New Products

May 1, 2004
Laser-diode module; Corner-cube retroreflectors; Green laser; MORE...

Laser-diode module

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The Blue Photon laser-diode module is now available with greater than 80 mW in the blue and greater than 20 mW in the UV. The device is designed for DVD-mastering, exposure applications, precision engineering, and biomedical technology. The laser offers a beam diameter of 1.1 mm, divergence less than 0.8 mrad, M2 less than 1.2 with active temperature-control stability of 0.2 K and integrated thermoelectric cooling.
LG-Laser Technologies,
Kleinostheim, Germany

Corner-cube retroreflectors

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New high-tolerance corner-cube retroreflectors are designed to return a beam upon itself, regardless of its angle of incidence. They provide a 1-arcsecond parallelism between the incoming and exiting beam. The cubes have a silver coating and are packaged in a wooden storage case with an EO certificate of calibration. Applications include optical metrology, gauging, and alignment.
Edmund Industrial Optics, Barrington, NJ

Green laser

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The new Verdi-18 is a diode-pumped, solid-state laser that delivers greater than 18 W of 532-nm output. The green laser is suited for high-power CW materials processing and scientific applications. The inherently stable single-frequency design allows the laser to deliver light with an optical noise specification of less than 0.04% rms, measured from 10 Hz to 1 GHz.
Coherent, Santa Clara, CA

Linescan cameras

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The AviiVA SM2 (Smarter Monochrome, 2 taps) and SC2 (Smarter Color, 2 taps) linescan cameras offer flat-field correction capabilities to compensate for lens and light-source nonuniformities and contrast expansion functions. The SC2 corrects white balance and color space. The SM2 has a sensor from 512 to 4K pixels and a 10- or 14-µm pixel size, while the SC2 has a 4K pixel sensor with a 10-µm pixel size and an RGB color pattern.
Atmel, San Jose, CA

Stepper motors

The PEE five-phase stepper-motor series includes two types of motors. The 533A(B) has a maximum holding torque of 4.7 oz-in., is 31 mm long, and weighs 3.9 oz. The 535A(B) has holding torque of 8.5 oz-in., is 50.5 mm long, and weighs less than 7 oz. Both have a 28-mm case diameter.
NYDEN, San Jose, CA

Laser measurement head

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The PD10-pJ photodiode energy head can measure laser energy between 10 and 100 pJ at pulse rates up to 4 kHz. It has spectral response from 200 to 1100 nm, a maximum pulse width of 50 ns, maximum average power of 0.5 W, damage threshold of 0.1/cm2, and calibration accuracy of ±5%.
Ophir Optronics, Wilmington, MA

Toroidal mirrors

A range of toroidal mirrors come in a variety of substrates and coatings for different applications. Custom designs including off-axis configurations can be supplied.
Optiglass, Hainault, Essex, England

Laser bar

The SPL LG81 laser-diode array is sealed in an OEM package with fast axis collimation and is designed for both CW and pulsed operation. A semi-external microchannel cooler allows for output powers up to 30 W at temperatures from 10°C to 30°C. The package is SMT-mountable.
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Regensburg, Germany

Avalanche photodiode

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The FCI-APD-300 silicon avalanche photodetector has an active-area diameter of 300 µm. It comes in a hermetically sealed TO-46 package with either a flat window or micro lens cap. It is designed for high-speed optical communications, laser range finders, free-space communications, and optical remote controllers.
OSI Fibercomm, Hawthorne, CA

Retroreflector array

A plastic, injection-molded, retroreflector array is molded in 100-mm modular cells that are assembled into larger arrays. They are optimized for short standoffs, up to 70 m. The arrays are designed for use as a component in any open-path optical monitoring application.
Optra, Topsfield, MA

Shearing interferometer

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The SID4 wave-front sensor combines interferometry and self-referencing to add phase to laser-beam characterization. It has transverse resolution of 128 × 128, spatial resolution of 29.6 µm, a wavelength range of either 800 ± 300 nm or 1000 ± 300 nm, high dynamic range tunable from l/150 to 150 l, and acquisition of 60 frames/s.
Phasics, Palaiseau, France

Laser diodes

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The SLD34x-YT range of high-brightness laser diodes from Sony provides either 4 W from a 200-µm emitter or 6 W from a 400-µm emitter. Wavelengths can be selected to suit particular applications. The diodes are designed for applications in medical systems and materials processing, such as pumping YAG solid-state lasers.
Photonic Products, Bishops
Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

