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photonics.com: December 2010

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New Helium Plant to be Built
Matheson, a member of the Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp. (TNSC) group, and Air Products have announced that construction has begun on a jointly owned liquid helium production plant near Big Piney, Wyo. Designed to produce 200 million standard cubic feet per year at startup, with expectations for future expansion to 400 million standard cubic feet per year, the plant would process crude helium produced...
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Lumenis, Alma Settle Patent Suit
Medical laser company Lumenis Ltd. and Alma Lasers Ltd., a laser, light-based, radiofrequency and ultrasound devices provider, announced their patent suit settlement that was pending in US District...
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Lumenera to Expand Manufacturing Facilities by 70%
Lumenera Corp. has announced a significant expansion of its manufacturing facility to meet market demand for custom and OEM cameras. An increase in orders for customized camera...
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New Imaging Collaboration Proposed at NAKFI
More than 170 participants gathered recently for the eighth annual National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) conference. This year's topic was imaging science, a field of study that uses...
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Atlas Material Testing Sold
Ametek has acquired Atlas Material Testing Technology, the world’s leading provider of weathering test instruments and related testing and consulting services, from Industrial Growth Partners...
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Lighting the Path to Exascale Computing
New chip technology unveiled today by IBM integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling computer chips to communicate using light pulses instead of electrical...
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PD-LD Unveils New VBG Manufacturing Methods
PD-LD Inc., maker of Volume-Bragg Grating (VBG) technology, announce that it has been awarded three new patents pertaining to novel developments in VBG manufacturing, further cementing its role in...
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Crystal IS Receives $5M DARPA Award
Ultraviolet light-emitting diode (UVC LED) developer Crystal IS Inc. announced it was awarded $5 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) based on the performance of its...
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QuantaSol Moves into Pilot Production
QuantaSol Ltd. will move into pilot production following a successful period of global customer sampling, it said. The independent manufacturer of tunable ultrahigh efficiency concentrated...
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Quantum Random Number Generator Service Begins
PicoQuant GmbH and Nano-Optics groups at the Department of Physics of Humboldt University Berlin announced they have started a Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG) that is based on the quantum...
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QD Vision, LG Display to Develop QLED-Based Displays
QD Vision Inc. and LG Display Co. Ltd. (LGD) of Seoul, South Korea, have announced a joint agreement to develop highly efficient, high-performance active-matrix displays based on electroluminescent...
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ZJF Acquires Firecomms
ZJF Group, an integrated plastic optical fiber system and solutions provider located in China, has acquired Ireland-based Firecomms Ltd., a manufacturer of transceivers for consumer plastic optical...
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FTTH Council Established in Middle East
The FTTH Council Middle East was officially created to help realize the high growth potential of fiber-to-the-home networks (FTTH) in the Middle East region. Incubated since 2009 as an ad-hoc...
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New Sales Director Hired at IXXAT
IXXAT Automation GmbH announced that Thomas Waggershauser was hired as its new sales director. In his new position, Waggershauser will be responsible for the company’s sales activities,...
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Sharp Invests in Wales PV Plant
Photovoltaic (PV) panel producer Sharp Manufacturing UK announced it will invest $56 million to double the production capacity of the PV panels it makes at its Wrexham solar plant, the Welsh Assembly...
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Edmund Optics Opens Office in Taiwan
Optical components provider Edmund Optics announced its continued expansion across Asia with the opening of an office in Taichung City and the appointment of Johnson Chang to lead its Taiwan sales...
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HRL Laser Site Receives More Recognition
HRL Laboratories was recognized as an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing signifying where the first working laser was demonstrated more than 50 years ago. In May, the site...
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Pambianchi, Calabrese Promoted at Corning
Corning Inc.’s board of directors announced the recent election of two new senior vice presidents: Christine M. Pambianchi and Dr. Gary S. Calabrese. Pambianchi joined the company in...
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PerkinElmer Former IDS Unit Now Excelitas Technologies Corp.
The former Illumination and Detection Solutions (IDS) business of PerkinElmer was formally relaunched as Excelitas Technologies Corp. With manufacturing operations in the US, Canada, Europe...
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II-VI EVP Reedy to Retire
Crystal growth technology company II-VI Inc. announced during its annual shareholders meeting on Nov. 5, 2010, the planned retirement of Herman E. Reedy, executive vice president, effective Dec. 31,...
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GT Solar Receives 1st Orders for Sapphire Furnaces
GT Solar International Inc. announced it received its first two orders for sapphire crystallization systems from Jiangsu Jixing New Material Co. Ltd. and Jiujiang Sapphire Tech Co. Ltd. The...
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European Photonics Business Roundtable Launched
To create business relationships between photonics SMEs (small and medium enterprises) and technology integrators, a group of European defense integrators and photonics clusters have launched a...
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High Q Laser, Swisstec Team to Serve Stent Cutting Market
High Q Laser Production GmbH and Swisstec AG of Schaan, Switzerland, announced their joint effort to serve the stent cutting market with compact cutting machines equipped with femtosecond laser...
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GigOptix Expands ASIC Presence in Japan
High performance electronic and electro-optic components maker GigOptix Inc. announced it has signed with Solekia Ltd. to expand its ASIC product distribution in Japan. The semiconductor and...
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Boston Micromachines, Bridger Photonics Sign Consulting Deal
Boston Micromachines Corp. (BMC) announced Monday that it has signed a consulting agreement with Bridger Photonics Inc. to quantitatively assess a new MEMS membrane deformable mirror design using...
