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Sample records for focal length optics

  1. Sighting optics including an optical element having a first focal length and a second focal length

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    Crandall, David Lynn

    2011-08-01

    One embodiment of sighting optics according to the teachings provided herein may include a front sight and a rear sight positioned in spaced-apart relation. The rear sight includes an optical element having a first focal length and a second focal length. The first focal length is selected so that it is about equal to a distance separating the optical element and the front sight and the second focal length is selected so that it is about equal to a target distance. The optical element thus brings into simultaneous focus, for a user, images of the front sight and the target.

  2. Sighting optics including an optical element having a first focal length and a second focal length and methods for sighting

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    Crandall, David Lynn

    2011-08-16

    Sighting optics include a front sight and a rear sight positioned in a spaced-apart relation. The rear sight includes an optical element having a first focal length and a second focal length. The first focal length is selected so that it is about equal to a distance separating the optical element and the front sight and the second focal length is selected so that it is about equal to a target distance. The optical element thus brings into simultaneous focus for a user images of the front sight and the target.

  3. Design of a variable-focal-length optical system

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    Ricks, D.; Shannon, R. R.

    1984-01-01

    Requirements to place an entire optical system with a variable focal length ranging from 20 to 200 cm within a overall length somewhat less than 100 cm placed severe restrictions on the design of a zoom lens suitable for use on a comet explorer. The requirements of a wavelength range of 0.4 to 1.0 microns produced even greater limitations on the possibilities for a design that included a catadioptric (using mirrors and glass) front and followed by a zooming refractive portion. Capabilities available commercial zoom lenses as well as patents of optical systems are reviewed. Preliminary designs of the refractive optics zoom lens and the catadioptric system are presented and evaluated. Of the two, the latter probably has the best chance of success, so long as the shortest focal lengths are not really needed.

  4. Analysis of factors important for measurements of focal length of optical systems

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    Pokorný, P.; Opat, J.; Mikš, A.; Novák, J.; Novák, P.

    2015-09-01

    A focal length is a basic optical characteristic of an optical system. Thus, it is important to be able to measure this value for a given optical system very accurately in practice. At present there exist various physical principles of the focal length measurement which can achieve a different measurement accuracy. In our work we analyse several methods of measurement of the focal length with respect to factors, which are important for a measurement accuracy. The analysis is performed on examples.

  5. Variable focal length microlenses

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    L. G., Commander; Day, S. E.; Selviah, D. R.

    2000-04-01

    Refractive surface relief microlenses (150 ?m diameter) are immersed in nematic liquid crystal in a cell. Application of a variable voltage across the cell effectively varies the refractive index of the liquid crystal and results in a change of the focal length by the lensmakers formula (E. Hecht, Optics, 2nd edn., Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, 1987, p. 138). We describe the cell design and construction and demonstrate a range of focal lengths from +490 to +1000 ?m for 2 to 12 V applied. A diverging lens results when the voltage is lower. Theoretical models are developed to account for some of the observed aberrations.

  6. Thin waveplate lenses of switchable focal length--new generation in optics.

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    Tabiryan, Nelson V; Serak, Svetlana V; Roberts, David E; Steeves, Diane M; Kimball, Brian R

    2015-10-01

    We present new lenses - waveplate lenses created in liquid crystal and liquid crystal polymer materials. Using an electrically-switchable liquid-crystal half-wave retarder we realized switching between focused and defocused beams by the waveplate lens. A combination of two such lenses allowed the collimation of a laser beam as well as the change of focal length of optical system. PMID:26480092

  7. Continuously variable focal length lens

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    Adams, Bernhard W; Chollet, Matthieu C

    2013-12-17

    A material preferably in crystal form having a low atomic number such as beryllium (Z=4) provides for the focusing of x-rays in a continuously variable manner. The material is provided with plural spaced curvilinear, optically matched slots and/or recesses through which an x-ray beam is directed. The focal length of the material may be decreased or increased by increasing or decreasing, respectively, the number of slots (or recesses) through which the x-ray beam is directed, while fine tuning of the focal length is accomplished by rotation of the material so as to change the path length of the x-ray beam through the aligned cylindrical slows. X-ray analysis of a fixed point in a solid material may be performed by scanning the energy of the x-ray beam while rotating the material to maintain the beam's focal point at a fixed point in the specimen undergoing analysis.

  8. Optical system design of solar-blind UV target simulator with long focal length

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    Chen, Yu; Huo, Furong; Zheng, Liqin

    2014-11-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation of 200nm-300nm waveband from the sun is absorbed by atmosphere, which is often referred to the solar-blind region of the solar spectrum. Solar-blind characteristics of this waveband have important application value, especially in military fields. The application of solar-blind waveband has developed very rapidly, which is receiving more and more attention. Sometimes, to test the performance of a UV optical system, a standard solar-blind UV target simulator is needed as the UV light source. In this paper, an optical system of a solar-blind UV target simulator is designed with waveband 240nm-280nm. To simulate a far UV target, the focal length of this UV optical system needs to be long. Besides, different field of view (FOV) of the system should meet aplanatic condition. The optional materials are very few for UV optical systems, in which only CaF2 and JGS1 are commonly used. Various aberrations are difficult to be corrected. To save production cost and enhance the precision of fabrication and test, aspheric surfaces and binary elements are not adopted in the system. Moreover, doublet or triplet cannot be used in UV optical system considering possible cracking for different thermal expansion coefficients of different materials. After optimization, the system is composed of 4 lenses with focal length 500mm. MTF curves of different FOV coincide together. The maximum RMS radius of the optimized system has almost the same size as Airy disk, which proves the good image quality after system optimization. The aplanatic condition is met very well in this system. In the spot diagram, root mean square (RMS) radius changes from 3 microns to 3.6 microns, which has similar size with Airy disk and meets aplanatic condition very well. This optical system of solar-blind UV target simulator also has relatively loose tolerance data, which can prove the system is designed in an optimal state.

  9. Compact optical imaging system for star tracker with long focal length and perfect thermal adaptability

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    Ji, Yiqun; Shi, Rongbao; He, Hucheng; Xu, Li; Liu, Xuxia; Jin, Yangming; Shen, Weimin

    2012-11-01

    A star tracker optical imaging system is designed for Polaris detection. System parameters determination and its configuration chosen method are given. Based on Macsutov-Cassegrain configuration, the system is designed imagery tele-centric. It works at 0.6?m~1.1?m waveband and the view field is 0.5 degree. The tube length of the system is 80mm, which is only 8 percent of its focal length. Its MTF reaches diffraction limit and the spot diagrams are quit near a circle. About 80% of the energy is encircled in a CCD pixel. And the distortion is less than 1%. Moreover, it has a perfect thermal adaptability from -40 to 60.

  10. The effect of the aero optic's additional focal length on the airborne platform laser communication

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    Hu, Yuan; Gao, Tianyuan; Cheng, Dewen; Tong, Shoufeng; Jiang, Huilin

    2015-05-01

    The aero optics effects caused by high speed flight may have a serious impact on the performance of space laser communication systems. In the field of space laser communication technology engineering and its practical application, this is a research problem that is highly significant. For the complex flow field that is generated by the interaction between the aircraft surface and air, the aero optics effects are usually divided into two parts, namely, laminar flow and turbulent flow. This paper discusses the principle of how the aero optics effect causes the image of the space laser communication optical system to blur and leads to a dispersed spot. The research focuses on the additional focal length (AFL) effect caused by the laminar flow field, a simulation analysis of the relationship between the flight altitude, speed, window shape and the system performance, and provides solutions to the defocus phenomenon that has been observed in airborne tests. Finally it is hoped that the paper can provide a solution that effectively compensates for the AFL effect on laser communication optical systems, and improves the communication between aircrafts.

  11. Variable focal length deformable mirror

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    Headley, Daniel (Albuquerque, NM); Ramsey, Marc (Albuquerque, NM); Schwarz, Jens (Albuquerque, NM)

    2007-06-12

    A variable focal length deformable mirror has an inner ring and an outer ring that simply support and push axially on opposite sides of a mirror plate. The resulting variable clamping force deforms the mirror plate to provide a parabolic mirror shape. The rings are parallel planar sections of a single paraboloid and can provide an on-axis focus, if the rings are circular, or an off-axis focus, if the rings are elliptical. The focal length of the deformable mirror can be varied by changing the variable clamping force. The deformable mirror can generally be used in any application requiring the focusing or defocusing of light, including with both coherent and incoherent light sources.

  12. Microlenses with focal length controlled by chemical processes

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    Muric, B. D.; Panic, B. M.

    2012-05-01

    The influence of chemical processing on the optical properties of microlenses formed on a gelatin-sensitized layer was investigated. The gelatin is sensitized with tot'hema and eosin, irradiated with a Gaussian profile laser beam and subsequently chemically processed. Microlenses with a focal length of 400??m were obtained after alcohol processing. Additionally, focal lengths could be controlled by varying the alum concentration, and lenses with focal length up to 1.2?mm were obtained. The microlenses become stable after alum processing. Their optical properties remain unchanged.

  13. Application of Newton's method to determine the focal length of lenses using a lateral shearing interferometer and cyclic path optical configuration setup

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    Kumar, Y. Pavan; Chatterjee, Sanjib

    2010-05-01

    We present a technique for the focal length measurement of lenses applying Newton's method, using a cyclic path optical configuration (CPOC) and a wedge shear plate (WSP). Two point sources of orthogonal linearly polarized light waves that have a known longitudinal separation between them are generated using CPOC. Selecting a particular state of polarization (s or p), the corresponding point source is made to coincide with the back focal point of the test lens (TL). The collimation of the output beam from TL is tested using the WSP. With a change in the state of polarization, a spherical wavefront would emerge from TL because the corresponding point source is situated slightly away from the focal plane of TL. The radius of curvature of the emerging spherical wavefront from TL approximated as image distance is evaluated by analyzing the shear fringes produced by WSP. Appropriate formulae for the determination of the focal length of TL, from the image distance and known longitudinal separation between the sources, are derived using Newton's method. Results obtained for a positive doublet lens of nominal focal length of 500.0 mm is presented.

  14. Crystal diffraction lens with variable focal length

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    Smither, R.K.

    1991-04-02

    A method and apparatus for altering the focal length of a focusing element of one of a plurality of pre-determined focal lengths by changing heat transfer within selected portions of the element by controlled quantities is disclosed. Control over heat transfer is accomplished by manipulating one or more of a number of variables, including: the amount of heat or cold applied to surfaces; type of fluids pumped through channels for heating and cooling; temperatures, directions of flow and rates of flow of fluids; and placement of channels. 19 figures.

  15. Design and fabrication of long focal length microlens arrays

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    Hsieh, Hsin-Ta; Lin, Vinna; Hsieh, Jo-Lan; Su, Guo-Dung John

    2011-10-01

    In this paper, we present microlens arrays (MLA) with long focal length (in millimeter range) based on thermal reflow process. The focal length of microlens is usually in the same order of lens diameter or several hundred microns. To extend focal length, we made a photoresist (SU-8) MLA covered by a Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) film on a glass substrate. Because the refractive index difference between PDMS and photoresist interface is lower than that of air and MLA interface, light is less bended when passing through MLA and is focused at longer distance. Microlenses of diameters from 50 ?m to 240 ?m were successfully fabricated. The longest focal length was 2.1 mm from the microlens of 240 ?m diameter. The numerical aperture (NA) was reduced 0.06, which is much lower than the smallest NA (~ 0.15) by regular thermal reflow processes. Cured PDMS has high transmittance and becomes parts of MLA without too much optical power loss. Besides, other focal lengths can be realized by modifying the refractive index different between two adjacent materials as described in this paper.

  16. Optofluidic lens with tunable focal length and asphericity

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    Mishra, Kartikeya; Murade, Chandrashekhar; Carreel, Bruno; Roghair, Ivo; Oh, Jung Min; Manukyan, Gor; van den Ende, Dirk; Mugele, Frieder

    2014-01-01

    Adaptive micro-lenses enable the design of very compact optical systems with tunable imaging properties. Conventional adaptive micro-lenses suffer from substantial spherical aberration that compromises the optical performance of the system. Here, we introduce a novel concept of liquid micro-lenses with superior imaging performance that allows for simultaneous and independent tuning of both focal length and asphericity. This is achieved by varying both hydrostatic pressures and electric fields to control the shape of the refracting interface between an electrically conductive lens fluid and a non-conductive ambient fluid. Continuous variation from spherical interfaces at zero electric field to hyperbolic ones with variable ellipticity for finite fields gives access to lenses with positive, zero, and negative spherical aberration (while the focal length can be tuned via the hydrostatic pressure). PMID:25224851

  17. Focal lengths of Venus Monitoring Camera from limb locations

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    Limaye, Sanjay S.; Markiewicz, W. J.; Krauss, R.; Ignatiev, N.; Roatsch, T.; Matz, K. D.

    2015-08-01

    The Venus Monitoring Camera (VMC) carried by European Space Agency's Venus Express orbiter (Svedhem et al., 2007) consists of four optical units, each with a separate filter casting an image on a single CCD (Markiewicz et al., 2007a, 2007b). The desire to capture as much of the planet in a single frame during the spacecraft's 24 h, 0.84 eccentricity orbit led to optics with 18 field of view. Analysis of Venus images obtained by the VMC indicated that the computed limb radius and altitude of haze layers were somewhat inconsistent with prior knowledge and expectations. Possible causes include errors in the knowledge of image geometry, misalignment of the optic axis from the pointing direction, and optical distortion. These were explored and eliminated, leaving only deviations from the ground and pre-solar damage estimate of the focal length lengths as the most likely reason. We use the location of planet's limb to estimate the focal length of each camera using images of the planet when the orbiter was more than 20,000 km from planet center. The method relies on the limb radius to be constant at least over a small range of solar zenith angles. We were able to achieve better estimates for the focal lengths for all four cameras and also estimate small offsets to the boresight alignment. An outcome of this analysis is the finding that the slant unit optical depth varies more rapidly with solar zenith angle in the afternoon as compared to morning, with lowest values at local noon. A variation of this level is also observed with latitude. Both are indicative of the presence of overlying haze above the clouds, and the morning afternoon asymmetry suggests different photochemical processes in destruction and production of the haze.

  18. A potential individual cell malignancy indicator: focal length

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    Wang, Weina; Lear, Kevin L.

    2011-03-01

    The label-free technique of optofluidic intracavity spectroscopy (OFIS) utilizes the optical transmission spectrum of a cell in a microfluidic Fabry-Prot (F-P) cavity to distinguish cells from cancerous cell lines and baseline normal blood cells. The classification between canine hemangiosarcoma (HSA) cancer cells and monocytes in canine normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) had been demonstrated with 95% sensitivity and 98% specificity. Now with a new optical model that treats the cell settled at the bottom of the cavity as a thin lens, the focal length of cells was extracted and used as an individual cell malignancy indicator.

  19. Rigorous electromagnetic analysis of metallic cylindrical focusing micromirrors designed by a modified focal-length function

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    Mei, Guo-Ai; Ye, Jiasheng; Zhang, Yan

    2011-12-01

    Through exploiting a modified focal-length function, two-dimensional metallic cylindrical focusing micromirrors (MCFMs) with different preset focal depths are designed. Rigorous electromagnetic theory and the boundary element method are applied to analyzing the focal characteristics, including the actual focal depth, the relative focal depth, the focal spot size and the diffraction efficiency. Through setting the preset focal depth to be positive or negative, numerical results reveal that the designed MCFMs can successfully modulate the optical field distribution to achieve a long axial focal depth or increased lateral resolution, respectively. In addition, due to the inherent achromatic aberration property of the metallic reflective system, the common long-focal-depth region of the designed MCFM under multiwavelength illumination is greatly enlarged, in comparison with a dielectrically cylindrical microlens. It is expected that the designed MCFMs should have many practical applications in micro optics systems.

  20. Multilayer Laue Lenses with Focal Length of 10 mm

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    Braun, S.; Kubec, A.; Menzel, M.; Niese, S.; Krger, P.; Seiboth, F.; Patommel, J.; Schroer, C.

    2013-03-01

    Multilayer laue lenses are diffractive optics with a high potential for producing X-ray foci in the order of 10 nm or even below. Particularly for hard X-rays (E > 6 keV) these optics promise better resolution and higher efficiencies than currently available Fresnel zone plates. Magnetron sputter deposition has been used for the fabrication of multilayer laue lenses using the layer materials MoSi2 and Si. The lens design has been defined to get focal length in the order of 10 mm. One of the lenses with an aperture of about 20 ?m has been used as focusing optics in the nanoprobe beamline P06 at PETRA III. Ptychography has been applied to characterize the caustic of the focused beam and to determine the size of the X-ray focus. A spot size of about 39 nm could be obtained with a photon energy of 21 keV and a focal length of 9.9 mm.

  1. Long Focal Length Large Mirror Fabrication System

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    Bennett, H. E.

