New Products

June 1, 2004
Goniometer; Picosecond source; Progressive scan camera; MORE...


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The OL 700-30 Goniometric Measurement Assembly is designed to work with the company's high-speed test system for measuring the view angles of LEDs. It has a USB interface, an automated horizontal range of -90° to +90°, minimum horizontal angle resolution of 0.01°, and maximum horizontal rotation rate of 15°/s at 1° measurement intervals. Windows-based application software includes a suite of spatial radiation measurement routines and accommodates customized applications.
Optronic Laboratories, Orlando, FL

Picosecond source

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A pulsed laser-diode source, the NanoLED-14 emits pulses with duration less than 100 ps at a nominal wavelength of 475 nm. It comes in a miniaturized package and offers turnkey operation. It can be used as an excitation source for TCSPC-based fluorescence lifetime measurements and this wavelength is matched to important fluorophores such as fluorescein and NBD. It has adjustable collimated optics with pinhole apertures for beam circularization and a gold-plate enclosure to minimize RF noise.
Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ

Progressive scan camera

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The CV-M9CL camera offers resolution of 1024 × 768 pixels—three times XGA resolution. It uses three progressive-scan CCDs, operates at 30 frames/s, has a digital output selectable between 8 and 10 bits, and has a C-mount. It include built-in chromatic shading compensation and individual exposure control for each of the CCDs. Variable shutter control for white balance provides a low-noise image. The camera is designed for food sorting, medical applications, and other uses in which color rendition is important.
Jai Pulnix, Sunnyvale, CA

BBO plates

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Thin Beta-Barium Borate plates are designed for femtosecond laser applications. The high-damage-threshold BBO has a wide transparency and phase-matching range in the visible and UV. Plates are available with aperture up to 20 × 20 mm and thickness down to 10 µm. Optical homogeneity of dn of approximately 10-6 cm-1 is guaranteed. The crystals have flatness of l/6 at 633 nm, parallelism of less than 10 arcsec, angle tolerance of less than 15 arcmin, and scratch/dig surface quality of 10/5.
Ekspla, Vilnius, Lithuania

Laser-diode series

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The LambdaLok high-power laser-diode series incorporates a volume Bragg grating to "lock" the wavelength and narrow the spectral linewidth to 0.3 nm (typical) with a temperature coefficient 0.01/ºC. The diodes, available at 785, 808, and 976 nm, can be used as pump sources for solid-state lasers and Raman spectroscopy.
Pro-Lite Technology, Cranfield, England

Avalanche photodetectors

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A new line of avalanche photodiodes have active area diameters from 300 to 900 µm and are sensitive from 400 to 1100 nm with a peak responsivity of 850 nm. The devices are available in a hermetically sealed TO-46 package with either a flat window or a micro lens cap. They are suited for tasks requiring light detection in the visible and near-IR.
UDT Sensors, Hawthorne, CA

Optical switch system

The PSC32 configurable optical switch system is designed for test and measurement applications. The PSC32 uses a patented Micro-Actuation and Sensing System (MASS). Each of the 32 optical connections can be assigned as either input or output ports via touch screen or remote Ethernet interface. It can be configured to operate as a 1 × 31 or 2 × 30 switch up to a 16 × 16 switch.
Polatis, Cambridge, England

Picosecond laser

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The Nd:YVO4 diode-pumped Staccato laser, manufactured by Lumera Laser, provides 13-ps pulses to produce cuts in metal comparable to a femtosecond laser. "Cold" micromachining at 100 kHz is possible, as the target is ablated without affecting the neighboring material. The laser can cut or drill materials less than or equal to 1-mm thickness. It is offered in 532, 355, 266, and 1064 nm.
RPMC, O'Fallon, MO

Radiometric head

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The Ophir PD300-BB is a photodiode-based detector head with a flat spectral response from 400 to 1000 nm for power measurement of broadband light sources. It has a dynamic range from 50 pW to 8 mW of power. Suited for radiometry applications, the thin, low-profile head has a 10 × 10-mm aperture, with a response time of 0.2 ns and a noise level of ±2 pW.
BFi OPTiLAS, Evry, France

