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Photonics Spectra: December 2007

FEATURES
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Fiber Makes Inroads in Stress/Strain Measurement
Demand for increasingly sophisticated measurement tools is on the rise in oil and gas as well as in civil-structure industries, among others. Traditional test equipment has included strain gauges and...
Anne L. Fischer, Senior Editor
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Opening Optical Fibers Without Sacrificing Robustness
Access to the core of an optical fiber is required for many applications, including evanescent wave sensing. Direct access to the core of conventional optical fibers has been achieved typically by...
Felicity M. Cox, Maryanne C.J. Large and Richard Lwin, University of Sydney, and Cristiano M.B. Cordeiro, State University of Campinas
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Metal-Coated Fibers
Glass optical fibers typically are manufactured with a polymer buffer or coating that protects the glass from scratches that would severely reduce the inherent strength of the fiber. Polymer coatings...
Konrad Lisi, Fiberguide Industries
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Coal mine Safety
According to the latest official mining statistics, from 2003 to 2006, more than 20,000 people died from coal mining accidents in China. Death tolls are at levels of four persons per billion tons...
Tongyu Liu, Shandong Micro-Sensor Photonics Ltd., and Eric Bergles and William Yang, BaySpec Inc.
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The Common Thread
The telecommunications industry was the first market to use fiber optic components and devices in high volume. The expertise gained by bringing fiber optic components and devices to the performance...
Daniel Mailloux, François Trepanier, Pierre Bernard and Martin Guy, TeraXion
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Organic Thin-Film Solar Cell Research at Stanford University
Although extremely simple in concept, successful photovoltaic devices for solar energy production will require the optimization of many different parameters involving material electron donor...
Gary C. Bjorklund and Thomas M. Baer, Stanford Photonics Research Center
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Silicon Photomultiplier Detectors for Low-Light Detection
Low-light detectors and multidetector imagers enable a wide range of applications, including cell imaging, biodiagnostic instrumentation, semiconductor wafer inspection, particle counting, nuclear...
Dr. Carl Jackson, SensL
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Using Software to Validate Assumptions in Projector Design
Designers often are faced with the daunting task of translating vague requirements for a complex device into a set of design specifications for individual components. Then they must use those...
Michael Zollers, Optical Research Associates
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Closing in on Photonics Large-Scale Integration
The introduction of very large scale integration dramatically cut the cost of electronic devices, driving the development of a wide range of new products. Efforts to bring the benefits of large-scale...
Cary Gunn and Gianlorenzo Masini, Luxtera Inc.
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The Illuminated Laser Warning Sign
The traffic light is a universally recognized device (except perhaps by the severely color-blind). Green means proceed through the intersection — it is safe; red means stop — danger; and yellow means...
William J. Ertle, CLSO Rockwell Laser Industries, and Ken Barat, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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Rear-Projection Helps New Avionics Displays Fit into Old Cockpits
A plane’s cockpit is a tight space, full of displays that are rectangular, square, circular, trapezoidal or something else, all of which convey vital information to the pilot. Because most displays...
Hank Hogan
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High-Brightness Multilayer Optical Film Light Source
Liquid crystal on silicon projection systems are used in rear- and front-projection television, and in head-mounted displays, and they have the potential to be used in nanoprojectors. They are built...
Anne L. Fischer
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UV LED Created with Nanorod Heterostructures
Vertically aligned nanorod arrays that exhibit strong near-ultraviolet emission have been created by researchers seeking to simplify the LED fabrication process. Sung Jin An and Gyu-Chul Yi of the...
Michael A. Greenwood
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Silicon Nanowires Show Promise for Solar Applications
As the search continues for efficient and inexpensive materials to harvest solar energy, investigators at MIT in Cambridge have found that silicon nanowire arrays may offer some advantages over the...
Michael A. Greenwood
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Artificial 3-D Quantum Dot Crystal Created
Although quantum dots are being looked at for a growing number of applications, the scale of the nanosize semiconductors continues to make it difficult to arrange them into the precision patterns...
Michael A. Greenwood
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Multiphoton, Multifocal Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
One multiphoton microscope is good, but more can be better, especially when it comes to speed. A team of researchers has combined multifocal, multiphoton excitation with time-correlated...
Hank Hogan
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Uncovering the Best Way to Turn Dull Wood Pulp into Bright Paper
When making paper, manufacturers typically use hydrogen peroxide to bleach the processed wood pulp, thus brightening the final product. To avoid delignifying the pulp — reducing the pulp yield and...
