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Photonics Spectra: December 2005

FEATURES
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‘Magic Size’ Crystals Prepared for LED Lighting
According to the US Department of Energy’s Technology Roadmap, half of the money spent on electricity in the country goes to lighting. With the goal of cutting electricity use in half by 2025, more...
Anne L. Fischer
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Conference Brings Together Solid-State Lighting Suppliers
For six years, Intertech Corp. of Portland, Maine, has sponsored a conference for representatives from all levels of the LED industry supply chain. This year’s event, held in October in San Diego,...
Richard Gaughan
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Microscopy of Mother-of-Pearl Suggests Novel Formation Mechanisms
The iridescent substance called nacre, or mother-of-pearl, is of particular interest to materials scientists because this layered arrangement of CaCO3 crystal platelets is some 3000 times more...
Daniel S. Burgess
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Optical Tweezers Study Alters Einstein’s Theory of Motion
Brownian motion, first described theoretically by Albert Einstein 100 years ago, is the concept that the irregular motion of particles in a fluid is caused by random thermal agitation of the...
Anne L. Fischer
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Microscope Setup Rapidly Images Plasmon Sensor Array
When it comes to genomic and proteomic arrays, researchers want fast measurements and techniques free of fluorescent labels. These characteristics, noted University of California, Berkeley,...
Hank Hogan
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Tip Design Offers Aperture and Apertureless Advantages
A design for a metallic tip probe for scanning near-field optical microscopy promises the benefits of both aperture and apertureless techniques. The scientists at Gifu University in Japan who...
Daniel S. Burgess
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Nanosheets Might Make Microlasers
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have created planar clusters of CdSe nanocrystals that emit polarized light in the plane of the cluster. The discovery could lead to nanostructures...
Hank Hogan
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Photoluminescence/Raman System Images Nanotubes
Using a setup that enables simultaneous high-resolution photoluminescence and Raman imaging, scientists at Universität Tübingen in Germany and at the University of Rochester in New York are probing...
Daniel S. Burgess
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CMOS Technology Brings New Opportunities for Consumer Imaging
Although CCD sensors had been the technology of choice for imaging devices for years, CMOS-based sensors have emerged as a viable alternative. CMOS sensors offer a number of intrinsic advantages...
Paolo Vasta, Eastman Kodak Co.
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Optical Profiler Technology Enables High-Magnification Measurement Through Transmissive Materials
For decades, high-performance optical profilers have been evolving to adapt white-light interferometry to research and production applications in materials science, semiconductors, optics and the...
Stephen Hopkins, Veeco Instruments Inc.
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Reducing Uncertainty in Precision High-Brightness LED Measurements
Dramatic improvements in the performance of LEDs and other solid-state lighting sources over the past five years have produced unexpected growth for this sector of the photonics industry....
Richard Young, Alexandre Y. Fong and Alan Tirpak, Optronic Laboratories Inc.
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Application-Specific Optical Fibers Are Cost-Effective
Application-specific optical fibers are designed to perform a particular function or set of functions within an optical system. The telecom boom affected the market for these fibers in such ways as...
Bill Beck, Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Co. Ltd.
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Highly Birefringent Fiber Has Layered Core
At the University of Bath in the UK, researchers have produced an optical fiber that they believe has the highest birefringence ever reported. Birefringent fibers are important in applications where...
Breck Hitz, Senior Technical Editor
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High-Bandwidth, Rugged Fiber Finds Novel Automotive Applications
In the rapidly developing field of fiber optics, the life span of any product is often measured in years, not decades. Yet hard-clad silica fiber has been around for nearly 30 years and is an...
Robert Dauphinais, OFS Specialty Photonics Div.
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One-Dimensional Holey Fiber Is Highly Nonlinear
Typically, holey fibers are composed of glass, with a microstructure of tiny airholes surrounding the core. Several years ago, scientists at the University of Southampton in the UK demonstrated that...
Breck Hitz, Senior Technical Editor
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Advanced Specialty Fibers Are the Key to Fiber Laser Success
High-power fiber lasers are rapidly becoming an alternative to bigger, bulkier and less energy-efficient lasers. The vital component that enables fiber lasers is specialty fiber, which is optimized...
Donnell Walton and Ji Wang, Corning Inc.
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Fiber Sensor Provides Real-Time, Continuous Monitoring
By growing a porous material on the end of an optical fiber, investigators at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro have developed a versatile detector capable of in situ,...
Breck Hitz, Senior Technical Editor
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Improving Nanopositioning Resolution
Nanopositioning is a basic requirement in virtually all areas of nanotechnology research. And, because it implies very small motions controlled with a high degree of accuracy, it seems intuitive to...