Diode laser

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A new 780-nm external-cavity diode-laser system with 1-W diffraction-limited output power joins the Tiger Series. The single-stage laser system provides a narrow linewidth of 1 MHz, a side-mode suppression better than 50 dB, and beam quality of M2 less than 1.7. The total tuning range exceeds 20 nm and the mode-hop-free tuning range is up to 25 GHz, performed by a piezo actuator. The laser is designed for Raman spectroscopy applications.
Sacher Lasertechnik, Marburg, Germany

DC motor

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The new 000-0362 brushless DC motor, designed with an operating voltage of 28 V, can deliver greater than 45 oz.-in. of continuous torque. The motor has a profile of 1.85 in. and a motor diameter of 4.2 in. It has been designed to achieve an efficiency of 85% at its load point.

The motor utilizes Hall-Effect sensors. Customization options are available.
Servo Magnetics, Canoga Park, CA


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The PulseScout is a new autocorrelator for ultrafast laser diagnostics. It measures laser pulse durations ranging from 20 fs to the picosecond range and can be configured for wavelengths from 420 to 1600 nm. It has two user-interchangeable detector modules to measure pulse widths from both low-energy, high-MHz-repetition-rate oscillators and high-energy, low-repetition-rate amplifiers. An integrated spectrometer enables simultaneous measurement of both the temporal and spectral components of ultrafast laser pulses.
Spectra-Physics, Mountain View, CA

Simulation software

OptSim 4.0 is a new platform combining the twin simulation engines from previous version of LinkSIM and OptSIM under a new graphical user interface. The software performs simulation, validation, and design of all types of optical communication systems, including all-optical networks, DWDM/OTDM amplified systems, ultra-long-haul terrestrial, and submarine systems, CATV/digital/analog systems, metro area networks, and optical LANs.
RSoft, Ossining, NY

IR-cutoff filters

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Precision infrared-cutoff filters for CCD and CMOS sensors are precision polished windows that are coated with a dielectric IR-cutoff coating. The cosmetic surface quality specification is better than 20/10 scratch/dig after coating. A standard filter size of 15 × 15 mm is available off-the-shelf.
Sunex, Carlsbad, CA

Terrawatt-laser system

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The Alpha 100 is a diode-pumped 100-Hz ultrafast laser that provides 15 mJ per pulse. It integrates a Jedi DPSS laser pump that has 120-mJ output at 532 nm with a pulse-to-pulse stability close to 1%. The Jedi can upgrade existing 10-Hz Ti:sapphire systems to 100 Hz. The Alpha 100 system is designed for high-power x-ray source generation and ultrafast spectroscopy experiments.
Thales Laser, Orsay, France

Fiberoptic vacuum feedthroughs

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A new series of fiberoptic vacuum feedthroughs are designed for end-point detection and plasma emission spectroscopy. Both single-fiber and multifiber bundles are sealed within vacuum-tight flanges that are designed to pass directly through vacuum chamber walls with maximum helium leak rates of 10-11 cm3/s (torr) and no additional optical loss. The feedthroughs are helium-leak tested and certified. Many versions of the UV-Vis-NIR assemblies are available.
Multimode Fiber Optics, East Hanover, NJ

Single-mode fiber

The new SM-1310-P1 polyimide-coated single-mode fiber is designed for optical sensor systems operating at 1310 and 1550 nm within harsh environments inherent to the oil and gas industries. The fiber has a glass diameter of 125 mm and a coating diameter of 155 nm. With the application of the polyimide coating, this specialty fiber has an operating temperature range of -65ºC to 300ºC.
StockerYale, Salem, NH

Excimer laser

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The ExiStar S-Industrial is designed for safety and meets SEMI, FDA, UL-CSA, and IEC 61010 standards of safety and reliability. The laser's solid-state switch lowers the maximum voltage to 1.5 kV. The discharge tube is constructed of metal and ceramic components and is supported by a reengineered gas management system. Repetition rates of 200, 500, or 1000 Hz and wavelengths of 157, 193, 248, 308, or 351 nm are available.
TuiLaser, Munich, Germany

PCF fiber connectors

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Pigtails and jumper assemblies made with photonic crystal fibers are available with SMA, ST, FC, and other connector types. The fiber ends are hermetically sealed and can be cleaned with ±10 µm tolerance on endface window thickness. Options including cladding-mode removal, rotational alignment of polariztion-maintaining fibers, and angle polish are available.
TraTech Fiberoptics, Bend, OR

