applications
A semiconductor laser that emits at terahertz frequencies could drive development of a new class of lasers for materials analysis and threat detection. The first vertical-external-cavity...
Semiconductor Interface Emits UV Light in Presence of Water
Just a few molecules of water can cause a complex oxide material to emit intense UV light, a discovery that could have bearing on chemical sensors and optical computing. The phenomenon was...
Correlated Metal Films Eyed for Affordable Displays
A highly transparent and electrically conductive metal thin film holds promise as an alternative to indium tin oxide (ITO) in displays, windows, touch screens and solar cells. ITO is a...
Injket Method Cuts Hologram Production Costs, Time
Rainbow holograms like those used to protect credit cards and currency can be created with an ordinary inkjet printer, reducing production time and cost. The technique was developed at the St....
IR Imaging Differentiates Skin From Other Materials
Systems using IR wavelengths to distinguish skin from other materials hold promise for improving search and rescue efforts and defending against efforts to deceive biometric systems. The...
Nanostructured Thin Films Boost Optoelectronics' Efficiency
An antireflection coating allows LEDs, solar cells and sensors to capture light without hampering the flow of electricity, which could increase efficiency in optoelectronic devices. Developed...

Manta Secures Venture Funding for Optical System to Measure Nanoparticles
Manta Instruments Inc. has received venture funding to commercialize an optical device for quantifying and characterizing nanoparticles in solution. Called ViewSizer 3000, the device is based...
Xtera Revenues Soar in Fiscal 2015
Optical transport technology company Xtera Communications Inc. more than doubled its revenues in the last fiscal year leading up to its initial public offering. Xtera reported revenues of $58.7...
Richardson Provides Grating for Discovery Channel Telescope
Richardson Gratings is providing a large mosaic echelle grating for the Extreme Precision Spectrometer (EXPRES), an instrument for the 4.3-m Discovery Channel Telescope outside Flagstaff, Ariz. ...
Optical Surfaces Supplies Substrates for Space-Bound NIR Spectrophotometer
Optical Surfaces Ltd. has supplied the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM) with polished substrates to manufacture grisms — or grating prisms — for a near-infrared (NIR)...
RIT to Study Photonics, Optics Workforce Training
Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology are using a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study workforce training in the photonics and optics fields. "If we can...
Webb Telescope Optical Testing Complete; Construction Progresses
Optical testing has been completed on a replica of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) while construction of the real McCoy reached a critical milestone. Engineers are testing nonflight...
European Satellite Mission Will Test Interferometry Systems for Gravity Wave Detection
The European Space Agency (ESA) will launch the LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) Pathfinder satellite this month. Its 12-month mission is to test measuring instruments whose...
IR Missile-Jamming System Tested on Military Transport Plane
A defensive laser and imaging system from Elbit Systems Ltd. was successfully implemented on an Airbus C295 military transport plane, jamming IR, ground-to-air, heat-seeking man-portable missiles...

Segway’s Jeeves Sees All
Mention a Segway and most of us think of the personal transporters favored by city tour guides or Kevin James’ character in the “Mall Cop” movies. That may soon change now that Segway Inc., in collaboration with Intel Corp., and Xiaomi Inc., a Chinese tech company, has created a new device that is both hoverboard and personal assistant. Need to get somewhere? The robot...

Frame Grabber GPU Support
Kaya Instruments has announced the support of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s workstation graphics processor units (GPUs) in its frame grabbers. Integration of GPU and frame grabber cards...
KAYA Instruments Ltd.
CCD Image Sensor
On Semiconductor Inc. has announced the KAI-47051 image sensor, a high-resolution interline transfer CCD. The 47-MP sensor increases the available resolution for applications such as...
ON Semiconductor
Design Software
CODE V® version 10.8 software supports the design of high-performance asymmetric and freeform optical systems with algorithmic enhancements that yield highly accurate computations of optical...