Dr. William O’Brien, Mad City Labs Inc.
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The Best Defense Is a Bright Diode Laser
Throughout history, military applications have employed state-of-the-art technologies as conflicting parties hastened to stay one step ahead of each another. Photonics technology is no exception. As...
Dr. Paul Rudy, Quintessence Photonics Corp.
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Jobs in Photonics
When Photonics Spectra conducted its annual European salary survey, it found a shift in pay that was slightly surprising. This year’s survey shows a decrease in pay. In 2004, the median salary for...


TECH PULSE
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Near-Field Solid-Immersion Mirror Records Data Optically
Investigators at Seagate Technology’s research laboratory in Pittsburgh have demonstrated a near-field planar solid-immersion mirror that could usher in higher optical data storage densities than...
Hank Hogan
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Maskless Photolithography May Offer Cost Advantage
Conventional lithography achieves sub-100-nm features by using short-wavelength light, immersion technology and optical enhancements such as phase-shift masks. But the dramatically increasing cost of...
Hank Hogan
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Optical Switch in Silicon Relies on Photonic Crystal
All-optical switching — in which light in a “control” beam switches light in a “signal” beam on or off — is the fundamental building block of such cutting-edge photonics technologies as...
Breck Hitz
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Single-Mode Fiber Laser Generates 125 W Tunable over 20 nm
Powerful single-frequency lasers are required for many scientific and engineering undertakings, such as gravity-wave detection and coherent combination of multiple beams. Such sources also have...
Breck Hitz
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Photonics Examines Pharmaceuticals at Environmental Interfaces
With the increased use of antibiotics, hormones, herbicides and pesticides in agriculture, the environmental effects of these substances have become a concern. The discharge of veterinary antibiotics...
Anne L. Fischer
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Multimode Fiber Thinks It’s Single-Mode
In an unusual intersection of fiber optics and astronomy, a collaboration of British and Australian scientists has yielded a technique that they believe could revolutionize ground-based infrared...
Breck Hitz
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Technique Auto-Aligns Fiber to a Waveguide
The high cost of actively aligning components in photonic devices is one of the major barriers to a generation of inexpensive, mass-produced photonic equipment. Indeed, Intel Corp.’s Photonics...
Breck Hitz
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Silica Nanotubes Loaded with Laser Dyes
A team of scientists in South Korea has used a sol-gel process to fabricate color-tunable silica nanotubes that incorporate functional laser dyes. The investigators suggest that the one-dimensional...
Daniel S. Burgess


LIGHT SPEED
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Fire Damages Optoelectronics Research Centre in UK
On the morning of Oct. 30, a fire partially destroyed the Mountbatten Building on the Highfield Campus of the University of Southampton in the UK. No one was reported injured or missing as a result...
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Dow Corning Forms Light Management Group
Dow Corning Corp. of Midland, Mich., will move its Photonics Solutions business development program into its Electronics business to address the needs of its customers in the optoelectronics market....
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Dalsa Garners Contract for Custom Chips
Dalsa Corp. of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has won a contract valued at approximately $2 million from an Asian scientific research facility. Under terms of the deal, the international semiconductor...
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Photop Technologies Doubles Coupler Capacity
Photop Technologies Inc. of Fuzhou, China, has doubled its capacity to produce couplers, which are based on the company’s package and parallel fusion technologies. It is expected that global coupler...
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Quest Innovations Allies with Pleora
Quest Innovations BV of Wieringerwerf, the Netherlands, has signed an OEM licensing agreement with Pleora Technologies Inc. of Ottawa for that company’s iPort PT1000-VB in-camera IP engine. Offering...
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Kotura Moves Packaging Assembly to China
A provider of silicon photonic components, Kotura Inc. of Monterey Park, Calif., has transferred its packaging assembly to Asia through a contract manufacturing agreement with Broadex Technologies of...
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NASA Selects Phase II Projects
NASA’s 2004 Small Business Innovation Research program Phase II awards are designed to help small, US-owned firms continue to work on projects that may benefit the administration’s programs and have...
Anne L. Fischer
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European Group Focuses on VECSELs
A group of European research institutions and companies has launched Nano-Photonics Materials and Technologies for Multicolor High-Power Sources, a common initiative to develop semiconductor...
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Invitrogen Acquires Nanotechnology Companies
Invitrogen Corp. of Carlsbad has purchased Quantum Dot Corp. of Hayward, both in California, and the BioPixels business unit of BioCrystal Ltd. of Westerville, Ohio. The acquisitions strengthen...
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LMI Technologies Joins Forces with QMC
Supplier of three-dimensional machine vision technology LMI Technologies Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and QMC LLC of Auburn Hills, Mich., have formed a distribution partnership. QMC...
