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OPTOMECHANICS

New Scale Technologies complete motion systems make great products smaller.

New Scale Technologies M3 micro-stages and actuators are the smallest and most precise closed-loop positioning solutions available, enabling their customers to achieve the fastest time to market with the lowest total cost. Offered through Photonic Solutions in the UK and Ireland, their micro Stages, Focus Modules, and Linear Actuators come with fully-integrated micro-electronics and intelligent firmware.

Since 2002, when New Scale Technologies were founded, they have been awarded numerous patents in the development of piezoelectric motors and motion systems. These patents, combined with their proprietary know-how, have enabled New Scale Technologies to create products with unmatched miniaturization and micrometre-scale resolution. Their M3 micro-stages and actuators are all-in-one “smart modules” complete with built-in controller so you get easy integration into next-generation products where precision motion - MORE>

Photonic Solutions, stand E17


MOTION CONTROL

Zaber’s computer-controlled positioners with built-in controllers make automating sub-micron positioning applications quick, easy and affordable.

Zaber's X-LRM Series products are motorised linear stages with integrated controllers. The X-LRM's hardened steel construction and recirculating ball bearing guide provide exceptional rigidity and thermal stability. High stiffness makes the X-LRM ideal for multi-axis configurations or applications where excellent stability under cantilever loads is required.

The stages connect to the USB 2.0 or RS-232 port of any computer and can be daisy-chained with up to 254 Zaber devices per chain. The daisy-chain also shares power, making it possible for multiple X-Series products to share a single power supply.

The stages are stand-alone units requiring only a standard 24-48 V power supply. An indexed knob at the end of the unit permits manual control - press and hold to switch between velocity mode and position mode, turn to move the stage, and press to stop. Convenient locking - MORE>


Laser 2000, stand D02


HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING

The world’s first commercial light field snapshot spectral camera - LightShift

Surface Optics Corporation has announced the release of LightShift™, the world’s first commercial light field snapshot spectral imaging system.

Based on Surface Optics Corporation’s patented, plenoptic spectral imaging design, LightShift instantaneously collects spectral, polarization, and light field data at every pixel. LightShift’s multimodal datasets are captured and processed at video rates (28 fps), opening the door to spectral imaging for countless applications concerned with dynamic or time-sensitive environments - MORE>

Surface Optics Corp/Pro-Lite Technology, stand D01


GRAPHENE

Company’s unique proprietary method produces the first high quality graphene layers adapted to commercial end uses

Paragraf is presenting in the Enlighten Conference Graphene and Emerging 2D Materials meeting.


Thursday 2pm:

Next-generation large-area transfer-free graphene for optoelectronic and semiconductor applications
Dr Ivor Guiney, Chief Technology Officer, Paragraf Ltd

>>see the rest of the meeting<<

 

Learn about Paragraf who earlier this year closed £2.9m seed round to drive first ever large-scale production of graphene based technologies

Paragraf focuses on the production of ‘two-dimensional’ materials, primarily graphene, and the development of electronic devices based on these materials. Harnessing the extremely high conductivity, superb strength, very low weight and ultimate flexibility of graphene, Paragraf’s technology is the first ever commercial-scale method validated to reproducibly deliver - MORE>>


Meet Paragraf, speaking at the conference.


HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING

Keynote speakers announced for HSI 2018 Conference

Keynote speakers have been announced for HSI 2018, the 7th international conference on Hyperspectral Imaging & Applications, co-located with Photonex Europe taking place on 10th & 11th October at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK.

HSI 2018 brings together academic and industrial users to share their knowledge of innovations in hyperspectral imaging cameras, technology and applications. For 2018 key features are will be airborne systems and applications, innovations in snapshot hyperspectral imaging, health applications, data processing and deep learning.

Three international and leading experts in the field of hyperspectral imaging will be giving keynote presentations. Each presenting on subjects that highlight growth areas of interest and applications for hyperspectral - MORE>


SCIENTIFIC IMAGING

Andor Launches Marana – Large Field of View, Deep Cooled Back-illuminated sCMOS for Astronomy and Physical Sciences

Andor Technology (Andor), an Oxford Instruments company and world leader in scientific imaging and spectroscopy solutions, last month announced the launch of the new ultrasensitive ‘Marana 4.2B-11’ back-illuminated camera platform for physical sciences.

