New Products

Feb. 1, 2008
The piA2400 Gigabit Ethernet camera runs at 12 frames/s at a resolution of 2456 × 2048, based on Sony’s ICX625 CCD sensor with a global electronic shutter.

GigE Vision camera

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The piA2400 Gigabit Ethernet camera runs at 12 frames/s at a resolution of 2456 × 2048, based on Sony’s ICX625 CCD sensor with a global electronic shutter. It is available in mono and color and features a fully GigE Vision-compliant interface. It measures 29 × 44 mm.
Basler Vision Technologies, Ahrensburg, Germany
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UV polarizers

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A series of high-energy plate polarizers and beamsplitter cubes are designed for UV applications. They are based on dense ion-beam sputtered coating technology and epoxy-free chemically activated direct bonding. They have laser damage thresholds greater than 2 J/cm2 at 355 nm, with transmitted wavefront distortions of less than λ/10 p-v at 633 nm, and extinction ratios of up to 1000:1.
Precision Photonics, Boulder, CO
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Red laser diode

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The ML520G51 laser diode offers output of 150 mW at 640 nm, for use in mobile projectors and other industrial and medical devices. It has wall-plug efficiency of 23% and provides CW output in an operating range from -5ºC to 45ºC. It comes in a hermetically sealed 5.6-mm-diameter TO-Can package.
Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Ratingen, Germany


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SPMArray solid-state, large-array detector is based on silicon photomultiplier technology for applications such as PET, Gamma Camera, and radiation detection for medical and security uses. The pixels are tiled together using flip-chip technology on glass. The device is sensitive in the 400 to 850 nm range.
SensL, Mountain View, CA
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Ball-screw stage

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The ATS165 linear ball-screw stage is designed for applications that need debris protection and medium-travel, mid-tier positioning performance. It travels up to 600 mm at speeds up to 300 mm/s. It has a NEMA 23 motor flange-mounting interface and can be ordered with or without a brushless, slotless rotary motor installed.
Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA
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Specialty glass

FP 20-35 fluorophosphate-type speciality glass shows no loss of transmission after irradiation with 200 K rads with a dose time of 10.68 min, optical density 0.08. Light transmission was 98.24% both before and after irradiation. The specialty glass is designed for applications in outer space, including as radiation-resistant lenses and windows or solar panels for satellites.
AFO Research, Glendale, CA
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Photoelectric sensors

The IDEC-DATASENSOR SR21 photoelectric sensors provide fast throughput speeds. The microprocessor-controlled slot sensors have a 2 mm slot width, high 12-bit resolution, and a 20 µs response time, providing throughput speed of 25 kHz while maintaining consistent results. The sensor has a unique optical-feedback correction system that provides stable performance over its specified temperature range. SR21 can tolerate subtle vibration or movement. Applications include label counting and detection, label tape feeding, and tape guidance control.
IDEC, Sunnyvale, CA
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Laser-diode drivers

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The PLD19K-CH 10-A laser-diode driver has no heat sink and is therefore in a smaller OEM package. It drives any laser-diode configuration in constant power or constant current mode. It also runs multiple laser diodes in series when used with a high compliance voltage.
AMS Technologies, Martinsried, Germany
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Spectral measurement

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The LX SPIDER is a compact instrument for spectral and temporal characterization of femtosecond laser pulses. It uses a single crystal to up-convert two test pulses and introduce spectral shear without any additional chirped pulses. It measures amplitude and phase with the Spectral Phase Interferometry for Direct Electric-field Reconstruction algorithm.
APE Angewandte Physik und Elektronik, Berlin, Germany

Welding scan head

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The Remote Welding Elephant is a welding scan head using post-objective scanning. A galvanometer-controlled beam expander with diffraction-limited design can adjust the laser spot size on the target. The head has a 50 mm aperture for use with fiber or fiber-coupled lasers. A standard QBH fiber coupler can be replaced with a D-plug or customized adapter.
ARGES, Nabburg, Germany


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The AvaSpec 3648-UA-25-AF, 2048-UA-50-AF, and 2048-VA-200-AF are three spectrometer configurations for UV/Vis and NIR spectroscopy that are being carried as stock items to make the preconfigured spectrometers available faster. Each configuration is available for immediate shipment.
Avantes, Eerbeek, The Netherlands