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European Group Studies Device Packaging
A European research-and-development initiative, Encaps (enabling chip and package level photonics solutions) has been formed to develop cost-effective packaging methods for next-generation...
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Laser Optics Increases Production Capacity
The Laser Optics business unit of Photonic Products Group Inc. of Northvale, N.J., has expanded its capacity to produce sets of specialty waveband optical components under a contract from Raytheon...
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Thales Divests Noncore Operations
The international electronics and systems group Thales has sold its Thales High Tech Optics activities in the UK, the US, Singapore, Germany and Hungary to Candover, for approximately $264 million in...
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MRC Optics Wins Contract from Lockheed Martin
MRC Optics, a subsidiary of Photonic Products Group Inc. of Northvale, N.J., has received a contract from Lockheed Martin’s Electronics and Missiles Control Div. in Orlando, Fla., to supply optical...
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NASA Selects Innovative Ideas for Study
NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts in Atlanta has selected five fellows to receive its 2005 Phase II research awards. Created in 1998, the institute solicits innovative concepts from people and...
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Sensors Unlimited to Develop IR Array
Sensors Unlimited Inc. of Princeton, N.J., has been awarded a $4.5 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Microsystems Technology Office to develop a 1280 × 1024-pixel,...
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kSaria Awarded Contract from US Navy
To support its migration to fiber optic technology in aeronautical applications, the US Navy has awarded kSaria Corp. of Wilmington, Mass., a Small Business Technology Transfer contract to develop...
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Aculight Contractsto Produce Medical Device
Aculight Corp. of Bothell, Wash., and Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tenn., have received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research contract to develop a compact, low-cost optical neural...
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Cree Subsidiary Opens in Hong Kong
Cree Inc. of Durham, N.C., is opening Cree Asia-Pacific Ltd. at the Hong Kong Science Technology Park. A wholly owned subsidiary of Cree, the business will serve as a center of product innovation in...
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Universal Display Receives Contract for White Lighting
Universal Display Corp. of Ewing, N.J., has been awarded a two-year, $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract from the US Department of Energy to develop a white organic LED...
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New Project Aims to Coordinate Research
Merging Optics and Nanotechnologies is a project begun by the European Commission to maintain Europe’s competitiveness in the photonics and nanotechnology markets by increasing collaboration among...
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Princeton Lightwave Licenses Single-Photon Detector Technology
Princeton Lightwave of Cranbury, N.J., has licensed single-photon-detection technology from IBM Corp. of White Plains, N.Y. The detectors are a key component of quantum cryptography systems, which...
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nLight Signs Dynotechas Distributor in India
NLight Corp., a manufacturer of high-power semiconductor lasers for industrial, defense, medical and graphics applications in Vancouver, Wash., has reached an exclusive agreement with Dynotech...
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Quintessence Receives US Defense Contract
A US defense contractor has awarded to Quintessence Photonics Corp., based in Sylmar, Calif., a contract for delivery and performance testing of BrightLase semiconductor lasers. The lasers feature...
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SensL Selects Sales Representative
SensL Technologies Ltd., a provider of low-light detection modules and imaging products, has chosen Market Tech Inc. of Scotts Valley, Calif., as its representative in the Western US. SensL is a...
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Fluke Acquires Infrared Solutions
Infrared Solutions Inc.’s board of directors has agreed to the sale of the company to Fluke Electronics Corp., a manufacturer of professional electronic test tools based in Everett, Wash. Infrared...


LIGHTER SIDE
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Bat Patrol
Those who feel that the world is going a little batty over airport security measures may actually be right. A new surveillance system could eventually replace the standard metal detectors. Called Tadar after the Brazilian bat Tadarida brasiliensis, it uses millimeter waves to locate objects concealed under clothing. The technology, adapted from systems developed for navigation in European Space...
Sally B. Patterson
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BeeLine for Color
Bees have long been the subject of biological interest, not only because they are makers of that prized natural commodity, honey, but also because of their remarkable ability to navigate. Previous...
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The Picture of Health
Researchers at the University of Bath in the UK are investigating a therapy in which patients look in a mirror to ease pain. They are operating on the theory that the brain’s image of the body can...
Sally B. Patterson


ACCENT ON APPLICATIONS
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Automated Optimization Techniques Improve Illumination
A group at the Institute of Solid State Physics at Technische Universität Berlin in Germany is using a metallorganic chemical vapor deposition reactor for the fabrication of a variety of...
Oliver Stier
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Hybrid Sampling Identifies Floral Sources of Honey
Not all honey is created equal. When bees feast on the pollen from different flowers, they produce honey that differs greatly in taste and appearance. For example, a study by the National Honey Board...
