New Products

Dec. 1, 2009
The Ergonomic Low-Profile-Format (ELpF) vibration-isolation platform can be easily moved on the benchtop, even with a load and in float, without damage to the vibration isolators.

Portable vibration isolation

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The Ergonomic Low-Profile-Format (ELpF) vibration-isolation platform can be easily moved on the benchtop, even with a load and in float, without damage to the vibration isolators. Two models can support loads of either 45 or 136 kg on self-leveling platforms with active-air systems. Isolation efficiencies of 95% vertical and 92% horizontal at 10 Hz are typical.
Elliot Scientific, Harpenden, England
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Single-photon counter

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The id201 single-photon-detection module offer ultralow noise at NIR wavelengths. It has a dark-count rate better than 8 × 10-6/ns in single-mode fiber and better than 1.5 × 10-5/ns in multimode fiber. It uses a hermetically sealed InGaAs/InP photodiode and has adjustable detection probability up to 25%.
id Quantique, Geneva, Switzerland
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High-speed camera

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The Fastcam SA4 CMOS camera provides 3600 frames/s operation at full pixel resolution of 1024 × 1024 and up to 500,000 frames/s at reduced resolution. It is designed for applications that do not require the highest frame rates, but where extreme light sensitivity, high dynamic range, and high image quality with low noise are critical.
Photron, San Diego, CA


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The PH85-D2P0U4 850 nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser provides maximum output of 20 mW at operating current of 50 mA and operating voltage of 2.6 V maximum. The circular output has beam divergence of 2° and spectral bandwidth (rms) of 0.85 nm maximum. It comes in a TO-46 package with dome lens and operates from 0°C to 60°C.
The Optoelectronics Co. Henham, Hertfordshire, England

Photonic characterization tool

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MonoCL4 is a photonic characterization tool providing spectroscopic analysis with high spatial resolution and depth of field using an electron probe. The cathodoluminescence (CL) system provides microcharacterization of the optical and electronic properties of semiconductor and optoelectronic materials. The new system is compatible with conventional, low-vacuum, and field-emission SEMs, combined FIB/SEMs, and ion microscopes.
Gatan UK, Abingdon, England
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Laser mount

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The LDM-4872 quantum-cascade laser mount with case temperature control is designed for quantum-cascade lasers. It supports C-Block, Alpes ST, and NS chip-on-carrier packages, as well as customer proprietary QCL packages. An integral thermoelectric module and a water-cooled cold plate provide an active temperature control range of -30°C to 30°C with heat loads up to 10 W.
ILX Lightwave, Bozeman, MT
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User guide for optical-design software

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A free 100+ page user guide for OSLO Optical Design Software is both a basic optical primer and a full set of step-by-step examples. The guide covers how to enter, analyze, and design optical systems in OSLO as well as how to use raysets, modulation transfer function, slider wheels, tolerancing, and optimization.
Lambda Research, Littleton, MA
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Diode laser

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A compact, fiber-coupled 1470 nm diode laser provides output power measured at 12 and 25 W, respectively. Customized versions with output power greater than 100 W are also available. This product line is suited for medical solutions including surgery, as high absorption in water at this wavelength enables user-friendly operation in surgical applications. They are also used for pumping of Er:YAG lasers.
LIMO, Dortmund, Germany

Fiber coupler

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A new high-power fiber-to-fiber coupler series is suited for fiber-coupled diode lasers based on single emitters or laser bars. Equipped with SMA905 connections on both sides, they can withstand powers up to 50 W in CW and 100 W in pulsed mode. The image ratio of the fibers is 1:1, and the transmissions can reach up to 90% with non-AR coated fibers.
Lumax Photonics, Dortmund, Germany
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Pneumatic vibration isolators

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The S-2000-TC Stabilizer provides a 1 Hz vertical resonant frequency and a vertical isolation efficiency of 98% at 10 Hz. Horizontal isolation begins at 2.5 Hz and reaches 95% efficiency at 10 Hz. With a 2000 lb load capacity per isolator, it can isolate optical tables, large inspection equipment, heavy machinery, and can also support large-area sub-floors. It includes a new tie-bar caster system and SafeLock mounting clips.
Newport, Irvine, CA

Diode driver

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The PLDD-50-SP short-pulsed diode driver is an all-solid-state pulsed current source designed to drive single or multichip laser diodes. At 50 amps of peak current, it delivers 5 ns pulse widths with pulse repetition frequency variable from single shot to 15 KHz. The driver measures 2.7 × 1.3 in., weighs less than 14 g, and is suited for rangefinding, remote sensing, and defense and security applications.
OptiSwitch Technology, San Diego, CA
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LEDs for backlighting

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The OSLON LX compact 1 W LED measures 3 × 3 × 1.6 mm for side injection into light guides with a thickness of 2 to 4 mm, allowing the displays to be made with very thin profiles. Available in multiwhite and ultrawhite versions, they provide a light output of typically 75 or 90 lm at 350 mA.
Osram Opto, Sunnyvale, CA