Featuring 95% Quantum Efficiency and market-leading vacuum cooling down to -45 0C, Marana represents the ultimate in sCMOS sensitivity and high dynamic range photometry. Marana 4.2B-11 is also the largest field-of-view sCMOS commercially available, whilst delivering up to 48 fps, perfectly suited to ‘dynamic astronomy’ applications such as Space Debris tracking, Near Earth Object detection and Solar Astronomy.

Marana 4.2B-11 combines a 4.2 Megapixel array format with 11 mm pixels, enabling an impressive 32mm sensor diagonal. The full 2048 x 2048 array is accessed through implementation of Andor’s unique ‘Anti-Glow’ technology, meaning the full sensor area is usable across a wide range of exposure durations - MORE>



Andor Technology, stand B05

SPECTROSCOPY

NDIR Spectroscopy LD2120 Differential Pyroelectric Detectors


Non-Dispersive Infrared (NDIR) spectroscopy is by far the most common gas detection method used today. Infra-red radiation generated by a broad band emitter is passed through the gas which is contained in a measurement cell. The advantage of NDIR comes from the strength of absorption in the mid IR compared to methods based on near infra-red spectroscopy.

The strong absorption allows relatively low concentrations of gas to be detected with small path lengths and inexpensive components. In order to measure gases at particularly small concentrations or very quickly, a high sensitivity detector is required. Differential Pyro devices with responsivities of 240,000V/W are ideal for this fit and forget application. LASER COMPONENTS manufactures a range of innovative diff erential pyroelectric detectors at our factory in Florida. The LD2120 has an in built differential amplifier within the housing generating a signal with a 1.41 improvement in signal to noise over a standard pyroelectric detector.

From our offi ce in the UK we can also supply broad band emitters for this application. The EP range is a pulsable device using a tungsten filament to achieve an operating temperature of 1900K. The emitters are housed in a TO8 package and are fitted with a gold plated parabolic reflector as standard.


Laser Components, stand D15


MICROSCOPY

Biophotonics & Biomedical Microscopy meeting returns to the Ricoh Arena

Biophotonics & Biomedical Microscopy meeting returns to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 10 October 2018 as just one of the many topics at the Enlighten Conference.

Delegates told us that they really valued, engaged with and enjoyed the very busy and successful Biophotonics and Biomedical Microscopy meeting in 2016.

Therefore, Xmark Media are pleased to announce that once again, this meeting will take place within the Enlighten Conference at Photonex Europe 2018.

This popular and free to attend, one day meeting is ideal for anyone wishing to learn more about biophotonics and microscopy subjects in the biomedical, clinical and life science disciplines, bringing together users and groups developing novel photonic tools and techniques to encourage collaborations within academia and industry.

Keynote Speaker is Professor Melissa Mather. The title of her talk at 2pm on Wednesday October 10th is “Live cell imaging using a super resolution quantum diamond microscope”.


With speakers from the National Physical Laboratory, Zeiss Microscopy, the Francis Crick Institute, Heriot-Watt University, the Universities of Leicester, Leeds - MORE>>


OPTOMECHANICS

Motion control systems

Aerotech, for over 40 years, has specialised in design and
manufacture of high-performance motion control systems.

We provide support for demanding applications in photonics, high-vacuum, high throughput production, semiconductor, aerospace and medical industries.

Aerotech, Stand E24


COMPONENTS

Substrates for high power lasers

Bach substrates are used as both intracavity components and output couplers – where substrates are typically copper, stainless steel or invar. The master grating list includes line spacings from 6.61 to 3600 lines per mm and blaze wavelengths from 75 nm to 77 microns.

In addition, Bach offers a competitive custom ruling service when the requirement is not covered by one of their extensive master inventory.