Lynn M. Savage
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Different Chemistry at an Icy Edge
Clearing up the atmospheric impact of salting roads and sidewalks is one possible outcome of recent research exploring the quasiliquid layer found at the interface between air and ice. Another...
Hank Hogan


TECH PULSE
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Recycling Light
What do you do when you don’t have enough light? Recycle what you have. That is the verdict of researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Israel. They examined the effectiveness of recycling light in ultrabright short-discharge plasma lamps, revealing that light returned to a lamp’s radiant zone can heighten the brightness by up to 70 percent. Figure 1. A...
Hank Hogan
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Everyday Documents Protected with Infrared Technology
For those who want to protect everyday documents such as tickets, deeds and licenses against forgery, there have not been a lot of effective or affordable options. Highly sophisticated security...
Michael A. Greenwood
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Diffuse Reflectance FTIR Spectroscopy Helps Find Sulfite in Beverages
The inorganic compound sulfite (SO32–) is used to ferment or preserve various foods, including beverages such as beer and wine. Unfortunately, some people are allergic to the chemical, and it can...
Lynn M. Savage
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Slot Waveguide Is a Sensitive Biochemical Sensor
A collaboration of scientists in Europe has demonstrated what it believes is the first biochemical sensor based on an integrated slot waveguide. The intense, closely confined electric fields in the...
Breck Hitz
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Improved Technology Leads to a First for Flying Spectrometers
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., have reported a breakthrough in airborne spectrometers that was achieved through the careful application of laser...
Hank Hogan


LIGHT SPEED
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Photonic Cleaning Names Distributors
Photonic Cleaning Technologies of Platteville, Wis., has announced two new distribution agreements. Lahat Technologies Ltd., based in Misgav, Israel, and Hikari Inc. of Tokyo now are authorized distributors of First Contact polymer solutions.
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Power Technology Appointed a Reseller of Opnext Products
Photonic Component Group, a division of Power Technology Inc. of Little Rock, Ark., has been named a reseller of Opnext Inc. products powered by Hitachi laser diodes. Opnext, of Eatontown, N.J., is...
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Photon Enters Distribution Agreement in India
In recognition of the growing laser and photonics market in India, beam profiling instrumentation manufacturer Photon Inc. of San Jose, Calif., has entered a distribution agreement with laser, optics...
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Liekki Acquired by nLight
NLight Corp. of Vancouver, Wash., a manufacturer of high-power semiconductor lasers, will acquire specialty fiber manufacturer Liekki Corp. of Lohja, Finland. The transaction is expected to be...
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Zecotek and FujikuraSign Letter of Intent
Zecotek Medical Systems Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, signed a letter of intent on Oct. 15 with Fujikura Ltd. of Tokyo to negotiate terms of a proposed business partnership that would...
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Jasco, Restek Collaborate in Area of UHPLC
Jasco Inc., with offices worldwide, including in Easton, Md., and Restek Corp. of Bellefonte, Pa., are collaborating on ultrahigh-precision liquid chromatography instrumentation and 1.9-μm...
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Radiant Imaging Appoints Representative in Korea
Radiant Imaging Inc. of Duvall, Wash., has selected Modern HighTech Co. Ltd. of Seoul, South Korea, to distribute its products locally. Offering expertise in optical design, the Korean company will...
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Dominar Secures Ellis Optical Technology
In California, optical coating supplier Dominar Inc. of Santa Clara has acquired San Jose-based Ellis Optical Technology, which offers expertise in fiber optics and glass technology. The acquisition...
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ESDI Opens Office
Engineering Synthesis Design Inc. (ESDI) of Tucson, Ariz., has established a sales and technical support center for its European customers. ESDI Europe will be based in Antony, France.
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Growth Predicted for Camera-Based Automotive Safety Systems
Safety features are being included in an increasing number of motor vehicles, according to ABI Research of Oyster Bay, N.Y. The company says that camera-based obstacle-detection sensing systems,...
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SphereOptics Appointed Reseller of Profiler System
SphereOptics of Concord, N.H., a manufacturer of precision standard and custom radiometric and photometric products, has announced its appointment as reseller of the Asahi Spectra IMS-5000 LED...
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AutoVision Acquired by SpecTIR LLC
With its acquisition of Los Angeles-based AutoVision Inc., SpecTIR LLC of Sparks, Nev., will expand its offerings of hyperspectral industrial automation, machine vision, and the collection and...
