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  • Sensors Unlimited Introduces Fastest SWIR 2048-Pixel Line Scan Camera to Support Medical Diagnosis

    Sensors Unlimited Inc., a division of UTC Aerospace Systems, has introduced its fastest 2048 pixel shortwave infrared (SWIR) InGaAs line scan camera to aid in the detection and diagnosis of multiple eye conditions, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and corneal disease. The GL2048R camera is specially designed for applications in spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), making it ideal for imaging the retina and choroid, the blood vessel below the retina.


    The speed of this new SWIR camera allows the entire front of the eye – from the top of the cornea through to the bottom of the lens – to literally be imaged in the blink of an eye. Developed to feature the smallest pixel pitch available for the SWIR wavelength range, the GL2048R easily fits with other optical equipment used in these applications.

    The new, higher speed GL2048R camera minimises motion blur and lessens patients’ discomfort, while giving physicians the largest field of view possible and the ability to measure blood flow inside the larger vessels of the eye. The camera helps eye surgeons measure corneal thickness, scar tissue and lens dimensions before operating.

    UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defence industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

    To speak with a Sales & Applications Engineer please call 01582 764334 or click here to email.

  • New Non ITAR Micro-SWIR 640CSX Camera

    Sensors Unlimited Inc., a division of UTC Aerospace Systems, responds to customer needs with the introduction of the Sensors Unlimited Micro-SWIR™ 640CSX Camera, the latest in its line of exportable high performance short wave infrared (SWIR) cameras.  The lightweight, rugged camera provides customers with an opportunity to get the size, weight, power and capability of a Sensors Unlimited MicroSWIR™ camera at a very affordable price, and without ITAR export restrictions.

    The camera’s compact size and low power draw are ideally suited for integration into commercial systems and industrial process monitoring applications. The low-light to daytime imager offers a digital output of 30 or 60 frames per second full frame rate and is available with optional Near Infrared (NIR)/SWIR  wavelength response to extend the sensitivity of the 640CSX.

    “Our commercial customers have been asking for more affordable, small SWIR imagers,” said Bob Jones, Director of Sales for Sensors Unlimited. “Within the last eight months we have responded by releasing two new cameras. This 640CSX joins the previously-launched 320CSX, giving our customers options to choose from based on their specific application needs.”

    On the front end, the 640CSX offers an industry standard C-mount lens interface, which allows customers to select a myriad of commercial-off-the-shelf lens options. On the backend, the Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) camera offers a Camera Link ® digital output providing for plug-and-play video with 12-bit images for digital image processing or transmission.  At its core, the 640CSX camera provides VGA resolution (640x512 pixels, 12.5µm pixel pitch), weighs less than 45 grams, measures 1.25 inches on each side, uses less than 1.5 W of power at 20°C, operates from -40 to 70°C case temperatures, and provides a range of features to optimise imagery in a wide variety of lighting conditions.

    Like all members of the MicroSWIR™ product family, the 640CSX was built for rugged operation and includes the assurance of MIL-STD-810G environmental testing.

    UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defence industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

    To speak with a Sales & Applications Engineer please call 01582 764334 or click here to email.

  • New design for interference microscopy lenses wins Rudolf Kingslake Medal

    Optical Engineering article reports how Zygo pair extend range of applications for flexible microscope platforms to larger fields of view.

    Two researchers from Zygo Corporation have been awarded the Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize for 2016. The award is presented annually for the most noteworthy original paper in Optical Engineering, published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics (and publisher of

    Zygo, based in Middlefield, CT, USA, is a leading developer of advanced optical metrology systems and ultra-precise optical components and assemblies.

    Peter de Groot and James Biegen are the authors of Interference microscope objectives for wide-field areal surface topography measurements. The award will be presented at a banquet during the SPIE Optics and Photonics conference in San Diego, California, in August, 2017.

    Precision manufacturing

    From the fabrication of diesel fuel injectors to patterned semiconductor wafers, surface metrology on the microscopic scale is an essential step in the precision manufacturing and production of many modern products.

    To increase the field of view on current state-of-the-art microscopes for interferometry, multiple obstacles must be addressed, including the size, weight, and form factor of classical interference objectives.

    The researchers propose a type of low-magnification interference objective that extends the range of application for flexible microscope platforms to larger fields of view. In the Optical Engineering article, they stated, "The objective comprises a beam splitter plate and a partially-transparent reference mirror arranged coaxially with the objective lens system. The coaxial plates are slightly tilted to direct unwanted reflections outside of the imaging pupil aperture, providing high fringe contrast with spatially extended white-light illumination."

