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The FTSS dye laser is tunable from 330 to 900 nm, with an optional SHG unit to cover 205 to 400 nm.

Oct 1st, 2006
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Tunable dye laser

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The FTSS dye laser is tunable from 330 to 900 nm, with an optional SHG unit to cover 205 to 400 nm. It has a maximum repetition rate of 200 Hz and maximum pulse energy in the visible from 20 to 30 µJ. An integrated pump laser can provide wavelengths of 355 or 266 nm, depending on dye choice.
CryLas, Berlin, Germany

Bandpass filters

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Wide-acceptance-angle bandpass filters can be coated onto curved surface lenses for high-accuracy applications. The abrasive-resistant thin-film coating blocks wavelengths from 400 to 1200 nm with a high transmission at 1064. It allows uniform optical performance of the coating on the center area of a lens at normal incidence and performance on the edge at high angles of incidence.
Deposition Sciences, Santa Rosa, CA

Integrating sphere

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The Smart NIR integrating sphere is designed for use with the company’s Nicolet FT-IR spectrometers. The sphere allows for accurate and fast diffuse reflectance measurements of a wide range of powders and solids, including polymers, plastics, natural materials, and incoming materials. Samples can be placed on top for less sample preparation.
Thermo Electron, Madison, WI

Machine vision

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The CS6910F Firewire digital camera for machine vision uses a honeycomb-style Super CCD to achieve SXGA resolution (1280 x 960) at up to 30 frames/s. The camera includes a 1/4 in. progressive-scan CCD, random trigger shutter, electronic shutter with speeds from 1/15000 to 8 s, and multiple video formats. It measures 44 x 29 x 65 mm, weighs 160 g, and uses C-mount lenses.
Toshiba Teli America, Irvine, CA

Coating compound

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TRA-Coat 155C is a clear, nonyellowing UV-curable compound that is ideal for coating applications that require a glossy, lens-like finish. It is a low-viscosity, flexible compound that offers low shrinkage during cure and will cure at a rate of 5 to 10 ft per minute. The material works well with a wide range of substrates, including glass, metals, and plastics.
Tra-Con, Bedford, MA

Laser mirrors

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A range of high reflectors are for use with Q-switched Nd:YAG, Nd:YVO4, and Nd:YLF lasers operating at 1064, 1053, and 532 nm. They come as 1 and 2 in. round mirrors on fused-silica substrates, with flatness of λ/10 at 633 nm with a surface quality of 10-5 over an 85% clear aperture. Designs for 0° or 45° operation are available.
Alpine Research Optics, Boulder, CO

Machine-vision sensors

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The DVT 515 and DVT 535 machine-vision sensors handle a broad range of applications, including inspection, measurement, counting, feature finding, and pattern comparison. They come with software to handle set up, integration, and maintenance, and have built-in Ethernet for connecting to factory networks and software.
Cognex, Natick, MA


The Tristan series of spectrometers from m-u-t are based on back-thinned, 2048-pixel CCD sensors from Hamamatsu. They have dynamic range of 5000:1 and a signal-to-noise ratio of 1.15%. They are available in three preconfigured optical setups from 200 to 1100 nm at resolutions of 0.5 to 1.2 nm, with customized versions available.
Laser Components, Hudson, NH

Positioning stage

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The SQL-3405 motorized linear positioning stage is designed for biological research and optical instruments. The closed-loop stage measures 25 x 25 x 10 mm and delivers automated “set and hold” positioning. An integrated piezoelectric motor provides incremental motion of 100 nm along a 5 mm travel range, and a position sensor provides control with 10 µm resolution.
New Scale Technologies, Victor, NY

Xenon source

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The PAX-6 precision-aligned 6 W xenon integrated light source is designed for applications in clinical diagnostics, life sciences, and analytical instruments. The lamp modules contain the xenon flash lamp, trigger circuit, and power supply, and produces microsecond pulses of broadband light. It has a wide range of flash energy levels and comes in two arc orientations.
PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, Fremont, CA

