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Austin Convention Center
Austin, Texas, United States
10 - 15 June 2018
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Exhibitor Product Announcements

Product announcements will be posted as they are received.

15 June 2016: HEX500-350 - Hexapod platform

Aerotech Ltd

Aerotech s HexGen hexapods represent the next-generation in six degree-of-freedom (DOF) positioning performance. Our ultra-precision hexapod positioners are ideal for applications in x-ray diffraction, sensor testing, and high-force device manipulation. High-load capacities, large travels, high speeds, and sub-micrometer precision mean you don't have to compromise on your application specifications. Come and see one at our Booth 512

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8 June 2016: IMPERX C5180 CHEETAH 25 MEGAPIXEL CMOS CAMERA

IMPERX, Inc.

The C5180 incorporates the On Semiconductor Python NOIP1SN025KA CMOS image sensor with a native resolution of 5120 x 5120 in an APS-H optical format delivering up to 26 frames per second in either global or rolling shutter mode with either a Camera Link Deca or PoCL output. CMOS technology eliminates smear columns from areas of ultra-bright intensity and specular reflections in uncontrolled lighting applications. The Imperx Cheetah line provides excellent image quality with Imperx proprietary processing. However, Imperx puts you in control and gives you full access to raw data without corrections. By using the simple intuitive Graphical User Interface, you can quickly apply or remove image corrections. The C3880's flexibility and image quality make it suitable for a broad range of diverse applications but one size does not fit all and Imperx can help optimize the camera to your exact requirements.

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1 June 2016: High Energy Silicon Pore Optics

cosine measurement systems

cosine's high angular resolution silicon pore optics are used for X-ray and gamma-ray applications and are made from highest grade silicon wafers. The SPO optics are modules that consist of stacked X-ray mirrors that together form a small X-ray lens. The modules have very low mass compared to other X-ray optics technology with similar imaging resolution. A large number of these modules can be combined to form a large X-ray lens for X-ray astronomy, X-ray Earth observation and ground-based X-ray instrumentation. The SPOs are the baseline technology for ESA and other agency future space based X-ray telescopes. Due to their low mass, one can use them to make unprecedentedly large X-ray lenses with relatively low mass. SPOs are a factor of 10 lighter than present-day technologies such as the one based on metal and used on the XMM telescope. The SPOs allow for a very large (4 m diameter) X-ray lens.

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26 May 2016: HyperScout

cosine measurement systems

HyperScout is a hyperspectral nanosatellite payload operating in the VNIR with unprecedented low mass and volume. The large field of view and the onboard intelligence deployed on a platform as small as a 3U CubeSat enable a large variety of land and vegetation applications, for which cost efficiency and timeliness are of foremost importance. The system is extremely flexible and re-configurable in-orbit, resulting in a paradigm shift in the space asset use. Different users may use the same sensor for different real time applications. The same nanosatellite can support precision farming in Northern America and flood monitoring in South-East Asia. The end data product can be continuously tuned to satisfy the needs of multiple users, even over the same area of interest. HyperScout exploits the latest technological developments in the fields of CMOS detectors, hyperspectral filtering, electronics miniaturization and microprocessors. The result is a compact system, fitting in a CubeSat unit. HyperScout overcomes the major CubeSat limitation, the downlink capability, by processing and downloading L2 data products instead of the raw data. HyperScout can be used as a single nanosatellite or within a larger mission. Major advantages are obtained if used in constellation: 16 satellites allow for global coverage twice a day or single coverage of a single country every 30 minutes.

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13 May 2016: RF over fiber link

ASTRON

Ultra low cost optical transmitter/receiver module for the transfer of RF signals within a frequency band between 50 MHz and ~3 GHz over distances up to 10 kilometers. This pluggable module has a low cost USB connector as RF interface and a LC/PC patch position as optical interface. The transmitter module is equipped with a single mode ~1 mW DFB laser, while both the transmitter and receiver modules are equipped with an RF amplifier and impedance matching circuit, for realising a flat RF link gain of about 10 dB over the entire frequency range.

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13 May 2016: Uniboard2

ASTRON

Uniboard2 is our generic scalable high-performance computing platform for real-time streaming/processing applications, UNIBOARD2 has a record breaking processing power of over 3 Tbps (comparable with 100.000 HDX 1080p videostreams) Application areas are: - Phased array beamforming applications and correlators in radio astronomy, radar, GPR, and acoustics. - Online beamforming, direction finding, anti-jamming, EMI filtering. - Source detection. - High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing Board specifications: IO: - 24x QSFP+ 40GBASE for SR LR - Backplane interface with: - 192x 10GBASE interfaces - 192x JESD204B ADC interfaces -Total data throughput ~2Tbps Processing: - Four high-end FPGA s for processing - Altera Arria10, 10AX115U4F45I3SG - 1288 MAC (multiply accumulate) per FPGA - Total processing power: 5 TMAC/s