    2003-01-01

    The goals of this ambitious program are (1) to develop systems to make large superpolished optical mirrors, (2) to develop low scatter polishing techniques using centrifugal elutriation, (3) to develop a means of measuring scatter at any point on the mirror, (4) to polish a Hindle sphere to measure the optical figure of a one meter diameter convex mandrel, and (5) to fabricate low scatter, large adaptive optic graphite filled, cyanate ester replica transfer mirrors using these mandrels. Deliverables are a 30 cm diameter superpolished composite AO mirror. We fabricated a 1/3rd meter superpolished zerodur flat mandrel and with the support of our major subcontractor, Composite Mirror Applications Inc (CMA) we have demonstrated a 30 cm lightweight cyanate ester mirror with an rms microroughness between 0.6 and 0.8 nm and 8 faceplate influence function of 5 cm. The influence function was chosen to be comparable to the atmospheric correlation coefficient r(sub 0) which is about 5 cm at sea level. There was no print-thru of the graphite fibers in the cyanate ester surface (the bane of many previous efforts to use cyanate ester mirrors). Our subcontractor has devised a means for developing a 30-50 nm thick layer of graphite free pure ester resin on the surface of the mirrors. This graphite fiber filled material has a thermal expansion coefficient in the 10(exp -8) centimeter per Kelvin range (the same range of expansion coefficient as Zerodur and ULE glasses) and does not take up water and swell, so it is a nearly ideal mirror material in these areas. Unfortunately for these 0.8mm thick faceplates, the number of plies is not enough to result in isometric coverage. Isolated figure irregularities can appear, making it necessary to go to thicker faceplates. The influence function will then only approximate the length of r(sub 0), at higher altitudes or longer wavelengths. The influence function goes as the cube of the thickness, so we are now making a faceplate optimized for an infrared wavelength, possibly that used for the AO system of the Keck telescope, instead of 0.63 microns. We have polished a 55 cm diameter mandrel to better than 1/20th wave optical figure in the visible using centrifugal elutriation. CMA has just told us that it needs to retool to get optimum mirror faceplate quality in this size, so implementing the 55 cm AO mirror may be delayed somewhat. We expect to complete our 1/3 rd meter AO mirror on time using novel piezoelectric actuators with a throw of one micrometer per volt, as compared to 0.005 micrometers per volt for conventional piezoelectric actuators. We will then demonstrate its AO performance interferometrically.

  2. Focal Length Affects Depicted Shape and Perception of Facial Images

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    Třebický, Vít; Fialová, Jitka; Kleisner, Karel; Havlíček, Jan

    2016-01-01

    Static photographs are currently the most often employed stimuli in research on social perception. The method of photograph acquisition might affect the depicted subject’s facial appearance and thus also the impression of such stimuli. An important factor influencing the resulting photograph is focal length, as different focal lengths produce various levels of image distortion. Here we tested whether different focal lengths (50, 85, 105 mm) affect depicted shape and perception of female and male faces. We collected three portrait photographs of 45 (22 females, 23 males) participants under standardized conditions and camera setting varying only in the focal length. Subsequently, the three photographs from each individual were shown on screen in a randomized order using a 3-alternative forced-choice paradigm. The images were judged for attractiveness, dominance, and femininity/masculinity by 369 raters (193 females, 176 males). Facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) was measured from each photograph and overall facial shape was analysed employing geometric morphometric methods (GMM). Our results showed that photographs taken with 50 mm focal length were rated as significantly less feminine/masculine, attractive, and dominant compared to the images taken with longer focal lengths. Further, shorter focal lengths produced faces with smaller fWHR. Subsequent GMM revealed focal length significantly affected overall facial shape of the photographed subjects. Thus methodology of photograph acquisition, focal length in this case, can significantly affect results of studies using photographic stimuli perhaps due to different levels of perspective distortion that influence shapes and proportions of morphological traits. PMID:26894832

  3. Focal Length Affects Depicted Shape and Perception of Facial Images.

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    Třebický, Vít; Fialová, Jitka; Kleisner, Karel; Havlíček, Jan

    2016-01-01

    Static photographs are currently the most often employed stimuli in research on social perception. The method of photograph acquisition might affect the depicted subject's facial appearance and thus also the impression of such stimuli. An important factor influencing the resulting photograph is focal length, as different focal lengths produce various levels of image distortion. Here we tested whether different focal lengths (50, 85, 105 mm) affect depicted shape and perception of female and male faces. We collected three portrait photographs of 45 (22 females, 23 males) participants under standardized conditions and camera setting varying only in the focal length. Subsequently, the three photographs from each individual were shown on screen in a randomized order using a 3-alternative forced-choice paradigm. The images were judged for attractiveness, dominance, and femininity/masculinity by 369 raters (193 females, 176 males). Facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) was measured from each photograph and overall facial shape was analysed employing geometric morphometric methods (GMM). Our results showed that photographs taken with 50 mm focal length were rated as significantly less feminine/masculine, attractive, and dominant compared to the images taken with longer focal lengths. Further, shorter focal lengths produced faces with smaller fWHR. Subsequent GMM revealed focal length significantly affected overall facial shape of the photographed subjects. Thus methodology of photograph acquisition, focal length in this case, can significantly affect results of studies using photographic stimuli perhaps due to different levels of perspective distortion that influence shapes and proportions of morphological traits. PMID:26894832

  4. Extending plasma channel of filamentation with a multi-focal-length beam.

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    Hong, Zuofei; Zhang, Qingbin; Ali Rezvani, S; Lan, Pengfei; Lu, Peixiang

    2016-02-22

    We propose a novel scheme that lengthens the plasma channel in filamentation with a multi-focal-length beam. Instead of one focal length introduced by a conventional convex lens, the multi-focal-length beam modulated by a spatial light modulator (SLM) produces a filament in an extended range with limited but strictly manipulated laser energy. The results show that the scheme is capable of doubling the filament length compared to a single-lens scheme with a 2-mJ input pulse. The filament location and length can be simply tuned by altering the spatial amplitude and phase or employing higher energies. Furthermore, the extended filament length leads to the generation of a broadened continuum ranging from visible (VIS) to infrared (IR) domain. This versatile scheme offers an efficient tool for the development of a variety of applications involving ultrafast nonlinear optics. PMID:26907055

  5. A micro optofluidic lens with short focal length

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    Song, Chaolong; Nguyen, Nam-Trung; Tan, Say-Hwa; Asundi, Anand Krishna

    2009-08-01

    A micro optofluidic lens is formed by laminar streams of immiscible liquids with different refractive indices. This paper reports modelling and characterization for a new design of a micro optofluidic lens. The lens has a circular chamber allowing the formation of interfaces with a perfect arc shape. The inlet and the outlet of the lens chamber are placed with an offset to the chamber axis to achieve a radius of curvature smaller than the limiting chamber radius. A model mathematically predicts the relationship between the flow rate ratio and the curvature of the interface and the resulting focal length. The device was fabricated and tested with laser light guided by optical fibres. Experiments were carried out to verify the analytical model. Benzyl alcohol and ethylene glycol were used as optical media to form the lens. Due to the small radius of curvature, better focusing ability than the previous symmetric design was achieved. On-chip focusing with fibre-to-fibre transmission was demonstrated with this micro optofluidic lens.

  6. Biomimetic small scale variable focal length lens unit using synthetic elastomer actuators

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    Kim, Baek-chul; Chung, Jinah; Lee, Y.; Nam, Jae-Do; Moon, Hyungpil; Choi, Hyouk Ryeol; Koo, J. C.

    2011-04-01

    Having a combination of a gel-like soft lens, ligaments, and the Ciliary muscles, the human eyes are effectively working for various focal lengths without a complicated group of lens. The simple and compact but effective optical system should deserve numerous attentions from various technical field especially portable information technology device industry. Noting the limited physical space of those deivces, demanding shock durability, and massive volume productivity, the present paper proposes a biomimetic optical lens unit that is organized with a circular silicone lens and an annular dielectric polymer actuator. Unlike the traditional optical lens mechanism that normally acquires a focus by changing its focal distance with moving lens or focal plane. the proposed optical system changes its lens thickness using a annulary connected polymer actuator in order to get image focuses. The proposed biomimetic lens system ensures high shock durability, compact physical dimensions, fast actuations, simple manufacturing process, and low production cost.

  7. Shaping a Subwavelength Needle with Ultra-long Focal Length by Focusing Azimuthally Polarized Light.

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    Qin, Fei; Huang, Kun; Wu, Jianfeng; Jiao, Jiao; Luo, Xiangang; Qiu, Chengwei; Hong, Minghui

    2015-01-01

    Flat optics, which could planarize and miniaturize the traditional optical elements, possesses the features of extremely low profile and high integration for advanced manipulation of light. Here we proposed and experimentally demonstrated a planar metalens to realize an ultra-long focal length of ~240? with a large depth of focus (DOF) of ~12?, under the illumination of azimuthally polarized beam with vortical phase at 633 nm. Equally important is that such a flat lens could stably keep a lateral subwavelength width of 0.42? to 0.49? along the needle-like focal region. It exhibits one-order improvement in the focal length compared to the traditional focal lengths of 20~30? of flat lens, under the criterion of having subwavelength focusing spot. The ultra-long focal length ensures sufficient space for subsequent characterization behind the lens in practical industry setups, while subwavelength cross section and large DOF enable high resolution in transverse imaging and nanolithography and high tolerance in axial positioning in the meantime. Such planar metalens with those simultaneous advantages is prepared by laser pattern generator rather than focused ion beam, which makes the mass production possible. PMID:25943500

  8. Shaping a Subwavelength Needle with Ultra-long Focal Length by Focusing Azimuthally Polarized Light

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    Qin, Fei; Huang, Kun; Wu, Jianfeng; Jiao, Jiao; Luo, Xiangang; Qiu, Chengwei; Hong, Minghui

    2015-01-01

    Flat optics, which could planarize and miniaturize the traditional optical elements, possesses the features of extremely low profile and high integration for advanced manipulation of light. Here we proposed and experimentally demonstrated a planar metalens to realize an ultra-long focal length of ~240? with a large depth of focus (DOF) of ~12?, under the illumination of azimuthally polarized beam with vortical phase at 633 nm. Equally important is that such a flat lens could stably keep a lateral subwavelength width of 0.42? to 0.49? along the needle-like focal region. It exhibits one-order improvement in the focal length compared to the traditional focal lengths of 20~30? of flat lens, under the criterion of having subwavelength focusing spot. The ultra-long focal length ensures sufficient space for subsequent characterization behind the lens in practical industry setups, while subwavelength cross section and large DOF enable high resolution in transverse imaging and nanolithography and high tolerance in axial positioning in the meantime. Such planar metalens with those simultaneous advantages is prepared by laser pattern generator rather than focused ion beam, which makes the mass production possible. PMID:25943500

  9. Alignment techniques required by precise measurement of effective focal length

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    Wise, T. D.

    1980-01-01

    The characteristics of false color imagery produced by instrumentation on earth resource mapping satellites are examined. The spatial fidelity of the imagery is dependent upon the geometric accuracy (GA) and the band-to-band registration (BBR) with which the telescope instrument is assembled. BBR and GA require knowledge of telescope effective focal length (EFL) to one part in 10,000 in order that the next generation of earth mappers be able to carry out their missions. The basis for this level of precision is briefly considered, and a description is given of the means by which such precise EFL measurements have been carried out. Attention is given to accuracy requirements, the technique used to measure effective focal length, possible sources of error in the EFL measurement, approaches for eliminating errors, and the results of the efforts to control measurement errors in EFL determinations.

  10. Exhaustive linearization for robust camera pose and focal length estimation.

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    Penate-Sanchez, Adrian; Andrade-Cetto, Juan; Moreno-Noguer, Francesc

    2013-10-01

    We propose a novel approach for the estimation of the pose and focal length of a camera from a set of 3D-to-2D point correspondences. Our method compares favorably to competing approaches in that it is both more accurate than existing closed form solutions, as well as faster and also more accurate than iterative ones. Our approach is inspired on the EPnP algorithm, a recent O(n) solution for the calibrated case. Yet we show that considering the focal length as an additional unknown renders the linearization and relinearization techniques of the original approach no longer valid, especially with large amounts of noise. We present new methodologies to circumvent this limitation termed exhaustive linearization and exhaustive relinearization which perform a systematic exploration of the solution space in closed form. The method is evaluated on both real and synthetic data, and our results show that besides producing precise focal length estimation, the retrieved camera pose is almost as accurate as the one computed using the EPnP, which assumes a calibrated camera. PMID:23969384

  11. All-in-quartz optics for low focal shifts

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    Blomqvist, Mats; Blomster, Ola; Plsson, Magnus; Campbell, Stuart; Becker, Frank; Rath, Wolfram

    2011-02-01

    High laser power levels in combination with increasing beam quality bring optics performance into focus, particularly with regard to systems with low focal shifts along the optical axis. In industrial applications, this often influences the overall performance of the process, especially if the focal shift is comparable to or in excess of the Rayleigh length. It is commonly accepted that the focal shifts are of thermal nature where lens material, lens coating, geometry and surface contamination all contribute to the direction and extent of the focal shifts. In this paper we will present a novel design of lens packages where a patented all-in-quartz concept is explored. By mounting quartz lenses in hermetically sealed quartz tubes and applying water cooling on the perimeter of the quartz tubes we will reduce or eliminate a number of contributing factors to focal shift problems. The hermetic sealing, carried out in a clean-room environment, will minimize lens surface contamination. Differences in thermal expansion between lens and housing are eliminated as the lens and housing will be of the same material. Absorption of scattered laser light will be efficient as the energy is removed quickly by cooling water and not absorbed by fixed surroundings. Finally, indirect heating from the housing transmitted by radiation and convection to the lenses is avoided. Values of the normalized System Focal Shift Factors (SFSF) for the all-in-quartz optics will be compared to standard lens assemblies at multi-kW laser power levels.

  12. Optical interconnections to focal plane arrays

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    Rienstra, J.L.; Hinckley, M.K.

    2000-11-01

    The authors have successfully demonstrated an optical data interconnection from the output of a focal plane array to the downstream data acquisition electronics. The demonstrated approach included a continuous wave laser beam directed at a multiple quantum well reflectance modulator connected to the focal plane array analog output. The output waveform from the optical interconnect was observed on an oscilloscope to be a replica of the input signal. They fed the output of the optical data link to the same data acquisition system used to characterize focal plane array performance. Measurements of the signal to noise ratio at the input and output of the optical interconnection showed that the signal to noise ratio was reduced by a factor of 10 or more. Analysis of the noise and link gain showed that the primary contributors to the additional noise were laser intensity noise and photodetector receiver noise. Subsequent efforts should be able to reduce these noise sources considerably and should result in substantially improved signal to noise performance. They also observed significant photocurrent generation in the reflectance modulator that imposes a current load on the focal plane array output amplifier. This current loading is an issue with the demonstrated approach because it tends to negate the power saving feature of the reflectance modulator interconnection concept.

  13. High speed multi focal plane optical system

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    Minott, P. O. (inventor)

    1983-01-01

    An apparatus for eliminating beamsplitter generated optical aberrations in a pupil concentric optical system providing a plurality of spatially separated images on different focal planes or surfaces is presented. The system employs a buried surface beamsplitter having spherically curved entrance and exit faces which are concentric to a system aperture stop with the entrance face being located in the path of a converging light beam directed there from an image forming objective element which is also concentric to the aperture stop.

  14. Simple volume expanding fabrication method for focal length controlled micro-lens array

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    Kim, Junoh; Lee, Muyung; Kim, Cheol Joong; Lee, Jin Su; Won, Yong Hyub

    2015-03-01

    This study describes easy fabrication method for micro-lens array which has desired focal length in such a way that without the use of reflow technique. The process includes conventional lithographic process only which can be compatible with general semiconductor process. As constituent material, Negative photo-resist SU-8 with its developer PGMEA is used. Two main phenomena during lithography process are adjusted to expand the volume of the PR. During UV exposure, hardening proceeds from the top of the PR. Just after first exposure, using this property, very thin membrane on the top of the surface of the PR can be formed by short time exposure. In the development process, unexposed area of the PR is removed by chemical reaction with developer which causes the volume expansion if the unexposed area is covered with thin cured film. This method is to form the lens as the molecules in the volume are not easily escaped from the covered region. The thickness of the thin film depends on the exposure dose of 2mJ cm-2 ?m-1 which determines the degree of expansion. The symmetrical volume expansion creates the membrane of lens shape and the focal length is directly related with second exposure dose. An extended research of affecting the change of the focal length of lens using volume expansion method by changing any other elements is discussed. This process can achieve a focal length selective for the applications of micro-optics.

  15. The Modernization of a Long-Focal Length Fringe-Type Laser Velocimeter

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    Meyers, James F.; Lee, Joseph W.; Cavone, Angelo A.; Fletcher, Mark T.

    2012-01-01

    A long-focal length laser velocimeter constructed in the early 1980's was upgraded using current technology to improve usability, reliability and future serviceability. The original, free-space optics were replaced with a state-of-the-art fiber-optic subsystem which allowed most of the optics, including the laser, to be remote from the harsh tunnel environment. General purpose high-speed digitizers were incorporated in a standard modular data acquisition system, along with custom signal processing software executed on a desktop computer, served as the replacement for the signal processors. The resulting system increased optical sensitivity with real-time signal/data processing that produced measurement precisions exceeding those of the original system. Monte Carlo simulations, along with laboratory and wind tunnel investigations were used to determine system characteristics and measurement precision.

  16. Large-aperture laser differential confocal ultra-long focal length measurement and its system.

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    Zhao, Weiqian; Li, Zhigang; Qiu, Lirong; Ren, Huan; Shao, Rongjun

    2015-06-29

    A new laser differential confocal ultra-long focal length measurement (LDCFM) method is proposed with the capability to self-calibrate the reference lens (RL) focal length and the axial space between the test lens and RL. Using the property that the focus of laser differential confocal ultra-long focal length measurement system (LDCFS) precisely corresponds to the null point of the differential confocal axial intensity curve, the proposed LDCFM measures the RL focal length f(R)' by precisely identifying the positions of the focus and last surface of RL, measures the axial space d(0) between RL and test ultra-long focal length lens (UFL) by identifying the last surface of RL and the vertex of UFL last surface, and measures the variation l in focus position of LDCFS with and without test UFL, and then calculates the UFL focal length f(T)' by the above measured f(R)', d(0) and l. In addition, a LDCFS based on the proposed method is developed for a large aperture lens. The experimental results indicate that the relative uncertainty is less than 0.01% for the test UFL, which has an aperture of 610 mm and focal length of 31,000 mm. LDCFM provides a novel approach for the high-precision focal-length measurement of large-aperture UFL. PMID:26191747

  17. Aberrations in saw-tooth refractive lenses in short focal length x-ray focusing

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    Antimonov, Mikhail A.; Khounsary, Ali M.; Shastri, Sarvjit D.