Thermal-analysis software

The latest revision of the Altair suite of thermal-analysis software offers real-time storage of images from infrared cameras and allows radiometric image manipulation and processing. It contains a library of analysis tools, and has modules for camera calibration, emissivity compensation, and trigger configuration.
Cedip Infrared Systems, Croissy-Beaubourg, France
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Visual inspection system

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The OmniView visual inspection system uses four cameras to obtain a 360º view of all features on the entire surface of randomly oriented cylinders such as bottles, cans, and vials. It can read barcodes, verify text, inspect graphics, and measure features at up to 1200 parts/min.
Cognex, Natick, MA

Fiber-laser module

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The aeroLASE-350 is a 350 W laser module with pump interface and delivery cable. It interfaces to many commercially available pump diodes. It has a 10,000-hour lifetime and better than 60% efficiency using a monolithic fiber-laser cavity with photonic-crystal fiber.
Crystal Fibre, Birkerod, Denmark
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Carbon dioxide laser

The Diamond E-400 sealed, pulsed carbon dioxide laser offers average power of 400 W or peak power more than 1 kW. The RF power supply is integrated into the laser head for easier integration into a workstation or robotic tool. It can have repetition rates up to 100 kHz with fast rise and fall times.
Coherent, Santa Clara, CA
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Ti:sapphire laser system

The Trestles Finesse one-box femtosecond laser system incorporates a Ti:sapphire oscillator and a 4 or 6 W pump laser into a single box. It generates pulses from 710 to 950 nm at durations of 20 to 100 fs at power up to 700 mW. It has integrated cooling, and optional beam monitoring and active cavity stabilization are available.
Del Mar Photonics, San Diego, CA
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Linear polarizers

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TechSpec NIR linear polarizers are available in two ranges, from 750 to 850 nm and from 1000 to 2000 nm. They are 2 ± 0.2 mm thick in diameters of 12.5, 25, 30, or 50 mm. They consist of a polymer polarization film between two flat pieces of optical-quality glass and provide 50 dB extinction ratio for 1310 and 1550 nm wavelengths.
Edmund Optics, Barrington, NJ
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Green laser

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The Boreas short-pulsed fiber laser offers output of 30 W at 515 nm with pulses shorter than 10 ns in duration. It is designed for applications such as wafer cutting and marking, thin-film solar-cell ablation, ITO patterning, wafer solar-cell edge isolation, and glass and plastic substrate processing.
Eolite Systems, Pessac, France
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Panoramic IR camera

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The Vigiscan panoramic IR vision system includes a sensor head that rotates continuously at 1 round/s for 360° azimuth coverage. Software allows display of a real-time panoramic image and can zoom in on selected areas and automatically give alarms of intrusions or scenery changes. Depending on the field of view, the system can detect a person at 1, 2, or 3 km.
HGH, Igny, France
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Blue and violet diodes

Blue and violet laser diodes are available for use with the company’s PM laser module, producing 60 mW at 405 nm. The lasers can be used in most applications that have historically used argon-ion, helium-cadmium, and blue Nd:YAG lasers. The module is designed for use in standard or rugged OEM environments.
Power Technology, Little Rock, AR

Laser scan arm

The Laser ScanArm V3 is 30% more accurate and 33% lighter than the previous version and has improved performance in scanning dark or reflective surfaces. It has 35 µm accuracy and when equipped with Bluetooth can scan up to 10 m away without cables or interface boxes.
Faro Technologies, Lake Mary, FL

Laser guide

The Guide to Custom High Power Laser Diodes provides technology tips and reference materials for specifying custom lasers, including a discussion of spatial characteristics and the advantages of active vs. passive temperature control. The free guide is available for download from the company’s website.
Intense, Glasgow, Scotland

Superluminescent LEDs

Superluminescent LEDs are now available at 840 nm. Typical values for the EXS8410 are 7 mW output in a single-mode fiber with 50 nm 3 dB spectral bandwidth centered at 840 nm. The standard product comes in a 14-pin butterfly housing with a monitor diode and an FC/APC connector.
Exalos, Schlieren, Switzerland
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Line lasers

