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Spectrophotometer; Thin-film metrology; Dye laser; MORE...

Jun 1st, 2005
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The QDI 2000 microspectro­photometer covers the UV, ­visible, and near-IR, and can ­perform spectral analysis of ­samples as small as 1 µm. A cooled, ­scientific-grade CCD-­array ­detector allows measurements as short as 1 ms with low noise. ­Options include ­statistical-analysis routines, thin-film-thickness measurement software, ­instrument automation, and ­NIST-traceable ­standards.
Craic Technologies,Altadena, CA

Thin-film metrology

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The F80 line of stand-alone and integrated thin-film metrology tools generates an array of thousands of thickness readings at each measurement pad location. The arrays allow measurement pad locations to be determined with software rather than stages. Options include 1-D and 2-D high-resolution thickness mapping for CMP test-wafer profiling, and refractive-index measurement capability.
Filmetrics,San Diego, CA

Dye laser

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The ScanMatePro pulsed dye laser delivers a linewidth of less than 0.08 cm-1 across the 320- to 860-nm tuning range of the dye. It is also available with auto­mated etalon scanning for hands-free scanning at 0.03 cm-1. Total amplified spontaneous emission is less than 0.5% of total output intensity. An optional internal ­optogalvanic unit can provide absolute wavelength ­accuracy of 5 pm or better.
Lambda Physik, Goettingen, Germany

Blue-violet diodes

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A 405-nm blue-violet laser-diode module is designed as a complete system for OEMs. The modules produce either an elliptical output beam of 4 × 1.5 mm with power of 4 mW, or a 2-mm circular beam with power of 0.9 mW. The glass AR-coated optical lens can be adjusted to produce either a collimated beam or a focused spot.
Photonics Products,Hatfield Broad Oaks,Hertfordshire, England

Instrument measures insertion loss

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The new OP815 insertion-loss measurement instrument gauges single-mode or multimode fiberoptic cable assemblies. It integrates a single- or dual-wavelength source and an optical power meter in an 8.5 × 3.5 × 12-in. package. It is automated over a USB interface using OPL-Pro turnkey application software.
Opto Test, Newbury Park, CA

Laser source

The TMC3100C is a multiwavelength laser source that generates 40 wavelengths simultaneously on a single output fiber. All of the wavelengths produced are internally locked to the IUT-T grid at a variety of channel spacings. The product is designed for use in the test and measurement of advanced optical networking equipment.
Peleton, Ottawa, Canada

Natural gas sensor

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The PYM 151 Smart Natural Gas Sensor is designed for home and industrial alarm systems. The sensor has a modular design and uses nondispersive IR (NDIR) absorption technology in conjunction with unique pyroelectric detector technology.
PerkinElmer, Fremont, CA

LED profiler

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The LED Profiler characterizes an LED profile over a 260° wide field of view and generates a complete 3-D profile of the test source. It also determines the power within a cone oriented along the optical axis of the LED. The system utilizes patented goniometric radiometry technology.
Photon, San Jose, CA

Green lasers

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The M50-527 is a diode-pumped Nd: YLF Q-switched green laser that offers pulse energy greater than 50 mJ at 1 kHz and 527 nm. The laser uses proprietary pump design and intracavity harmonic-generation technologies. Applications include the pumping of Ti:sapphire and dye lasers, high-speed imaging, particle image velocimetry (PIV), and laser annealing.
Photonics Industries International, Bohemia, NY

Positioning module

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The small-footprint quadrant photodiode smplifier hybrid, SiQu50-TIA, is a positioning module that combines a silicon quadrant photodiode with amplifiers in a 1/2-in.-diameter sensing and amplification unit. The module provides amplification of 104 kΩ. It can be used to determine the location, position, and movement, as well as the intensity fluctuation of a light beam.
Phresh Photonics, Agoura, CA

Nanopositioning stage

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The nano-x series of nanopositioning bidirectional stages provide a total travel range of up to 480 µm with subnanometer resolution. The bidirectional gear design reduces the push/pull force ratio up to ­approximately 1:1, without affecting the ­trajectory. Typical applications are imaging, mask alignment, scanning microscopy, material sciences, and metrology nanopositioning.
Piezosystem Jena, Jena Germany

