Electro-optics Brief

Sept. 1, 2009
Premier Electronics Ltd. in Hoddesdon, England, is introducing the Hurricane security infrared camera for digital video surveillance.

Thermal cameras for digital video surveillance offered by Premier Electronics

Premier Electronics Ltd. in Hoddesdon, England, is introducing the Hurricane security infrared camera for digital video surveillance. The new offering combines microbolometric thermal viewer night-vision technology with a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera for daytime vision in one bore-sighted unit. This uncooled surveillance CCD camera with infrared detector system collects light in the 8- to 12-micron spectral band to penetrate through smoke, smog, dust, and water vapor. These thermal cameras are for monitoring sensitive locations or observing potential trouble spots in applications involving perimeter surveillance of military bases, national borders, airport boundaries, pipelines, oil terminals, power stations, communications transmitters, prisons, and other sensitive sites.

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The Hurricane camera can be pole-, PZT-, or vehicle-mounted for security operations; the unit can detect a human at night from a mile and a half away. These systems are small and lightweight, use relatively low power, and have a long MTBF. The cameras operate in temperatures from -30 to 50 degrees Celsius. The FCB-EX980 camera combines a 26-times zoom and Auto ICR capability with a 1/4-type EXView HAD CCD for high sensitivity in low-light environments. The FCB-EX980 camera has a 26x lens that is “tele-shifted” toward the telephoto end of the zoom range. Camera control is via RS422, VISCA protocol 9.6, 19.2, 38.4 kilobits per second, stop bit, 14 bit. For more information, visit Premier Electronics online at www.premierelect.co.uk.

RPMC delivers mil-spec military laser for lidar, laser designator, and other harsh-environment uses

RPMC Lasers Inc. in O’Fallon, Mo., is introducing mil-spec, diode-pumped lasers for lidar, laser radar, laser designator, and other harsh-environment military laser applications.

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RPMC’s family of mil-spec, diode-pumped, conduction-cooled, compact, efficient lasers for harsh military environments are eye-safe, operate at a wavelength of 1064 nanometers or harmonic wavelengths, and can operate at 3 micron output to 1000 Hz output. For additional information, visit RPMC online at www.rpmclasers.com.

Coherent introduces modular diode laser system with 400 watts of power

Coherent Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., is introducing the turnkey HB-Diode laser system with output power as strong as to 400 watts at 976 nanometers. The laser system can be configured with between one and four 100-watt, 200-micron diode modules. The output from each diode module can then be fiber-delivered individually or combined into one, 0.22 NA fiber-laser delivery.

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The resulting output is either 100, 200, 300, or 400 watts, at fiber diameters of 200, 400, 600, or 800 microns, respectively. The system comes in a 19-inch rackmount form factor with armored fiber, air cooling, aiming beam, and a selection of fiber imaging optics. The HB-Diode system is for plastics welding in microelectronics, medical, and automotive applications, as well as for soldering electronics and solar cell panels. For more information, visit Coherent online at www.coherent.com.

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