CLEO '01 New Products Preview

May 1, 2001
Photomultiplier tube from Hamamatsu Corp., Bridgewater, NJ; Polygon assembly from Lincoln Laser, Phoenix, AZ; PIN photodiodes from Advanced Photonix, Camarillo, CA; Custom optical coatings from OptoSigma Corp., Santa Ana, CA...
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Photomultiplier tube
The H8352 multi-anode photomultiplier-tube module integrates a bandpass filter for simultaneous detection of multiple wavelengths. It operates from 400 to 70 nm in 20-nm steps and has spectral response as high as 45 mA/W at 460 nm. The effective area per channel is 0.8 x 14 mm. The module is available with either 16 or 32 channels.
Hamamatsu Corp., Bridgewater, NJ

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Polygon assembly
A low-speed motor polygon assembly is designed for applications requiring slower scan rates. The speed ranges from 1500 to 5000 rpm with speed-stability accuracy of 0.05%. The device uses brushless dc motor technology, precision ball bearings, a polygonal mirror, a shaft end encoder, and closed-loop motor drive-control electronics in a single package. The mirror can be designed for use with a specific wavelength, and unique configurations are available.
Lincoln Laser, Phoenix, AZ

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PIN photodiodes
Three silicon PIN photodiodes are designed for optical telecommunications, including LANs, WANs, CATV, and instrumentation. They have response up to 1.5 GHz with high quantum efficiency. The detectors are available with active areas of 0.2, 0.5, and 1 mm. They come in a rugged, hermetically sealed TO-46 package for interface to standard fiber connectors such as SMA and ST. They are available with a flat, domed, or microball window cap. Fiber connectorized packages are also available.
Advanced Photonix, Camarillo, CA

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Custom optical coatings
A variety of customized coatings can be made in computer-controlled ion-assisted deposition chambers for telecommunications and laser applications with requirements ranging from 193 nm to 2.5 µm. Low-temperature optical coatings can be placed on fiberoptic endfaces and aeromats in a repeatable process.
OptoSigma Corp., Santa Ana, CA

Sunlight simulators
A line of 1600-W solar simulators produce uniform, collimated output beams with a close match to sunlight for photovoltaic and cosmetics testing, accelerated UV-photodegradation studies, environmental studies, and biotechnology research. Collimated beam sizes of 2 x 2, 4 x 4, 6 x 6, 8 x 8, and 10 x 10 in. are available, as is a 12 x 12 in. diverging beam. Broadband and UV models are available.
Thermo Oriel, Stratford, CT

Positioning stage
The FiberMax multi-axis fiber positioning stage system provides 25 mm of travel at speeds up to 250 mm/s, with resolution of 10 nm and accuracy of 300 nm. The device is housed in a small multi-axis package and is designed for round-the-clock industrial applications.
Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA

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The InSpectrum spectrometer consists of a research-grade 2-D CCD detector inside a 300-mm f/4.0 imaging spectrograph. It includes a motorized entrance slit, an internal shutter, internal order sorting, and ND filters. It comes with a front- or back-illuminated detector and a range of gratings on interchangeable turrets.
Acton Research Corp., Instrument Division, Acton, MA

Megapixel camera
The CV-M7 camera has 1300 x 1300 pixel resolution at 24 frames/s. Sample/hold and correlated double-sampling techniques allow double-speed readout. It consists of a 2/3-in. color CCD sensor, a Bayer-pattern RGB primary mosaic filter, and a monochrome digital-frame grabber.
JAI America, Laguna Hills, CA

Laser diodes
Fiber-delivered laser diodes have outputs of 2 W at 635 and 690 nm, 20 W at 1455 and 1550 nm, and 1 W at 1900 nm. The diodes can be used in Raman amplifiers, as pumps for erbium-doped fiber amplifiers, and as tunable sources.
B&W Tek, Newark, DE

A group of charge-coupled diode and complementary metal-oxide semiconductor lenses come as both-side telemetric lenses.
China Daheng Corp., Beijing, China

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Optical layout software
Optical Layout Including Video Elements (OLIVE) software allows users to grab, add, and move lenses with the mouse. It allows real-time tracing of rays and images, calculation of chromatic and seidel aberrations, identification of limiting and field stops, viewing of through-focus spots, and exporting to Zemax and Code V.
Edmund Industrial Optics, Barrington, NJ

Waveform tester
The CompuScope 85G, a PCI bus waveform digitizer, samples at 5 GS/s on two simultaneous channels. The device is a single-slot, full-length PCI card that has analog bandwidth of 500 MHz. It is compatible with the company's GageScope 3.0 instrument software, which supports DSOs and AWGs from a number of vendors.
Gage Applied Sciences, South Burlington, VT

Acousto-optic modulators
Acousto-optic modulators in Bragg configuration come with associated drivers to vary and control laser-beam intensity. They are designed for applications such as printing and marking, photolithography, mastering of CDs and DVDs, laser projection, spectroscopy, and optical switching.
Electro-Optical Products, Fresh Meadows, NY

Optical design software
The Zemax optical-design program version 10 includes (for nonsequential systems) support of optimization, CAD export and import of IGES and STEP solids, and new objects such as MEMS, CPC, and an idealized Fresnel lens. For sequential systems, the MEMS and 2 NURBS surface models are supported.
Focus Software, Tucson, AZ

Pulse stretcher
The LAI 101 PAL-PSTR Pulse Stretcher allows laser peak power to be fixed as pulse energy is varied, or vice versa. Pulse duration can be continuously varied over a range of 100 ns to 5 µs. The device can be configured to offer fiber-coupled output in the red and near-UV with average powers of 0.5 and 1 W.
Light Age, Somerset, NJ