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Northrop Grumman Corp. Awarded $98 Million Contract
The Naval Surface Warfare Center of Crane, Ind., has awarded a five-year contract valued at potentially more than $98 million to Northrop Grumman Corp. of Arlington, Va., a global defense and...
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AccuSoft Opens Office in UK
To strengthen its sales to and support of customers in the UK and Ireland, imaging software tools and technology provider AccuSoft Corp. of Northborough, Mass., has announced the opening of a sales...
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Dialight Expands Distribution in Europe
York, UK-based Dialight Lumidrives Ltd., a division of Dialight plc, has expanded its distribution into Northern and Eastern Europe with an agreement with catalogue distributor ELFA, of Järfälla,...
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Kotura and CyOptics Awarded $5.9 Million
Kotura Inc. of Monterey Park, Calif., and CyOptics Inc. of Breinigsville, Pa., have been awarded $5.9 million by the US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. The award...
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Cobolt Opens Facility in Stockholm
Cobolt AB of Stockholm, Sweden, a supplier of diode-pumped solid-state lasers in the visible and near-infrared regions for stand-alone use or OEM integration, has expanded into a new facility, also...
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Alfalight Receives $1.2 Million Contract
The US Army Research Laboratory of Adelphi, Md., has awarded high-power diode laser manufacturer Alfalight Inc. of Madison, Wis., a $1.2 million contract for the 12-month program titled “High...
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Goodrich Wins US Army Contract
Goodrich Corp. of Charlotte, N.C., has received a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract potentially worth $187 million. The company will supply the US Army with up to 855...
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Keithley Instruments and CNSI to Partner
Keithley Instruments Inc. of Cleveland has announced a partnership with the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Los Angeles. The partnership will support research...
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Edmund Optics to Offer Schneider Lenses
Edmund Optics Inc. of Barrington, N.J., will offer seven lines of lenses manufactured by Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH of Bad Kreuznach, Germany. The lenses will be available in the former...
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Allied Vision Building New Center
Germany-based Allied Vision Technologies, headquartered in Stadtroda is building a development center in Ahrensburg. Construction is expected to be complete in September, and the new building will...
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StockerYale to Acquire Spectrode
StockerYale Inc. of Salem, N.H., will acquire the assets and intellectual property of Spectrode LLC of Wilmington, Mass., a developer of pulsed thulium-doped fiber laser technology. All of the latter...
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Imra America and Toptica Sign Agreement
Imra America Inc. of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Toptica Photonics AG of Munich, Germany, have signed a license agreement. The contract grants Toptica licenses for a large number of Imra’s patents related...
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INO Selects Office Site
In Canada, INO (National Optics Institute), an optics center of expertise based in Quebec City, has announced plans to build an office in the region near Waterloo, Ontario. This will be the first of...
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Zeiss Buys Wolf & Beck
In Germany, Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH of Oberkochen, which specializes in industrial metrology, has acquired Dr. Wolf & Beck GmbH of Wangen. Zeiss has been a majority owner of the...
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Nanophotonics Collaboration Created
The Universities of Southampton and of Bath, both in the UK, and the National Taiwan University in Taipei will work together to develop nanophotonic materials with applications in fields including...
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Flat Panel Market Forecast Released
The market research company DisplaySearch has released the Quarterly Worldwide Flat Panel Forecast Report for the third quarter of 2007; it indicates that revenues from flat panel displays increased...
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Lockheed Martin Awards Contract to MRC
Sarasota, Fla.-based MRC Optics — a subsidiary of Photonic Products Group Inc. of Northvale, N.J. — has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract from Lockheed Martin of Orlando, Fla. The former will...
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Picometrix ReceivesAir Force Contract
Picometrix LLC, a subsidiary of Advanced Photonix Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich., has been awarded a follow-on Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract from the US Air Force. The $750,000 award...
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Optra Receives Army Contract
The US Army has awarded a $700,000 Small Business Technology Transfer Phase II research grant to Optra Inc. of Topsfield, Mass., to fund a cooperative effort with the University of North Carolina at...
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Universal Display Receives $750,000 Grant
The US Department of Energy has awarded Universal Display Corp. of Ewing, N.J., a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant. The award will fund research to create a simpler white...
