The GE2040 Gigabit Ethernet camera incorporates a Kodak KAI-4021 progressive-scan CCD sensor.

May 1st, 2007
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Ethernet camera

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The GE2040 Gigabit Ethernet camera incorporates a Kodak KAI-4021 progressive-scan CCD sensor. It runs at 15 frames/s at 2048 × 2048 resolution. Both monochrome and color models are available with either C-mount or F-mount. The interface is capable of sustained data rates of 124 MByte/s over standard Cat5e cable up to 100 m.
Prosilica, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Interferometer for aspheres

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The SSI-A makes automated full-aperture interferometric measurements of aspheres with no dedicated null lenses by taking several subaperture measurements over the entire work surface and stitching the results together to synthesize a full-aperture map. The SSI-A magnifies the subaperture measurements over the full aperture of the asphere, so the subsequent stitching process and lattice design result in superior lateral resolution and overall accuracy.
QED Technologies,
Rochester, NY


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A new family of thin-film beamsplitters includes polarizing, nonpolarizing, and wavelength beamsplitters in multiple geometries. The beamsplitters offer near-distortionless beam splitting with the option for parallel or orthogonal output, eighth-wave to tenth-wave TWD in both output beams and parallelism to 25 arcseconds.
Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA

Interferometric laser vibrometer

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The SP-S Series laserinterferometric vibrometer is designed for noncontact vibration measurement on surfaces with arbitrary roughness over the 0 to 500 kHz frequency range. The system includes a modularly designed electronics unit that incorporates a He-Ne laser, a fiber-optic-coupled sensor head, and various interfaces. Measurement range is 20 mm and length resolution is 0.03 nm.
SIOS Messtechnik, Ilmenau, Germany

LED-regulator test kit

A demonstration and evaluation kit for testing an active RGB power-LED regulator is based on the Jencolour True Colour Sensor MTCSiCS. The light source is a pair of LED modules. Color ratios can be sent from a PC via a serial interface and are controlled via pulse-width modulation. The kit allows users to test their algorithms for regulation and control of LED colors.
MAZeT, Jena, Germany

Lens finder

An online lens finder for machine vision allows users to select the lens best suited to their application by entering optimum magnification range, working distance, resolution, and vertical and horizontal field-of-view figures on a Web site.
Moritex Europe,
Cambridge, England

Multicolor illuminator

A multicolor, multi-angle illuminator for objective-based total-internal-reflectance fluorescence allows simultaneous, multichannel laser illumination. It allows simultaneous use of three discrete laser lines, each with its own critical angle. It is compatible with a wide range of common gas and diode lasers, and can be retrofitted to several of the company’s microscope models.
Olympus America Scientific
Equipment Group, Center Valley, PA

Linux library

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The programmer’s library for the PicoHarp 300 time-correlated single-photon-counting system supports all 32-bit 2.6 Linux versions. It is API-compatible with the corresponding library version 2.0 for Windows. It supports operation of multiple devices and allows multidetector routing. It handles PMTs, NIM, and TTL SPAD detectors.
PicoQuant, Berlin, Germany

Simulation software

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Version 3.3A of Multiphysics simulation software has been updated to run on Microsoft’s Vista operating system and on Intel-based Macs. A new Material Library simplifies the specification of properties for more than 2500 materials. A Chemkin file-import facility makes it possible to read data in a format standard to the chemical industry.
Comsol, Burlington, MA

Dichroic coating

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The HeatBuster Spectral Metal dichroic hybrid coatings are highly reflective over selected wavelength bands and minimally reflective in the rest of the spectrum. The thin films can operate over a wide range of angles. The mirror consists of highly polished stainless steel with a dark mirror coating and a dichroic coating on top.
Deposition Sciences,
Santa Rosa, CA


A series of 12 GHz InGaAs photodiodes are designed for use in an optoelectronic oscillator that converts a pump source into RF signals. The diodes can handle current of 40 mA at 10 GHz with optical powers up to 40 mW without going into saturation.
Discovery Semiconductors, Ewing, NJ

DUV mirrors

Deep-UV enhanced mirrors are designed to steer light sources with wavelengths through the UV, visible, and IR. The broadband mirrors are built with an aluminum-based coating on a laser-quality substrate, with more than 85% reflectance from 170 nm to 11 µm. They have low polarization sensitivity at a 0° angle of incidence. The substrate has wavefront distortion of 1/10th wave at 633 nm.
Edmund Optics, Barrington, NJ