Rotary tables

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The ADRS series direct-drive rotary stages are designed to minimize stage height. They have a clear aperture that can be used for product feed-through or beam delivery. A slotless stator design eliminates torque ripple. The series is available in 100-, 150-, and 200-mm versions, with options for different motor windings.
Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA

TEC controller

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The Series 850 rack-mounted TEC controller offers full PID linear temperature control coupled with auto-tuning to provide long-term temperature stability of better than than 0.002°C. It can be configured for power requirements up to 600 W, 40 A. A variety of sensors can be used for feedback, and communications options include RS-232 and RS-485, as well as GPIB.
Alpha Omega Instruments, Cumberland, RI


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The Silver series of infrared focal-plane-array cameras are based on cryogenically cooled staring array detectors. They have frame rates up to 400 images/s in full frame and tens of kilohertz in subwindowing mode. They operate in the 3- to 5-µm and 8- to 12-µm range, and have spatial resolution of either 320 × 256 or 640 × 512 pixels.
CEDIP Infrared Systems, Croissy-Beaubourg, France

Digital CCD camera

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The PixelFlyQE digital CCD camera has pixel resolution of 1390 × 1024 and is designed for medical-inspection and machine-vision applications. The 12-bit camera comes in five sensor types: VGA, SVGA, HiRes, UV, and QE. Exposure times from from 1/100,000 to 10 s. The camera measures 2.5 × 1.5 in.
Cooke, Auburn Hills, MI


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A line of photosensor modules have 1 1/8-in.-diameter end windows. The modules consume power of 10 mA at 12 V and have an active transistor divider. They operate in the 300- to 660-nm and the 300- to 880-nm ranges in a variety of signal bandwidths, ranging from DC up to 10 MHz.
Burle Industries, Lancaster, PA

Vision sensors

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The In-Sight models 5100 and 5400 vision sensors for industrial machine vision meet IEC specifications for shock and vibration and have an IP67 rating for dust and wash-down protection. Both acquire up to 60 full frames/s. Software includes a library of image processing and analysis tools.
Cognex Modular Vision Systems Division, Natick, MA

Ti:sapphire laser

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The Chameleon-XR Ti:sapphire laser has a 260-nm tuning range from 720 to 980 nm. It produces femtosecond pulses with greater than 1-W average output. Designed for multiphoton excitation microscopy, the pulse width is optimized for minimal broadening in most microscopes and ensures intense sample excitation.
Coherent, Santa Clara, CA

Oxide evaporation materials

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A line of premelted refractory oxide materials is aimed at electron-beam evaporation processes. Cones, rods, discs, and pieces can be manufactured for e-beam coating platforms and customized for a particular pocket or crucible. Available materials include Al2O3, white or black HfO2, Ta2O3, TiO2, and ZrO2
CERAC, Milwaukee, WI

Photodiode test system

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The Model 280 photodiode test system can characterize the parametric performance of PIN and avalanche photodiodes during development, quality assurance, and production in less than 8 s. It supports both all-states polarization-dependent responsivity and the faster 4- and 6-state PDR measurement methods. Measurement noise is less than 200 fA and bias voltage is settable from 0 to 10 V.
dBm Optics, Boulder, CO

Power supplies

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Astec HPS35 350-W AC/DC bulk power-supply modules are available in 12 VDC. They are 80% efficient and are designed for data storage, telecom, and industrial applications that use distributed power architecture. They have full current-sharing capabilities and built-in OR-ing diodes for isolation. They accept input from 90 to 264 VAC.
Emerson Network Power, Carlsbad, CA


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Tech Spec polarizers are available with greater than 100,000:1 contrast for ranges from 372 to 388 nm and 900 to 1200 nm, with greater than 10,000:1 contrast for 369 to 390 nm and 750 to 1400 nm, and with greater than 1,000:1 contrast for 365 to 395 nm and 650 to 1700 nm. They are built with uniformly stretched silver nanoparticles embedded in soda-lime glass.
Edmund Industrial Optics, Barrington, NJ