Hank Hogan
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Dual-Luminophore Paint Detects Pressure and Temperature
Wind tunnels, University of Florida, dual-sensor film that measures pressure and temperature simultaneously. And the approach could be applied elsewhere. “The methods are widely applicable to any...
Hank Hogan
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Fiber Lasers Used in Medical Stent Manufacturing
The use of medical stents is now common practice in minimally invasive surgery. Inserted into the body through a catheter and left in place, they are employed in procedures such as the treatment of...
Anne L. Fischer


PRESSTIME BULLETIN
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Hyperentangled Photon Pairs Produced
Investigators at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, have used paired nonlinear crystals to prepare photon pairs that are entangled in all degrees of freedom: polarization, spatial mode and energy-time. Hyperentanglement may have applications in quantum bits of information to be encoded on a photon pair. In their...
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Quantum Chaos Observed in Photoionization
Using a modern variant of the experiments at the dawn of quantum physics that probed the photoelectric effect, scientists at Max Planck Institut für Quantenoptik in Garching, Germany, have found that...
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Butterfly Features Structurally Enhanced Fluorescence
Reporting in the Nov. 18 issue of Science, researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK describe how the scales on the wing of the African swallowtail butterfly Papilio nireus resemble...


PRODUCTS
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WAFER BONDING
SussMicroTec AG has introduced a patent-pending technology that performs simultaneous bonding of wafers, including eutectic processes, to decrease the cost and increase the yield in...
SUSS MicroTec SAS (see SET Smart Equipment Technology SAS)
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EXCIMER LASER
The Lambda SX 315C manufactured by Coherent Inc. is an excimer laser designed to reduce cost and to improve yield and throughput in flat panel display manufacturing. Optimized for the...
Coherent Inc.
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SPECTRAL LIGHT-MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS
Labsphere Inc. has introduced a series of spectral light-measurement systems for high-speed LED testing. Within milliseconds, the SLMS LEDs’ software provides research-grade test results,...
Labsphere, Inc., Photonics
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MICRO-OPTIC ASSEMBLIES
Precision Photonics Corp. is offering low-loss, high-precision micro-optic prisms, beamsplitters and other custom optical assemblies in sizes from 1 × 1 × 1 mm, with a ±25-µm dimensional...
Precision Photonics Corp.
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OEM INFRARED CAMERA MODULES
For temperature measurement in automation and process engineering,for monitoring jobs in the security field and for military applications, Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme has launched a line of...
JENOPTIK Laser GmbH
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LOW-PHASE-NOISE DFB LASER
Released by Sabeus Inc., the QuietLight low-phase-noise distributed feedback (DFB) laser includes a laser driver, a power regulator, an optical frequency reference, a frequency stabilization...
Sabeus, Inc.
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IR SPECTROSCOPY
The MIR 1 encoded photometrics infrared spectroscopy analyzer from Aspectrics Inc. uses one or more single-channel thermoelectrically cooled detectors and proprietary, patented rotating encoder disk...
Aspectrics, Inc.
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LASER MODULES
BEA Lasers Inc.’s 150P series laser modules are equipped with AC power adapters that plug into an AC supply to produce 6 VDC. The 635- and 650-nm versions are available with outputs of 3, 5...
BEA Electro Sales, Inc.
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MICROSCOPE ADAPTER
The 07 ACM 001 is an adapter for mounting a video camera module to a Melles Griot microscope body, replacing the eyepiece and allowing head-up viewing of the specimen under the microscope via a...
Melles Griot (see CVI Melles Griot)
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I/O MODULE
Data Translation Inc. has enhanced its Econ series with the introduction of the DT9817-H data acquisition digital I/O mini instrument for USB 2.0. It provides 28 programmable digital I/O lines....
Data Translation, Inc.
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THERMOGRAPHY CAMERA
The VarioTherm camera head has been launched by Infrared Solutions Inc. for precise, real-time thermal analysis in scientific and industrial applications. The universal midwave IR camera exhibits...
Infrared Solutions, Inc.
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SOLID-STATE LASER
CryLas GmbH has unveiled the FTSS 355-50, a diode-pumped, passively Q-switched solid-state laser for biology, biomedicine, chemistry and analytics applications. Operating at 355 nm, it consumes...
CryLaS GmbH
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FOCUSING LENSES
Laser Research Optics offers a line of replacement ZnSe optics for CO2 lasers made by a variety of manufacturers. The lenses are supplied with 0.5- to 2.5-in. diameters and metric sizes in...
Laser Research Optics
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SCAN HEAD
Asylum Research has introduced the MFP-3D extended scan head for use with its MFP-3D atomic force microscopy systems. The scan head contains an extra piezo stack that enables an increased scan...