Bach has a particular expertise in the manufacture of
Echelle type gratings and in satisfying the demanding requirements of one-of-a-kind optical hardware that has found itself booked on many space missions, from Voyager to the James Webb Space Telescope due to launch in 2018.



Alrad Photonics, stand C21



SCINTILLATORS

At Pycko Scientific we strive to provide our customers with an ever wider range of radiological monitoring technologies and solutions. In following this principal, we are pleased to announce that Pycko Scientific now represents Eljen Technology bringing you a range of organic scintillators and detector assemblies. Eljen Technology is one of the world leaders in the development and manufacturing of organic plastic scintillation material encompassing cast plastic scintillators and liquid scintillators. For details of our latest and most popular products please visit our web site at www.pycko.co.uk

Pycko Scientific, stand A32


SPECTROSCOPY

Compact crossed-cavity C-T spectrometer

OtO Photonics’ “HummingBird”, crossed-cavity spectrometer offers the performance of their well-established “SmartEngine” in a significantly reduced package just 83x75.5x26.75mm³ (<168cm³) yet the optical bench provides excellent rigidity, ensuring industry-leading stability.

At launch HummingBird is available with a choice of two 2048-pixel sensors, six slit sizes (10-300µm), twelve gratings & three input port configuration – enabling users to define spectral range, resolution, sensitivity, Dynamic Range, SNR and speed.

HummingBird is compatible with OtO’s SpectraSmart software and supported by Windows and Linux SDKs.

AP Technologies, stand A14.


COMPONENTS

PZ fibres

Polarising fibres (PZ) only allow one polarisation of light to propagate along the fibre; the other polarisation will experience high losses. This is different to a polarisation maintaining fibre (PM) which will support propagation of both polarisations. PZ fibres have a specific waveguide design with high birefringence and leakage behaviour so that the cut-off wavelength for the two polarisations is different. Coiling the fibre introduces higher losses for one of the polarisations so PZ fibres can be used to create a high extinction ratio ‘all-fibre’ polariser.

We can offer IXFiber polarising fibre and polarising modules that can be suited to your application. The modules have the correct design of fibre and coil diameter to produce polarisers with a high extinction ratio (≥30dB), large bandwidth (typically larger than 100nm), and low loss. The modules are available for a range of wavelengths, with a variety of connector options. They are particularly useful in polarisation-sensitive applications such as quantum optics and laser cooling atom trapping.


Laser Components, stand D15


SOURCES

Liquid crystal intensity & polarisation control

LC-Tec Display’s range of LC optical technologies includes Fast Optical Shutters (FOS), Fast Polarisation modulators (FPM), Variable Polarisation Rotators (VPR) and Variable ND Filters.

Liquid Crystal based optical components enable intensity modulation and polarisation control of transmitted light by simple adjustment of the applied voltage and offer fast switching, small footprint and extremely reliable operation – attractive design features making them ideally-suited for OEM applications.

A wide range of designs enable selection of the optimum solution for most applications.

AP Technologies, stand A14.


COMPONENTS

Bespoke aspheric and toric lenses

Casix Inc has been manufacturing traditional precision spherical and cylindrical optics for over 25 years. The installation of modern production technology has meant we are now able to offer bespoke aspheric and toric lenses for both prototype/low volume and high volume imaging applications.

New high power optical isolators

Casix Inc is also proud to announce it new range of high power optical isolators for 1064 nm, offering >33 dB of isolation with clear apertures of 2, 5 and 8mm. 

Casix, stand D30


OPTICAL THIN FILMS

ANNOUNCING the all new Buhler Leybold Optics Ion Beam Sputtering Systems

Buhler Leybold Optics is a world leading supplier of innovative thin film coating systems and processes, utilizing plasma ion assisted evaporation, sputtering and plasma enhanced CVD.

Our product portfolio includes equipment designed for the Optics, Optoelectronics, Automotive, Display, Glass, Packaging, Electronic and Aerospace industries.

Buhler Leybold Optics now offers a new range of Ion Beam Sputtering (IBS) systems for production of ultra-high precision thin film coatings for high power laser, precision optics, biomedical, and tele-communications applications.

