New Products

Oct. 1, 2005
The X4 light analyzer for photometric and colorimetric measurement of LEDs and other light sources can be remotely controlled by a PC via USB interface.

Light analyzer

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The X4 light analyzer for photometric and colorimetric measurement of LEDs and other light sources can be remotely controlled by a PC via USB interface. It simultaneously measures the light signal integrally and spectrally with a photopic detector and a spectrometer, and a correction calculation yields a measurement uncertainty of less than 2% and color coordinates with accuracy better than 0.005.
Puchheim, Germany

Photon counter

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The FluoroMax-3 uses time-correlated single-photon counting to obtain fluorescent lifetimes. The instrument handles excitation wavelengths of 280 and 295 nm for proteins, and sources in the UV, visible, and NIR. It can be used for TRES, anisotropy, multiple lifetimes, and other dynamic techniques.
Horiba Jobin Yvon,
Edison, NJ

Visible multimode diode lasers

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Single-emitter, multimode diode lasers are available with output of 0.5 W at 635 nm and up to 1 W at 665, 680, and 690 nm. Spectral width is less than 3 nm, FWHM, and beam divergence is less than 42º by less than 10º, FWHM. Each has a 150-µm broad-area emitter and more than 30% wall-plug efficiency. An AR-coated collimating lens is optional.
nLight, Vancouver, WA

Shutter and housing

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The Uniblitz QCS45 shutter and housing module allows the user to upgrade the CS45 shutter without disturbing connected components, with the aim of reducing downtime. It features a cartridge containing the shutter and all data and power connections. It has the same 45-mm aperture and overall diameter at the standard shutter.
Vincent Associates,
Rochester, NY

High-power laser diode

An extended product line based on high-efficiency bars has been introduced. Up to 60-W CW can be provided from the mounted high-efficiency bar, or up to 75-W CW passively cooled from a 0.4-mm single-core fiber, based on two high-efficiency bars. Output power of up to 2.5-kW CW is possible from one stack with 25 laser-diode submounts. Applications include solid-state laser pumping of rods, slabs, disks, and fibers, medical uses, and graphic arts.
Jenoptik Laserdiode,
Jena, Germany

Nd:YAG lasers

The Model LDPP-50M is a pulsed diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with a pulse decay time of less than 10 s. The laser provides 40-W average power at 1-kHz pulse rate with a 100‑s FWHM pulse width. The laser is designed for cutting thin metals in medical stent devices and stencil masks used to apply conductive and resistive pastes onto surface-mount electronic substrates.
Lee Laser,
Orlando, FL

Application-design software

The Application Designer v3.0 is an upgrade to the simulation environment for high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers. The software can simulate and analyze both CW and pulsed applications, including time-domain effects, using erbium- or ytterbium-doped fibers as a gain medium. New features include the simulation of active components, calculation of nonlinear-effects threshold and the effect of refractive-index variation with optical power density.
Liekki Oy,
Lohja, Finland

Optical-design software

OSLO optical-design software will soon be offered in German, Spanish, and French versions. Many other language versions are being developed. OSLO is available in three versions: Oslo Premium, Oslo Standard, and Oslo Light. A free EDU version can be downloaded from the company website.
Light Tec,
Hyeres, France


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Spectrometers based on a symmetrical Czerny-Turner design make measurements ranging from 200 to 1100 nm. Resolution can be as narrow as 0.1 FWHM. They include a USB interface and a 15-pin, digital I/O port, which allows synchronization with a shutter or pulsed light source. Products include handheld reflection spectrometers, compact fiberoptic spectrometers, high-resolution spectrometers and fiber accessories. Melles Griot, Carlsbad,

Nanopositioning stage

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The SQ-2115 closed loop, motorized nanopositioning stage provides 5 N of force in a thin, 17‑mm profile. It includes an integral optical encoder and a piezoelectric SQUIGGLE motor, which supports vertical loads of up to 0.5 kg with negligible heating. The stages can be assembled into two-axis and three-axis precision positioning systems. <New Scale Technologies, Victor,

Motion controller

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The NewStep NSC200 motion controller is an integrated, handheld stepper-motor controller-driver that provides single-axis control of NSA 12 motorized actuators and MFA-PP linear stages. It features a 64× microstepping ratio for high-sensitivity positioning. Used with the new NSC-SB switchbox, the controller can position up to eight devices. Newport, Irvine,