Synopsys, Inc., Optical Solutions Group
Hyperspectral Imager
Covering wavelengths from 470 to 1000 nm, a hyperspectral imaging system from BaySpec Inc. may be integrated into unmanned aerial vehicles. Applications include precision agriculture,...
BaySpec, Inc.
Outdoor LED Drivers
Power Partners Inc. has announced the PDL120U-C series of 120- to 150-W LED drivers. The drivers provide 10-kV lightning surge protection and smart over-temperature protection for potentially...
Power Partners, Inc.
LED Drivers
Thomas Research Products has announced the LED96W-LT series of voltage-dimming LED drivers with universal input. The drivers work with both leading- and trailing-edge dimmers, accepting...
Thomas Research Products
Luminance Meters
Konica Minolta Sensing Americas Inc. has announced the LS-150/160 and CS-150/160 luminance and chromaticity meters, replacements for the LS-100/110 and CS-100A devices. The new models feature a...
Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc.
RGB Color Sensor
Everlight Electronics Co. Ltd. offers the CLS-16D17-34-DF6 digital RGB color sensor for display applications. The device is based on CMOS technology and operates at a minimum supply voltage of 1.7 V....
Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd.
CaF2 Optics
Meller Optics Inc. offers calcium fluoride (CaF2) optics for use as front surface optics in detectors, sensors, spectrometers, instruments and lasers. The optics feature a highly polished...
Meller Optics, Inc.
LED Emitters
Optimized for optical switches, sensors and scanners, 950-nm LED emitters from Marktech Optoelectronics offer typical power output up to 25 mW. The MTE9460 series is available in six standard...
Marktech Optoelectronics
OTN Card
Optelian has expanded its transponder-regenerator portfolio with the introduction of the RGN-8040 optical transport network (OTN) card. Using standard SFP+ tunable optics, the card features...
LED Heatsink
Glacialtech Inc. has announced the Igloo FS125S square heatsink, using cold forging technology rated for 30-W LEDs. The anodized AL1070 aluminum device measures 125 mm2 and is 25 mm in depth. A...
GlacialTech Inc.
CCD Cameras
Point Grey Research Inc. has added 1.3-MP CCD models to its Blackfly family of GigE Vision cameras. The BFLY-PGE-13H2 cameras are capable of streaming 1288 × 964-pixel resolution images...
Point Grey Research Inc.
CMOS Cameras
Basler AG had added 12 models to its ace line of cameras featuring CMOS sensors from On Semiconductor’s PYTHON series. The cameras offer resolutions from VGA to 1.3 MP and frame rates up...
Basler AG
Scientific Camera
Operating in the visible and shortwave-infrared (SWIR) range, the 1280SCICAM from Princeton Infrared Technologies Inc. is designed for scientific imaging. A pixel pitch of 12 μm allows it to...
Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc. (PIRT)
Rotary Stage
PI (Physik Instrumente) LP has announced the Q-632 piezo inertia drive rotary stage with a 30-mm turntable diameter and a 360° rotation range. The Q-632 delivers precision rotation with...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Air Bearings and Piezo Precision Motion
Dome Light
Metaphase Technologies Inc. offers a coaxial and dome light for imaging highly reflective and textured or topographic objects. High-intensity, uniform, nondirectional illumination across the...
Metaphase Technologies, Inc.
Fiber Optic Modules
Cablexpress Corp. has announced three fiber optic modules compatible with Arista networks and Brocade systems, suitable for port replication and improving data center efficiency. The 20G/10G...
Projection LED
The Ostar Projection Power LED from Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH is a monochrome light source, available in red, converted green and blue. At 36 A pulsed, the typical brightness of the LED is...
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH
Student-Grade Thermal Camera
Flir Systems Inc. has announced the C2 Education Kit, including a C2 thermal imaging camera, tripod mount, ResearchIR software and access to Flir educational content. The C2 is a full-featured,...
FLIR Systems
Polarity Tester
OptoTest Corp. offers the OP480MT MultiFiber Polarity Tester, automating testing for broken and crossed fibers with immediate results. Designed as a companion unit to the OP280MT Ribbon Visual...
