The N4376B LCA lightwave component analyzer performs frequency-response characterization of photonic components at a target wavelength of 850 nm.

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Component analyzer

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The N4376B LCA lightwave component analyzer performs frequency-response characterization of photonic components at a target wavelength of 850 nm. It tests 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel components in high-speed networks with multimode conditions at modulation rates up to 20 GHz. The turnkey system works on laser drivers, amplifiers, transmitters, optical modulators and other devices.
Agilent Technologies,
Santa Clara, CA

Optical amplifiers

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Reflective semiconductor optical amplifiers are designed for use in passive optical networks based on wavelength-division multiplexing. The components, in a TO-56 can package, can deliver more than 20 dB of optical gain for data transmission rates up to 1.25 Gbit/s without a local wavelength-stabilized source or temperature control.
Centre for Integrated Photonics,
Ipswich, England

IR camera

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The Titaniuim camera is designed for acquisition of radiometric images in either the mid-wavelength or long-wavelength IR band. It has 320 × 256 or 640 × 512 resolution with pixels as small as 15 μm. With different sensors available, it can cover the ranges of 1.5 to 5 µm, 3 to 5 µm, 7.7 to 9.5 µm, or 7.7 to 11.5 μm. It has interchangeable optics in a ruggedized enclosure.
Electrophysics, Fairfield, NJ

Fiber laser

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The SC450-AOTF fiber laser integrates an acousto-optic tunable filter and a multichannel RF driver. Designed for biomedical applications, the supercontinuum source covers the spectral range from 450 nm to 2 μm. Using AOTF technology, up to eight individual wavelength bands can be simultaneously or sequentially selected, with channel bandwidths from 1 nm to over 15 nm.
Southampton, England

Handheld verifier

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The DataMan 7500V is a handheld verification unit that accurately verifies the quality of direct-marked and printed two-dimensional codes for manufacturers implementing traceability programs in the automotive, aerospace, health care, and defense industries. The unit is compliant with the AIM DPM quality guideline DPM1‑2006.
Cognex, Natick, MA


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The new IAE detector series is intended for the spectral range from 1000 to 1650 nm. The series has an active-area diameter of either 80 or 200 µm. The APD comes in a TO-46 housing or on a ceramic submount. The IAE080x can have a bandwidth of at least 1 GHz at a typical capacitance of 1 pF.
Laser Components, Hudson, NH

Custom cameraplatform

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Remote-Eye is a custom camera platform that can be coupled with any CCD or CMOS image sensor (area and linescan). The platform has a low-power Linux CPU along with 10/100 Ethernet, on-board JPEG compression, NTSC composite, S-video, and on-board FPGA (up to 4 million gates). It also has remote sensor-head capabilities.
Image Solutions Group,
Rochester, NY


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The LT-5500 series stack-array products are high-efficiency QCW lasers for demanding applications. Standard configurations range in power from 200 to 3200 W, with typical conversion efficiencies better than 55%. The platform is available with single or multiple peak wavelengths from 770 nm to 1 µm.
Lasertel, Tucson, AZ

CO2-laser marking and engraving kit

The Fantom Series OEM CO2-laser marking and engraving kit includes new 10, 30, and 100 W models for general industrial applications. They are based on folded-waveguide laser resonators, DSP controllers, and direct imaging and scanning technology. A shielding gas to the scanner prevents external dust particles from contaminating the lens and mirrors. Interface software is included.
Laser Photonics, Lake Mary, FL

Coatings/opticsexpress service

Rapid prototyping and express service are available with delivery time options starting at 24 hours for optical-component production. For the 120 to 2500 nm wavelength range, customers may select 24-hour turnaround coating service for customer-owned substrates in standard sizes and coatings; one to two-week delivery for all types of coatings, including custom; and three-week Express Extra for rapid prototyping of special laser optics.
Laseroptik, Garbsen, Germany

Prism adapters

Prism lens adapters are designed for use with micro machine lenses (MML). Side-looking prism adapters enable the optical axis to be turned through 90°, overcoming space limitations. For mark recognition, optical-axis pitch-conversion prisms decrease the pitch between two MML lenses. Prism adapters with two optical views with different focusing and standard prism adapters for lenses with diameters of 16, 18, 25, 35, and 37.5 mm are available.
Moritex, Natick, MA