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BAE Systems Awarded $18 Million Contract
DARPA has awarded a 30-month, $18.5 million contract to BAE Systems of Lexington, Mass. The company, which specializes in aerospace and global defense products, will lead the agency’s Autonomous...
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Osram and Toyoda Gosei Sign Agreement
Toyoda Gosei Ltd. of Aichi, Japan, and Osram GmbH of Munich, Germany, have signed an agreement allowing the mutual use of patents. The contract allows both companies to use the Japanese firm’s blue...
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QPC Lasers Awarded $750,000 Contract
QPC Lasers Inc. of Sylmar, Calif., has received another contract, this one for $750,000, from an unnamed US Defense customer to deliver high-power fiber laser pump engines for directed energy weapons...
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Powerlase to Collaborate with Osaka University
A research partnership has been formed between Powerlase Ltd. of Crawley, UK, and the Center for Advanced Science and Innovation at Osaka University in Japan. The two will collaborate on the...
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Ocean Optics Opens Regional Center
Ocean Optics Inc. of Dunedin, Fla., has created Ocean Optics EMEA, a regional control center based inOstfildern, Germany. The center will support sales, training, deployment and educational offerings...
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Telops, Opto-System Announce Alliance
Telops Inc. of Quebec City has entered into an alliance with Opto-System of Kyoto, Japan. The agreement will provide both companies with a larger customer base through cross representation, with the...
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Intevac Receives SBIR Phase II Award
NASA recently announced contract awards in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which selected 120 projects that will receive a combined total of $72 million. One of the recipients,...
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LIA Renews Alliance with OSHA
An alliance has been renewed between the Laser Institute of America (LIA) and the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to continue providing LIA members with...
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L-3 Receives US Marine Corps Contract
Cincinnati Electronics of Mason, Ohio, a subsidiary of L-3 Communications Corp. in New York, has received a $44 million contract to supply its thermal sight systems for the US Marine Corps’...


LIGHTER SIDE
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The Brain in Full Color
Researchers from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., have developed a technique that can be used to visualize neuron connections by genetically labeling neurons with multiple colors of...
Nancy D. Lamontagne
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HAL Knows What You’ve Been Thinking
Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey might not be so fictional after all. In the movie, the HAL 9000 supercomputer interacts with a team on a space mission as though it is...
Michael A. Greenwood


ACCENT ON APPLICATIONS
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FTIR Spectroscopy Tracks Changes in Bacterial Spores Under Heat and Pressure
Bacterial spores — protective shells that help certain bacteria resist environmental stress — are challenging to the food industry. Typically, raising the temperature high enough eventually will...
Lynn M. Savage
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Monitoring Cheese While Making It
The scale of cheese making has changed considerably since the time, legend has it, that the foodstuff was made in small quantities in animal-skin bags. Today cheese is made in vats thousands of...
Hank Hogan


PRESSTIME BULLETIN
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Holographic Microscopy Reveals Hunting Behaviors of Microbes
The toxic dinoflagellates Karlodinium veneficum and Pfiesteria piscicida sometimes are associated with harmful algal blooms known as “red tides,” where they feed on smaller, nonpoisonous microbes...
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Machine Vision System Learns to Recognize Artists’ Styles
Have you ever gotten back from an estate sale across town, only to start wondering whether the oil painting you spent $10,000 on is really van Gogh’s Still Life: Vase with Five Flowers? Wonder no...


PRODUCTS
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CCD CAMERAS
The NI 1722 and NI 1742 smart cameras from National Instruments incorporate an industrial controller, a CCD image sensor and NI vision software to offer image processing directly on the cameras. The embedded devices, capable of returning inspection results instead of raw images, are suitable for machine vision and industrial applications, including locating parts, inspecting packaging, verifying...
National Instruments Corp.
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1-A LED WITH TFFC TECHNOLOGY
Philips Lumileds Lighting Co. has announced the cool-white Luxeon K2, a 1-A LED with thin-film flip chip (TFFC) technology for improved light output, good optical performance and enhanced thermal...
Philips Lumileds Lighting Co.
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PCI EXPRESS SINGLE- AND DUAL-BUS CARDS
Point Grey Research Inc. has released the FWB-PCIE-01 single-bus and the FWB-PCIE-02 dual-bus FireWire cards designed for multiple camera arrays and applications that require fast data transfer into...
Point Grey Research Inc.