Optical-design products

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A suite of optical-design products includes Rayica, Wavica, and LensLab. Rayica optical-design software performs geometrical, nonsequential, polarization ray-trace calculations of optical systems in 3-D space. Wavica calculates analytic optical models for optical applications. LensLab is an entry-level product designed for amateur users.
Optica Software,
Champaign, IL

Dithering stages

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The P-713/P-714, high speed, xy-dithering stages are designed for high-dynamics scanning and tracking tasks. Integrated piezoelectric drives provide subnanometer resolution. The compact stages measure 45 × 45 × 6 mm and feature a parallel kinematics direct drive with a resonant frequency of 2.2 kHz.
PI (Physik Instrumente),
Auburn, MA

LED light source

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The LEDS1020 is an instrument-grade blue-LED light source. Requiring zero warm-up time, the 470-nm LED light source is stabilized to 500 ppm/ºC. The device has adjustable CW output intensity via a built-in trimmer potentiometer, and a female threaded cavity for housing 1-in. or 25-mm optics. Optical Tools, Watertown,

Frequency divider

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The PRL-230 is a new 4-decade TTL frequency divider. The self-contained frequency-divider pod accepts TTL clock signals from DC-100 MHz and generates F/10, F/100, F/1000, and F/10,000 divided outputs. These outputs are synchronous with the input frequency and can trigger data-acquisition systems, pattern generators, oscilloscopes, and networking/communications devices.
Pulse Research Lab,
Torrance, CA

Ti:sapphire amplifier system

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The Odin II Series integrated multipass-based Ti:sapphire amplifier system is optimized for pulses below 30 fs and offers a choice of energy levels at 2.5 and 1 mJ. The multipass amplifier design minimizes material dispersion with shorter beam paths, contains a proprietary single-pass Pockels cell and patented spatial filtering. The system delivers pulses of less than 30-fs, 1-mJ with pre and post pulse contrast of more than 1000:1 and beam quality M2 of less than 1.4.
East Setauket, NY

Steerable boroscope

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Copperhead Borescopes allow the user to view otherwise inaccessible areas with two-way and four-way articulation. They utilize the patent-pending Dura-Flex articulation system. Features include remote steering, internal fiberoptics, and a rugged design. Applications include QA, preventive-maintenance inspection, security, chimney inspection, and inspection for mold and insulation voids. Sunoptic Technologies,Jacksonville,

Dispersion test module

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The STT dispersion test module (DTM) can test single-mode fibers for polarization-mode dispersion and chromatic dispersion in a single instrument through a single fiber and a single connection. The module is designed for use with OC-192/STM-64 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet in metro and long-haul networks.
Sunrise Telecom,
San Jose, CA

FT-NIR analyzer

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The LyoCheck solution provides a rapid method for the analysis of lyophilized (freeze-dried) materials using the Nicolet Antaris FT-NIR (fourier-transform near-IR) analyzer. This technique offers a nondestructive method compared to traditional analysis techniques. The system can scan through glass or plastic containers.
Thermo Electron,
Madison, WI

Camera system

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The IK-M44A is a remote-head, color-camera system with a choice of three optional camera heads. Customers can select from a 1/3-in. CCD microminiature “lipstick” camera (IK‑UM44H), a 1/2-in. CCD camera head (IK-M44H), or a C-mount camera head (IK-C44H). Applications include medical, broadcast, machine vision, microscopy, endoscopy nondestructive testing, and scientific imaging.
Toshiba Digital Solutions,
Irvine, CA

Laser diode and IR LED

The passively cooled Sirilas laser diode and the new OSTAR observation IR LED are suited for night-vision illumination applications. The compact laser-diode module includes 16 individual emitters and has an output power of up to 20 W. The LED measures 3 × 1 cm and emits IR light with a wavelength of 850 nm.
Osram Opto Semiconductors,
San Jose, CA

Optical-power meter

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The TB200 optical-power meter is designed to measure the optical-power output of equipment used with optical media such as Blu-ray and HD-DVD disks. The product features flat wavelength sensitivity characteristics for the three wavelengths used with next-generation discs, DVDs, and CDs. The sensor has an 18-mm-wide photodetection area.
Newnan, Georgia

Optical-system design program

The Zemax optical-system design program now supports the definition of high-order and multimode laser beams in its Physical Optics Propagation mode. This allows realistic, imperfect laser beams to be accurately propagated. The program can compute and optimize the M2 beam-quality factor, beam centroid, and effective width for any beam.
Zemax Development,
Bellevue, WA