    2013-10-01

    Saw-tooth refractive lenses (SRL) provide a comparatively attractive option for X-ray focusing for various reasons, including their simple, continuous tunability in energy and focal length. Optimal focusing of a conventional SRL at short focal lengths is limited by the SRL's length in relation to the focal length. Three approaches to overcome this limitation are described. Analytical solutions verified with ray-tracing are presented. These are bending, variation of the saw-tooth tip angles, and variation of the period.

  18. Focal length measurement based on the wavefront difference method by a Fizeau interferometer.

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    Yang, Zhongming; Gao, Zhishan; Dou, Jiantai; Wang, Xinxing

    2014-09-01

    A method for measuring the focal length of the lens by a Fizeau interferometer is proposed. Based on the Gaussian imaging equation and the longitudinal displacements of the object point and image point, a precise formula for focal length calculation is deduced. The longitudinal displacement of the object points is determined by the wavefront difference method with a subnanometer resolution. An experimental system for focal length measurements is set up to verify the principle. The sources of uncertainty in measurement are discussed. Both the positive and negative lens experimental results indicate that the measurement accuracy is less than 0.16% under normal experimental environment. PMID:25321352

  19. Focal-length-tunable elastomer-based liquid-filled plano-convex mini lens.

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    Fang, Chaolong; Dai, Bo; Zhuo, Ran; Yuan, Xupeng; Gao, Xiumin; Wen, Jing; Sheng, Bin; Zhang, Dawei

    2016-01-15

    A liquid plano-convex lens with focal length tuning is proposed, which is formed by sinking an oil droplet onto the bottom of an elastomer. A simple and low-cost fabrication method is presented. The lens aperture and initial focal length can be controlled during the fabrication. Furthermore, focal length tuning is demonstrated. The lens made of a 40mg oil droplet can achieve the tuning range from 12 to 17mm. The effective aperture of the lens is about 2.8mm. In the demonstration of an imaging system, the lens assists in focusing and a clear image can be observed. PMID:26766725

  20. Focal length calibration of an electrically tunable lens by digital holography.

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    Wang, Zhaomin; Qu, Weijuan; Yang, Fang; Asundi, Anand Krishna

    2016-02-01

    The electrically tunable lens (ETL) is a novel current-controlled adaptive optical component which can continuously tune its focus in a specific range via changing its surface curvature. To quantitatively characterize its tuning power, here we assume the ETL to be a pure phase object and present a novel calibration method to dynamically measure its wavefront by use of digital holographic microscopy (DHM). The least squares method is then used to fit the radius of curvature of the wavefront. The focal length is obtained by substituting the radius into the Zemax model of the ETL. The behavior curve between the focal length of the ETL and its driven current is drawn, and a quadratic mathematic model is set up to characterize it. To verify our model, an ETL and offset lens combination is proposed and applied to ETL-based transport of intensity equation (TIE) phase retrieval microscopy. The experimental result demonstrates the calibration works well in TIE phase retrieval in comparison with the phase measured by DHM. PMID:26836076

  1. Measuring the lens focal length by laser reflection-confocal technology.

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    Yang, Jiamiao; Qiu, Lirong; Zhao, Weiqian; Shao, Rongjun; Li, Zhigang

    2013-06-01

    A laser reflection-confocal focal-length measurement (LRCFM) is proposed for the high-accuracy measurement of lens focal length. LRCFM uses the peak points of confocal response curves to precisely identify the lens focus and vertex of the lens last surface. LRCFM then accurately measures the distance between the two positions to determine the lens focal length. LRCFM uses conic fitting, which significantly enhances measurement accuracy by inhibiting the influence of environmental disturbance and system noise on the measurement results. The experimental results indicate that LRCFM has a relative expanded uncertainty of less than 0.0015%. Compared with existing measurement methods, LRCFM has high accuracy and a concise structure. Thus, LRCFM is a feasible method for high-accuracy focal-length measurements. PMID:23736337

  2. Focal characteristics of spheroidal geodesic lenses for integrated optical processing

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    Vahey, D. W.; Wood, V. E.

    1977-01-01

    Aspheric shaping of geodesic lenses in optical waveguides is suggested as a means for correcting spherical aberrations. The technique is complementary to the method of Spiller and Harper, in which geodesic lens aberrations are reduced by thickening the waveguiding layer in the lens region. The properties of a family of oblate-spheroidal lenses with no third-order spherical aberrations are described theoretically. Diffraction-limited performance over apertures up to one-half the full lens aperture is predicted for lenses with true f/numbers (focal length divided by useful aperture) in the range 2-12. By combining spheroidal-shaping and mode-index correction techniques, geodesic lenses free from both third- and fifth-order aberrations can be designed. These lenses show diffraction-limited performance over apertures of a centimeter or more when true f/numbers are in the range 1.5-9.5.

  3. Microspot x-ray focusing using a short focal-length compound refractive lenses

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    Dudchik, Y. I.; Kolchevsky, N. N.; Komarov, F. F.; Piestrup, M. A.; Cremer, J. T.; Gary, C. K.; Park, H.; Khounsary, A. M.

    2004-11-01

    We have fabricated and tested short focal-length compound refractive lenses (CRLs) composed of microbubbles embedded in epoxy encased in glass capillaries. The interface between the bubbles formed 90 to 350 spherical biconcave microlenses reducing the overall focal length inversely by the number of lenses or bubbles. When compared with CRLs manufactured using other methods, the microbubble lenses have shorter focal lengths with higher transmissions and larger gains for moderate energy x rays (e.g., 7-20 keV). We used beamline 2-3 at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and beamline 5BM-D-DND at the Advanced Photon Source to measure focal lengths between 100-250 mm with lens apertures varying between 97 and 321 ?m. Transmission profiles were measured giving, for example, a peak transmission of 46% for a 240 mm focal length CRL at 20 keV. The focal-spot sizes were also measured yielding, for example, a vertical spot size of 1.2 ?m resulting from an approximate 20-fold demagnification of the APS 23 ?m source size. The measured gains in intensity over that of unfocused beam were between 9 and 26.

  4. Measurement of the effective focal shift in an optical trap

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    Neuman, Keir C.; Abbondanzieri, Elio A.; Block, Steven M.

    2005-06-01

    The focus of an oil-immersion microscope objective is shifted because of the refractive-index mismatch between the cover glass and the aqueous sample. We present a procedure with which to determine the focal shift by use of an inverted microscope equipped with optical tweezers. As the position of the sample chamber is scanned vertically, we measure the axial displacement of an optically trapped bead; the relative motion of the bead with respect to the surface supplies the effective focal shift. Measurements of this quantity deviate from electromagnetic calculations of the focal shift, a discrepancy attributable to the depth-dependent decrease in axial trap stiffness that arises from spherical aberration.

  5. Large-aperture ultra-long focal length measurement and its system by laser confocal techniques

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    Li, Zhigang; Qiu, Lirong; Zhao, Weiqian; Guo, Yongkui; Yuan, Quan

    2015-09-01

    A new laser confocal ultralong focal length measurement method (LCFM) is proposed with the capability to self-calibrate the reference lens (RL) focal length and the axial space between the test lens and the RL. Using the property that the focus of a laser confocal ultralong focal length measurement system (LCFS) precisely corresponds to the peak point of the confocal axial intensity curve, the proposed LCFM measures the RL focal length f\\text{R}\\prime by precisely identifying the positions of the focus and the last surface of the RL, measures the axial space d0 between the RL and the test ultra-long focal-length lens (UFL) by identifying the last surface of the RL and the vertex of the UFL last surface, measures the variation l in focus position of the LCFS with and without the test UFL, and then calculates the UFL focal length f\\text{T}\\prime using the above-measured f\\text{R}\\prime , d0, and l. Furthermore, the LCFM uses conic fitting, which obviously enhances the measurement accuracy by reducing the influences of random disturbances. In addition, an LCFS based on the proposed method is developed for large aperture lens. The experimental results indicate that the relative uncertainty is less than 0.015% for the test UFL, which has an aperture of 610?mm and a focal length of 31?000?mm. Compared with existing methods, the LCFM utilizes a concise structure and has good stability, making it especially suitable for practical engineering applications.

  6. Simplified model of an O-ring-driven liquid-filled lens for calculating focal length

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    Lin, Chih-Wei; Shaw, Dein

    2009-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a mathematical model that could be used to obtain the approximate focal length of O-ring-driven liquid-filled lenses. An O-ring-driven liquid-filled lens is composed of a base plate, a glass-covered liquid reservoir, a pliable membrane, an O-ring, a spring, and three actuators. The movement of the ring changes the focal length or the focus position. In previous studies, the commercial software ANSYS was used to find the membrane deformation and ZEMAX was used to find the focal length. The procedures used in those previous studies are complicated and generally require considerable design work. The proposed mathematical method employs the principle of liquid volume conservation to simplify the calculations that approximate the focal length of the lens. The result is confirmed on ZEMAX to ensure that the method is practicable. Consequently, focal lengths of lenses with different ring thicknesses, radii, and squeezing depths to contact the membrane can be calculated immediately.

  7. Focal length measurement of a varifocal liquid lens with capacitance detection

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    Noda, Kentaro; Binh-Khiem, Nguyen; Takei, Yusuke; Takahata, Tomoyuki; Matsumoto, Kiyoshi; Shimoyama, Isao

    2014-04-01

    This paper reports on a detailed deformation model of varifocal liquid lenses fabricated by Parylene-on-liquid-deposition (POLD), which can be applied to measure and adjust the focal length of such lenses without using extra sensors or sensing mechanisms. The lens was fabricated by encapsulating a liquid between a transparent electrode and a polymer film that was covered with a metal electrode. When voltage is applied to the two electrodes, the lens deforms due to the electrostatic force, and its focal length and the capacitance between the two electrodes change simultaneously. This characteristic enables the focal length of the lens to be adjusted and detected by measuring the capacitance change. The focal length of the fabricated varifocal liquid lens changed from 153.6 to 82.6 mm by applying 150-V. The focal length change of the liquid lens was calculated from the change in its capacitance. Finally, to confirm the efficiency of this varifocal liquid lens, we fabricated a confocal distance sensor using the lens for laser scanning and demonstrated that this system can be used to measure distances of 94-140 mm with an average error of 0.83 mm and a standard deviation of 0.77 mm.

  8. Measurement of long focal lengths with a double-grating interferometer.

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    Chen, Hao; He, Yong; Li, Jianxin; Lu, Heng

    2013-09-20

    A method for measuring long focal lengths using a double-grating interferometer is proposed. The intensity distribution of a double-grating interferometer illuminated by a spherical beam is derived with diffraction theory. A tiny rotation angle is set between the two gratings, and a high-contrast interference pattern is produced by the adjacent diffracted orders. The angular change in the fringes after insertion of a test lens is a measure of the focal length. The uncertainty due to aberration of the collimated beam was analyzed by measuring a series of lenses. The relative deviations are less than 0.1%. PMID:24085168

  9. Focal Plane Alignment Utilizing Optical CMM

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    Liebe, Carl Christian; Meras, Patrick L.; Clark, Gerald J.; Sedaka, Jack J.; Kaluzny, Joel V.; Hirsch, Brian; Decker, Todd A.; Scholtz, Christopher R.

    2012-01-01

    In many applications, an optical detector has to be located relative to mechanical reference points. One solution is to specify stringent requirements on (1) mounting the optical detector relative to the chip carrier, (2) soldering the chip carrier onto the printed circuit board (PCB), and (3) installing the PCB to the mechanical structure of the subsystem. Figure 1 shows a sketch of an optical detector mounted relative to mechanical reference with high positional accuracy. The optical detector is typically a fragile wafer that cannot be physically touched by any measurement tool. An optical coordinate measuring machine (CMM) can be used to position optical detectors relative to mechanical reference points. This approach will eliminate all requirements on positional tolerances. The only requirement is that the PCB is manufactured with oversized holes. An exaggerated sketch of this situation is shown in Figure 2. The sketch shows very loose tolerances on mounting the optical detector in the chip carrier, loose tolerance on soldering the chip carrier to the PCB, and finally large tolerance on where the mounting screws are located. The PCB is held with large screws and oversized holes. The PCB is mounted loosely so it can move freely around. The optical CMM measures the mechanical reference points. Based on these measurements, the required positions of the optical detector corners can be calculated. The optical CMM is commanded to go to the position where one detector corner is supposed to be. This is indicated with the cross-hairs in Figure 2(a). This figure is representative of the image of the optical CMM monitor. Using a suitable tapping tool, the PCB is manually tapped around until the corner of the optical detector is at the crosshairs of the optical CMM. The CMM is commanded to another corner, and the process is repeated a number of times until all corners of the optical detector are within a distance of 10 to 30 microns of the required position. The situation is sketched in Figure 2(b) (the figure also shows the tapping tool and where to tap). At this point the fasteners for the PCB are torqued slightly so the PCB can still move. The PCB location is adjusted again with the tapping tool. This process is repeated 3 to 4 times until the final torque is achieved. The oversized mounting holes are then filled with a liquid bonding agent to secure the board in position (not shown in the sketch). A 10- to 30-micron mounting accuracy has been achieved utilizing this method..

  10. Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor with high sensitivity by using long focal length microlens array

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    Lin, Vinna; Wei, Hsiang-Chun; Su, Guo-Dung J.

    2011-09-01

    The performance of Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor (SHWFS) is mainly described by the accuracy, spatial resolution, dynamic range, and sensitivity of the measurement. These factors are particularly affected by the design of the microlens array (MLA). In order to provide a large dynamic range of wavefront measurement, most of the conventional and commercial SHWFS implemented a short focal length lenslet array, which means that the measurement sensitivity is being sacrificed and the accuracy of the wavefront sensor will be degraded. However, it is also critical to detect very small displacement of SHWFS spot in order to reconstruct it into a fine wavefront variation. We fabricated long focal length MLA with various structure arrangement by thermal reflow process with Polydimethysiloxane (PDMS) cover on the glass substrate and implemented them on the image system. A longer focal length will provide high sensitivity in determining the average slope across each lenslet under a given wavefront, and the spatial resolution of the wavefront sensor is increased by the number of lenslets across the detector. The experimental setup consists of the fabricated 245 ?m diameter MLA which provides a 5.2 mm long focal distance and is paired with the CMOS as the detector. The observable smallest sensitivity is around wavelength/20 (?=630nm).

  11. Focal length measurement of a microlens-array by grating shearing interferometry.

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    Zhu, Xianchang; Hu, Song; Zhao, Lixin

    2014-10-10

    Based on grating shearing interferometry, a simple technique is introduced for focal length measurements of a microlens-array (MLA). The measurement system is composed of a He-Ne laser, condenser, collimator, the MLA under testing, a Ronchi grating, and CCD sensor. The plane wavefront from the collimator is transformed to a spherical wavefront by the MLA, while the curvature center is at the focus. Interference stripes appear at the overlap between the zero-order and first-order diffractive patterns of the grating and are detected by the CCD sensor. By analyzing the period change of stripes, the focal length is determined after the defocus of the grating is calculated. To validate the feasibility, an experiment is performed. The measurement uncertainty is discussed and measurement accuracy was determined to be 2%. PMID:25322367

  12. Three-dimensional fiber probe based on orthogonal micro focal-length collimation for the measurement of micro parts.

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    Cui, Jiwen; Li, Junying; Feng, Kunpeng; Tan, Jiubin

    2015-10-01

    A 3-dimensional fiber probe based on orthogonal micro focal-length collimation (MFL-collimation) is proposed for the measurement of micro parts with high aspect ratios. The probe consists of a fiber stylus which acts as a micro focal-length cylindrical lens (MFLC-lens) of the two orthogonal MFL-collimation optical paths and a probe tip fixed on the free end of the fiber stylus for touching the workpiece. The fiber stylus will deflect (deflection mode) or buckle (buckling mode) under contacts, and the deflection or buckling of the fiber stylus will cause corresponding shifts of the fringe images of the two orthogonal MFL-collimation optical paths. Therefore, the 3-dimensional displacements of the probe tip are transformed into the centroid position shifts of the zero-order fringe images. Experimental results indicate that the fiber probe has a measuring capability in 3-dimensional tactility, and a radial and axial resolution of 5 nm and 3 nm can be obtained respectively. The probe is easily applied in the measurement of micro parts because of its high resolution, low cost, high measurable aspect ratio, low probing forces and capability in three-dimensional tactility. PMID:26480152

  13. Improving surface measurement by adaptive focal length adjustment and approximation networks

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    Apolinar Muoz Rodrguez, J.

    2013-06-01

    A three-dimensional model to perform measurements of variable range is presented. This model is performed by a Bezier network via projection of a laser line and an adaptive focal length. The variation of the measurement range is provided by the adjustment of the camera placement and the focal length. The modifications of these parameters are determined by image processing of the laser line during the vision task. The initial calibration of the vision parameters is deduced by means of the variation of focal length. The technique is applied to retrieve the contour of complex shapes by means of the adjustment of the measurement range. This technique avoids external re-calibration to compute the surface depth when the measurement range is adjusted. Therefore, the accuracy of the surface measurement is improved. It is because the errors of re-calibration are not added to the system during the measurement process. The change of the measurement range is achieved in fractions of a second. The contribution of this technique is stated by an evaluation based on the lighting methods that perform measurements of variable range. Also, the time to obtain measurements of variable range is described in the evaluation.

  14. Optical design of the Post Focal Relay of MAORY

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    Lombini, M.; Diolaiti, E.

    The Multi Conjugate Adaptive Optics Relay (MAORY) for the European Extremely Large Telescope shall re-image the telescope focal plane for the client instruments installed on two exit ports. By means of natural and artificial (laser) reference sources for wavefront sensing, and of deformable mirrors for wavefront correction, MAORY shall be able to compensate the wavefront disturbances affecting the scientific observations, achieving high Strehl ratio and high sky coverage. The optical interfaces to the client instruments must replicate the telescope one while the volume allocation on the Nasmyth platform is under definition at the moment of this writing. We show the latest version of the optical design that matches the current requests and its optical performance. The laser guide stars channel, separated from the science path by means of a dichroic beam-splitter, is also presented.