Asylum Research
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HV POWER SUPPLY
The HV Rack series high-voltage power supply from Ultravolt provides one to four configurable output channels and voltage ranges from 0 to 62 VDC through 40 kV. With 4 to 250 W per channel, up to...
UltraVolt, Inc.
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FIBER-COUPLING SYSTEM
Linos GmbH & Co. KG has developed the FCS fiber-coupling system that can be readily and efficiently coupled with optical fibers. It consists of a coupler, a single-mode or...
Qioptiq Photonics GmbH & Co. KG
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IMAGE PROCESSING
The Digital Image Processing 2 software for use with Mathematica computational programs provides more than 60 new functions, options and modules for desktop image processing. Released by Wolfram...
Wolfram Research, Inc.
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SHORT-PULSE DIODE LASERS
For applications that require peak powers of up to 66 mW/µm of junction length at 200-ns pulse length, High Power Devices Inc. has released the HPD series 2100 short-pulse diode lasers. Output...
High Power Devices, Inc. (see Intense-HPD)
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NANOPOSITIONING STAGES
PI (Physik Instrumente) LP is offering monolithic high-speed nanopositioning stages that achieve resolution of <0.1 nm and response of up to 3 kHz resonant frequency in a package that is...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Piezo Nano Positioning
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ZOOM OPTICS
Thales Optem Inc. has introduced an optical instrument that provides 6.5:1 zoom for machine vision and inspection applications. The RetroZoom 65 zoom optical system is streamlined and flexible,...
Thales Optem (see Qioptiq Imaging Solutions)
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AFM SAMPLE CHAMBER
The Environmental Cell, a chamber that is created by a latex seal between an atomic force microscope (AFM) scanner and the top of a sample holder or puck, has been announced by Pacific...
Pacific Nanotechnology, Inc.
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UV-VIS SPECTROPHOTOMETER
Released by Thermo Electron Corp., the Evolution 600 UV-VIS spectrophotometer can analyze almost any sample, including glass, optical components, thin films and plastics, regardless of shape,...
Thermo Electron Corp., Spectroscopy Div.
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INDUSTRIAL LASERS
GSI Group Inc. has announced additions to its JK series pulsed, Nd:YAG lasers. The JK-HP and JK-P lasers combine high peak power and short pulse length for high-precision welding and fine-cutting...
GSI Lumonics Laser Systems Group
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MICROSCOPE STAGES
Designed for use with the Leica DMI6000/DMIR inverted microscopes, the H117 flattop motorized stages from Prior Scientific Inc. are suitable for biomedical and materials science scanning...
Prior Scientific, Inc.
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HIGH-POWER DIODE LASERS
Fiber-coupled diode lasers presented by Laserline GmbH produce up to 3000 W from 600-µm fiber. The company says that these devices provide high efficiency with minimal maintenance. The...
Laserline GmbH
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THERMAL SENSOR MODULE
Armstrong Optical Ltd.’s IR112 thermal sensor module enables operators to use 40% more pixels for 8- to 14-µm infrared imaging applications. Based on a 384 × 288-pixel array of 35-µm square...
Armstrong Optical Ltd.
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POWER SUPPLIES
Deltron Inc.’s E series multiple-output power supplies come in compact, high-density, self-cooled packaging. Quad units also can be configured to provide up to five outputs and can deliver...
Deltron LLC
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ACQUISITION SOFTWARE
Version 5.1 of Advanced Fluorescence Acquisition, an Image-Pro Plus plug-in module for acquiring and managing images in multiple dimensions, has been released by Media Cybernetics Inc. It...
Media Cybernetics, Inc.
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COMPACT RINGLIGHTS
Vision & Control GmbH has added the RK1220 series to its Vicolux line of ringlights used in such machine-vision applications as positional and rotational orientation recognition and part...
Vision & Control GmbH
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ANGLE-MEASURING EYEPIECE
Titan Tool Supply Inc. has introduced the AME-5M 10× angle-measuring eyepiece for microscopes. Using a rotary vernier and rotatable crosshair, it measures 360° to an accuracy of 5 min. The...
Titan Tool Supply, Inc.
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SPECTRAL IMAGING
Spectral Imaging Ltd. (Specim) has added the ImSpector Fast10 to its line of imaging spectrographs. Offering good image quality and spectral resolution of 10 to 15 nm, the device captures up to 1500...
Spectral Imaging Ltd. (SPECIM)
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RGB LED
Available from PerkinElmer is AcuLED (all-color ultrabright LED), a high-power multiuse light source based on multichip-on-board technology. The compact platform is suitable for mood lighting,...
PerkinElmer Inc.