Windows software

ImageIron software for Windows corrects any digital-camera lens distortion. The software recognizes and minimizes radial, radial-asymmetric, and tangential distortions. It uses an intelligent calibration system along with concrete values rather than approximate calculations for residue distortion below 1 pixel and eliminates vignetting. Correction data can be exported.
Natural GrafiX,
Ubstadt-Weiher, Germany

Laser ablation system

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The UP193-FX is a 193 nm, short-pulse excimer-laser ablation system with a fully homogenized beam, wavelength coupling to the ICP-MS, and up to 4 GW/cm irradiance at the sample. Compatible with all commercially available ICP spectrometers, it also has 13 precalibrated spot sizes with constant fluence. It uses a proprietary beam-delivery design with beam-homogenizing optics.
New Wave Research, Fremont, CA

Zoom systems

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The Zoom Xtender is designed for use with the company’s Zoom 6000 and 12X Zoom systems, extending the system’s reach, while maintaining internal focus and parfocal zooming. Using the tool, systems can achieve infinite working distances. It also allows the user to keep computer-controlled motorization and detents intact.
Navitar, Rochester, NY

IR thermometer

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The Omegascope handheld infrared thermometer series is designed for noncontact temperature measurements. Models OS523E and OS524E have adjustable emissivity from 0.10 to 1.00, in 0.01 increments. The series provides built-in, switchable, patented laser dot/circle sighting and a custom backlit LCD with dual display. The CE-marked instruments also have two-way RS232 communication and temperature-data storage and logging. It is not for human or medical use.
Omega Engineering, Stamford, CT

4.25 Gbit/s BER tester

The OPB4250 is a 4.25 Gbit/s bit-error-rate (BER) tester. A member of the OptoBERT family of optical/electrical BER testers, it is suited for 4G Fibre Channel (4GFC) applications. The tester meets industry standards for iGFC, 2GFC, 4GFC, and Gigabit Ethernet. The optical interface consists of a multirate, pluggable SFP transceiver, which can be used with either single-mode or multimode fiber over various wavelengths.
Optellent, San Jose, CA

Linear stage

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The M-511.HD hybrid nanopositioning translational stage combines piezo-flexure drives and DC-servo/ball-screw drives. It provides a travel range to 100 mm, 100 kg load capacity, and 4 nm linear encoder resolution. The C‑702 hybrid nanopositioning controller has a novel, high-speed encoder interface that can process encoder rates of 100 million pulses per second.
PI (Physik Instrumente),
Auburn, MA

CO2-laser systems

The Professional Laser Series (PLS) of computer-controlled CO2-laser cutting, marking, and engraving systems incorporates design improvements to the laser cartridge, platform chassis, system electronics, and software interfaces. A material-based print driver, Laser Interface+, gives users the choice of automatic or manual control over power, speed, and other system settings.
Universal Laser Systems,
Scottsdale, AZ

Femtosecond fiber lasers

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The “plug-and-play” FFL1560-CONTROL fiber lasers are temperature-stabilized <100 fs laser systems with input controls that can be used to stabilize the repetition rate and carrier envelope offset frequency. Users can select from a 2 mW, 250 fs version up to an ultra-high-power version with more than 140 mW average power and shorter than 100 fs pulse durations.
Precision Photonics, Boulder, CO

NIR camera

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The NIR camera is designed for use in the NIR spectrum from 0.9 to 1.7 µm. The camera is based on an InGaAs sensor with 320 × 256 pixels, and a 14-bit readout at 50 images per second. Camera Link or Gigabit Ethernet output is available. It is available in cooled, temperature-stabilized, and noncooled models.
VDS Vosskühler,
Osnabrück, Germany

CMOS color camera

The 20B44 Microboard 14 × 14 mm CMOS VGA color-board camera is intended for industrial and security applications and for OEM markets. The CMOS 1/4 in. VGA imager is specified for temperature ranges from -40°C to 85°C and has a sensitivity of under 1 lux. The camera’s small size allows it to fit into small, covert housings such as outlet covers or doorbells.
Videology, Greenville, RI