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DARPA Awards Georgia Tech $4.3M
A new class of sensors able to detect multiple biological and chemical threats simultaneously with unprecedented performance may soon be within reach, thanks to the establishment of a...
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Emcore to Locate Joint Venture in Huaninan City
Emcore Corp. announced it has signed an agreement with San’an Optoelectronics Co. Ltd. to register and operate its previously announced joint venture, Suncore Photovoltaics Co. Ltd., in Huainan...
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Gentec-EO Launches New Website
Gentec Electro-Optics Inc. announced the launch of its new, easy to navigate website that features the seamless integration of Spectrum Detector’s entire product offerings into its existing...
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China LED Production Surging Ahead
IMS Research’s latest Quarterly LED Supply and Demand Report reveals that while China was ranked fourth for LED production in Q3 2010 with a 13 percent share of 2” equivalent wafer...
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Keithley Instruments Now Danaher Subsidiary
Advanced electrical test instruments and systems provider Keithley Instruments Inc. announced the recent completion of a merger with Aegean Acquisition Corp., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of...
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SemiLEDs Announcing Pricing of IPO
SemiLEDs Corp. announced the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) of 5.25 million shares of its common stock, at $17 per share. With all shares being sold by the company, it has...
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Lau Named COO at Applied Energetics
Eric Lau was appointed recently as the chief operating officer and vice president of engineering by Applied Energetics Inc.’s board of directors. Joining the company in 2002, Lau most...
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Intlvac Names CTO of Thin Films
Intlvac announced the recent hire of Dr. Daniel Mitchell as its chief technical officer of thin-film operations. Mitchell brings with him more than 15 years of experience in the thin-film...
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MicroVision, Pioneer to Commercialize Laser Displays
MicroVision Inc. and Pioneer Corp. will work together to develop display engines and display engine subsystems for consumer and in-vehicle head-up displays (HUD) using MicroVision’s...
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Thermal Technology Launches Crystal Grower
High temperature furnace systems and crystal growth equipment manufacturer Thermal Technology announced the commercial availability of its 90 kg Kyropoulos sapphire crystal grower. A 90 kg...
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SEMI Forms HB-LED Standards Committee
SEMI announced the formation of a high-brightness light-emitting diode (HB-LED) Standards Committee. The SEMI International Standards Committee approved the petition for the HB-LED Standards...
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BAE to Provide Military Laser Warning Sensors
BAE Systems will provide laser warning sensor sets to protect US military aircraft under a $17.7 million contract by Alliant Techsystems. The contract provides components for the AAR-47...
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II-VI Acquires Max Levy
Crystal growth technology company II-VI Inc. announced the acquisition of Max Levy Autograph Inc. (MLA), a maker of microfine conductive mesh patterns for optical, mechanical and ceramic components...
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Hella Increases Stake in Docter Optics
Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., a manufacturer of lighting and electronic components and systems for the automotive industry, announced it will increase its stake in Docter Optics GmbH by acquiring...
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Opnext CEO Gilles Bouchard Resigns
Optical modules and components provider Opnext Inc. announced that Gilles Bouchard has resigned from his position as its CEO and president, as well as from his seat on the company’s board of...
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Lockheed Nabs $7M for Laser Sniper Systems
Lockheed Martin was awarded a $6.9 million contract by DARPA for multiple One Shot laser-based sniper systems that improve accuracy and reduce the possibility of detection. Existing sniper...
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Knovel Offers Optics, Photonics
Knovel announced yesterday the launch of a new subject area – optics and photonics – bringing the total number of subject areas it offers to 25. The company is a provider of...
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JPK Opens Sales Office in France
To support its growing user base, nanoanalytic instrumentation manufacturer JPK Instruments AG announced the opening of its first sales offices in France. The company decided to open an...
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Conexant to Sell Newport Beach Property for $23M
Conexant Systems Inc. has signed an agreement with Uptown Newport LP to sell property adjacent to its Newport Beach headquarters for $23.5 million, it said yesterday. Under the agreement, the...
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Omicron-Laserage Adds Distributor in Poland
Laser specialists Omicron-Laserage Laserprodukte GmbH announced that Amecam will now distribute its entire product range in Poland. The expansion into Poland further enlarges Omicron’s...
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Flir Revises Gas Detection Guide
A revised version of Flir Advanced Thermal Solutions’ popular publication, “Gas Detection – the Professional Guide,” is now available, the company said. The 40-page...
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Tube-Cutting Facility Opens at Ohio Laser
Ohio Laser LLC announced the opening of a new dedicated laser tube and pipe cutting facility on its ISO-9001:2008 manufacturing campus. With the opening of the new facility, original...
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Ocean Optics Announces Contest Winners
Ocean Optics has chosen the winners of its annual video and photo contest. Winner of the $2500 grand prize in the video category, Cory Stinson, a student at San Diego State University, was chosen for...
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Syndiant Opens Office in Hong Kong
Syndiant, a manufacturer of high-resolution microdisplays for pico projectors, is expanding its global reach to include offices in Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. ...
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US Army Awards Raytheon Sensor Order
Raytheon Co. has been awarded a $42.9 million delivery order for 57 Common Sensor Payload electro-optical and infrared sensor systems. The order is part of a contract originally awarded by the US...
