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Photonics Spectra: December 2010

FEATURES
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Photonics in Space
What would we know about the universe without the aid of optics? A whole lot less than we do now, to be sure. Optics has always played a significant role in both manned and unmanned space missions, while astronomical study would be largely inconceivable without the telescope and the myriad imaging modalities introduced in the four centuries since Galileo. As much as optics-based...
Gary Boas, Contributing Editor, gary.boas@photonics.com
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High-Precision Wafer-Level Optics Fabrication and Integration
The evolution of micro-optical components for camera modules is today being strongly driven by the mobile phone industry, while manufacturers of conventional camera modules – which are...
Michael Kast, !%EV Group%!
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Cooled IR Detectors for Remote Sensing and Hyperspectral Imaging
Recent advancements in cooled IR detector technology have led to the rapid development of many IR remote sensing instruments for a wide variety of environmental applications, including...
Dr. Frank J. Vallese, !%Sofradir EC Inc.%!
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Unprecedented Spatially Resolved Chemical Analysis Via Nanoscale Spectroscopy
The phrase “lab on a tip,” referring to nanoscale property measurements made by the probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM), has been a dream for the developers of analytical...
Kevin Kjoller, Craig Prater and Roshan Shetty, !%Anasys Instruments Corp.%!
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The Building Blocks of Micro-Optical Systems Integration: A Primer
Custom integration projects have specific performance requirements that a commercially available microscope alone cannot provide. Although microscope components are key to the product’s...
Jennifer Wrigley, !%Olympus America, Inc.%!
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Cutting Through the Red Tape
Negotiating the complexities of global import and export is never easy, but for some optics companies, it has grown still more challenging. According to the International Traffic in Arms...
Gary Boas, Contributing Editor, gary.boas@photonics.com
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A Blast from the Past: Highlights of a Vintage Laser Collection
Immediately after Hughes Research Laboratory announced the first laser in July 1960, many working in research labs began building them for their own use. The second half of 1960 certainly saw the...
Robert A.Hess


EDITORIAL
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Hearing Is Believing
Exhibitors at Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2010, held Oct. 24-28 in Rochester, N.Y., were a pretty bullish bunch, sharing news about hirings, product innovations, facility expansions and other positive developments with the kind of optimism you have to look past the headlines to find these days. And I wasn’t the only one who heard it. After the meeting, I asked FiO organizers at OSA...
Karen A. Newman


TECH PULSE
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Tracking ultrafast laser ablation to tune nanoparticle films
Ultrafast laser ablation yields two distinctly different plumes, and the behavior of both can be described well by models, researchers report. That information could be used to produce novel...
Hank Hogan, hank.hogan@photonics.com
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Plasmonic antenna enhances spectroscopic studies
The need for technologies that can detect molecules with high sensitivity is important in many fields. For applications ranging from industrial safety to homeland security, single-molecule...
Marie Freebody, marie.freebody@photonics.com
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To keep atoms spinning together, don’t let them relax
There’s a new world record, according to researchers who were able to preserve the spin-polarization of atoms in an alkali vapor for about 60 seconds at room temperature, roughly 100 times...
Hank Hogan, hank.hogan@photonics.com
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A nanoscale look at how lithium batteries work
A new type of scanning probe microscopy that can visualize electrochemical strain has enabled scientists to study the movement of ions in the cathode material of lithium-ion batteries, an approach...
Dr. Jörg Schwartz, joerg.schwartz@photonics.com
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Quantum networks receive memory boost
Long-distance quantum communication could be a step closer, thanks to a suite of optical technologies developed by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology. The group has demonstrated a...
Marie Freebody, marie.freebody@photonics.com
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Edible optical tags make a stand against counterfeit drugs
The global pharmaceutical market is worth $800 billion annually, and approximately 10 percent of this is thought to be counterfeit. Most drug manufacturers employ printed codes or serial numbers,...
Marie Freebody, marie.freebody@photonics.com