  15. Multiple-Path-Length Optical Absorbance Cell

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    2001-01-01

    An optical absorbance cell that offers a selection of multiple optical path lengths has been developed as part of a portable spectrometric instrument that measures absorption spectra of small samples of water and that costs less than does a conventional, non-portable laboratory spectrometer. The instrument is intended, more specifically, for use in studying colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in seawater, especially in coastal regions. Accurate characterization of CDOM is necessary for building bio-optical mathematical models of seawater. The multiple path lengths of the absorption cell afford a wide range of sensitivity needed for measuring the optical absorbances associated with the wide range of concentrations of CDOM observed in nature. The instrument operates in the wavelength range of 370 to 725 nm. The major subsystems of the instrument (see figure) include a color-balanced light source; the absorption cell; a peristaltic pump; a high-precision, low-noise fiber optic spectrometer; and a laptop or other personal computer. A fiber-optic cable transmits light from the source to the absorption cell. Other optical fibers transmit light from the absorption cell to the spectrometer,

  16. Calibration of Hubble Space Telescope Focal-Length Variations Using the Embedding Technique

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    Barford, Lee; Tufillaro, Nicholas; Usikov, Daniel; Marochnik, Leonid; McCutcheon, Robert

    2001-06-01

    A modeling method that allows one to rapidly build data-driven models of nonlinear components is discussed. The models are constructed from input/output time domain data and their 'embeddings'. The notion of models built from embedded data is described in the Taken's Embedding Theorem and has been extensively explored for modeling systems in the physics literature. The authors from Agilent Laboratories are developing practical methods to extend these results to non-autonomous systems by creating tools that allow engineers to rapidly build models for driven nonlinear components. These models can be used in simulation, process control, diagnostics, and sensor calibration. Using these methods a 'black-box' data-driven model is generated to calibrate Hubble Space Telescope (HST) focal-length changes on a 5-minute time grid for the period from 1995-1999. These models are built using a program, CHAOS, developed by Agilent Laboratories. The data-driven model predicts the focus for the measured points about 36% better than the Full-Temperature Model (FTM) constructed from a detailed knowledge of the telescope structure. As demonstrated by this HST focal-length calibration, data-driven models, such as those generated with the CHAOS package, have great potential for application to a wide spectrum of HST/Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) calibration problems. In particular, for sensor calibration applications, blackbox nonlinear models can be generated rapidly, which have similar or better performance than models built from a detailed understanding of the system structure.

  17. Three-dimensional fiber probe based on micro focal-length collimation and a fiber Bragg grating for the measurement of micro parts.

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    Cui, Jiwen; Li, Junying; Feng, Kunpeng; Tan, Jiubin

    2015-07-15

    A three-dimensional (3D) fiber probe is proposed for the measurement of micro parts. The probe is made of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) that acts as a micro focal-length cylindrical lens (MFLC-lens) of two mutually orthogonal micro focal-length collimation (MFL-collimation) optical paths. The radial displacement of the probe tip is transformed into the shift of the fringe image collimated by the MFL-collimation optical path; the axial displacement of the probe tip is transformed into the power ratio variation caused by the Bragg wavelength shift. Advantages of the probe are high precision, low cost, high measurable aspect ratio, and capability of decoupling the 3D tactility. PMID:26176466

  18. Optimization-free optical focal field engineering through reversing the radiation pattern from a uniform line source.

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    Yu, Yanzhong; Zhan, Qiwen

    2015-03-23

    A simple and flexible method is presented for the generation of optical focal field with prescribed characteristics. By reversing the field pattern radiated from a uniform line source, for which the electric current is constant along its extent, situated at the focus of a 4Pi focusing system formed by two confocal high-NA objective lenses, the required illumination distribution at the pupil plane for creating optical focal field with desired properties can be obtained. Numerical example shows that an arbitrary length optical needle with extremely high longitudinal polarization purity and consistent transverse size of ~0.36? over the entire depth of focus (DOF) can be created with this method. Coaxially double-focus with spot size of ~0.36? in the transversal direction and ~? in the axial direction separated by a prescribed spacing is illustrated as another example. The length of optical needle field and the interval between double-focus are determined by the length of uniform line source. These engineered focal fields may found potential applications in particle acceleration, optical microscopy, optical trapping and manipulations. PMID:25837091

  19. Optical Arc-Length Sensor For TIG Welding

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    Smith, Matthew A.

    1990-01-01

    Proposed subsystem of tungsten/inert-gas (TIG) welding system measures length of welding arc optically. Viewed by video camera, in one of three alternative optical configurations. Length of arc measured instead of inferred from voltage.

  20. Modeling of a Variable Focal Length Flat Lens Using Left Handed Metamaterials

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    Reinert, Jason

    2004-01-01

    Left Handed Metamaterials (LHM) were originally purposed by Victor Veselago in1968. These substances would allow a flat structure to focus electromagnetic (EM) waves because they have a negative index of refraction. A similar structure made from conventional materials, those with a positive index of refraction, would disperse the waves. But until recently, these structures have been purely theoretical because substances with both a negative permittivity and negative permeability, material properties necessary for a negative index of refraction, do not naturally exist, Recent developments have produced a structure composed of an array of thin wires and split ring resonators that shows a negative index of refraction. area smaller than a square wavelength. How small the area is can be determined by how perfectly the lens is polished and how pure the substance is that composes the lens. These lenses must also be curved for focusing to occur. The focal length is determined by the curvature of the lens and the material. On the other hand, a flat structure made from LHM would focus light because of the effect of a negative index of refraction in Snell s law. The focal length could also be varied by simply adjusting the distance of the lens from the source of radiation. This could create many devices that are adjustable to different situations in fields such as biomedical imaging and communication. the software package XFDTD which solves Maxwell s equations in the frequency domain as well as the time domain. The program used Drude models of materials to simulate the effect of negative permittivity and negative permeability. Because of this, a LHM can be simulated as a solid block of material instead of an array of wires and split ring resonators. After a flat lens is formed, I am to examine the focusing effect of the lens and determine if a higher resolution flat lens can be developed. Traditional lenses made from conventional materials cannot focus an EM wave onto an My goal was to model LHMs and create a flat lens from them. This was to be done using

  1. FOCAL PLANE WAVEFRONT SENSING USING RESIDUAL ADAPTIVE OPTICS SPECKLES

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    Codona, Johanan L.; Kenworthy, Matthew

    2013-04-20

    Optical imperfections, misalignments, aberrations, and even dust can significantly limit sensitivity in high-contrast imaging systems such as coronagraphs. An upstream deformable mirror (DM) in the pupil can be used to correct or compensate for these flaws, either to enhance the Strehl ratio or suppress the residual coronagraphic halo. Measurement of the phase and amplitude of the starlight halo at the science camera is essential for determining the DM shape that compensates for any non-common-path (NCP) wavefront errors. Using DM displacement ripples to create a series of probe and anti-halo speckles in the focal plane has been proposed for space-based coronagraphs and successfully demonstrated in the lab. We present the theory and first on-sky demonstration of a technique to measure the complex halo using the rapidly changing residual atmospheric speckles at the 6.5 m MMT telescope using the Clio mid-IR camera. The AO system's wavefront sensor measurements are used to estimate the residual wavefront, allowing us to approximately compute the rapidly evolving phase and amplitude of speckle halo. When combined with relatively short, synchronized science camera images, the complex speckle estimates can be used to interferometrically analyze the images, leading to an estimate of the static diffraction halo with NCP effects included. In an operational system, this information could be collected continuously and used to iteratively correct quasi-static NCP errors or suppress imperfect coronagraphic halos.

  2. Optimizing the Elemental Sensitivity and Focal Spot Size of a Monolithic Polycapillary Optic Using Micro-X-Ray Fluorescence

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    Worley, C.; Havrilla, G.; Gao, N.; Xia, Q.-F.

    1998-10-01

    A commercial micro-X-ray fluorescence (MXRF) instrument with an aperture X-ray guide was used to compare elemental sensitivities and focal spot sizes with those obtained by focusing the source with a monolithic polycapillary optic retrofitted into the system. The capillary provided an intensity gain of 125 at 4 keV vs. using a pinhole beam collimator; however, this gain advantage declined with increasing analyte line energy as a result of the capillary being designed shorter than its optimal length to fit into the commercial instrument. A minimum capillary focal spot FWHM of 36 {micro}m was achieved, whereas the smallest pinhole aperture available of 50 {micro}m in diameter produced a focal spot width of 69 {micro}m FWHM. Hence, better MXRF lateral resolution could be obtained with the capillary with a simultaneous improvement in elemental sensitivity.

  3. CdTe focal plane detector for hard x-ray focusing optics

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    Seller, Paul; Wilson, Matthew D.; Veale, Matthew C.; Schneider, Andreas; Gaskin, Jessica; Wilson-Hodge, Colleen; Christe, Steven; Shih, Albert Y.; Gregory, Kyle; Inglis, Andrew; Panessa, Marco

    2015-08-01

    The demand for higher resolution x-ray optics (a few arcseconds or better) in the areas of astrophysics and solar science has, in turn, driven the development of complementary detectors. These detectors should have fine pixels, necessary to appropriately oversample the optics at a given focal length, and an energy response also matched to that of the optics. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory have developed a 3-side buttable, 20 mm x 20 mm CdTe-based detector with 250 μm square pixels (80x80 pixels) which achieves 1 keV FWHM @ 60 keV and gives full spectroscopy between 5 keV and 200 keV. An added advantage of these detectors is that they have a full-frame readout rate of 10 kHz. Working with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, 4 of these 1mm-thick CdTe detectors are tiled into a 2x2 array for use at the focal plane of a balloon-borne hard-x-ray telescope, and a similar configuration could be suitable for astrophysics and solar space-based missions. This effort encompasses the fabrication and testing of flightsuitable front-end electronics and calibration of the assembled detector arrays. We explain the operation of the pixelated ASIC readout and measurements, front-end electronics development, preliminary X-ray imaging and spectral performance, and plans for full calibration of the detector assemblies. Work done in conjunction with the NASA Centers is funded through the NASA Science Mission Directorate Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program.

  4. CdTe Focal Plane Detector for Hard X-Ray Focusing Optics

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    Seller, Paul; Wilson, Matthew D.; Veale, Matthew C.; Schneider, Andreas; Gaskin, Jessica; Wilson-Hodge, Colleen; Christe, Steven; Shih, Albert Y.; Inglis, Andrew; Panessa, Marco

    2015-01-01

    The demand for higher resolution x-ray optics (a few arcseconds or better) in the areas of astrophysics and solar science has, in turn, driven the development of complementary detectors. These detectors should have fine pixels, necessary to appropriately oversample the optics at a given focal length, and an energy response also matched to that of the optics. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory have developed a 3-side buttable, 20 millimeter x 20 millimeter CdTe-based detector with 250 micrometer square pixels (80 x 80 pixels) which achieves 1 kiloelectronvolt FWHM (Full-Width Half-Maximum) @ 60 kiloelectronvolts and gives full spectroscopy between 5 kiloelectronvolts and 200 kiloelectronvolts. An added advantage of these detectors is that they have a full-frame readout rate of 10 kilohertz. Working with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, 4 of these 1 millimeter-thick CdTe detectors are tiled into a 2 x 2 array for use at the focal plane of a balloon-borne hard-x-ray telescope, and a similar configuration could be suitable for astrophysics and solar space-based missions. This effort encompasses the fabrication and testing of flight-suitable front-end electronics and calibration of the assembled detector arrays. We explain the operation of the pixelated ASIC readout and measurements, front-end electronics development, preliminary X-ray imaging and spectral performance, and plans for full calibration of the detector assemblies. Work done in conjunction with the NASA Centers is funded through the NASA Science Mission Directorate Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program.

  5. The optical design of relay optics for heterodyne millimeter wave focal plane arrays.

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    Olmi, L.

    2000-03-01

    Since the use of focal plane arrays on millimeter and sub-millimeter telescopes has become more and more important, it has also become evident that there is a need of optimized auxiliary optics that would efficiently couple the telescope to the receiver over large fields of view (i.e., ⪆5-10 beams). In this work the author systematically analyzes several relay optics configurations for heterodyne focal plane arrays, all based on the "Gaussian beam telescope" concept. Because, in examining the image performance of auxiliary optics design at millimeter wavelengths one cannot follow the usual image quality criteria, the author analyzes the designs using both the Strehl ratio and the coupling efficiency to evaluate the quality of the off-axis wavefronts and the loss in power coupling with the horn. Coupling efficiency and Strehl ratio cannot be included in the optimization procedures of commercial optical modelling packages and the author thus describes how to optimize the design using a customized algorithm. The author shows that the minimization of the appropriate error function can reduce the anamorphism of the exit pupil and reduce the loss in the horn coupling.

  6. X-ray imaging inside the focal spot of polycapillary optics using the coded aperture concept.

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    D?browski, K M; Dul, D T; Korecki, P

    2013-02-11

    We present a method for x-ray imaging of objects inside the focal spot of polycapillary optics that resolves details smaller than the focal spot dimensions. This method employs coded aperture imaging, in which the micro-structure of polycapillary optics is treated as the coding pattern. Projection of the object is decoded from a magnified x-ray image of the polycapillary structure which is specifically sharpened by the object. Field of view can be extended by scanning the object across the focal spot. PMID:23481750

  7. Precise annealing of focal plane arrays for optical detection

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    Bender, Daniel A.

    2015-09-22

    Precise annealing of identified defective regions of a Focal Plane Array ("FPA") (e.g., exclusive of non-defective regions of the FPA) facilitates removal of defects from an FPA that has been hybridized and/or packaged with readout electronics. Radiation is optionally applied under operating conditions, such as under cryogenic temperatures, such that performance of an FPA can be evaluated before, during, and after annealing without requiring thermal cycling.

  8. Optical sensitivity non-uniformity analysis and optimization of a tilt optical readout focal plane array

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    Fu, Jianyu; Shang, Haiping; Shi, Haitao; Li, Zhigang; Ou, Yi; Chen, Dapeng; Zhang, Qingchuan

    2016-02-01

    An optical readout focal plane array (FPA) usually has a differently tilted reflector/absorber at the initial state due to the micromachining technique. The angular deviation of the reflector/absorber has a strong impact on the optical sensitivity non-uniformity, which is a key factor which affects the imaging uniformity. In this study, a theoretical analysis has been developed, and it is found that the stress matching in SiO2-Aluminum (Al) bilayer leg could make a contribution towards reducing the optical sensitivity non-uniformity. Ion implantation of phosphorus (P) has been utilized to control the stress in SiO2 film. By controlling the implantation energy and dose, the stress and stress stability are modified. The optical readout FPA has been successfully fabricated with the stress-control technique based on P+ implantation. It is demonstrated that the gray response non-uniformity of optical readout FPA has decreased from 25.69% to 10.7%.

  9. Astrocytes phagocytose focal dystrophies from shortening myelin segments in the optic nerve of Xenopus laevis at metamorphosis

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    Mills, Elizabeth A.; Davis, Chung-ha O.; Bushong, Eric A.; Boassa, Daniela; Kim, Keun-Young; Ellisman, Mark H.; Marsh-Armstrong, Nicholas

    2015-01-01

    Oligodendrocytes can adapt to increases in axon diameter through the addition of membrane wraps to myelin segments. Here, we report that myelin segments can also decrease their length in response to optic nerve (ON) shortening during Xenopus laevis metamorphic remodeling. EM-based analyses revealed that myelin segment shortening is accomplished by focal myelin-axon detachments and protrusions from otherwise intact myelin segments. Astrocyte processes remove these focal myelin dystrophies using known phagocytic machinery, including the opsonin milk fat globule-EGF factor 8 (Mfge8) and the downstream effector ras-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate 1 (Rac1). By the end of metamorphic nerve shortening, one-quarter of all myelin in the ON is enwrapped or internalized by astrocytes. As opposed to the removal of degenerating myelin by macrophages, which is usually associated with axonal pathologies, astrocytes selectively remove large amounts of myelin without damaging axons during this developmental remodeling event. PMID:26240339

  10. Measurement of Trap Length for an Optical Trap

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    Wrbanek, Susan Y.

    2009-01-01

    The trap length along the beam axis for an optical trap formed with an upright, oil-immersion microscope was measured. The goals for this effort were twofold. It was deemed useful to understand the depth to which an optical trap can reach for purposes of developing a tool to assist in the fabrication of miniature devices. Additionally, it was desired to know whether the measured trap length favored one or the other of two competing theories to model an optical trap. The approach was to trap a microsphere of known size and mass and raise it from its initial trap position. The microsphere was then dropped by blocking the laser beam for a pre-determined amount of time. Dropping the microsphere in a free-fall mode from various heights relative to the coverslip provides an estimate of how the trapping length changes with depth in water in a sample chamber on a microscope slide. While it was not possible to measure the trap length with sufficient precision to support any particular theory of optical trap formation, it was possible to find regions where the presence of physical boundaries influenced optical traps, and determine that the trap length, for the apparatus studied, is between 6 and 7 m. These results allow more precise control using optical micromanipulation to assemble miniature devices by providing information about the distance over which an optical trap is effective.

  11. Effective-focal-length calculations and measurements for a radial diffraction grating

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    Koch, J.A.; Cui, S.; McNeill, M.A.

    1999-11-01

    As the technology for manufacturing radial diffraction gratings improves, there will be increasing interest in using high-groove-density radial gratings as scales for precision interferometer-type rotary encoders. If efficiency in optical designs is to be optimized, the focusing properties of these gratings must be understood. We use analytical geometry to investigate the focusing properties of a radial diffraction grating illuminated by laser light diverging from a pointlike source. We compare the results with experiments that we performed with a state-of-the-art custom radial grating, and we obtain excellent agreement with our calculations, which improve on earlier analytical work. {copyright} 1999 Optical Society of America

  12. Dynamic optical properties in graphene: Length versus velocity gauge

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    Dong, H. M.; Han, K.; Xu, W.

