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photonics.com: April 2014

BUSINESS
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Wilmot to Head Andor Technology
Andor Technology plc has promoted Gary Wilmot to the position of managing director. He replaces CEO Conor Walsh, who will step down May 1 after 12 years with the company. Wilmot joined the...
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Collaboration Creates Smaller Chip Features
A collaborative research agreement between Zeiss’ Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology business group and the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS) has resulted in smaller...
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Caliber Names Williams VP of Global Marketing
Caliber Imaging & Diagnostics, formerly Lucid Inc., has appointed Joseph R. Williams as vice president of global marketing, a newly created position. Williams has more than three decades...
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Cheshire Named President of NDC Infrared Engineering
Drew Cheshire has been named president of NDC Infrared Engineering. Cheshire previously was general manager of Meriam Process Technologies in Cleveland. Prior to that, he held senior...
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DFG to Fund 16 Priority Research Projects
Photonics will be one of a variety of research topics in the spotlight over the next several years thanks to funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, the German Research Foundation). ...
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Flir Systems Hires New CMO
Travis Merrill has joined Flir Systems Inc. as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Merrill will develop and lead the company’s global marketing and brand building...
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ON Semiconductor Acquires Truesense Imaging
ON Semiconductor will acquire Truesense Imaging Inc. for $92 million. Truesense Imaging will be incorporated into ON Semiconductor’s Application Products Group. The merger will expand...
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Teledyne Technologies Acquires Photon Machines
Teledyne Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary, Teledyne Instruments Inc., have acquired Photon Machines Inc. (PMI). Specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition will...
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NASA Names New Chief Technologist
David W. Miller, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, has been named NASA’s new chief technologist. In this role, he will serve as principal adviser and advocate on...
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Ametek Set to Acquire Zygo Corp.
Ametek Inc. is poised to acquire Zygo Corp. for roughly $280 million. The deal was unanimously approved by Zygo’s board of directors but must still be approved by regulators and Zygo's...
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Flir Systems Hires New Chief Marketing Officer
Flir Systems Inc. has named Travis Merrill its new senior vice president and chief marketing officer. In the newly created position, Merrill will lead the company’s global marketing...
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Ghent University Offers Silicon Photonics Summer School
Silicon photonics is an increasingly important area of research and technology, making ongoing education crucial for those in the industry. A Silicon Photonics Summer School will bring...
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American Laser Society Names New President
The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery has named Dr. Juanita J. Anders its new president. Under her leadership over the next year, the organization says it plans to increase...
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Flir, ING to Create Aerial IR Inspection Methods
Flir Systems Canada is partnering with ING Robotic Aviation to develop robotic aircraft and new techniques for infrared inspections. The new technology will allow for aerial industrial...
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Optical Society Names New Executive Editor
Dr. Alison Taylor has joined The Optical Society (OSA) as executive editor. She will manage the organization’s journals, including the new Optica, the Journal of the Optical Society of...
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Brian Leedy Named VP at Photonis Digital Imaging
Brian Leedy has been named vice president and general manager of the digital imaging business unit of photosensor manufacturer Photonis. Leedy has more than 27 years of experience in the...
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Ballato Recognized for Work on Optical Materials
Dr. John Ballato is one of three people to receive the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. This recognizes his work in optical materials science. Ballato, a...
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Molecular Spectroscopy Market Expected to Hit $5.9B by 2018
The molecular spectroscopy market is expected to grow to $5.9 billion by 2018, according to the research firm MarketsandMarkets. The industry was valued at $4.3 billion in 2013, and is in a...
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Ophthalmology Diagnostics Market to Reach $40 Billion by 2019
The ophthalmology diagnostics and surgical devices market is poised to reach $40.4 billion by 2019, up from just over $26 billion in 2012. Transparency Market Research made the prediction in...
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Dramatic Growth Projected for IC Market
The photonic integrated circuit (PIC) market should see significant growth over the next five years at an annual rate of 31.3 percent, according to a new report by Transparency Market Research. ...


RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
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Energy Technologies Get Boost from New Waveguides
More efficient photovoltaic cells are among the possibilities created by a new nanoscale microchip component. The component, a multilayered waveguide taper array developed at the University...
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Collaboration Creates Smaller Chip Features
A collaborative research agreement between Zeiss’ Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology business group and the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS) has resulted in smaller...
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Superabsorbing Method Improves Solar Cell Efficiency
A newly designed superabsorbing solar cell has the potential to significantly improve the light absorption efficiency of thin-film solar cells without compromising solar light absorption...
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Guide Star Set for VLT
A new solid-state laser aims to give giant Earth-bound telescopes better vision by reducing atmospheric distortion. German manufacturer Toptica Photonics has developed a 22-W 589-nm source,...
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ITT Space Systems Wins NASA Laser Contract
NASA has enlisted ITT Space Systems to develop an optical assembly that will ultimately validate high-speed laser transmission of data from Earth’s orbit and deep space. As part of the...
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Lasers to Clean Up Space Junk
A new approach to eliminating space debris may be reminiscent of a sci-fi movie scene or video game, but it could actually prove more practical than options previously studied. A new $20...
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‘Optical Oracle’ Could Quickly Solve Complex Computing
The global optical fiber network may contain more computing potential than previously realized. Tapping into this could make such networks hundreds of times faster. A team from Nanyang...
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Nanoballoons and Lasers: A New Cancer Fighter
Chemotherapeutic drugs have long held their own in the fight against cancer, but inefficiency in delivery and unwanted side effects continue to hinder the process. Now, a team from the...
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Integrated Chips Used as Single-Photon Sources
A high-quality source of single photons is hard to come by. But there may be a solution in the pipeline in the form of an integrated optical chip. “Unfortunately, nature is reluctant...
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Femtosecond Laser May Divert Lightning
A long-range femtosecond laser under development could be used to steer lightning away from buildings. Optical scientists at the University of Arizona and the University of Central Florida...
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Europium Complexes Emit Red Light with Record Efficiency
New material developed in Poland has enabled Scottish researchers to produce a highly efficient, nearly monochromatic red OLED. The compounds were developed at the Institute of Physical...
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Nanocrystals Bridge Visible, Invisible Spectra
Nanocrystals containing cerium and terbium have been shown to efficiently convert UV and IR to visible light, presenting a possible solution to the bandgap problems in solar panels, among other...
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DFG to Fund 16 Priority Research Projects
Photonics will be one of a variety of research topics in the spotlight over the next several years thanks to funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, the German Research Foundation). ...
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Plasmons Show Useful Quantum Properties
Surface plasmons could be a key piece of the ever-evolving quantum computing puzzle. A team from the California Institute of Technology has discovered a new approach to quantum computer...
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Scaling Down Quantum Cryptography for Mobile Phones
A tiny microchip has huge potential for the future of secure quantum communications. A new client-server quantum key distribution method developed at the University of Bristol allows...
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Tiny Crystals Could Oust Traditional Solar Absorbers
Traditional absorbers in thin film-based solar cells may have some competition in a new technique that incorporates nontoxic and relatively common elements. The new approach, developed by a...
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Gold Material Cuts Glare, Repels Water
An accidental discovery has scientists looking at light glare through new eyes. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, were in the process of designing a flexible film to...
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Nanostructures Show Promise for Efficient LEDs
Nanostructures and an indium nitride (InN) semiconductor could hold promise for improving the efficiency of LEDs, particularly in the green gap, where productivity typically takes a dive. ...
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Optogenetics Allows Light to Switch Off Anxiety
An optogenetic technique is taking mood lighting to a whole new level. Serotonin imbalance in the brain has been linked to anxiety and depression, and researchers at Ruhr University have...
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Studying Altitude Sickness with NIR Spectroscopy
Headaches are a common symptom of altitude sickness. But they may not have to be. Researchers from University Hospital Frankfurt have turned to NIR spectroscopy to study ailments associated...