LIGHT SPEED
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Applications growing for mid-IR lasers
New military and sensing applications are expected to drive the mid-IR laser market in the next few years. These new segments will grow approximately 30 percent per year, compounded annually...
Caren B. Les, caren.les@photonics.com
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Photonics to shine in China
Photonic technologies will take the spotlight when the sixth annual Laser World of Photonics China exhibition takes place on March 15-17, 2011, at Shanghai New International Expo Centre. ...
Laura S. Marshall, laura.marshall@photonics.com
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Flexible Electronics Collaboration
Coherent Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., and the Holst Centre of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, have joined forces in the field of flexible electronics, expanding the scientific research and development...
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Distribution Agreement
Rice Camera Technologies Inc. of Billerica, Mass., has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with 14732%%Telops Inc. of Quebec City. The former company will support US customers by...
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Lithography System Order
Vistec Lithography Inc. of Watervliet, N.Y., has announced that AMO GmbH of Aachen, Germany, a nanotechnology research service provider, has placed an order for its EBPG5200 electron beam...
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Pan-European Agreement
Silicon photonics provider Kotura Inc. of Monterey Park, Calif., announced it has signed a pan-European agreement with AMS Technologies, a distributor of optoelectronics, power electronics and...
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Asphere Manufacturing Expansion
Barrington, N.J.-based Edmund Optics Inc., an optics, imaging and photonics technology provider, has improved its ability to serve the growing market for aspheric lenses. To increase production ...
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Laser Integration
In the UK, industrial automation specialist Orwin International of Crowther has integrated a laser from JK Laser of Rugby into its twin station laser welding system. The system was designed to...
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Acquisition Half Completed
Flat glass optics manufacturer Sydor Optics of Rochester, N.Y., has acquired $2 million in double-sided polishing and metrology equipment, and another $2 million will be spent within the next few...
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Company Acquisition
Industrial laser maker Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc. has acquired Lasag AG of Thun, Switzerland, from The Swatch Group Ltd. of Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, for an undisclosed amount of cash. Lasag...
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Facility Opens
Quality Vision International Inc. of Rochester, N.Y., has moved three of its divisions in Tempe, Ariz., into a larger, more modern facility. The 12,500-sq-ft technical center houses the sales and...
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$12.5M Financing Completed
Harvard University photonics spinoff SiOnyx Inc. of Beverly, Mass., has completed its $12.5 million series B financing, with laser giant Coherent Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., as one of its new...
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MEGA Grant Awarded
Prism Solar Technologies has received a $494,071 grant from the Manufacturers’ Energy Efficiency Grant Assistance (MEGA) Program at the Arizona Commerce Authority. The holographic planar...
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Acquisition Agreement
In California, analog mixed-signal integrated circuits manufacturer Microsemi Corp. of Irvine has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mountain View-based Actel Corp. for $20.88 per share...
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Solar Array Collaboration
National Semiconductor Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., an analog semiconductor manufacturer, has announced its collaboration with crystalline silicon solar panel producer Suntech Power Holdings Co....
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TSV Development Partnership
CEA-Leti and SPP Process Technology Systems of Grenoble, France, and Tokyo, respectively, have announced their partnership to develop 300-mm through-silicon via (TSV) 3-D integrated circuit...
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GreenGov Presidential Award
In Washington, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced that a photovoltaic vehicle created by Sandia National Laboratories of Albuquerque, N.M., has received a 2010 GreenGov...
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Image Sensor Contract
Chelmsford, UK-based e2v technologies plc has been awarded a contract to develop image sensors for the European Space Agency’s Euclid mission to map the geometry of the dark universe. The...
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Facility Upgrade
Electro Optic Systems (EOS) Holdings Ltd. has completed the upgrade of its Tucson, Ariz., facility. The complex was designed for scalable production of between 10 and 75 remote weapon system units...
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Quantum Dot-Dopamine Study
In Washington, scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in conjunction with the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., have reported a detailed study of the interactions of...
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Multistate 4G Service
Fiber optic networks provider FiberLight LLC of Alpharetta, Ga., has partnered with Clearwire Communications of Kirkland, Wash., to provide core fiber network infrastructure for the latter...
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Sensor System Order
Opsens Inc. of Quebec City has received an order from a large US global energy company for its OPP-W fiber optic pressure and temperature sensor system. Opsens Solutions Inc., a wholly owned unit...


GREENLIGHT
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Mimicking nature to build a better solar cell
Leaves are nature’s quick-change artists. In summer, dressed in hues of green, they convert sunlight into chlorophyll, take in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen. Come fall – in northern latitudes, anyway – they turn from summer’s green to a riot of reds, yellows and oranges. Researchers at North Carolina State University in Raleigh are hoping to mimic the chemical...
Charles T. Troy, Senior Editor, charley.troy@photonics.com


LIGHTER SIDE
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Finding hidden gems inside everyday images
From manufacturers’ production lines to cell biology labs to astronomical observatories and everywhere in between, imaging technology allows us to deeply explore the universe around us. But no matter what equipment you use or what target you point at, the images you acquire certainly will offer more than you might ever expect. The photos on this page offer further proof. The top...
Lynn Savage, lynn.savage@photonics.com


