Featured in this issue:      Cimcoop  |  Meadowlark Optics, Inc.  |  Mouser Electronics, Inc.  |  OSI Optoelectronics  |  OSI Optoelectronics  |  Marktech Optoelectronics  |  Trotec Laser, Inc.  |  ROHM Semiconductor USA, LLC  |  Amsyx  |  Digi-Key Corporation
 
27 August 2014
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  3D Scanner Sector Set to Surge
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3D Scanner Sector Set to Surge
 
Buoyed by portable designs and shrinking prices, the global market for 3D scanners should hit $5 billion by 2020, for a CAGR of 12.4%. Although it sounds like a specialized technology, 3D scanning carries much of the photonics food chain along with it, including optical components, thin films, lasers, image processing software, and electronics. Elsewhere, thermal imaging isn't just for military and security any more, thanks to technological developments and economies of scale enabled by consumer electronics like mobile computing platforms. Look for nontraditional applications like automotive, traffic monitoring, and industrial to fuel growth going forward — assuming system vendors can drop the prices quickly enough.
 
 
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Custom Spherical Optics from Cimcoop
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Cimcoop is a custom manufacturer of precision spherical lenses and achromats. A combination of the latest CNC production technologies with substantial engineering experience and favorable location allow us to deliver a premium product at competitive prices. We are ISO 9001:2008 certified and ITAR compliant. Contact us at info@cimcoop.com to discuss your requirements today.
 
 
 
 
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Mouser Stocks LEDs with Hot Color Targeting
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Philips Lumileds LUXEON 3020 LEDs feature hot color targeting and a 1/9 micro color binning structure. Hot color targeting ensures that the color temperature remains within ANSI specifications during operation. With an EMC based 3.0 mm x 2.0 mm QFN, the LUXEON 3020 delivers up to 155 lm/W with superior lumen maintenance.
 
 
 
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New InGaAs and Silicon Avalanche Photodiodes from OSI Optoelectronics
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OSI Optoelectronics offers a new selection of high-speed, high-sensitivity, low-noise Silicon and InGaAs Avalanche Photodiodes capable of measuring very low light levels. We offer multiple choices of active areas in a variety of packages in visible, near-infrared, and infrared ranges. Applications include optical fiber communication, laser rangefinders, and high-speed photometry.
 
 
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Drone Lighting Simplifies Photography
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Drone Lighting Simplifies Photography
 
A miniature, intelligent unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a 20 Hz control loop can position an onboard light in real-time to introduce a photographic effect known as rim lighting. As its name suggests, rim lighting involves backlighting a subject to create a narrow bright edge. Although rim lighting adds drama, it involves a tricky and labor-intensive process that must be adjusted throughout the photo shoot. The robotic helicopter leverages onboard sensors and sophisticated algorithms to create and maintain the effect in real-time, even when the subjects and/or photographer move.
 
 
 
 
Perovskite LEDs Made Easy
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Perovskite LEDs Made Easy
 
A new type of perovskite LED can be fabricated using solution-based processing techniques, which are faster, simpler, and less expensive than conventional methods. Based on organometal halide perovskites, the devices can generate output ranging from infrared to green wavelengths. The research is in its early days, but so far the team has demonstrated internal quantum efficiencies as high as 3.4%.
 
Research & Equipment . . .
 
How Do You Mine Camera Feeds for Information?
 
By sifting through the input from hundreds of cameras at once, Carnegie Mellon University researchers can dynamically track and analyze complex 3D motions like that of a baseball player swinging a bat, for example. Capturing and quantitatively analyzing video is nothing new, but it generally involves covering the subject with video-capture markers. The CMU group developed an efficient, marker-free method to extract useful information from the hundreds of thousands of data points generated by each camera.
 
 
 
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Nanotube Coating is Back in Black
 
An optically black coating can control stray light in applications ranging from infrared imaging to astronomy. Developed by Surrey NanoSystems, Vantablack can absorb as much as 99.96% of incident light. That's significantly higher than even today's best black coatings, which typically absorb 95% to 98% of input.
 
 
 
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Silicon Avalanche Photodiodes
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Silicon Avalanche Photodiodes
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OSI Optoelectronics' silicon avalanche photodiodes use internal multiplication to achieve gain due to impact ionization. The result is the optimized series of high responsivity devices exhibiting excellent sensitivity.

OSI Optoelectronics offers several sizes of detectors that are available with flat windows or ball lenses for optical fiber applications.
 
 
 
 
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Cut Industrial Tag Processing Time by 75%
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Laser engravings and markings are legible, long-lasting, and heat, abrasion, and acid resistant in any environment. Time savings of up to 75% over rotary engraving/printing. With minimal set-up and operation costs: the cost per marking is consistently low, on single units, or long runs. More about Trotec laser machines.
 
 
 
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Infrared LEDs for Proximity Sensing
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A new series of high-performance infrared LEDs ideally suited for proximity sensor applications is now available from ROHM Semiconductor. The SIM-030/031ST and SIM-040/041ST surface-mount IR LEDs feature breakthrough IR wavelength technology providing peak output of 850/870 nm, compared to 950 nm for comparable devices.
 
 
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Optics & Imaging . . .
 
 
Photonic Crystal Fiber Stands Up to UV Light
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Photonic Crystal Fiber Stands Up to UV Light
 
Hollow-core, micro-structured fiber can transmit UV radiation for an extended period of time without any appreciable effect, say German researchers. Conventional solid-core fiber strongly absorbs UV light, which damages the material and degrades the signal. Photonic crystal fiber can tolerate multiple milliwatts of UV power for more than 100 hours without negative effect, demonstrating promise for spectroscopy, optical clocks, fluorescence microscopy, and other applications.
 
 
 
 
Metamaterial Alters Polarization
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Metamaterial Alters Polarization
 
An engineered metamaterial developed by Australian National University physicists interacts with incident light to rotate the polarization. Conventional "polarization rotators" don't actually change the light, they just filter out all but the desired polarization. In the CMU work, light perturbs the microstructure of the material, which in turn alters the electromagnetic properties of the light. Applications include optical interconnects.
 
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Smart Contact Lenses Boost Your Eye-Q
 
Diabetics rejoice — a clever contact lens may soon replace the despised finger prick as a means of tracking blood glucose levels. Novartis has teamed with Google to commercialize the Google smart lens, in which integrated electronics tests the chemistry of tears. That's not all, though. Find out how the functionalized contact lenses of tomorrow promise to seek out cancer biomarkers, check for glaucoma, deliver drugs, and even automatically change shape to compensate for age-related vision degradation.
 
 
 
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Structured Surface Keeps Solar Cells Cool
 
A carefully patterned surface allows photovoltaics to selectively reject the IR waveband of the solar spectrum, keeping the devices cool even on the hottest days. The result? Increased efficiency and reduced performance degradation over the lifetime of the devices.
 
 
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Unijunction Transistors
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Unijunction Transistors
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The most common use for the 2N494C is to trigger a Silicon Controlled Rectifier (SCR), although its output is often used to trigger other devices. The 2N494C Unijunction Transistor (UJT) features a tightly controlled intrinsic standoff ratio and a 7 Kohm interbase resistance in a hermetically sealed TO-5 metal package.
 
 
 
 
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Industry Standards . . .
 
 
Specifying Performance of 1310 nm VCSELs
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Specifying Performance of 1310 nm VCSELs
 
This part of the IEC 62149 standard, available now from IHS, covers the performance specification for 1310 nm discrete vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) devices without fiber pigtails. The performance standard contains a definition of the product performance requirements together with a series of sets of tests and measurements with clearly defined conditions, severities, and pass/fail criteria.

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