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AVALANCHE DIODE
The InGaAs/InP single-photon avalanche diode from Princeton Lightwave Inc. is designed for photon counting at extremely low light levels. It is intended to replace standard linear mode avalanche...
Princeton Lightwave
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MACHINE VISION CAMERAS
The Digital Solutions Div. of Toshiba America Information Systems (TAIS) Inc. has expanded its IK-TF 3CCD color camera series with the introduction of the IK-TF5C and the IK-TF7C. The former...
Toshiba Imaging Systems
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FIBER-COUPLED LASERS
The i2k-488 from Point Source Ltd. is a fiber-coupled laser system that delivers a pure Gaussian TEM00 collimated beam at 488 nm from a single-mode polarization-maintaining fiber. The device features...
Qioptiq Photonics Ltd.
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FRAME GRABBERS
MuTech Corp.’s M-Vision 2500 digital line-scan frame grabbers interface with digital video cameras to produce a pixel rate of up to 90 MHz. The MV-2500 monochrome model, with an LVDS parallel...
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LINE-SCAN BACKLIGHT
Incorporating patented chip-on-board reflective array (Cobra) technology, the Cobra line-scan backlight launched by StockerYale Inc. is available in standard wavelengths from 395 to 740 nm. High...
ProPhotonix Ltd.
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LASER DIODE DRIVER
Announced by Lissotschenko Mikrooptik (Limo) GmbH, the LDD100 microprocessor-controlled laser diode driver operates diode bars with a current of 100 A and diode lasers with typical optical output...
LIMO Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH
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INTELLIGENT 3-D CAMERA
Sick Inc. has unveiled the IVC-3D, a smart camera that is suitable for industrial robot-controlled applications such as object inspection, location and measurement. With tools to measure height,...
SICK, Inc.
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OPTICAL SOFTWARE
Optical Research Associates (ORA) has released Code V version 9.6 for optical system modeling, tolerancing and optimization. The upgrade calculates the scalar diffraction efficiency of a...
Synopsys, Inc., Optical Solutions Group
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SMART CAMERAS
Matrox Imaging has announced that its Iris P series programmable smart cameras are now available in remote head configurations. The two-piece design uses MDR26 connectors and a standard Camera...
Matrox Imaging
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PPMgOLN CRYSTALS
Spectralus Corp. has introduced periodically poled magnesium-oxide-doped lithium niobate crystals for frequency doubling, single and 1-D arrays of 920-nm laser sources to produce blue light for...
Spectralus Corp.
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BROADBAND GENERATION
Crystal Fibre A/S has launched the FemtoWhite 800 for supercontinuum generation using an 800-nm femtosecond laser. It contains 12-cm highly nonlinear polarization-maintaining photonic crystal...
Crystal Fibre A/S (see NKT Photonics A/S)
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PHOTONIC DESIGN SOFTWARE
Optiwave Systems Inc. has released version 6.0 of its OptiFDTD software suite for the design and simulation of photonic and biophotonic components. The package focuses on the finite-difference...
Optiwave Systems Inc.
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FO CONNECTOR TESTING
The FiBo portable fiber optic connector end-face inspection device has been developed by Promet International Inc. for noncontact geometry testing. The phase-shifting Michelson interferometer uses...
PROMET International Inc.
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COMPACT GREEN LASER
Slim-532, a diode-pumped solid-state disruptive green laser from Oxxius SA, combines a matchbox-size footprint with high optical performance. It delivers up to 150 mW while maintaining...
Oxxius SA
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LIVE-CELL IMAGING
Carl Zeiss MicroImaging Inc. has launched the AxioCam HS series high-speed digital cameras for neurobiology, developmental biology and virology applications. Available in color and monochrome...
Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC
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PHOTON COUNTER
A miniature photon-counting system, the PCDMini from SensL offers OEMs high performance in a compact, modular form factor. Incorporated on a printed circuit board with a hermetically sealed detector,...
SensL
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PROTOCOL ENGINE
Gigabit Ethernet connectivity can be added to most instruments via the iPort FB1000-ST protocol engine offered by Pleora Technologies Inc. The compact board, designed for OEM use, converts digital...
Pleora Technologies Inc.
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MOTION CONTROL
Technosoft SA has released the TML_LIB_S7 and the TML_LIB_CJ1 motion-control libraries with embedded proprietary drive and motor intelligence on a programmable logic controller environment. They...
TECHNOSOFT
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VISION SYSTEM CAMERAS
A line of 3CCD cameras has been launched by the Vision Systems Div. of Panasonic System Solutions Co. The GP-US732H (NTSC) and GP-US742HE (PAL) are 1/3-in. cameras that capture sharp, virtually...