Raman analyzer

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The HRC-10 Raman analyzer includes a NIR-frequency-stabilized laser with power up to 400 mW and linewidth less than 1 cm-1. It has a high-Rayleigh-rejection/throughput fiberoptic probe with up to O.D. greater than 8, and a CCD-based high-resolution/throughput spectrograph of less than 6 cm-1. The system is designed for condensed material identification and process control.
Enwave Optronics, Irvine, CA

Thermal management

The SpreaderShield, made from natural graphite, distributes heat evenly in two dimensions, eliminating hot spots to shield components from heat. The shield can be custom designed for use in flat-panel displays, portably projectors, digital video cameras, and consumer electronics. It comes in different thickness and can be combined with other materials.
GrafTech International, Cleveland, OH

CMOS sensor

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The S9226 CMOS linear image sensor has a built-in timing generator and advanced signal-processing circuit in a 12 × 7.87 × 1.5-mm package. It covers a spectral response range of 400 to 1000 nm with peak relative sensitivity of 100% at 700 nm. Typical dark current is 3 fA and readout noise is typically 0.3 mV (low gain) and 0.6 mV (high gain).
Hamamatsu, Bridgewater, NJ

OEM spectrometers

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The Summit 6400 line of configurable single-beam OEM spectrometers have resolution of approximately 1 nm from 190 to 400 nm. They use holographic diffraction gratings, a 512-element silicon photodiode array detector and low-noise, 16-bit electronics. Scan rate is 4 spectra/s. Aperture is f/2.5 and focal length is approximately 100 mm.
Headwall Photonics, Fitchburg, MA

Slow-axis telescopes

Slow-axis telescopes collimate laser-diode arrays with 200/400-µm structures in the slow-axis plane. This makes possible a divergence reduction near a factor of 1.8, increasing the power density of the lasers by 80%. The system is also available in a preassembled module that collimates both slow and fast axes.
LIMO, Dortmund, Germany

Vacuum gauge

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The ConvecTech vacuum gauge measures pressures from 1000 to 10-4 Torr. It is built with clean assembly procedures to ensure compatibility with contamination-sensitive processes. Decreased internal surface area improves the response time of the gauge to lower pressures. It is designed as a drop-in replacement in existing applications.
InstruTech, Longmont, CO


The PM-1400-FAST videophotometer can transfer data as 12 bits for high-speed measurements or 14 bits for high dynamic range. It uses a USB 2.0 connection. Design improvements to the filter wheel enable faster and quieter operations for color measurement. The system uses the new version of ProMetric software, which displays color coordinates on the CIE diagrams, selects freeform shape regions of interest, and computes the luminance or color histogram of regions of interest.
Light Tec, Hyères, France

Cooled CCD

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The KY-F75CU is a cooled, progressive-scan, color camera with 4.3 million effective square progressive-scan pixels. It gives an output greater than SXGA resolution of 1360 × 1024. For very-low-light-level imaging, integration times can be up to 256 s. It can also run at 7.5 frames/s with full 30-bit color processing.
JVC Professional Europe, London, England

Optical tables

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A range of optical tables come in sizes from 6 to 20 ft with standard thicknesses from 8 to 36 in. All are compatible with a Class 100 cleanrooms, with a Class 10 option available. The 5300 series has quad-tuned plus broadband damping for high-precision applications. The 5200 series has dual-tuned plus broadband damping, and the 5100T series has tuned damping.
Kinetic Systems, Boston, MA

FireWire camera

The Retiga 1300R digital camera provides 1.34 million pixels. It has an IEEE 1394 FireWire interface for a single-wire connection to a computer. It comes in monochrome, cooled or noncooled, and includes image preview and capture software for both Windows and Mac-based systems. It produces high-resolution images for quantitative analysis in a variety of applications.
QImaging, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Image sensor

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The He KAI-0340M image sensor is a progressive-scan, interline CCD with a peak quantum efficiency of 55%. It is based on a 1/3-in. optical format, has a resolution of 640 × 480 pixels, and comes in both single- or dual-output versions. Using a fast horizontal line dump to eliminate lines during readout provides rates up to 4000 frames/s at 244 × 60 resolution.
Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY

