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Neodymium-doped gadolinium orthovanadate single crystal (Nd:GdVO4) is used for diode-pumped lasers.

Jul 1st, 2007
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Nd: GdVO4 crystal

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Neodymium-doped gadolinium orthovanadate single crystal (Nd:GdVO4) is used for diode-pumped lasers. Like Nd:YVO4 crystals, Nd:GdVO4 crystals have high gain. They also have low threshold, high absorption coefficients at pumping wavelengths, strongly polarized laser output, and a high laser-induced-damage threshold. The surface quality is 10-5 and the CA is better than 90% central area.
Laser Components, Essex, England

Megapixel cameras

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The 11 megapixel Lw11059 series of CCD megapixel cameras provide 4008 × 2672 resolution and on-board processing. USB 2.0 connectivity eliminates the need for a frame grabber. Advanced camera control is available through a software developer’s kit (SDK). The Lw11059 has a Canon Bayonet-style mount, the Lw11058 has a K-mount, and the Lw11057 has an F-mount.
Lumenera, Ottawa, Canada

Laser-beam profiling system

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The ModeScan Model 1780 uses a patented technique with 10 reflective surfaces to form 10 simultaneous images of the beam onto a CCD detector array. The M2 and all associated ISO 11146 parameters are measured and updated over 20 Hz. It can analyze CW, pulsed, and single-shot lasers over the 250 to 1100 nm wavelength range in real time.
Photon, San Jose, CA

Stabilized laser diodes

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Ondox wavelength-stabilized laser diodes utilize Ondax volume-holographic-grating (VHG) PowerLocker. This stabilization technology increases the spectral brightness of laser diodes, ensuring a precise center wavelength over the locked region. The laser has a single-mode, narrow linewidth of less than 50 MHz, temperature dependence of under 0.03 nm/°C, and is wavelength-locked to under +1 nm. It is available in 640, 658, 685, and 785 nm.
Photonic Products, Hatfield Broad Oak, England


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The red-enhanced ODD-3W-2 photodiode has a 3 mm2 bicell detector with noise-equivalent power of 2.5 × 10-14 W/√Hz, spectral response of 0.55 A/W at 900 nm, and high shunt resistance at 250 MΩ minimum. The chip is 0.1 × 0.48 in. per element, in a standard TO-5 can. Operating temperature is from -40ºC to 125ºC.
Opto Diode, Newbury Park, CA

High-power LED

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The Luxeon Rebel LED operates between 350 and 1000 mA. The cool-white LED can exceed 70 lumens/W at 350 mA, with more than 160 lumens at higher drive currents. It comes in warm-white, neutral-white, and cool-white color temperatures, as well as in standard InGaN and AlInGaP colors. It measures 3 × 4.5 mm.
Philips Lumileds, San Jose, CA

Optics cleanser

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Spray Formula First Contact Polymer Solution allows users to clean any size or shape optic, mirror, or crystal without touching delicate surfaces. The formula’s inert polymers protect treated optics and leave surfaces molecularly clean when removed. The solution is environmentally friendly.
Photonic Cleaning Technologies, Platteville, WI

Reflectance probes

The R600 reflectance probes for the UV to visible and visible to NIR ranges use seven 600 µm fibers to illuminate a sample and one to collect reflected light. The probes get three times as much signal as previous versions, and can be used with the company’s concave grating spectrometer for real-time color measurements and with NIR spectrometers for composition analysis.
StellarNet, Tampa, FL

Pyroelectric detectors

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A line of pyroelectric, radiometric detectors based on LiTaO3 crystals includes low-NEP, large-area sensors that cover from 0.1 to 20 µm. The SPC-X/SPC-XH discrete detectors are AC-coupled thermal detectors with broad spectral response. The SPH hybrid detectors have a high-performance surface-mount FET or Op Amp and giga-ohm resistors.
Spectrum Detector, Lake Oswego, OR

Spectrophotometer software

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Version 4.1 of Vision software for the company’s UV-visible spectrophotometers can remotely trigger the start of kinetics data collection and automatic readings via fiber-optic probes. It can collect 50 data points in the first second of a reaction with a dead time of less than 8 ms. The software is aimed at QC, materials science, and life-sciences markets.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Madison, WI

