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SPIE Photonics West

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02 February 2019 to 07 February 2019
San Francisco, California, United States

Photonics heads west

SPIE Photonics West will host an estimated 23,000 registered attendees, 1,350 exhibitors, and more than 5,200 papers. Along with 14 professional-development sessions and more than 70 courses covering everything from laser sources to photonic therapeutics and diagnostics, Photonics West also hosts a comprehensive job fair, which will run from 5 to 6 February.

Some of the plenary speakers who will present their research during the Photonics West symposium include: pioneer of near-infrared optical imaging and tomography Eva Sevick; Samuel Achilefu, winner of the 2019 SPIE Britton Chance Award for transformative advancements in cancer treatment and patient care; Facebook head of optical technology strategy Katharine Schmidtke; Clare Elwell, whose research using new optical imaging techniques to understand the human brain won the 2016 WISE Research Award; SPIE Fellow and machine-learning expert Aydogan Ozcan; Henry Hess, whose work focuses on artificial-muscle building from molecules, and ‘smart dust’ biosensors that detect environmental pathogens; and Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Saturn-focused Cassini mission project manager – and recent Emmy-recipient – Earl Maize.

The show has three major conference tracks: Bios, highlighting new discoveries and research in biophotonics, biomedical optics, and imaging; Lase, with its focus on the laser industry and applications; and Opto, showcasing optoelectronics, photonic materials, and related devices.

The Bios Expo and Photonics West exhibition are both free and open to the public. With 200 exhibitors, Bios Expo will show the latest technology in biomedical optics and healthcare applications from 2 to 3 February. Then, the Photonics West exhibition, from 5 to 7 February, showcases the best innovations of the photonics industry from more than 1,200 international companies. In addition to the exhibitions, the free registration also gives access to the industry programme, which runs from 3 to 7 February and features presentations from leading minds in the optics and photonics industries.

‘As the optics and photonics fields have grown, SPIE Photonics West, now in its 25th year, has grown with them,’ said SPIE senior director of technical programmes and proceedings Marilyn Gorsuch, who is also the event manager for Photonics West. ‘This year, in the newly-renovated Moscone Center, we are looking forward to another strong year, with increased attendance, more presentations than ever, and more space for our exhibitors.’

The action-packed week includes a two-day AR/VR/MR conference chaired by Microsoft principal optical architect and SPIE Fellow Bernard Kress, featuring demos from tech giants (Google, Huawei, Magic Leap) and emerging companies (Vuzix, Avegant, DigiLens), as well as the student-oriented optical design competition.

The Prism Awards, now in its 11th year, celebrates the best work across the optics industries, while the SPIE Startup Challenge reveals exciting fledgling companies. Imperial College London physicist, equity activist, and women-in-STEM and Wikipedia writer-editor extraordinaire Jess Wade will lead an interactive SPIE Women in Optics and Diversity and Inclusion evening event, challenging stereotypes within science.

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Acton Optics & Coatings

Acton Optics & Coatings will have a display inside Princeton Instruments’ booth (727), where it will be discussing its capabilities and products – including excimer and UV laser optics and coatings, VUV/UV optical filters, high-performance UV aluminium and enhanced silver coatings, as well as its Metachrome CCD-enhancement coatings. The firms’ new, UV-NIR neutral density filters will also be highlighted, which provide exceptional broadband performance.

Acton Optics’ core technological capabilities include a proprietary in situ optical monitoring system (OMS) that enables it to provide complex coatings with consistent results. The firm is also ISO 9001:2008-certified and is able to measure accurately to as low as 120nm.

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Avantes

Avantes (booth 433) will showcase its latest innovations in the spectroscopy field and give visitors a sneak peek of what to expect from Avantes in the coming year of 2019. 

The company’s mini optical bench, the AvaBench-Mini, will be on display. This compact optical bench was made for seamless integration with the user’s own electronics. One of the highlights of 2019 will be Avantes’ new high-power LED light source, providing users with more power for demanding applications like fluorescence measurements.  

As always, Avantes’ sales engineers are ready to discuss application needs and help visitors select the right spectrometer and accessories.

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Berliner Glas Group

Berliner Glas Group will present its broad portfolio of optical assemblies and systems, aspheres and large cylinder lenses at Booth 539, in addition to its solutions for the medical and life science markets at BiOS booth 8630.