Laser alignment system

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The Microgage 2000 can be used up to 80 ft from the laser source to monitor machinery and equipment alignment on a factory floor. They have an accuracy of 0.0001 in. The receiver has a digital display, and the unit can connect to a laptop for recording, analysis, and report generation.
Pinpoint Laser Systems, Newburyport, MA

InGaAs detectors

The OMA V series of InGaAs detection systems use 1024- and 512-element linear photodiode arrays for sensitivity from 1.0 to 2.2 µm. The 16-bit systems are designed for NIT spectroscopy applications, including Raman, absorbance, and emission. They use cryogenic cooling down to –140°C to optimize response and minimize dark noise.
Princeton Instruments, Trenton, NJ

MEMS wafer

PaGeWafer is a patterned getter-film wafer for packaged MEMS technology. The wafer has a patterned getter film a few microns thick that is placed onto specific cavities. It has maximized sorption for active gases, including water, oxygen, carbon monoxide and dioxide, N2 and H2. It provides long-term stability in wafer-to-wafer hermetically bonded MEMS devices.
SAES Getters Group, Milan, Italy


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The Uniblitz CS25 shutter has a 25-mm aperture that fits into a 2.37-in.-diameter housing. A miniaturized actuator system can be driven with existing VMM drive units. An electronic synchronization system, in a housed or un-housed OEM version, is optional. The shutter has a multibladed design and is based on an electromagnetic actuator.
Vincent Associates, Rochester, NY

VCSEL simulation

Version 2.0 of LaserMOD optical-design software includes design and simulation capabilities for VCSELs and incorporates a self-heating model. The CAD interface provides a new distributed Bragg reflector element to lay out VCSEL structures. The software can perform full 3-D VCSEL simulation by taking advantage of the cylindrical symmetry of the device.
RSoft Design Group, Ossining, NY

UV coating

UV-Transmitter coating is designed for upgrading existing UV curing modules. The coating is deposited on quartz windows and cover plates, and transmits UV energy while suppressing visible and infrared light. It can be used in a single configuration or multiple filters can be stacked in a laminate.
Unaxis Optics, Balzers, Liechtenstein

Microscopy software

Release 3.2 Add On for confocal microscope systems allows the separation of spectrally overlapping fluorescent signals. The function is based on the simultaneous detection of up to three fluorescent signals using different detectors. The software compares the relative signal intensity for each image pixel to calculate the signal distribution.
Carl Zeiss, Jena, Germany

E-beam evaporators

A range of miniature electron-beam evaporators are designed to give maximum control of evaporation rates at low fluxes and to minimize contamination of the vapor stream for areas such as surface science or thin-film doping. The EV single-pocket series are constructed from UHV-compatible materials. The Quad-EV four-pocket instruments use independent filaments, flux-monitoring plates, and high-voltage connections.
Mantis Deposition, Thame, Oxfordshire, England

Fiber-stripping technology

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Burst technology is a patented process designed for high-strength, high-yield fusion-splice preparation and mid-span stripping for manufacture of fiber Bragg gratings. A single high-velocity "burst" of super-heated air or nitrogen is directed at the fiber's coating, instantly stripping and cleaning the fiber without damage to the bare glass.
3SAE Technologies, Franklin, TN

Solid-state laser

Cleanlaze is a solid-state laser based on patent-pending technology. The newly released 785 series is specifically designed for Raman applications. Spectral linewidth can be as narrow as 0.05 nm. This narrow linewidth can be maintained over a wide range of operating conditions without any side modes.
B&W Tek, Newark, DE

Laser-diode system

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The Pi1047G is a 473-nm picosecond laser-diode system. It provides less than 60-ps pulses at a repetition rate of 1 Mhz and peak powers of up to 300 mW. The complete system includes a laser head containing the laser-diode optics and mount, a diode driver, and control electronics. Customizable versions with repetition rates up to 40 Mhz are also available.
Advanced Laser Diode Systems, Berlin, Germany


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LCA-20 is a filled adhesive for use in the laser and optoelectronics industry. It provides adhesion to aluminum, glass, and other difficult-to-bond substrates. The system has a low coefficient of thermal expansion from –65ºC to 80ºF, 10–6/°F of 14.6, lap-shear strength at 77ºF is 2420 psi, Shore D hardness of 90, low outgassing with a total mass loss of 0.23, and collectable volatile condensable material of 0.02.
Bacon Industries, Watertown, MA