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Gooch & Housego Acquiring EM4
Optical components and systems manufacturer Gooch & Housego announced Friday that it will acquire Boston-based EM4 Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed; the transaction is expected to be...
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SPIE Journal Details Advances in QCLs
The accelerated pace of development of quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology and its many applications — such as detecting explosive chemicals on clothing, monitoring greenhouse gases and...
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Apollo Precision Orders Crius
Aixtron AG announced that Apollo Precision Ltd., a new customer from Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, has recently ordered an MOCVD reactor. Comprising one Crius 31 x 2-in....
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Lumen Dynamics Unveils New Logo, Website
Specialty light delivery solutions provider Lumen Dynamics Group Inc. unveiled recently its new corporate logo and launched its new website following its recent acquisition by the Riverside Co.,...
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10 Atomic Weights to Change
For the first time in history, a change will be made to the atomic weights of some elements listed on the periodic table of the elements and on inside covers of chemistry textbooks worldwide. ...
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AOptix Awarded $11M in DARPA Contracts
Privately funded AOptix Technologies Inc. announced it received an $11.4 million contract to deliver wireless air and ground optical terminals for DARPA’s Free Space Optical Experimental...
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JPSA Completes Building Expansion
JP Sercel Associates Inc. (JPSA) has compled its laser manufacturing facility expansion, more than doubling the size of the area used to produce high-throughput, high-precision...
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Remtec Adds New Plating Line
Remtec Inc. has completed the installation of a state-of-the-art gold-tin plating line and associated process control and quality assurance equipment. The new line provides the company with...
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Nanostart Invests in Microlight Sensors
Nanotechnology investment company Nanostart AG has announced its investment in Microlight Sensors Pte Ltd., an integrated optical sensors and scanning systems developer in Singapore. The...
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Photronics Mourns Board Member
Photronics Inc., a photomask manufacturer, announced that a member of its board of directors died on Dec. 13, 2010. Willem D. Maris, 71, served as a director of the company since 2000 and was...
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Solarfun Power Changes Name
Solarfun Power Holdings Co. Ltd. announced that its board of directors has approved its name change to Hanwha Solar One. The change reflects its ongoing efforts to strengthen its brand...
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Osram Team Feted for Direct Green-emitting Laser
Scientists at Osram Opto Semiconductors, based in Regensburg, Germany, have been awarded the Beckurts Prize by the Karl Heinz Beckurts Foundation for developing a direct green-emitting laser. ...
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Teledyne Technologies Acquiring Dalsa
Electronic instrumentation and subsystems maker Teledyne Technologies Inc. will acquire digital imaging and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) provider Dalsa Corp. for approximately CAD $341...
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Bruker Buys Sigma ElectroOptics
Bruker announced Tuesday it has acquired Hamburg-based Sigma ElectroOptics GmbH to expand its infrared remote detection gas-analysis business. Sigma will be integrated into the Bruker Optics infrared...
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Aixtron Converts to European Company
Deposition equipment provider Aixtron AG announced the completion of its conversion into a European company. With its entry into the commercial register of the Aachen municipal court, Aixtron...
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Veeco Appoints Gutierrez
Veeco Instruments Inc. has appointed Thomas Gutierrez to its board of directors. Gutierrez is president, CEO and director of GT Solar International Inc., a provider of polysilicon...
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SemiNex Announces Distributor in Korea
ShinHoTek has joined SemiNex Corp.’s distribution network as its exclusive distributor in South Korea. The laser and laser-related products distributor will offer the entire SemiNex...
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Raytheon Awarded Funding Under 2 DARPA Projects
Raytheon BBN Technologies, a Raytheon Co. subsidiary, announced it received $2.1 million in funding from DARPA for two projects under the Information in a Photon (InPho) program. The InPho...
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Laser Mirror Return, Repair Services See Surge
Infrared mirror manufacturer Laser Beam Products (LBP) announced it has received a big upswing in orders for its laser mirror return and repair services. Customers can send LBP their copper...
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JPSA Expands Job Shop, Apps Lab
JP Sercel Associates Inc. (JPSA) has expanded its job shop operations with the addition of new diode-pumped solid-state, ultrafast and excimer laser workstations. With the expansion of its...
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Ascent Solar Appoints New Board Member
Thin-film solar module developer Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. announced the appointment of Hans Olav Kvalvaag to its board of directors. He will replace Einar Glomnes, who resigned from the board...
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Thermo Fisher Acquires Lomb Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of Lomb Scientific, a laboratory chemicals, consumables and instruments provider in Australia and New Zealand. ...
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NIST Awards $22M to Manufacturing Research
The creation of substrates for next-generation photonic and electronic devices, and the development of new manufacturing processes for organic photovoltaics and flexible LCDs are among nine research...
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Resonetics to Relocate in the Spring
Laser micromachining provider Resonetics LLC announced that in the spring of 2011, it will relocate from its current Nashua facility to a larger facility a short distance away in the Nashua area. ...
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Spectros White LED Patent Scope Affirmed
Spectros has received validation for its core white LED patent during reexamination by the US Patent Office, and it will be reissued next year, the company said. After reexamining US Patent...
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HGH Receives Innovation 2010 Trophy
The Vigiscan, a high-performance infrared panoramic vision camera from HGH Infrared Systems, was awarded the Innovation Prize at the Euronaval trade show held in Paris from Oct. 25-29, 2010. ...