Master source book

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The 65th Anniversary EO Master Source Book combines product listings, volume pricing, technical articles, and application guides. Designed as a reference for optical-system designers, the book contains more than 40 pages of technical information guides, covering topics such as cleaning methods, filter selection, mirror coatings, and colorimetry.
Edmund Optics, Barrington, NJ

Lens-design software

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Lens-design software OSLO 6.4.3 includes 18 additions and improvements. A CCL command has been added, which accesses and copies any OSLO plot or graphic to the MS Windows clipboard as a bitmap. Modulation-transfer function reports now have analysis that utilizes field points from the field-point set in the x-field and y-field data.
Lambda Research, Littleton, MA

Fiber-bundle laser

The LU0975C300 fiber-bundle laser features 300 W optical output power from multiple fibers in single connector output. The standard SMA 905 connector output is specified with 1 mm fiber diameter. Based on proprietary chip technology, the laser units are available in 915, 940, 960, and 975 nm wavelengths.
Lumics, Berlin, Germany

Fluorescence filter sets

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The BrightLine series of fluorescence filters now includes sets optimized for Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) imaging applications. They are designed for the most popular live-cell-compatible FRET fluorophore pairs: blue-to-green, cyan-to-yellow, and green-to-red fluorescent proteins. Each set includes one excitation filter, one dichroic beamsplitter, and two emission filters. The filters have hard dielectric optical coatings.
Semrock, Rochester, NY

Multiline lasers

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Lasiris laser-line generators project from 3 to 99 parallel, uniform laser lines. Multiline patterns are compatible with all Lasiris lasers that emit from 375 to 1550 nm. These lasers are focusable and provide a range of fan and interbeam angles. Micro multiline patterns are also available. Applications include machine vision, high-speed inspection, biomedical, and 3-D contour mapping.
StockerYale, Salem, NH

Laser marking system

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The Videojet 3120 10 W laser marking system provides marking speeds up to 1200 characters/s and line speeds up to 10 m/s. It marks complex, multiline alphanumeric messages, foreign language fonts, graphics, symbols, and machine-readable codes. It can be controlled via a handheld controller or external device such as a PC.
Videojet Technologies,
Wood Dale, IL

Gas sensor

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The SensorChip-CO2-4P gas sensor module from ICx Photonics is a MEMS-based module for detecting carbon dioxide in industrial settings. The module contains optics and electronics for infrared sensor technology in a 4P housing. The sealed sensor unit is immune to aging and hysteresis. It can be tuned to specific wavelengths for IR emission and absorption.
AMS Technologies,
Martinsried, Germany

Raman spectrometer

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The MiniRam II portable Raman spectrometer is lightweight and battery-operated. It offers spectral resolution of 10 cm-1 through the Raman-shift range of 175 to 3100 cm-1. It includes a stabilized 785 nm excitation laser and a fiber-coupled sampling probe, which allows the user to collect Raman spectra of solids or liquids at the scene. An integrated cuvette-based sampling configuration is also available.
B&W Tek, Newark, DE

Microscopy source

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The PhotoFluor light source for fluorescence microscopy combines a metal-halide lamp with a sputtered heat-blocking optic to deliver light across the 340 to 650 nm range. It allows bright imaging of DAPI, Hoechst, and other UV-absorbing fluorochromes, as well as those with higher excitation wavelengths such as Cy5. Lamp life is approximately 2000 hours.
Chroma Technology, Rockingham, VT

Laser-diode heatsinks

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High-performance laser-diode heatsinks have super-sharp edges, flat and smooth die bonding surfaces, and optional predeposited Au/Sn solder. These features allow high-power laser diodes to be positioned at the edge of the mount, while minimizing hotspots and voiding. “C” mounts are typically fabricated from Cu, or smaller mounts, such as the “Q” and “W” type, can be fabricated totally from W/Cu. Strongly attached standoff ceramics are also available.
L.E.W. Techniques, Taunton, England