OptoTest Corp.
Filter Sample Holder
Prior Scientific Instruments Ltd. offers a 47-mm filter sample holder for its H101A microscope stage. By automating filtered sample inspection, automotive engine-wear testing can now be...
Prior Scientific Instruments, Ltd.
Thermal Laser Sensors
Ophir Photonics Group has announced four thermal laser sensors designed for use with high-power lasers to measure high pulse energies without the need for large, water-cooled devices. The...
Ophir - Spiricon LLC, Photonics
Curing Equipment
Electro Optical Components Inc. offers the ilumCURE UV and blue light curing device from IMM Photonics. The device is available in curing wavelengths of 365, 385, 405 or 460 nm. Adjustable...
Electro Optical Components, Inc.
Princeton Optronics Inc. has announced the high-volume mass production of single emitters and small arrays for optical proximity sensors. Because of their small form factor, high directionality...
Princeton Optronics, Inc.
Beamsplitter Cubes
Adhesive-free, precision beamsplitter cubes from Perkins Precision Developments LLC are available for high-power laser applications in the visible and near-infrared ranges. The adhesive-free...
Perkins Precision Developments, LLC
Goniometer Stages
Optimal Engineering Systems Inc. offers precision motorized goniometer stages. The 160 × 160-mm stages feature 15° of rotation at speeds up to 10°/s, a 400:1 worm gear ratio and a...
Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc.
Laser Scanner
Faro Technologies Inc. has announced the FOCUS3D X 30 Laser Scanner with a range up to 30 m. The device enables measurements of interiors such as small architectural facades, complex...
FARO Technologies, Inc.
Image Testing Software
Imatest 4.2 software from Imatest LLC supports analysis of images captured using Optikos Corp.'s Meridian production camera test system. The Optikos test system employs multiple target...
Optikos Corporation
Multimode Optical Transceiver
Amphenol Cables on Demand Corp. has announced a 10-Gb SFP+ multimode optical transceiver module. The module's advanced integrated circuitry automatically converts the SFP+ port's default...
Amphenol Cables on Demand
CCD Camera Board
Videology Imaging Solutions Inc. has announced the 2XK17X CCD-based camera board with 960 horizontal pixels. The device is designed for application design-ins that require sensitivity and low...
Videology Imaging Solutions, Inc.
UV Viewing Cabinet
Spectronics Corp. has announced the Spectroline CX-20 high-intensity UV viewing cabinet. The device combines separate 8-W longwave- and shortwave-ultraviolet light sources with uniquely...
Spectronics Corp.
Self-Aligning Lens Mounts
Newport Corp. has expanded its A-Line series of self-aligning lens mounts with adjustable and insertable versions to help create complex optical setups. A series of fixed insertable lens mounts...
Newport Corporation
Schwarzchild Objective
A 100× Schwarzschild objective from Pike Technologies Inc. is customizable for broadband microimaging. The reflective objective achieves a numerical aperture of 0.8. It has a longer...
PIKE Technologies, Inc.
The MPX-9102 from Optelian is a multiservice muxponder targeted for network-edge, customer-premises and data center deployments. The 1-rack-unit platform supports up to 10 multiprotocol 10-Gb/s...
Portable LED Tower
A miniature, portable LED tower from Larson Electronics LLC is designed for use in general close-work areas and other applications. The TPM-LED-L1X4-25CC-1227 contains one LED head that...
Larson Electronics LLC
Calibration Modules
Anritsu Corp. offers two options for its MN4765B series of optoelectronic calibration modules for the characterization of optoelectronic devices such as modulators, photoreceivers and integrated...
Anritsu Co.
Laser Drivers
GigOptix Inc. offers single- and quad-channel limiting 28-Gb/s direct modulated laser driver chipsets for data center and cloud computing applications. The single-channel HXT42100 and...
GigOptix, Inc.

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