A fiber-laser system offers an output of 200 W with a near-diffraction-limited beam quality in customer-specified wavelengths.

Apr 1st, 2007
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Fiber laser

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A fiber-laser system offers an output of 200 W with a near-diffraction-limited beam quality in customer-specified wavelengths. Various beam diameters are available for specific applications, using continuous-wave or modified-CW mode. Applications include OEM industrial and manufacturing processes.
Apollo Instruments, Irvine, CA

Laser-diode arrays

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The SIRILAS laser-diode array has been incorporated into pumping modules by RayTools. The array consists of a bar with 16 emitters and achieves an output of 30 W. The pumping modules include up to 10 arrays for outputs up to 300 W. The laser bar is centered on integrated cooling fins for lower thermal resistance. The arrays are designed for applications that require high-power line emission output.
Osram Opto
Regensburg, Germany

Megapixel video camera

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The Fastcam SA-1 camera takes 5000 full-megapixel-resolution frames per second. Its CMOS sensor provides imaging with 12-bit resolution and 2 ms global shuttering. Users can choose as a memory configuration either 8 GByte with 6 s at 1000 frames/s or 16 GByte with 12 s at 1000 frames/s. The imager has maximum speed at reduced resolution of 150,000 frames/s.
Photron, San Diego, CA

Beam analyzer

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The LBS-USB laser-beam analyzer incorporates a series of USB 2.0 CCD cameras for laser-beam profiling. The device uses only CCD cameras for maximum linearity and accuracy. Three choices of cameras are available, from a 640 × 480 sensor with 7.4 µm pixels to a 1616 × 1216 sensor with 4.4 µm pixels.
Spiricon, Logan, UT

Deformable mirror

A MEMS-based deformable mirror for adaptive optics is designed for ultra-high-resolution retinal imaging for early detection of ocular diseases. It uses 140 independently controlled actuators. Its 3 kHz frequency allows high-speed, real-time imaging with a 6 mm aperture. Its 6 µm stroke provides 12 µm wavefront correction.
Boston Micromachines,
Watertown, MA

Inspection system

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The new tabletop IX-70 ChromAblate on-target inspection and short-deletion system includes an integrated adjustable attenuator, coaxial high-resolution CCD camera, adjustable zoom lens, and LCD display for real-time process viewing. Developed for the repair of flat-panel displays, microcircuits, and wafers, the system can be configured with IR, VIS, and UV wavelengths.
JPSA, Hollis, New Hampshire

LED systems

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The HPLS series of interchangeable high-intensity LEDs now includes analog and digital modes. Configurations include optics for applications in fluorescence imaging, microscope imaging, high-speed imaging, photosynthesis research, solar-cell testing, and detector testing. In analog mode, the full optical power is up to 400 mW with a speed of 500 kHz.
Lightspeed Technologies,
Campbell, CA

Machine-vision diffusers

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Light shaping diffusers improve uniformity and homogeneity to illumination systems in automatic optical-inspection platforms. Asymmetrical diffusers in lengths up to 1500 ft provide uniformity of better than 95% for line-scan applications. Symmetrical diffusers are used with backlights for inspection of transparent objects to detect imperfections or cracks.
Luminit, Torrance, CA

Fiber lasers

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A series of high-power, OEM fiber lasers provide power of 10 to 50 W continuous wave and 5 to 20 W in Q-switched mode. The compact lasers utilize patented “Injection in Fiber and All Fiber” technology. Several accessories, laser-control options, and customized requirements are available. The ytterbium-fiber lasers are also available in a 19 in. turnkey version.
Manlight, Lannion, France

Color-sensor modules

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Two OEM true-color sensor modules have been added to the Jencolour product group. The MTCS-TIAM1 is a color-sensor board with optical shutters and is designed for use with the MTCSiCS true-color-sensor IC and integrates the MT104CQ transimpedance amplifier and compact, chip-on-board technology. The MTCS-TIAM-2 includes a true-color-sensor IC with an MT104C integrated signal amplifier. It contains red-green-blue filters for color measurements.
MAZeT, Jena, Germany

Machine-vision catalog

A 100-page, full-color 2007 product catalog features photos, drawings, and technical specifications. It contains over 400 products, including lenses, attachments, adapters, controllers, and illuminators, as well as expanded systems diagrams, performance specifications, and lens accessories.
Navitar, Rochester, NY