Polarization measurement

The PolaWise PSGA-101-A polarization-measurement system characterizes all polarization-related properties of light sources and optical materials. Functions include polarization-state generation, polarization-state analysis, polarization extinction ratio, polarization-dependent loss, and polarization-mode dispersion. It has an internal tunable laser for 10 ps measurement and can control third-party sources via a GPIB port.
General Photonics, Chino, CA

Dual-line NIR emitter

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A single 19-emitter bar emits 60 W of CW power at 808 and 980 nm. It has operating current of 60 A and compliance voltage of 1.7 V. Beam divergence is less than 65° × less than 10° for 90% enclosed power. The 25 × 25 mm conduction-cooled package allows the multimode diode laser to be used as a pump source for solid-state lasers in medical and industrial applications.
Dilas Diode Laser, Tucson, AZ

VCSEL module

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A single-mode VCSEL module with a typical wavelength of 665 nm has optical power of approximately 1 mW on electrical voltage of 12 VDC. The device is 25 × 57 mm. It is designed for medical devices and sensors, spectroscopy, and industrial applications.
Interspectrum, Tartumaa, Estonia

Optical-design software

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Version 4.0 of TracePro software for optical modeling, design, and analysis has been released. It offfers new capabilities for optical design in various industry applications. New capabilities include fluorescence modeling for life sciences, photorealistic rendering for visualization of illumination designs, and 3‑D surface textures for LCD backlight displays, projection systems, and microdisplays.
Lambda Research, Littleton, MA

Lens assembly

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An f/1.3 lens assembly for uncooled infrared systems has a focal length of 14.9 mm. It uses molded lenses as a lower-cost substitute for diamond-turned optics, in a passive athermalized design. The lens assembly is designed for thermal imagers in applications including homeland security, firefighting, predictive maintenance, and vision-enhancement systems in automobiles.
LightPath Technologies, Orlando, FL

Seeder laser unit

The LU1064K1001 pulsed seeder laser unit has an optical output of 1 W peak power from a single-mode fiber. The pulsed laser-diode module incorporates temperature and bias-control electronics and a matched pulse driver amplifier. Pulse width is selectable from 10 to 250 ns with a repetition rate from single shot to 500 kHz. Available wavelengths are 1032, 1055, 1064, 1070, and 1080 nm.
Lumics, Berlin, Germany

Lidar scanner

The ALTM Gemini lidar system now scans at rates up to 100 Hz, reducing the amount of time needed to acquire data. The system has a 167 kHz laser repetition rate, a waveform digitizer, a digital camera, and the ability to measure multiple pulses and returns. It also includes the DASHMap and Zinview software packages.
Optech, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

Red diode lasers

A series of single-emitter diode lasers provide 1.5 W of optical power from a 150 µm emitter width at 665, 680, and 690 nm. Typical operating currents are around 2.1 A, with a compliance voltage of 2.2 V and a wall-plug efficiency of over 30%. Spectral width is less than 3 nm.
nLight, Vancouver, WA

Fiber laser

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The Rock is a single-frequency fiber laser that is insensitive to vibration without requiring active stabilization. The passive stabilization technique allows the building of multiple-laser systems for the oil-field and harbor-security markets.
NP Photonics, Tucson, AZ

Focusing system

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The MIPOS 500 UD micro objective focusing system is designed for use in upside-down operations such as inverted microscopes. It provides total travel of 500 µm and nanometer-scale resolution. Integrated positioning sensors prevent hysteresis and drift. It can be mounted with an adapter thread-ring.
Piezosystem Jena, Jena, Germany

Measurement services

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A measurement services program provides noncontact vibration and topography measurements in either the customer’s facility or at one of the company’s three labs. Test structures are characterized with equipment such as 1-D and 3-D scanning laser vibrometers, single-point vibrometers, and microstructure motion analyzers. They measure vibrations up to 30 MHz and down to picometer resolution.
Polytec, Tustin, CA

Streak tubes

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The P500, P800, and P900 streak tubes are ultra-high-speed photodetectors that provide time resolution from nanoseconds down to subpicoseconds. The devices are designed for capturing ultrafast optical phenomena in applications such as ultrafast pulsed lasers, fusion and plasma physics research, and transient absorption spectroscopy.
Photonis, Brive, France