The systems are engineered to produce films with the lowest defect level by using specially designed parts, horizontal substrate carriers provide ease of handling and highest film quality.

Our proprietary optical monitoring systems, available in both - MORE>

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Thin Film & Coating Technologies
Wednesday 10th at 12:30

High performance coatings produced using novel Ion Beam Sputtering System.

MORE>

Buhler Leybold Optics, stand F20


ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Aerotech’s Infinite Field of View solves the Spot Size versus Field of View conundrum

Technical challenges abound in the pursuit of quality parts from additive manufacturing powder-bed processes.

Many of these challenges are interdependent and therefore compromises are frequently made that result in an additive machine with mediocre resolution and less than desirable build volume. Aerotech's technology and expertise eliminate these compromises, giving OEM and end-user machine builders the ability to increase field of view, limit variations in energy/power density, control laser pulses as a function of position, maximize yield, and eliminate thermal instability.

Powder bed fusion and laser sintering applications benefit from Aerotech’s high-accuracy galvanometer and motion controller, which are coupled in a way to give the end-user more feedback than any other solution on the market. For instance, Aerotech’s Infinite Field of View (IFOV) - MORE


Aerotech, Stand E24


WALK IN FACILITY

"Science Shop" continues to boost customer and supplier engagement

2014 Laser Support Services opened the doors to its unique walk-in facility located in the heart of the Science and Innovation Campus at Harwell, Oxfordshire. The “shop” has increased customer and supplier engagement by enabling suppliers to showcase products and allowing customers to see products in demonstration before purchasing.

The welcoming meeting space has seen many events take place including supplier product demonstrations, one-to-one meetings with our experienced engineer, and offers customers the opportunity to advance their projects and experiments.

 

Laser Support Services, Stand D02


PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

CSA Catapult

The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult’s
purpose is to deliver long-term benefits to the UK economy and accelerate UK economic growth in industries where applying compound semiconductors creates a competitive advantage and enables new products or end markets.

The Photonics team provides support and assistance in product development spanning from medical diagnostic devices through to the enabling sensors for autonomous vehicles and the emerging digital economy. The Photonics facility at the CSA Catapult innovation centre will cover optical and mechanical modelling of optoelectronic devices,
packaging and assembly, device characterisation, and pre-qualification environmental testing.


CSA Catapult, stand D31


METROLOGY

3-dimensional surface and shape measurement systems

Omniscan, a supplier of leading edge optical 3-dimensional surface and shape measurement systems as well as thin-film characterisation solutions, will show:

  • The new Profilm3D is the ideal non-contact optical profiler for quantitative measurements of 3D form and roughness. The compact design provides fast, accurate, nanometer level metrology in an affordable, cost-effective package. The free web-based ProfilmOnline data viewer allows users to store, share, view and analyse 3D data on your PC, tablet or phone.
  • The new Gocator range of optical line-scan and area-scan measurement systems offer it all - from scalpel blade edge sharpness to road surface topography. Utilising non-contact, DLP technology the measurements are performed within seconds.
  • The µPG101 is an affordable, high-resolution table-top direct write system that is the perfect solution for prototyping of MEMS, Integrated Optics, Micro Fluids, Lab-on-a-Chip devices and indeed any other application that requires high precision, high resolution microstructures.

Omniscan, stand F21


COMPONENTS

Optics and Thin Film Coatings

Reynard Corporation manufactures custom optical components & thin film coatings from 0.2um to 50um (UV to far IR)to demanding specifications for military, aerospace, medical and telecommunication applications.

In-house services include design support, optical and mechanical fabrication, photolithography, component sub-assembly and MIL-Spec environmental testing.

Reynard’s extensive manufacturing programme includes:-
- Optical filters (for operation between 400 nm and 9.5 microns)
- Prisms, mirrors, windows, flats, retardation plates and beam splitters
- Custom coatings



Alrad Photonics, stand C21


OPTOMECHANICS | LASERS | SOURCES

On show - four ranges!

XYZ flexure stages

Elliot Scientific is offering the chance to experience the quality of our internationally renowned Elliot|Martock range first hand.