Diode laser

The Deepstar analog and digitally modulated laser diode has a modulation depth of over 100,000:1. It offers analog modulation better thtan 10 MHz and digital modulation better than 100 MHz with rise and fall times of less than 2 ns. It is available with 20 mW output at 375 nm, 60 mW at 405 nm, 50 mW at 422 nm, 20 mW at 473 nm, and various powers up to 150 mW at 635 to 980 nm.
Omicron Laserage Laserproduckte, Rodgau, Germany

Ambient-light sensor

The ALS SFH5711 ambient-light sensor for mobile devices imitates the sensitivity curve of the human eye. A logarithmic amplifier integrated circuit allows the device to detect a brightness range from 3 to more than 30,000 lux, with a spectral sensitivity at 560 nm. It operates on a supply voltage of 2.3 to 5 V.
Osram Opto Semiconductors, San Jose, CA

Fiber measurement

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The Encircled Flux Monitor measures the spatial power distribution within multimode fiber, for both 850 and 1310 nm sources. Measuring the mode structure of light propagating through the fiber helps determine the optimal mode structure for low bit-error rates. The device conforms to TIA standards.
Photon, San Jose, CA

Translation stages

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The M-403/M-414 series of precision linear translation stages comes in 48 variations, with four precision/load classes. They have motor resolution to 0.012 µm and incremental motion of 0.1 µm. Drive options are lead screws or recirculating ball screws. Motor options are DC Gearhead, DC ActiveDrive, and stepper motors. Travel ranges are from 25 to 300 mm with load capacity of 50 kg.
PI (Physik Instrumente), Auburn, MA

IR camera

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The SU320KTX-1.7 RT shortwave infrared camera is designed for low-light conditions and day/night operation. It measures 3.8 in.3 and weighs less than 90 g, and is based on InGaAs. It covers the 900-to-1700-nm range with a 320 x 240-pixel format on a 40-µm-pitch focal array.
Sensors Unlimited, Goodrich, Princeton, NJ

Filter wheel

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The SilentWheel GL filter wheel is designed for low-cost front-projector applications. The device has a specially shaped segment for mechanical bond, a plastic hub, a low-cost motor, and optional single-sided coating. It has a diameter from 40 to 100 mm, operating speed up to 10800 rpm, and typical spectral temperature stability of better than 0.3% from 20°C to 100°C.
Unaxis Balzers Optics, Balzers, Liechtenstein

Skin modeling

The Realistic Skin Model for the Advanced Systems Analysis Program can model the major layers of human skin for simulations using bio-optical devices such as confocal microscopes and fluorescence imaging systems. The model can adjust concentrations of chromaphores and hemoglobin in each skin layer. Tissue models can be integrated with existing optical designs.
Breault Research Organization, Tucson, AZ

A/D converter

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The ADSD-1410S 14-bit-resolution analog-to-digital converter handles 10 megasamples/s. It is designed for high-speed data-acquisition systems that require low noise. It comes in a 40-pin, triple-wide SMT DOP and is usable between 0°C and 70°C, with the EX version working from -55°C to 125°C.
C&D Technologies, Mansfield, MA

UV pump-probe system

The UV transient pump-probe system is designed for broadband, femtosecond-resolved, pump-probe spectroscopy for measuring ultrafast dynamics in chemistry and biology. The modular assembly includes a UV-visible tunable pump to match the absorption of the molecular species. Probe wavelength coverage is from 320 to 730 nm with 100 fs temporal resolution.
Clark-MXR, Dexter, MI

Excimer laser

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The ExciStar XS excimer laser delivers up to 10 mJ/pulse at 193 nm at 500 Hz. The air-cooled laser can operate at 157, 193, 248, or 351 nm. It measures 649 x 300 x 400 mm and has Almeta XS all-metal tube construction, preionization, a solid-state pulser, and electrostatic dust removal.
Coherent, Santa Clara, CA

Marking process

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Guardmark is a marking process for authenticating primary packaging and security documents. It combines chemistry, a variable-energy laser source, and a control system, and allows users to produce overt, semicovert, and covert images with a resolution up to 10,000 dpi. The microscopic image can be applied to a surface or be embedded in a substrate or within laminate films.
DataLase, Widnes, Cheshire, England