The company develops, produces and integrates optics, mechanics and electronics into innovative system solutions. Berliner Glas Group is an OEM partner from concept to volume production for innovative customers in various market segments, including the semiconductor, medical, display and space technology industries.

This year the company will be highlighting customised lenses used to detect weak fluorescence signals in UV originating from single cells. The lenses have been optimised without compromise towards high performance in customer applications.

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Boston Micromachines

At booth 440 Boston Micromachines will be exhibiting its deformable mirrors and optical modulator products, including its new 648-5.5 deformable mirror which has 648 actuators, 5.5µm stroke and high speed wavefront control and correction capabilities.

Also on display will be the firm’s Modulating RetroReflector, which is capable of passively returning light from an interrogating laser source and modulating its intensity for free space laser communication. The current Modulating RetroReflector system has been demonstrated at a rate of 200kbps in the near IR wavelength range with switching speeds as low as 3µs. Higher data rates are in development.

Boston Micromachines is a provider of MEMS-based deformable mirrors and optical modulator products, as well as advanced imaging systems. By altering the wavefront, Boston Micromachines’ devices can be used in a variety of applications including microscopy, astronomy, vision science, beam shaping and free space laser communication. Boston Micromachines offers standard components, instruments and custom research products.

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Cobolt

Cobolt, a part of Hübner Photonics, continues to target the Raman spectroscopy market with the addition of 633nm and 785nm STM on the 08-01 series, with the aim to secure the market position as a major supplier of all laser wavelengths to the high resolution Raman market.

The Cobolt 08-NLD 633nm is a frequency stabilised, narrow linewidth laser diode (NLD) with up to 30mW and including an integrated optical isolator. The series is complemented further with addition of a single transverse mode (STM) 08-NLD 785nm. Also a frequency stabilised, narrow linewidth laser diode (NLD) with up to 120mW and including an integrated optical isolator. Both lasers have a linewidth <20pm.

All Cobolt lasers are manufactured using HTCure technology and the resulting compact hermetically sealed package provides a very high level of immunity to varying environmental conditions along with high reliability. With demonstrated lifetime capability of >60,000 hours and several thousand units installed in the field, Cobolt lasers have proven to deliver excellent reliability and performance both in laboratory and industrial environments.

Booth #2451 (Photonics West) and #8839 (BiOS).

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Coherent

The Coherent display (booth 4845) will feature lasers, laser-based subsystems, and components for end-users and OEMs in materials processing, microelectronics, life sciences, and research. 

Standout products include the new HighLight DL4000HPR – a compact, high power, fibre-delivered industrial diode laser system offering convenience and economy for metal processing applications such as cladding, heat treating, and brazing. 

For laser system builders, several new fibre offerings enable construction of products with improved performance and enhanced reliability. These include doped, active fibres for 1.5µm and 2µmoperation in CATV, lidar and medical applications, a new series of ytterbium-doped laser and amplifier fibres that use photo-darkening resistant glass and high performance coatings, and, a new range of fibres for medical applications. 

In the affiliated BiOS exhibition (booth 8667), the company will feature the TR-Series of Raman modules that enable spectrographs and related instruments to perform THz regime measurements.

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Delta Optical Thin Film

Delta Optical Thin Film will be at booth 804 and BiOS booth 8804 exhibiting its custom continuously variable bandpass filters (CVBPFs) for mid-size and full-frame CCD/CMOS sensors. These filters offer very high transmission and are fully blocked in the light-sensitive wavelength range of silicon-based detectors. The combination of CVBPFs with silicon detectors enables the design of very compact, robust and affordable hyperspectral imaging detectors that offer several advantages and benefits over conventional approaches.

These include: having a huge aperture compared to grating and prisms; offering higher transmission than grating and prisms; short measurement time; high suppression of stray light; excellent signal to background ratio; the ability to perform simultaneous 3D measurements; and the ability to perform snapshots using a micro lens array.

Hyperspectral imaging has been used for around two decades in applications such as satellite imaging and air reconnaissance. Classical Hyperspectral imaging cameras use prisms or grating as dispersive elements, which make the cameras bulky, sensitive to misalignment and very expensive. The advent of alternative approaches such as Delta’s CVBPFs makes hyperspectral imaging attractive for volume markets or even consumer products, for example in cancer detection, precision farming and for food testing in supermarkets.

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Diamond

Diamond manufactures and assembles high performance fibre optic interconnect solutions. Its Active Core Alignment technology insures high-performing connector termination.