Vibration test system

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The DSX-8000 electrodynamic vibration test system features a 16-in.-diameter armature able to produce acceleration up to 120 g. It is rated at 8000 lbf (35.6 kN) for sine and random tests. A dynamic centering system is equipped with optical sensors to keep the armature centered during travel. It supports payloads up to 453 kg and velocity to 3.05 m/s.
Thermotron, Holland, MI

UV conversion screens

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The LDT-300B and LDT-300GB conversion screens can make UV radiation from 190 to 390 nm visible. The screens are designed for high power levels, with a damage threshold of more than 10 kW/cm2 from continuous-wave beams or more than 10 J/cm2 for pulsed sources.
Laser Components, Hudson, NH

Vision sensor

The In-Sight 5600 vision sensor is designed for rugged machine-vision applications. All models include In-Sight Explorer software release 3.4 with enhanced optical character reading and verification tools, onboard image storage for reviewing inspection results without a PC, and PROFITNET support for communication to factory-automation devices.
Cognex, Natick, MA

Edge-blackened optics

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Techspec imaging lenses are blackened around the edges to prevent light from exiting a mounted optic and reflecting into the system. Blackening is available off-the-shelf for most of the Techspec VIS 0º achromatic lenses, and is also available on all transmissive components through the company’s Quik Mod program.
Edmund Optics, Barrington, NJ

Quantum-dot filters

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Single-band fluorescence filter sets are optimized for quantum-dot nanocrystals. Three are designed for use with the Qdot 525, 605, and 655 nanocrystals from Molecular Probes. A fourth uses a long-pass emission filter for simultaneous viewing of multilabeled samples. Each set has a universal excitation filter, a universal dichroic beamsplitter, and a specific emission filter.
Semrock, Rochester, NY

Optics catalog

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A 100-page color catalog has 500 new products, including 14 commercial-grade optic product lines. The catalog includes more than 5000 products, including 5 million in stock. The company’s online Advanced Lens Search Tool allows the user to search the entire inventory to find lenses for a given application. The optics are suited for testing, prototyping, and experimentation.
Anchor Optics, Barrington, NJ

Machine-vision- inspection software

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The latest release of IPD iNspect software, version, provides a suite of machine-vision-inspection tools for positioning, measuring, barcode reading, 2-D-matrix reading, text reading, object recognition, and flaw detection. These tools are applied using a simple point-and-click graphical interface. The software supports Ethernet/IP and Modbus, as well as other protocols and connects directly with popular PLCs.
DALSA IPD, Billerica, MA

CEP-stabilization module

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The new Micra-CEP is a unique system for generating carrier-envelope-phase (CEP) stabilized ultrafast laser pulses. The system combines a flexible, stable broadband ultrafast Micra laser with a carrier-envelope-phase detection module and fast feedback electronics. The system is designed for the emerging fields of attosecond research, high-harmonic generation, optical clocks, and coherent control.
Coherent, Santa Clara, CA

Image-stabilization system

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A compact image-stabilization system consists of a gyrosensor that measures vibration, a lens assembly with a CCD, a digital-signal processor, and resident software to provide fully automatic operation. Designed for telescopes and other mobile-, ground-, air- or space-based observation platforms, the system features zero loss in resolution or FOV. It can handle vibrations up to 100 Hz and achieve image stability to 35 µrad.
Energen, Lowell, MA

Single-mode laser diode

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A single-mode continuous-wave, 200 mW, 850 nm laser diode offers stable TEM00 performance. The laser diode is suited for optoelectronic applications such as target designation, fiber-laser pumping, medical, and spectroscopic uses. It is supplied in a 9 mm package with N-type common-cathode pin configuration.
Frankfurt Laser, Friedrichsdorf, Germany

Picosecond modelocked laser

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The picoTRAIN Green IC-532-12000 modelocked picosecond laser delivers 12 W at 532 nm in a 76 MHz pulse train with 6 ps pulses. The laser has integrated second-harmonic generation (SHG) and provides 20 W at 1064 nm with synchronized and simultaneous output beams at 532 nm and 1064 nm. The TEM00 laser beam has a beam quality of M2 less than 1.2. The laser has a footprint of 630 (l) × 200 (w) × 80 mm (h).
High Q Laser Production, Bregenz, Austria