    2014-02-14

    The dynamic optical properties of graphene are theoretically investigated in both length gauge and velocity gauge in the presence of ultrafast optical radiation field. The two gauges present different results of dynamic photo-induced carriers and optical conductance due to distinct dependencies on electric field and non-resonant optical absorption, while the two gauges give identical results in the steady state time. It shows that the choice of gauge affects evidently the dynamic optical properties of graphene. The velocity gauge represents an outcome of a real physical experiment.

  13. Mid-wave infrared metasurface microlensed focal plane array for optical crosstalk suppression.

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    Ak?n, Onur; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2015-10-19

    Spatial crosstalk is one of the fundamental drawbacks of diminishing pixel size in mid-wave infrared focal plane arrays (IR-FPAs). We proposed an IR-FPA using the concept of optical phase discontinuities for substantial optical crosstalk suppression. This IR-FPA consists of asymmetrically tailored V-shaped optical antennas. Full-wave simulations confirmed major improvements in narrowing the intensity distribution of incident light beam by over 30-folds and concentrating these distributions in the central pixel of IR-FPA by achieving optical crosstalks of <1%. PMID:26480363

  14. Smart polymers containing substituted coumarin side groups enable photo-induced tuning of focal length of intraocular lenses

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    Schraub, Martin; Hampp, Norbert

    2011-03-01

    Over the past 100 years medicine evolved continuously, which can clearly be seen in the rising average of life expectancy. But as the population becomes older and older the number of old age diseases increases. Cataract is such an old age disease and worldwide the number one reason for blindness. Implantation of IOL's is up-to-date the only possibility to restore vision. In this study we present novel polymers containing derivatized coumarins in the side chains as smart materials for IOL manufacturing. These materials enable tuning of the focal length of an already implanted IOL by 2 diopters via photo induced dimerization and cleavage of the coumarin side groups respectively. The advantages of these new polymers are increased dimerization rates while decreasing the energy dose needed for photochemical dimerization of the coumarin side groups.

  15. Optical path-length matrix method for estimating skin spectrum

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    Yamamoto, Satoshi; Fujiwara, Izumi; Yamauchi, Midori; Tsumura, Norimichi; Ogawa-Ochiai, Keiko

    2012-11-01

    In this article, we propose a new methodthe optical path-length matrix method (OPLM)as a faster alternative to the Monte Carlo for multi-layered media (MCML), which is often used to simulate the skin spectrum. Theoretically, peripheral oxygen saturation can be estimated by iterating MCML, but it is not a realistic strategy because it requires huge computation time. The optical path-length matrix is obtained as the probabilistic density histograms of the optical path length in skin using MCML, and once the matrix is obtained, skin spectral reflectance can be calculated by accumulating all combinations of elements in the matrix and by setting an absorption coefficient based on the Beer-Lambert law. The computational time of OPLM was approximately 26,000 times faster than that of MCML.

  16. Measurement of the Length of an Optical Trap

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    Wrbanek, Susan Y.

    2010-01-01

    NASA Glenn has been involved in developing optical trapping and optical micromanipulation techniques in order to develop a tool that can be used to probe, characterize, and assemble nano and microscale materials to create microscale sensors for harsh flight environments. In order to be able to assemble a sensor or probe candidate sensor material, it is useful to know how far an optical trap can reach; that is, the distance beyond/below the stable trapping point through which an object will be drawn into the optical trap. Typically, to measure the distance over which an optical trap would influence matter in a horizontal (perpendicular to beam propagation) direction, it was common to hold an object in one optical trap, place a second optical trap a known distance away, turn off the first optical trap, and note if the object was moved into the second trap when it was turned on. The disadvantage of this technique is that it only gives information of trap influence distance in horizontal (x y) directions. No information about the distance of the influence of the trap is gained in the direction of propagation of the beam (the z direction). A method was developed to use a time-of-flight technique to determine the length along the propagation direction of an optical trap beam over which an object may be drawn into the optical trap. Test objects (polystyrene microspheres) were held in an optical trap in a water-filled sample chamber and raised to a pre-determined position near the top of the sample chamber. Next, the test objects were released by blocking the optical trap beam. The test objects were allowed to fall through the water for predetermined periods of time, at the end of which the trapping beam was unblocked. It was noted whether or not the test object returned to the optical trap or continued to fall. This determination of the length of an optical trap's influence by this manner assumes that the test object falls through the water in the sample chamber at terminal velocity for the duration of its fall, so that the distance of trap influence can be computed simply by: d = VTt, where d is the trap length (or distance of trap reach), VT is the terminal velocity of the test object, and t is the time interval over which the object is allowed to fall.

  17. Double peacock eye optical element for extended focal depth imaging with ophthalmic applications.

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    Romero, Lenny A; Millán, María S; Jaroszewicz, Zbigniew; Kolodziejczyk, Andrzej

    2012-04-01

    The aged human eye is commonly affected by presbyopia, and therefore, it gradually loses its capability to form images of objects placed at different distances. Extended depth of focus (EDOF) imaging elements can overcome this inability, despite the introduction of a certain amount of aberration. This paper evaluates the EDOF imaging performance of the so-called peacock eye phase diffractive element, which focuses an incident plane wave into a segment of the optical axis and explores the element's potential use for ophthalmic presbyopia compensation optics. Two designs of the element are analyzed: the single peacock eye, which produces one focal segment along the axis, and the double peacock eye, which is a spatially multiplexed element that produces two focal segments with partial overlapping along the axis. The performances of the peacock eye elements are compared with those of multifocal lenses through numerical simulations as well as optical experiments in the image space. The results demonstrate that the peacock eye elements form sharper images along the focal segment than the multifocal lenses and, therefore, are more suitable for presbyopia compensation. The extreme points of the depth of field in the object space, which represent the remote and the near object points, have been experimentally obtained for both the single and the double peacock eye optical elements. The double peacock eye element has better imaging quality for relatively short and intermediate distances than the single peacock eye, whereas the latter seems better for far distance vision. PMID:22559691

  18. Ultra-low-loss tapered optical fibers with minimal lengths.

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    Nagai, Ryutaro; Aoki, Takao

    2014-11-17

    We design and fabricate ultra-low-loss tapered optical fibers (TOFs) with minimal lengths. We first optimize variations of the torch scan length using the flame-brush method for fabricating TOFs with taper angles that satisfy the adiabaticity criteria. We accordingly fabricate TOFs with optimal shapes and compare their transmission to TOFs with a constant taper angle and TOFs with an exponential shape. The highest transmission measured for TOFs with an optimal shape is in excess of 99.7% with a total TOF length of only 23 mm, whereas TOFs with a constant taper angle of 2 mrad reach 99.6% transmission for a 63 mm TOF length. PMID:25402084

  19. Focal-Plane Imaging of Crossed Beams in Nonlinear Optics Experiments

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    Bivolaru, Daniel; Herring, G. C.

    2007-01-01

    An application of focal-plane imaging that can be used as a real time diagnostic of beam crossing in various optical techniques is reported. We discuss two specific versions and demonstrate the capability of maximizing system performance with an example in a combined dual-pump coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering interferometric Rayleigh scattering experiment (CARS-IRS). We find that this imaging diagnostic significantly reduces beam alignment time and loss of CARS-IRS signals due to inadvertent misalignments.

  20. All-optical, thermo-optical path length modulation based on the vanadium-doped fibers.

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    Matjasec, Ziga; Campelj, Stanislav; Donlagic, Denis

    2013-05-20

    This paper presents an all-fiber, fully-optically controlled, optical-path length modulator based on highly absorbing optical fiber. The modulator utilizes a high-power 980 nm pump diode and a short section of vanadium-co-doped single mode fiber that is heated through absorption and a non-radiative relaxation process. The achievable path length modulation range primarily depends on the pump's power and the convective heat-transfer coefficient of the surrounding gas, while the time response primarily depends on the heated fiber's diameter. An absolute optical length change in excess of 500 m and a time-constant as short as 11 ms, were demonstrated experimentally. The all-fiber design allows for an electrically-passive and remote operation of the modulator. The presented modulator could find use within various fiber-optics systems that require optical (remote) path length control or modulation. PMID:23736401

  1. Phase Length Optical Phase-Locked-Loop Sensor

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    Heyman, Joseph S. (inventor)

    1988-01-01

    The invention is a device that provides a high resolution measurement of the change in optical phase length from the device optical system source to an optical reflector. The invention consists of a optical phase locked loop that uses a laser beam as a carrier of an intensity modulated energy source. The novelty of the invention appears to lie in the overall combination of elements which provide high resolution without loss of wide dynamic range. The invention does not depend on coherent reflection from a target, and thus can measure targets that do not have special preparation or corner reflectors. The use of carrier modulation achieves high resolution without the problems of high speed pulse duration systems. Thus the invention has the advantages of simplicity, low cost, and small size without sacrificing resolution.

  2. In Vivo Mapping of Cortical Columnar Networks in the Monkey with Focal Electrical and Optical Stimulation

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    Roe, Anna Wang; Chernov, Mykyta M.; Friedman, Robert M.; Chen, Gang

    2015-01-01

    There are currently largescale efforts to understand the brain as a connection machine. However, there has been little emphasis on understanding connection patterns between functionally specific cortical columns. Here, we review development and application of focal electrical and optical stimulation methods combined with optical imaging and fMRI mapping in the non-human primate. These new approaches, when applied systematically on a large scale, will elucidate functionally specific intra-areal and inter-areal network connection patterns. Such functionally specific network data can provide accurate views of brain network topology. PMID:26635539

  3. In Vivo Mapping of Cortical Columnar Networks in the Monkey with Focal Electrical and Optical Stimulation.

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    Roe, Anna Wang; Chernov, Mykyta M; Friedman, Robert M; Chen, Gang

    2015-01-01

    There are currently largescale efforts to understand the brain as a connection machine. However, there has been little emphasis on understanding connection patterns between functionally specific cortical columns. Here, we review development and application of focal electrical and optical stimulation methods combined with optical imaging and fMRI mapping in the non-human primate. These new approaches, when applied systematically on a large scale, will elucidate functionally specific intra-areal and inter-areal network connection patterns. Such functionally specific network data can provide accurate views of brain network topology. PMID:26635539

  4. Talbot multi-focal holographic fluorescence endoscopy for optically sectioned imaging.

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    Lin, Chen Yen; Lin, Wei-Tang; Chen, Hsi-Hsun; Wong, Jau-Min; Singh, Vijay Raj; Luo, Yuan

    2016-01-15

    A wide-field multi-plane endoscopic system incorporating multiplexed volume holographic gratings and Talbot illumination to simultaneously acquire optically sectioned fluorescence images of tissue structures from different depths is presented. The proposed endoscopic system is configured such that multiple Talbot-illumination planes occur inside a volumetric sample and serve as the input focal planes for the subsequent multiplexed volume holographic imaging gratings. We describe the design, implementation, and experimental data demonstrating this endoscopic system's ability to obtain optically sectioned multi-plane fluorescent images of tissue samples in wide-field fashion without scanning in lateral and axial directions. PMID:26766710

  5. Relationship between large-aperture optical components of striated surface shape and focal spot characteristics in the far-field

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    Lei, Zemin; Sun, Xiaoyan; Yin, Xianhua; Lv, Fengnian; Zhang, Zhen; Lu, Xingqiang; Fan, Dianyuan

    2015-07-01

    Surface shape of optical components is an essential factor of the laser beam quality. Different types of surface correspond to different characteristics of the laser focal spot. Striated surface shape is one of common and typical cases of optical component surfaces in laser facilities, which have attracted great attention. For learning the impact of the component on focal spot in the far-field, a model component with the similar features was introduced in the study. Intensity distributions of focal spot in the far-field was simulated after laser beam went through the model component. Effects of the modulation depth and the modulation period on spot morphology were presented. Furthermore, the relations between these optical specifications and focal spots with some requirements had been analyzed. The results can enhance our understanding about striae degrees of optical elements and have reference values to guide the processing and the use of large-aperture components correctly.

  6. Measurement and compensation of laser-induced wavefront deformations and focal shifts in near IR optics.

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    Stubenvoll, Martin; Schäfer, Bernd; Mann, Klaus

    2014-10-20

    We demonstrate the feasibility of passive compensation of the thermal lens effect in fused silica optics, placing suitable optical materials with negative dn/dT in the beam path of a high power near IR fiber laser. Following a brief overview of the involved mechanisms, photo-thermal absorption measurements with a Hartmann-Shack sensor are described, from which coefficients for surface/coating and bulk absorption in various materials are determined. Based on comprehensive knowledge of the 2D wavefront deformations resulting from absorption, passive compensation of thermally induced aberrations in complex optical systems is possible, as illustrated for an F-Theta objective. By means of caustic measurements during high-power operation we are able to demonstrate a 60% reduction of the focal shift in F-Theta lenses through passive compensation. PMID:25401572

  7. Optical fiber length measurement by external phase modulation type optical heterodyne reflectometry

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    Kimura, T.; Sawada, I.; Sasaki, N.; Noda, K. )

    1989-04-01

    A method for measuring optical fiber length is proposed and demonstrated experimentally with external phase modulation optical heterodyne reflectometry using a He-Ne laser as a light source. The system offers a simple length measuring method with satisfactory resolution. The reflected waves from fiber faults, if any, also can be detected by this method by observing two signals which occur at fault points and the fiber end.

  8. Focal Activation of Cells by Plasmon Resonance Assisted Optical Injection of Signaling Molecules

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    2015-01-01

    Experimental methods for single cell intracellular delivery are essential for probing cell signaling dynamics within complex cellular networks, such as those making up the tumor microenvironment. Here, we show a quantitative and general method of interrogation of signaling pathways. We applied highly focused near-infrared laser light to optically inject gold-coated liposomes encapsulating bioactive molecules into single cells for focal activation of cell signaling. For this demonstration, we encapsulated either inositol trisphosphate (IP3), an endogenous cell signaling second messenger, or adenophostin A (AdA), a potent analogue of IP, within 100 nm gold-coated liposomes, and injected these gold-coated liposomes and their contents into the cytosol of single ovarian carcinoma cells to initiate calcium (Ca2+) release from intracellular stores. Upon optical injection of IP3 or AdA at doses above the activation threshold, we observed increases in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration within the injected cell initiating the propagation of a Ca2+ wave throughout nearby cells. As confirmed by octanol-induced inhibition, the intercellular Ca2+ wave traveled via gap junctions. Optical injection of gold-coated liposomes represents a quantitative method of focal activation of signaling cascades of broad interest in biomedical research. PMID:24877558

  9. Optical design of the focal adjustable flashlight based on a power white-LED

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    Cai, Jhih-You; Lo, Yi-Chien; Sun, Ching-Cherng

    2011-10-01

    In the paper, we design a focal adjustable flashlight, which can provide the spotlight and the wide-angle illumination in different modes. For most users, they two request two illumination modes. In such two modes, one is high density energy of the light pattern and the other is the uniform light pattern in a wide view field. In designing the focal adjustable flashlight, we first build a precise optical model for the high-power LED produced by CREE Inc. in mid-field verification to make sure the accuracy of our simulation. Typically, the lens is useful to be the key component of the adjustable flashlight, but the optical efficiency is low. Here, we introduce a concept of so-called total internal refraction (TIR) lens into the design of flashlight. By defocusing the TIR lens, the flashlight can quickly change the beam size and energy density to various applications. We design two segments of the side of the TIR lens so that they can be applied to the two modes, and the flashlight provides a high optical efficiency for each mode. The illuminance of the center of light pattern at a distance of 2 m from the lamp is also higher than using the lens in the spotlight and wide-angle illumination. It provides good lighting functions for users.

  10. Remote focal scanning optical projection tomography with an electrically tunable lens

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    Chen, Lingling; Kumar, Sunil; Kelly, Douglas; Andrews, Natalie; Dallman, Margaret J.; French, Paul M. W.; McGinty, James

    2014-01-01

    We describe a remote focal scanning technique for optical projection tomography (OPT) implemented with an electrically tunable lens (ETL) that removes the need to scan the specimen or objective lens. Using a 4× objective lens the average spatial resolution is improved by ∼46% and the light collection efficiency by a factor of ∼6.76, thereby enabling increased acquisition speed and reduced light dose. This convenient implementation is particularly appropriate for lower magnifications and larger sample diameters where axial objective scanning would encounter problems with speed and stability. PMID:25360356

  11. Remote focal scanning optical projection tomography with an electrically tunable lens.

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    Chen, Lingling; Kumar, Sunil; Kelly, Douglas; Andrews, Natalie; Dallman, Margaret J; French, Paul M W; McGinty, James

    2014-10-01

    We describe a remote focal scanning technique for optical projection tomography (OPT) implemented with an electrically tunable lens (ETL) that removes the need to scan the specimen or objective lens. Using a 4 objective lens the average spatial resolution is improved by ?46% and the light collection efficiency by a factor of ?6.76, thereby enabling increased acquisition speed and reduced light dose. This convenient implementation is particularly appropriate for lower magnifications and larger sample diameters where axial objective scanning would encounter problems with speed and stability. PMID:25360356

  12. Holographic illumination in optical readout focal plane array infrared imaging system.

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    Liu, Ming; Zhao, Yuejin; Dong, Liquan; Yu, Xiaomei; Liu, Xiaohua; Hui, Mei; You, Jianfeng; Yi, Yuliang

    2009-11-15

    An IR imaging system based on a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microcantilever is uncooled, low-cost, and more reliable than traditional systems. However, it is difficult to avoid unwanted shape distortions in fabrication, which can degrade image quality in many ways, so we use holography to compensate for these shape distortions in an optical readout focal plane array (FPA) IR imaging system. The experiment shows that it is a feasible way to improve system performance, especially when it is too difficult to perfect the techniques of an FPA fabrication. PMID:19927206

  13. Optical scattering lengths in large liquid-scintillator neutrino detectors

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    Wurm, M.; Feilitzsch, F. von; Goeger-Neff, M.; Hofmann, M.; Lewke, T.; Meindl, Q.; Moellenberg, R.; Oberauer, L.; Potzel, W.; Tippmann, M.; Todor, S.; Winter, J.; Lachenmaier, T.; Traunsteiner, C.; Undagoitia, T. Marrodan

    2010-05-15

    For liquid-scintillator neutrino detectors of kiloton scale, the transparency of the organic solvent is of central importance. The present paper reports on laboratory measurements of the optical scattering lengths of the organic solvents phenylxylylethane, linear alkylbenzene (LAB), and dodecane, which are under discussion for next-generation experiments such as SNO+ (Sudbury Neutrino Observatory), HanoHano, or LENA (Low Energy Neutrino Astronomy). Results comprise the wavelength range of 415-440 nm. The contributions from Rayleigh and Mie scattering as well as from absorption/re-emission processes are discussed. Based on the present results, LAB seems to be the preferred solvent for a large-volume detector.

