|Unlike emCCD or sCMOS intensified cameras allow for photon detection down to 4ns. Photon Lines’ partner, Excelitas PCO explains this exciting part of their range 16 May 2023
Photon Lines / PCO
pco.dicam – a family of nine MCP image intensified camera systems offering extremely short exposure/shutter times. The choice of the photocathodes allows selection of spectral behaviour for different applications. Download the white paper here.
|Anti-reflective coatings for infrared applications on IG6 substrates 11 Oct 2023
Chalcogenide glasses, due to their unique optical properties, open new prospects for infrared optics in various fields of industry and science. This paper presents a technology that has been developed to overcome the long-term problems associated with the adhesion of coatings to glass and contributes to the development of more durable coatings.
|Imaging in Challenging Lighting Conditions — A Better Way 07 Sep 2023
Choosing just the right camera for a particular application can be difficult. Common cameras specifications that are normally considered include resolution and frame rate. However, lighting is an external factor that is potentially even more important to consider. This document highlights how high conversion gain (HCG) and low conversion gain (LCG) camera capabilities can be beneficial in challenging lighting conditions, along with examples of imaging applications where these challenges commonly occur.
|Manufacturing Considerations for Tolerancing Aspheres 10 Jan
LaCroix Precision Optics
As aspheres become more prevalent in optical systems, it is important for lens designers to consider the various tolerances when designing an aspheric lens. Various topics discussed in this paper include irregularity and MSF errors (slope specification, maximum Zernike residual error, and spatial filtering), clear aperture, center thickness, and the dos and don’ts of tolerancing aspheres.
|Measuring Aspheres in a 3D World 10 Jan
LaCroix Precision Optics
This white paper provides a practical guide on the benefits of 3D measurements of aspheres, featuring real-world case studies. This white paper also explains why one may prefer measuring aspheres in 3D over 2D, not to review the merits of the individual technologies as they apply to specific shapes.
|Quick Guide to the Selection of CW Laser Optics 17 Jul 2023
The maximum power of the continuous wave (CW) lasers on the market has been continuously growing, and has increased by almost a thousand times in just over a decade. Additionally, the beams of CW laser systems have been reduced in size due to the capability to use compact fiber lasers operating at kilowatt laser powers, without the need for additional sophisticated cooling. A major technological advance like this has created new production technology possibilities and permanently altered the industrial production techniques including cutting, drilling, welding, rust-cleaning, surface hardening, and other technologies employed in the Automotive, Aerospace, and Materials fields.
|Next-Generation UV Mirrors 21 Jun 2023
Laser processing plays a critical role in both mass manufacturing and breakthrough innovations. Maximizing production efficiency and enabling future improvements requires application-tailored optical components, so Altechna has developed customized next-generation UV low-loss mirrors to meet these needs.
|Controlling CoaXPress Cameras from The BitFlow SDK Tools, Configuration File and APIs 24 May 2023
The BitFlow SDK offers a number of different methods for programming CoaXPress cameras connected to BitFlow frame grabbers. The purpose of the this document is to explain how each method's components work together to provide camera control. There are a wide range of use-cases for this technology, so this document steps the reader through all the various workflows. Download the whitepaper here.
|LASERSMART® Laser Safety Program 18 Apr 2023
A laser safety program based on ANSI Z136.1 “Safe Use of Lasers” standard is the cornerstone of any organization using Class 3B and 4 laser systems. Management is responsible for ensuring the safe use of lasers owned and operated under its control. The Laser Safety Officer (LSO) administers the overall laser safety program. This paper will mainly address Class 3B and 4 laser safety requirements and it will discuss the provisions of a laser safety program and personnel responsibilities.
|Optical filters for fluorescence spectroscopy in Point of Care instrumentation 04 Apr 2023
Delta Optical Thin Films
Photo-luminescence is the phenomenon that a material emits light after having absorbed light. When the emission of light happens almost instantaneously (in nanoseconds) it is called fluorescence and when the emission decays over longer time (milliseconds) it is called phosphorescence. A material that exhibits fluorescence is called a fluorophore and such materials are used extensively in the analysis of biological materials.
|What is a Cobot? Bridging the Gap Between Robots and Humans 14 Mar 2023
As we reflect on history, we can observe numerous systems with resemblances to robots. In fact, some concepts of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are speculated to date back to ancient times. The resourceful Ancient Greeks, for instance, created sophisticated automated puppet theatres1 , while the Ancient Egyptians devised ingenious mechanical operating systems embodied in figurines2 . Fast-forwarding to the present era, significant progress has been made since the days of Ancient Greece and Egypt. Nevertheless, it is evident that the fundamental mechanics of some contemporary systems bear similarities to those of antiquity.
|Advantages of sub 50 femtosecond pulses in multiphoton microscopy 09 Mar 2023
One of the main advantages of using ultrafast femtosecond fiber lasers is the high peak power that they offer, which is a result of their ultra-short pulse duration. This high peak power makes these lasers ideal for a wide range of applications, including multiphoton microscopy. In this white paper we show that sub 50 fs pulse durations provide unprecedented multiphoton conversion efficiencies with intense peak powers.