Beam sensor

The Big Beam Sensor measures height and width of opaque targets with sensing lengths up to 1 m apart. It has beam height up to 30 mm. Repeatability is better than 0.5% at 5 kHz and typical resolution is 0.003 mm of the measurement range. Measurement frequency is up to 5 kHz.
LMI Technologies USA, Southfield, MI


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Cartridge DDR direct-drive rotary servomotors include a factory-aligned, high-resolution feedback device and a bearingless design. They can be installed in less than 30 minutes and offer up to 50% more torque density than servomotors of similar size. They reduce noise by up to 20 dB.
Danaher Motion, Wood Dale, IL

Raman system

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The Dimension-P1 Raman system has a frequency-stabilized, power-adjustable laser with a linewidth of 0.15 nm. The lens-based f/1.8 spectrography and a choice of spectroscopy-grade CCD cameras provide wide spectral coverage and resolution as high as 3 to 4 cm-1. Software performs integrating data collection, database interface, and analysis.
Lambda Solutions, Waltham, MA

Large-beam collimators

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New standard and custom large-beam collimators optimized for use at 1064 nm are intended for use in high-power Nd:YAG beam-delivery units, including fiber lasers. The collimators are available off-the-shelf in seven beam diameters from approximately 0.97 to 12.7 mm, mounted in a rugged stainless-steel housing with a choice of fiber connectors.
LightPath, Orlando, FL

LED lighting system

With the heat-generating limiting resistor moved from inside the light to the power source, MG-Wave LED lighting achieves a typical temperature reduction of about 20°C and a 40% increase in luminous intensity compared to a conventional LED. The LEDs operate across a narrow bandwidth to deliver the contrast needed for image processing.
Moritex Europe, Cambridge, England

IR source

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The USS-400-IG Uniform Source System provides uniform irradiance over a range of 600 nm to 5 µm, allowing the calibration of VIS/NIR/IR sensors, IR-based cameras, and IR targeting systems. It has a tungsten illuminator for the VIS/NIR region and a glowbar illuminator for the IR. It includes a 4-in.-diameter integrating sphere and a 1.25-in.-diameter exit port.
Labsphere, North Sutton, NH

Circuit-board cutter

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The MicroLine Cut 350 UV-laser system can cut both flexible and rigid printed circuit boards, skive cover layers, drill microvias, and machine precise pockets in microwave boards. It can also produce PTFE circuits directly from design data. It has a working area of 15 × 12 in.
LPKF Laser and Electronics, Wilsonville, OR


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A two-component, room-temperature-curing, high-temperature-resistant epoxy, EP35 produces bonds that maintain their strength even after long exposure to temperatures in the 450°F to 500°F range. It has a 100 to 70 mix ratio by weight and can be applied without sagging or dripping on vertical surfaces. It adheres to metals, glass, ceramics, wood, and many plastics.
Master Bond, Hackensack, NJ

Actuator system

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A USB-based motorized actuator system includes stepper-motor actuators, a combined drive/controller unit, and application-ready software. The actuators come in standard and high-load version with either a 12- or 25-mm travel range. All have nonrotating spindles to reduce contact-point friction. Each controller runs two actuators but can control up to 20 from a single computer.
Melles Griot Photonics Components Group, Carlsbad, CA

Solid-state laser head

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The SSLH-50 solid-state laser head measures 54 × 60 mm and is ready for use in an OEM resonator. Six water-cooled diode bars arranged in two circles around the Nd:YAG rod provide pumping. Within a stable resonator the device provides 50-W CW output (diode current: 40 A), or 140-W QCW peak power (diode current: 70 A).
Monocrom, Vilanoveta, Spain

System design software

The latest version of OptiSystem design software for optical communications systems adds a separated-channel-fiber model to simulate WDM systems. Another new model simulates double-clad, Yb-doped fibers. The software also lets the user define filter components to optimize multiple parameters.
Optiwave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Avalanche photodiodes

The OG-A line of avalanche photodiodes is designed for sensor applications that require high sensitivity between 900 and 1700 nm. They exploit the nonlocal behavior of impact ionization yielding keff values less than 0.18 at M = 10. They are available as discrete die, 1-D, and 2-D arrays or custom-integrated with a processed wafer.
OptoGration, Haverhill, MA

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