UV soft-x-ray spectrometer

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The Model 248/310 UV, 1-300 nm soft-x-ray spectrometer is designed for use by scientists developing new pulsed and tunable x-ray sources. It can detect laser harmonics over an energy range from 4 eV to 1.2 keV. Suitable for work in the 10-6 torr vacuum range, an ultra-high-vacuum version is also available for work in the 10-10 torr vacuum range.
McPherson, Chelmsford, MA


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Endoscopes, borescopes, and video borescopes are designed for testing and visual inspection in tight, inaccessible locations. The lightscopes are available with rigid or flexible probes, integral battery-powered illumination, and adjustable focus range from 10 mm to infinity. The waterproof, stainless-steel devices have c-mount compatibility to interface to mobile video or digital recording systems.
Moritex, Cambridge, England

NIR-transmission analyzer

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The Series 2000 Creams and Lotions Analyzer is a diode-array spectrometer that uses a selection of sample cells to collect NIR transmission spectra through liquid, suspensions, and emulsions, such as lotions or creams. It scans the wavelength range from 720 to 1100 nm, where O-H, C-H, and N-H bonds absorb light.
NIR Technology Systems, Bankstown, NSW Australia

Bandpass filters

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Bandpass filters, manufactured using sputter technology for very dense coating layers, are designed for automotive sensor applications. The filters allow more than 90% of the useful IR radiation to be transmitted while nearly completely absorbing visible light. Sputter technology enables optical tolerances to be improved by a factor of two, improves the optical sensor signal-to-noise ratio, and allows temperature stability up to 300°C.
Oerlikon Components Optics,
Pfäffikon, Switzerland

Measuring microscopes

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The STM6 series of microscopes has been specifically designed for inspection and measurement of industrial parts and electronic components. The STM6-LM inspects larger samples, with a 250 × 150 mm measuring area. Both models have motorized focusing, a z-axis control box, UIS2 (Universal Infinity System) infinity-corrected optics, and a rigid body with integrated counters.
Olympus, Hamburg, Germany

Design software

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The OptiFDTD 7.0 design software is powered by a “true-64-bit” simulation engine for Windows Vista and Windows 64-bit operating systems. New features include the ability to run larger mesh-size simulations and design on slanted walls of waveguide profiles. Memory usage prediction and 2-D refractive-index distribution export from layout designer.
Optiwave Systems, Ottawa, ON, Canada

ASE light source

Amplified-spontaneous-emission (ASE) light sources are stable, high-power, broadband sources designed for optical measurement and testing applications in DWDM systems, sensor systems, and components characterization. The series utilizes erbium-doped fiber to produce the amplified spontaneous emission. The source covers the C-band, C+L-band, and 1050 nm.
Opto-Link, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Lens-quality analyzer

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The KaLeo lens-quality analyzer offers simultaneous measurement of aberrations and MTF for spherical and aspherical lenses. It uses an innovative wavefront-analysis technology that permits optical characterization with NAs up to 0.3 without any relay lens. The device allows the user to obtain a complete lens characterization in a single measurement.
Phasics, Palaiseau, France

Photomultiplier tube

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The XP1322 is a new 0.5 in. round photomultiplier tube for the 270 to 650 nm spectral range. It is designed for applications such as scintillation counting, high-energy physics, life sciences, and bioluminescence. The compact device is offered with or without a matching VDN. It is also available as a photon-counting model.
The Photonis Group, Brive, France

Routing device for TCSPC system

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The PHR 800 is a four-channel detector option for the PicoHarp 300 photon-counting module. The new routing device allows the detectors to operate quasi in parallel on a single PicoHarp, allowing users to collect fluorescence lifetime decays on multiple channels simultaneously. The router is controlled through PicoHarp software and supports histogramming and TTTR mode.
PicoQuant, Berlin, Germany

Fiber-optic laser encoder

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The RLE20 fiber-optic laser-encoder system allows the laser interferometer to be used in production environments, providing resolution capability of 38 pm, differential measurements, and part-per-billion laser-frequency stabilization. By using a fiber-optic delivery system directly to the interferometer, only two components need to be aligned to form a complex axis-positioning system, reducing installation time, reducing equipment footprint, and removing the heat source from the immediate work area.
Renishaw, Hoffman Estates, IL

Circular variable neutral-density filters

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Customizable circular variable neutral-density filters are used in optical systems to change the light intensity from 100% to less than 0.1%. As the filter rotates, the beam intensity is modified due to the density variation of a gradient metallic coating around the filter. Features include gradient coatings from 45° to 360° rotation, diameters from 1 to 8 in., and operation from the UV to the far IR.
Reynard, San Clemente, CA