Optics catalog

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An optics catalog provides comprehensive information on IR optics products, including the MP low-absorbing lenses for high-power CO2 lasers, low-power optics for marking and engraving applications, non-rotationally-symmetric optics, and IR materials. Tutorial information is included on selecting the right focusing lens, proper optics cleaning and handling, polarization, and other topics.
II-VI Infrared, Saxonburg, PA

Diode laser

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The LIMO50-C10x10-DL980 emits 50 W ouput power with a 10 × 10 mm beam and typical divergence of 2 × 2 mrad. The beam-parameter-product of 5 mm yields a power density of 10 MW/cm2 in a 25 µm spot. The laser operates with thermoelectric cooling or tap-water cooling. A fiber-coupled version (LIMO25-F100-DL980) emits 25 W output power, delivered by a 100 µm fiber core.
LIMO, Dortmund, Germany

CS bar package fixture

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A temperature-controlled CS bar package fixture has a 100 W thermal heat load capacity and is designed for testing high-power laser diodes in CS bar packages. It has active solid-state temperature control over a 25ºC to 85ºC range (at 100 W heat load). The fixture is compatible with the company’s LDX-3600 series high-power current sources and temperature controllers. It mounts to optical tables and positioners through standard spaced 1/4 in. holes.
ILX Lightwave, Bozeman, MT

Supercontinuum white-light sources

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The SuperK Compact spectrally covers from 500 to 1750 nm with an average output power of 100 mW and a minimum power density of -20 dBm/nm. The pulsed system has a repetition rate of 25 kHz and pulse lengths of 1 to 2 ns. Applications include photonic crystals and structures and chromatic-dispersion characterization in fiber and telecom components that operate in the CWDM and DWDM ranges.
Koheras, Birkerød, Germany

Micropositioning stages

Micropositioning stages are now available off-the-shelf. Lead-screw microstages offer 0.03 mm repeatability and a maximum load of 4.9 N. Ball-screw microstages provide 0.01 mm repeatability and 39.2 N maximum load. Travel lengths are from 10 to 200 mm.
LM76, East Longmeadow, MA

Laser system for PCB production

The ProtoLaser 200 is a laser system for prototyping and on-demand production of PCBs. The fully enclosed system works directly off of CAD data to produce circuits on a variety of materials. The system combines laser technology, optics, and x/y table mechanisms. It can be used as a component in RF and microwave engineering environments.
LPKF Laser & Electronics, Wilsonville, OR

Tunable imaging radiometer

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The STiR 1.4 delivers spectroradiometric measurements from 400 to 720 nm in a 1400 × 1040 image. The system’s performance specifications include low stray light, 1 nm accuracy, a nominal bandpass resolution of 7 nm and more than six decades of dynamic range. The radiometer can measure sources such as LEDs and fluorescent lamps without special corrections. Paint Shop-style Photometrica software is included.
Lumetrix, Ottawa, Canada

Pump-diode laser source

The LU0940C1000 high-power pump-diode laser source provides 1 kW of optical output power. Based on multiple single-emitter laser-diode modules, the source is available at 915, 940, 960, and 975 nm wavelengths. Utilizing proprietary chip technology, the 19 in. rack-mounted unit is offered with a water-cooled system and driver electronics.
Lumics, Berlin, Germany

Fiberoptic illumination technologies

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BendiGlo, HoloGlo, CircleGlo, and Selective Lighting are patented new technologies that enable designers to backlight or illuminate areas that have previously been problematic or unreachable. Optical fiber is mounted on a back-reflector to create lighting panels as thin as 0.33 mm. A proprietary computer-controlled etching process ensures uniform light distribution with brightness to 75 F-L with no heat, EMI, or ESD.
Lumitex, Strongsville, OH

InGaAs spectrometer

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The off-the-shelf, TRISTAN-NIR InGaAs infrared spectrometer is actively ventilated and temperature controlled. The NIR-HR covers the 900 to 1700 nm spectral range with a 5 nm resolution; the exNIR covers the region from 1000 to 2200 nm with 15 nm resolution. With exposure times starting at 15 µs, 500 to 1000 exposure cycles can be made in one second.
m∙u∙t, Hamburg, Germany

