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Photonics Spectra: July 2015

Grab Your Shades — The Laser Market Has a Bright Future
Growing demand for advanced technology in the defense and security, industrial, and medical markets is driving laser industry evolution. Encouraged by technological advancements, new and innovative applications, and progressively declining manufacturing costs, the global laser technology market is on track to be a $17 billion industry by 2020, according to the research firm...
Justine Murphy, Editor,
Lasers for Lithography
The interaction between light source and process places demands on laser performance and parameters in applications such as semiconductor photolithography, maskless lithography and 3-D printing. ...
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor,
Simulation Software for Camera Selection
It can be difficult to determine the best imaging system to meet various needs, as laboratory conditions and suitable image quality requirements are among numerous factors to consider. Simulation...
Jessica Uralil, Hamamatsu Corporation
Space-Based Optics Are Taking Off
[Editor's online update: Exelis Inc. was acquired in June by Harris Corp.] Exciting times are on the horizon for space optics as the market evolves, customer needs change and the demand for...
Justine Murphy, Editor,
CCD Sensors Remain Competitive with Broadening Appeal
CCDs continue to be the sensor of choice for applications such as astronomy and spectroscopy. With future investment, we can expect improvements in sensor architecture, resolution, pixel size and...
Marie Freebody, Contributing Editor,

The Future Has Never Looked So Bright
“Star Wars” stormtroopers and spacecraft employed superior laser weaponry, offering a glimpse at a projected technological future. Theoretical situations are becoming reality now, as new and innovative applications are driving high demand for advanced laser technology. In just a few years, the global laser market has skyrocketed by billions of dollars; by 2020, MarketsandMarkets...
Justine Murphy, Editor,

ODT Enhances Optical Tweezer Capabilities, Holographic Bioimaging
A new optical diffraction tomography (ODT) technique can measure the positions of optically trapped particles in three dimensions at high speed. The method provides a more streamlined and...
Low-Energy Lasers Produce Microplasmas for Spectroscopy
Microplasma summoned out of thin air by low-energy laser pulses can be used as a source of broadband terahertz radiation for spectroscopy. Terahertz imaging needs only a narrow range of...
Sharper 3-D Laser Scanner Impervious to Ambient Light
Refining principles of 3-D sensing for video games, researchers at Northwestern University have developed a 3-D laser scanner that produces detailed moving images even in the presence of bright...
Optical Processor to Boost Speed, Reduce Energy Demands of Genome Research
A prototype optical processor with a scalable, lensless design can crunch data faster than existing computers, according to its developer, Optalysys Ltd. With a processing speed equivalent to...
Raman Imager Speeds Cancer Detection
A vibrational spectroscopic imaging technology that captures images of living cells could become an advanced medical diagnostic tool for the early detection of cancer and other diseases. The...
Frequency Comb Has the ‘Teeth’ to Measure Terahertz Waves
A frequency comb that generates and detects terahertz waves throughout a wide spectral range could allow precise measurement of molecules in deep space. California Institute of Technology...
Fluorescent Ink Proposed as Anticounterfeiting Tool
Fluorescent inks could one day be used in multicolored barcodes to authenticate frequently counterfeited products. Developed by researchers at Northwestern University, the inks are invisible...
Angular Acceleration Observed in Helical Light Beams
The orbital angular momentum of laser light traveling along a helical path through space can accelerate and decelerate as it spins into the distance. This is the first time that angular...
Camera Powered by the Light It Captures
Absorbing solar energy one moment and capturing images the next, a prototype video camera is said to be the first that is entirely self-powered. Developed by researchers at Columbia University,...
L-3 Beam Director to Aid Canadian Defense R&D
L-3 Integrated Optical Systems Brashear has provided Defence Research and Development Canada with a high-energy laser (HEL) beam director (BD) to enhance the government agency's mobile...
Acid-Free Fabrication Creates Longer-Lasting Flexible Displays
Hybrid organic-inorganic thin films for flexible displays can now be created without the corrosive acids used in conventional sol-gel fabrication. Developed by researchers at Kyungpook National...
Perovskite Nanowires Yield Efficient, Tunable Lasers
A “freshman-chemistry-level” technique for growing nanowires produces tunable lasers that are nearly 100 percent efficient. With low lasing thresholds and Q factors around 3600,...
NIR Hyperspectral Imaging Roots out Peanut Contamination
Near-infrared hyperspectral imaging could eliminate uncertainty for food producers required to include the warning “May contain peanuts” on their packaging. A team of researchers...
Reinvented Optical Gyroscope Smaller, More Sensitive
A new spin on optical gyroscope technology could allow the devices, which are crucial to satellite and rocket guidance, to increase in sensitivity while shrinking to about 10 μm in size. ...

