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Thermal Imaging Detects Failures in Electronic Equipment at an Early Stage
Thermal imaging cameras are being increasingly used in electronic labs. Italian company TEST uses FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras to detect failures in PCB boards at an early stage.
Color Machine Vision
Color machine vision’s increasing popularity can be attributed to the prevalence of digital cameras with color image sensors, the computing power and interfaces necessary to handle data from color images, and the fact that more users are becoming familiar with machine vision technology. These factors combine to make color machine vision an area of...
Characterization to the Extremes: Terahertz materials characterization at cryogenic temperatures and high magnetic fields
In continuing pursuit of improved performance, higher processing speed, and more compact packaging, researchers spend considerable time identifying and characterizing novel and previously unexplored materials. Recently, the terahertz frequency range has emerged as a new frontier for materials science, helping to map out this unknown territory....

The Benefits of Modern CMOS Sensors in Industrial Line Scan Cameras
As sensor technology has improved in leaps and bounds, the old rule of thumb familiar to many line scan camera users has lost much of its punch. The idea that CCD = high image quality while CMOS = speed is only true anymore under very limited circumstances, since the preconception inaccurately reflects the current performance levels offered by...
- Basler AG
LED Simulation Reflector Lenses
TracePro® is an award-winning opto-mechanical design software for layout, optimization, & analysis of illumination systems. This white paper illustrates how TracePro allows users to begin a project with an initial or basic design for LED lighting systems, use software simulation prior to building hardware, and easily create complex reflector...

An Introduction to Pulsed-Current Laser Diode Drivers
The paper helps the reader to understand pulsed-current laser diode drivers and choose the right one for his or her application by explaining the basics of how they work and the components that comprise them. Ideal and real current sources are defined and explained, leading to an explanation of compliance voltage.
Optimization of LED Lens Components Using TracePro®
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) used in lighting products and systems have become a global revolution, leading to significant changes to how designers build lighting into their automotive lighting, industrial lighting, digital signage, flat panel display, and mobile device applications. The advantages of LEDs over traditional light sources include...
Beam Expansion - Standard Concepts Re-interpreted
Everyday work in an optics laboratory would be unthinkable without beam expansion systems. They serve to optimally adjust the beam cross sections between the light sources (e.g. lasers) and the subsequent optical elements. Precise illumination of the optically effective surfaces is essential, especially for beam shaping and focusing with high...

Dynamic – Dynamic Range
The dynamic or dynamic range of a CCD-camera system is a widely used term to characterize the ability of a camera system to measure or image light/dark differences. In the field of photography, the dynamic range is analogous to the contrast range. However, each manufacturer defines dynamic range differently. A distinction must be made, between...
Measuring Optical Densities Over 10 Abs on the Agilent Cary 7000 Universal Measurement Spectrophotometer (UMS)
High blocking optical filters deliver critical optical control in a wide variety of consumer and industrial products. Highly attenuating (i.e., high optical density) filters are used in personal protective equipment, such as laser safety eyewear, through to precise, low light level control in optical systems for enhanced sensitivity at preferred...

The Perfect Solution for Photoluminescence Studies of Lanthanide-Doped Semiconducting Nanocrystals
Photoluminescence (PL) studies of lanthanide-doped semiconducting nanocrystals have become very common in materials science. The increased research interest in such materials is prompted by applications in solar energy conversion devices, lasing media, LED technologies and development of upconversion-based luminescent labels for biomedical...
- Optical Building Blocks Corp.
Power Technology’s iMAT® DPSS Laser Platform Ideal for Raman Spectroscopy
Power Technology’s iMAT® series of DPSS lasers are inherently beneficial to the Raman Spectroscopy industry because of its patented technology which inherently produces actively stabilized single frequency wavelengths at 532 nm and 1064 nm. This revolutionary technology earned international recognition by winning the Frost & Sullivan European...

Understanding Infinity-Corrected Objective Resolving Power and Magnification
This informative white paper from Edmund Optics covers a range of topics from the field of Microscopy, including terminology, application examples, and descriptions of different types filters such as dichroic, emission, and excitation filters used in fluorescence microscopy.
- Edmund Optics, Inc.
The Measurement of High Optical Densities (up to 8 Abs) in the Near-Infrared
The optical densities of various materials used in the manufacture of laser safety eyewear have been determined in the NIR. The lens materials were measured over wavelength ranges corresponding to the laser wavelengths for which the eyewear was designed (InGaAs, 980 nm and Nd:YAG, 1064 nm). Prior to measurement, a variety of filters of known...
Hollow Silica Waveguides for Mid-Infrared Power Transmission and Spectroscopy
Applications in the Mid-Infrared often require a flexible conduit for transmitting light from source to destination. Hollow Silica Waveguides with an internal Ag/AgI dielectric reflective layer optimized for maximum transmission between 2.5µm and 15µm have been used successfully for applications such as Erbium YAG and CO2 laser power transmission...

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