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Times Square Ball Greener Than Ever
The 103-year-old Times Square Ball, the iconic universal symbol that officially ushers in the new year by "dropping" in Times Square, is more energy efficient than ever, with its 32,256 Philips...


RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
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Lighting the Path to Exascale Computing
New chip technology unveiled today by IBM integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling computer chips to communicate using light pulses instead of electrical signals. The advance could bring exascale computers — machines 1000 times faster than today's best systems — closer to reality. The new technology, called CMOS integrated...
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Short, Powerful On-chip Light Pulses Generated
Electrical engineers generated short, powerful light pulses on a chip — an important step toward the optical interconnects that will likely replace the copper wires that carry information...
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3-D Laser Scanner Images Dinosaur Footprints
Throughout Trentino, Italy, many signs have been left by the dinosaur giants that trod the beaches and dominated the landscape millions of years ago, even before the valleys were formed. Icnologists...
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Camera Images Invisible Blood
Chemists at the University of South Carolina have developed a camera that can image blood that is otherwise unseen by the naked eye, which could significantly impact forensic science. The new...
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Glass Lens Arrays That Can Be Mass Produced
Fraunhofer researchers have developed a process that allows lens arrays to be made from glass, making them able to be mass produced with extreme accuracy and could make more conveniently sized...
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Four-fold Quantum Memory Demonstrated
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated quantum entanglement for a quantum state stored in four spatially distinct atomic memories. Their work also...
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The Best of 2010
The Most Popular Stories of the Year Because the content on Photonics.com is so diverse, we have divided the most popular stories for 2010 by subject (Lasers, Optics and...
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Europe Focuses on Bioimaging
From microscopy to computer tomography (CT) scans, imaging plays an important role in biological and biomedical research, but obtaining high-quality images often requires advanced technology and...
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Material Senses, Terminates Damage
A novel autonomous material that uses "shape-memory" polymers with an embedded fiber optic network may be able to not only sense damage in structural materials, its creators say, but even make...
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Laser Technique Images Cancer Quickly and Clearly
The long, anxious wait for biopsy results could soon be over, thanks to a tissue-imaging technique developed at the University of Illinois. The research team demonstrated the novel microscopy...
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Tiny Laser Show Lights Up Quantum Computing
A new laser-beam steering system that aims and focuses bursts of light onto single atoms for use in quantum computers has been demonstrated by collaborating researchers from Duke University and the...
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Materials Mystery in VO2 Cracked
A systematic study of phase changes in vanadium dioxide has solved a mystery that has puzzled scientists for decades, said researchers at the Department of Energy's (DoE) Oak Ridge National...
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Fast Camera Takes A New Look at Biosensing
A European consortium comprising the National Physical Laboratory, ST Microelectronics, the University of Edinburgh and TU Delft has been involved in the development and application of the Megaframe...
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Light Absorption Boosted in Polymer Solar Cells
Researchers from Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have developed a process capable of producing a thin and uniform light-absorbing layer on textured substrates that improves the...
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Practical 3-D Microdroplet Laser Unveiled
Versatile electronic gadgets should employ a number of important criteria: small in size, quick in operation, inexpensive to fabricate, and deliver high precision output. A new microlaser, developed...
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Photopigment's Role in Vision Illuminated
Melanopsin is perhaps most widely known as the light sensor that sets the body's biological clock, but now it is also reported to play an important role in vision. Via messengers called...
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Laser-made ‘Blast Badge’ Detects Explosion Intensity
Mimicking the reflective iridescence of a butterfly's wing, investigators at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a...
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Doped Nanotubes Shine Brighter for Months
Rice University researchers have discovered a simple way to make carbon nanotubes shine brighter. Bruce Weisman, a pioneer in nanotube spectroscopy and a researcher at Rice, found that adding...
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New Ultrathin Solar Blind EUV Imager
At the International Electron Devices Meeting this week, the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC) presented an ultrathin hybrid AlGaN-on-silicon extreme ultraviolet (EUV) imager with a...
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Inner Space Explored with Outer Space Tools
A breakthrough in imaging technology using a combination of light and sound will allow health care providers to see microscopic details inside the body. Access to this level of detail potentially...
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Novel High-Res IR Camera Announced
Researchers at Northwestern University have created a new infrared camera based on Type II InAs/GaSb superlattices that produces much higher-resolution images than previous infrared cameras. ...
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Platinum, Blue Light Combine to Combat Cancer
Research led by the University of Warwick has found a way to use blue light to activate what could be a highly potent platinum-based cancer treatment. The team, also consisting of researchers...
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Highly Unidirectional ‘Whispering Gallery’ Microlasers
Utilizing a century-old phenomenon discovered at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, applied scientists at Harvard University have for the first time demonstrated highly collimated unidirectional...
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High-Res Microscope Takes 1st Images
Tests of a new high-resolution electron microscope – dubbed the Titan Cubed 80-300 — were recently finished at the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IP PAS). One of...
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Thermal Imagery to Cast Light on Mange
Thermal imaging will shed light on how mange affects the survival, reproduction and social behavior of wolves, the US Geological Survey has announced. The wolf's eyes, muzzle and paw tips...
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Chip Provides its Own Power
Microchips that “harvest” the energy they need from their own surroundings, without depending on batteries or electricity from the grid, will now be possible, thanks to scientists in...
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Smaller Features, Faster Wafers
The manufacturing of semiconductor wafers used in all types of electronics involves etching small features onto a wafer with lasers. This process ultimately is limited by the wavelength of the light...
