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photonics.com: August 2015

BUSINESS
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Pemamek System to be Used in Laser-Arc Welding Study
Savonia University of Applied Sciences will use a hybrid welding station from Pemamek Oy Ltd. to study how laser, arc and hybrid welding methods affect seams in cold-temperature machinery Seam qualities will be studied from R&D and production points of view. Four midsize companies have joined the institution’s research project, which will continue through 2016. "Our target...
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Hybrid Planetarium Opens in India with Zeiss Technology
The Priyadarsini Planetarium, India’s first hybrid planetarium with a tilted dome, has reopened its doors and includes technology from Carl Zeiss AG. Priyadarsini Planetarium. Courtesy...
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Heidelberg Engineering Licenses OCT Ophthalmology Technology from Mass General
Heidelberg Engineering Inc. plans to develop new ophthalmology products based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) under a licensing agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital. The...
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Michael Platt to Manage Rebuilt Schott Facility in Pennsylvania
Michael Platt has been named manager of Schott North America Inc.'s manufacturing and research plant following a major fire there earlier this year. Platt has more than 30 years of optics...
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Avegant Lands $24M for Wearable Display Development
Avegant, a manufacturer of near-eye displays, said it has received $24 million in venture capital funding to develop next-generation wearable displays. Provided by Hangzhou Liaison Interactive...
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Thorlabs to Acquire Fiber Firm Vytran
Thorlabs Inc. next month plans to acquire fiber processing technologies firm Vytran LLC from NKT Holding AS of Denmark. "[Vytran's] expertise and product offering are natural additions to our...
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Montana Invests in Optics for Agriculture
More than $2.8 million in state funding aims to kick hyperspectral imaging and other optical technologies into hyperdrive. Two sets of grants will aid commercialization of technologies...
By James F. Lowe, james.lowe@photonics.com
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Eulitha to Provide Photolithography System for Chinese Institute
Lithography equipment developer Eulitha AG has received an order for its PhableR 100 photolithography tool from the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics in China. Terms of the...
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Adjustable Mount Improves Thermal Management for Miniature Flow Cytometer
Positioning equipment supplier Siskiyou Corp. said it recently helped another manufacturer miniaturize its flow cytometer by developing adjustable mounting hardware that conducts heat away from the...
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Markus Hersche Named CEO at Fisba
Optics manufacturer Fisba AG has named Markus Hersche its new CEO. Taking over the responsibilities of Managing Director Werner Krüsi, Hershe moves into the management role from the...
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ECM, Novilab to Commercialize Zecotek 3D Display in Russian Region
Zecotek Display Systems Pte. Ltd. has licensed its 3D autostereoscopic display technology for manufacturing in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Engineering Centre of the...
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Kevin Rolland-Thompson Named Arizona Alumnus of the Year
In celebration of his contributions to the field of optical systems development, Kevin P. Rolland-Thompson has been named Alumnus of the Year by the University of Arizona's College of Optical...
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David Williams Wins $500K to Advance Adaptive Optics, Human Vision Research
A pioneer in the use of adaptive optics to improve human sight, University of Rochester professor David Williams has received the 2015 Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research. The award is...
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Gas-Sensing MEMS Interferometer Connects to Smartphones
Air and sleep quality can be gauged by an optical gas sensor that attaches to smartphones. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland developed the device, which is based on Fabry-Perot...
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Exfo Wins Multimillion-Dollar Fiber-Monitoring Contract
Fiber communications firm Exfo Inc. said it has received a multimillion-dollar order from an Asia-Pacific government entity for its NQMSfiber monitoring system. The system will be used to...
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Lumentum, Viavi Part Ways after JDSU Breakup
The two halves of the former JDS Uniphase Corp. (JDSU) are now charting separate courses. The company's communications and commercial optics products division split off Aug. 1 and became known...
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'Biochemical Nose' Targeted for Home Sensing Market
A "biochemical nose" based on Raman spectroscopy can quickly and accurately detect or diagnose substances at the molecular level for applications in food safety, medical diagnosis, chemical analysis...