Photon counter

A single-photon-counting benchtop receiver, based on an InGaAs avalanche photodiode, works for wavelengths from 1 to 1.5 µm. It can operate from either the internal frequency generator or an external trigger at rates up to 20 MHz. Typical dark-count rate is 2 × 10-5 per trigger when operated with a 1 ns gate and 20% detection efficiency.
Princeton Lightwave, Cranbury, NJ

Laser machining

The FP1000 laser-machining system is designed for high-speed processing of rigid board and flex materials in the electronics industry. Programmable processes include via drilling, skiving, cutting, and routing. It has a Windows operator interface with fully automated self-calibration and part alignment. It handles industry-standard file formats and logging requirements.
Process Photonics,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


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The FiBO 300 interferometer is designed for fiber endface and microcomponent testing. The true-phase-shifting, Michelson interferometer provides 3‑D surface mapping and visual defect evaluation. Objectives range from 1.8× to 20× for inspection of 125 to 700 µm fiber connectors, photonic-crystal fiber, microlens arrays, and other components more than 1 mm in diameter.
Promet International,
Shoreview, MN

Optical fiber

CasaLight optical fiber is bend-insensitive in accordance with ITU-T recommendation G.657, for use in last-mile infrastructure. It maintains its performance at a bend radius as small as 10 mm. It is compatible with standard equipment, connectors, and fibers, and is made in a fluorine-free manufacturing process.
Prysmian, Milan, Italy

Fiber laser

The Ethernal line of fiber lasers has added a 20 GHz, mode-hop-free, fast-tuning option. The lasers can be modulated with a bandwidth greater than 10 kHz. They operate in the C-band, from 1530 to 1565 nm, and are available with wavelengths between 1030 and 1080 nm. They have up to 200 mW output without amplification, signal-to-noise ratio of 80 dB/Hz, and side-mode suppression ratio more than 75 dBc.
Orbits Lightwave, Pasadena, CA

LED spotlight

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Focusable LED spot projectors are high-intensity LED spotlights designed to replace halogen point sources and fiber-optic illumination. They provide a range of possible spot diameters at various working distances, using a focus knob on the module.
StockerYale, Salem, NH

Optical-design software

An interface between the Component Design Suite and Code VO software from Optical Research Associates allows the optoelectronic design and ray-tracing software to be used together in hybrid applications. It allows simulation of different parts of such optical systems as optical data storage, digital cameras, display backlight units, and telecommunications devices.
RSoft Design Group, Ossining, NY


A catalog of optical filters for the biotech and analytical-instrumentation markets presents six product families, including high-performance filters at UV wavelengths. The filters are used in applications such as fluorescence instrumentation and spectroscopy, Raman instrumentation, and biomedical laser systems. The catalog includes 40 new products and four new in-depth technical notes.
Semrock, Rochester, NY

Fluorescence spectroscopy

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The CXR-FS system for fluorescence spectroscopy includes a fiber-coupled, TE-cooled, UV-visible spectrometer with concave grating, an LED excitation source, and a dual-read cuvette sample holder. It detects in the 280 to 900 nm range with a Y-cable that doubles the signal. The cooler improves signal-to-noise ratio by 60% with exposure times of more than 3 seconds.
StellarNet, Tampa, FL

Smart camera

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The VC4058 intelligent camera features a 400 MHz (3200 MIPS) processor and has a maximum frame rate of 242 frames/s (484 in binning mode). A 1/3 in. CCD sensor provides 640 × 480-pixel resolution. It comes with a 4 MB flash EPROM and 32 MB DRAM for program and data storage, which can be extended with a 128 MB SD card.
Vision Components,
Ettingen, Germany

High-power lasers

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The PA series of TEM00 lasers offers up to 150 W at 1064 nm, which can be converted through external-cavity harmonic generation to more than 100 W at 532 nm, 40 W at 355 nm, or 10 W at 266 nm, and still maintain their mode quality. Repetition rate can vary from single shot to 150 kHz. The power can be confined, if desired, to a 1.5 GHz linewidth.
Photonics Industries International, Bohemia, NY

Handheld NIR analyzer

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The new Anavo Analyzer is a handheld, battery-operated NIR spectrometer. Material identification applications include plastics and polymer recycling, raw-materials inspection, and field measurements in the food industry. It utilizes a micro-optical platform, combining tunable-laser technology, a MEMS tunable filter, and wavelength and power calibration on a single optical chip.
Axsum, Billerica, MA