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SOFIA Completes First Science Flight
NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or Sofia, recently completed the first of three science flights, demonstrating the aircraft's potential to make discoveries about the infrared...
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Photonics at Play: Mere Toys Won’t Do
There's a second line to the famous phrase about work, play, and a boring boy named Jack. Supposedly, all play and no work makes Jack a mere toy. But when it comes to photonics at play, mere toys...
By Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor
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Invisible Border Patrol Employs Lasers, Optics
A unique underground surveillance system that includes lasers, detectors and fiber optics could be used to watch the entire US-Mexico border continuously, and can determine whether a person or...
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Novel Beamline Under Development
The X-ray Imaging and Coherence beamline at Diamond, I13, which is due for completion in 2012, will allow researchers in a wide range of fields to create high-quality 3-D images of samples including...
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Spaceborne Instruments Reveal Secrets of Solar Flares
Spaceborne solar instruments designed and built by Lockheed Martin have provided the data needed to uncover the physical mechanism behind so-called "sympathetic flares" on the Sun. For over 75 years,...
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10 Atomic Weights to Change
For the first time in history, a change will be made to the atomic weights of some elements listed on the periodic table of the elements and on inside covers of chemistry textbooks worldwide. ...
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Vibrating Nanorods Measure Thin Films
Much like a tuning fork, researchers are using lasers to vibrate cantilevers to determine their resonant frequency, a tool that is helping to verify the density of thin films. The method, known as...
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Using Electrons in Holography
Physicists at the Max Born Institute (MBI) in Berlin are returning to the principle of using electrons in holography. A special element in their approach is that the electrons that image the...
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Imaging Living Lung Tissue
Fast-moving objects create blurry images in photography, and the same challenge exists when scientists observe cellular interactions within tissues that are constantly in motion, such as the...
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Predicting Learning Ability of Dyslexics
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have used sophisticated brain imaging to predict with 90 percent accuracy which teenagers with dyslexia would improve their reading skills...
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Osram Team Feted for Direct Green-emitting Laser
Scientists at Osram Opto Semiconductors, based in Regensburg, Germany, have been awarded the Beckurts Prize by the Karl Heinz Beckurts Foundation for developing a direct green-emitting laser. ...
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NIR Light Tests for Blood Sugar
Researchers in Japan have demonstrated that the glycemic index (GI) can be determined by measuring the light emitted when the palm of the hand is illuminated with NIR light. NIR...
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HgCdTe Imaging Array Breaks Record
CEA-Leti has announced the first infrared imaging array in the 8- to 10-µm band capable of returning an image with a record-breaking thermal resolution of 1 to 2 mK at ambient temperature and...
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‘Sonic Boomlets’ Used to Cut Nanotubes
For the first time researchers have documented how single-walled carbon nanotubes are cut, a finding that could lead to producing more precise, higher-quality nanotubes. According to the...
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10eV Photons of UV Laser Light Delivered
Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility has produced a long-sought, rare color of laser light 100 times brighter than that generated anywhere else. Steve...
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Metamaterials Mimic Optical Möbius Symmetry
After years of searching, scientists have discovered Möbius symmetry in metamaterials – materials engineered from artificial "atoms" and "molecules" with electromagnetic properties that...
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Single-Pixel Camera Is Developed
Researchers from the Optics Research Group at Universitat Jaume I have developed a new tool for the field of scientific imaging, a sensor of just one pixel can record high-quality images and...
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Heat, Dissipation Measured at Molecular Level
Researchers have figured out a way to determine the temperature of a molecule or flowing electrons by using Raman spectroscopy combined with an optical antenna. A new paper from the lab of...
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Metamaterials Research: ‘Project Squid Skin’
Nanotechnologists, marine biologists and signal-processing experts from Rice University, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and other US universities have won a $6 million grant...
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Highly Precise Gold Nanoantennas Produced
Physicists of the University of Würzburg have now produced tiny gold antennas that can capture sunlight with unheard of precision, which could lead to more efficient photovoltaic power...
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Fahrenheit -459: Neutron Stars and String Theory
Ultrachilled atoms trapped in a "bowl" made of laser light and then placed in a magnetic field have allowed scientists to measure the viscosity of a gas often considered to be the sixth state of...
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Times Square Ball Greener Than Ever
The 103-year-old Times Square Ball, the iconic universal symbol that officially ushers in the new year by "dropping" in Times Square, is more energy efficient than ever, with its 32,256 Philips...


PRODUCTS
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Optical Breadboards
Pro-Lite Technology LLP has teamed up with German specialists CarbonVision to bring the latter company’s advanced carbon fiber breadboards to market. Structures made from carbon...
Pro-Lite Technology Ltd.
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Model 305 Radiation-Hard Lens
The Model 305 fixed-focus nonbrowning lens from Resolve Optics Ltd. has been designed to provide high performance with large image format cameras and sensors used in environments subject to...
Resolve Optics Ltd.
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FlexPoint MV Focus Line Lasers
The FlexPoint MV Focus focusable line lasers in robust housings for industrial applications, released by Laser Components UK Ltd., have a homogeneous power distribution that can be precisely focused...
Laser Components (UK) Ltd.
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LM3450 LED Driver
Integrating active power factor correction and phase-dimming decoding across a wide programmable dimming range to provide flicker-free uniform dimming, National Semiconductor Corp.’s LM3450 LED...