Geometry-scan unit

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A geometry-scan unit (GSU) has been introduced for the PSV-400 series of advanced scanning-vibrometer systems. The GSU combines a laser range-finder with the scan mirrors that position the vibrometer measurement beam to experimentally determine the 3-D shape/geometry of test objects.
Polytec, Tustin, CA

Lamp-measurement system

The LLMS-0400 Series spectral lamp-measurement system determines the optical properties of LEDs, miniature lamps, and laser diodes. Each system includes an integrating sphere, a diode-array spectrometer instrument, a current-regulated power supply, and Labsphere SLMS software. It also includes a calibrated spectral flux standard for system calibration and an auxiliary lamp for use as a control.
Pro-Lite, Bedfordshire, England

RGB filters

CRI Micro Color 2 RGB filters can be electronically tuned to the red, green, and blue color planes. They provide a ­solid-state, vibration-free way to collect color images using a monochrome digital camera’s entire array of active pixels. Two of the filters have been engineered with Olympus and Zeiss sliders, specifically for use with the company’s monochrome CCD cameras.
Qimaging, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Fiberoptic connector cleaver

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The COMET is a noncontact, ­laser-based cleaver dedicated to the automated cleaving of fiberoptic connectors. The COMET is intended to augment the ­Gemini-Cx processing cell, which integrates polishing, cleaning and inspection into a single manufacturing platform for production of simplex and ­multifiber optical connectors.
Sagitta, Hauppauge, NY

NIR fiberoptic spectrometers

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Miniature fiberoptic spectrometers for the NIR ranges 0.9 to 1.7 µm and 1.5 to 2.2 µm are now available. The integrated InGaAs detectors are photo-diode arrays with 512 or 1024 elements and are TEC cooled. Other features include 25 × 500 µm pixels, a 2.5-MHz digitizer that acquires NIR spectra in 1 ms, and SpectraWiz software.
StellarNet, Tampa, FL

Varifocal lens

The 30V1634P is a 1.6- to 3.4-mm varifocal lens. Rotating the lens ring, for example, from 167° to 43° on a 1/4-in. CCD and from 184° to 58° on a 1/3-in. CCD adjusts the field of view. The camera’s auto-iris capability adjusts for high light overload. Current OEM usage includes cameras mounted on the inside of highway traffic tunnels. Indoor applications include retail surveillance.
Videlogy Imaging Solutions,Greenville, RI

Laser-diode modules

The FLEXPOINT laser-diode module is available with a diffractive-­element attachment that produces a cross. The fan angle of the cross is 30°, producing a cross with a length of 55 cm at 1-m distance. The module is optimized for 650 nm, with output power ranging from 1 to 20 mW.
Laser Components,Essex, England

DC/DC converter

The LTC3458 is a 1.4 A, 7.5 V, 1.5 MHz synchronous step-up DC/DC converter with inrush current limiting and output disconnect. It has an input range of 1.5 to 6 V, efficiency up to 93%, 0.3‑Ω n-channel and 0.4-Ω p-channel 1.4-A switches, programmable ­automatic burst-mode operation and current-mode control with programmable soft start and peak-current limit.
Linear Technology, Milpitas, CA

Fiberoptic duplexer modules

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The HOD Series fiberoptic duplexer modules provide a means for two-way data transfer over a single fiber cable. Crosstalk immunity is up to 40 dB, minimizing data corruption. The modules support WDM, wavelength-division combiners/splitters, and active couplers. Applications include fiberoptic security, systems, data communications, remote sensing, and control and test equipment.
Honeywell, Freeport, IL

UV option for camera

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OP21-UV is a UV option, available on many Jai PulNiX products, replacing a camera’s standard imager with an ultra­violet-sensitive imager. The cameras use monochrome progressive-scan CCDs, allowing full vertical and horizon­tal resolution of high-speed shutter images and eliminate UV-blocking materials such as cover glass or microlenses.
Jai PulNiX, Sunnyvale, CA

Micromanufacturing technology

The EFAB process is a micromanufacturing technology for fabrication of 1 mm tall and taller, 3-D microsystems and devices. Taller heights facilitate easier interface and integration into macro-scale systems, while 3-D designs allow applications requiring miniaturized metal parts in military, medical and consumer electronics applications.
Microfabrica, Burbank, CA