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12 May 2016: ASTRO.control

redlogix GmbH

ASTRO.control is designed as a control computer platform to ease and accelerate the process of getting your camera, instrument or telescope on the sky. Save development time and labor cost by starting with an off-the-shelf product for your control computer that enables you to just implement your application and algorithms, instead of fiddling around with hardware issues, adapting an operating system to the hardware, tuning the OS for real-time, installing device drivers, implementing middleware and communication protocols, etc. ASTRO.control provides a strong platform for camera and instrument control applications. It includes as well industry grade computing hardware, Linux-based operating system optimized for real-time and control applications, device drivers for a wide range of astronomy devices and a middleware dedicated for astro control software needs. In particular the platform includes drivers for high-end cameras from Andor Technology (TM), Raptor Photonics (TM) and Fingerlake Instrumentation (TM), frequently used in astronomy. Beyond cameras, devices like filter wheels, focusers, etc. can be controlled. If a device driver is missing, we provide services to integrate or implement it for you. The INDI protocol and all devices with INDI drivers are supported. A complete Integrated Development Environment, based on the Eclipse framework and pre-installed in a virtual machine is provided to quickstart control application development, if the customer likes to develop her own software. However, we also provide services, e.g. to implement or integrate custom specific device drivers, algorithms, application modules or communication protocols in order to unburden an institute's developers from such low level tasks. On the client side an interface library, language wrappers for C++, Python, C# and Java are available, to interface operator workstation software easily with controllers. Further, a GUI framework, widgets and an engineering GUI based on the well-known Qt (TM) framework are provided to support quick and simple development of graphical user interfaces.

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11 May 2016: RCube: illumination system for easy double pass wavefront measurement

PHASICS S.A.

The R-CUBE is an integrated illumination module for double pass measurement with Phasics high resolution wavefront sensor. This compact and easy-to-use add-on delivers a collimated beam of high accuracy. It enables benefiting from all Phasics patented technology s advantages (high resolution, high dynamics) in a simple set-up. The R-Cube applies to lens and telescope quality control in double pass as well as concave mirror and flat surface measurement. It can also be used for calibrating an optical set-up such as the telescope in an adaptive optics analysis arm: the measured aberrations are then automatically removed from the final beam measurement.

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10 May 2016: SHSLab AR2 and SHSInspect RL module

OPTOCRAFT GmbH

Optocraft has released a new model of its successful SHSLab Shack-Hartmann wave-front sensor. The new sensor SHSLab AR2 offers an extra high spatial resolution of <0.07mm, so laser beams with diameters of <1mm can be measured easily. This is particularly helpful for applications using small laser beams such as laser projection devices or fiber systems. SHSLab comes with the well-known software SHSWorks which offers broad functionality and high performance. The new product SHSInspect RL module unites Shack-Hartmann sensor head, light source and imaging optics in a single, compact device. It is ideally suited for various applications in R&D and production, where high stability and multi-functionality are needed. OPTOCRAFT thus closes the gap between the basic sensor head SHSLab and dedicated turnkey solutions SHSInspect. Highlights of the SHSInspect RL module are: - Variable measurement wavelength due to interchangeable light source - Robust and compact - High dynamics - High evaluation rates of several Hz - Comprehensive software functionalities The SHSInspect RL module shows its strength especially when testing optics like camera lenses, microscope objectives or sport optics, but also when measuring optical surfaces in reflection.

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10 May 2016: BORA Miniature Hexapod

Symétrie

The miniature hexapod BORA comes with outstanding characteristics for its small size. With a height of only 145mm, it can position a 10kg payload with a 0.1 m resolution and important travel ranges: 40mm in translation and 30 in rotation. Its 10N/ m stiffness ensures a great stability and guarantees positioning quality over time. BORA s excellent features make it adequate for the most demanding optical applications. Its dimensions enable its integration in a limited space, to position a mirror for example. The hexapod comes with its controller and an ergonomic software program developed by SYMETRIE, which enables to quickly learn how to use it and to easily configure the rotation centre. A hexapod, which is a parallel mechanical system with 6 degrees of freedom, has several advantages compared to usual stacking stages: the setting is more intuitive and faster, there is higher accuracy due to non-cumulative joint error, higher payload to weight ratio, since the payload is supported by several legs in parallel, and higher structural rigidit

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10 May 2016: SURES M2 Mirror Positioning Hexapod

Symétrie

SYMETRIE, specialist in metrology and positioning, developed a precision positioning hexapod named SURES to adjust and align M2 mirrors on ground-based telescopes for example. Telescopes are more and more powerful in order to see further and more accurately. Optical performances have been improved. As a consequence, telescopes manufacturers are looking after improved mirror positioning performances. SURES hexapod can position a 500 kg payload with a 0.2 um resolution with 6 degrees of freedom. Its mechanical structure guarantees high stiffness and repeatability. SURES hexapod is able to work in a wide operating temperature range and is easy to control thanks to dedicated software with an ergonomic graphical user interface.