National Semiconductor
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308 PV Microscope Colorimeter
Craic Technologies Inc. has introduced the 308 PV microscope colorimeter designed to be added to an open photoport of a microscope or probe station to provide spectroscopy, color imaging, thin-film...
CRAIC Technologies
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AcuityXR Technology
Bruker Corp. has announced the AcuityXR optical surface profiler technology that combines proprietary and patent-pending hardware and software to enable select ContourGT noncontact 3-D optical...
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Compact CUBE Lasers
Coherent Inc. has expanded its CUBE family of solid-state continuous-wave visible diode laser modules with three new wavelengths: 488 nm (50 mW), 685 nm (40 mW) and 730 nm (30 mW). The...
Coherent Inc.
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Explorer XP 532-5 Laser
Spectra-Physics, a Newport Corp. Brand, has announced the Explorer XP 532-5 mid-power green Q-switched diode-pumped solid-state laser. The 5-W device combines the laser head and electronics into a...
Spectra-Physics
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LightTools Version 7.1
Available from Synopsys Inc. as part of its acquisition of Optical Research Associates, is LightTools Version 7.1 illumination design and analysis software. The latest version delivers new analytical...
Synopsys, Inc.
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L11390 Super Luminescent Diodes
Hamamatsu Photonics UK Ltd. has introduced the L11390 series of high-performance superluminescent diodes. They feature a high radiant flux of 20 mW at a peak wavelength of 905 nm. The devices...
Hamamatsu Photonics UK Ltd.
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Model 742DP Laser Spot Tracker
Analog Modules Inc. has released its patented laser spot tracker, Model 742DP, with wide flexibility for missile, unmanned aircraft systems, weapons systems and platform tracker applications. ...
Analog Modules, Inc.
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SFH 7770 Digital Sensor
The SFH 7770 from Osram Opto Semiconductors combines the functions of a digital ambient light sensor with those of a digital proximity sensor. It determines the ambient brightness, detects the...
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StarLab Power/Energy Software
Ophir Laser Measurement Group has announced a new version of its StarLab laser measurement software that converts a PC into a multichannel laser power/energy station. It incorporates Microsoft COM...
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Digital Wavefront Optics Tester
WaveGauge from PhaseView is a turnkey solution based on digital wavefront sensing technology to meet demanding requirements for quality assurance, R&D and production environments. In...
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Sapphire Viewport Windows
Custom engineered sapphire windows that can operate from full vacuum to 10,000 psi, depending upon the configuration, and from cryogenic to 1000 °C while resisting chemicals and particulates are...
Meller Optics, Inc.
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TIAM4 Color Sensors On-Chip
A new member of the multiple color sensors family manufactured by Mazet GmbH is the integrated TIAM4 module. In addition to the spectral operating detector, it contains the entire sensor electronics...
MAZeT GmbH
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Optical Switch Photo IC
Hamamatsu Photonics UK Ltd. has introduced a new Photo IC, the S11067-01CT angle sensor that directly processes absolute angle information into digital data. Photo ICs combine a photodiode...
Hamamatsu Photonics UK Ltd.
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MarkUS Laser Marking Software
Foba Laser Marking + Engraving has released MarkUS laser marking software with intuitive and easy-to-use interfaces for the creation of high-quality and precise laser markings. It is...
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Color Measurement Sensors
The MMCS6 multiple color sensors for accurate and fast in-line color measurement have been released by Mazet GmbH. They bridge the gap between three-range sensors and spectral measurement devices and...
MAZeT GmbH
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GSY Yellow Reflector Glaze
To increase the efficiency of laser systems, Morgan Technical Ceramics has introduced the GSY visibly yellow reflector glaze for ceramic reflectors that absorbs a much wider range of wavelengths than...
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Antares Engine Toolkit
For smart cameras, Tattile srl has announced the first release of its Antares Engine Toolkit for National Instruments’ LabView, which gives LabView developers access to nearly 500 Tattile...
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Antireflection Optical Coatings
Precision Glass & Optics offers antireflection (AR) optical coatings for biomedical and life sciences applications. Suitable for coating on quartz, BK-7, glass and a wide variety of other optical...
Precision Glass & Optics
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OmniCure UV LED MAX Heads
Lumen Dynamics Group Inc., formerly Exfo Life Sciences and Industrial Div., has introduced the OmniCure UV LED MAX heads, the latest addition to the OmniCure line of accessories for use with the...
Lumen Dynamics
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TechSpec VIS-NIR Lenses
Optimized for machine vision applications, Edmund Optics’ TechSpec VIS-NIR compact fixed-focal-length lenses provide transmission out to 1000 nm, rendering them suitable for factory automation,...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
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Jaz-SPL Software
Now available for Ocean Optics Inc.’s Jaz modular sensing system, Jaz Scripting Language (Jaz-SPL) software enables users to customize spectrometer data acquisition, processing and export...
Ocean Optics, Inc.
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FemtoSource Synergy
FemtoLasers Produktions GmbH has introduced the FemtoSource synergy family of Ti:sapphire oscillators generating pulse durations from sub-10 to sub-20 fs. Average powers range from 500 mW to 1.2 W,...
FEMTOLASERS Produktions GmbH
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Xineos CMOS-Based X-Ray Panels
Dalsa Corp.’s new Xineos-1313 is a next-generation CMOS flat panel for fluoroscopy and cone beam computed tomography (CT) dental imaging applications. The digital x-ray detector panels...