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SPIE Recognizes Fraunhofer Metrology Researchers
Five researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) of Jena, Germany, have received the Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize for work on optical metrology....
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OSA, Thorlabs Partner on Industry Fellowship
The OSA Foundation has launched a fellowship program, a competitive optics research and development placement for postdoctoral professionals. The fellowship will pair a qualified early career...
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Eric Lindner to Head FBGS
Eric Lindner has been named CEO of FBGS Technologies GmbH, a developer and manufacturer of high-strength fiber Bragg gratings for sensing applications. Lindner has held various leadership...
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Rofin-Sinar Announces Q3 Numbers
Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of high- performance laser beam sources and solutions, has announced its fiscal third quarter results. Net sales totaled $132.5 million, a 1...
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EPIC Director Carlos Lee Wins Photonics Innovation Award
Carlos Lee, director general of the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), has been awarded the first Photonics Innovation Award by PNO Consultants BV. Carlos Lee, left, accepted the...
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World Economic Forum Names Heliatek ‘Technology Pioneer’
The World Economic Forum has listed Heliatek GmbH, a photovoltaic solar film manufacturer, as a Technology Pioneer in its annual list of the world’s most innovative companies. From among...
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Cree, Epistar Sign LED Patent Agreement
LED manufacturers Cree Inc. and Epistar Corp. have signed a worldwide patent cross-license agreement for LED chips. Under terms of the agreement, each party will receive a license to the...
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Zecotek Poised for Patent
Zecotek Photonics Inc., a developer of laser, imaging and 3D display products, has announced a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent Office for the company’s rear-projection 3D displays. ...
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Auffarth, Blumenkranz Named to Presbia Boards
Presbia PLC, an ophthalmic device company, has appointed Dr. Gerd Auffarth to its Board of Directors and Dr. Mark Blumenkranz to its Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Auffarth is the director of the...
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Merck, Nano-C Launch Fullerene Derivatives for Photovoltaics
Merck KGaA and Nano-C Inc. of Westwood, Mass., have announced the development and launch of fullerene derivatives for the organic photovoltaics (OPV) field. The new chemistries improve...
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Quantum Materials Partners With Display Manufacturer
Quantum Materials Corp. has announced a joint development agreement with an unnamed, leading display panel manufacturer. The companies will be developing next-generation display technologies...
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AOA Xinetics Provides Deformable Mirror for Solar Telescope
AOA Xinetics, part of Northrup Grumman Corp., has engineered a deformable mirror (DM) for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), the world’s largest ground-based solar telescope. DKIST...


RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
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Pemamek System to be Used in Laser-Arc Welding Study
Savonia University of Applied Sciences will use a hybrid welding station from Pemamek Oy Ltd. to study how laser, arc and hybrid welding methods affect seams in cold-temperature machinery Seam qualities will be studied from R&D and production points of view. Four midsize companies have joined the institution’s research project, which will continue through 2016. "Our target...
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Imaging to the Rescue in Fight Against Invasive Bugs
Ravenous insects smaller than a penny continue to migrate from the Southeast, threatening to destroy millions of pine and ash trees in the Northeast. Now NASA has teamed with the U.S. Forest Service...
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Modified SIM Makes Movies of Cell Processes
Variations on structured illumination microscopy (SIM) provide a way to watch dynamic biological processes inside living cells with unprecedented clarity. "These methods set a new standard for...
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Stem Cell Differentiation Triggered with Light
Blue light can trigger the transformation of embryonic stem cells into neurons. Based on optogenetics techniques, the discovery could be a first step toward complex tissue engineering using...
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Montana Invests in Optics for Agriculture
More than $2.8 million in state funding aims to kick hyperspectral imaging and other optical technologies into hyperdrive. Two sets of grants will aid commercialization of technologies...
By James F. Lowe, james.lowe@photonics.com
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Ultrafast Fiber Laser Boasts Simple Design
Heat and vibration are no problem for an ultrafast laser with a cavity made entirely of polarization-maintaining optical fiber.  The design emits 220-fs pulses with energies up to 3.5 nJ....
