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photonics.com: July 2014

BUSINESS
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Amplitude Acquires Continuum
The Amplitude group, maker of ultrafast lasers, has acquired Continuum of San Jose, Calif., from current owner GSI Group. The purchase price is roughly $7 million, according to a recent SEC filing from GSI. Continuum supplies laser products for scientific, industrial and commercial applications. The acquisition is expected to grow Amplitude’s workforce from 200 to 270, with sales...
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2014 Faraday Medal Awarded to THz Researchers
Professors Giles Davies and Edmund Linfield, of the Leeds University School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, have won the 2014 Faraday Medal in recognition of nearly two decades of work on...
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3D-Micromac Creates US Subsidiary
3D-Micromac AG in Chemnitz, Germany, has created a U.S. subsidiary, 3D-Micromac America LLC, led by laser industry veteran Brian Hoekstra. Hoekstra is the former CEO of Applied Photonics Inc. ...
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Eagleyard Partners with Western Systems in India
Laser diode maker eagleyard Photonics GmbH has partnered with Western Systems in Bangalore, India, for global sales support. Eagleyard, a Toptica company, manufactures laser diodes for...
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Framos Names European Distribution Director
Framos GmbH has named Axel Krepil director of European distribution for its sensor components. Krepil previously worked for Cypress Semi-conductor, where he was senior distribution manager...
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Yokogawa to Distribute GasSecure IR Detectors
GasSecure AS has chosen Yokogawa Electric Corp. of Tokyo to distribute its wireless industrial IR gas detectors. GasSecure’s detectors perform IR measurements of explosive hydrocarbon...
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Isaac Newton Medal Awarded to Laser Cooling Researcher
Dr. Deborah Jin has been recognized with the Institute of Physics’ Isaac Newton medal for her work on laser-cooled atoms. A researcher at the Joint Institute for Laboratory...
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Opsens Profits Down Amid Development Push
Fiber sensing firm Opsens Inc. reported a net loss of CA$1.2 million in its third quarter, citing fees related to a licensing agreement and development costs related to an arterial pressure sensor...
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In Memoriam: Robert Woltz, SPIE Co-founder
Robert L. Woltz, one of the founders of SPIE, died June 14 at the age of 92. He served as the society’s third president and spent more than a decade on its board of directors. After...
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Cobalt’s Raman Airport Scanner Wins MacRobert Award
Cobalt Light Systems has been recognized with the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award for its Insight100 airport scanner. The Insight100 uses a variant of Raman spectroscopy...
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QD Laser Wins IEEE Photonics Society Award
Quantum-dot laser developers Kenichi Nishi, Mitsuru Sugawara and Keizo Takemasa of QD Laser Inc. are the winners of this year’s Aron Kressel Award from the Institute of Electrical and...
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Trumpf Names North American CEO
Peter Hoecklin has been named president and CEO of industrial laser firm Trumpf Inc. Meanwhile, Burke Doar has been promoted to senior vice president. Hoecklin succeeds interim CEO...
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Process Combines Arc, Laser Welding
A new hybrid laser welding technique could reduce processing time and costs associated with manufacturing tanks and pipelines for liquid gas. The hybrid welding process forms a very narrow...
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Microlens Developers Awarded Kingslake Medal
Wei Zhang of the National University of Singapore and Hans Zappe and Andreas Seifert of the University of Freiburg in Germany have been awarded the Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize for their work on...
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Temicon, Holotools Merge
Temicon GmbH and holotools GmbH have merged to expand their portfolios of micro- and nanotechnologies produced with laser lithography. The companies will operate under the Temicon name, with...
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Penn Researchers Get $8M to Study Effects of PDT on Lung Cancer
An $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund a four-year study of the effects of photodynamic therapy (PDT) on a rare lung cancer associated with asbestos. The study,...
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New Optical Component Enhances Augmented Reality Devices
A novel optical component could transform wearable augmented-reality and display devices. TruLife Optics Ltd. developed the component in conjunction with the National Physical Laboratory in...
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Investors Grant LatticePower $80M for LED Production
LED developer LatticePower Corp. recently received an $80 million cash infusion from investment groups. The company said the funding will be used to expand its R&D and manufacturing...
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EPIC Accepting Nominations for Business Award
The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) is seeking nominations for their annual Phoenix Award. The organization’s board of directors will review qualified applications and...
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Report: Consumer Goods to Drive IR Imaging Market
Sales of thermal imaging components surged in 2013, heralding future growth and a wider customer base for the uncooled IR imaging market, according to research firm Yole Developpement. ...