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15 April 2016: Soft X-Ray Filter for Princeton Instruments’ PI-MTE Camera

Luxel Corporation

Luxel provides 100nm Parlyene/ 100nm Aluminum standard filters that fits into Princeton Instrument s PI-MTE X-ray imaging systems. With a 32mm x 32mm aperture, the filters offer high soft x-ray transmission and excellent visible light rejection. The vented filters are durable for normal vacuum system operation. Filters are currently installed and operating in these camera systems throughout the world. PI s smallest scientific high-sensitivity, thermoelectrically cooled PI-MTE camera systems are designed to operate inside a vacuum chamber to -50 0C temp without any interruptions and contain a special back-illuminated CCD without anti-reflection coating. The PI-MTE can directly detect ultra-low energy X-rays (< 30 eV) and deliver 16-bit dynamic range. Please inquire for more information. PI-MTE is used in beamline system for performing static and time-resolved coherent diffraction imaging experiments. Key Features and Benefits In-vacuum operation Direct Soft X-ray Imaging (<30 eV to ~ 10 keV) Back-illuminated CCD without AR coating 2048 x 2048 pixel CCD camera with 27.6 x 27.6 mm image High-sensitivity, high-dynamic range Thermoelectric cooling USB interface

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8 April 2016: MaxiBlack™ - Ultra-black coated polymer foil

ACM Coatings GmbH

MaxiBlack combines the unique properties of the ultra-black Acktar coating technology with the advantages of a black-dyed polymer film. Of course, the coating has the well-known excellent low reflectance values in a wide wavelength range from UV-VIS-IR. AcktarBlack coatings are the Gold standard in space and other demanding high-end-applications and are now available for mass produced optical applications. Applications: Straylight suppression in optical systems, like: portable devices, cell phone cameras, automotive applications, sensors and detectors, measuring devices, pyrometers, spectrometers About ACM Coatings GmbH: ACM ist the German subsidiary of Acktar Ltd. (Israel) and its production and sales partner in Germany and Europe. Acktar Ltd. is the world leader in ultra-black, light absorbing coatings and materials. Our deep black, light absorbing coatings and foils work in a broad wavelength range from UV thru VIS to IR. Main application fields for those ultra-black coatings are straylight suppression, Laser power absorption and high-emissivity coatings in the wide field of technical optics and photonics. We serve industries like aerospace, lasers, industrial optics, sensors, medical, biotechnology and life sciences, industrial imaging.

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8 April 2016: C-RED One - The world's fastest low-noise infrared e-APD camera

First Light Imaging

The recent discovery of electron initiated avalanche photodiodes (e-APD) using mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) semiconductor materials permitted a signi?cant breakthrough in short wave (1-2.5 m) infrared imaging. These diodes have an avalanche gain of up to 100 with an excess noise factor near 1, showing that the avalanche process is quasi deterministic. The hybridization of 320x256 e-APD arrays on silicon read-out circuitry permits to build imagers with fast readout rates (in the kHz range) while having at the same time a subelectron readout noise , which is a major improvement compared to previous infrared imaging technologies. The technology used to manufacture e-APDs is similar to the one used for standard HgCdTe diodes with a 100% ?ll factor, therefore a high quantum ef?ciency (typically QE=70-75 %) is maintained. Today first Light imaging makes this technology available to everybody : C-RED One, the new Infrared (SWIR) camera developed by First Light Imaging, is the fastest low noise camera in the world :3507 images per second, with a sub-electron read out noise. C-RED One is using a revolutionary 320 256 pixels HgCdTe e-APD (Avalanche Photodiodes) sensor with 24 m pixel pitch. The sensor cutoff wavelength is 2.5 m and it allows sub-electron readout noise, taking advantage of the e-APD noise-free multiplication gain and non-destructive readout ability. C-RED One is also capable of multiple regions of interest (ROI) readout allowing faster image rate (10 s of KHz) while maintaining unprecedented subelectron readout noise. Its high-reliability cooling system makes C-RED One totally autonomous and free of any complex cryogenics instrumentation. With its short wave infrared wavelength coverage from 0.8 to 2.5 microns and unprecedented performances, C-RED One can make the invisible visible. More information about C-RED One : http://www.first-light.fr/c-red-one-project/

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14 March 2016: HNU EMCCD camera with highest SNR for improved photon counting imaging

Nuvu Cameras Inc.

HNU cameras offer the EMCCD thermoelectric temperature control down to -90 C accurate to the nearest 0.01 C, to attain the lowest background noise for the very best performance in low light imaging via air or liquid cooling. Designed with smart integration features, the compact sized scientific grade camera can effectively take on the most demanding low light applications requiring high speed ultra sensitive imaging.

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7 March 2016: Steep-Edge Longpass Filters

Andover Corporation

Our steep-edge long pass filters employ magnetron sputtered hard oxide coatings to yield deep rejection and a sharp transition to very high transmission. The coatings are deposited on precision polished Fused Silica substrates, and do not employ any absorbing filter glasses, making them suitable for high-temperature applications.

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