    The study presents two separate designs; a turret-mountable 1.4x magnification objective parfocal with high-magnification objectives up to 100×, and a dovetail mount 0.5x objective with a 34x34  mm field. The scientists say that these designs are “a practical alternative to the classical Michelson and Mirau type objectives, which have been the standard objectives for most of the history of surface topography interference microscopy.”

    For more details on Zygo Optical Profilers click here.

    About the winners

    Peter de Groot is the Executive Director of R&D at Zygo. His research focuses on optical metrology for form, texture, part dimensions, and position. He has published over 140 technical papers, tutorials, and book chapters in the fields of physics, interferometry, stage motion measurement, and international metrology standards. His research has led to 130 US patents for optical instruments. He is an SPIE fellow and active contributor in the optics community.

    James Biegen is a Senior Technical staff member at Zygo, specialising in the optical design of advanced metrology instrumentation. His interests range from laser Fizeau interferometry to interference microscopy, covering the complete product development cycle from applied research to manufacturing engineering. His contributions include physical optics modelling and the invention of high-precision interference objectives for both laser and white-light illumination. His work is highlighted in multiple U.S. patents and peer-reviewed journal articles.


  • XIMEA releases new camera models with Sony CMOS sensors and USB3

    XIMEA, the innovator of small size and high speed cameras, has released more models with Sony CMOS Pregius™sensors and USB3 Vision.

    It started with models based on IMX174, IMX252 and IMX250, and now XIMEA has made accessible to the general public the first units with Sony CMOS IMX255 sensor providing 8.9 Mpix at 43 Fps - MC089MG-SY / MC089CG-SY, as well as cameras using the Sony IMX253 sensor with 12.4 Mpix at 31 Fps - MC124MG-SY / MC124CG-SY. These newcomers are part of the xiC line of cameras enhanced with the ever popular USB3 interface.

    All Sony’s models from the IMX family based on the Pregius™ technology have Global shutter and are able to supply 8, 10 or 12 bit high quality pictures with the Dynamic range higher than 70 dB, extraordinarily low noise, exceptional light sensitivity and remarkable colour reproduction, at a speed much higher than Sony CCD equivalents.

    To leverage the impressive image quality of the newest Sony sensors and their high speed using USB3, XIMEA has cast these ingredients into an extra small form factor housing, measuring only 26x26x33 mm and weighing just 38 grams. Power requirements are as low as 3 Watt which allows the cameras to be bus powered directly through the USB3 cable.

    The interface is specified as “USB 3.1 Gen 1” and there is no practical difference from the well-known USB 3.0, still ensuring a high bandwidth of 5 Gbit/s. XIMEA offers various types of connectors - the default being standard USB 3.0 Micro-B, but it is also possible to supply camera variations with the new USB Type-C or Flex line connector ideal for embedded vision systems.

    Free of charge, the XIMEA API/SDK supports Windows, Linux, Mac OSX and the most popular Machine Vision Libraries including MVTec Halcon, National Instruments Labview, OpenCV and Mathworks Matlab. An interesting option is a combination these miniature cameras with Linux ARM boards to further enhance the mobility of the overall system package.

    Next level of speed, unbeatable form factor, attractive price, compatibility and customisability make XIMEA USB3 Vision cameras stand out from the crowd and will also make your applications shine.

    For further information please contact one of our Machine Vision sales/applications engineers on 01582 764334 or click here to email.

  • Zygo Trade-ins & Upgrades Special Offer for used Metrology Systems

    There is no better time to trade in your older metrology equipment for a new state-of-the-art system from ZYGO, or upgrade your current system to increase its capabilities and extend its service life. ZYGO's current products include advanced technology, hardware enhancements, and current generation software and computer platform providing the highest value, reliability and metrology capabilities available today, while lowering your overall cost-of-ownership.

    Click here for more information.

  • Lambda Photometrics partners with Keysight Technologies UK

    Lambda, a leading distributor and service provider of test and measurement equipment, today announces the signing of a distribution agreement with Keysight UK to supply Keysight’s comprehensive range of test and measurement products and semiconductor test solutions to customers across the UK.

    As part of the agreement, Lambda will sell, support and maintain stock of a comprehensive range of Keysight products, for electronics manufacturers, high performance production testing, product development, fundamental research and teaching labs, included are:

    • Oscilloscopes with compliance and debugging software. Bandwidths from 50MHz to 1.5GHz with 5GSa/s sample rates.
    • Low level measurement and sourcing, including femto, picometer, electrometer and high resistance meters
    • High performance DC Power Supplies, AC Power Sources and Electronic Loads
    • BenchVue software for design and validation work
    • Digital Multimeters and Data acquisition products
    • Waveform generators and Frequency Counters
    • Source and measure units, SMU products
    • Semiconductor and materials test systems
    • Hand held instruments including: DMM’s, Insulation Resistance meters, Clamp Meters and Thermal imagers.