Diode lasers

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A line of high-brightness, single-­emitter, multimode diode ­lasers are suited for pumping DPSS lasers, materials processing, as well as medical, graphic arts, and illumination applications. The C-mount ­lasers are available in operating wavelengths from 635 to 1600 nm with output powers from 0.5- to 5-W CW.
nLight, Vancouver, Washington

Photonic integrated circuits

The SurePath Triplexer is a 5.5 × 1‑mm indium phosphide-based monolith­ically integrated photonic chip. It combines the WDM, an analog photo­detector operating with a 1-GHz bandwidth at 1.55 µm, a data photodetector operating with a 622-Mb/s bit rate at 1.49 µm and a front-facet laser-­diode monitor photodetector operating at 1.31 µm.
MetroPhotonics, Ottawa, Canada


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The PhaseCam 4010 is a dynamic Tywman Green interferometer system. The system is insensitive to vibration and air turbulence and acquires all the information needed to compute phase in a single exposure. A single camera and high-speed optical phase sensor allow it to acquire data in as little as 1 µs.
4D Technology, Tucson, AZ

Raman detector

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First Defender is a hand-held, all-optical Raman spectroscopy system designed to help first responders identify unknown liquids and solids. It has a library that holds thousands of substance signatures. It weighs less than3 lb and is designed to be operated in a Level A suit. It operates over a range of -20°C to 40°C and starts up in 15 s.
Ahura, Wilmington, MA


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The BTF 112E miniature array fluorometer is a user-configurable, portable device for applications in the 270- to 700-nm range. It has configurable excitation light-source nodules to allow various wavelengths. It comes with software that provides instrument control and data analysis, and allows the user to develop custom software.
B&W Tek, Newark, DE

Temperature control

A line of 19-in. rack-mountable chillers for laser systems have cooling capacities from 800 W to 2.5 kW and flow rates from 2.2 to 6 gpm. Temperature stabilities are better then ±0.1°C. Safety interlocks and a deionized water package are available. Heat exchangers have cooling capacities from 250 W to 40 kW with flow rate from 1 liter/min to 10 gallons/min.
Bay Voltex, Modesto, CA

Night-vision system

The AstroScope 9350 night-vision system includes an image intensifier that can image scenes at below 10-4 lux. The intensifier comes in an interchangeable module and has a custom relay optic that eliminates ­vignetting. It can interface with a number of cameras, including those from Canon and Nikon and comes with a front lens adapter, CIU, and backbody adapter for mounting.
Electrophysics, Fairfield, NJ

Optical-simulation software

ASAP 2005 optical-simulation software is a virtual prototyping application for product designers of automotive lighting, bio-optic systems, imaging systems, and medical devices. It can be configured to include plug-ins for various other engineering software packages, such as CATIA, SolidWorks, and various CAD programs. It has new modeling and analysis capabilities, as compared to previous versions.
Breault Research Organization, Tucson, AZ

Miniature IR detectors

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A series of miniaturized, thermoelectrically stabilized IR detectors are designed for FTIR spectrometers that analyze the IR signature of a range of substances. The devices are based on deuterated L-alanine doped triglycene sulphate, which eliminates variations in signal and noise with changes in ambient temperature. The instruments are suited to use in hot industrial environments.
BAE Systems Avionic Group,Edinburgh, Scotland

Spot adapter

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The model LO-X spot-to-line adapter is designed for the company’s 150 and 206 series laser-diode modules. It comes in 4°, 45°, 60°, and 90° configurations. Coupled with a 150 laser module, it has a focus range from 60 mm to infinity. It comes in anodized aluminum and measures 9 × 16.5 mm.
BEA Lasers, Elk Grove Village, IL

Microchannel plates

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The MountingPad microchannel plates resist warping and cracking. They provide a rigid area to clamp the plate without damaging any pores and allow for efficient outgassing by creating a small space between the active channels and the mounting hardware. It also allows uniform expansion so the plates stay very flat.
Burle Electro-Optics,Sturbridge, MA