  14. 3D modeling of architectural objects from video data obtained with the fixed focal length lens geometry

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    Deli?, Paulina; K?dzierski, Micha?; Fry?kowska, Anna; Wili?ska, Michalina

    2013-12-01

    The article describes the process of creating 3D models of architectural objects on the basis of video images, which had been acquired by a Sony NEX-VG10E fixed focal length video camera. It was assumed, that based on video and Terrestrial Laser Scanning data it is possible to develop 3D models of architectural objects. The acquisition of video data was preceded by the calibration of video camera. The process of creating 3D models from video data involves the following steps: video frames selection for the orientation process, orientation of video frames using points with known coordinates from Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), generating a TIN model using automatic matching methods. The above objects have been measured with an impulse laser scanner, Leica ScanStation 2. Created 3D models of architectural objects were compared with 3D models of the same objects for which the self-calibration bundle adjustment process was performed. In this order a PhotoModeler Software was used. In order to assess the accuracy of the developed 3D models of architectural objects, points with known coordinates from Terrestrial Laser Scanning were used. To assess the accuracy a shortest distance method was used. Analysis of the accuracy showed that 3D models generated from video images differ by about 0.06 0.13 m compared to TLS data. Artyku? zawiera opis procesu opracowania modeli 3D obiektw architektonicznych na podstawie obrazw wideo pozyskanych kamer? wideo Sony NEX-VG10E ze sta?oogniskowym obiektywem. Przyj?to za?o?enie, ?e na podstawie danych wideo i danych z naziemnego skaningu laserowego (NSL) mo?liwe jest opracowanie modeli 3D obiektw architektonicznych. Pozyskanie danych wideo zosta?o poprzedzone kalibracj? kamery wideo. Model matematyczny kamery by? oparty na rzucie perspektywicznym. Proces opracowania modeli 3D na podstawie danych wideo sk?ada? si? z nast?puj?cych etapw: wybr klatek wideo do procesu orientacji, orientacja klatek wideo na podstawie wsp?rz?dnych odczytanych z chmury punktw NSL, wygenerowanie modelu 3D w strukturze TIN z wykorzystaniem metod automatycznej korelacji obrazw. Opracowane modele 3D zosta?y porwnane z modelami 3D tych samych obiektw, dla ktrych zosta?a przeprowadzona samokalibracja metod? wi?zek. W celu oceny dok?adno?ci opracowanych modeli 3D obiektw architektonicznych wykorzystano punkty naziemnego skaningu laserowego. Do oceny dok?adno?ci wykorzystano metod? najkrtszej odleg?o?ci. Analiza dok?adno?ci wykaza?a, ?e dok?adno?? modeli 3D generowanych na podstawie danych wideo wynosi oko?o 0.06 0.13m wzgl?dem danych NSL.

  15. High-resolution optical see-through multi-focal-plane head-mounted display using freeform optics.

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    Hu, Xinda; Hua, Hong

    2014-06-01

    Conventional stereoscopic displays force an unnatural decoupling of the accommodation and convergence cues, which may contribute to various visual artifacts and have adverse effects on depth perception accuracy. In this paper, we present the design and implementation of a high-resolution optical see-through multi-focal-plane head-mounted display enabled by state-of-the-art freeform optics. The prototype system is capable of rendering nearly-correct focus cues for a large volume of 3D space, extending into a depth range from 0 to 3 diopters. The freeform optics, consisting of a freeform prism eyepiece and a freeform lens, demonstrates an angular resolution of 1.8 arcminutes across a 40-degree diagonal field of view in the virtual display path while providing a 0.5 arcminutes angular resolution to the see-through view. PMID:24921581

  16. Optical microangiography reveals collateral blood perfusion dynamics in mouse cerebral cortex after focal stroke

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    Baran, Utku; Li, Yuandong; Wang, Ruikang K.

    2015-03-01

    Arteriolo-arteriolar anastomosis's role in regulating blood perfusion through penetrating arterioles during stroke is yet to be discovered. We apply ultra-high sensitive optical microangiography (UHS-OMAG) and Doppler optical microangiography (DOMAG) techniques to evaluate vessel diameter and red blood cell velocity changes in large number of pial and penetrating arterioles in relation with arteriolo-arteriolar anastomosis (AAA) during and after focal stroke. Thanks to the high sensitivity of UHS-OMAG, we were able to image pial microvasculature up to capillary level through a cranial window (9 mm2), and DOMAG provided clear image of penetrating arterioles up to 500?m depth. Results showed that penetrating arterioles close to a strong AAA connection dilate whereas penetrating arterioles constrict significantly in weaker AAA regions. These results suggest that AAA plays a major role in active regulation of the pial arterioles, and weaker AAA connections lead to poor blood perfusion to penumbra through penetrating arterioles.

  17. Measuring integrated cellular mechanical stress response at focal adhesions by optical tweezers

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    Bordeleau, François; Bessard, Judicael; Marceau, Normand; Sheng, Yunlong

    2011-09-01

    The ability of cells to sustain mechanical stress is largely modulated by the cytoskeleton. We present a new application of optical tweezers to study cell's mechanical properties. We trap a fibronectin-coated bead attached to an adherent H4II-EC3 rat hepatoma cell in order to apply the force to the cell surface membrane. The bead position corresponding to the cell's local mechanical response at focal adhesions is measured with a quadrant detector. We assessed the cell response by tracking the evolution of the equilibrium force for 40 cells selected at random and selected a temporal window to assess the cell initial force expression at focal adhesions. The mean value of the force within this time window over 40 randomly selected bead/cell bounds was 52.3 pN. Then, we assessed the responses of the cells with modulation of the cytoskeletons, namely the ubiquitous actin-microfilaments and microtubules, plus the differentiation-dependent keratin intermediate filaments. Notably, a destabilization of the first two networks led to around 50 and 30% reductions in the mean equilibrium forces, respectively, relative to untreated cells, whereas a loss of the third one yielded a 25% increase. The differences in the forces from untreated and treated cells are resolved by the optical tweezers experiment.

  18. Measuring integrated cellular mechanical stress response at focal adhesions by optical tweezers.

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    Bordeleau, Franois; Bessard, Judicael; Marceau, Normand; Sheng, Yunlong

    2011-09-01

    The ability of cells to sustain mechanical stress is largely modulated by the cytoskeleton. We present a new application of optical tweezers to study cell's mechanical properties. We trap a fibronectin-coated bead attached to an adherent H4II-EC3 rat hepatoma cell in order to apply the force to the cell surface membrane. The bead position corresponding to the cell's local mechanical response at focal adhesions is measured with a quadrant detector. We assessed the cell response by tracking the evolution of the equilibrium force for 40 cells selected at random and selected a temporal window to assess the cell initial force expression at focal adhesions. The mean value of the force within this time window over 40 randomly selected bead?cell bounds was 52.3 pN. Then, we assessed the responses of the cells with modulation of the cytoskeletons, namely the ubiquitous actin-microfilaments and microtubules, plus the differentiation-dependent keratin intermediate filaments. Notably, a destabilization of the first two networks led to around 50 and 30% reductions in the mean equilibrium forces, respectively, relative to untreated cells, whereas a loss of the third one yielded a 25% increase. The differences in the forces from untreated and treated cells are resolved by the optical tweezers experiment. PMID:21950914

  19. Laser Metrology for an Optical-Path-Length Modulator

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    Gursel, Yekta

    2005-01-01

    Laser gauges have been developed to satisfy requirements specific to monitoring the amplitude of the motion of an optical-path-length modulator that is part of an astronomical interferometer. The modulator includes a corner-cube retroreflector driven by an electromagnetic actuator. During operation of the astronomical interferometer, the electromagnet is excited to produce linear reciprocating motion of the corner-cube retroreflector at an amplitude of 2 to 4 mm at a frequency of 250, 750, or 1,250 Hz. Attached to the corner-cube retroreflector is a small pick-off mirror. To suppress vibrations, a counterweight having a mass equal to that of the corner-cube retroreflector and pick-off mirror is mounted on another electromagnetic actuator that is excited in opposite phase. Each gauge is required to measure the amplitude of the motion of the pick-off mirror, assuming that the motions of the pick-off mirror and the corner-cube retroreflector are identical, so as to measure the amplitude of motion of the corner- cube retroreflector to within an error of the order of picometers at each excitation frequency. Each gauge is a polarization-insensitive heterodyne interferometer that includes matched collimators, beam separators, and photodiodes (see figure). The light needed for operation of the gauge comprises two pairs of laser beams, the beams in each pair being separated by a beat frequency of 80 kHz. The laser beams are generated by an apparatus, denoted the heterodyne plate, that includes stabilized helium-neon lasers, acousto-optical modulators, and associated optical and electronic subsystems. The laser beams are coupled from the heterodyne plate to the collimators via optical fibers.

  20. THz imaging using Glow Discharge Detector (GDD) focal plane arrays and large aperture quasi optic mirrors

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    Kopeika, N. S.; Abramovich, A.; Joseph, H.; Rozban, D.; Akram, A.; Levanon, A.; Yadid-Pecht, O.; Belenky, A.; Lineykin, S.

    2010-10-01

    The properties of terahertz (THz) radiation are well known. They penetrate well most nonconducting media; there are no known biological hazards, and atmospheric attenuation and scattering is lower than for visual and IR radiation. Recently we have found that common miniature commercial neon glow discharge detector (GDD) lamps costing typically about 30 cents each exhibit high sensitivity to THz radiation, with microsecond order rise times, thus making them excellent candidates for such focal plane arrays. Based on this technology we designed, built and tested 4X4 and 8X8 GDD focal plane arrays. A line vector of 32 GDD pixels is being designed in order to increase the number of pixels in such arrays and thus the image resolution. Unique large aperture quasi optic mirrors were design and tested experimentally in this work. A new technology of light weight large aperture mirrors is proposed in this work. In this case a metal coating on plastic substrate is demonstrated. According to first experiments this technology proves to reliable with minimal deformation in LAB conditions. THz Images at 100 GHz were taken using this new inexpensive technology with good quality and resolution.

  1. The focal plane adaptive optics test box of the Observatoire du Mont-Mgantic

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    Deschnes, William; Brousseau, Denis; Lavigne, Jean-Francois; Thibault, Simon; Vran, Jean-Pierre

    2014-08-01

    With the upcoming construction of Extremely Large Telescopes, several existing technologies are being pushed beyond their performance limit and it becomes essential to develop and evaluate new alternatives. The "Observatoire du Mont Mgantic" (OMM) hosts a telescope having a 1.6-meter diameter primary. The OMM telescope is known to be an excellent location to develop and test precursor instruments which are then upscaled to larger telescopes (ex. SPIOMM which led to SITELLE at the CFHT). We present a specifically designed focal plane box for the OMM which will allow to evaluate, directly on-sky, the performance of a number of next generation adaptive optics related technologies The system will able us to compare the performance of several new wavefront sensors in contrast with the current standard, the Shack-Hartman wavefront sensor.

  2. Focal-plane wavefront sensing with high-order adaptive optics systems

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    Korkiakoski, Visa; Keller, Christoph U.; Doelman, Niek; Kenworthy, Matthew; Otten, Gilles; Verhaegen, Michel

    2014-08-01

    We investigate methods to calibrate the non-common path aberrations at an adaptive optics system having a wavefront-correcting device working with an extremely high resolution (larger than 150x150 correcting elements). We use focal-plane images collected successively, the corresponding phase-diversity information and numerically efficient algorithms to calculate the required wavefront updates. Different approaches are considered in numerical simulations, and laboratory experiments are shown to confirm the results. We compare the performances of the standard Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm, Fast and Furious (use of small-phase assumption to take advantage of linearisation) and recently proposed phase-retrieval methods based on convex optimisation. The results indicate that the calibration task is easiest with algorithms similar to Fast and Furious, at least in the framework we considered.

  3. Coherent Optical Focal Plane Array Receiver for PPM Signals: Investigation and Applications

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    Fernandez, Michela Munoz

    2006-01-01

    The performance of a coherent optical focal plane array receiver for PPM signals under atmospheric turbulence is investigated and applications of this system are addressed. The experimental demonstration of this project has already been explained in previous publications [1]. This article shows a more exhaustive analysis of the expressions needed to obtain the Bit Error Rate (BER) for the real system under study in the laboratory. Selected experimental results of this system are described and compared with theoretical BER expressions, and array combining gains are presented. Receiver sensitivity in terms of photons per bit (PPB) is examined; BER results are shown as a function of signal to noise ratios, (SNR), as well as a function of photons per symbol, and photons per bit.

  4. A superconducting focal plane array for ultraviolet, optical, and near-infrared astrophysics.

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    Mazin, Benjamin A; Bumble, Bruce; Meeker, Seth R; O'Brien, Kieran; McHugh, Sean; Langman, Eric

    2012-01-16

    Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors, or MKIDs, have proven to be a powerful cryogenic detector technology due to their sensitivity and the ease with which they can be multiplexed into large arrays. A MKID is an energy sensor based on a photon-variable superconducting inductance in a lithographed microresonator, and is capable of functioning as a photon detector across the electromagnetic spectrum as well as a particle detector. Here we describe the first successful effort to create a photon-counting, energy-resolving ultraviolet, optical, and near infrared MKID focal plane array. These new Optical Lumped Element (OLE) MKID arrays have significant advantages over semiconductor detectors like charge coupled devices (CCDs). They can count individual photons with essentially no false counts and determine the energy and arrival time of every photon with good quantum efficiency. Their physical pixel size and maximum count rate is well matched with large telescopes. These capabilities enable powerful new astrophysical instruments usable from the ground and space. MKIDs could eventually supplant semiconductor detectors for most astronomical instrumentation, and will be useful for other disciplines such as quantum optics and biological imaging. PMID:22274494

  5. On the performance of optical filters for the XMM focal plane CCD-camera EPIC

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    Stephan, K.-H.; Reppin, C.; Maier, H. J.; Frischke, D.; Fuchs, D.; Müller, P.; Moeller, S.; Gürtler, P.

    1995-02-01

    Optical filters have been developed for the X-ray astronomy project XMM (X-ray Multi Mirror Mission) [1] of ESA, where specific CCDs will serve as focal plane cameras on board the observatory. These detectors are sensitive from the X-ray to the NIR (near infrared) spectral region. For observations in X-ray astronomy an optical filter must be placed in front of the CCD, suppressing visible and UV (ultraviolet) radiation of stars by more than 6 orders of magnitude while being highly transparent at photon energies above 100 eV. The flight model filter is designed to have an effective area of 73 mm diameter without making use of a supporting grid. Efforts have been made to utilize plastic foils to tailor filters meeting these specific requirements. It was found, that a typical filter could be composed, e.g., of a polypropylene foil of 20 μg/cm2 thickness serving as a carrier, coated with metallic films of Al or Al and Sn of about 20-25 μg/cm2 thickness. Other possible carriers are polycarbonate (Lexan, Macrolon) and poly-para-xylylene (Parylene N) films of similar thicknesses. The preparation and characterization of these three types of carrier foils as well as of two sample filters is described, including mechanical tests as well as optical transmission measurements in the photon energy range from 1 eV to 2 keV.

  6. Speedup OS-EM Image Reconstruction by PC Graphics Card Technologies for Quantitative SPECT with Varying Focal-Length Fan-Beam Collimation

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    Wang, Zigang; Han, Guoping; Li, Tianfang; Liang, Zhengrong

    2005-01-01

    In the paper, we present a new hardware acceleration method to speedup the ordered-subsets expectation-maximization (OS-EM) algorithm for quantitative SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) image reconstruction with varying focal-length fan-beam (VFF) collimation. By utilizing the geometrical symmetry of VFF point-spread function (PSF), compensation for object-specific attenuation and system-specific PSF are accelerated using currently available PC video/graphics card technologies. A ten-fold acceleration of quantitative SPECT reconstruction is achieved. PMID:16575431

  7. Fourier optics analysis of phase-mask-based path-length-multiplexed optical coherence tomography.

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    Yin, Biwei; Dwelle, Jordan; Wang, Bingqing; Wang, Tianyi; Feldman, Marc D; Rylander, Henry G; Milner, Thomas E

    2015-11-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an imaging technique that constructs a depth-resolved image by measuring the optical path-length difference between broadband light backscattered from a sample and a reference surface. For many OCT sample arm optical configurations, sample illumination and backscattered light detection share a common path. When a phase mask is placed in the sample path, features in the detected signal are observed, which suggests that an analysis of a generic common path OCT imaging system is warranted. In this study, we present a Fourier optics analysis using a Fresnel diffraction approximation of an OCT system with a path-length-multiplexing element (PME) inserted in the sample arm optics. The analysis may be generalized for most phase-mask-based OCT systems. A radial-angle-diverse PME is analyzed in detail, and the point spread function, coherent transfer function, sensitivity of backscattering angular diversity detection, and signal formation in terms of sample spatial frequency are simulated and discussed. The analysis reveals important imaging features and application limitations of OCT imaging systems with a phase mask in the sample path optics. PMID:26560931

  8. Design and performance of the cryogenic focal plane optics assembly for the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS)

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    Bamberg, J. A.; Zaun, N. H.