Expansion Doubles Diamond-Growing Capacity at Scio
Scio Diamond Technology Corp. is expected to complete an expansion in May that will more than double its capacity to create diamonds for optical and other applications. The company is refitting...
Kopin Receives Orders Worth $1.8M for Fighter Jet HMDs
Kopin Corp. Inc. has received follow-on production orders worth $1.8 million from Rockwell Collins Inc. for high-brightness LCD SXGA displays for helmet-mounted display (HMDs) worn by F-35...
Attosecond Laser Facility Awards €1.4M in Secondary-Source Contracts
Leaders of the Extreme Light Infrastructure Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS) facility planned for the city of Szeged recently signed contracts totaling €1.4 million for development of...
Strengthen Ground-Based Optical, IR Astronomy, Says National Research Council
The National Research Council has called for improvements in observation, instrumentation and data management capabilities, as well as coordination among federal and private partners, to better...
ASML to Provide EUV Lithography Systems to US Semiconductor Manufacturer
ASML Holding NV will provide at least 15 extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography systems under a new agreement with a U.S. semiconductor manufacturer. Financial terms were not disclosed. Delivery...
Edmund Optics Awarded Multimillion-Dollar Defense Contract for IR Smart Sensors
Edmund Optics Inc. said it has received a multimillion-dollar defense-related contract for custom optical components supporting a smart sensors system. "We see positive response to new...
Vision Engineering, RSS Logistics Chosen as Navy Prime Contractors
Two client companies of the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program have been selected as prime contractors in a highly secure online community of U.S. businesses qualified...
Ross Launches Free Optical Calculator App
Ross Optical Industries Inc. has launched a free mobile version of its Optical Calculator, as well as a new online desktop version. The tool allows engineers and technicians to calculate to industry...
Lambda, Luxexcel Partner on 3-D-Printed Optics
Optical design software firm Lambda Research Corp. has partnered with Luxexcel Group BV of the Netherlands to produce customized 3-D-printed plastic optics. Lambda’s TracePro software...
Hamilton Thorne Acquires Reproductive Imaging Product Line
Hamilton Thorne Ltd. has acquired the Oosight product line from Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc. (CRi) of Hopkinton, a subsidiary of PerkinElmer Inc. Financial terms of the transaction...

Century-Old Landmark Gets an Energy Boost
It has been more than 125 years since the grander-than-life Eiffel Tower was first designed and constructed in Paris. It officially entered the 21st century in recent months, thanks to a project meant to push a significant reduction in its ecological footprint. In partnership with Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE, the company that operates the Eiffel...

Cat Naps For All!
More than 80 million cats currently reside in U.S. homes, with an estimated three cats for every dog on the planet. That’s a lot of fur. But more to the point, it’s also a lot of play time – of which we lowly humans don’t have much to spare. So what is there to do when our rested, hyperactive cats paw and jump around our tired, work-worn bodies, looking for attention? ...