Thermal-imaging camera

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The SC640 thermal-imaging camera features a 640 x 480-pixel focal array designed for thermal measurements of microelectronics, paper processing, automotive, plastics, injection molding, consumer appliance design, telecommunications, and mechanical testing. The uncooled detector can examine a thermal anomaly on a small object. The device weighs 3.8 lb.
FLIR Systems, Boston, MA

IR laser system

The Model 9850 dual-beam IR laser-link processing system is designed for 1 Gbit DRAM and 2 and 4 Gbit NAND flash-memory applications. Aimed at high-throughput, automated 300 mm production environments, it processes tight-pitch metal fuses. The multibeam processing system includes software that automatically optimizes processing for maximum throughput.
Electro Scientific Industries, Portland, OR

Green lasers

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The MicroGreen and MiniGreen diode-pumped, solid-state green lasers offer output of 1 to 15 mW and 50 to 150 mW. The Micro has a 5.6 mm laser-diode header and is 9 mm long, and uses less than 200 mA input current for 5 mW output. The Mini has a 9 mm diameter and is 13 mm long. Both have a perfect Gaussian beam profile and optical noise less than 1.5%.
Frankfurt Laser Co., Friedrichsdorf, Germany


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The 940-LED goniometric measurement assembly is designed for angular LED measurement. It can perform color and intensity measurements in the lab or on a production line. It includes a high-speed USB interface, two automated axes, and built-in sockets to accommodate a wide range of LED standards.
Gamma Scientific, San Diego, CA

Tabletop enclosures

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A line of tabletop enclosures for optical tables is designed to be lightweight and aesthetically pleasing. The enclosures are built with an aluminum framework, durable acrylic sides, and a rigid composite roof, and measure from 48 x 72 x 32 to 60 x 144 x 32 in. Side panels provide easy access and an optional blower with HEPA filter can be mounted on top.
Kinetic Systems, Boston, MA

Laser controller

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The LC220 programmable-logic controller for lasers and test apparatus includes triggering and timing modes. It can trigger events based on real-world feedback. It can be programmed from a PC and then operated in stand-alone mode. It can trigger flash lamps, Q-switches, shutters, flow controls, and other devices. External feedback can synchronize triggering to uncertain events, with a 5 ns resolution.
LabSmith, Livermore, CA

Nonlinear optimization

OptiBelPro is a nonlinear optimization module for use with TracePro illumination-design software. The module allows users to automatically vary model parameters to achieve specific illumination distributions. They can modify analysis functions and define custom merit functions.
Lambda Research, Littleton, MA

Pump diode

The LU0915T050 uncooled pump-laser module offers up to 5 W output at a pump wavelength of 915 nm from a 105/125 µm fiber. The device has better than 60% electrical-to-optical power efficiency. The footprint of the diode is 22 x 11 mm including a 2.7 mm screw hole for mounting to a heat sink.
Lumics, Berlin, Germany

Safety glasses

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Eye protection filters from LaserVision are designed for telecom lasers and LED applications. A clear filter, for use with telecom, covers the range from 850 to 1700 nm. A filter for LED work covers the 315 to 1000 nm range.
BFi OPTiLAS, Wolverton Mill South, Milton Keynes, England

Wafer metrology

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The T-Map wafer-thickness metrology system provides submicron thickness mapping of ultrathin, bumped, taped, or warped wafers, and wafers on dicing frames. The unit can stand alone or integrate into noncontact profile equipment, can measure thickness from 20 µm to 1 mm with accuracy of ± 0.5 µm and repeatability of 100 nm.
Micro Photonics, Allentown, PA

Transimpedance amplifiers

The MTI04CS/CQ multichannel transimpedance amplifier can adapt the compensation of the amplifier to the input capacitance of the sensors, such as photodiodes. The device integrates four channels on a single chip, and custom versions can hold more channels. Amplification is 20 MOhm, and the smallest measurement range is 25 nA.
MAZeT, Jena, Germany