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Common Materials Could Simplify White LED Manufacturing
Computational models are being used to identify combinations of materials that could help reduce the costs of manufacturing white LEDs. Experiments by Rutgers University researchers suggest...
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Laser Technique Cools Broader Range of Elements
A versatile laser cooling technique proposed 15 years ago now has partial experimental verification. In principle the technique could be used to cool a broader range of elements than is...
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Implantable Optogenetics Device Powered Wirelessly
Combining optogenetics and wireless energy transfer technology, a new device is said to be the first fully implantable platform for optical neural stimulation. The device dramatically expands...
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Method Lends 'True Color' to Superresolution Microscopy
Building on earlier superresolution methods, a new microscopy technique provides nanoscale spatial information on individual molecules while also revealing their spectra. SR-STORM, or...
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Solid Tunable Lens Aims for Gentler Colonoscopies
An endoscopic probe with adjustable-focus capabilities in a slim package could facilitate more effective and less painful colonoscopies. Researchers at the National University of Singapore...
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Chip Simplifies Quantum Optics Experiments
A silicon chip that can process photons in an infinite number of ways could speed up development of quantum computing. Researchers say the lab-on-chip device is a step toward creating quantum...
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David Williams Wins $500K to Advance Adaptive Optics, Human Vision Research
A pioneer in the use of adaptive optics to improve human sight, University of Rochester professor David Williams has received the 2015 Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research. The award is...
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Microresonators Generate Combs for Communications, Spectroscopy
Single microresonators able to generate light pulses at several discrete frequencies could eliminate the need to integrate multiple lasers into communications and spectroscopy equipment. ...
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Theoretical Materials 'Invisible' to Light Waves
Materials that allow light to pass through without distortion are possible, according to a new set of calculations by an international team of researchers. When a light wave travels through...
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Photonic Crystal Boosts QD Light Output
Combining quantum dot (QD) and photonic crystal technology could lead to brighter and more efficient displays and lighting. Researchers from the University of Illinois have developed a new...
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LED-Based Heating, Cooling Method Leads to Faster DNA Diagnostics
An advanced thermal cycling system developed at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), is expected to expand clinical and research applications associated polymerase chain...


PRODUCTS
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LED Series
Smart Vision Lights LLC has announced the T-SLOT LED series with diffusing optics for intense, uniform light patterns. The LEDs provide an economical and energy-saving replacement for fluorescent lighting. They are compatible with most .32-in. and 8- and 10-mm aluminum extrusions, able to slide in with no extra mounting or additional lights. The low-voltage light bars operate on 24 V...
Smart Vision Lights
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Nonbrowning Lens
The Model 346 nonbrowning lens from Resolve Optics Ltd. is designed to operate with color sensors in areas subject to radiation. Specially selected glasses with minimal yellow tint are used to...
Resolve Optics Ltd.
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Laser Marking Workstation
The LMWS laser marking workstation from Amada Miyachi America Inc. is designed for lean manufacturing and benchtop operation. The system offers a range of marking capabilities for metals,...
Amada Miyachi America, Inc.
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Night Vision Test System
Gooch & Housego has announced the OL 770-NVS night vision display test and measurement system. The 770-NVS allows for testing of tungsten backlit devices without the need for additional...
Gooch & Housego (Orlando)
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IR Focal Plane Array
Based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) diode technology, the SMO130 focal plane array from Robert Bosch GmbH has a resolution of 82 × 62 pixels. Suitable for thermography, the...
Bosch Sensortec
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VCSEL Projectors
Princeton Optronics Inc. has announced high-peak-power 860- and 940-nm laser projectors for 3D imaging in machine vision applications. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays are...
Princeton Optronics, Inc.
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Laser-Enhanced CMMs
Perceptron Inc. offers remanufactured coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) that feature the company's ScanR laser scanners, offering both optical and tactile probing. The company's Repurposed...
Perceptron, Inc.