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Daylight Defense to Develop UV Laser for Army
Daylight Defense LLC, a Daylight Solutions subsidiary, has been selected by the U.S. Army to develop a high-power UV laser to help protect aircraft in combat. The decision was made under the...
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Framos Names North American President
Imaging firm the Framos Group has named Sebastien Dignard president of its North American subsidiary, Framos Technologies Inc. Dignard has 15 years of experience through his work with Xerox...
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Perkins Precision Developments Appoints Sales Director
Emily Kubacki has been named director of sales and marketing at Perkins Precision Developments, a manufacturer of laser optics and optical substrates. Kubacki will be responsible for...
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Helmet Integrates Night Vision Camera, Visor Projection
BAE Systems plc has introduced a new helmet-mounted display for fighter jet pilots that integrates a night-vision camera. The Striker II also includes a hybrid opto-inertial tracking system...
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Elbit, Nicarnica Collaborate on Ash-Cloud Avoidance System
Elbit Systems and Nicarnica Aviation are partnering to help pilots detect and avoid hazardous ash clouds and other airborne particles that could endanger their aircraft. Norway-based...
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Labsphere Inc. Opens Stratosphere Software
Labsphere Inc. has created the spinoff Stratosphere Software to cater to test and measurement hardware companies. Dr. Peter Weitzman has been named general manager. Stratosphere will build...
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ProLabs Names Head of Technology
Giacomo Losio has been named head of technology at data communications firm ProLabs. Losio will lead efforts to develop the company’s technology road map and compatible optical fiber...
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Fluorescence Detects Alzheimer’s Indicators in the Eye
Two fluorescence imaging approaches can find traces of plaque associated with Alzheimer’s disease in the eye, presenting possible opportunities for early intervention. Two companies...
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Digital Surf Acquires Image Metrology
Surface imaging and metrology software firm Digital Surf has acquired Image Metrology of Hørsholm, Denmark. Digital Surf makes software for optical, scanning probe and scanning...
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Scallop Appoints New Chief Sales Officer
Steve Gorski has been named as Scallop Imaging’s chief sales officer. As the previous general manager of Mobotix Corp. and the national sales manager for Axis Communications, Gorksi...
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Solar Energy Researcher wins $10,000 Award
Theresa McCormick has been awarded the Spring 2014 Equipment Grant Competition, along with $10,000 from Horiba Scientific (formerly Photon Technology International). McCormick is a professor...


RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
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Metamaterial a One-Way Street for Visible Light
A structure based on hyperbolic metamaterials allows visible light to pass in only one direction, creating new possibilities for optical circuits and biosensing. Developed at the National...
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Molecular Movies Enhance Bioimaging, Health Research
A new biosensor imaging system is turning health research into a molecular movie star, as it allows scientists for the first time to view life processes at the molecular level as they are happening. ...
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Compressive Imaging Unscrambles Light
A new compressive optical sensing technique conquers light scattering limitations of biological tissue, allowing a deeper look inside the body. Developed by a team from Jaume I University...
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Solar Cell Converts CO2 into Useful Acid
Researchers at Princeton University have found a way to convert carbon dioxide into a potential fuel with record efficiency. The study, lead by chemistry professor Dr. Andrew Bocarsly,...
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Isaac Newton Medal Awarded to Laser Cooling Researcher
Dr. Deborah Jin has been recognized with the Institute of Physics’ Isaac Newton medal for her work on laser-cooled atoms. A researcher at the Joint Institute for Laboratory...
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Standards Sought for Hyperspectral Imaging
A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology has begun gathering data they expect will lead to universal calibration standards for hyperspectral imaging, saying the lack of such...
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Researchers Probe Inner Workings of Solar Panels
Using femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SRS), scientists now understand the inner workings of plastic solar panels. A team from the University of Montreal, in conjunction with...
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Hollow Core Protects Optical Fibers from UV Light
A new type of optical fiber can guide UV laser light without sustaining the damage often seen in conventional fibers. A microscopic image of a hollow core optical fiber. Courtesy of the...
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Light-activated Receptors Offer Cell Control
Controlling the behavior of cells — including cancers — with light is now possible with engineered cell receptors. To accomplish this, researchers from the Institute of Science...
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Novel Photodetector Made from Zinc Nanostructure
A nanoporous structure is laying the groundwork for a new type of photodetector. A team from the State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resources and Prospecting at the China University of...
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‘Nanojuice’ Aids Intestinal Imaging
A cocktail of fluorescent dyes and nanoparticles could aid in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal ailments. Researchers at the University at Buffalo say their “nanojuice” enables...