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Light-Activated Neurons May Restore Function to Paralyzed Muscles
There is optimism that a new technique could help paralyzed muscles move again using light. The technique, developed at University College London and King’s College London, could...
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Red Light Increases Viability of Implanted Stem Cells
Doses of red and near-IR light have been shown to increase the viability of implanted stem cells used to treat brain damage. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell transplantation has been...
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Solar Power, Biofuel Production Could Complement Each Other
Photovoltaic installations may be able to give a boost to biofuels production and vice versa, particularly in sunny and dry regions of the US. Computer simulations developed by scientists at...
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Semiconductor Manipulates IR Light
A nanostructure-embedded semiconductor that manipulates light in the IR/terahertz range could benefit applications from imaging to energy efficiency, telecommunications and more. ...
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New Switch Could Scale Up Quantum Computing
A new technique to connect particles could assist in development of quantum computing systems. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have coupled a lone atom of rubidium with a single...
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Whispering-Gallery Device Could Improve Info Processing
A new whispering-gallery microcavity could lead to new and more powerful computers that run faster and at cooler temperatures. The optical diode was created at Washington University in St....
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Second Light Source Primes Semiconductors to See IR
Traditional semiconductors may just need a little help to see the (IR) light. A team from the University of Leeds and Georgia State University has developed a new technology that uses...
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Frequency Combs Speed Up Data Transmission
Using frequency combs as an optical source could speed up communications by allowing coherent transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers. A team...
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Inexpensive Coating Cuts Glare, Boosts Efficiency in Solar Panels
A coating similar to that used on eyeglasses could reduce glare and boost efficiency for photovoltaics. Researchers at Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy and...
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Solar Cells Get Boost from Quantum Dots
The superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots can efficiently harvest sunlight and enhance solar energy, according to researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, in collaboration...
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High-Speed Optics Enable Inline Strip Product Inspections
A new optical inspection system examines strip products like wire, pipe and rail much faster than any human ever could. The Wire-AOI wire inspection system uses four cameras collectively...
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Metasurface Lens Could Transform Antennas
Traditional antennas could be in for a makeover following a discovery in broadband optics. Researchers from Southeast University have developed an artificial surface lens that can bend and...
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Ghent University Offers Silicon Photonics Summer School
Silicon photonics is an increasingly important area of research and technology, making ongoing education crucial for those in the industry. A Silicon Photonics Summer School will bring...
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Exciton Movement Observed Directly
For decades, scientists’ understanding of excitons has been theoretical at best. However, a recent breakthrough has changed the game. A team from MIT and the City College of New York...
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Laser Process Allows Precision Design of Nanospheres
A laser-based technique for creating light-scattering silicon nanospheres could have applications in medicine and sensor technology. Molten silicon forms nanoparticles which, due to...
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Hyperspectral Analysis Distinguishes Cells
Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) may soon expand its portfolio beyond mineralogy and food safety testing. Human embryonic stem cells can be analyzed using the new HSI-based technique. Images...
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Technique Allows Whole-Brain Imaging with Single-Cell Resolution
Understanding the relationship between cellular phenomena and activity at the organism level has been difficult, particularly where the brain is concerned. Whole-brain imaging at single-cell...
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Panels Redirect Sunlight into Shadowy Urban Areas
Corrugated, translucent panels mounted on rooftops could be used to bend sunlight into places it normally doesn't reach. Amr Safwat, a professor of electronics and communications engineering...
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Flir, ING to Create Aerial IR Inspection Methods
Flir Systems Canada is partnering with ING Robotic Aviation to develop robotic aircraft and new techniques for infrared inspections. The new technology will allow for aerial industrial...
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Long-Range 3-D Lidar May Enhance Military Operations
Advancement of 3-D imaging and lidar technologies could spell significant enhancement for target identification, tracking and surveillance, namely in military operations. A team at Selex ES...
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Two-Stage Laser Could Make Rain, Lightning
Weather is beyond human control — or is it? A team from the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Optics & Photonics and the University of Arizona are developing a...