Attendees visiting the firm at booth 4786 will be able to see the official launch of the Diamond PM+ connector types, which are designed to achieve a repeatable, high polarisation extinction ratio, in addition to excellent insertion loss and return loss values.

The firm will also be showing its new Diamond AVIM family of connectors, which are ideal for applications requiring high optical performance coupled with enhanced vibration and shock resistance. The newest family members are the Midi AVIM, for use on cabled assemblies, and the Micro AVIM, which is well-suited to vacuum applications. In addition, mating adapters are available in titanium for improved chemical resistance.

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Frankfurt Laser Company

Frankfurt Laser Company (booth 145, Bios 8145) will show its new LED mini-spectrometer, a compact, lightweight instrument for spectral analysis in the near-infrared range 1.3μm to 2.4μm.

The device’s optical block is comprised of 12 near-infrared LEDs with different emission peaks and a wideband photodiode. The LEDs are turned on one by one and irradiate the analysed sample. Emission reflected back from the sample is captured by the photodiode, converted into electrical signals that are processed by the electronic block and the software.

The company will also display its new ML1xxFC laser diode modules with single mode fibre output, wavelength range from 405nm to 1,550nm and power of up to 100mW. In addition, a 450nm diode laser module delivering 13W from a 105μm fibre will be shown.

Lastly, the firm will also be showcasing the laser modules of its ML2040-Series, which deliver high output power up to 2W, have a very small footprint of 110mm x 40mm, and are ideal for the use in industrial applications with harsh environmental conditions. The offered wavelengths range from 450nm to 1,060nm, and apart from round and line beam, other beam shapes such as grids, circles or line and dot arrays are available.

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Hamamatsu Photonics

Hamamatsu Photonics will be at booth 941 exhibiting – amongst other products – multi-pixel photon counters (MPPC) modules, infrared detectors, light sources, devices for lidar, and scientific CMOS cameras – including its recently launched ORCA-Fusion camera.

The firm will also be giving live demonstrations of many of its products, including the new SMD series mini-spectrometer – the world's smallest grating-based spectrometer and a finalist in this year’s Prism Awards.

 

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Hübner Photonics

Hübner Photonics has expanded the range of options for the compact and flexible laser combiner, C-Flex, which it will present for the first time at Photonics West and BiOS. Targeting holography and Raman spectroscopy, these options include a high power (up to 1.5W) red, green and blue (RGB) version with a choice of three wavelengths from the Cobolt 05-01 series of single frequency lasers, and a compact version with a choice of 3-6 laser lines from the Cobolt 08-01 series of diode and narrow linewidth lasers.

Designed around the integration of Cobolt 06-01 series of modulated CW lasers, the standard C-Flex offers full modulation capability and streamlined operation via a single computer interface. In addition, by being field upgradable, lasers can be added over time or as needed, making C-Flex the first choice of laser combiner for researchers in life science, holography and Raman spectroscopy.

Booth #2451 (Photonics West) and #8839 (BiOS).

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Infinite Optics

Infinite Optics (booth 146) is a thin film coating service producing prototype and production thin-film coatings. Coatings range from 193nm--20um and can be deposited on customer supplied materials or complete coated substrates supplied by Infinite. The company uses EB gun and resistor boat evaporation techniques with ion assisted deposition. 

Supporting industrial, medical and military primes by fabricating, metalising (hard gold, silver, aluminum and others) coating optics required for lasers, sensors, multispectral EO and targeting systems, space telescopes and much more. Infinite Optics coats long lasting ‘salt resistant silver coatings’ and coat the chalcogenide materials. The firm is a custom coating house, and DTC and ITAR compliant.

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Iridian Spectral Technologies

Iridian Spectral Technologies (booth 644) provides optical thin film solutions and coating services to a wide variety of industrial and research sectors. The company is a global supplier for applications in telecommunications, spectroscopy (Raman, fluorescence, flow cytometry) and the entertainment industry (filter wheels, glasses for 3D cinema). The company covers the spectrum from prototype development to volume production.

Iridian has developed a high degree of automation to ensure high quality and low cost products. It has an excellent capability to produce both high volume commodity filters and custom thin film optical filters.

Two technologies give Iridian a unique edge in the manufacture of thin film optical components: Spectrum@IST, Iridian’s thin film filter design and deposition process control software, provides exceptional design flexibility; and Scan@IST, the company’s optical characterisation and filter processing technology ensures accurate and fast evaluation combined with automated pick and place.