    New Keysight products now available are:

    • Ultra-Low cost oscilloscopes from 50-100MHz. The InfiniiVision 1000 X-Series uses Keysight’s unique MegaZoom IV custom ASIC technology, which enables a high 50,000 waveforms per second update rate. This makes it easier to see random and infrequent glitches and anomalies that similarly-priced oscilloscopes might miss. The 1000 X-Series also has a high sampling rate of up to 2 GSa/s and comes as standard, with two probes.
    • The Model B2900A series source measure units (SMU’s) provide best-in-class performance for a modest price. They have broad voltage (210V) and current (3A DC and 10.5A pulsed) sourcing capability, excellent precision (minimum 10fA/100nV sourcing and measuring resolution) and possess a superior colour LCD graphical user interface. In addition, several task-based viewing modes dramatically improve productivity for test, debug and characterisation.
    • BenchVue software for the PC reinvents your bench testing by making it simple to connect and record results from your instruments with no programming. You will derive answers faster than ever by easily viewing, logging and exporting measurement data and screen images with a few clicks from a single environment. Use BenchVue to: – Visualise multiple measurements simultaneously – Easily log data, screen images and system state – Recall past state of your bench to replicate results.

    Ian Ramsay, Lambda’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted that Keysight have chosen to work with us in the UK.  Their name and products significantly enhance our portfolio and can only be of benefit to our customers.  We are all excited about this opportunity and are looking forward to working with the Keysight team”.

    Martin Dinmore, Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland at Keysight, added: “We were really impressed with the technical expertise and customer focused setup at Lambda. Their strong understanding of our products and  customers’ applications will provide an excellent complement to Keysight’s existing sales infrastructure.  I’m delighted to welcome Lambda on board”.

    For further information, please contact Lambda at 01582 764 334 or


    About Lambda Photometrics

    Lambda Photometrics Ltd ( is a leading supplier of test and measurement equipment, for the characterisation, measurement and analysis of materials and devices. Celebrating 40 years of sales and support in the UK and Ireland, Lambda staff pride themselves on understanding customers applications and providing excellent communication, support and advice.

    About Keysight Technologies

    Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) helps customers bring breakthrough electronic products and systems to market faster and at a lower cost. Keysight’s solutions go where the electronic signal goes, from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in the network. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, internet infrastructure, aerospace & defence, automotive, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of $2.9B in fiscal year 2016. More information is available at

  • Onefive releases a new 100W picosecond laser, the Genki – 10 XP, for advanced material processing

    Lambda Photometrics are pleased to announce release of the new Genki – 10 XP picosecond laser from Onefive GmbH, featuring 100W output power in a new and compact package for optimal and cost-effective workstation integration.

    The Genki – 10 XP platform further advances the industrialisation of high energy and high power picosecond lasers. Based on Onefive’s ultra-stable Genki seed laser, this new laser provides clean pulses shorter than 10 ps, which is an optimal pulse duration for many micromachining applications. To satisfy the increasing demand for picosecond laser workstations, the Genki – 10 XP has been optimised to provide up to 100 W of average power and 300 μJ pulse energy at the industry-standard wavelength of 1064 nm. Wavelength conversion options are available for 532nm and 355nm. Pulse repetition rates from single-shot up to 80 MHz can be achieved, together with burst-mode operation, and this laser can also be tailored to work at lower repetition rates with even higher pulse energies.

    The Genki – 10 XP has been designed to provide the simplest and most cost-effective possible system integration. It is an all-in-one design containing seed laser, amplifier and driving/timing electronics in one box. The laser can be completely controlled by RS232 offering full remote control capability. It offers excellent pointing stability and is maintenance-free.

    Picosecond laser-based micromachining and industrial production is proven to have several advantages for quality control, high-precision, and lack of post production needs. Nevertheless high-power pulsed lasers remain expensive and complex for many standard industrial processes. The Genki – 10 XP has been developed to remove these constraints offering a compact, cost-effective and long lasting product. It has been especially designed for micro-machining and several other industrial applications, and was shown for the first time at Photonics West 2017 in San Francisco.

    Click here for more information. To speak with a Sales & Applications Engineer please call 01582 764334 or click here to email.