VUV/UV filters and coatings

A complete line of VUV/UV broadband mirror coatings and bandpass filters covers the range from 120 to 320 nm. VUV/UV bandpass filters from 120 to 320 nm offer high transmission and strong out-of-band rejection. Broadband mirror coatings provide high reflectance down to 120 nm and can be optimized for any wavelength from 120 to 250 nm. Both are suited for low-power analytical applications.
Pelham Research Optical, Pelham, NH
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Beam profiler

The NanoScan Beam Profiler now measures and reports the actual pulse frequency of the laser. It uses the scanning-slit-beam profiling technique to provide measurements of high-resolution beam size, beam position, and beam profile for pulsed lasers operating at 1 kHz or higher repetition rate.
Photon, San Jose, CA

Multichannel controller

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The E-616 multichannel controller line has been extended for piezo-based steering and stabilization mirror platforms. Features include three integrated amplifiers, which provide up to 10 W peak power, closed- and open-loop versions and bench top and OEM modules. An internal coordinate transformation simplifies control of parallel kinematics designs.
PI (Physik Instrumente), Auburn, MA
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Green diode laser

A new 5.6 mm wide-temp-operating (WTO) green diode laser, the GDL-T series, is the newest addition to the Green Diode Laser (GDL) product family. The laser measures 5.6 × 13.6 mm and offers an alternative to red lasers. It is available for 4 to 50 mW output power and because of its unique crystal design, greater than 40° operating temperature range.
Photop, Fujian, China
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Silicon drift detector

The Sahara III, a new silicon drift detector (SDD) offers a cooldown period of less than 5 minutes (10 mm2 detector module). Typical SDD detectors require a cooldown period up to 1 hour, limiting the data collection phase. For end users who are changing samples frequently, or in a shared vacuum requiring thermal cycling, cooldown times are critical to efficient system operations.
Princeton Gamma-Tech Instruments, Princeton, NJ
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Lasers and laser-diode modules

Oxxius CW DPSS lasers are available at 473, 532, and 561 nm. Utilizing a proprietary, alignment-free monolithic resonator design, they are used for flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, florescence excitation, holography, and metrology. Oxxius laser-diode modules are available at 375, 405, 445, and 488 nm. They have TTL modulation and less than 1 mrad beam divergence.
RPMC Lasers, O’Fallon, MO
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Optical communication software

Optical Communication Design Suite, version 5.1, includes OptSim and its multimode companion ModeSYS. New features allow the user to design and simulate next-generation systems such as 100 Gbit/s coherent PM-QPSK, interferometric fiber-optic gyroscope (I-FOG), bidirectional RSOA-based WDM-PON systems that use time-division multiplexing technology, burst-mode data transmission, and advanced electrical-circuit modeling with an embedded Spice engine.
Rsoft, Ossining, NY

WVGA microdisplay

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The SYL2030 WVGA (854 × 480 pixels) microdisplay measures 6 mm tall with a pixel array diagonal of 0.21 inc. and a 5.4 µm pixel pitch. It is used for the high-volume embedded picoprojector market by enabling very thin (less than 7 mm) optical modules that can fit into a handsets and other handheld devices.
Syndiant, Dallas, TX
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Optical profiler system

The NT9100S optical profiler system is designed to optimize photovoltaic (PV) cell production and process development. The system provides rapid, three-dimensional surface measurements on 6 in. crystalline silicon PV cells. Features include a custom 156 mm programmable stage, a porous vacuum chuck, automation software, field-stitching software, and patent-pending dual-LED illumination.
Veeco, Plainview, NY

Pump module

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The 1996 SGP series pump-laser modules can deliver 600 mW of optical power at 980 nm under submarine operating conditions. Optimized chip structures reduce internal losses to values as low as 0.55 to 0.60 cm-1. New designs also keep low junction temperatures and injection current densities. Power drifts are less than 2% over a 25-year lifetime.
3S Photonics, Essonne, France
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Linear stage

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The ANT130-L linear stage uses a center-driven, noncogging, noncontact linear motor and encoder. Because the motor is a direct-drive device there is no backlash, windup, or “stiction” normally associated with a lead- or ball-screw drive. The motor drives to a peak unloaded acceleration of 1 g and a maximum velocity of 350 mm/s.
Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA
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Optical engine

An embedded optical engine technology enables high-speed connectivity in a wide range of electronic computing and consumer applications. The device has a thin profile of 2 mm and power consumption of 135 mW per 10G channel, so it will fit in small spaces in electronic computing and consumer electronic devices.
Avago Technologies, San Jose, CA

Light-pipe system

A flexible light-pipe system for moving LED light in rugged and outdoor applications is based on plastic optical fiber with a 2 mm core. It is aimed at applications that include field instrumentation, heavy equipment, and transportation. The system includes an optimized LED/adapter, flexible light pipe, and lens.
Bivar, Irvine, CA

Polarization camera

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The FD-1665P camera system collects video at three linear polarization orientations simultaneously. It is based on a flexible 3-CCD camera system that can be configured with user-specified filters in front of each sensor. The standard is 0°, 45°, and 90° linear polarization filters at up to 120 frames/s.
Flux Data, Rochester, NY

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