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Optical Society Names New Executive Editor
Dr. Alison Taylor has joined The Optical Society (OSA) as executive editor. She will manage the organization’s journals, including the new Optica, the Journal of the Optical Society of...
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Mid-IR Lens Incorporates Waste Sulfur
Thin, inexpensive plastic lenses for IR imaging devices can be manufactured from waste sulfur generated by refining fossil fuels. The plastic is transparent to wavelengths from 3 to 5...
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Adaptive Optics Detect Early Diabetes Eye Damage
Vision loss is a threat for millions of those suffering from diabetes. The earlier it can be detected, the sooner and potentially more effectively it can be treated. Researchers from Indiana...
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Carbon Spaser Could Zap Cancer Cells
A carbon-based nanolaser could be used to zap cancer cells, or enable electronics small and flexible enough to be printed on clothing. Said to be the first of its kind, the spaser –...
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Electricity Changes Polymer’s Optical Properties
A newly developed polymer is said to be the first of its kind to combine optical and electrical properties. This could mean new manufacturing possibilities for glass, polarization filters and sensors...
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Blue LEDs Fail Color Differentiation Test
Not all shades of white are identical, although traditional and some LED lighting can make this difficult to prove. A study by researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Soraa Inc....
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Stress Activates Light-Emitting Nanowires
Stretching and compressing gallium arsenide nanowires switches their light emission on and off, respectively.  Enabled by the material’s hexagonal wurtzite structure, this discovery...
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Noninvasive Imaging Method Promising for Skin Assessment
The complex biological process of skin aging can now be studied more extensively and efficiently, thanks to a new low-cost laser-based technique. A laser-speckle imaging technique using...
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Ballato Recognized for Work on Optical Materials
Dr. John Ballato is one of three people to receive the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. This recognizes his work in optical materials science. Ballato, a...
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Optogenetic Switch Now Works Both Ways: On and Off
Since the beginning of optogenetics, the technique has been more effective at switching neurons on than off — but not anymore. Almost a decade ago, Dr. Karl Deisseroth discovered...
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Dual-Catalyst Technique Allows Better Control of Molecules
Chemical reactions usually happen on their own terms. But now, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a way to create molecules with controlled chirality using...
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Plasmonic Probes Help Quantify Breast Cancer Gene Segments
Hyperspectral imaging using plasmonic probes can ferret out a specific genetic telltale for breast cancer within individual cells, according to recent research from Purdue University. That...
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Brain Wave Control Could Improve Vision
The brain’s preparation state — whether it’s focused or unconscious — can have a significant impact on vision. A team of researchers from the Beckman Institute for...
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Simple Lens-Making Method Turns Phones into Dermascopes
High-resolution silicon polymer lenses can be baked in conventional ovens and attached to smartphones to make an inexpensive microscope. The discovery could help farmers check their crops...
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Femtosecond Lasers Control Chemical Reactions
Hitting molecules with ultrafast lasers can affect electrons and trigger unaccustomed chemical reactions. Researchers at the Photonics Institute of the Vienna University of Technology...
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LED System Simulates Sunlight Indoors
Reaping the benefits of sunlight without windows? It’s possible. In a project funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 program, CoeLux Srl has developed CoeLux, a new product...
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Microscopy Enables Detailed Insights into Mitochondria
A new microscopy technique combining confocal and two-photon excitation microscopy with in situ pharmacological and genetic manipulation has given researchers insight into how the nervous system...
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Perovskite-Based Solar Cells Gaining in Efficiency
Perovskites are showing promise as materials for a new generation of highly-efficient, low-cost solar cells. A team from the US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory...
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Fluorescent Tool Shows Nanoparticles Biodegrade in Real Time
A recent study using Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) to chart the disintegration of nanoparticles in living tissue could aid the development of safe nano-drug-delivery methods. ...
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Ophthalmology Diagnostics Market to Reach $40 Billion by 2019
The ophthalmology diagnostics and surgical devices market is poised to reach $40.4 billion by 2019, up from just over $26 billion in 2012. Transparency Market Research made the prediction in...