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Process Combines Arc, Laser Welding
A new hybrid laser welding technique could reduce processing time and costs associated with manufacturing tanks and pipelines for liquid gas. The hybrid welding process forms a very narrow...
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Microlens Developers Awarded Kingslake Medal
Wei Zhang of the National University of Singapore and Hans Zappe and Andreas Seifert of the University of Freiburg in Germany have been awarded the Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize for their work on...
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New Optogenetic Tool Controls Neuronal Signaling
New optogenetics technology allows scientists to remotely control specific neurons with blue light. A team from the Institute for Basic Research has developed the genetically encoded,...
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‘Metamirror’ Doubles Incident Light Frequency
A nanostructure produces nonlinear effects a million times greater than traditional, macroscale nonlinear crystals, according to a team of researchers from Texas and Germany. This...
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Penn Researchers Get $8M to Study Effects of PDT on Lung Cancer
An $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund a four-year study of the effects of photodynamic therapy (PDT) on a rare lung cancer associated with asbestos. The study,...
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New Optical Component Enhances Augmented Reality Devices
A novel optical component could transform wearable augmented-reality and display devices. TruLife Optics Ltd. developed the component in conjunction with the National Physical Laboratory in...
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Glass Lends Flexibility to Organic PVs
A new carrier substrate made from flexible, 100-µm-thin layers of glass better protects organic solar modules and could simplify their manufacture. A team from the Fraunhofer Institute...
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Lasers Used to Generate Electron Spin Currents
Ultrashort laser pulses are being used to advance research into electron spin currents, a potential field for next-generation data storage. Electron spin, or angular momentum, is typically...
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Telescope Images Distant, Dim Dwarf Galaxies
A ground-based telescope recently helped discover seven distant dwarf galaxies that could contain clues to the evolution of galaxies and even dark matter. The dwarf galaxies appear in the...
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Nanopixels Drive Flexible, Extremely Hi-Res Displays
Delving into the electrical and optical properties of phase-change materials has unveiled a new way to develop flexible, thin-film displays with extremely high resolution and low energy consumption. ...
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Photonic Router Aids Quantum Computing
A router capable of guiding single photons could overcome challenges associated with building quantum computers. A team from the Weizmann Institute of Science developed the device, which is...
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Fluorescence Detects Alzheimer’s Indicators in the Eye
Two fluorescence imaging approaches can find traces of plaque associated with Alzheimer’s disease in the eye, presenting possible opportunities for early intervention. Two companies...
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Lasers Manipulate Copper-Based Superconductors
Ultrafast laser pulses can affect the properties of copper-based superconductors, a research team representing several Italian institutions has found. Cuprate superconductors function at...
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Touch Screens Repel Fluids, Cut Glare and Still Look Good
Touch screens with nanostructured surfaces that ward off glare, reflection and fluids could easily be mass-produced, according to researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences. In one...
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Video: Drone System Aids Photographic Lighting
A small, autonomous helicopter can direct lighting just where a photographer needs it. Researchers at MIT and Cornell University developed the drone system to respond to the movements of a...
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Sensor Amplifies Molecule Signatures
A new spectroscopy technique can accurately identify the structure and composition of individual molecules. Researchers from the Rice University Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) developed...
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Fluorescence Sensor Diagnoses Diabetes
A microchip that detects fluorescent signatures of antibodies associated with Type 1 diabetes could aid in prevention and early intervention. Created by a team from the Stanford University...
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Solar Energy Researcher wins $10,000 Award
Theresa McCormick has been awarded the Spring 2014 Equipment Grant Competition, along with $10,000 from Horiba Scientific (formerly Photon Technology International). McCormick is a professor...
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Laser Could Replace Quartz in Future Electronics
A new laser optical technique could potentially replace quartz crystals as the tuning reference for future electronic devices. Developed by a team at the California Institute of Technology,...
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Nanoantennas as Photo Film Boost Optical Data Storage
Unique nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light at distances smaller than its own wavelength. This could mean big things for the future of optical data storage. ...
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Nano Sensor Enhances Bomb Detection
A new sensor could potentially detect explosives that traditional recognition devices cannot. The new light-based plasmon laser sensor, developed by a team from the University of California,...


PRODUCTS
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Intensify Nx50
A high-power laser diode driver, the Intensify Nx50 from Granite Devices has parallel connection capability for the OEM market. The device can scale up continuous and pulsed output current...
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CO2 Laser Nozzles
Laser Research Optics has introduced replacement nozzles in various materials and configurations for CO2 lasers. LRO CO2 laser nozzles are available in brass, copper, aluminum and ceramic,...