Remote-head camera

The CV-A436 machine-vision camera uses a 1/3-in. VGA-resolution progressive-scan imager (Sony ICX-424AL). The compact head measures 17 (diameter) × 46 mm (length) and is connected to the controller via a detachable robotics-grade 2-m cable. It features unique double-speed technology, for a frame rate of 60 frames per second with full VGA resolution and a signal-to-noise ratio of more than 53 dB.
Copenhagen, Denmark

Pump module

The CMP-II combined power module is designed to pump fiber lasers at 976 nm. It is available with 25 W of output power and a 200-µm (0.22 NA) output fiber. Another version, with 21 W in a 6 + 1:1 pump/signal configuration with 5/125-µm signal/pump fiber, is available for fiber-amplifier and LIDAR systems.
Madison, WI

Wafer reader

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The In-Sight 1721 wafer ID reader is used to track semiconductor wafers through the manufacturing process. It has advanced image formation technology and OCR, 2-D matrix, and barcode recognition algorithms, and can read marks that have been affected by CMP, edge beads, copper metallization, blue or green nitride coating, and other process effects.
Natick, MA

Laser meter

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The FieldMaxII laser meter has a new PC host interface, LabView drivers, ActiveX component, analog output, and expanded pyroelectric sensor capabilities, compared to the company’s earlier model. It is available in power-only, energy-only, or power and energy configurations. It can measure UV, visible, and IR laser output from the nanowatt to kilowatt range, for CW and repetition rates to 300 Hz. Coherent, Santa Clara,

Halogen illuminator

The MI-150 ring light system is a 150‑W quartz halogen illuminator designed for laboratory use. It delivers nearly 400,000 foot-candles of illumination, and has a low-profile top handle and side door for easy lamp changing. It is UL listed and CSA and CE approved. It mates with the company’s gooseneck light guides without adapters.
Boxborough, MA

Glass slides

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Precision ronchi ruling glass slides are designed for evaluating resolution, field distortion, and parfocal stability, particularly in microscopes. They can also be used for reticle and filed calibrations. They are available in many resolutions, from 5 to 600 line pairs/mm. The rulings are deposited on either soda-lime glass or fused silica, and are available with fluorescent backing.
Edmund Optics,
Barrington, NJ


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Nuva-Sil silicone cures in seconds to a depth of 2 in. upon exposure to UV or high-power visible light. The 5031 is a self-leveling liquid that flows under parts of potting, encapsulation, and sealing applications; 5039 is a semileveling paste for gasketing and sealing; 5033 is a thixotropic paste for gasketing, sealing, and potting.
Rocky Hill, CT

UV laser

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The Everest 355-8 Q-switched, diode-pumped, solid-state laser is designed for high-precision micromachining. The neodymium laser delivers 0.8 mJ/pulse at a repetition rate of 10 kHz. It can be operated at rates up to 50 kHz while maintaining short pulse durations and beam quality of M 2 less than 1.4.
General Atomics Commercial Laser Group,
San Diego, CA

Power supply

The Sorensen DLM 600W series of DC power supplies includes Ethernet/LAN connectivity. The interface supports 10base-T and 100base-T protocols and provides 16-bit control and readback of voltage and current. A single IP address on a master DLM can support up to 30 slave units with the optional multichannel slave interface.
Elgar Electronics,
San Diego, CA

OEM lasers

A line of CO2 lasers is designed for integration into OEM system configurations. Covering a wide range of power levels, including a new 75-W laser, the lasers have air-cooling or water-cooling options. Class IV versions are available for research facilities and universities. The lasers include built-in FR power supplies and are manufactured with patented Free Space Gas Slab Laser Technology.
Universal Laser Systems,
Scottsdale, AZ


The Nanospec series of compact microspectrometers cover the visible, the near-IR, and the short-wavelength IR. The VIS covers the range of 350 to 1000 nm, the NIR 900 to 1700 nm, and the SWIR 1600 to 2500 nm. The spectrometers use holographic diffraction gratings, and are designed for OEM integration into handheld diagnostic equipment.
Headwall Photonics,
Fitchburg, MA

Laser lifetime analysis

Version 0.7x of the Laser Reliability Workbook is an Excel-based tool for plotting and analyzing laser-diode and LED lifetime data. It automatically creates Weibull and lognormal plots of lifetime data and calculates distribution parameters and times to failure. It calculates time to failure at use temperature based on the Arrenhius acceleration model.
ILX Lightwave,
Bozeman, MT