Exported the world over, our XYZ flexure stages are used for
alignment and fiber launch in research and production environments, while our portfolio of miniature translation and rotary stages are often incorporated into OEM products for the optical and semiconductor industries.

NEW for 2018 | Green and IR Lasers for research

High speed lasers from IPG Photonics. Operating in the pico and femtosecond regimes, these green and IR lasers are ideal for scientific and medical research.

Mirror mounts

For the first time at Photonex we will have
items from the Siskiyou catalogue, including their sought after IXF mirror mount so you can discover how they deliver their exceptional pointing stability in thermally demanding situations.

Light Sources

Finally, life scientists love our Prizmatix ultra high power LED light sources, so we thought you might like to see them too.

Elliot Scientific, Stand B10


COMPONENTS

MPPCs for LIDAR applications and more ...

Hamamatsu Photonics introduce their new range of Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs) including Peak-shifted MPPCs and Modules, Hole Wire Bonding (HWB) MPPCs, VUV-MPPC 4th Generation and the new High Voltage Power Supply which is optimized specifically for Hamamatsu’s comprehensive line-up.

These MPPCs feature a new structure which significantly enhances sensitivity in the NIR region making them ideal for applications such as industrial LIDAR applications, distance measurement, radiation monitoring and medical imaging.


Hamamatsu, stand CO1


COMPONENTS

Optical materials range is expanded

Hellma Materials GmbH is now able to offer an expanded
range of advanced optical materials produced by its wholly owned US-based subsidiary CVD Ceramics, Inc.

Their CVD Zinc Sulfide® and Cleartran® are low cost, durable, chemically inert, non-hygroscopic materials for infrared windows, domes and optical elements.

While Hellma Materials also claim that their CVD Zinc Selenide® is the material of choice for use in optical components for high powered CO2 Lasers, due to its low
bulk absorption at 10.6 microns. Its excellent optical performance enables applications in high resolution FLIR thermal imaging, thermometry and spectroscopy.

Hellma, stand D01


IMAGING | MACHINE VISION

New Imaging Technologies - seeing beyond the visible

New Imaging Technologies (NIT) offers CMOS and InGaAs imaging sensors and cameras operating over an extraordinary dynamic range of more than 140dB. The sensors are particularly useful for machine vision, automobile and autonomous driving, biometrics, security and surveillance. NIT delivers from large volume production down to small numbers and custom products. Their facility is fully ISO9001 accredited.

Their SWIR or Short-Wave Infrared imaging covers the wavelength range from 900nm to 1700nm. A large number of applications that are difficult or impossible to perform using visible light are made possible, with great results, using short-wave infrared (SWIR) imaging thus enabling the user to "See Beyond the Visible".

SWIR is similar to visible light in that photons are reflected or absorbed by an object, providing the strong contrast needed for higher resolution imaging – unlike thermal images, that rely on radiated photons. At NIT, they offer unique SWIR cameras and sensors.


Alrad Imaging, stand C22


SPECTROSCOPY

Optical Coherence Tomography

Ibsen introduces a spectrometer platform specifically targeted
at Optical Coherence Tomography.

The 840nm highly efficient new EAGLE OCT-S spectrometer with best-in-class optical throughput and compact size for Spectral Domain OCT is suited for OEM integration into medical and industrial grade instruments for applications like Raman and SD-OCT. The wavelength range of the standard version is 810–900 nm, but can be customized to other ranges.

EAGLE OCT-S is supplied with Teledyne E2V OctoPlus camera with 2048 tall pixels.

Ibsen, stand C23


COMPONENTS

State of the art image sensors

Caeleste is a supplier of turn-key, high-end, beyond state-of-the-art CMOS image sensors. Their activities include custom image sensor design, manufacture, assembly and characterisation. Caeleste is the originator of many novel concepts as high-speed, low-noise image sensors, indirect X-ray detectors with photon counting, color X-ray sensors, and sub-0.5 noise electron read noise CMOS pixels.

The Caeleste team has an accumulated experience in image sensor design of over 250 years in the most renowned research institutes and imaging houses.

