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LED Arrays

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A line of 99-die LED arrays have a 110° beam angle and offer varying wavelengths with typical peak responsivity of 405, 470, 525, 610, 830, and 870 nm. Customized versions that have higher temperature ranges are also available. Storage and operating temperatures range from -55°C to 100°C with a maximum junction temperature of 100°C and a thermal resistance J-C parameter of 3°C/W typical.
Opto Diode, Newbury Park, CA

Wavelength meters

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The Wavemaster meter measures the wavelength of continuous-wave and pulsed ­lasers at any repetition rate, ­including ­single shot. Peak wavelength can be measured for sources as wide as 2 nm in the 380- to 1095-nm range, and bandwidths up to 5 nm can be accommodated at the longer wavelengths. Resolution is 0.001 nm. The WaveMate ­meter monitors tunable lasers and laser-diode stability from 450 to 1000 nm.
Pro-Lite Technology, Milton Keynes, England

Color balancing

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The PM-DCB fully automated system performs ­color balancing and gamma correction of three-color-channel projectors based on LCD and LCOS tech­nology. It allows ­correction of color and brightness variations within a display image and ­allows separate corrections to be made at multiple brightness levels. It can handle ­projectors of any resolution or ­aspect ratio, including 16:9 HDTV.
Radiant Imaging, Duvall, WA

Synthetic-sapphire components

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Synthetic-sapphire components are available from individual prototypes to runs of 100,000 pieces. Components include windows, lenses, and balls for optics, as well as tubes, cylinders, rods, and many types of precision components for sensors or scientific instruments.
Rubis-Precis, Charquemont, France

Tunable laser source

The Osics ECL 400 tunable laser source operates from 1260 to 1650 nm, providing full telecom band coverage for the O, E, S, C, L, and U bands in a single compact unit. The source provides peak power up to +10 dBm and 0-dBm guaranteed ­power over the entire tuning range. It is designed as a tool for testing CWDM passive and ­active components.
NetTest, Utica, NY

Motorized stability mounts

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The Model 8816 and 8817 motorized stability mounts combine the ­Stability line of mounts with picomotor actuators to provide precision motorized optical alignments. The two actuators provide tip and tilt adjustment for complete remote control. The mounts use a unique optic retention system. The Model 8817 is the vacuum-compatible version of the Model 8816.
New Focus, San Jose, CA

Ti:sapphire laser

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The TU-L is a Ti:sapphire laser that delivers pulse energy higher then 1 mJ/pulse at 1 kHz, while the TU-H provides more than 1 W at 10 kHz in the wavelength range of 700 to 1000 nm. The laser system has a footprint of 12.5 in. (w) × 12.5 in. (d) × 2 7/8 in. (h) and includes the air-cooled Model DC150-532 pump laser. Applications include LIDAR, OH reticules concentration measurement, lithography alignment, mass spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy.
Photonics Industries, Bohemia, NY

Digital CCD camera

The new Retina 2000R digital camera line provides 1.92 million pixels to provide images for brightfield, darkfield, and fluorescence work. Available in monochrome or color models and cooled or noncooled, it has a detection ­array of 1600 × 1200 pixels. The camera uses an IEEE 1394 FireWire digital interface, requiring only a single wire to connect to a computer or laptop.
QImaging, San Diego, CA

Mirror mounts

Ultrastable mirror mounts use fine adjustment screws with 150 µm per turn and have a knurled knob and a socket head screw. Use of the knurled knob enables a manual rough preadjustment that can be optimized using a long-levered Allen wrench. These knurled knobs are designed as an alternative to micrometer screws with a differential drive.
Radiant Dyes, Wermelskirchen, Germany

Software for minispectrometers

Two new software modules now enable the OSM series of minispectrometers to be used for quantitative colorimetry or thin-film thickness measurements. The new Color Analyst module converts spectral data into coordinates for all common color space standards. The Layer Thickness Measurement module works with a novel Newport probe to measure up to three material layers with thicknesses in the range of 0.1 to 20 µm.
Newport, Irvine, CA

Spectral processing tool

ENVI Version 4.1 includes new spectral processing and information-extraction tools, updated support for file formats, enhanced orthorectification capabilities and numerous ease-of-use improvements. New features include a Spectral Angle Mapper Target Finder with BandMax Wizard and the Sequential Maximum Angle Convex Cone.
Research Systems, Boulder, CO

Color display

BiNem is a new transmissive bistable color display designed for use without the need for thin-film transistor backplanes. Reflective ­panels with 32,000 colors are the result of a recently patented improvement enabling the control of bistable gray scales. The color displays have a wide viewing angle in all directions, no color shift, and offer image contrast as well as pure colors.
Nemoptic, Magny-Les-Hameaux, France