Panasonic Vision Systems
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MICROSCOPY MODULES
Veeco Instruments Inc.’s conductive atomic force microscope (AFM) and scanning capacitance microscope (SCM) add-on application modules extend the performance capabilities of its CP-II scanning...
Veeco Instruments Inc.
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BEAM SHAPER
Newport Corp. has introduced its GBS-UV-H refractive beam shaper. Optically designed without an internal focus, it is suitable for high-energy pulsed and CW lasers. It is optimized for UV laser...
Newport Corporation
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LINEAR LIGHT
As a drop-in replacement for fluorescent lighting in machine vision applications, the Bright-Line LED from Innovations in Optics Inc. uses a linear array of high-brightness LED chips and...
Innovations in Optics, Inc.
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Nd:YAG LASERS
Lee Laser Inc.’s industrial-grade frequency-doubled Nd:YAG lasers with an emission wavelength at 532 nm are now configured to pump Ti:sapphire lasers. The diode- or lamp-pumped Nd:YAG...
Lee Laser, Inc.
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AMPLITUDE MODULATORS
Nova Phase Inc. has announced that its standard electro-optic amplitude modulators now have fiber optic terminations for increased flexibility. The fiber-pigtailed devices are available at...
Nova Phase Inc.
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LASER ENCODER
A fiber optic laser encoder system introduced by Renishaw Inc. offers picometer resolution, differential measurement and parts-per-billion laser frequency stability. The RLE20 uses fiber optics...
Renishaw Inc.
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MICROSCOPE OBJECTIVE
A 150X, 1.45-NA oil objective from Olympus Scientific Equipment Group transmits light for total internal reflectance fluorescence research microscopy from the UV to the IR, with a standard cover...
Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group
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RED DIODE LASERS
A series of high-power diode laser arrays at 665, 680 and 690 nm have been released by nLight Corp. for applications including solid-state laser pumping, materials processing and medical...
nLIGHT Corp.
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NIR SPECTROMETERS
The 1250 series NIR spectrometers from Spectral Evolution offer a variety of choices in components, including photodiode arrays, gratings, slit sizes and software. The platform also provides optical...
Spectral Evolution, Inc.
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VIBRATION PROTECTION
Kinetic Systems Inc. is offering BaseMate vibration-free islands that are installed at the subfloor level in a raised-floor cleanroom to provide a pedestal that is isolated from the floor and...
Kinetic Systems, Inc.
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GAUSSMETER
Lake Shore Cryotronics Inc. has expanded its family of digital-signal-processing gaussmeters with the introduction of model 455. It offers DC to 20-kHz AC frequency response, peak field...
Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc.
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CCD CAMERA
Prosilica Inc. has announced its EC650 CCD camera with a FireWire interface for machine vision. Available in monochrome or color, the camera operates at 90 fps at 640 × 480 pixels and uses Sony’s HAD...
Allied Vision Technologies Canada, Inc.
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LOW-LINEWIDTH MOPA
A <500-kHz-linewidth master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) laser system unveiled by Sacher Lasertechnik GmbH includes a Littman/Metcalf master laser and offers >45-dB side-mode...
Sacher Lasertechnik GmbH
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ETHERNET TESTING
Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. offers the IQS-8510G Packet Blazer for testing 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces in optical networks. Housed inside the company’s rack-mounted IQS-500...
EXFO, Inc.
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PULSED LASER DIODES
The 905D3J08 series 905-nm Nanostack pulsed laser diodes have been released by Laser Components IG Inc. Suitable for rangefinding, surveying equipment, weapons simulation, laser radar, security...
Laser Components USA, Inc.
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IEEE-1394a CAMERA
Point Grey Research Inc. has developed an improved version of its digital board-level IEEE-1394a camera. Dragonfly2 doubles the frame rate of the original camera and adds several OEM-requested...
Point Grey Research Inc.
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MOTION ANALYSIS
For high-speed motion analysis applications, Mikrotron GmbH has unveiled the MotionBlitz Cube. The compact camera assists in seeing events that are moving too fast to be detected by the naked eye....
Mikrotron GmbH
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NANOPOSITIONER
The Nano-Z500 Z-axis nanopositioner from Mad City Labs Inc. is designed for high-speed fluorescence and confocal microscopy applications that require long-range Z-axis travel. It can hold the...
Mad City Labs, Inc.
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LED WAFER SCRIBING
Using its ChromaDice UV diode-pumped solid-state laser system, J P Sercel Associates (JPSA) has developed and proved the ability to scribe 4-in. LED wafers. ChromaDice performs high-speed wafer...
IPG Photonics, Microsystems Div.
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MEASUREMENT SENSOR
A glass-thickness and -profiling laser sensor has been introduced by LMI Technologies (USA) Inc. All software functions operate inside the sensor head, eliminating the need for a separate...