Caeleste focuses on:

  1. Image sensors for scientific imaging and instrumentation
  2. Medical imaging (X-ray devices with either direct or indirect X-ray photon conversion)
  3. Particle detection (electrons – protons)
  4. Industrial image sensors
  5. Space and radiation hard design

Alrad Imaging, stand C22


HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING

Snapscan hyperspectral Imaging

The imec snapscan system is a major breakthrough for
hyperspectral imaging application research. The snapscan
acquires high quality hypercube data-sets with unmatched signal-to-noise ratio and spatial and spectral resolution, in down to a few hundreds of milliseconds.

The user friendly snapscan demo kit enables application research of the highest quality. It provides all key components required: the hyperspectral image sensor, camera, optics, piezo scanning, active cooling system, lighting, tripod mounts and imec’s most advanced hyperspectral imaging software.

IMEC, stand A33


COMPONENTS

Custom ball lens profiles

Laser Components can now provide custom ball lens profiles on the end faces of silica fibres. Fibres with spherical lenses are often used in medical technology applications to optimise radiation characteristics in endoscopes for example.

The rounded surface of the ball lens reduces the risk of injury during the operation whilst at the same time controlling the beam characteristics of the laser. The same type of fibre tips are also used in other applications for coupling light sources with the fibre.


Laser Components, stand D15


IMAGING | MACHINE VISION

Seeing the world through other eyes with The Imaging Source cameras

Cameras from The Imaging Source can be found in many areas of everyday life: industry, food and beverage production, research sciences, pharmaceuticals and medicine, traffic and parking management. Applications in sports, leisure and media are also taking hold.

The human eye is limited to a small range of visible light, but the cameras and software from The Imaging Source make the invisible - visible. Machine vision technology and efficiency which improves the quality of life for everyone by protecting lives and making them safer and more enjoyable. Products include industrial, microscope, autofocus, zoom and board cameras Outputs include GigE Vision, USB2.0, USB3.0, USB3.1 and FireWire.  



Alrad Imaging, stand C22

COMPONENTS | IMAGING

New products added ...

In early 2018 we welcomed two new suppliers to our continually growing supplier portfolio: Acktar Advanced Coatings, the manufacturer of light absorption materials and foils, and Starlight Xpress, adding more scientific and space cameras to our well-established range.

Our product portfolio has significantly grown over the last 12 months offering even more reliable, cost-effective and high-quality solutions to engineering and research applications and projects.

Laser Support Services, stand D03


COMPONENTS

2um Optical Passive Components

LASER COMPONENTS supplies optical passive components for the “eye-safe” spectral region at around 2um. This wavelength is used in various applications such as research and development, gas detection, LIDAR, medical diagnostics and sensing, micromachining and material processing, free-space optical communication and spectroscopy. The trend for such wavelengths is growing. We would be delighted to assist you with our product portfolio which includes the following:

  • Patchcord
  • Collimator
  • Fused Coupler 1x2, 2x2
  • Fused WDM 1x2, 2x2
  • Polarisation Insensitive Isolator
  • Polarisation Insensitive Circulator
  • Faraday Mirror
  • Filter WDM
  • High Power Collimated Beam Output Isolator
  • Isolator & PBC/S Hybrid
  • In Line Polariser

These components are designed with low insertion loss, high isolation, high return loss,
excellent environmental stability, compact size and reliability. Customised designs are also
available upon request.


Laser Components, stand D15


COMPONENTS

A full range of bespoke imaging filters

Brinell Vision will be exhibiting a full range of bespoke imaging filters from the visible to mid-IR range at booth B11. This will include the company’s latest CMOS IR-cut filter CN-IR03, which enables precise colour replication, effective IR blocking and exceptional visible light transmission to provide enhanced image contrast. The filters have been produced to meet the latest ultra-low defect specifications demanded by the optoelectronic industry.

Brinell Vision was launched eight years ago at Photonex 2010, and has since developed a range of optical filters for applications in diverse areas such as laser protection for pilots and IR-imaging for satellites.

Brinell Vision, stand B11


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