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Lasermet

Lasermet will be at booth 5153 on the UK Pavilion demonstrating the Laser Castle, a laser safety cabin offering the latest features in certified laser safety, including touch screen interlock control, dual message LED signs, HD-CCTV, a proven failsafe design, a modular build, Lasermet’s Laser Jailer active laser guarding system, Lasermet’s Swallow fume extraction system, and a choice of door systems. This modular-build cabin conforms to ANSI Z136.1 laser safety standards and is a turn-key solution providing multi-kW laser radiation containment for robotic laser welding, cutting and cladding.

In addition, the firm will be showcasing its latest innovative laser safety solution, the LaserJailbox, a fully interlocked table-top laser radiation containment system that enables Class 4 lasers to be used safely while contained within a small enclosure. The solution is ideal for small-sized processes and other laser applications. It can have a selection of door types and can also incorporate the Lasermet’s Glaser Jailer active filter windows.

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Laser Components

At booth 1751, Laser Components will be highlighting its first Flexpoint line laser module in a square (65 x 15 x 15mm) casing. This latest addition to the Flexpoint MV series was designed for quick and easy installation during series production of 3D systems for industrial image processing. Focus, beam position and all other parameters can be aligned during production according to customer specifications.

With this new module the Flexpoint MV series now includes ten models with a large range of options available. Customers can choose between different wavelengths: blue (405/450nm), green (520nm), red (635/660/685nm) and NIR (785/830/850nm), and depending on the laser diode, exit powers of up to 100mW can be reached. In addition to the standard models with adjustable focus, most models are also available in low-price versions with fixed focus.

Flexpoint modules can now be supplied with separated optics and electronics sections, custom built to fit into tight spaces. Optional features such as digital modulation or analogue power adjustment are also available.

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Laser Quantum

Laser Quantum will be exhibiting its Helixx and Axiom systems, and can be found at Novanta’s Photonics West booth 1834, and at the BiOS booth 8457.

The Helixx is a turn-key femtosecond laser, ideal for a variety of scientific and industrial applications. The system features a 250MHz repetition rate and delivers an average output power of more than 2.3W in pulses less than 50fs, tuneable between 720nm - 920nm.

Designed for a range of environments, the Helixx is hermetically sealed and is vibration-resistant. The system’s replaceable pump diodes, contained within the control unit, minimise temperature effects on the laser head.

The Helixx is well-suited to applications such as two photon microscopy as the 250MHz repetition rate diminishes phototoxicity and photobleaching to minimise damage to cells, and minimises the emission dead times of typical fluorophores.

The Axiom family of lasers feature excellent high stability and low noise levels, for use in applications such as particle image velocity, fluorescence imaging and microscopy. The Axiom 660is a continuous-wave laser featuring an innovative stress-free cavity architecture, containing the integrated diode and active optics within the compact laser head. It can deliver up to 6W of red light and is well-suited to Raman imaging, generating detailed chemical images based on a sample’s Raman spectrum.  The Axiom 532 on the other hand, which will also be on display at the show, can deliver up to 12W of green light. Both lasers can be easily integrated into many scientific and industrial application setups.

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LTB Lasertechnik Berlin

LTB Lasertechnik Berlin will be presenting its new Demon NIR spectrometer for a wavelength range from 600nm up to 1.7µm and a resolution of 60,000. The system is ideal for quality control in the development of lasers in the given range.

The popular wavelength range around 1.55µm can be covered with the Demon NIR and enables the optimisation of spectral purity and the investigation of the mode behaviour of such sources with a resolution in picometre range.

The Demon-NIR extends LTB’s Demon Echelle Monochromator series, which provides wavelength ranges from 190nm to 1,100nm and resolving powers of 75,000 to 200,000.

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Menhir Photonics

Menhir Photonics (booth 4480) will be demonstrating its Menhir-1550 series, the first industrial-grade, femtosecond laser at 1,550nm with GHz repetition-rate.

Key features of the series include: ultra low-noise; hermetically sealed laser; all-in-one system; repetition rate up to  2.5GHz; and clean soliton pulses < 200fs. 

Menhir focuses on industrial markets by placing the emphasis on the reliability and robustness of its products. With more than 30 years of cumulative experiences in the ultrafast laser industry, the team is devoted to offer femtosecond laser solutions for applications in any situation, from laboratories to harsh environments.