Femtosecond Laser Mirrors
A new range of femtosecond laser mirrors Acal BFI UK Ltd. provide a >200-nm spectral bandwidth, high reflectivity, a high damage threshold and low group delay dispersion (GDD). The MLD and...
Acal BFi UK Ltd.
Optical Mounts
A new series of optical mounts from Siskiyou Corp. enables high-resolution (4.5 arcsec) adjustment in two rotational axes (θx, θy) with long-term stability in a format suited for...
Siskiyou Corporation
SWIR Camera
A new compact, rugged shortwave-infrared (SWIR) camera from Sensors Unlimited Inc. is suited for use in industrial systems for process monitoring, enhanced vision and persistent surveillance. ...
Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems
Cylinder Inspector
The CylinderInspector 3D from Opto GmbH uses a white-light interferometric technique to provide nanoscale surface analysis of cylinders used in automotive engines. The instrument is also able...
Opto GmbH
Pathology Research Scanner
Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH offers a combination digital pathology research scanner for brightfield, fluorescence and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) imaging. The Aperio Versa...
Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
Automotive HUD Chipset
A DLP chipset from Texas Instruments Inc. enables automotive head-up displays (HUDs) with a field of view (FOV) up to 12°. The DLP3000-Q1 chipset consists of a DLP 0.3-in. wide video...
Texas Instruments, Inc., DLP Products
Light Engine
Omicron-Laserage Laserprodukte GmbH offers a new adaptable light source for microscopy, flourescence analysis and multispectral forensics. The LedHub LED Light Engine can be equipped with one...
Omicron-Laserage Laserprodukte GmbH
Multisensor Security Camera
A new security camera system from Avigilon Corp. allows up to four cameras at one location using a single Ethernet cable, housing and camera license. The HD Multisensor camera offers complete...
Frame Grabber
The iPort CL-GigE external frame grabber by Pleora Technologies Inc. enables video transmission from Camera Link Base cameras over Gigabit Ethernet across the temperature range of –40 °C to...
Pleora Technologies Inc.
Wear-Resistant Films
Sacrificial wear layers to extend the life of alumina or beryllia electrostatic chucks (ESCs) for semiconductor, solar and LED applications are offered by Morgan Technical Ceramics, a division of...
Morgan Advanced Materials plc
The DS-11 FX+, an all-in-one spectrophotometer and fluorometer system from DeNovix Inc., is designed for the quantification of nucleic acids and proteins over seven orders of magnitude. The...
DeNovix Inc.
HD Daylight Cameras
Adimec Electronic Imaging Inc. has announced its new TMX74-60c/CL HD daylight camera with global-shutter CMOS technology for defense and security applications. It provides color imaging from...
Adimec Electronic Imaging Inc.
Thermal Cameras
Flir Systems Inc.’s three new science-grade thermal cameras are designed for a variety of applications, including electronics development and nondestructive testing. The cooled devices’...
FLIR Systems
Miniature Video Camera
Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. has announced the IK-4K UltraHD, a three-CMOS 4K miniature video camera for live-event broadcast applications. The camera provides up to 1600 TV lines...
Toshiba Imaging Systems
High-Speed Monochromator
For high-speed optical spectrometry applications, Shimadzu Corp. has introduced a compact monochromator system that achieves wavelength changes 10 times faster than conventional models. The...
Shimadzu Corp.
Surveillance Mission System
Controp Precision Technologies Ltd.’s new A-SMS airborne surveillance mission system provides advanced electro-optical/IR surveillance capabilities for law enforcement and government...
CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd.
IR Camera
The Pyroview 768N IR camera from Dias Infrared Corp. is designed for precise noncontact temperature measurement up to 3000 °C. The camera is suitable in a variety of process monitoring and...
DIAS Infrared Corp.
Industrial Cameras
JAI Inc. has added a four-channel CoaXPress interface to its 5-MP Spark SP-5000 camera, enabling the camera’s CMOS imager to run at its maximum full-frame rate of 253.8 fps for 8-, 10- or...
JAI, Inc.
UV Spectrophotometer
McPherson Inc.’s new UV absorbance spectrophotometer, VUVAS, is suitable for materials and optical characterization, process control and kinetics and optical transient measurement. The...
Hexapod Motion Simulator
The H-860KMAG six-axis motion simulator “shaker” hexapod by PI (Physik Instrumente) LP is suitable for high-speed motion and vibration simulation, including simulation of camera shake. ...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Piezo Nano Positioning
Motion Control Stages
Offered by Piezosystem Jena GmbH, motion control stages with a travel range up to several millimeters can be used as single units or in combination with piezoelectric stages for a variety of...
piezosystem jena GmbH
Line-Scan Cameras
Teledyne Dalsa has added 2k and 4k GigE Vision models to its Linea family of line-scan cameras for machine vision applications. The new cameras offer up to 2 × 2 binning and multiple...
Teledyne DALSA, Machine Vision OEM Components
Endoscope Imaging System
Eliminating the need for an external video processor, a new endoscope imaging system from ThinkTank Technologies LLC allows medical doctors to use their own rigid and fiber optic endoscopes to...
Pulsed-Laser Photoacoustics System
New instrumentation and software from Quantum Northwest Inc. help users create a turn-key, pulsed-laser photoacoustics system. The PAS 1010 includes two integrated energy probes and an energy...
Quantum Northwest, Inc.

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