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Keeping Optical Tables Steady - Photonics Spectra

 

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Experimental results from a scanning laser doppler vibrometer eludicate the effects of active vibration damping.

Automated Alignment Keeps Z Machine on Target - Laser Focus World

 

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Computer-controlled motorized mirror mounts enable rapid realignment of beam-steering optics between discharges at Sandia National Labs’ Z machine.

Automated Tests Improve Laser Diode Manufacturing - Laser Focus World

 

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Tougher laser diode requirements for WDM systems have led to a new generation of automated production test equipment.

Calibrating Photovoltaic Cells - Photonics Test Briefs

 

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The basic function of a photovoltaic cell is to convert input sunlight energy expressed in irradiance into output usable electric energy.

CMOS Cameras Allow Robust Active Stabilization of Laser Beams - Laser Focus World

 

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Accurate measurement of the position of a laser beam can be achieved in several ways, each with its strengths and weaknesses. A comparison of these has resulted in an active beam-stabilization system for alignment and steering control of a kilohertz ...

Demand for High-Speed Detectors Drives Research - Laser Focus World

 

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Resonant-cavity enhanced detectors improve detection and wavelength selectivity, high-power traveling-wave detectors increase dynamic range of analog fiber links.

How to Determine Your Equipment Needs - Laser Focus World

 

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Vibration site surveys can tell you a lot about how to specify equipment for vibration isolation in your laboratory.

Effective Vibration Reduction Stabilizes Laser Beams - Laser Focus World

 

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Optical tables and vibration isolation supports have become the de-facto standard for providing a stable environment for complex laser systems and their applications.

Photo-emf Detetor Enables Laser Ultrasonic Receiver - Optoelectronics World

 

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Laser ultrasonic receiver with photoelectromotive force detector can measure dynamic displacement of rough surfaces moving at process speeds.

Factors to Consider when Choosing an Alignment System - WDM Solutions

 

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Savvy engineers know that the most economical system balances price with performance. Motion control plus thermal and mechanical stability can't be cut.

Fast Steering Mirrors Improve Active Beam Stabilization - Optoelectronics World

 

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Beam-stabilization modules based on fast steering mirrors correct errors in laser beam alignment and loosen specifications on other components while increasing system robustness.

Innovative Photoreceivers Simplify Measurements - Laser Focus World

 

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Applications for photodiodes combined with novel circuitry range from studies of meteordeposited metals In the upper atmosphere to calcium Ions In biological cells.

Is Vibration Control Really Necessary for Microscopy? - BioPhotonics

 

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Identifying and quantifying the potential noise sources in your lab are the first steps toward understanding what vibration control solutions may be required to achieve acceptable results.

Large Gimbal Mounts for Focal Plane Testing - Motion Control Tech Briefs

 

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A motorized gimbal mount has been developed to scan and position large, heavy optics with high angular resolution

Laser Diode Controllers: Tighter Control, More Integration and Higher Current - Photonics Spectra

 

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The demand for high-precision laser diode components has skyrocketed with the rapid growth of optical networks using dense wavelength division multiplexing technology that requires many transmission lasers and pump lasers.

Laser-diode Power-supply Basics: Performance Depends on Specification - Laser Focus World

 

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Bench-top laser-diode drivers and controllers have a wide variety of features, from voltage and temperature control to safety features and surge protection. Know the most important specifications to consider for your system.

Lasers May Brighten the Solar Cell Market - Photonics Spectra

 

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The solar industry looks set for explosive growth as it takes advantage of inovations enabled by lasers and new manufacturing technologies.

Meeting Measurement Challenges For Low-Power, Pulsed, or Modulated Light Sources - Photonics Online

 

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It is particularly challenging to measure a low-average-power pulsed light source, such as an LED or a low-power laser diode, especially when the electrical designers do not know the detailed optical characteristics of the light source.

Motion Control Systems Gain Flexibility - Laser Focus World

 

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Complete motion-control systems are now available that are readily programmable for multiple applications of positioning equipment.

Motion Specifications Don't Always Tell the Whole Story - Laser Focus World

 

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Understanding what's behind a specification, the measurement and the analysis, is critical to obtaining consistent motion-control performance.
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