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Microlight3D

Microlight3D will demonstrate Altraspin, a new compact 3D-printer for producing highly complex micro-parts with sub-micron resolution.

Altraspin prints micro-parts with resolution 100x smaller than a strand of hair for applications requiring exact precision and a high quality surface finish. These include creating micro-optics, micro-sensors or printing shapes that fit inside microfluidic devices. It is also suited to metamaterials, cell culture, tissue engineering, microrobotics, micromechanics or surface structuration.

Altraspin responds to manufacturing demands for more customisation and the rapid prototyping of micron-sized parts that are not constrained by their geometric or organic shape. It extends user choice in the materials available for 3D microprinting by offering a wide range of polymers and biomaterials. It features a new TPP slicing tool, high-writing precision and resolution and high-writing speeds for complex 3D structures. It is compatible with any CAD models and files and its compact design is suited to laminar flow cabinets, clean-room or sterile environments, which prevent the contamination of wafers.

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MIRPHAB pilot line for MIR sensing

MIRPHAB, a European Commission project to create a pilot line to fabricate mid-infrared (MIR) sensors by 2020, will exhibit at Photonics West on booth 5037.

MIRPHAB will offer design, production and business planning for companies developing laser-based, analytical MIR sensors for chemical sensing and spectroscopy. The pilot line will combine sources, photonic circuits and detectors in standard packaging.

The platform is organised so that development of novel sensors and sensing systems is based on MIR integrated optic components and modules already incorporated in MIRPHAB’s portfolio.

The programme is accepting proposals from companies that want to develop and prototype new MIR devices.

‘European industry requires more efficient control processes to gain greater productivity and operational efficiency, and this project will deliver the devices required to improve those processes,’ explained CEA-Leti’s Sergio Nicoletti, who is coordinating the project.

MIRPHAB will develop sensor technology that provides novel analytical tools for companies to help improve people’s overall quality of life. This could be through environmental monitoring, such as for measuring volatile organic compounds; food quality control; and fast clinical diagnoses. These are some of the areas where MIR sensors can play a role.

In addition to providing device design services for customers, the MIRPHAB team will help them develop sound business cases and strong business plans to commercialise new technology. Potential cost and performance breakthroughs will be shown for reliable MIR sensing products based on building blocks provided by MIRPHAB.

MIRPHAB will also be a sustainable source of key components for new MIR sensors.

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Nuburu

Nuburu will be showcasing its newly released AO-500 500W 450nm (blue) industrial fibre laser at booth 4270. Blue lasers are being incorporated into processes where faster and higher quality copper welding is needed – they offer 2-10 times faster processing speeds over currently used infrared fibre lasers.

The AO-500’s high power solves the difficult challenge of welding dissimilar materials and opens up new applications with thicker copper and other yellow metal. Its applications range from battery fabrication to the production of automotive components, e-mobility devices, and electronic packaging.

A product demonstration of the AO-500 will be given on Tuesday 5 February at 2:00PM in Demo Area 2, Hall EF North.

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Omicron

Omicron's LightHUB+ and LightHUB Ultra laser light engines will be exhibited at booth 2163. The systems can be equipped with one to six (LightHUB+) / seven (LightHUB Ultra) laser modules of different wavelengths from UV to the near IR range and offer fast analogue intensity modulation with up to 1,5MHz and digital full ON/OFF modulation with a switching time of <1µs for each channel. The individual laser modules can easily be exchanged and added by the user. Hence the systems can be adapted to changing application requirements and are future-proof.

With a direct and active temperature control of the laser modules and the complete laser bed it is now possible to keep the power level ultra-stable. This feature guarantees reliable and repeatable results in the customer’s applications. 

The light of the various lasers is combined and coupled efficiently into one (LightHUB+) or up to two (LightHUB Ultra) polarisation-maintaining single-mode broadband or multi-mode fibres. The LightHUB Ultra additionally offers the possibility to integrate a fast fibre-switch or fibre splitter with defined splitting ratio.

Laser modules with up to 300 milliwatt of optical output power and wavelengths between 375 and 850nm can be used in the LightHUB systems. Optional clean-up filters and a fail safe laser safety shutter can be directly installed in the system to adapt the LightHUB system to the customer’s application and safety requirements. High-impedance modulation inputs ensure easy interfacing to external devices like cameras, microscopes or DAC cards.

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Opto Diode Corporation

Opto Diode Corporation, an ITW company, will have ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (UVLEDs) on show at booth 4539.