Electronic imaging detector

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A new electronic imaging-detector system consists of a 25-mm active diameter microchannel plate detector mounted on a conflat flange, detector assembly, frame-grabber board, and software. The system allows the user to determine the location, shape, and size of a charged particle or UV beam. It is suited for ion-beam profiling in instrument design or high-energy physics experiments and verifying ion-optic models.
Burle Electro-Optics, Sturbridge, MA

Mach-Zehnder modulator

The LMC10NEH is an integrated 10 Gbit/s InP MZ (Mach-Zehnder) modulator packaged with a high-power CW laser. The InP-based device allows 10-Gbit transmissions to be sent over 100 km without dispersion compensation. The 30 × 12.7 × 8.1-mm size, a reduction of 60% from earlier devices.
Bookham, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Thermography workstation

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The ALTAIR Advanced Thermography Workstation has a sensitivity of less than 20 mk at a frame rate of up to 200-Hz full-image format and 15-kHz subwindow mode. It is available with a choice of an InSb or MCT focal-array detectors. The workstation's software can store and analyze sequences of radiometrically calibrated 14-bit digital images, even when operating at high frame rates.
CEDIP Infrared Systems, Croissy-Beaubourg, France

Image-acquisition board

The PC-2 CamLink is a monochrome image-acquisition board designed for the 32-bit PCI bus, supporting one base-camera-link area or linescan camera. The CamLink provides direct power (5 or 12 V) to the camera. An 8-bit-in, 8-bit-out registered interface simplifies connectivity to other machine vision equipment.
Coreco Imaging, Montreal, Canada

12-bit intensified imaging camera

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The DiCam-PRO is a digital-intensified CCD imaging camera that has an exposure time of 3 ns with a 1280 × 1024 CCD format. The intensified system allows amplification at low light levels and, with its 12-bit dynamic range, offers image contrast of up to 4096 levels of gray. The system is designed to capture events that are extremely short in duration and exhibit low-light-level characteristics.
Cooke, Auburn Hills, MI

Voltage-controlled oscillators

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The CVCO55BE-2974-3274 voltage controlled ocsillator (VCO) is offered in a 0.5 × 0.5-in. standard SMD package. The device generates frequencies between 2.974 and 3.274 GHz with a control-voltage range of 0.5 to 4.5 Vdc. The VCO has a phase-noise performance of -70 dBc/Hz at 1-kHz offset, –98 dBc/Hz at 10-kHz offset, –120 dBc/Hz at 100-kHz offset, and –155 dBc/Hz at 10-MHz offset.
Crystek Crystals, Fort Myers, FL

Area scan camera

The new Pantera TF 1M60 is a 12-bit 1024 × 1024-area scan camera providing frame rates to 60 frames/s with a dynamic range greater than 66 dB with no cooling needed. The camera utilizes proprietary TrueFrame CCD image-sensor technology. It has a 12-µm square-pixel format, 180k electron well, and 100% fill factor for quantifiable image quality at low light levels. Applications include automated x-ray inspection, nondestructive testing, and medical imaging.
Dalsa, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Balanced photodiodes

DSC710, DSC720, DSC730, and DSC740 balanced photodiodes consist of a "push-pull" pair of InGaAs photodiodes. Each photodiode is capable of handling optical power greater than 10 dBm. The models DSC710 and DSC720 are designed for the 10-Gbit DPSK and DPQSK markets, while the models DSC730 and DSC740 are suited for 40-Gbit DPSK and DPQSK applications.
Discovery Semiconductors, Ewing, NJ

Laser transmitter

The new EP1530 is an uncooled laser diode operating at 1.5-mm wavelength for use in fiberoptic-based FTTH/FTTP and PON applications. The product is designed to meet the requirements of TS1000-compliant PON transceivers operating around the 1.5-mm wavelength over a wide temperature range. It provides stable uncooled operation in temperatures greater than 85ºC, utilizing a proprietary design and advanced GaInAlAs materials-engineering technology.
Eblana Photonics, Dublin, Ireland