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Photomultiplier Detects Ocean Color at Night
Just how blue the ocean is can be a clue to the health of its inhabitants, and now scientists have a way to gauge that color even under dark of night. A team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight...


PRODUCTS
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USB 3.0 uEye Machine Vision Cameras
IDS Imaging Development Systems’ three new USB 3.0 uEye CP series machine vision cameras offer CCD-quality light sensitivity and four areas of interest for checking several features...
IDS Imaging Development Systems, Inc.
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Hyperspec Snapshot Imaging Sensor
Headwall Photonics has introduced the Hyperspec Snapshot portable imaging sensor for environmental research, civil engineering and remote-sensing applications. The integrated sensor, which...
Headwall Photonics, Inc.
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Low Noise Input Cables
Femto Messtechnik GmbH’s low-noise input cables, available from Electro Optical Components Inc., minimize triboelectric and microphonic noise for its signal recovery amplifiers. ...
Femto Messtechnik GmbH
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Diamond J-Series CO2 Lasers
Coherent Inc. has introduced a range of CO2 lasers in its Diamond J-Series for applications in system integration. The lasers feature a common mechanical, electrical, optical, software and...
Coherent Inc.
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HyPix-3000 2-D Hybrid Pixel Array Detector
Rigaku Corporation’s HyPix-3000, a 2-D semiconductor detector, has a large active area of 3000 mm² and a small pixel size of 100 μm² to ensure high spatial resolution. As...
Rigaku Americas Corp.
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SIL2 Imaging Intensifier
Specialized Imaging’s SIL2 range of imaging intensifiers houses fast relay lenses to enable interfacing to almost any high-speed camera or video system. Improving the sensitivity,...
Specialised Imaging
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Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser
Sciton Inc.’s Halo, a hybrid fractional laser, applies tunable ablative and nonablative wavelengths in a single pass to maximize results and reduce downtime. Two functions provide...
Sciton, Inc.
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piShaper 6-6
AdlOptica Optical Systems has introduced the piShaper 6-6 2.05, piShaper 6-6 1.9-2.8, and piShaper 6-7 4.4-4.8 to its series of beam-shaping optics for the mid-IR spectrum (2-8 µm). ...
AdlOptica GmbH
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Retimer IC AVSP-4412, AVSP-8801
Avago Technologies has introduced the retimer IC AVSP-4412 and AVSP-8801 devices for 100-Gigabit Ethernet network backplane and portside applications. Able to withstand up to 32 dB of...
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Osram Green Laser Diodes
World Star Tech has released two green laser diodes with an optical output of 30 and 50 mW. Mounted in a 5.6-mm package, the PLT5-515 and PLT5-520 diodes have wavelengths of 515 to 520 nm....
World Star Technologies
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NIRvana 640ST
Princeton Instruments has introduced the NIRvana 640ST for scientific imaging applications in SWIR, part of the NIRvana series of InGaAs imaging cameras. It features resolution from 900 to...
Princeton Instruments
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AccuFiz Measurement System
4D Technology has introduced a new series of AccuFiz 300 mm Measurement System components for applications in high-quality, low-cost measurement of large optics. The series includes the...
4D Technology Corp.
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Alticam 05-EO5 Camera Turret
Hood Tech Vision has introduced the Alticam 05-EO5 Camera Turret, a stabilized imaging system for unmanned vehicles. The device’s gimbal system features low size, weight (0.75 kg) and...
HoodTech Vision, Stabilized Imaging Systems
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Luminar 4060 Spectrometer
Brimrose Corp. has introduced the Luminar 4060 spectrometer for various applications in test and measurement. The new device features a scanning speed of 16,000 wavelengths per second, touch...
Brimrose Corporation of America
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8035 FT-IR Scanner
Oriel Instruments, a Newport Corp. company, introduces the 8035 Fourier Transform-Infrared scanner for imaging and spectroscopy applications. The device features a 1.5-inch beam for higher...