Laser diode

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The MiniGreen series is a 9-mm, 532-nm diode laser. It provides up to 150 mW of TEM00 continuous-wave output power. It has a package size smaller than 1 cm3. Potential applications include biofluorescence, spectroscopy, metrology, semiconductor inspection, alignment, pointing, illumination, and laser displays.
Snake Creek Lasers, Hallstead, PA

EA modulators

A range of electro-absorption modulators are made with indium-phosphide and come in 40- and 10-Gbit/s versions for either single-wavelength or DWDM communications systems. The 40G-SR-EAM has typical bandwidth of 32 GHz with typical insertion loss of 4.5 dB, for the 1550- or 1300‑nm wavebands. The 10G-LR-EAM has a minimum bandwidth of 10 GHz with typical insertion loss of 4 dB, for the 1550-nm band.
Centre for Integrated Photonics, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, England

OE components

A new line of optoelectronics components include a 1550-nm ­receiver module based on low-noise, high-gain InGaAs avalanche photodiodes; 905‑nm pulsed lasers with 125-W peak power and 6-ns pulse width; 1550-nm pulsed lasers; and ­hermetic fiber-pigtailed receiver modules for datacom applications. The company is certified to MIL and ISO standards.
CMC Electronics, Ville St.-Laurent, Quebec, Canada

Portable spectral imagers

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The FIRST series is a group of spectral imagers designed to detect, identify, and quantify several gaseous emissions simultaneously, and analyze remote target signatures. The turnkey, portable, self-calibrated systems produce a boresighted visible image. First is available in two versions: FIRST-LW for the 8- to 12‑µm spectral range and FIRST-MW for the 3- to 5-µm range.
Telops, Quebec, Canada

Drivers for blue laser diodes

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The new LDC2000B series drivers for blue laser diodes provide 200 mA, 500 mA, and 1 A maximum drive current with 10-V compliance voltage. Safety features include interlock and open circuit detection. Filtering and multiple stage power or current regulation protects the laser diode from spikes caused by mains disturbances or RF EMI.
Thorlabs, Karlsfeld, Germany

Anti-creep system

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The new Anti-Creep System (ACS) is designed to eliminate “cage creep” in cross-roller precision rail guides. The ACS utilizes a rack-and-pinion design to keep cages permanently centered and to prevent cage migration during normal operation. It is offered with optional PEEK material, a specialized plastic exhibiting low outgassing properties for vacuum or clean-room settings.
SKF Motion Technologies, Bethlehem, PA


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The UDT-4X4D is a new line of superblue enhanced photodetectors. The proprietary 4 × 4-array detector is designed to provide almost complete isolation between all 16 elements with crosstalk of less than 0.05% at 633 nm. The active area diameter 1 × 1-mm array exhibits sensitivity from 300 to 1100 nm with a peak responsivity of 900 nm and low 50-pF capacitance.
UDT Sensors, Hawthorne, CA

Beam shapers

Beam shaper modules can be positioned in a collimated laser beam to generate the required intensity profile of square, rectangular, or line light fields at the target. Spot sizes are from 1 to 100 mm with line widths from 0.1 to 2 mm. The modules have homogeneities from 1% to 5% and efficiencies up to 90%.
LIMO, Dortmund, Germany

Rotary tables

RotoRing Series rotary tables combine axial brushless motoring modules and planar air bearings in a direct drive configuration. The tables can be used with microstepping drives for positioning and velocity control, and they can be equipped with a feedback module for closed-loop operation. They have torque of 10 to 50 nm, resolution of 2 to 10 arcs, and runout of 5 to 10 μm.
IntelLiDrives, Philadelphia, PA

Mirror actuator

The MTA2HP two-axis tip/tilt mirror actuator has resolution and repeatability better than 0.02 microradians. Position sensors are integrated into each axis and a closed-loop feedback system eliminates errors from creep and hysteresis. Resonant frequency is more than 4 kHz, allowing operation frequencies near 1 kHz. It accepts 1-in. optics and comes in 2 × 2 mrad, 5 × 5 mrad, and custom ranges of motion.
Mad City Labs, Madison, WI

LCD counters

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Panel-mounted 1/32 DIN DP-CH counters and DP-TH timers have an 8-mm-high liquid-crystal display for easy viewing. The counters can monitor up to 10 million events, and the timers can sense up to 1 million hours of operation with 0.1-hour resolution, or 1 million minutes with 0.1-minute resolution.
Acculex, Bedford, NH