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PULSED LASER WAVELENGTH METER
Bristol Instruments Inc. has expanded the capabilities of its 821 pulsed laser wavelength meter into the near-IR. The 821B-NIR measures in real time the absolute wavelength of pulsed lasers and...
Bristol Instruments, Inc.
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Q-SWITCHED ND:YAG LASER
The Beamtech SGR super-Gaussian resonator series Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers manufactured by RPMC Lasers Inc. combine variable reflectivity mirror (VRM) technology with an unstable resonator design,...
RPMC Lasers Inc.
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MICROSCOPE
For use by industrial, institutional and academic researchers for characterizing the atomic-scale structure, chemistry and dynamics of individual nanostructures, the Titan3 80-300...
FEI
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LCD CONTROLLERS
Digital View Inc. has introduced the HE series commercial off-the-shelf LCD controllers for use in military and rugged industrial applications. The HE-1400 and HE-1600 devices feature wide-tolerance...
Digital View
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UV CURING
Available from Dymax Corp., the HH-LED+ handheld LED curing spot system generates UV and VIS light (375 to 415 nm) for UV curing of adhesives in smaller bonding and tacking applications. A...
Dymax Corp.
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AMPLIFIER
The VF-90 linear piezoelectric amplifier has been launched by Dynamic Structures and Materials LLC (DSM) for space-limited and OEM applications. It is suitable for driving piezoelectric loads in...
Dynamic Structures & Materials, LLC (DSM)
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FLUORESCENCE FILTERS
Filtech Photonics Co. Ltd. has developed filter sets for applications in fluorescence microscopy. They exhibit high transmission (>90 percent) in the passbands, blocking of optical density >6...
Filtech Photonics Co., Ltd.
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EXCIMER LASER
Xantos XS, manufactured by Coherent Inc., is a self-contained excimer laser with an internal gas compartment consisting of a premixed laser gas bottle and all necessary gas supply equipment for laser...
Coherent Inc.
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MACHINE VISION SOFTWARE
Vision Components GmbH has released version 1.5 of its EyeSpector drag-and-drop machine vision sensor software for gauging, inspection, orientation and recognition tasks. EyeSpector locates and...
Vision Components GmbH
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STEPPER DRIVES
The ST5-Q stepper drives from Applied Motion Products offer stand-alone operation and run with the Q Programmer, which provides register manipulation, conditional processing, math functions,...
Applied Motion Products
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MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS
Hexagon Metrology Inc. has released the Brown & Sharpe Optiv line of multisensor measurement systems featuring optical, camera, laser and tactile-probing options in a variety of...
Hexagon Metrology, Inc.
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BACKLIT CONVEYORS
The AccuVision internal backlit conveyors from Conveyor Technologies Ltd. feature high-intensity LEDs and a translucent belt for increased illumination during automatic or manual visual inspection....
Conveyor Technologies Ltd.
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TAMPERPROOF IMAGES
Kappa opto-electronics GmbH has introduced the DX 4/40 S, a 12-bit digital camera series with an internal signature function that ensures image authenticity by rendering images tamperproof. The...
Kappa optronics GmbH
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OPTICAL DESIGN SOFTWARE
RayCad Inc. has released Version 8.0 of its RayCad optomechanical design software, which allows users to see how optics and mechanics work together. It adds exact optical ray tracing, optical surface...
RayCAD
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LASER STACKS
Dilas Diode Laser Inc. has introduced vertical diode laser stack arrays that are available in wavelengths ranging from 630 to 1900 nm with output power up to 100 W CW per bar. Suitable for...
DILAS Diode Laser, Inc.
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FLUORIMETER
Gilden Photonics Ltd.’s fluoroSens is a single-photon-counting fluorimeter that produces a signal-to-noise ratio of 3000:1. The 150-W xenon arc lamp does not photobleach the biological sample. The...
Gilden Photonics Ltd.
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PENTA PRISMS
Edmund Optics Inc. has launched its TechSpec line of UV fused silica penta prisms, the silica of which has a coefficient of thermal expansion of 0.5 μm/°C. Offering high transmission through the...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
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PV CELL EDGE ISOLATION
Manz Automation AG has unveiled the ILE 2400 fully automated in-line laser edge isolation system for photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing of mono- and multicrystalline solar cells. Integrated with...
Manz AG
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840-NM SLEDS
Exalos AG has introduced a line of 840-nm SLEDs that typically exhibit 7-mW optical power in a single-mode fiber and 50-nm, 3-dB spectral bandwidth. The standard light sources are delivered in...