Included will be the newly release OD-265-001, a narrow-spectral output UVLED designed for robust and long-lifetime use. The device features total output power of 0.53mW (minimum) and 0.68mW (typical), with peak emission wavelengths at 260nm (minimum), 265nm (typical) and 270nm (maximum). Emission in this wavelength range makes this device suitable for disinfection applications.

The OD-265-001’s spectral bandwidth at 50 per cent is typically 13nm. The half-intensity beam angle measures 70 degrees, with forward voltage typically at 5V, and a maximum of 6.5V; capacitance is typically 350pF. Thermal parameters include storage temperature ranges of -40°C to 100°C. The operating temperatures range from -30°C to 80°C. Additional specifications, including a spectral output chart, radiation patterns, power output versus temperature, and power output degradation graphs can be viewed online at https://optodiode.com/pdf/OD-265-001DS.pdf.

The new OD-265-001 UVLED is housed in a hermetically-sealed TO-46 package, for convenient and easy integration into new or existing systems.

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Optores

Optores (PW booth 860, Bios 8860) will demonstrate the latest upgrade to its NG-FDML series of wavelength-swept lasers. The company will also be launching the new 3 MHz imaging speed option. 

Double as fast as previous versions, the new device is ideal for optical coherence tomography (OCT) in medicine, biology and industrial inspection. Multi-MHz sweep rates are necessary for high-resolution 4D-OCT, which shows threedimensional tissue structure live and in real time.

The new lasers are available at three popular wavelengths for OCT: 1,060nm, 1,310nm, and 1,550nm. They offer very high output power and centimetres of coherence length for highquality OCT images. Optores’ core technology is Fourier-domain mode-locking (FDML), which plays a crucial role for MHz-OCT. 

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OSI Laser Diode

OSI Laser Diode (LDI) will present the CVN 63-90ECL, a 905nm pulsed laser with an enhanced far field divergent beam. The technology device’s far field beam pattern features equivalent divergence values for the fast (perpendicular) and the slow (parallel) axes of emission. The far field pattern delivers higher coupling efficiency into standard spherical lens systems, making it ideal for defence tasks. 

The RoHS-compliant laser diode with integrated micro lens is hermetically sealed in a rugged, 9mm package.  The device, with its robust survival capability, can operate in extremely harsh environmental conditions and is perfectly suited for demanding applications such as field-deployed range finders.  

OSI LDI’s pulsed laser operates between 895nm (minimum) and 915nm (maximum), with a typical responsivity of 905nm.  Other features include a spectral width of 8nm, peak power of 75W, a pulse width of 100nS, and drive current at 30A.  The storage temperature ranges from -40°C degrees to +85°C, and operating temperature is 25°C.

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PicoQuant

PicoQuant will present its plug and play time-resolved spectrometer FluoTime 250 for the first time to the public. The company will also present its new event timer MultiHarp 150 and the smart picosecond pulsed diode laser driver Taiko PDL M1.

The FluoTime 250 is a luminescence spectrometer that makes acquiring time-resolved data as simple as plugging it in and start measuring.

The MultiHarp 150, a high throughput event timer, features four or eight independent detection channels. By combining high data throughput with excellent picosecond timing precision and ultra-short dead times, it is the ideal device for applications requiring high precision photon counting and time tagging using multiple detectors. It is perfectly suited for performing fluorescence lifetime imaging at high frame rates when using multiple detectors.

Another highlight at the Photonics West show is the new smart picosecond laser driver, Taiko PDL M1, which offers operational flexibility for the most demanding applications in life and materials science, semiconductor diagnostics as well as laser-ranging. Featuring an intuitive local one button control scheme and a versatile remote user interface, operating a laser has never been easier.

BiOS booth #8638. Photonics West booths #4869/4875 (North hall) and #926 (South hall). 

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Princeton Instruments

At booth 727 Princeton Instruments will showcase the new Sophia 4096, a deep-cooled, large-format CCD camera with 15µm pixels. Sophia cameras are ideal for applications ranging from astronomy to fluorescence imaging.

Additionally, the firm’s Blaze CCD cameras for spectroscopy will be featured at the booth along with its IsoPlane spectrographs. Blaze provides up to three times higher NIR sensitivity and low dark current.

Furthermore, NIRvana SWIR cameras will also be on show, which are the only scientific-grade InGaAs cameras on the market that are specifically designed for quantitative NIR/SWIR imaging and spectroscopy applications – according to the firm.