    1985-01-01

    The Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) has successfully completed its mission of providing an unbiased all-sky survey of astronomical objects in the 8 to 120 micrometer wavelength region. The design and performance of the Focal Plane Optics Assembly (FPOA) for the IRAS instrument is described in this paper. The FPOA consists of 62 survey field stops, 62 individual small field lenses, 124 small spectral filters, and a precision multi-part aluminum housing. The FPOA is capable of repeated thermal cycling from ambient temperature to 2 Kelvin. The spectral filters, along with the detector spectral responses, provide infrared bandpasses of 8-15, 18-30, 46-78, and 85-117 micrometers. The combination of very long wavelengths, liquid helium temperatures, and small size provided a significant design challenge. Spectral filter and field lens designs for the four spectral bands are described. Also, discussed are techniques which were developed for mechanical mounting of the small lenses and spectral filters, and to assure their optical alignment.

  9. Calibration of optical tweezers with positional detection in the back focal plane

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    Tolic-Noerrelykke, Simon F.; Schaeffer, Erik; Howard, Jonathon; Pavone, Francesco S.; Juelicher, Frank; Flyvbjerg, Henrik

    2006-10-15

    We explain and demonstrate a new method of force and position calibrations for optical tweezers with back-focal-plane photodetection. The method combines power spectral measurements of thermal motion and the response to a sinusoidal motion of a translation stage. It consequently does not use the drag coefficient of the trapped object as an input. Thus, neither the viscosity, nor the size of the trapped object, nor its distance to nearby surfaces needs to be known. The method requires only a low level of instrumentation and can be applied in situ in all spatial dimensions. It is both accurate and precise: true values are returned, with small error bars. We tested this experimentally, near and far from surfaces in the lateral directions. Both position and force calibrations were accurate to within 3%. To calibrate, we moved the sample with a piezoelectric translation stage, but the laser beam could be moved instead, e.g., by acousto-optic deflectors. Near surfaces, this precision requires an improved formula for the hydrodynamical interaction between an infinite plane and a microsphere in nonconstant motion parallel to it. We give such a formula.

  10. Multispectral Thermal Imager Optical Assembly Performance and Intergration of the Flight Focal Plane Assembly

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    Blake, Dick; Byrd, Don; Christensen, Wynn; Henson, Tammy; Krumel, Les; Rappoport, William; Shen, Gon-Yen

    1999-06-08

    The Multispectral Thermal Imager Optical Assembly (OA) has been fabricated, assembled, successfully performance tested, and integrated into the flight payload structure with the flight Focal Plane Assembly (FPA) integrated and aligned to it. This represents a major milestone achieved towards completion of this earth observing E-O imaging sensor that is to be operated in low earth orbit. The OA consists of an off-axis three mirror anastigmatic (TMA) telescope with a 36 cm unobscured clear aperture, a wide-field-of-view (WFOV) of 1.82 along the direction of spacecraft motion and 1.38 across the direction of spacecraft motion. It also contains a comprehensive on-board radiometric calibration system. The OA is part of a multispectral pushbroom imaging sensor which employs a single mechanically cooled focal plane with 15 spectral bands covering a wavelength range from 0.45 to 10.7 m. The OA achieves near diffraction-limited performance from visible to the long-wave infrared (LWIR) wavelengths. The two major design drivers for the OA are 80% enpixeled energy in the visible bands and radiometric stability. Enpixeled energy in the visible bands also drove the alignment of the FPA detectors to the OA image plane to a requirement of less than 20 m over the entire visible detector field of view (FOV). Radiometric stability requirements mandated a cold Lyot stop for stray light rejection and thermal background reduction. The Lyot stop is part of the FPA assembly and acts as the aperture stop for the imaging system. The alignment of the Lyot stop to the OA drove the centering and to some extent the tilt alignment requirements of the FPA to the OA.

  11. Optical-code-based IP longest prefix match with variable-length optical gates

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    Onohara, Kiyoshi; Kitayama, Ken-Ichi; Wada, Naoya

    2002-10-01

    A bottleneck arises in backbone electronic Internet Protocol (IP) routers because the lookup in a routing table is performed according to the longest prefix match. To resolve this problem, a versatile optical-code- (OC-) based longest prefix match that uses variable-length optical gates for photonic IP packet routing has been developed. The developed OC-based IP routing with the longest prefix match will reduce the number of routing entries so that the matching entry can be found more quickly. Moreover, the new routing procedure will help make photonic routers more compact and cost effective.

  12. Determination of charge-carrier diffusion length in the photosensing layer of HgCdTe n-on-p photovoltaic infrared focal plane array detectors

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    Vishnyakov, A. V.; Stuchinsky, V. A. Brunev, D. V.; Zverev, A. V.; Dvoretsky, S. A.

    2014-03-03

    In the present paper, we propose a method for evaluating the bulk diffusion length of minority charge carriers in the photosensing layer of photovoltaic focal plane array (FPA) photodetectors. The method is based on scanning a strip-shaped illumination spot with one of the detector diodes at a low level of photocurrents j{sub ph} being registered; such scanning provides data for subsequent analysis of measured spot-scan profiles within a simple diffusion model. The asymptotic behavior of the effective (at j{sub ph} ≠ 0) charge-carrier diffusion length l{sub d} {sub eff} as a function of j{sub ph} for j{sub ph} → 0 inferred from our experimental data proved to be consistent with the behavior of l{sub d} {sub eff} vs j{sub ph} as predicted by the model, while the obtained values of the bulk diffusion length of minority carriers (electrons) in the p-HgCdTe film of investigated HgCdTe n-on-p FPA photodetectors were found to be in a good agreement with the previously reported carrier diffusion-length values for HgCdTe.

  13. The Focal Plane Package of the Solar Optical telescope on Solar B

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    Tarbell, Theodore D.

    2006-06-01

    The Solar-B satellite will be launched into a full-sun low-earth orbit in the fall of 2006 from Japan's Uchinoura Space center. It includes the 50-cm diameter Solar Optical Telescope with its Focal Plane Package (FPP), for near-UV and visible observations of the photosphere and chromosphere at very high (diffraction limited) angular resolution. The FPP has a Spectro-Polarimeter (SP) for precision measurements of photospheric vector magnetic fields over a 160 x 320 arcsecond field of view; a Narrowband Filter Imager (NFI) with a tunable birefringent filter for magnetic, Doppler, and intensity maps over the same field of view; and a Broadband Filter Imager (BFI) for highest resolution images in six wavelengths (G band, Ca II H, continua, etc.) over two-thirds of that field of view. A polarization modulator in the telescope allows measurement of Stokes parameters at all wavelengths in the SP and NFI. The NFI wavelengths include both photospheric and chromospheric lines (Fe I, Mg b, Na D, H-alpha). All images are stabilized by a tip-tilt mirror and correlation tracker. This presentation will include pictures and description of the instrument, results from calibration and sun testing, portions of the draft science plan, and some preliminary JOP's. Solar-B is an international cooperative mission between JAXA/ISAS of Japan, NASA of the United States, and PPARC of the United Kingdom. The Solar Optical Telescope has been developed by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitsubishi Electric Company, and JAXA/ISAS. The FPP has been developed by the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, High Altitude Observatory, and NASA.

  14. Correlation of Choroidal Thickness and Volume Measurements with Axial Length and Age Using Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography and Optical Low-Coherence Reflectometry

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    Michalewski, Janusz; Nawrocka, Zofia; Bednarski, Maciej; Nawrocki, Jerzy

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. To report choroidal thickness and volume in healthy eyes using swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT). Methods. A prospective observational study of 122 patients examined with swept source OCT (DRI-OCT, Topcon, Japan). In each eye, we performed 256 horizontal scans, 12 mm in length and centered on the fovea. We calculated choroidal thickness manually with a built-in caliper and automatically using DRI-OCT mapping software. Choroidal volume was also automatically calculated. We measured axial length with optical low-coherence reflectometry (Lenstar LS 900, Haag-Streit, Switzerland). Results. The choroid has focally increased thickness under the fovea. Choroid was thinnest in the outer nasal quadrant. In stepwise regression analysis, age was estimated as the most significant factor correlating with decreased choroidal thickness (F = 23.146, P < 0.001) followed by axial length (F = 4.902, P = 0.03). Refractive error was not statistically significant (F = 1.16, P = 0.28). Conclusions. SS-OCT is the first commercially available system that can automatically create choroidal thickness and volume maps. Choroidal thickness is increased at the fovea and is thinnest nasally. Age and axial length are critical for the estimation of choroidal thickness and volume. Choroidal measurements derived from SS-OCT images have potential value for objectively documenting disease-related choroidal thickness abnormalities and monitoring progressive changes over time. PMID:25013793

  15. Estimation of partial optical path length in the brain in subject-specific head models for near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Nakamura, Kotaro; Kurihara, Kazuki; Kawaguchi, Hiroshi; Obata, Takayuki; Ito, Hiroshi; Okada, Eiji

    2016-01-01

    Three-dimensional head models with the structures constructed from the MR head images of 40 volunteers were constructed to analyze light propagation in the subject-specific head models. The mean optical path length in the head and the partial optical path length in the brain at 13 fiducial points for each volunteer were estimated to evaluate the intersubject and spatial variability in the optical path lengths. Although the intersubject variability in the optical path lengths is very high, the spatial variability in the average of the mean optical path length and partial optical path length is similar to the previously reported data. The mean optical path length in the head increases, whereas the partial optical path length in the brain decreases with an increase in the depth of the brain surface. The partial optical path length is highly correlated with the depth of the brain surface in comparison to the mean optical path length in the head.

  16. Novel volumetric 3D display based on point light source optical reconstruction using multi focal lens array

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    Lee, Jin su; Lee, Mu young; Kim, Jun oh; Kim, Cheol joong; Won, Yong Hyub

    2015-03-01

    Generally, volumetric 3D display panel produce volume-filling three dimensional images. This paper discusses a volumetric 3D display based on periodical point light sources(PLSs) construction using a multi focal lens array(MFLA). The voxel of discrete 3D images is formed in the air via construction of point light source emitted by multi focal lens array. This system consists of a parallel beam, a spatial light modulator(SLM), a lens array, and a polarizing filter. The multi focal lens array is made with UV adhesive polymer droplet control using a dispersing machine. The MFLA consists of 20x20 circular lens array. Each lens aperture of the MFLA shows 300um on average. The polarizing filter is placed after the SLM and the MFLA to set in phase mostly mode. By the point spread function, the PLSs of the system are located by the focal length of each lens of the MFLA. It can also provide the moving parallax and relatively high resolution. However it has a limit of viewing angle and crosstalk by a property of each lens. In our experiment, we present the letter `C', `O', `DE' and ball's surface with the different depth location. It could be seen clearly that when CCD camera is moved to its position following as transverse axis of the display system. From our result, we expect that varifocal lens like EWOD and LC-lens can be applied for real time volumetric 3D display system.

  17. An adjustable short-focal length, high-gradient PMQ electron-beam final-focus system for the PLEIADES ultra-fast x-ray Thomson source

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    Lim, Jae-Ku

    In the span of a 100 year since the discovery of first x-rays by Roentgen that won him the first Nobel prize in physics, several types of radiation sources have been developed. Currently, radiations at extremely short wavelengths have only been accessed at synchrotron radiation sources. However, the current 3rd generation synchrotron sources can only produce x-rays of energy up to 60 keV and pulse lengths of several picoseconds long. But needs for shorter wavelength and shorter pulse duration radiations demanded by scientists to understand the nature of matter at atomic/molecular scale initiated the new scientific research for the production of sub-picosecond, hard x-rays. At the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a Thomson x-ray source in the backscattering mode---a head-on collision between a high intensity Ti:Sapphire Chirped Pulse Amplification laser and a relativistic electron beam---called the PLEIADES (Picosecond Laser-Electron Inter-Action for the Dynamical Evaluation of Structures) laboratory has been developed. Early works demonstrated the production of quasi-monochromatic, femto-second long, hard x-rays. Initially reported x-ray flux was in the low range of 105--10 6 photons per shot. During the early stage of PLEIADES experiments, 15 T/m electromagnet final focusing quadrupoles (in a triplet lattice configuration) were employed to focus the beam to a 40-50 mum spot-size. A larger focal spot-size beam has a low-density of electron particles available at the interaction with incident photons, which leads to a low scattering probability. The current dissertation shows that by employing a 560 T/m PMQ (Permanent-Magnet Quadrupole) final focus system, an electron beam as small as 10-20 mum can be achieved. The implementation of this final focus system demonstrated the improvement of the total x-ray flux by two orders of magnitude. The PMQ final focus system also produced small electron beams consistently over 30-100 MeV electron beam energy, which enabled the production of x-ray energy over 40-140 keV. In this dissertation, the PLEIADES Thomson x-ray facility will be described in detail includes the 100 MeV linac and the FALCON laser system. Later, we will discuss the design, construction and implementation of the PMQ final focus system in the beamline. The measurement of electron beam parameters before and after the final focus system will be presented. The beam measurements at the interaction region were accomplished with the use of both OTR (Optical Transition Radiation) imaged by a CCD camera and the fast streak camera for respective spatial and temporal alignments. The theoretical analysis in "real beam" effects and spacetime beam jitter effects will be given to help understand the observations. A 3D simulation tool developed for x-ray data analysis was used to provide direct comparisons with the x-ray flux, spectrum distribution and transverse x-ray profile.

  18. Precision optical characterization on nanometer length and femtosecond time scales

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    Bender, Daniel

    This dissertation details progress made in ultrafast optics and time resolved near-field microscopy. First, I will discuss experiments in ultrafast optics. Careful characterization of ultrashort laser pulses is critical for many applications. Because pulse durations are less than a fraction of a picosecond, direct electronic measurement is not possible and optical techniques must be used. I will describe a simple, real-time scheme for visualizing subtle pulse distortion that occurs on the femtosecond time scale. The procedure for generating the modified spectrum autointerferometric correlation (MOSAIC) from the second harmonic generation frequency resolved optical gating (SHG FROG) dataset is shown. The MOSAIC trace provides complimentary visual pulse assessment to SHG FROG. Spectral phase retrieval from the pulse spectrum and MOSAIC is examined. Next, I discuss the concept of laser cooling of solids, i.e. all optical refrigeration in glasses, crystals and semiconductors. Near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) is used in tandem with atomic force microscopy (AFM) to characterize semiconductor heterostructures for potential use in laser cooling. A novel combination of normal force feedback AFM and collection mode NSOM provide unique coincident imagery. Subsurface defects, which adversely affect laser cooling efficiency, are identified and lower nonradiative recombination lifetime by a factor of 10 compared to defect free areas. Time correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) resolves near-field fluorescence lifetimes and simultaneously gives correlation with surface topography. Fluorescence lifetime images (FLIMs) give direct correspondence to and supply supplemental data for AFM.

  19. Active optical zoom system

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    Wick, David V.

    2005-12-20

    An active optical zoom system changes the magnification (or effective focal length) of an optical imaging system by utilizing two or more active optics in a conventional optical system. The system can create relatively large changes in system magnification with very small changes in the focal lengths of individual active elements by leveraging the optical power of the conventional optical elements (e.g., passive lenses and mirrors) surrounding the active optics. The active optics serve primarily as variable focal-length lenses or mirrors, although adding other aberrations enables increased utility. The active optics can either be LC SLMs, used in a transmissive optical zoom system, or DMs, used in a reflective optical zoom system. By appropriately designing the optical system, the variable focal-length lenses or mirrors can provide the flexibility necessary to change the overall system focal length (i.e., effective focal length), and therefore magnification, that is normally accomplished with mechanical motion in conventional zoom lenses. The active optics can provide additional flexibility by allowing magnification to occur anywhere within the FOV of the system, not just on-axis as in a conventional system.

  20. Scanning metallic nanosphere microscopy for vectorial profiling of optical focal spots.

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    Yi, Hui; Long, Jing; Li, Hongquan; He, Xiaolong; Yang, Tian

    2015-04-01

    Recent years have witnessed fast progress in the development of spatially variant states of polarization under high numerical aperture focusing, and intensive exploration of their applications. We report a vectorial, broadband, high contrast and subwavelength resolution method for focal spot profiling. In this experiment, a 100 nm diameter gold nanosphere on a silica aerogel substrate is raster scanned across the focal spots, and the orthogonal polarization components can be obtained simultaneously by measuring the scattering far field in a confocal manner. The metallic-nanosphere-on-aerogel structure ensures negligible distortion to the focal spots, low crosstalk between orthogonal polarization components (1/39 in experiment), and a low level background noise (1/80 of peak intensity in experiment), while high contrast imaging is not limited by the resonance bandwidth. PMID:25968672

  1. Role of Suspended Fiber Structural Stiffness and Curvature on Single-Cell Migration, Nucleus Shape, and Focal-Adhesion-Cluster Length

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    Meehan, Sean; Nain, AmrinderS.