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The FP-HOM series of homogenous line lasers are now available with a broadband light source that uses 680 nm superluminescent LEDs with reduced speckle pattern for more-precise measurements in machine vision. The LED produces optical output power of approximately 3 mW after optics. Overall focusing range is from 50 mm to infinity.
Laser Components (UK), Chelmsford, Essex, England
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Laser-power meter

The ADM-1000 handheld laser-power meter has a response rate of 700 ns and can measure peak and average power across a wide range of wavelengths and power levels. It can measure and display waveforms from pulsed lasers up to 400 kHz and can be used with any of the company’s detector heads.
Lasermet, Bournemouth, England
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Thin-film coating

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Ion beam sputtering produces complex, thin-film coatings for laser optics. The system can provide super mirrors with high reflectivity and low losses, extreme spectral characteristics such as steep edge filters, bandpass designs, nonpolarizing beamsplitters, and high-contract polarizers. It can coat sensitive substrates, including nonlinear or laser crystals and laser diodes.
Laseroptik, Garbsen, Germany
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The powerXED digital light source is available in four standard correlated color temperatures in the white-light range, 3000 K, 4200 K, 5700 K, and 6500 K. The device is designed for applications in retail, medical, and dental lighting.
Lexedis, Jennersdorf, Austria

Temperature gauge

The Luxtron 800 Series industrial-grade fiber-optic temperature-monitoring systems are compatible with either one or two measurement channels at 4 or 10 Hz measuring speeds. The tabletop 812 version features a two-line LED display and is in a tamper-proof metal enclosure. The systems have RS-232 or analog output ports.
LumaSense Technologies, Santa Clara, CA
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Reinforced epoxy

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UV22 UV-curable epoxy is a one-compound epoxy reinforced with 35% nanosilica particles. It has an operating temperature range of -50ºC to 150ºC. Post-curing with heat of 195ºF to 257ºF for 30 min gives it a glass transition temperature of 275ºF. It has a Shore D hardness better than 80 and tensile strength of more than 4600 psi, with a refractive index of 1.52.
Master Bond, Hackensack, NJ
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Microlenses for inspection

The HR65D-VI series of machine microlenses are designed for discrete part inspection in semiconductor manufacturing. The C-mounted lenses are optimized for megapixel cameras with CCD chip size up to 2/3 in. Each lens includes a variable iris for setting depth of field and provides 3 to 13 µm resolution depending on camera pixel pitch.
Moritex Europe, Munich, Germany
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DFB laser diode

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Single-frequency DFB laser diodes are now available in wavelengths from 760 nm to 2.85 µm with side-mode suppression ratios of more than 30 dB. The diodes operate in CW mode at room temperature with output powers of several milliwatts, and are designed as light sources for sensor systems used in environmental monitoring, process control, or medical analytics.
Nanoplus, Gerbrunn, Germany
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Small linear motor

The SQL-1.8 Squiggle piezoelectric linear motor travels at up to 7 mm/s and pushes axial loads of up to 30 grams. It measures 1.8 × 1.8 × 6 mm and has a life expectancy of more than 300,000 cycles. It has a screw length of 12 mm and offers travel of 6 mm, with longer travel available.
New Scale Technologies, Victor, NY

Microscopy camera

The DS-Ri1 camera for microscopy is designed for high-resolution color documentation applications. It has focusing speeds up to 19 frames/s, or faster in binning or region-of-interest modes. It is capable of multiple gain states and can be cooled to 10ºC below ambient temperature. It has 1280 × 1024 6.45 µm pixels, plus pixel shift mode for 4076 × 3116 pixels.
Nikon Instruments, Melville, NY

Superbright LED

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The Diamond Dragon superbright LED produces up to 250 lumens and is available in whites ranging from 2700 K through 6500 K, as well as all monochromatic colors. Maximum junction temperature is 175ºC and the SMT package has thermal resistance of Rth = 2.5 K/W for applications where the LED cannot easily be cooled.
Osram Opto Semiconductors, Regensburg, Germany