Laser Research Optics
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IR Thermal Imaging Camera
The GF309 IR camera by Flir Systems is suitable for high-temperature inspection applications in the chemical, petrochemical and utility industries. The portable device monitors gas-fired...
FLIR Systems, Inc.
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AJS-V6 Adjustment Screws
Designed for demanding vacuum environments, the AJS-V6 series of adjustment screws from Newport are low outgassing and 10-6 Torr compatible. The AJS-V6 screws are available in two sizes with...
Newport Corporation
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CellInsight CX5
CellInsight CX5 high content screening (HCS) software from Thermo Scientific enables single-cell imaging. The system offers five-color spectral illumination, near-IR capabilities and the...
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Freedom VIS-NIR Spectrometer
The Freedom VIS-NIR spectrometer from Ibsen Photonics is used for portable or handheld analytical and process-control instruments. Freedom offers high efficiency across the visible and...
Ibsen Photonics A/S
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ScannerMax 506
The ScannerMax 506 by Pangolin Systems is a galvanometer used for quick laser beam deflection to avoid flickering patterns, graphics and pictures in laser light shows. The device reaches...
Pangolin Laser Systems, Inc.
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SuperSpeed
GREENVILLE, R.I., July 3, 2014 — Videology has released a new line of high-data-rate cameras. The SuperSpeed cameras are capable of streaming full HD images without compression. The...
Videology Imaging Solutions, Inc.
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Source Calibration Standard
The ISS-17-VA integrating sphere source calibration standard from Gigahertz-Optik produces variable light intensities while maintaining a constant color temperature. The ISS-17-VA is 170 mm...
Gigahertz-Optik GmbH
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Miniature Diffuse Mode Photoelectric Sensors
Three new miniature diffuse mode photoelectric sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs Inc. can detect transparent, low-contrast and irregularly shaped objects. The ML100-8-W has an extra-large light...
Pepperl+Fuchs Inc.
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OP-XCT Monochromator
The conical-diffraction off-plane x-ray Czerny-Turner (OP-XCT) monochromator from McPherson is used for laser-generated high-harmonic experiments. Designed for operation from 8 to 125 nm (10...
McPherson
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RightPath
The RightPath system from Newport Corp. offer precise trajectory control of positioning devices to help avoid collisions in fiber alignment, proximity sensor testing and microassembly. ...
Newport Corporation
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QuadraMount
Bi-telecentric QuadraMount lenses from Opto GmbH incorporate a high-efficiency mounting and integration mechanism to eliminate errors in imaging. The QuadraMount series comprises seven...
Opto GmbH
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Laser Module Mounts
Laser Components has developed laser module mounts that are designed for precision alignment applications and industrial image processing. The mounts are available for laser modules with a...
Laser Components USA, Inc.
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EasyTau
The EasyTau software for the FluoTime 300 spectrometer from PicoQuant supports measurements with an integrating sphere and the Solea supercontinuum laser. The FluoTime 300 is an automated...
PicoQuant GmbH
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Coaxlink Quad
The Coaxlink Quad frame grabber from Euresys acquires images from high-resolution cameras using the CoaXpress interface. The device records a log of all the events related to the image...
Euresys s.a.
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Microscope Camera
A 13-MP microscope camera from The Imaging Source provides high image quality and color reproduction. The camera can be attached to either the ocular or C-mount of a microscope. It has a...
The Imaging Source LLC
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Plano-convex Lenses and Optical Mirrors
N-BK7 plano-convex lenses and 2-in. optical mirrors have been added to the ValuMax line from Newport Corp., which covers UV, visible and IR wavelengths. The lenses are offered uncoated or...
Newport Corporation
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CO2 Laser Optics
Replacement CO2 laser beam delivery optics for etching stone featuring longer focal lengths are available from Laser Research Optics. The optics feature 4- to 7.5-in. focal lengths and...
Laser Research Optics
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Fastcam Mini UX50
The Fastcam Mini UX50 from Photron Inc. is a high-speed, lightweight imaging system. The UX50 contains a 1.3 MP sensor that operates at 2000 fps at full resolution, 2500 fps at 720...
Photron USA, Inc.
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VCSEL
The 1784 from New Focus is a modulated, multimode vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). The 1784 is a high-speed 850-nm light source with 50 µm output fiber, enabling the use...
New Focus
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oreXpress
The oreXpress and oreXpress Platinum field spectrometers from Spectral Evolution provide core logging for determining mining potential. Both models have a spectral range of 350 to 2500 nm....
Spectral Evolution, Inc.