EP-NIR analyzer

The MultiComponent 2750 Encoded Photometric Near Infrared (EP-NIR) process analyzer covers the 1375-to-2750 nm spectral range. It can acquire 100 scans per second for high sample throughput and real-time quality-control monitoring. The proprietary EP-NIR technology received Military 202G Method 204D certification for passing the High Frequency Vibration Resistance Test.
Aspectrics, Pleasanton, CA

Seamless diffuser rolls

Enhanced production equipment now allows production of seamless rolls of Light Shaping Diffuser on polyester, polycarbonate, or specialty film. This new web-replication platform produces rolls up to 35 in. wide and 1500 ft. long on substrate thicknesses from 4 to 40 mil. Seamed rolls are also available.
Luminit, Torrance, CA

Rotating anode source

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The Microstar Ultra uses a proprietary Hypercool anode design, innovative electron optics, and Helios x-ray optics. It delivers more than 8 × 1010 x‑rays/mm2-sec. Beam characteristics include uniform cross section, selectable divergence, and spectral purity. Home laboratory applications include screening very small or weakly diffracting crystals, collecting data to higher resolution, and SAD phasing.
Bruker Axs, Madison, WI

Optical parametric amplifier

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The new OPerA Solo is a fully integrated OPA (optical parametric amplifier), providing access to tunable ultrafast pulses from the UV through the mid-IR. The unit includes all elements, from the pump-beam conditioning optics through to the final harmonic separation optics, mounted on a single support structure within the OPerA Solo head. It is designed for use with kilohertz ultrafast amplifiers based on Ti:sapphire.
Coherent, Santa Clara, CA

Fused-silica optical fibers

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Low- and high-OH step-index 0.22 NA fibers transmit throughout the UV/Vis/NIR range. Low-OH fibers are used for Vis/NIR applications and high-OH fibers are used for UV/Vis. The fibers have fused-silica core and cladding. Fibers with diameters from 100 to 600 µm have a high-temperature polymide buffer, while 1-mm-diameter fibers have a nylon buffer.
Multimode Fiber Optics, Hackettstown, NJ

Pattern generator

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The Multi Spot series has new elements that generate 1 × 7 points with high efficiency. The separation angle is 30 mRad pitch between the beams at 1064 nm. Similar optics can be designed at 266, 532, 632.8 and 1550 nm, as well as at custom separation angles. The beams can be transformed to spots using a single focusing lens.
Holo-Or, Rehovat, Israel

Extended-wavelength PING grating

E-PING is a new extended-wavelength version PING grating (polarization-independent telecom grating) produced for OEM users in WSS/ROADM. The customized gratings offer 90% diffraction efficiency, less than 0.25 dB PDL, and less than 0.25 dB WDL over an extended wavelength range from 1510 to 1596 nm.
Ibsen Photonics, Copenhagen, Denmark

Single-chip LEDs

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The KLC8 single-chip LED provides 250 lumens at a drive current of 1 A. It delivers high luminous efficacy of 100 lumens/W at 350 mA with a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours. It operates within the drive-current range of 0 to roughly 1000 mA. The LED provides higher efficacy values than conventional fluorescent and incandescent lamps and is available in white and warm white colors.
First Components, Munich, Germany

Bend-resistant fiber

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FutureGuide SR7.5 has a minimum bend radius of 7.5 mm and an outer diameter of 4 mm. Available in a Mage-Tsuyo SR7.5 patch cord, the flexible fiber returns to its original condition when twisted or bent, without any deformation or marking on the sheath. It is designed to be manipulated like electrical or telephone cable and can deliver high-bandwidth communications directly into the home or office.
Fujikura, Tokyo, Japan

Particle-size analyzer

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The second-generation Partica LA-950 Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analyzer provides a measurement range of 0.01 to 3000 µm, one-minute sample-to-sample analysis time, and powerful sample dispersion systems. Upgrades include improved components and a refined algorithm. A unique measurement cell system allows dispersion units to be changed in seconds.
Horiba Instruments, Irvine, CA

Beam-profiling software

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The first release of vBeam laser-beam profiling software is written in Java and includes full software source code. Reports are generated in PDF, Excel, HTML, and other formats. Advanced driver technology connects the software to any Windows-based camera system, from web cameras to frame grabbers.
Visulux, Kamuela, HI

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