IR sensors

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The DigiPyro PYD 1988 digital pyroelectric infrared sensor has a window detection size of 4.6 × 3.4 mm while the DigiPyro 1978 has a window of 3 × 4 mm. They have a dual-element design and come in a standard three-pin TO-5 metal housing, with 15-bit output and IR window transmission.
PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, Fremont, CA
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A submount for mounting edge-emitting laser diodes p-side down features planarized copper metallization up to 75 µm thick. It uses high thermally conductive ceramics: AlN with up to 230 W/mK Tc or BeO with up to 320 W/mK Tc. A sharp edge allows laser bars to be mounted right to the edge of the conductor, preventing light blockage.
Stellar Industries, Millbury, MA

Thermal imager

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Model HSI3003 in the line of Heat Spy thermal-imaging cameras offers 9.1º and 6.8º field-of-view optics, allowing detection and temperature measurement of small objects over long distances. It is fully radiometric and measures the temperature of every pixel. It contains a 160 × 120 pixel uncooled microbolometer array and software.
Palmer Wahl Instrument Group, Asheville, NC
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Green DPSS laser

The Opus diode-pumped, solid-state, Nd:YAG laser range now includes both a 2 W and a 3 W version with output at 532 nm, from Laser Quantum. The lasers are designed for pumping Ti:sapphire lasers, particle image velocimetry, and biomedical imaging. They have TEM00 output, M2 of better than 1.1, and power stability better than 1% rms.
Photonic Solutions, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Transducer brochure

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A brochure describes DuraAct Piezoelectric Patch Transducers. The highly formable smart materials can be used as energy sources, actuators, and sensors. The brochure contains a tutorial and explains applications for piezoceramic composites in areas such as noise and vibration cancellation, adaptive surface control, structural deformation and stabilization, and structural-health monitoring.
PI (Physik Instrumente), Auburn, MA
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Megapixel video camera

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The Fastcam SA-1 delivers up to 5400 frames/s at full 1024 × 1024 pixel resolution and 675,000 frames/s at reduced resolution. The DC-powered system has true 12-bit resolution, microsecond global shuttering, and interframe timing, and has both SDI and RS-170 video outputs for easy integration. The CMOS camera has memory of 8, 16, or 32 GB.
Photron, San Diego, CA

Photon-counting software

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Version 2.2 of data-acquisition software for the PicoHarp 300 time-correlated single-photon-counting system provides driver support for the 64-bit version of Windows Vista. It also supports control for further monochromator models, allowing automated recording of time-resolved emission spectra. The device provides 4 ps resolution and processing of up to 10 million counts/s.
PicoQuant, Berlin, Germany
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Nd:YAG laser

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The Super-Gaussian Resonator series Q-switched Nd:YAG laser combines a variable reflectivity mirror with an unstable resonator design to create a cavity with large TEM00-mode volume for excitation and energy extraction. One or more amplifiers can be added to the oscillator for energy outputs up to 10 J at 1064 nm, and harmonics are available.
RPMC Lasers, O’Fallon, MO
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Sapphire components

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Precision components made according to customers’ designs are available in industrial synthetic sapphire. The parts have hardness of 1800 Vickers and stability at 2000ºC with optical transmission from 200 nm to 5 µm. Common components for optics and fiber optics include windows, lenses, and balls. Quantities from 1 to 100,000 are available.
Rubis-Precis, Charquemont, France
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Telecentric lenses

Object-sided telecentric lenses provide accurate noncontact metrology. The lenses weigh from 21.8 to 28.5 oz for applications in which an electronic image-processing machine must position the lens quickly to measure 3-D components. They come in magnifications of 0.27×, 0.39×, 0.62×, and 0.79× for 2/3-in.-format CCD cameras.
Schneider Optische Werke, Bad Kreuznach, Germany
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FISH filters

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Fluorescent filter sets in the BrightLine series are designed for use with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) for use in visual analysis as well as automated, high-throughput measurement systems. Made through ion beam sputtering, the filter sets have certified subpixel image registration and are hard-coated for protection.
Semrock, Rochester, NY
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Laser-diode catalog

A new catalog of laser diodes from Sanyo is available as a free download. It covers the company’s newest diodes, from 405 to 830 nm, for a broad range of applications. There is also a new range of diode-pumped, solid-state green-laser modules and several near-high-power blue-violet laser diodes.
Photonic Products, Hatfield Broad Oak, England

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