Fiber collimator

A visible-wavelength fiber collimator is compliant with Telecordia standards. The single-mode-fiber device is epoxy-free in the optical path. It is designed for applications such as biomedical inspection, and testing of nontelecom components.
Photop Technologies, Fuzhou, Fujian, China

Pulsed fiber laser

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The Model PF1550-36 pulsed fiber laser generates 3- to 5-ns pulses of 1.54-μm light at repetition rates from 20 kHz to 1 MHz. At 50 kHz, average power is 4 W and peak power is more than 15 kW. The output is less than 1.5 times diffraction limited. The unit measures 12 × 13 × 3.5 in. and is designed for laser range-finding, range-gated imaging, sensing, and micro-machining applications.
Aculight, Bothell, WA

Digital motion controller

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The Nservo Controller Module allows the retrofitting of analog motion-control systems with digital controls. It supports 2- or 4-axis closed-loop servos with up to 20-kHz sample times. It is compatible with encoders or resolvers and provides a ±10-V DC, three-phase command to any amplifier. It has 11 digital inputs, 8 digital outputs, 4 analog inputs, and 2 analog outputs.
Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA

Green laser modules

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Second-generation super-green laser-diode modules are designed for applications such as spectroscopy, particle measurement, medical tissue analysis, interferometry, and flow visualization. The module includes automatic power control that provides power stability within ± 3% using a light-monitoring driver circuit.
BEA Lasers, Elk Grove Village, IL

Product guide

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Version 3.4 of a Product Reference CD-ROM provides technical information for the company’s electro-optics products including electron multipliers, microchannel plates, advanced performance detectors, and ion guides. It contains new technical specifications, references, and applications materials.
Burle Electro-Optics, Sturbridge, MA

Pigtailed pulsed diodes

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A range of TO-packaged pulsed laser diodes are coupled with fiber with a typical core diameter of 100 μm. The pigtailed diodes produce a homogeneous output beam profile that reduces the effect of many modes within the fiber that would otherwise be imaged by the optics. The devices can be used in high-resolution range-finding systems.
Laser Components, Hudson, NH

Motorized lenses

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A new range of motorized focus lenses for the JADE UC uncooled IR cameras allow reproducible control of camera focusing from PC software or an external controller. The bayonet-mounted lens assembly includes a miniaturized motor and temperature sensors for easy exchange. Lenses are available with focal lengths of 60 and 25 mm and include auto focus algorithms.
CEDIP Infrared Systems, Croissy-Beaubourg, France

Fluorescent targets

Fluorescent USAF 1951 Resolution Targets are designed for calibrating the optics of systems that use UV illumination. The targets are made of fused silica and reflective chrome. A positive target has chrome pattern over a clear background with fluorescent material on the front surface. A negative target has a clear pattern with chrome background and fluorescent material on the back surface. Peak absorption and emission wavelengths are 365 and 550 nm, respectively.
Edmund Industrial Optics, Barrington, NJ

Machine-vision system

MAVIS is a machine-vision inspection system based on neural-network technology. It processes 1024 × 1024 frames up to 1500 parts/minute. A USB-2 interface provides bandwidth for digital output, eliminating the need for a frame-­grabber. The system includes adjustable thresholding, part/reject count logging, internal/external triggering with delay, and an electronic shutter speed of 2 μs to 300 ms.
Southern Vision Systems, Madison, AL

Linear guideways

The MINIRAIL series of precision linear guideways come in four standard sizes with four other wide versions. The standard version ranges in length from 760 to 950 mm. The wide sizes range from 740 to 950 mm long. The stainless steel, two-row miniature guideways are built on a ball-retainer design.
Schneeberger, Bedford, MA

DC/DC converter

The LT1942 quad switching regulator provides power supply functions for TFT displays and their white LED backlighting. It powers 2- to 7-in. TFT-LCD panels in applications from PDAs to automotive GPS displays. It operates on an input voltage range of 2.6 to 16 V and has a 1-MHz switching frequency for low-noise operation.
Linear Technology, Milpitas, CA

Confocal laser microscope

The C1si confocal laser microscope system can produce clear and high-contrast images in five dimensions; x, y, and z in space, plus time and wavelength. The device, based on the company’s existing model C1 and including a Spectral Imaging function, has a 32-channel sensor to reduce detection time and damage to samples.
Nikon, Tokyo, Japan

Excimer laser

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The COMPexPro series of excimer lasers come with a choice of gas-specific optimized plasma tubes for fluorine or chlorine gas. They operate at wavelengths in the UV and DUV ranges, with energy up to 700 mJ and typical pulse energy stability of 0.5% at 248 nm and repetition rates from single-shot to 100 Hz.
Lambda Physik, Göttingen, Germany