Teledyne DALSA, Machine Vision OEM Components
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TopLED Compact LEDs
Osram Opto Semiconductors Inc. has released the TopLED Compact 5630 LEDs. By adapting its successful TopLED packaging technology to the special needs of backlighting applications, the company has...
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Inc.
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Planex, Orion Lasers
Redfern Integrated Optics Inc. has announced that its Planex and Orion laser module platforms are now available with higher minimum output power, up to 20 mW, without the need for an external optical...
Redfern Integrated Optics (RIO)
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iChrome MLE Multilaser Engine
Toptica Photonics Inc. has introduced the iChrome MLE, a compact multilaser engine system for multicolor microscopy and cytometry applications. The engine offers a complete OEM solution for...
TOPTICA Photonics, Inc.
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NZ470 47-mm f/5 Lenses
Universe Kogaku America Inc. has enhanced its existing line of lenses with the introduction of the NZ470 47-mm f/5 models for large-format imaging applications. The lenses are designed for...
Universe Kogaku (America), Inc.
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VCNL4000 Optical Sensor
Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has announced a fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor that combines an infrared emitter, a positive-intrinsic-negative (PIN) photodiode, an ambient...
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.
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True Surface Microscopy
WITec GmbH has launched the True Surface Microscopy option for topographic confocal Raman imaging applications. The core element of the imaging mode is an integrated sensor for optical profilometry....
WITec GmbH
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Raman Imaging Sensor
To further enhance the ability to detect explosives and other chemical threats, Headwall Photonics Inc. has announced the availability of new models of the Raman Explorer platform for use in the UV...
Headwall Photonics, Inc.
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PI-MAX3-MG ICCD Cameras
For UV-blue gated imaging applications, Princeton Instruments has announced the addition of the PI-MAX3-MG models to its line of intensified CCD (ICCD) cameras. They feature microchannel plate gating...
Princeton Instruments
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Interlaced Color Cameras
JAI Inc. has released color versions of its TM-77X and RM-67X lines of small interlaced CCD video cameras targeted primarily at defense and homeland security applications. The new camera models are...
JAI, Inc.
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Piranha3 CMOS Line-Scan Camera
Dalsa Corp. has introduced the Piranha3 CMOS line-scan camera. The high-speed model delivers 16-k resolution with a 3.5-µm pixel size and a 70-kHz line rate for ultrafast 1146-megapixel per...
Teledyne DALSA, Machine Vision OEM Components
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VQ-580 Airborne Laser Scanner
Riegl Laser Measurement Systems GmbH has announced an addition to its V-line airborne laser fleet of instruments, the VQ-580. It provides high-speed, noncontact data acquisition using a narrow...
Riegl USA, Inc.
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Accura 3-D Coordinate Measuring
Carl Zeiss has developed the Accura 3-D coordinate measuring machine. The multisensor-capable measuring system makes fast, economical, precise and flexible measurements using foam insulating...
Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC
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Magellan SEM
FEI Co. has launched the Magellan extreme-resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM) optimized for life sciences imaging. It enables life sciences researchers and cell biologists to view the...
FEI
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High-Speed Spectrometers
Designed for a full range of LED characterization measurements, Labsphere’s CDS-5400 and CDS-9800 high-speed LED spectrometers offer reliability, speed and accuracy with a choice of spectral...
Labsphere, Inc., Photonics
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X-Ray-Sensitive Camera
X-Scan Imaging Corp. has announced a new member of its family of high-energy line-scan cameras designed for imaging ultrahigh-energy x-ray and gamma ray applications at energy levels to 15 MeV. ...
X-Scan Imaging Corp.
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Glacier X Spectrometer
B&W Tek Inc. has unveiled the Glacier X thermoelectrically cooled miniature fiber-coupled spectrometer for applications that require high performance and portability. It is equipped with...
B&W Tek, Inc.
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Robotic Welding Laser Sensor
Meta Vision Systems Ltd. has launched the Smart Laser Pilot, a seam tracking system for robotic welding. The proprietary Smart Laser Sensor (SLS) upon which the system is based provides integrating...
Meta Vision Systems Ltd.
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M-390 Smart Cameras
PPT Vision has announced the high-resolution M-390 smart cameras that deliver good accuracy for machine vision applications. Used as part of the company’s Impact M-Series embedded vision...
PPT VISION
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Hybrid Photodetector Module
Hamamatsu Photonics UK Ltd. has introduced a hybrid photodetector (HPD) module, the H10777, that dispenses with the traditional metal dynodes found within a conventional photomultiplier tube....
Hamamatsu Photonics UK Ltd.
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Global Shutter Cameras
With a simple driver update, the functional scope of the 1.3-megapixel global shutter CMOS cameras from IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH can now be expanded to include two new features. ...
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
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Laser Line Filters
Oclaro Inc. has announced a family of Clarity laser line filters designed to suppress the amplified spontaneous emissions that occur in diode-pumped solid-state laser systems and to improve the...
Oclaro, Inc., Advanced Photonics Solutions
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Newport Introduces Nstruct Software
Laser and photonic solutions provider Newport Corp. announced the introduction of Nstruct, an enhanced instrument management software platform. The software was created to simplify...
Newport Corporation
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LED Drivers
Endicott Research Group Inc. has announced LED drivers with new package configurations that offer footprint-compatibility with and drop-in replacements for its existing cold cathode fluorescent lamp...