EXALOS AG
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SCANNING MICROSCOPE
The LSM 5 Exciter laser scanning microscope launched by Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH performs noncontact analysis of soft materials such as polymers with high accuracy and resolution. Users can...
Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC
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SMART CUVETTES
SpectrEcology LLC has released smart cuvettes that measure pH and pO2. Compatible with any spectrophotometer, the pHuvette is a proprietary nanomaterial optical pH sensor embedded in the wall of a...
SpectrEcology, LLC
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FIBER COLLIMATOR
Model-015, a pigtailed optical fiber collimator that has been unveiled by WT&T Inc., comprises a precise optical lens assembly and an ∼1-m-long connectorized fiber pigtail. The compact...
WT&T Inc.
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BEAM STABILIZATION
MRC Systems GmbH has announced its Dynamic-2 laser beam stabilization system. It can be equipped with faster piezo-driven X-Y actuators and achieves bandwidths of >1 kHz. It compensates for shock,...
MRC Systems GmbH
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CHARGE PUMPS
The SC62X family of 3 × 3 × 6-mm programmable charge pumps released by Semtech Corp. provide backlight, flash and camera module power in mobile phones. The series includes a high-power charge pump...
Semtech Corp.
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IR CAMERA
Available from Flir Systems Inc., the ThermoVision A320 Research infrared camera system and integrated ThermaCam Research software provide repeatable temperature measurements and real-time thermal...
FLIR Commercial Systems, Inc., OEM
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LIGHT TESTING
Compatible with Windows XP and Vista operating systems, the LightMtrX light metrology software platform from Labsphere Inc. is suitable for the development, quality control and production of LEDs and...
Labsphere, Inc., Photonics
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TI:SAPPHIRE LASER
A compact CW single-frequency Ti:sapphire laser from Zecotek Medical Systems Inc. offers a linewidth of less than 10 kHz, a wide tunable range and radio-frequency stability. The TIS-SF-787 enables...
Zecotek Photonics Inc.
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SOLAR CELL MATERIALS
Braggone Ltd. has introduced molecularly tailored materials that increase the efficiency of solar cells. To tune the optics of the cell, the antireflection and hydrogenation optical and electrical...
Optitune
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LIGHT SOURCE
Seoul Semiconductor has released an upgraded version of Acriche, a semiconductor light that produces 200 lm at 3.3 W, nearly 60 lm/W. The level of brightness is 50 percent higher than the earlier...
Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd.
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IMAGE DATABASE
Media Cybernetics Inc. has launched its IQbase 2.5 scientific image management software for storing, querying and sharing large numbers of images and related data. Image data can be shared through a...
Media Cybernetics, Inc.
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LASER MATERIALS
Northrop Grumman Corp. Synoptics offers composite solid-state laser rods, plates and slabs in YAG, ceramic YAG, YLF and YVO4. It produces bonded solid-state laser parts from Nd:YAG, Er:YAG and...
Northrop Grumman Synoptics
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DIGITAL IMAGING CHIP
OmniVision Technologies Inc. has launched OV2650, a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor for upgrading existing 1.3-megapixel and VGA camera phones. It fits into 1/5-in. slots in the phones, enabling the devices...
Omnivision Technologies, Inc.
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LINEAR DRIVE
The N-310 Nexact PiezoWalk ceramic linear motor actuator features travel ranges of 20 mm, 10-mm/s speed, push/pull force capacities to 10 N, and package measurement of 25 × 25 × 12 mm. Available from...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Piezo Nano Positioning
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CAMERA SYSTEM
Designed for production line inspection and process control, the Fastcam MC1 camera system from Photron Inc. incorporates a 35 × 35 × 35-mm remote head camera that delivers 2000 fps at full...
Photron USA, Inc.
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MOCVD SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING LEDS
Veeco Instruments Inc. has unveiled the TurboDisc E475 As/P metallorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system for the high-volume production of red, orange and yellow high-brightness LEDs and...
Veeco Instruments Inc.
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BIAS CONTROLLER
A modulator bias controller for stabilizing the operating point of LiNbO3 Mach-Zehnder modulators has been unveiled by Photline Technologies. The MBC-1001 performs continuous tuning of the operating...
Photline Technologies
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SMALL CHIP LED
Rohm Electronics Co. Ltd. has introduced the PicoLED-RGB three-color chip LED. Two packages are available. The four-pin and six-pin thin top-view models measure 1.0 × 1.0 × 0.2 mm and 1.5 × 1.0 × 0.2...