Passive Q-switch laser

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The FLARE laser series with passive Q-switch delivers pulses up to 800 µJ at 355, 532, and 1064 nm with pulse length down to 1.5 ns. The laser is based on diode-pumped, passively Q-switched Nd:YAG technology. The hermetically sealed laser head measures 16 x 7 nm and a TTL input enables pulse triggering.
Nexlase, Eching, Germany

Microscope objectives

The CY series of UIS2 plan achromat microscope objectives are designed for clinical laboratory and examination work. They have built-in neutral-density filters for light balancing, allowing the user to switch from high to low magnification without adjusting the light source. Objectives are available for 20x, 10x, 4x, and 2x magnification.
Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group, Center Valley, PA


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The OPV330 Series is an 850 nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). Maximum forward peak current is 20 mA, with a maximum reverse voltage of 5 V. Operating temperature range is -40°C to 85°C. The VCSELs are designed to replace IR LEDs. They are aimed at applications including noncontact position sensing, photoelectric sensors, optical encoders, and light curtains.
OPTEK Technology, Carrollton, TX

Laser diode

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The SIRILAS range of high-power laser diodes from Osram is designed for solid-state pumping, material processing, illumination, and industrial applications. The compact lasers, about 20% smaller than standard packages, can be stacked horizontally or vertically. Integrated cooling ribs provide water-cooling. An integrated lens produces a beam with vertical divergence of less than 1°.
BFi OPTiLAS, Wolverton Mill South, Milton Keynes, England

Photon-counting software

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Version 6.0 data-acquisition software is available for the TimeHarp 200 time-correlated single-photon-counting board. New features include a real-time correlator for fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and an improved user interface. It has device drivers for the latest 64-bit versions of Windows, and supports multi-detector routing with PMTs of TTL SPAD detectors.
PicoQuant, Berlin, Germany

Beam bender

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The 90-Line is a right-angle beam bender that turns the reference laser beam from the Microgage 2000 precisely 90°. It holds precision optical elements and allows the square exiting beam to rotate through a full plane. The exiting beam is square to the incoming beam within 0.0006°.
Pinpoint Laser Systems, Newburyport, MA

Fiberoptic connector

The Pro Beam Mini connector is designed for rugged fiberoptic applications that require tightly packaged, noncircular connections. The connector can collimate a transmission signal into an optical beam more than 14 times its original diameter and up to 200 times its cross-sectional area for multimode, and up to 45 times diameter and 2000 times cross-sectional area for singlemode.
Tyco Electronics, Harrisburg, PA

Q-switched oscillators

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Miniature Q-switched oscillators from Arctic Photonics are monolithic, short-pulse, solid-state lasers with outputs of 946, 1030, 1047, 1053, and 1064 nm, as well as their second, third, and fourth harmonics. Peak powers are up to 50 kW. Pulse widths can be configured from 0.5 to 10 ns with a diffraction-limited beam and are capable of energies to 40 µJ.
RPMC Lasers, O’Fallon, MO


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The MI Series miniature interferometers with triple-faceted retroreflectors arer designed to be incorporated into customer-supplied systems. They have measurement ranges of 60, 150, or 5000 mm, with standard metric resolution of 1 nm and optional resolution of 0.1 nm. They use a 632.8 nm laser and operate from 15°C to 30°C.
SIOS Messtechnik, Ilmenau, Germany

Passive-component software

Version 7.0 of Passive Component Design Suite includes advanced nonuniform mesh generation and is upgraded to handle new optoelectronics applications. Nonuniform meshing is applicable to high-index-contrast structures, metallic structures, and quantum-well devices. New simulation algorithms reduce computational expense and make several modules in the suite work faster.
RSoft Design Group, Ossining, NY

Compact xy stage

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The Model KDT 180-DC open-frame positioning stage is an xy table with an overall height of 32 mm and a square footprint of 199 x 199 mm. Total travel is 60 mm in each direction with straightness/flatness deviation of 1 µm. A ball screw coupled to a DC motor acts as the drive mechanism.
Steinmeyer, Burlington, MA