Diode-laser system

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The LFx40 line-focus diode-laser system is designed for materials-processing applications such as welding of plastics. It produces 400 W of output power from 800 to 980 nm with a line-focus beam profile of approximately 100 mm length. It contains a power supply with integrated microcontroller and chiller.
Dilas, Mainz, Germany

Ultrafast laser

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The Chameleon Ultra II laser produces more than 3.3 W of output power with continuous tuning from 690 to 1080 nm. The one-box laser, which has the same footprint, software interface, and beam location as previous models, is designed for multiphoton microscopy, including CARS and three-photon imaging. The infrared performance allows deeper live tissue penetration and efficient excitation of long-wavelength fluorophores.
Coherent, Santa Clara, CA

EMCCD system

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The sensicam em digital 12-bit camera system is based on an electron-multiplication CCD sensor. On-chip multiplication provides readout noise of less than 1 e- rms at a gain more than 50. It has 1004 × 1002-pixel resolution and QE up to 65%. The image sensor can be thermoelectrically cooled down to -45°C vs. ambient. Software selectable exposure times range from 75 µs to 1 h.
Cooke, Romulus, MI

Tunable OPO systems

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The NT340C series of tunable optical parametric oscillator systems allows tuning from 210 to 2300 nm. It provides a beam with 1.5:1 ellipticity and up to 5 mJ energy. The system contains a Q-switched Nd:YAG pump laser and a separate output for the 355 nm pump beam, with outputs for 1064, 532, and 266 nm available on request.
Ekspla, Vilnius, Lithuania

Thermal camera

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The TP8 thermal imager with Bluetooth voice recording technology is designed for inspection of plants, buildings, and structures. It has a measurement range of -20°C to 800°C. It can capture thermal and visual images simultaneously, record dynamic radiometric sequences of moving targets in real time, and store up to 1000 images on a 2 GByte card.
Land Instruments International, Dronfield, England

GigE cameras

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The Genie HM640, HM1024, and HM1400 cameras are Gigabit Ethernet Vision-compliant and capture image data at up to 295 frames/s in VGA resolution or 60 frames/s at 1400 × 1024 resolution. The cameras transmit data over standard CAT-5e and CAT-6 cables to distances up to 100 m.
DALSA, Waterloo, Ont., Canada

MEMS tunable filters

MEMS tunable filters are based on proprietary mirror technology and come in 100 and 50 GHz configurations. They operate in either the C- or L-band and are aimed at applications including ASE noise suppression, wavelength selection, signal tracking, and optical-performance monitoring. They come in the company’s Optical Channel Performance Monitor modules and can be integrated into its General Purpose Test and Measurement Platform.
DiCon Fiberoptics, Richmond, CA

Fiber-optic cleaver

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The AutoCleaver fully automatic, precision fiber cleaver provides a typical cleave angle of less than 0.3°. A built-in microprocessor controls parameters such as fiber position, claming, tension, and the position and speed of the diamond blade. It typically provides more than 26,000 cleaves per blade. It can connect to a PC to change settings.
Nyfors, Stockholm, Sweden

Optical subassemblies

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A series of 10 Gbit/s receiver optical subassembly devices are designed for various types of optical communications, including Gigabit Ethernet, SDH/SONET, and WDM. The G10447 GaAs p-i-n photodiode with preamp supports 10 Gbit/s rates at 850 nm. The G10208 InGaAs PIN photodiode with preamp can be used with multimode fibers for transmission at 1300 nm.
Hamamatsu, Bridgewater, NJ

Visual fault locator

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An MRTJ version of the Visual Fault Locator includes a 1 mW fiber-coupled laser that produces a 650 nm visible red light for detection of breaks or excessive bends in fiber-optic cable. The unit is designed for single-mode and multimode applications. It includes a holster and two AA batteries.
Fiber Instrument Sales, Oriskany, NY

Femtosecond laser amplifier

The Dragon femtosecond laser amplifier uses Menlo Systems’ phase-stabilization units for laser oscillators (XPS800) and amplifiers (APS800) and produces sub-30 fs stabilized pulses with energy up to 2 mJ at a 1 kHz repetition rate. The device uses cryo-cooling technology.
Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories, Boulder, CO