ROHM Electronics USA, LLC
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FILTER SETS
Semrock Inc. has introduced fluorescence filter sets that as much as double measurement speeds for fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), according to independent testing results. Part of the...
Semrock, Inc.
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WAFER INSPECTION
The FR3200 released by Olympus Integrated Technologies America Inc. is a 200- and 300-mm wafer-inspection and automated defect-review system that integrates broadband deep-UV (DUV) technology for...
Olympus Integrated Technologies America (ITA)
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DIGITAL LIGHT SOURCE
Lexedis Lighting GmbH’s nanoXED is a high-efficiency light source for direct and covert lighting applications. The device features chip-in-silicon technology and Toyoda Gosei’s MQW 600-μm InGaN...
LEXEDIS Lighting GmbH
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MODELING SOFTWARE
Multicore processing support has been added to Comsol Inc.’s Multiphysics 3.4 engineering and scientific software for modeling and simulating physics-based systems. With parallelized meshing,...
COMSOL Inc.
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3-D VISION SYSTEM
To enable developers to create high-precision, scalable real-time systems that track people and objects for retail, surveillance and interactive entertainment applications, Tyzx Inc. has launched the...
TYZX, Inc.
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LASER DIODE DRIVERS
ILX Lightwave Corp. has added eight models with higher quasi-CW output current and higher compliance voltage to its LDX-36000 series high-power laser diode drivers. They operate in CW and quasi-CW...
ILX Lightwave Corp.
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SECURITY CAMERAS
Lumenera Corp. has released the Le575 family of 5-megapixel video surveillance network cameras. Streaming 2560 × 1920 pixels at 6 fps, the cameras transmit jpeg images across a 10/100BaseT network...
Lumenera Corp.
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MICROSCOPE OBJECTIVES
US Microscope Co. has announced its enhanced symmetry distribution line of microscope objectives for use in automated sensor equipment applications that require maximum power at specific wavelengths....
US Microscope Co.
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CERAMIC CAPACITORS
Morgan Electro Ceramics Ltd.’s high-voltage discharge ceramic capacitor features breakdown strength up to 10 kVmm–1, improved energy density storage of up to 6 JKg–1 and low dielectric loss. It...
Morgan Technical Ceramics, Rugby
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MACHINE VISION LIBRARY
Cognex Corp. has introduced the Vision Pro 4.4 machine vision software library. Supporting the company’s MVS-8600e frame grabbers and twice the number of analog, digital and direct-connect cameras as...
Cognex Corp.
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FRAME GRABBER
The Model 2251 frame grabber from Sensoray provides mpeg and jpeg video compression to Linux- and Windows-based computers via a high-speed USB connection. It accepts an NTSC or PAL composite analog...
Sensoray Co., Inc.
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FTIR MODULE
The Interspec 407 manufactured by Interspectrum OU is a self-aligning modular Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) interferometer for use inside spectroscopic systems. Its wavelength range is 7000 to...
Interspectrum OU
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AREA CAMERA
Dalsa Corp. has launched the Falcon 1.4M100, a 1.4-megapixel area camera that delivers 100 fps at full 1400 × 1024-pixel resolution in a 44-mm3 package suitable for electronics and semiconductor...
Teledyne DALSA, Machine Vision OEM Components
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COLLIMATOR OPTICS
Präzisionsoptik Gera GmbH has developed wide-field collimator optics for in-line inspection of mobile phone cameras. The system can be integrated into production lines or used in stand-alone test...
POG Precision Optics Gera GmbH
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LED DRIVER
The Colourdriver XP released by Dialight Lumidrives is an LED driver operating at up to 1000 mA per channel and offering the option of a white or amber mix in addition to the three standard RGB...
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POSITIONING STAGE
With an 800-μm motion range in a low-profile design, the nanoSX 800, a piezo actuator from piezosystem jena GmbH, features the proprietary nanoX gear and guidance design. It includes two piezo...
piezosystem jena GmbH
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PROGRESSIVE-SCAN CAMERA
VDS Vosskühler GmbH has introduced the CCD-16000, a 16-megapixel progressive-scan CCD camera based on a 36 × 24-mm interline-transfer sensor. It operates at 2 fps with 4896 × 3264-pixel resolution or...