Wafer bonder

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The M-Lock wafer bonder for high-vacuum applications is designed for MEMS devices with on-chip getters such as silicon gyros and other advanced MEMS. A secondary load-lock chamber maintains high vacuum in the bonder chamber and heating the chamber walls reduces outgassing during bonding.
SUSS MicroTec, Munich, Germany

Camera extension

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The CameraFiberLink-3 High Speed Base and the CFL-4 Base/Medium/Full digital camera extension systems operate at speeds from 20 to 85 MHz. They include serial connectivity for camera control signals, pan/tilt/zoom, or to control accessories such as lighting or sensors. They allow placement of a camera up to 1000 m from the controlling computer.
Logical Solutions/Thinklogical, Milford, CT

OEM laser module

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The dfTune OEM laser module is based on near-IR distributed-feedback diode technology and provides a diffraction-limited beam profile, single-frequency emission with a linewidth less than 5 MHz, and continuous wavelength tuning up to 4 nm. The smallest version measures 58 x 44 x 30 mm. It comes with RS232 interface.
Toptica Photonics, Munich, Germany

LED display

The LED-128G032 is a 128 x 32 LED graphics display with drive electronics and a +5 V HC CMOS-level video interface. It has a 12.75 x 3.15 in. viewing area and four times the life of a plasma display. It is aimed at applications such as arcade games, process control, POS terminals, medical equipment, and ATMs.
Vishay Intertechnology, Malvern, PA

Optical pen

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Confocal, chromatic, optical pens are designed for profilometry, microtopography, roughness, autofocus vibrometry, in-line inspection and thickness measurements. The modular design allows up to 30 different configurations. Users select from five magnifiers, ranging from 3.3 to 29 mm focal lengths and six chromatic lenses with 130 µm to 27 mm depth of fields. Maximum lateral resolution is 1.1 µm and vertical resolution of 5 nm.
Armstrong Optical, Northants, England

Fizeau interferometer

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The FizCam 2000 is an on-axis, vibration-insensitive Fizeau interferometer, which incorporates a single camera, high-speed optical phase sensor to make a wavefront measurement in as little as 30 µs. When measuring parallel optical surfaces, its short coherence feature eliminates the need for extraneous coatings to control multiple interference fringes by isolating and measuring only the desired surface.
4D Technology, Tucson, AZ

UV optics for biophotonics

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Twenty new product lines for biophotonics customers are designed for the UV spectrum. Products include UV-NIR triplets, CaF2 windows, UV laser mirrors, UV filters, UV fixed focal length lenses, UV cameras, UV-VIS CCD spectrometers, as well as new versions of the company’s ReflX objectives.
Edmund Optics, Barrington, NJ

Superluminscent LEDs

New EXS7505-1411 Superluminscent Light Emitting Diodes (SLEDs) operate at 750 nm. They are suited for optical coherence tomography (OCT) and biomedical applications. The SLEDs provide 3.0 mW typical optical output power in a single-mode optical fiber and 21 nm, 3 dB spectral bandwidth.
Exalos, Schlieren, Switzerland

Bidirectional tester

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The CrossFire is an automated, dual-wavelength, bidirectional tester. The unit measures insertion loss and optical return loss to -70 dB. It tests multiple wavelengths via a single port, eliminating the need to reconnect cables and zero-reference the equipment for each test. Other features include storage capacity of 1000 tests and the ability to test fiber from both ends when two units are used.
Fiber Instrument Sales, Oriskany, NY

CCD image sensor

The CCD 3041 is a four megapixel, 2k x 2k, full-frame, multiport CCD. It is designed for advanced scientific, medical and industrial imaging applications. The focal plane array (FPA) has 2048 x 2048 imaging elements. Pixel pitch is 15 µm with a high dynamic range (16 bit) and a QE better than 90%. It is available in front- or back-illuminated architecture, and has a 100% fill factor.
Fairchild Imaging, Milpitas, CA

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