Ultrafast fiber laser

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The M-Comb ultrafast fiber laser runs at a 250 MHz repetition rate that is coarsely tunable by 2.5 MHz. It can be fine-tuned and locked with a piezo actuator. The laser is suitable as a component in octave spanning optical frequency generators. Average optical output power of over 80 mW can seed up to three amplifiers. Its spectral bandwidth supports sub-150 fs pulse duration.
Menlo Systems, Munich, Germany

In-house depolarizer manufacturing

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A workstation for manufacturing depolarizers allows in-house production of very small depolarizers. The workstation consists of a main unit, a modified Ericsson splicer, and a recoater. The system performs 45º, 0º, and 90º splices by active alignment. A PC coordinates all sub-units and collects the data to be transferred to a QA database.
Nyfors, Stockholm, Sweden

Dual-magnetron reactive sputtering

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Production-line dual-magnetron reactive (DMR) sputtering coatings have dense, precise layers that are shift-free. DMR sputtering utilizes a proprietary plasma/ion, reactive, dual-magnetron process, controlled by a multidimensional CAD and a real-time monitoring system. Designed for complex high-phase-thickness thin films, these physical vapor-deposition coatings are manufactured in the company’s LEEDS facility.
Omega Optical, Brattleboro, VT

Fiber-coupled LED modules

A new series of high-powered, temperature-stablized LED modules are available in models that provide 250 mW power and fiber-coupled versions with up to 150 mW in the UV (365 nm), VIS, and IR range. The modules are used as a light source for fluorescence stimulation in biotechnology and chemistry, UV hardening, photocatalysis, and microscopy. An OEM version is available.
Omicron, Rodgau, Germany

Yellow DPSS lasers

The yellow SLIM-561 lasers provide 100 mW power at 561 nm for instrumentation, fiber-coupled implementation, and display applications. The DPSS lasers incorporate proprietary Alignment-free Monolithic Resonator (AMR) technology. They are available with power-supply/controller modules in either OEM or plug-and-play versions.
Oxxius, Lannion, France

Sensor for fiber measurement

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The Optical Fiber Length Sensor (OFLS) measures the lengths of optical fibers up to 500 m long with 1 mm resolution and less than 0.1% measurement error. It can measure multimode, single-mode, and polarization-maintaining fibers. The sensor is designed for applications such as cable manufacturing and spooling, strain sensing, and fiber interferometry.
OZ Optics, Ottawa, Canada


The ACULED VHL (Very High Lumen) comes in a monochromatic (UV, blue, green, yellow, red, IR) and in an RGBY (yellow) version. Features include a luminous flux of up to 325 lumens, thermal resistance as low as 4.5 K/W and a separate anode and cathode on each chip. The ACULED DYO (Design Your Own) allows customer flexibility to design a four-chip LED configuration to suit any specific lighting application needs.
PerkinElmer, Fremont, CA

Piezo amplifier

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The E-481 High Voltage Amplifier for piezoelectric actuators utilizes a bipolar driver circuit, providing 2000 W of dynamic power and an output range of up to 1100 V or ±550 V. Features include multiple output ranges, unipolar and bipolar operation, 5 kHz bandwidth, energy-recovery design, and a computer interface. Differential operation of two piezoelectric actuators is possible.
PI (Physik Instrumente), Auburn, MA

Ultrafast laser

The RAPID industrial ultrafast laser drills and cuts almost any material without a heat-affected zone, recast, or burrs. It delivers pulses at less than 640 kHz. Designed for industrial micromachining, the laser removes between 10 and 100 nm in depth per pulse. It is available in 2, 8, and 50 W versions at 1064 nm, as well as conversion to green, UV, and other wavelengths.
RPMC, O’Fallon, MO

SWIR video camera

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The SU320KTSX-1.7RT is a new short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) video camera. The solid-state imager has a power consumption of less than 2 W at 20ºC, and a 320 × 256-pixel format on a 25 µm pixel pitch, offering high sensitivity and a dynamic range in the SWIR wavelength, from 0.9 to 1.7 µm. The InGaAs SWIR KTSX delivers clear video, from partial starlight to direct sunlight.
Sensors Unlimited, Princeton, NJ

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