Hand-held test instruments

Three new hand-held test instruments are specifically targeted for use with fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) installation. The FOT-300 optical-loss test set provides loss testing. The FPM-300 power meter provides battery autonomy greater than 300 hours, allows power measurement up to +26 dBm, and is calibrated at 10 wavelengths. The FLS-300 light source covers as many as three single-mode wavelengths on a single port with a power output greater than 0 dBm.
EXFO, Quebec City, Canada

Software toolkit

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Rtools is a PC-based software toolkit that provides IR radiometric capability. It was developed for engineers and scientists to acquire, radiometrically calibrate, analyze, and document data from most high-end digital IR focal-plane-array (FPA) imaging systems. It has several stand-alone modules: RDac for camera acquisition, RCal for IR calibration, REdit for file archival and maintenance, and RView for data review and analysis.
Indigo Systems, Goleta, CA


Micro-Optix components are designed for optoelectronic modules and fiber-based devices. Products include mirrors, beamsplitters, windows, etalons, and a grid-mounting system to build prototype or production devices. Micro-Optix-based platforms are designed for use in optical systems in the medical, industrial, and telecommunications markets.
IM Photonix, Tewksbury, MA

Stepping motors

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The MDrive product line now incorporates new motor technology that combines high-torque stepping motors with onboard electronics. Four sizes are offered: MDrive 14, MDrive 17, MDrive 23, and MDrive 34. They incorporate NEMA size 14,17, 23, and 34 stepping motors, respectively.
Intelligent Motion Systems, Marlborough, CT

LED test sockets

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The 40032 and 40044 LED test sockets are designed for use with most spectroradiometer or photometer systems. They ensure precise LED alignment, allowing users to perform repeatable measurements of LED spectral characteristics including luminous flux, radiant intensity, and dominant wavelength.
Gamma Scientific, San Diego, CA

Erbium-doped fiber

New Er16-8/125 erbium-doped fiber is designed for 1-W (30-dBm) output power CATV, booster, and PON amplifiers operating in the C-band. The Er16-8/125 core diameter is close to standard single-mode fiber, with average splicing loss as low as 0.15 dB with SMF that can be achieved with commercial fusion splicers. The active fibers use a proprietary Direct Nanoparticle Deposition (DND) process.
Leikki Oy, Lohja, Finland

Simulation software

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TracePro simulates a variety of backlight systems, from notebook displays to telephones. The software can simulate the propagation of rays off a prismatic structure and provide scattering data, both reflectively and transmissively through a surface. It can propagate rays through birefringent materials, splitting rays into ordinary and extraordinary components. It shows the full color spectrum from multiple sources at multiple wavelengths and calculates true color illuminance maps in text or graphical formats.
Light Tec, Hyères, France

Multimode variable optical attenuator

The FAST VOA 3000 multimode variable optical attenuator (VOA) is designed for free-space optical (FSO) communications. It has a typical response time of 30 ms for scintillation compensation. The VOA is initially being offered in the C-band in a Telcordia qualified package.
Lightconnect, Newark, CA

SFF optic

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Designed for circularizing red or blue diode lasers, CircuLight is a small-form-factor (SFF) optic that is mounted externally on the diode-laser package. It offers manufacturers a less costly alternative to complex prism pairs. CircuLight reshapes the elliptical beam that exits a diode laser, enabling transmitted power through the lens to exceed 90%.
LightPath, Orlando, FL

CO2 laser lenses

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New PEAK CO2 laser lenses are designed for CO2 cutting applications requiring from 1000 to 6000 W. The absorption rate is 0.15%, which is 30% to 40% lower than standard lenses. The lenses are made using a proprietary design that creates an impermeable moisture resistant surface for maximum lens stability and performance. The lenses are also HeNe beam compatible, scratch resistant, and have a 20/10 scratch/dig rating.
Mate Precision Tooling, Anoka, MN

Smart camera

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The Iris P-Series is a new line of programmable smart cameras designed for professional developers and OEMs. The camera supports PC-based machine-vision systems and has hardware for image sensing as well as software API (application programming interface) for image analysis. It is fully programmable and can be customized by the user for vertical markets such as automotive, electronics, pharmaceutical, robotics, surveillance, and traffic control.
Matrox, Dorval, Quebec, Canada

Laser-diode systems

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The new CleanBeam 56 ICS-series of compact laser-diode systems are available with output at 635, 640, 785, or 830 nm and with power ranging from 7 to 40 mW, depending on wavelength. Output can be modulated at rates of up to 5 MHz (standard) or 350 MHz (optional). The laser systems are suitable for laser-induced fluorescence applications.
Melles Griot, Longmont, CO