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Beam-Steering Development Kit
Optra Inc. has announced a Risley prism assembly (RPA) beam-steering development kit designed for utility assessment. The kit includes a 20-mm clear aperture Risley prism assembly, control...
OPTRA, Inc.
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SWIR Imaging Spectrometer
A new version of the SuperGamut spectrometer from BaySpec Inc. is designed for shortwave-infrared imaging and remote sensing applications. As an optical engine for hyperspectral imaging or...
BaySpec, Inc.
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Nanopositioning Stages
Suitable for applications that require frictionless, vibration-free positioning with high linearity, new nanopositioning stages from PI (Physik Instrumente) LP offer travel ranges of 50 to 250 μm...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Piezo Nano Positioning
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UV Photodiode
The UVG12 photodiode from Opto Diode Corp. operates at 100 percent internal quantum efficiency in the UV and visible regions. The 13-mm2 device was designed for detection between 193 and 400 nm...
Opto Diode Corporation
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Chambered Coverslip
A chambered microscope coverslip from ibidi GmbH is designed for relocating and counting cells or cell clusters. The μ-Slide 8 Well Grid-500 combines a well designed for cell culture and...
ibidi GmbH
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LED Heat Sink Kit
GlacialTech Inc. has announced the Igloo SS120 heat sink kit for outdoor LED flood lights. The 120-W system features thermal resistance of 0.34 °C/W. It includes a mounting bracket with...
GlacialTech Inc.
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Machine Vision Integration Platforms
EVT Eye Vision Technology GmbH has announced the Raze series of hardware integration platforms for machine vision. The Raze1 and Raze2 models feature Xilinx Zynq boards that are compatible with...
EVT Eye Vision Technology GmbH
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Laser Scaler
The SB10 Sea Beam laser scaler from Laser Tools Co. Inc. is a waterproof device that can measure size from a distance of 600 ft. The SB10 directs two laser beams 75 mm apart, allowing...
Laser Tools Co., Inc.
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Bandpass Filters
Laser Components GmbH offers 14 standard IR bandpass filters that use silicon substrates to provide blocking to 10 μm. The hexagonal filters are integrated into pluggable filter mounts with...
Laser Components GmbH
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Color Line-Scan Cameras
JAI A/S has introduced four prism-based color line-scan cameras as part of its Sweep+ series. CMOS sensors with 20 × 20-μm pixels and optimized lenses deliver high-end color...
JAI A/S
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Lasers for Materials Processing
The Pico series of materials-processing lasers from Bright Solutions SRL of Italy features novel pulse widths and spatial light modulator outputs. The lasers deliver 10 W of TEM00 beam at 1064...
Bright Solutions srl
RPMC Lasers Inc.
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Brightfield LEDs
Prior Scientific Instruments Ltd. has announced the LDB100F and LDB101F LEDs, replacing standard light sources and reducing background fluorescence for brightfield microscopy. Direct coupling...
Prior Scientific Instruments, Ltd.
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Stereo Cameras
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH has announced the N30 and N35 Ensenso 3D stereo cameras, which are suited for demanding industrial environments. The cameras meet international protection...
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
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Thermal Imaging Camera
Flir Systems Inc. has announced the Flir A6750sc SLS thermal imaging camera for high-resolution detection of high-speed thermal events and fast-moving targets in research applications. ...
FLIR Systems
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End Point Detection System
Sunrise Optical LLC (Zebraoptical) offers the new End Point Detection (EPD) product family for the monitoring and control of the chemical processing of novel materials. The detectors can...
Sunrise Optical LLC
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Microscope Stages
The PInano stage series from PI (Physik Instrumente) LP offers high stability and linearity for superresolution microscopy. The stages are available with piezoresistive position feedback...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Piezo Nano Positioning
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Laser Power Detectors
Laser powers down to 100 μW can be measured by compact and robust bare die detectors in the gRAY series from GreenTeg AG. The B01-SMC and the B05-SMC detector models contain sensors for...
greenTEG AG
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Frame Grabbers
VRmagic GmbH has announced the AVC-2 series of frame grabbers for machine vision applications. Converted digital signals are transmitted in real time via composite or super-video in monochrome...