Laser-diode driver

The LDDL-1 laser-diode driver has output current up to 2000 mA and is compatible with fiber pigtail laser diodes up to 500- to 600-mW output. It has a microcontroller for digital control, a low-noise LCD digital readout, and a keypad, in a 6 × 3.5 × 3 in. box. Current stability is better than 0.15%. A dual 5V/Universal AC adapter supply is included.
Clark-MXR, Dexter, MI

LIBS system

The LIBS-ELITE is a fully integrated ­laser-induced-breakdown-spectrometer (LIBS) platform that covers the 200- to 980-nm range at 0.1 nm (FWHM) in a single laser pulse. It includes a 1064‑nm Nd:YAG laser, sample mapping and targeting functions, precisex-y sample positioning, laser spot-­diameter control from 20 to 1200 µm, and a sample chamber with gas purge.
Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL

Multimode fiber

The XTEND-Fiber extended-window multimode fiber stretches the useful optical window into the 5-µm region. It can extend the optical window more than 1000 nm in the mid-IR region, based on its chemical composition. It can also transmit in the UV, visible, and near-IR.
IR Photonics, Montreal,Quebec, Canada

FPGA digitizers

A line of 14-bit digitizers includes ­Finite Impulse Response Filter FPGA technology. They provide numerical filtering of digitized waveform data for more-complex filtering methods. Filtering is performed in real time so that the analysis does not reduce the repetitive signal-capture rate of the digitizer. No processing is required by the host PC’s CPU.
Gage Applied Technology,Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Fiber-coupled diodes

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Fiber-array-package laser diodes are available at 940 and 980 nm and produce 40 W of CW power though an 800-µm fiber bundle with a numerical aperture of less than 0.11. The conduction-cooled lasers produce a wall-plug efficiency of better than 50%. They are designed for medical applications such as dermatology and surgery, and for pumping erbium- and ytterbium-doped fiber lasers.
Coherent, Santa Clara, CA

PMT assemblies

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The H9530 series of 8-channel linear-array multi-anode PMT assemblies are designed for biomedical fluorescence detection, laser-scanning ­detection, spectroscopy, and environmental monitoring. The -01 covers 300 to880 nm with QE of 20% and ­typical cathode sensitivity of 250 mA/lm at 420 nm. The -20 covers 300 to 920 nm with QE of 17% and sensitivity of 500‑mA/lm at 630 nm.
Hamamatsu, Bridgewater, NJ


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The FIS Certification Mini-OTDR is a hand-held unit that measures 7.1 × 4.6 × 3 in. It tests at 850, 1300, 1490, and 1550 nm. It can be used with FIS Certification software to document and certify networks and is designed for both new installations and repair and maintenance.
Fiber Instrument Sales,Oriskany, NY

CO2 homogenizers

A series of homogenizers for high-power CO2 lasers have elements consisting of pure ZnSe with a high-power AR V-coating on both surfaces. Standard diffusing angle is 5° for 1060 nm. They offer less than 5% energy in zero order for 1060 nm and transmission efficiency of more than 98%. They measure 25.4 mm in diameter and are 3 mm thick.
Holo-Or, Rehovoth, Israel

Visible laser source

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The Model 7401 laser system comes in an RS232-interfaced OEM version. It provides power to 2 W at 635 or 650 nm and to 5 W at 670 or 690 nm. Other wavelength and power options can be customized. It can be controlled though a PC.
High Power Devices,North Brunswick, NJ

Line-scan cameras

The LW-ELIS-1024a-1394 14-bit line-scan camera has rectangular pixels optimized for spectroscopy while the LW-ELIS-2048a 12-bit camera is optimized for sample-rate speed and resolution. The cameras do not need frame grabbers or other hardware to operate. They are compliant with IEEE-1394 IIDC DCAM specification version 1.3. They operate at up to 10,000 samples/s.
Imaging Solutions Group,Rochester, NY


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Optical-table accessories include ­laser shelves to allow a large laser to be mounted beneath the table, while hanging shelves support up to 400 lb. Enclosures for controlled atmospheres or EMI protection are available at 32 in. high with acrylic side and end ­panels and optional HEPA-filter blowers. Splice kits allow tables to be joined in L, U, or T configurations.
Kinetic Systems, Boston, MA