Laser diode

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The Opnext HL6750MG 685 nm laser diode is designed for biomedical applications such as x-ray scanners, and light sources for industrial and medical sensors, distance meters, and barcode scanners. The AlGaInP diode with a multi-quantum-well structure has output of 50 mW CW and operates on 75 mA in a 5.6 mm package.
Photonic Products, Hatfield Broad Oaks, Herts., England

Beam expander

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The S6ASS3900 Zoomexpander beam expander is based on fused-silica optical elements. The device can expand a laser beam up to eight times. It is designed for 1064 nm (/126) or 532 nm (/121), and customized wavelengths are available. Protection windows and a motor adaptor are optional, and a fully motorized version is available.
Sill Optics, Wendelstein, Germany

Fog-free eyewear

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Laser-safety eyewear comes with Fosta Fog-Free coating from Fosta-Tek Optics. The hard coating extends the eyewear’s life by making the polycarbonate lenses more resistant to scratches. It stands up to repeated cleaning with hot water and soap or household detergents.
Kentek, Pittsfield, NH

Thermal imager

The Miricle 110KS shutterless, uncooled, unstabilized, miniature, thermal-imaging camera provides continuous imaging from the time it is switched on. The lack of moving parts prevents vibration. The IR camera offers 640 × 480 VGA resolution with 25 µm pitch. It comes in a 1.5 in. cube.
Thermoteknix Systems,
Cambridge, England

Molded optical components

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A line of precision-molded optical components from Moulded Optics includes crown (nD = 1.523), borosilicate (nD = 1.480), and high-refractive (nD = 1.620) glass materials in sizes from 2 to 100 mm. They can be uncoated or have multilayer antireflective and IR coatings. A variety of lenses, mirrors, prisms, reflectors, and windows are available.
DOI, Mesa, AZ

Color image sensor

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The KAI-10100 image sensor is a 10 million-pixel, 22.5 mm optical diagonal interline CCD color sensor. It uses 4.75 µm interlaced pixel architecture to achieve low noise. It has electronic shutter capability and hardware color binning that supports progressive-scan readout at several subsampled resolutions to improve sensitivity and readout rates.
Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY

Laser-scanning probes

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The Surveyor Laser Probes for 3-D laser scanning include the SLP-250, with a laser line length of 25 mm. They scan small or highly detailed objects with accuracy up to ± 6 µm. The SLP-2000 has a laser line length of 200 mm and accuracy of ± 80 μm for scanning large parts.
Laser Design, Minneapolis, MN

Training DVD

The menu-based DVD, “Fiber Optic Connectors,” is an instructional DVD covering the various types of available connectors, their history, and their evolution. It talks about termination, testing, inspection, and cleaning, as well as covering the discrete parts of connectors, their optical and mechanical tolerances, and methods of bonding, scribing, polishing, and inspection.
The Light Brigade, Tukwila, WA

CAD version

The Component Design Suite has a new advanced CAD system with 3-D editing capability, a streamlined design process, and updated appearance. The 3-D feature allows users to manipulate and view their design along any direction and in all three dimensions. A streamlined design flow is designed to expedite the simulation process.
RSoft Design Group, Ossining, NY

LED design kit

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An LED design kit for designers of solid-state lighting consists of lighting modules, assemblies, components, and accessories, based on a thermally conductive aluminum alloy substrate from IRC Advanced Film Division. The substrate can reduce or eliminate the need for heat sinks and mounting hardware. Each kit contains three LED drivers.
Optek Technology, Carrollton, TX

Laser marking system

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The RotoTab desktop rotary-dial table-top fiber-laser marking system is a fully enclosed Class One system. It provides a two-marking-position pneumatic index table with a 400 mm plate. It is fully air-cooled and comes with fiber, vanadate, CO2, and green lasers with customizable spot sizes. It contains FlyX and FlyCad software.
Lasit, Branford, CT

Pump laser

The LU0977M200-2002F41A uncooled pump laser modules in the Mini-DIL line offer power up to 220 mW at 980 nm. The modules operate without a TW cooler at temperatures from 0°C to 70°C. They measure 7 × 13 mm with a maximum height of 5 mm, and have low FIT rates.
Lumics, Berlin, Germany

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