VRmagic GmbH, Imaging
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Femtosecond Laser
A compact, turnkey system for bioimaging applications, a new laser from Toptica Photonics Inc. provides femtosecond pulses with high average power and beam quality in the near-infrared range. ...
TOPTICA Photonics, Inc.
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NIR Camera
Princeton Instruments Inc. has announced the NIRvana:640LN, a scientific-grade camera for near- and shortwave-infrared applications. An InGaAs focal plane array provides extremely low readout...
Princeton Instruments
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Laser Barriers
Collapsible laser safety barriers from Kentek Corp. of Pittsfield, N.H., are cleanroom friendly and available for use with both high- and low-power lasers. The 5M Flex-Guard includes...
Laser Physics UK Ltd.
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Pump Laser Module
A high-power, 1-W, 980-nm pump laser module from II-VI Inc. provides erbium-doped fiber amplifier designers with new options to increase output power per stage for high-power dense wavelength...
II-VI Inc., II-VI Infrared
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Fixed-Focal-Length Lenses
Suitable for inspection, sorting and quality control applications, TECHSPEC fixed-focal-length lenses from Edmund Optics Inc. facilitate imaging in the shortwave-infrared range from 0.9 to 1.7 μm....
Edmund Optics, Inc.
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Fiber Lasers
The Highlight FL series of fiber lasers from Coherent Inc. is capable of delivering output powers of 4 kW and up. The devices employ a modular architecture to allow OEM customers and system...
Coherent Inc.
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Multimode Fiber Transceiver
Avago Technologies Inc. has announced the AFBR-79EBPZ bidirectional multimode fiber QFSP+ (quad small form-factor pluggable+) transceiver module, designed for high-speed data center interconnect and...
Avago Technologies
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Thermography Camera
Sierra-Olympic Technologies Inc. has announced the CX640 thermography camera designed for use in process monitoring, machine vision, benchtop, laboratory and OEM applications. Radiometric...
Sierra Olympic Technologies, Inc. (SOTI)
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Spectral Sensor
Pixelteq Inc. has announced its PixelSensor spectral sensor with a new OEM electronics board. PixelSensor has a small footprint and is designed for integration into analytical equipment. A...
PIXELTEQ
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IR LED
The Oslon Black SFH 4713A LED from Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH provides IR illumination for camera surveillance. The LED emits at 850 nm and supports near-range illumination from 10 to 50 m....
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH
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High-Speed Cameras
Vision Research Inc. has announced the Miro LAB-Series of digital high-speed cameras for laboratory and office applications. Part of the Phantom Miro line, models in the series range from 1 to...
Vision Research Inc., Phantom Digital High-Speed Cameras
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Optical Inspection System
From Symetix (part of Key Technology Inc.), the VeriSym line of optical inspection systems for the pharmaceutical industry now features cruise control and counting. Cruise control precisely...
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UV LED
Solid State Supplies Ltd. has announced the LZ4-04UV00 LuxiGen emitter, combining a surface-mount package with the latest generation of high-power UV LED die. The device emits at 365-nm...
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Wearable Sensor
The SFH 7060 sensor from Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH is designed for use in devices that measure pulse rate and the oxygen saturation level of blood. The device contains five LEDs with three...
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH
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THz Sensor System
TeTechS Inc. has announced the Vega 800 sensor system, based on terahertz photoconductive antenna technology. The portable, single-frequency system is capable of testing solids, powders,...
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UVC LED
The Optan surface-mount device from Crystal IS Inc. features an LED emitting in the ultraviolet C (UVC) band for use in underwater applications. The device is based on native aluminum nitride...
Crystal IS, Inc.
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Machine Vision Processor
EVT Eye Vision Technology GmbH has announced the EyeVBox IV machine vision processor featuring EyeVision image processing software. The device is equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor and 4...