MOS image sensor

A 1/4-inch MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor) image sensor with 2 million pixels has been developed. The sensor is designed for use in cameras, mobile phones, and other compact devices. The 2.25-µm pixel size is achieved by sharing the signal-detecting transistors in the pixels sensing RGB colors through a new pixel circuit.
Matsushita Electric (Panasonic), Tokyo, Japan

Power supplies

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The new Pulsar EX RT range of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) offer power protection in high-density IT applications and server protection. Available in 2200 and 3200 VA power ranges, the supplies feature a versatile form factor suitable for use in tower or compact 2U rack configurations. The units are designed to add extended battery packs for multihour backup times.
MGE UPS Systems, Costa Mesa, CA

VGA CMOS image sensor

The MT9V011 stand-alone VGA image sensor and the MT9V111 VGA system-on-a-chip (SOC) are designed for the mobile imaging market. The VGA Digital Clarity CMOS image sensors are internally manufactured in Micron's fabrication facilities using DRAM processes optimized for image sensors. The image sensors offer consistent performance under all lighting conditions, extending to below one lux illumination.
Micron Technology, Boise, ID

Diode lasers

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A new series of high-power pulsed diode lasers are mounted with an innovative chip technology using two Cu blocks, which serve as both electrodes and a heat sink. Thermal resistance of less than 0.4 K/W can be achieved using new water-cooled electrodes that do not require microchannels. A solder-free concept lowers thermal stress on the laser chip and results in peak power of up to 120 W in the 20 ms/bar.
Monocrom, S Vilanova I la Geltrú, Spain

Modeling software

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New PC software developed by LAS-CAD instantly models the thermal optical process in laser resonators. The software can simulate all the interactions between thermal and optical parameters to show modal patterns, cavity stability, and provide the user with real-time tools for DPSS laser design.
Pro-Lite Technology, Milton Keynes, England


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The new Picomotor Actuator Ultra was designed specifically to minimize contamination and outgassing in clean-critical environments, including very deep ultraviolet (VUV) and extreme ultraviolet (EUV). The actuator is essentially a motorized screw, suited for precision motion control and beam steering in clean environments down to vacuum pressure as low as 10-9 torr. The actuator offers less than 30-nm resolution over a 3-mm travel range.
New Focus, San Jose, CA

Ultrafast laser system

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The Integra-C is a new oscillator-to-output system that provides more than 2.5-mJ pulses of less than 100 femtoseconds. The ultrafast laser system is based on patented, field-tested ..regenerative amplifier/multipass power amplifier architecture. A compact version of the company's Integra laser, improvements include thermal stabilization, a redesigned optical train, and the redesigned Darwin series of green lasers used to pump the amplifier.
Quantronix, Edinburgh, Scotland

Positioning products

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The New Step NCS 100 is an ergonomic controller that can be used for both manual and computer control via RS232. The New Step NSA 12 actuator is designed as a direct replacement for manual micrometers, to enable precise motorized control of translation stages, and mechanically adjustable mounts. It measures 60-mm length by 30-mm diameter and provides up to 11-mm travel with sub-µm incremental motion.
Newport, Irvine, CA

Fabry-Perot etalons

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Fabry-Perot etalons are being made using proprietary manufacturing techniques in a thermally stable production environment. Standard materials include UV-grade silica and germanium. They are used for interferometric applications in spectroscopy, telecommunications and remote sensing. Matched pairs of optical flats are available up to 150 mm in diameter with matching accuracies to l/300.
Optical Surfaces, Surrey, England

Enhanced scanning mode

An enhanced scanning control mode for nanopositional stages incorporates digital signal processing (DSP) for precision response at high scan speeds. The mode is part of the nanopositional controller, which incorporates closed-loop control, increases scan speed for faster data collection in AFM and metrology applications, and rapid response for critical nano-location applications.
NPoint, Madison, WI

Piezo bender actuators

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The new P-871 piezo bender actuators are closed-loop devices with an integrated position-feedback sensor, a positioning range of up to 2 mm, and response times in the millisecond range. A monolithic, ceramic-insulated design makes polymer film insulation unnecessary, extending lifetime. A cofired, outer ceramic insulation renders the actuator insensitive to water molecules.
Physik Instruments (PI), Auburn, MA

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