Lastly, Princeton Instruments encourages visitors to ask about its Fergie aberration-free spectroscopy system, which offers high performance and exceptional versatility, and enables experiments to be set up in just minutes.

Princeton Instruments also provides, sCMOS, ICCD, EMCCD, emICCD, and x-ray cameras; in addition to other imaging systems, as well as optics and coatings.

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Raptor Photonics

Raptor Photonics plans to show its newly-launched Ninox Ultra on booth 5554, an InGaAs camera that is vacuum cooled to -85ᵒC and offers ultra-low dark current for long exposures of up to five minutes.

Combining low read noise of less than 30e- in high gain and dark current of less than 100e/p/s at -80ᵒC, the Ninox Ultra is one of the most sensitive SWIR cameras available on the market. It offers 640x512 resolution and 15µm square pixel pitch and runs at 100Hz in full resolution through a CameraLink interface.

The Ninox Ultra also offers a high intrascene dynamic range of 70dB, enabling the simultaneous capture of bright and dark portions of a scene. The Ninox Ultra follows on from the launch of the Ninox 640 and Ninox 1280 cameras, which have attracted a lot of interest in applications including astronomy and in-vivo imaging. The Ninox Ultra is also available for sale in China and Russia.

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Spectrolight

A new product series from Spectrolight called FWS Auto Poly will be launched during SPIE Bios 2019 at Bios booth 8246. The Flexible Wavelength Selector (FWS) Auto Poly employs Spectrolight’s TwinFilm technology to deliver the tuneability and adjustable bandwidth of a grating monochromator, together with the imaging advantages of a circular aperture filter.

A single device of the FWS Auto Poly series can cover a wavelength tuning range of approximately 500nm, and offers simple alignment and automatic compensation of beam offset. FWS Auto Poly models feature complete software control of wavelength and bandwidth via a USB link and a simple software interface.

Applications for the FWS Auto Poly include hyperspectral imaging, fluorescence microscopy and machine vision, as well as OEM opportunities in life sciences instrumentation for flow cytometry and DNA sequencing. The FWS Auto Poly series will debut with six models covering the visible, UV, and custom wavelength ranges.

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SPI Lasers

At booth 1068 SPI Lasers will be presenting its latest products from both its pulsed and CW fibre laser platforms.

This includes the RedEnergy G4 200W EP-Z pulsed fibre laser, which extends the power range of SPI’s G4 platform with greater pulse energy, peak power and pulse repetition frequency. Combining these features with the G4’s existing range of pulses provides a high flexibility across a number of applications, including high-speed welding, cleaning, cutting and drilling. It can be used to process materials including anodised/painted surfaces, ceramics, composites, gemstones, metals, plastics, precious metals and thin films.

Also featured will be the RedPower Qube CW fibre laser, which is offered in powers ranging from 300W-2kW and is ideal for thick cutting and welding applications, due to its pierce detection capabilities, which increase productivity and reduce wastage. It can be used to process materials including aluminium, brass, copper, mild steel, stainless steels, multi-layer metal composites, reflective metals and ceramics.

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Sensofar Metrology

Sensofar Metrology (booth 3404) will demonstrate its 3rd generation non-contact 3D optical profiler microscope system, the S neox, which has been purposely-designed for sub-nano, nano and micro-scale measurement, with advanced inspection and analysis capabilities.

The new S neox outperforms its predecessor in terms of design, functionality, efficiency and performance. But above all, the most impressive feature to highlight is the speed. It is faster than the previous S neox and is also faster than existing optical profilers.

S neox achieves vertical and lateral resolutions of 0.01nm and 0.1µm, respectively, using Sensofar’s ‘3-in-1’ sensor head technology approach, which is, three measurement technologies providing excellent versatility across a broad range of scales and structures – focus variation for shape and form, interferometry for sub-nanometric roughness, and confocal for critical dimensions that require high lateral as well as vertical resolution.

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Synopsys

Visitors to booth 1259 will be able to learn how Synopsys’ CODE V imaging design software can help them accelerate the delivery of superior imaging optics.

With superior optimisation, tolerancing and fabrication support, CODE V helps users design imaging optics that meet high-quality specifications at minimised costs. The latest version of the software includes new features such as enhanced optimisation constraints, encrypted multilayer coating prescriptions, and 2D-Q freeform surfaces to increase optical engineering productivity, support cost-to-manufacture savings, and give reliable results in less time.