Oriel Instruments
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SP2100 Spectral Reflectometer
The SP2100 Spectral Reflectometer from Verity Instruments is designed for film thickness measurement of in-situ and inline applications. Consisting of a high-performance spectrometer and...
Verity Instruments, Inc.
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Cool & Control Diode Drivers
ALPhANOV has introduced the Cool & Control diode driver module for applications in laser micromachining, terahertz imaging, laser components and optical systems. Modules are available in...
ALPhANOV
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IK-HD5 Camera
Toshiba Imaging has released the IK-HD5, a full HD, progressive-scan 3CMOS camera for use in color-critical applications including endoscopy, surgical microscopy, ophthalmology, infrared inspection...
Toshiba Imaging Systems
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TeraBlade Lasers
TeraDiode has announced the TeraBlade series, a line of multi-kilowatt, ultra-high brightness, direct diode lasers for metal cutting and welding. The TeraBlade platform pairs semiconductor...
TeraDiode
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FBLD-980-10-FC-HHL Laser Diode
Frankfurt Laser Company has introduced the FBLD-980-10-FC-HHL fiber-coupled, high-power laser diode for medical applications. The 976-nm diode with a green aiming beam delivers 10W output...
Frankfurt Laser Company
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MR-330 Series Fiber Optic Sensor
Micronor introduces the MR-330 series fiber optic system for applications in automation. The fiber optic absolute position sensor system features 14-bit single-turn resolution. It offers...
Micronor Inc.
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TechSpec Compact Objective Assemblies
Edmund Optics has introduced its line of TechSpec Compact Objective Assemblies, devices designed to reduce the weight and size of an imaging system while maintaining optical performance. ...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
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OCP-300L, HS-004L Thermoelectric Coolers
Elite Thermal Engineering has introduced the OCP-300L thermoelectric cooling plate and HS-004L high-power heat sink for laboratory and OEM applications. The OCP-300L offers 300 W of...
Elite Thermal Engineering, LLC
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T650sc Thermal Camera
Flir Systems has introduced the newest T650sc portable thermal imaging camera for applications in research and development. The device measures temperatures up to 2,000 °C. It is...
FLIR Systems, Inc.
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PUFL UV Fiber Lasers
AMS Technologies has announced the PUFL series of UV fiber lasers, a line of 355-nm laser sources from Keopsys.. Based on the combination of a 1.0-µm fiber laser and a compact...
AMS Technologies AG
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Series IO Ultrasonic Sensors
Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced Series IO Ultrasonic Sensors, a line of IO-Link compatible sensors with pushbutton programming for on-site parameterization. IO-Link and Pactware software can be...
Pepperl+Fuchs Inc.
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FLC300 Laser Diode System
Frankfurt Laser Co. has introduced the FLC300 laser diode system for applications in fiber optic communications. The new system delivers fiber output power of 2 mW to 300 W, and wavelengths...
Frankfurt Laser Company
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Renishaw PH20 Probe System
Mitutoyo America Corp. has introduced the Renishaw PH20 probe system, to accompany the Crysta-Apex S500/700/900 series Coordinate Measuring Machines, for test and measurement applications. ...
Mitutoyo America Corp.
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Model 87100 Blue Laser System
The Model 87100 blue laser turnkey system from Laser Light Solutions delivers 100 W from a 1-mm, 0.22-NA fiber. With 445-nm performance from a DDL source, the system’s critical...
Laser Light Solutions
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Galvo Scanner Option
Laser Mechanisms has introduced a galvo scanner option for laser applications. It offers high speed and accuracy in a compact package. Available for up to 20-mm diameter beams, the unit...
Laser Mechanisms, Inc.
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LumiBright UV Boards
LumiBright UV Boards from Innovations in Optics offer maximized heat, current spreading and open platform flexibility for high-power UV LED applications. LumiBright UV Boards feature a...
Innovations in Optics, Inc.
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XR256 High-Speed Strobe Lights
Smart Vision Lights has introduced the XR256 Series high-speed strobe light for industrial and machine vision applications. The light is capable of up to 5000 strobes per second and has a...
Smart Vision Lights

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