Dual-wavelength camera

The Visible-InGaAs MiniCamera simultaneously images in the visible and near-IR regions. The 320 × 240-pixel array with a 40-μm pitch offers spectral response from 400 to 1600 nm. It has peak quantum efficiency of 80% at 1310 nm and better than 70% QE at 1550 nm. The camera has no moving parts, weighs less than 300 g without lens, and is TE temperature stabilized.
Sensors Unlimited, Princeton, NJ

LED illuminator

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The modular Light Engine combines one or more high-power LEDs with a fiberoptic panel. A collimating lens focuses the LED light to the panel, increasing panel brightness by 20 to 50 times. An aluminum housing that acts as a heat sink provides efficient heat management so the LEDs can be driven at higher currents.
Lumitex, Strongsville, OH

CCTV lenses

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A range of compact, low-mass closed-circuit television lenses is designed for security vision applications. The lenses have adjustable focus and iris rings that can be set and locked in. An optional rear converter lens or close-up ring can tailor image magnification and operational working distances to specific requirements. A polarizing filter, glass lens cover, and illumination system are also available.
Moritex Europe, Cambridge, England

Ray-tracing software

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TracePro 3.3 3D virtual ­prototyping software has an enhanced ­algorithm to simulate thousands, millions, or billions of repetitive surface features for use in designed backlights for flat-panel displays. It also adds a solid modeling function, updates in the non-ray-splitting mode, enhancements in irradiance and illuminance maps, and enhanced ray selection criteria for irradiance and candela maps.
Lambda Research, Littleton, MA


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The NewStep NSA12V6 actuator can replace manual micrometers and enable motorized control of a wide range of translation stages and mechanically adjustable mounts. The actuator measures 60 × 30 mm and provides up to 11 mm travel with incremental motion better than 0.3 μm at 1 mm/s with a maximum load of 28 Newtons.
Newport, Irvine, CA

Laser diode array

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The Cascades diode-laser array is a water-cooled, 1-cm array that provides 100 W of CW output in the 790- to 815-nm range. It can be used with diode-pumped solid-state lasers for commercial and defense applications. Spectral width is less than 3 nm (FWHM) and beam divergence is less than 36° × less than 10° (FWHM). Drive current is 115 amps at 1.85 V.
nLight, Vancouver, WA

Machine-vision sensors

The S24 line of machine-vision sensors allows the inspection of up to 20 parts/s. They come in a compact housing and comprise a DSP-based machine-­vision unit, a matched and pre-set lens, and a fine-tuned LED ring light. With factory-installed functions, the standard hardware can operate as a pattern matching, measurement control, position, roundness, or angle sensor.
Vision Control, Wurzburg, Germany


The TMS-300/320 TopCam interferometer works with white light for online part inspection and production/quality control. It combines telecentric imaging with a Michelson interferometer, a precision scanning system, and a digital camera. It can measure over fields of view up to 19-mm diameter with z resolution of up to 10 nm.
Polytec, Tustin, CA

Light-source database

Radiant Source Models from Radiant Imaging (Duvall, WA) is a PC-based light-source characterization database that contains the full spatial-light output distributions for a wide range of lamps and LEDs. Optical sources are measured and the results are compressed into a single, ready-to-raytrace data file that models the luminance and color of the source from any viewing angle.
Pro-Lite Technology, Bedfordshire, England

Aerospace optoelectronics

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A series of optoelectronics products are manufactured in accordance with U.S. military and European Space Agency standard for use in spacecraft and satellites. Commercial off-the-shelf products include LEDs, VCSELs, photodiode arrays, phototransistor arrays, photodiodes, assemblies in both reflective and interrupter-style packages, Hall-effect sensors and optoelectronic isolators in leadless packages, and metal can components.
Optek Technology, Carrollton, TX

Laser lenses

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New Performax CO 2 laser lenses are designed for power applications up to 3500 W. They have an absorption rating of 0.20%. They are HeNe-beam compatible, allowing safe setup and operation. The lenses are available for most CO 2 laser cutting systems.
Mate Laser, Anoka, MN

Broadband light source

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The UWS-1000 broadband light source emits supercontinuum light with an output spectrum from 1200 to 2000 nm. The output has similar properties to laser light and can be easily focused, has a uniform spectral output, and has an optical power density of more than 30 dBm/nm. It uses a quasi-mode synchronous fiber laser, a nonlinear filter, and a balanced filter feedback loop for stability of ± 0.1 dB.
Santec, Komaki, Japan

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