Industrial laser

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An air-cooled, 10-W, TEM00, 1-µm, short-pulsed laser, the Luce from Bright Solutions is designed for marking, micromachining, medical, spectroscopy, and lidar applications. At10 kHz, the laser delivers pulses of approximately 5 ns. At 100 kHz, pulses are less than 20 ns. The device measures less than 0.25 cubic foot in two enclosures.
RPMC, O’Fallon, MO

Fiberoptic gyros

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DSP-3000 fiberoptic gyros are designed for tracking systems used to monitor RFID tagged inventory in warehouses, and tracking positions of forklifts and other vehicles.
KVH Industries, Middletown, RI

Pulsed laser diodes

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The 905D3J08 series of pulsed ­laser diodes have a peak power of more than 210 W at 905 nm. Peak output of 75 W can be obtained with ­single-emitters at a pulse length of 100 ns. A double stack with emitting area of 200 × 125 µm has peak power of 140 W, and a triple stack with emitting area of 200 × 250 µm provides 210 W.
Laser Components, Hudson, NH

Micromachine lenses

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Super Optical Device SOD-10X has 1.5-µm spatial resolution, five times the resolution of standard micromachine lenses. Along with its high ­numerical aperture and working distance it is useful for machine vision in applications such as semiconductor or LCD alignment and inspection. The telecentric lenses are C-mountable.
Moritex Europe,Cambridge, England


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The new version of the Oriel MIR8025 FT-spectrometer includes a USB 2.0 interface and MatLab-based software with ActiveX control, to make it easier to use in applications such as laser diagnostics, fiber characterization, and radiometry. The instrument can be integrated into process-control equipment as a subassembly.
Newport, Irvine, CA


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A 10-diopter swing-away magnifying lens is now offered as a standard feature on Vision Lite illuminated magnifiers. The lens can be swiveled into position to increase magnification from the 7.5 × 6.2-in., 3-diopter rectangular lens to 13 diopters. The unit provides a full range of visible wavelengths and comes with an ESD-safe shade.
O.C. White, Three Rivers, MA

Power monitor

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A noninvasive, all-fiber, 1- to 8-channel power monitor contains in-line ­polarization-maintaining fiber. It maintains the polarization holding capacity of the fiber to above 30 dB and will detect the optical signal polarized on either of the fiber axes. It comes in several standard models in single or arrayed packages, with different power ranges for different applications.
Phoenix Photonics,Wallington, Surrey, England

Server interface

An ActiveX server interface for the company’s NanoScan beam profiler allows data sharing and communication between two Windows programs and allows users to integrate the profiler into in-house production test- and data-acquisition programs. The device generates fast profiles and beam measurements for active alignment of optical components.
Photon, San Jose, CA

Nd:YVO4 lasers

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The Osprey series of diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 lasers are configured for Q-switched pulse widths of approximately 10 ns but maintain mode quality of M2 better than 1.2. They offer repetition rates up to 200 kHz and can have 10‑W output operation without any liquid cooling. Control electronics are in a 4U 19-in. rack-mountable unit.
Quantronix, East Setauket, NY

LWIR detector

The Pluto 288 × 4 long-wave ­scanning-array infrared detector can double the mean time to failure of military hand-held goggles, forward-looking infrared cameras, and thermal cameras in tanks and airborne vehicles. It includes a microcooler and a Dewar along with the optical chip.
Sofradir, Chatenay Malabry, France

Laser-diode controller

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The Vue-HCT combines a 40-A, 2-V laser-diode controller with a 15-A thermo­electric cooler controller in a compact, air-cooled package. It has the attributes required for an OEM package as well as a full-featured user interface, and can be used as a stand-alone controller or integrated into DPSS laser or direct-diode systems. A heat sink including peltier elements is optional.
VueMetrix, Sunnyvale, CA

Ball screws

The UltraSpeed line of precision-ground ball screws has added two new sizes, 30-mm diameter with 40‑mm lead and 65-mm diameter with 80-mm lead. They have a DN rating of 160,000 for high-speed operation. Linear velocities of 4000 in./min are possible at accelerations of 2 g and higher.
Steinmeyer, Bedford, MA

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