LMI Technologies (USA), Inc. (See LMI Technologies in Delta Canada)
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LASER DIODE MODULES
Compact 635- and 650-nm laser diode modules have been unveiled by Photonic Products Ltd. The 25.5-mm-long, 8-mm-diameter modules include a laser diode, a drive circuit and an adjustable...
Photonic Products Group, Inc.
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ASPHERIC LENSES
Available from Kaleido Technology ApS are high-precision molded-glass aspheric lenses that range in diameter from 3 to 50 mm. Lens types offered include spherical, aspherical, cylindrical,...
Kaleido Technology ApS
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CMOS CAMERA
Cohu Electronics has released a small CMOS camera with FireWire output that is designed for medical imaging applications and for manufacturers of automated process equipment. The model 7200 operates...
CohuHD
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FIBER LASER
Koheras A/S has launched its Adjustik T20 fiber lasers. Enabled by thulium fiber technology, they are selectable from ~1730 to 2000 nm to target specific atomic transition lines and eye-safe...
NKT Photonics A/S
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MICROSTEPPING DRIVER
Intelligent Motion Systems (IMS) Inc. has upgraded its XIM481H microstepping driver with a patented motion control chip that adds active antiresonance, ultrasmooth low-speed motion and precise...
Schneider Electric Motion USA
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REFERENCE DESIGN TOOLS
The full-service foundry of austriamicrosystems AG has announced the availability of a Design for Manufacturing (DFM) reference design flow for its high-voltage 0.35-µm CMOS process. It uses...
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POWER DETECTOR
Gentec Electro-Optics has introduced its thermopile-based extreme low-power detector for measurement in the micro- and milliwatt regimes in broadband applications. The portable XLP6-S combines...
Gentec Electro-Optics, Inc.
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MINI CCD CAMERAS
CIS Corp. has released the first in its series of miniature cameras incorporating the Camera Link Mini-CL connector. Housed in a 29 × 29 × 29-mm cube, the digital CCD cameras deliver high-speed...
Daitron, Inc., Electronics Div.
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LASER BEAM PROFILER
For laboratory and production line use, Coherent Inc. has introduced the LaserCam HR laser beam profiler. The device’s 1280 × 1024-pixel sensor characterizes CW and pulsed beams from 0.26 to 6 mm...
Coherent Inc.
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OPTICAL SOFTWARE
Released by Lambda Research Corp., TracePro Bridge for SolidWorks is an add-in to the mechanical design software SolidWorks. Users can include optical components, light sources and detectors directly...
Lambda Research Corp.
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STEPPER MOTOR DRIVES
The Stac6 stepper motor drives available from Applied Motion Products provide software-selectable resolutions of 200 to 51,000 steps per revolution at up to 133 rps. With an input of 90 to 135...
Applied Motion Products
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DIGITAL CAMERAS
Allied Vision Technologies GmbH has unveiled its Guppy line of compact digital cameras, all available in black and white and color. The six versions offer a variety of bandwidths as well as...
Allied Vision Technologies GmbH
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DIGITAL DATA SYSTEMS
American Fibertek Inc.’s 480 and 487 series digital data systems are designed to transmit and receive digital signals over optical fiber, providing designers with an efficient transmission...
American Fibertek, Inc.
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MIRROR COATING
A cleanable and durable silver mirror coating design has been launched by CVI Laser LLC. The silver coating provides a broad bandwidth, from the visible to the near-IR, with a nearly constant...
CVI Melles Griot
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CCD SENSOR
Dalsa Corp. has released the FT50M, its latest TrueFrame CCD image sensor, which offers a 1/2-in. optical format, achieves 1-megapixel resolution and operates at 100 fps using dual 60-MHz outputs....
Teledyne DALSA, Machine Vision OEM Components
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SILICONE ELASTOMER
NuSil Technology LLC has added an optically clear, injection-moldable, silicone elastomer to its Lightspan product line. The LSR-9562-30 two-part high-viscosity elastomer has a refractive index of...
NuSil Technology LLC
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SCANNING MICROSCOPE
A microscope that scans and enlarges images of objects of almost any size or shape has been unveiled by JMar Technologies. A scanning boom enables the VersaCam to observe even nonplanar objects at...
JMAR Technologies, Inc.
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VISION SENSOR
Cognex Corp. has launched the In-Sight 5400S, a stainless steel vision sensor for tough environments. An industrial-grade device, it meets IEC specifications for shock and vibration. It can be used...
Cognex Corp.
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CO2 LASER
Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH, CO2 laser, CO2 slab laser technology. With a beam quality of K >0.8 and performance stability of ±2%, the laser is suitable for cutting and structuring of plastics,...
Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH

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