Optical Spectrum ProcessorIRVINE, Calif., Jan. 14 -- Newport Corp. has introduced the LambdaCommander programmable spectral processor for precision optical applications in remote fiber optic sensing, optical telecom and life/health science markets. The LambdaCommander gives users complete control of optical spectrum profiles, to simulate a multitude of spectral source types. Based on groundbreaking use by CiDRA Corp. of the Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology, LambdaCommander uses the digital micromirror device that is at the heart of DLP technology to rapidly switch segments on and off in an incremental manner, transforming a diffracted spectral profile into an optical output. This gives the user full control of the intrinsic profile to reshape and define with great precision the exact spectral profile desired for testing or simulation. Effectively, the fiber-coupled instrument can apply any arbitrary transformation to the original optical signal from simply passing selected narrow wavelengths and blocking others. It can also apply a complex, time-varying function to the spectral shape with bandwidths up to 100 nm. According to Hector Lara, photonics instruments product line manager, "The Lambda Commander's programmable spectral control of an optical signal in a single self-contained instrument provides tremendous flexibility to a photonics laboratory. The system's innovative approach allows the user to automate testing in the laboratory or manufacturing environments for subnanometer spectral shaping, spectral gain flattening, optical coherence tomography, WDM telecommunications simulation, optical filter design and many other possible applications." This new approach to optical spectrum processing will be exhibited at Photonics West 2003 in booth #1327. For more information, visit: www.newport.com/lambdacommander; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 800-222-6440 (in the US) or 949-863-3144; fax: (949) 253-1680.