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Solstice Ace
The Solstice Ace from Spectra-Physics is an ultrafast laser amplifier for bioimaging and micromachining. The Solstice Ace features an output of > 6 mJ pulse energy at a repetition rate of...
Spectra-Physics Lasers Div., Laser Science
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iKon-L SO
The iKon-L SO camera by Andor is a high-energy detection system with a large-area digital CCD platform that is suitable for life sciences laboratory applications such as high-harmonic generation soft...
Andor Technology plc, Corporate Headquarters
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InSight DS+
Spectra-Physics, a Newport company, has introduced the InSight DS+, an ultrafast laser for multiphoton imaging. It is suitable for in vivo deep-tissue research applications in neuroscience, cell...
Spectra-Physics
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Hazardous-Area LED Fixture
Larson Electronics has introduced an LED fixture appropriate for use in hazardous areas. The HAL-LI-48-2X150LED is a 300 W fixture that provides 12,000 lumens of light and is operated with...
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Blue Eagle
The Blue Eagle from First Sensor is a high-dynamic-range CMOS camera for automotive and mobile OEM applications. The camera offers a range of >100 dB, designed for high brightness...
First Sensor AG
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Analog Laser Diode Driver Modules
The HFALDM series from Fisba Photonics GmbH consists of ultrafast and compact high-frequency analog driver modules for TO-housed high-power laser diodes. Modules for 405, 450, 520 and 638 nm...
FISBA OPTIK AG
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Non-contact Scanning Probe
The HP-O Probe from Hexagon Metrology is a non-contact optical scanning probe that delivers force-free measurements on deformable parts and surfaces. The device is based on...
Hexagon Metrology Services Ltd.
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CCD Image Sensor
A new CCD sensor from ON Semiconductor incorporates an improved amplifier design and optimized microlens structure for industrial imaging. The KAI-08051 has a 5.5-µm pixel...
ON Semiconductor
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Rotary Stage
The RGV160BL is the latest direct drive rotary stage to be added to the RGV series from Newport Corp. The RGV160BL provides 112 nm of torque, minimum incremental motion of 0.00004° and...
Newport Corporation
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Hyperspec
A new hyperspectral imager from Headwall measures vegetative fluorescence to measure plant health. Hyperspec is an all-reflective concentric optical design that uses precise,...
Headwall Photonics, Inc.
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Infinity 3 Series
The Infinity 3 camera series from Lumenera is intended for fluorescence microscopy applications. The cameras feature Sony CCD sensors and offer high dynamic range, high sensitivity and...
Lumenera Corp.
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MvBlueLYNX-X Smart Camera
The mvBlueLYNX-X smart camera from Matrix Vision is offered with various accessories and software. The camera features CMOS and CCD sensors, resolutions from VGA to 5 megapixels, a 1 GHz...
MATRIX VISION GmbH
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VC Base+
VC Base+ cameras from Vision Components provides high resolution for industrial image processing. The black-and-white and color cameras feature a 700-MHz processor and a line scan mode that...
Vision Components GmbH
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Sapphire Wafer Carriers
Sapphire wafer carriers from Meller Optics Inc. are more durable than quartz and are impervious to polishing abrasives and solvents. The wafers feature Moh 9 hardness, 0.018-, 2- or 6-in....
Meller Optics, Inc.
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Light Engines
Lumencor offers a range of bright, mercury-free light engines for life sciences applications including fluorescence microscopy. The light engines are equipped with 3- or 5-mm diameter ports...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
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Vinden CZ 320
The Vinden CZ 320 from Sierra-Olympic Technologies Inc. is a thermal imaging camera with continuous zoom. The system provides 3× optical zoom and 2× digital zoom, for a zoom...
Sierra Olympic Technologies, Inc. (SOTI)
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Hexapod
A new hexapod system from Physik Instrumente is a 6-axis positioning system with a 1000-lb load capacity. The H-850KMLD provides 1-µm-minimum incremental motion over a 100-mm travel...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Piezo Nano Positioning
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ProMetric Y
The ProMetric Y series from Radiant Zemax is a group of high-resolution imaging photometers, including the Y16 and Y29. The Y16 is a 16 megapixel (4896 × 3264) CCD sensor that is...
Radiant Zemax, LLC
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Fiber Laser Modules
The LS Series LabSources from Newport Corp. are easily integrated bench-top fiber laser source modules. The modules use volume Bragg gratings for wavelength stability and a narrow line width...
Newport Corporation
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HXP100P Hexapod
The HXP100P hexapod from Newport Corp. features two programmable pivot points and Newport’s proprietary RightPath trajectory control. The hexapod has a centered load capacity of 6 kg...
Newport Corporation

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