Synopsys will also be able to inform visitors about its LightTools illumination design software, its LucidShape products for automotive lighting, its RSoft products for photonic and optical communications system design, and its PIC Design Suite for photonic integrated circuit layout and verification.

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Thorlabs

Thorlabs’ GL16 Fiber End Face Geometry Measurement Instrument will be on display at booth 1127. The system is easy-to-use for measuring and imaging the geometry of single- and multi-fibre connectors. It uses a non-contact scanning, white-light interferometric technique to provide high-accuracy, repeatability, and reliability for fibre connector testing, particularly for pass/fail testing using IEC or Telcordia requirements.

This wide-bandwidth white light interferometer is able to measure step height changes as large as 35µm, and is able to characterise undercut or protruded fibres that would be missed using a monochromatic interferometer. This integrated inspection system joins Thorlabs’ Vytran family of fibre processing equipment to create a full suite of fibre processing and inspection solutions for the factory floor.

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Toptica

Toptica Photonics will demonstrate its latest innovations for industrial metrology and quantum technology at booth 641. Dedicated laser solutions for biophotonics will also be shown at Bios, booth 8641.

The FemtoFiber ultra 920 is the new member of Toptica's third generation ultrafast fibre lasers for spectroscopy and microscopy. The system delivers laser pulses with a pulse duration of less than 100fs at a central wavelength of 920nm, with more than 1W of average output power. The cost-effective and maintenance-free design of the laser is optimised for OEM integration featuring a compact and cold laser head that is connected to a 19 inch rackmount control and supply unit.

For molecular spectroscopy and quantum optics, Toptica’s new and powerful DLC TOPO – Prism Awards 2019 finalist – delivers wide tunability, narrow linewidth, and hands-free digital control over the full 1.45 to 4.00μm spectral range. A wide mode-hop free tuning range up to 300GHz enables visibility of full spectroscopic signatures, while a 2MHz linewidth reveals narrow atomic and molecular features.

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Trioptics

Trioptics will be giving an overview of its complete product range at booth 1459, which covers the whole spectrum of optical measurement technology for every manufacturing step in optics, with test systems for both R&D and production – from the refractive index measurement of optical components to lens system testing and assembly and MTF testing and camera module test systems.

Visitors to the booth will be able to experience robot-assisted production in optical centration alignment and alignment turning. They will also be able to learn how to produce and test camera modules efficiently, learn about enclosed energy measurement solutions for 3D-scene recognition systems, and be introduced to latest technologies as rotation-free centration measurement and image quality testing for VR and AR applications.

Furthermore, visitors can check out Triptics’ goniometers and electronic autocollimators for high-precision optical angle measurement as well as systems for lens thickness and wavefront measurement.

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World Star Tech

World Star Tech, a firm specialising in manufacturing ultra-compact energy efficient laser assemblies with high stability and low noise, will be exhibiting products including UV-Vis-IR laser diode assemblies without fibre connectors; TEC (thermo electrically cooled) lasers; a portable laser marker for metals and plastics; and a USB Bluetooth laser at booth 5363.

The firm’s goal is to introduce highly compact and efficient lasers that will enable new measurement and sensor applications. In addition to the exhibited products, its product line also includes RGB laser diode assemblies without fibre connectors, and uniform line lasers for scanning and machine vision applications.

World Star Tech is also a laser diode distributor for Osram and Ushio laser diodes, supporting 400nm, 450nm, 520nm, 635nm, 650nm, 658nm, 690nm, 705nm, 730nm, 830nm, 850nm and 1,064nm with various power options.

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Zygo

At booth 1342 Zygo’s ZeGage Pro and Pro HR 3D Optical profilers will be on display. They are robust, affordable, easy to use, and deliver surface data in seconds. 

These latest generation ZeGage products use Zygo’s coherence scanning interferometry technology to produce non-contact topography, roughness, and waviness on virtually any material to ISO 25178/4287 standards. The upgraded high speed 1.9-megapixel camera and new Smart Setup Tool have been designed to optimise throughput and region of interest. With Smart Setup, surface finding, light level, and scan range are all automatically configured for a complete measurement configuration in less than one minute. 

All ZeGage Pro systems are also equipped with Zygo’s exclusive SureScan technology which eliminates the need for vibration isolation and moves metrology out of the lab and onto the production floor. Paired with the firm’s Mx software for analysis and automation, a complete 3D profiling solution has never been so simple.

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