Optical TRAP detectors

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Optical TRAP detectors are based on a TRAP concept developed by NIST scientists. The detectors have multiple, large-area Si and Ge detectors and a spherical mirror to collect more than 98% of light or laser input. They are designed for collimated and divergent sources. The SST and SGT models cover the spectrum from 300 to 1600 nm and flux levels from 1 nW to 1 mW.
Spectrum Detector, Lake Oswego, OR

MEMS high-vacuum sealing furnace

The Model 3150 MEMS sealing furnace utilizes proprietary getter thin-film PageLid, designed to maintain vacuum or contamination-free environments in discrete MEMS hermetic packages. PageLid avoids any welding of bulk getters in MEMS packages and the Page film deposited on PageLid consists of a patented zirconium alloy.
SST International, Los Angeles, CA

Progressive-scan cameras

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The FireDragon line of progressive-scan cameras utilizes FireWire-B (IEEE-1394.b) technology for transfer rates of 800 Mbit/s. The cameras are designed for OEM use in robotic vision, electronics inspection, semiconductors, and microscopy. Eight models are available, in monochrome and color-vision versions; some deliver full-frame images up to 90 frames per second and resolutions from VGA (640 ×> 480) to UXGA (1600 ×> 1200).
Toshiba Teli, Irvine, CA

Short-pulse laser source

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The id300 short-pulse laser source operates at a wavelength of 1310 or 1550 nm and is available with a Fabry-Perot or distributed-feedback laser. The pulse duration is 300 ps and a polarization-maintaining fiber is available upon request.
Id Quantique, Geneva, Switzerland

UV-curable polymer system

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UV15-7RI is an optically clear, UV-curable polymer system with a 1.481 refractive index. It produces nonyellowing and chemically resistant bonds, seals, or coatings with a tensile strength of 2830 psi and a specific resistance of 1 × 1016 Ω-cm. Service temperature range is -50°C to +150°C.
Master Bond, Hackensack, NJ

Pump diode

The AMX-808B line of 808 nm chip-on-carrier and fiber-coupled single-emitter laser diodes have a power-conversion efficiency of almost 60% at room temperature and over 55% over the operating range of 0°C to 50°C. They are designed for pumping neodymium-doped microlasers. The CoC lasers provide 2.5 W from a 100 µm stripe, and the fiber-coupled devices provide 2 W into a 105 µm, 0.15 NA fiber.
Alfalight, Madison, WI

Line-scan camera

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A dual-band line-scan camera for IR and visible light uses two independent sensors for simultaneous imaging in the 400 to 900 nm and 100 to 1700 nm ranges. It automatically registers the two images spatially and temporally. A 2048-element detector senses the visible light while a 512-element InGaAs detector images both ranges at a 4:1 resolution.
AMS Technologies,
Martinsried, Germany

NIR-detector array

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The iDus InGaAs detector-array system offers a choice of 512- or 1024-element linear photodiode arrays for NIR spectroscopy between 800 and 2200 nm. The system has peak QE of more than 80%, TE-cooling to -85°C for optimal signal-to-noise performance, and USB 2.0 connectivity. The maintenance-free design includes a guaranteed hermetic seal.
Andor Technology,
Belfast, Northern Ireland


Tunable-laser assemblies

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Two new versions of the LambdaFlex integratable tunable-laser assembly are designed to provide flexibility to telecom networks. One has L-band capacity with in-service power adjustments; the other offers the same in the C-band. The fully qualified assemblies have laser and control electronics mounted on a dedicated circuit board for fast integration with existing systems.
Bookham, San Jose, CA

DPSS lasers

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The single-line Calypso diode-pumped, solid-state laser offers up to 100 mW at 491 nm, while the Dual Calypso offers up to 50 + 50 nW at 491 + 532 nm. The single-frequency lasers have a typical spectral bandwidth of less than 30 MHz, rms noise less than 0.3%, peak-to-peak noise less than 3%, beam quality of M2 less than 1.1, and power consumption less than 40 W.
Cobolt, Stockholm, Sweden

Color PC vision

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The VisionPro 4.3 PC vision system now has color capabilities that include dedicated tools for color sorting, identification, and monitoring in automated inspection and quality-assurance applications. The food, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries, among others, can use color as a criterion in vision-inspection tasks. The software supports a wide range of acquisition hardware.
Cognex, Natick, MA

Servo driver

The DC2000 dual-axis digital servo driver uses a model-based algorithm to achieve galvanometer speeds two to four times as fast as analog PID servos. A direct-command interface simplifies system integration while back-channel feedback allows the user to monitor the servo in real time. The system also allows interrogation via the Internet.
Cambridge Technology,
Lexington, MA

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