  • EssentOptics shows its PHOTON RT at coming PhotonicsWest 2017

    EssentOptics has prepared its trend-setting PHOTON RT scanning spectrophotometer for display at coming PhotonicsWest 2017 Show (German Pavilion, booth #4629. January 31 – February 2, 2017, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA).

    PHOTON RT spectrophotometers are the only instruments on the market designed for coating experts. The feature-rich instrument is focused on the one and only application – measurement of thin film optics. No “biochem” software features are inside. No bulky fixtures or attachments are needed any more. And no more days-long measurements. Each software and hardware element is carefully tailored for fast and accurate measurement of transmittance or absolute specular reflectance of thin films, seamlessly from UV to Mid-wave Infrared, from 0 to 75 degrees angle of incidence, and from S to P polarisation. This is what PHOTON RT instruments are all about - boldly offering capabilities no one has ever had before to enable groundbreaking coatings.

    Visit EssentOptics at PhotonicsWest. Let’s talk your coatings!

    Click here for further PHOTON RT information


  • Phenom-World introduces unique 6-axes Eucentric Sample Holder for desktop SEM

    Phenom-World announces a Eucentric Sample Holder with a 6-axes sub-stage for eucentric tilting and compucentric rotation. The stage is designed for use in the Phenom XL Desktop SEM and allows users to move samples around easily without losing sight of the sample detail.

    eucentricsampleholderA eucentric stage is typically an expensive option on large ‘floor model’ SEMs. This product changes all of that,” explains Emile Asselbergs, CEO of Phenom-World. “It’s easy to operate, it offers good value-for money, and you do not need a 1-week upgrade. Also, safety is guaranteed by a clever design and state-of-the-art algorithms instead of the traditional optical cameras and touch-sensors.”

    Exceptional stage performance

    The sub-stage is fully integrated into a regular Phenom XL sample holder, so it can be simply loaded or unloaded within 1 minute. The Eucentric Sample Holder features 4 motorised axes that allow the user to freely tilt, rotate and shift the sample, in combination with the 2 motorised axes on the main stage. The stage performance is also exceptional; samples can be tilted up to angles of 90 degrees and then still be shifted, a feature never seen before on a desktop SEM.

    The stage in the Eucentric Sample Holder is controlled via a state-of-the-art user-interface that features a real-time 3D visualisation module. It shows the actual sample position and orientation at all times, from any position the user chooses. The software also includes fully integrated anti-collision algorithms that allow worry-free operation of the stage by keeping both sample and SEM safe.

    Emile Asselbergs is delighted that Phenom-World has been able to satisfy demand for this ground-breaking solution. “This new holder clearly shows our commitment to innovation. Innovation that makes our customer’s jobs easier so they can achieve their goals faster. It also demonstrates that desktop SEMs are ever more becoming high-end equipment.”

    pdficonEucentric Sample Holder Datasheet




  • New partnership with Xiton Photonics GmbH

    Datenblatt-Impress224.cdrLambda Photometrics are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership to promote Xiton Photonics GmbH products in the UK & Ireland. For more than 10 years Xiton Photonics GmbH has been producing high-quality, DPSS lasers with a core expertise in nonlinear optical conversion that has enabled Xiton to develop lasers with deep ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths of 224, 213 & 193nm with ultra-low maintenance costs. In addition, Xiton also offer nanosecond & picoseond pulsewidth lasers with unique wavelengths of 1342, 671 & 447nm for applications such as flat panel display repair and thin film patterning. Xiton also manufacture the SLM series, which are single longitudinal mode, solid state lasers with the deep UV wavelength and long coherence length ideally suited to fibre Bragg grating (FBG) fabrication.

    xiton_uv_slm Xiton Photonics Laser Systems. Tailored to satisfy your needs.

    The considerable knowledge at Xiton in laser manufacture and non-linear harmonic conversion is well-aligned with Lambda’s expertise in UV technologies with products including the Xenon Corp pulsed light sources, LASOS CW UV lasers, Opotek tunable wavelength OPO’s, B&W Tek xenon light sources and SRS nitrogen lasers. This appointment maintains Lambda Photometrics’ position as the leading supplier of deep UV lasers and light sources in the UK & Ireland.

    Click here for more information or to speak with a Sales & Applications Engineer please call 01582 764334 or click here to email.

    This appointment consolidates Lambda Photometrics Ltd. position as the leading UK Distributor of Characterisation, Measurement and Analysis solutions with particular expertise in Instrumentation, Laser and Light based products, Optics, Electro-optic Testing, Spectroscopy, Machine Vision, Optical Metrology, Fibre Optics, Microscopy and Pulsed Xenon Light Systems.

    Lambda Photometrics – the deep UV specialists.

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