Modular spectrometer
The HR2000 high-resolution spectrometer provides optical resolution to 0.05 nm (FWHM). The modular device allows users to select the detector, grating, entrance aperture (slit), and mirror coating. It can be configured for applications in the ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared.
Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL

Pulsed laser modules
Pulsed 850-nm laser modules are designed for use in fiberoptic instruments that require high optical power and low power-consumption. The package is a low-profile style for use with narrow high-current pulses. The modules can be custom-tailored.
Laser Diode Inc., Edison, NJ

MEMS mirror
A scanning-tilt MEMS mirror has two axes and is capable of ±1° of tilt. Stock mirrors will be available, and customers can provide specifications for custom designs.
MEMS Optical LLC, Huntsville, AL

Prototype components
Optical components such as cylinders and aspheres can be manufactured according to customer specifications. Commercial- and precision-grade optics can be made. Final inspection data is provided.
Optimax Systems, Ontario, NY

Three-color laser
The White Knight hollow-cathode He-Cd laser simultaneously emits red, green, and blue to form a white beam from a single laser source. It has output power up to 50 mW, noise <0.5% rms, and a small spot size. Applications include 3-D color imaging, full-color printing, LCD projection, inspection of thin films and semiconductor wafers, color interferometry, and three-color holography.
The Cooke Corp., Auburn Hills, MI

Two-axis positioner
The Aero 20 is a two-axis positioner designed to accommodate up to 20 lb., and to point sensors such as surveillance cameras or antennas from helicopters or other aircraft. It includes an azimuth and elevation drive system, connecting yoke, payload bracket, instrument bracket, electronics module, and passive vibration isolation.
Sagebrush Technology, Albuquerque, NM

Ribbon test system
The ribbon test system performs return and loss measurements on terminated fiberoptic-ribbon cables, MT-RJ patchcords, and other multifiber cables. The system can obtain, record, and process measurement data on up to 64 fibers at a time and generate customized reports. It uses fiberWORKS software.RIFOCS Corp., Camarillo, CA

Film analysis software
The vStack is an enhancement to the company's Essential Method software for the design and analysis of optical thin-films. The tool calculates and optimizes the properties of coatings that are not parallel to each other and allows development of coatings for devices such as Philips prisms.
Thin Film Center, Tucson, AZ

Switching system
Intracavity switching systems are designed for injection seeding and extraction of laser pulses in multikilohertz regenerative-amplifier systems. They use Pockels cells with high contrast ratios and transitivity with low dispersion. Switching times are as low as 3 to 5 ns, with repetition rates to tens of megahertz.
Quantum Technology, Lake Mary, FL

Fiberoptic patchcords
Hermetically sealable fiberoptic patchcords are for use in component manufacturing. They can be soldered or welded into a package, providing a hermetic joint able to meet Telecordia specifications. Single-mode, multimode, and polarization-maintaining fiber versions are available. They use gold-plated fibers soldered into gold-plated Kovar or stainless-steel seal tubes.
Oz Optics Ltd., Carp, Ont., Canada

Optical fiber
SiPhyber is step-index multimode optical fiber that can be drawn to precise dimensions in a variety of numerical apertures. Standard core diameters run from 50 to 600 µm, although others are also available. Cladding can be F-doped SiO2, silicone, or Teflon AF, with a coating of polyamides or silicone.
Silica Physics LLC, Glendale, AZ

Component manufacturing platform
The NEXUS Cluster Tool Platform is an integrated tool for manufacturing optical components such as filters and lasers. The tool combines several central wafer-handlers with ion-beam etching, ion-beam deposition, and physical vapor-deposition modules in an ultrahigh-vacuum environment.
Veeco Instruments, Rochester, NY

Cooling system
The Model 9842 water-to-ambient-air cooling system uses a liquid-to-air heat exchanger with stainless-steel tubes. It offers 20 W of dissipation for every °C of initial temperature difference between air and water entering the heat exchanger. It uses a magnetic drive stainless-steel gear pump, a reservoir with 0.8-l capacity, and runs on 110- or 220-V ac at 50/60 Hz.
Thermatron, Methuen, MA

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PIN receiver
A 10-Gbit/s PIN receiver for optical networks includes a gallium arsenide transimpedance amplifier and an SMA output connector in a hermetically sealed package. It has sensitivity of -19 dBm at a bit-error rate of 10-10, low dark current, low capacitance, high overload, and wide bandwidth.
Sensors Unlimited, Princeton, NJ

The EFA-Pdouble18 is a benchtop erbium-doped fiber amplifier that can amplify optical signals across the C- and L-bands for making test measurements of optical components and checking compliance of DWDM systems. It is flattened within ±0.5 dB and emits 18 dBm per band for a total of 21-dBm composite output power.
MPB Communications, Pointe-Claire, Que., Canada

Nd:YVO4 boule
An Nd:YVO4 crystal comes in a boule 20-mm high and from 18- to 30-mm wide, weighing more than 70 g. The crystal can be processed into a component with a dimension tolerance of ±0.005 mm, orientation tolerance of ±0.1°, parallelism of ±15 in., perpendicularity of ±20 ft., and wave-front distortion and flatness of λ/10 at 632.8 nm.
Shenzhen O-Net Crystal Technology Ltd., Shenzhen, China

Lens test equipment
A scanning automated Shack-Hartmann instrument tests optical criteria in a production environment, using a LabView interface. It can generate aspheric surface profiles of 250-µm telecommunications microlenses and report "go" or "no go" with green and red lights.
WaveFront Sciences, Albuquerque, NM

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