PRODUCTS
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Laser Mirrors
REO is offering a wide range of high reflectors for pulsed solid-state lasers operating at 1064, 532 and 355 nm, as well as for multispectral laser systems. The high-damage-threshold mirrors combine ultralow scatter, good wavefront performance, high environmental stability and rugged mechanical durability. These characteristics are achieved with ion beam sputtering technology, which produces...
Research Electro-Optics, Inc. (REO)
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Solid-State Camera
Manufactured by Ophir-Spiricon Inc., the Pyrocam III is a solid-state array camera with a 1000:1 linear dynamic range for accurate profiling. It creates clear and illuminating images of pulsed and...
Ophir - Spiricon LLC, Photonics
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LED Drivers
Recom Power Inc. has developed a series of constant-current LED drivers with universal AC input, power factor correction and UL certification. The first two products in the LightLine RACD series...
RECOM Power Inc.
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Confocal Height Sensor
Newport Corp. has announced the availability of a chromatic confocal height sensor for use with its MRSI dispense systems. The sensor allows measurement on a single axis, providing access to deep...
Newport Corporation
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Aspheric Lenses
TechSpec calibration-grade precision aspheric lenses manufactured by Edmund Optics Inc. improve the efficiency of low-light-level detection systems. The off-the-shelf polished lenses deliver...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
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Diode Laser System
For frit welding of organic LEDs, plastic welding and soldering applications, Coherent Inc. has introduced the HighLight FAP (fiber array package) 60/810, a turnkey diode laser system that provides...
Coherent Inc.
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CCD Technology
Princeton Instruments’ eXcelon deep-depletion CCDs and cameras are for low-light, near-infrared imaging and spectroscopy. Improvements over standard deep-depletion technology include reduced...
Princeton Instruments
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Handheld Spectroradiometer
ASD Inc.’s FieldSpec HandHeld 2 portable spectroradiometer is suitable for researching crops and soil; forestry, ecology and plant physiology; and oceanography and inland water bodies. The...
PANalytical Boulder
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Process Imager
Raytek Corp. has unveiled the ThermoView Pi20, a process imager designed for automated monitoring and control of continuous or stationary targets. The fixed-mounted system provides a real-time...
Raytek Corp., Automation Products
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Array Sensor
Sick has launched the WL27-3, a reflex array photoelectric sensor developed for reliable detection of pallets and irregularly shaped and multiheight objects. Any object 12 mm or larger is detected...
SICK, Inc.
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Wavefront Sensors
The Shack-Hartmann WaveSensor wavefront sensors made by Trioptics GmbH measure the wavefront and lens shape of spherical and aspherical lenses in real time. High accuracy and a large dynamic range of...
TRIOPTICS GmbH
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Multisensor Camera
VRmagic GmbH has announced an intelligent, freely programmable multisensor camera that performs complex image processing tasks independently. Up to four external sensors can be connected to the...
VRmagic GmbH, Imaging
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Irradiance Meter
Konica Minolta Sensing Americas Inc. has partnered with B&W Tek Inc. to introduce a lower-cost option for LED characterization. Spectra-Rad, a thermoelectric cooled miniature mid-range spectral...
B&W Tek, Inc.
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White LED
Vishay Intertechnology Inc.’s VLHW4100 nondiffused white 3-mm LED uses ultrabright InGaN technology to achieve luminous intensity from 4500 to 11,250 mcd at 20 mA. It features a clear...
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.
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Light Engine
89 North, a subsidiary of Chroma Technology Corp., has launched the Heliophor, a pumped phosphor-based light engine designed for a wide range of quantitative fluorescence imaging applications. It...
89 North
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LED Backlights
Targeted at machine vision applications, the IDHM series direct LED backlights specified at lddlight.com, the domain of LDD Trading Associates LLC, employ high-output chip LEDs mounted in a dense...
LDD Trading Associates, LLC
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Diode Laser
Lumics GmbH has announced the release of a new diode laser for solid-state and fiber laser pumping for thulium, erbium, neodymium and ytterbium. The LuOcean emits either continuous-wave or up to...
Lumics GmbH
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EMCCD Camera
Hamamatsu Photonics UK Ltd. has introduced the ImagEM 1K C9100-14 EM (electron-multiplying) CCD camera, which offers high-resolution, high-sensitivity and high-speed imaging. Because of its...
Hamamatsu Photonics UK Ltd.
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Eye Shield
Laservision offers safety glasses and goggles in a variety of styles for any laser requirement or application. The P03 model eye shields are self-adhesive and do not require a nose bridge or head...
Laservision USA
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Spectrophotometer Update
Majantys has released a new version of its miniature spectrophotometer, the Probe4Light, featuring an optical resolution down to 5 nm. The device, designed for the characterization of light...
Majantys
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Picosecond Lasers
RPMC Lasers Inc. now offers affordable, rugged, compact, air-cooled, high-energy picosecond lasers providing up to 150 μJ of pulse energy. These short-pulsed lasers combine the advantages of...
RPMC Lasers Inc.
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Optical Domes
Meller Optics Inc.’s sapphire and spinel optical domes provide front-surface protection to electronic sensors and detectors in harsh aerospace and industrial environments. They feature...
Meller Optics, Inc.
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CO2 Mirrors
The industrial application of CO2 lasers often involves materials abrasion, which produces dirt and dust. Beam delivery components are used to seal the optical path in such applications and to...
Laser Components (UK) Ltd.

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