EVT Eye Vision Technology GmbH
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Scanning Confocal Microscope
Offering quantitative live-cell imaging, Bruker Corp. has announced the Opterra II multipoint scanning confocal microscope. The instrument's low phototoxicity and photobleaching capabilities...
Bruker Nano Surfaces
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Illumination System
The Lumen 200S metal halide illumination system from Prior Scientific Instruments Ltd. is an alternative to standard 100-W mercury and halogen lamp houses traditionally used for fluorescence imaging....
Prior Scientific Instruments, Ltd.
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Fiber Optic Patch Cables
Laser Components GmbH now offers polarization-maintaining fiber optic patch cables for use from telecom wavelengths down to approximately 450 nm. Both passive and active fiber alignment is...
Laser Components GmbH
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Germanium Immersion Grating
Canon U.S.A. Inc. has developed a practical germanium immersion grating, which it said can be used to significantly reduce the size of IR spectrometers for astronomy and other applications. The...
Canon U.S.A., Inc., Industrial Products Div.
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Tunable Lasers
Santec Corp. has announced the TSL-550 tunable laser, which features wide, high-resolution, mode-hop-free tuning. The output combines both high power and a high signal-to-noise ratio. Equipped...
Santec Corp.
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Isolating Feet for Reflective Collimators
Optical Surfaces Ltd. has announced a new option for its range of fully enclosed, pre-aligned reflective collimators. Self-aligning isolating feet allow a 10-mm height adjustment and easy...
Optical Surfaces Ltd.
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Photon Counting Module
The PDM02-9111-TTL photon counting module from ET Enterprises Ltd. incorporates a high-sensitivity, low-noise, 25-mm photomultiplier, a fast amplifier discriminator and a low-power, high-voltage...
ET Enterprises Ltd.
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Robotic Goniometer
Opsira GmbH has announced the robogonio, a robot-driven, multifunction goniometer that incorporates six-axis measurement of angular-dependent photometric and radiometric parameters. The...
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Right Angle Mirrors
TECHSPEC right angle mirrors from Edmund Optics Inc. feature enhanced aluminum, protected silver and protected gold metallic coatings. The enhanced aluminum coating is a multilayer dielectric...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
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Thermal Imager
Omega Engineering Inc. has announced the OSXL-TG165 series of high-performance thermal imagers with a portable, ergonomic design. The devices feature a tripod mount/lanyard connection, dual...
OMEGA Engineering, Inc.
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Industrial Camera
Imaging Development Systems GmbH has announced the UI-3140CP Rev. 2 industrial camera with a 1.3-MP Python 1300 CMOS sensor. Part of the USB 3 uEye CP Rev. 2 series, the camera is available as...
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
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OLED Lighting
Pixelligent Technologies LLC has announced new additions to its line of PixClear Zirconia nanocrystal OLED lighting products. The product line includes two solvent-based materials and two...
Pixelligent Technologies
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Cell-Imaging Systems
Microplate instrumentation manufacturer BioTek Instruments Inc. has added a patent-pending laser autofocus feature to its Cytation cell-imaging multimode readers.  The autofocus design...
BioTek Instruments, Inc.
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Camera Systems
OmniVision Technologies Inc. has announced the OVM7699 CameraCubeChip and the OV7699 CameraChip, ideal camera solutions for feature phones, mainstream smartphones, notebooks, wearables and...
Omnivision Technologies, Inc.
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Machine Vision Software
MVTec Software GmbH has released an update to its Halcon machine vision software. Halcon 12.0.1 is the first maintenance release for the system, offering optical character recognition, data...
MVTec Software GmbH
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Measurement System
The Volume Light Grid (VLG) from Framos GmbH is a robust, plug-and-play volume and dimensional measurement system for the logistics industry. The system is available with a bulge-measurement...
FRAMOS
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Integrating Spheres
Gooch & Housego (Orlando) has announced motorized large integrating spheres. The spheres are coupled to the high-performance OL 770 multichannel spectroradiometer and are ideal for IES...
Gooch & Housego (Orlando)

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