Endicott Research Group, Inc.
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High-Power SLDs
Hamamatsu Photonics UK Ltd. has introduced the L11341 series of superluminescent diodes (SLDs) to its existing range of high-performance diodes. The new series features a very high radiant flux of 30...
Hamamatsu Photonics UK Ltd.
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Bandpass and Edge Filters
REO has launched a range of linearly variable bandpass and edge filters useful for applications in spectrometry and temperature sensing. In these variable response coatings, the center wavelength of...
Research Electro-Optics, Inc. (REO)
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High-Power Faraday Isolators
MolTech GmbH has announced a series of high-power Faraday optical isolators that transmit light in one direction and stop the light in the reverse direction. The devices ensure laser source...
MolTech GmbH
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Mounting Brackets
Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced the MH01-M18 mounting brackets for use with its ML17 series as well as all M18 cylindrical photoelectric sensor families. The brackets provide an affordable means...
Pepperl+Fuchs Inc.
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Illuminator Module at 808 nm
Princeton Optronics Inc. has introduced a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser-based illuminator, model HPIL-3W808 at 808 nm, which can be used with commercial silicon cameras as well as military...
Princeton Optronics, Inc.
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LWIR Athermal Lens Assembly
FALCON is a 19mm F/0.9 LWIR athermal lens assembly for DVE applications. Designed to support large format detectors of near diffraction limited MTF & Low Distortion over the entire temperature...
ISP Optics Corporation
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New IR-enhanced CCDs
Visit booth #1313 to see Hamamatsu's latest solid state technologies, including IR-enhanced silicon. Among the new products on display are S11490 and S11491 IR-enhanced CCDs. With 40% QE at 1000 nm,...
Hamamatsu Corporation
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IR Laser Spectrum Analyzer
The model 721 provides the most complete spectral characterization of CW and high-repetition rate pulsed lasers out to 12 um. Wavelength accuracy is as high as +/- 0.2 ppm and spectral resolution is...
Bristol Instruments, Inc.
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Enhanced Double Clad Fibers
Nufern launches latest doped active fibers for high power & high efficiency 1, 1.5 & 2 micron lasers. New products include Yb, Er-Yb, and Tm for best beam quality, efficiency, and longevity....
Nufern
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Engineered Diffuser™ Optical Films
RPC Photonics, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of Engineered Diffuser™ optical films. Seamless rolls of film in widths up to 900mm (~35") can now be produced with our high-performance...
RPC Photonics, Inc.
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Pulsed QCL Current Source
The LDP-3832 Pulsed Quantum Cascade Laser Current Source is specifically designed for controlling quantum cascade lasers in sensitive spectroscopic applications. The LDP-3832 provides pulse current...
ILX Lightwave Corp.
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BER/Eye Pattern Test Solution
Newly introduced hardware options for Anritsu Co.’s MP2100A Bertwave series allow the compact instruments to support bit-error-rate (BER) measurements and eye pattern signal analysis between...
Anritsu Co.
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SEM Sample Cleaning System
Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. has unveiled the Zonesem desktop scanning electron microscope (SEM) sample cleaning system, specifically designed for cleaning and storing electron microscopy samples...
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Automated Load Lock System
Leybold Optics has added a fully automated load lock system as an option to its portfolio of evaporation tools for the lift-off process. The lift-off system incorporates an electron beam source with...
Leybold Optics USA, Inc., Advanced Materials
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AVS 2.0 Monitoring Software
CyberOptics Semiconductor Inc. has demonstrated the newest application of its wafer vibration monitoring software as well as a new airborne particle sensor for wafer processing equipment. ...
CyberOptics Semiconductor, Inc.
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Beam-Expanding Telescope
JK Lasers has announced the Motorized Zoom Beam Expanding Telescope (ZBET) for use with the newly enhanced JK604D drilling laser. The ZBET has been designed to rapidly and remotely change the laser...
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CVI Melles Griot Precision IR Optics
Leveraging our world-wide precision diamond-turning, polishing and advanced coating expertise, CVI Melles Griot offers an extensive range of precision IR optical components for aerospace, defense and...
CVI Melles Griot
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Ultra-Bright, UV-VIS Light Source
The world's brightest, broadest-band, longest-life light source is now even easier to use. Energetiq's revolutionary EQ-99FC Laser-Driven Light Source uses an integrated high-performance elliptical...
Energetiq Technology, Inc.
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Rapid Automated Modular Microscope
ASI RAMM system's modular design allows a custom system to be easily developed. The microscope is configurable with infinity-corrected optics & a wide number of accessories. Features include...
Applied Scientific Instrumentation, Inc.
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So it Begins…Neo sCMOS Camera From Andor
The Neo sCMOS is the most significant camera launch in recent times and it stands alone in its ability to simultaneously offer ultra-low noise, extremely fast frame rates, wide dynamic range, high...
Andor Technology plc, Corporate Headquarters
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High Quality Calcium Fluoride
Hellma Materials produces high-tech materials for various optical applications from deep UV to IR. Continuing the Calcium Fluoride business of Schott Lithotec, we supply to diverse markets including...
Hellma USA, Inc.
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Hybrid STACIS® iX LaserTable-Base™
TMC's new STACIS® iX LaserTable-Base™ hybrid piezoelectric/air active vibration cancellation system combines TMC's patented STACIS technology and air into one integrated system to cancel...
TMC

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