Diode lasers

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Series 2100 short-pulse diode lasers operate at 905 nm and other IR wavelengths. They operate at pulse widths less than 200 ns. Single diodes have peak power up to 25 W, while stacked arrays have peak outputs up to 125 W. They are available in single diode and vertical stacks and are designed for applications such as rangefinders and weapons simulation.
High Power Devices,
North Brunswick, NJ

E-O-E converters

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The Model J720 electrical-optical and Model J730 optical-electrical converters convert logic levels to fiberoptic media for transport over long distances. They use ST-connectorized 62/125-µm multimode fiber. They can transport a logic level or critical timing trigger kilometers in high EMI environments with link jitter below 10 ps RMS.
Highland Technology,
San Francisco, CA

Machine vision

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Netsight II M machine-vision systems have a 1.6-GHz processor with 2 MByte of local cache and 512 MByte of program memory. It is compatible with standard analog and Camera Link interfaces, as well as IEEE 1394 and Gigabit Ethernet. The multichannel MCA system can acquire images from three IEEE cameras and three analog cameras simultaneously.
Billerica, MA

Optical tables

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Nonmagnetic optical tables are designed for applications in which magnetic fields caused by equipment could receive interference from a ferrous tabletop. The tables are made from nonmagnetic stainless steel or aluminum, and have an epoxy-bonded honeycomb core. Standard sizes are up to 6 × 20 ft with thicknesses from 8 to 36 in.
Kinetic Systems,
Boston, MA

Fiber laser

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The Boostik E15/C15/Y10 fiber laser has up to 2-W CW output. It is packaged in a rugged carbon-shielded OEM module with digital RS232 interface and software with several control and monitor options. The laser is available at any wavelength from 1530 to 1580 nm, as well as in the 1-µm range, such as 1064 nm. Koheras, Birkerod,

Wafer-inspection system

The AL series optical-inspection and defect-review system allows inspection of wafer edges and bevels. It performs macro and micro inspection, automated image capture, manual or automatic defect review, and automated defect classification. A variety of visible-light imaging methods are available.
Olympus Integrated Technology America,
San Jose, CA

Photonic-crystal software

Version 3.0 of CrystalWave photonic-crystal simulation software can model even metals and semiconductors because all calculation engines handle losses and dispersion, and a materials database contains refractive-index models. New models handle dispersion spectra of a wide range of materials. The software now includes 2-D and 3-D versions.
Photon Design,
Oxford, England


High-resolution fiberoptic faceplates and tapers are based on a multistep drawing process that allows production of fibers with diameters from 2.5 to 6 µm. The fiberoptics are available in sizes up to 2.5 in. in diameter with NA 1.0 and resolution up to 228 lp/mm. They are designed for medical and industrial x-ray, display, and night-vision applications.
North America, Southbridge, MA

Component-design software

Passive Design Suite 6.0 photonic-component-design software allows users to model various aspects of photonic devices. The software handles new application areas such as high-contrast silicon photonic integrated circuits, photonic-crystal cavities, LED efficiency, image sensors, metamaterials, and optical metrology. Versions are available in both 64-bit Windows and Linux platforms.
RSoft Design Group,
Ossining, NY

Multiwavelength laser

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The TM3000 Series multiwavelength laser simultaneously emits 40 or 80+ ITU-grid locked wavelengths out of a single fiber. The Class 3B laser is available with 50- or 100-GHz spacing and is designed for channel loading tests of optical systems as well as amplifier, ROADM, and OPM test and characterization.Peleton Photonic Systems,Ottawa, Ont.,

Lead-salt diodes

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The Specdilas IR series of lead-salt laser diodes offers all wavelengths in the 3- to 25-µm range. The diodes are based on IV-VI materials and operate at wavelengths at which the ground-state bands of many molecules allow highly sensitive and quick diagnostics. Laser Components, Hudson,

Methane analyzer

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The Fast Methane Analyzer can measure methane in ambient air with a data rate up to 20 Hz, less than 1% uncertainty, and better than 0.1% repeatability. It is based on cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy and uses room-temperature diode lasers operating in the near-IR. Los Gatos Research, Mountain View,

Composite crystals

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Diffusion-bonded composite crystals are used to decrease the heat effect of solid-state, high-average-power lasers. Crystals available are YVO4/Nd:YVO4/YVO4, YAG/Nd:YAG/YAG, and YAG/Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG/YAG.
Photop Optics, Fujian, China

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