VDS Vosskuehler GmbH
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COMPUTE ENGINE
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has introduced the XMC-442, a Xilinx Virtex-5 field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based express mezzanine card module compute engine. The device simplifies...
Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, Embedded Computing
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CCD CAMERA
Adimec Advanced Image Systems BV has introduced the Opal-1000m, a high-speed CCD camera for fast inspection applications. State-of-the-art sensors and proprietary electronics provide good linearity...
Adimec Advanced Image Systems BV
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TRANSMITTER
Compatible with existing controllers and accessories, Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH has added the MPT 100 transmitter to the DigiLine series vacuum instruments. Matched to exclude contamination risks, the...
Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH
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SWIR SENSOR
NoblePeak Vision Corp. has developed a single-chip CMOS short-wave-infrared (SWIR) sensor that provides high resolution, zero blooming and high sensitivity from 400 to 1650 nm. The TriWave imager...
NoblePeak Vision Corp.
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LASER CUTTING
Cincinnati Inc. has launched the CL-840 and CL-825 linear-motor-drive laser cutting systems featuring Fanuc fast-axial flow resonators with 4000 and 2500 W of continuous power, respectively. Both are...
Cincinnati Inc.
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PHOTON-COUNTING SYSTEM
SensL has unveiled the PCEdu-1 miniature photon-counting system for photon-counting education and training in academic and industrial settings. The device, which comes in a compact T08 package...
SensL
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SOLAR CELL TECHNOLOGY
DuPont Microcircuit Materials, a division of DuPont Electronic Technologies, has released its Solamet thick-film metallization product series for solar cell manufacturers. With higher cell...
DuPont Microcircuit Materials
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ROTARY MOTION SIMULATORS
Aerotech Inc.’s ARMS series direct-drive rotary-motion simulators feature velocity stability of 0.0001% over 360°, 0.02-arc-sec position resolution and rate resolution as low as 0.002°/s. Designed to...
Aerotech, Inc.
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LASER BEAM MEASUREMENTS
Ophir-Spiricon Inc.’s focused spot accessory provides direct images and measurements for laser beams at wavelengths from 250 to 1800 nm in real time. Attaching to the front of C-mount CCD cameras,...
Ophir - Spiricon LLC, Photonics
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LINEAR FOCUS ACTUATOR
Equipment Solutions Inc.’s LFA-1012 linear focus actuator provides precision and speed over a short stroke for positioning in optical applications. Compact and cleanroom-compatible, the device...
Equipment Solutions Inc.
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DIGITAL CAMERA
Diagnostic Instruments Inc. has launched the Spot Idea digital camera for materials science, metrology and industrial applications. With a CMOS sensor and USB 2.0 plug-and-play interface, the camera...
SPOT Imaging Solutions
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DIGITAL DETECTOR
Spectrum Detector Inc. has developed model SPI-D-62 THz, a digital USB-based radiometer for the terahertz spectral range from 0.03 to 3 mm. At 30 THz, the device has a voltage response of 150 kV/W...
Gentec-EO USA Inc.
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UPGRADE KIT
A laser interferometer upgrade kit for the MiniFiz temporal phase shifting interferometers from ADE Phase Shift has been developed by 4D Technology Corp. The kit includes an updated high-speed...
4D Technology Corp.
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GIBABIT ETHERNET CAMERA
Prosilica Inc. has released the GC2450 Gigabit Ethernet camera for high-speed motion events. With a compact 33 × 46 × 43-mm profile, the device runs at 15 fps with 2456 × 2048-pixel resolution. No...
Allied Vision Technologies Canada, Inc.
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IMAGE ACQUISITION
Andor Technology has introduced iCam technology, a modification to image acquisition equipment and software that allows faster frame rates. Ring Mode uploads 16 distinct timing patterns into the...
Andor Technology plc, Corporate Headquarters
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OPTICAL VECTOR ANALYZER
Luna Technologies’ OVA ELp optical vector analyzer characterizes fiber optic components’ polarization properties for high-speed optical networks. When used with an external tunable laser, the device...
Luna Technologies
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LASER AUDITING SERVICE
Laser Institute of America has introduced an auditing service to help industrial laser users keep their facilities safe and compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The audit...
Laser Institute of America
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WIDE-ANGLE LENS
Carl Zeiss AG has released a high-speed wide-angle lens for use in analog and digital 35-mm single-lens reflex cameras. The Distagon T* 2/28 has an aperture of 1:2.0 and a 28-mm focal length and is...
Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC

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