    2014-01-01

    It has been shown that cellular migration, persistence, and associated cytoskeletal arrangement are highly dependent on substrate stiffness (modulus: N/m2 and independent of geometry), but little is known on how cells respond to subtle changes in local geometry and structural stiffness (N/m). Here, using fibers of varying diameter (400, 700, and 1200nm) and length (1 and 2mm) deposited over hollow substrates, we demonstrate that single mouse C2C12 cells attached to single suspended fibers form spindle morphologies that are sensitive to fiber mechanical properties. Over a wide range of increasing structural stiffness (2 to 100+ mN/m), cells exhibited decreases in migration speed and average nucleus shape index of ?57% (from 58 to 25 ?m/h) and ?26% (from 0.78 to 0.58), respectively, whereas the average paxillin focal-adhesion-cluster (FAC, formed atpoles) length increased by ?38% (from 8 to 11 ?m). Furthermore, the increase in structural stiffness directly correlates with cellular persistence, with 60% of cells moving in the direction of increasing structural stiffness. At similar average structural stiffness (25 5mN/m), cells put out longer FAC lengths on smaller diameters, suggesting a conservation of FAC area, and also exhibited higher nucleus shape index and migration speeds on larger-diameter fibers. Interestingly, cells were observed to deform fibers locally or globally through forces applied through the FAC sites and cells undergoing mitosis were found to be attached to the FAC sites by single filamentous tethers. These varied reactions have implications in developmental and disease biology models as they describe a strong dependence of cellular behavior on the cells immediate mechanistic environment arising from alignment and geometry of fibers. PMID:25468339

  2. Adaptive optical zoom sensor.

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    Sweatt, William C.; Bagwell, Brett E.; Wick, David Victor

    2005-11-01

    In order to optically vary the magnification of an imaging system, continuous mechanical zoom lenses require multiple optical elements and use fine mechanical motion to precisely adjust the separations between individual or groups of lenses. By incorporating active elements into the optical design, we have designed and demonstrated imaging systems that are capable of variable optical magnification with no macroscopic moving parts. Changing the effective focal length and magnification of an imaging system can be accomplished by adeptly positioning two or more active optics in the optical design and appropriately adjusting the optical power of those elements. In this application, the active optics (e.g. liquid crystal spatial light modulators or deformable mirrors) serve as variable focal-length lenses. Unfortunately, the range over which currently available devices can operate (i.e. their dynamic range) is relatively small. Therefore, the key to this concept is to create large changes in the effective focal length of the system with very small changes in the focal lengths of individual elements by leveraging the optical power of conventional optical elements surrounding the active optics. By appropriately designing the optical system, these variable focal-length lenses can provide the flexibility necessary to change the overall system focal length, and therefore magnification, that is normally accomplished with mechanical motion in conventional zoom lenses.

  3. A systematic study of focal ratio and effects of optical misalignment for LST

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    Wyman, C. L.

    1974-01-01

    Possible large space telescope geometries are studied to determine performance and the effects of misalignments. The results are displayed parametrically as a function of relative back focal distance (RBFD). As RBFD increases, a larger high resolution field is obtained, and misalignment effects become less severe.

  4. The design and validation of an optical coherence tomography-based classification system for focal vitreomacular traction.

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    Steel, D H W; Downey, L; Greiner, K; Heimann, H; Jackson, T L; Koshy, Z; Laidlaw, D A H; Wickham, L; Yang, Y

    2016-02-01

    PurposeTo develop and validate a classification system for focal vitreomacular traction (VMT) with and without macular hole based on spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), intended to aid in decision-making and prognostication.MethodsA panel of retinal specialists convened to develop this system. A literature review followed by discussion on a wide range of cases formed the basis for the proposed classification. Key features on OCT were identified and analysed for their utility in clinical practice. A final classification was devised based on two sequential, independent validation exercises to improve interobserver variability.ResultsThis classification tool pertains to idiopathic focal VMT assessed by a horizontal line scan using SD-OCT. The system uses width (W), interface features (I), foveal shape (S), retinal pigment epithelial changes (P), elevation of vitreous attachment (E), and inner and outer retinal changes (R) to give the acronym WISPERR. Each category is scored hierarchically. Results from the second independent validation exercise indicated a high level of agreement between graders: intraclass correlation ranged from 0.84 to 0.99 for continuous variables and Fleiss' kappa values ranged from 0.76 to 0.95 for categorical variables.ConclusionsWe present an OCT-based classification system for focal VMT that allows anatomical detail to be scrutinised and scored qualitatively and quantitatively using a simple, pragmatic algorithm, which may be of value in clinical practice as well as in future research studies. PMID:26768921

  5. Length-dependent optical effects in single-wall carbon nanotubes.

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    Fagan, Jeffrey A; Simpson, Jeffrey R; Bauer, Barry J; Lacerda, Silvia H De Paoli; Becker, Matthew L; Chun, Jaehun; Migler, Kalman B; Walker, Angela R Hight; Hobbie, Erik K

    2007-08-29

    Among the novel chemical and physical attributes of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), the optical properties are perhaps the most compelling. Although much is known about how such characteristics depend on nanotube chirality and diameter, relatively little is known about how the optical response depends on length, the next most obvious and fundamental nanotube trait. We show here that the intrinsic optical response of single-wall carbon nanotubes exhibits a strong dependence on nanotube length, and we offer a simple explanation that relates this behavior to the localization of a bound exciton along the length of a nanotube. The results presented here suggest that, for a given volume fraction, the longest nanotubes display significantly enhanced absorption, near-infrared fluorescence, and Raman scattering, which has important practical implications for potential applications that seek to exploit the unique optical characteristics of SWCNTs. PMID:17672462

  6. High-efficiency high-power diode laser beam shaping and focusing with constant optical-path length equalization

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    Bonora, Stefano; Villoresi, Paolo

    2006-04-01

    In this work we report on a novel optical design for beam shaping and focalization of high-power diode laser bars. The goals of our study are: the increase the optical throughput of the beam shaping device with respect to standard solutions and either to enhance the irradiance on a target or to inject the laser beam into a smaller fibre than with respect to beam shaping system based on plane surfaces. The high power diode laser bars pose serious difficulties in their optical handling due to their strong difference between the two transverse axes, which induce a strong astigmatic and asymmetric output radiation. As is well known, the beam quality is very different in the two axes called slow axis and fast axis, and in particular the slow axis is composed by the superposition of several multimodal sources. The beam quality in this axis is very low (its etendue may exceed 2000 mm mrad). On the other hand, the fast axis has a very high beam quality, near diffraction limited, although with very high divergence (30-50). The common solution for the application of the laser radiation is a fast axis aspheric micro lens in front of the emitters, in order to achieve its collimation. Typical values of the fast axis collimated beam are 0.7mm and less than 6mrad. However, the so obtained collimated beam is poorly focusable with a standard lens, and a few methods were proposed to overcome the problem. The more relevant solutions include: the stepped mirror technique, the plane parallel mirrors pair, micro prisms array and confocal micro lens array. Each of these techniques is based on the equalization of the beam parameter product by the subdivision of the beam in the slow axis and its reshaping. For all these techniques the efficiency spans from 50% to 70%. The best focalization results allow the coupling in a fibre of 400?m diameter, with NA-0.22. The aim of this work is the design and the realization of a new device, that is considered as target the following aspects: 1) the maximum optical efficiency in the beam shaping process, 2) the optimal equalization of the beam parameter product for the two axes, 3) the use of few optical elements and 4) a very compact size. These goals are addressed by a scheme that splits the collimated beam from the laser diode into different portions while the length of the optical paths of each sub element is kept constant, and by the subsequent use of short focal length aspheric lenses for the focalization of the transformed beam. Each sub-beam is deflected by a couple of plane parallel mirrors, whose normal is directed to equalize the BPP without any mutual shadowing. An optimal solution can be easily envisaged for a laser source of common size of 0.7 x 10 mm. The condition on equal optical path length has the noticeable property of placing the virtual position of the individual portions into which the original beam is split at the same distance with respect to target. Thanks to this, their subsequent focusing is unaffected by the axial displacement of the common solution by the stepped mirrors. In fact, to correct this effect, this latter technique requires the use of a prism pair, involving complexity, size enlargement and higher costs. In this work both an extensive ray tracing and optical analysis is presented as well as the experimental characterization of an experimental model. Moreover, we also report on the technique for the realization of th tilted-face plane mirrors of which is composed our beam shaping device. The scheme of beam shaping here reported can be extended to higher power beam by means of the technique of the beam combination by polarization coupling or that of the optical beam compression. Examples of theses developments are discussed in the paper, and experimental results presented. The most direct applications of the class of optical devices here reported are the high power diode laser direct application in material processing or manufacturing, the coupling into multimode optical fiber of the diode laser radiation as well as the fiber laser end pumping.

  7. Optical length change measurement via RF frequency shift analysis of incoherent light source based optoelectronic oscillator.

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    Zou, Xihua; Li, Ming; Pan, Wei; Luo, Bin; Yan, Lianshan; Shao, Liyang

    2014-05-01

    Radio-frequency (RF) frequency shift of incoherent light source based optoelectronic oscillator (OEO) is employed to measure the optical length change. In the proposed OEO using an incoherent light source, the optical length under test is inserted in the optoelectronic hybrid loop. The frequency shift of RF oscillation modes at the output of the OEO reflects the optical length change, with the change being measured via frequency shift analysis. Two OEO configurations are theoretically designed and experimentally performed, while an amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) source serves as the incoherent light source. A linear relationship between the frequency shift and the optical length change has been confirmed for measurement, and a reconfigurable measurement sensitivity is available by selecting different oscillation modes. Moreover, the use of ASE greatly reduces the complexity and the cost for stabilization control on light source, while the derived results are consistent with that obtained in a laser source based OEO both in the measured optical length changes and the phase noise performance. A sensitivity of -28 KHz/cm, -480 KHz/cm or higher, and a resolution of nano-meter scale are obtained, which can be used to monitor the displacement, the changes in refractive index, temperature. PMID:24921811

  8. Relations between ac-dc components and optical path length in photoplethysmography

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    Lee, Chungkeun; Sik Shin, Hang; Lee, Myoungho

    2011-07-01

    Photoplethysmography is used in various areas such as vital sign measurement, vascular characteristics analysis, and autonomic nervous system assessment. Photoplethysmographic signals are composed of ac and dc, but it is difficult to find research about the interaction of photoplethysmographic components. This study suggested a model equation combining two Lambert-Beer equations at the onset and peak points of photoplethysmography to evaluate ac characteristics, and verified the model equation through simulation and experiment. In the suggested equation, ac was dependent on dc and optical path length. In the simulation, dc was inversely proportionate to ac sensitivity (slope), and ac and optical path length were proportionate. When dc increased from 10% to 90%, stabilized ac decreased from 1 to 0.89 +/- 0.21, and when optical path length increased from 10% to 90%, stabilized ac increased from 1 to 1.53 +/- 0.40.

  9. DNA as a Metrology Standard for Length and Force Measurements with Optical Tweezers

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    Rickgauer, John Peter; Fuller, Derek N.; Smith, Douglas E.

    2006-01-01

    Optical tweezers have broad applications in studies of structures and processes in molecular and cellular biophysics. Use of optical tweezers for quantitative molecular-scale measurement requires careful calibration in physical units. Here we show that DNA molecules may be used as metrology standards for force and length measurements. Analysis of DNA molecules of two specific lengths allows simultaneous determination of all essential measurement parameters. We validate this biological-calibration method experimentally and with simulated data, and show that precisions in determining length scale factor (∼0.2%), length offset (∼0.03%), force scale factor (∼2%), and compliance of the traps (∼3%) are limited only by current measurement variation, much of which arises from polydispersity of the microspheres (∼2%). We find this procedure to be simpler and more convenient than previous methods, and suggest that it provides an easily replicated standard that can insure uniformity of measurements made in different laboratories. PMID:16963512

  10. Frequency analysis for roughness of optical surface by focal plane CCD camera

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    Li, Jianbai; Ying, Aihan; Li, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Xiaolin; Zao, Anqing

    1997-09-01

    In this paper, the new method on evaluating and measuring roughness of optical surface by Fourier spatial frequency analysis is presented. Authors have gotten the equipment, in which the electron photomicrographs of optical surface is scanned and analyzed by CCD camera--microcomputer system. The new method have both good virtual and lateral resolution, fast scanning speed and better measuring accuracy.

  11. Cavity length resonances in a nanosecond singly resonant optical parametric oscillator.

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    Henriksson, Markus; Sjöqvist, Lars; Pasiskevicius, Valdas; Laurell, Fredrik

    2010-05-10

    Resonant output energy enhancement in a singly resonant nondegenerate type-I optical parametric oscillator with a volume Bragg grating output coupler is demonstrated. The resonances occur when the pump laser and parametric oscillator cavity length ratio is an integer or a fraction of small integers. Although the length resonances are similar to those observed in doubly resonant optical parametric oscillators, the physical mechanism is distinctly different. The resonances in the singly resonant oscillator are caused by correlation of the instantaneous power between the quasi-periodic multimode pump laser beam and the OPO signal. PMID:20588926

  12. PLR analysis of optical packet switch with different packet length distribution

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    Liu, Huanlin; Chen, Qianbin; Pan, Yingjun

    2006-09-01

    The paper studies the performance of an all-optical packet switch (OPS) for different packet length. The packet loss ratio, considered the OPS without FDL and with FDL buffer, with different length distribution are analyzed under the Poisson arrival process and a burst super exponential arrival process respectively. The experiment and analysis show that the performance of different length packet is influence by the packet arrival process and the buffer size. When the OPS without buffer, the PLR under bursty traffic yields the higher packet loss ratio (PLR). PLR with Poisson arrival packet is not influenced by the packet length distribution, while with the super exponential traffic, the packet length distribution influences the PLR, and the fixed length packet yields higher PLR compared to the variable length exponential packet and the experiential Internet traffic. When the OPS with buffer, PLR with Poisson arrival packet yields lower than with super exponential packet under the same load, and the experiential length super exponential packet leads to highest PLR, while the fixed length Poisson process packet brings on lowest PLR.

  13. Length-dependent optical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Simpson, J. R.; Fagan, J. A.; Bauer, B. J.; Hobbie, E. K.; Hight Walker, A. R.

    2008-03-01

    Length proves to be an important physical characteristic of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) strongly affecting optical absorption, photoluminescence, and resonance Raman spectroscopies.ootnotetextJ. A. Fagan et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129, 10607 (2007). Our samples include HiPco, CoMoCat, and arc-discharge SWCNTs dispersed in aqueous solutions by wrapping with either DNA or surfactant and exhibiting an exceptionally low degree of SWCNT bundling/clustering. Size-exclusion chromatography or density sorting ultracentrifugation collect length fractions ranging in size from approximately 50 nm to 1000 nm. The optical spectral weight specific to the SWCNT electronic states and photoluminescence peak emission intensity, compared to their underlying backgrounds, scale approximately linearly with length. All observed Raman vibrational modes exhibit a monotonic increase of scattering intensity with nanotube length. Resonance Raman of the radial breathing mode reveals a blueshift of the excitation energy for shorter nanotubes. Localization of bound excitons along the nanotube may explain the observed length-dependent optical properties.

  14. Temporal characterization of FEL micropulses as function of cavity length detuning using frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Richman, B.A.; DeLong, K.W.; Trebino, R.

    1995-12-31

    Results of frequency resolved optical gating (FROG) measurements on the Stanford mid-IR FEL system show the effect of FEL cavity length detuning on the micropulse temporal structure. The FROG technique enables the acquisition of complete and uniquely invertible amplitude and phase temporal dependence of optical pulses. Unambiguous phase and amplitude profiles are recovered from the data. The optical pulses are nearly transform limited, and the pulse length increases with cavity length detuning.

  15. Design and tolerance of a free-form optical system for an optical see-through multi-focal-plane display.

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    Hu, Xinda; Hua, Hong

    2015-11-20

    By elegantly combining recent advancements of free-form optical technology and multi-focal-plane (MFP) display technology, we developed a high-performance true 3D augmented reality (AR) display that is capable of rendering a large volume of 3D scenes with accurate focus cues; this display overcomes the accommodation-convergence discrepancy problem in conventional AR display. In this paper, we concentrate on various aspects of engineering challenges in the design and integration of a free-form optical see-through eyepiece with MFP technology for our AR display prototype. We present the design and optimization strategy in coupling free-form optics with a rotational-symmetric lens system to achieve high image quality. A comprehensive tolerance analysis of this complicated optical system is also presented, including an effective tolerance method for random surface figure errors on aspheric and free-form surfaces. Finally, the image quality of the virtual display is evaluated, which shows the as-built performance matches very well with the optical design results and tolerance analysis. PMID:26836568

  16. Quasi-optical verification of the focal plane optics of the heterodyne instrument for the far-infrared (HIFI)

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    Candotti, Massimo; Cahill, Gary A.; Finn, Timothy J.; Jellema, Willem; Lavelle, John; Murphy, J. Anthony; O'Sullivan, Creidhe; Trappe, Neil A.

    2004-09-01

    HIFI is one of the three instruments for the Herschel Space Observatory, an ESA cornerstone mission. HIFI is a high resolution spectrometer operating at wavelengths between 157 and 625 m. The need for a compact layout reducing the volume and mass as much as possible has important consequences for the optical design. Many mirrors are located in the near-field of the propagating beam. Especially in the long wavelength limit diffraction effects might therefore introduce significant amplitude and phase distortions. A classical geometrical optical approach is consequently inadequate. In this paper we present a rigorous quasi-optical analysis of the entire optical system including the signal path, local oscillator path and onboard calibration source optical layout. In order to verify the results of the front-to-end coherent propagation of the detector beams, near-field measurement facilities capable of measuring both amplitude and phase have beam developed. A remarkable feature of these facilities is that the absolute coordinates of the measured field components are known to within fractions of a wavelength. Both measured and simulated fields can therefore compared directly since they are referenced to one single absolute position. We present a comparison of experimental data with software predictions obtained from the following packages: GRASP (Physical Optics Analysis) and GLAD (Plane Wave Decomposition). We also present preliminary results for a method to correct for phase aberrations and optimize the mirror surfaces without changing the predesigned mechanical layout of the optical system.

  17. Numerical Simulation of Refractive-Microlensed HgCdTe Infrared Focal Plane Arrays Operating in Optical Systems

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    Li, Yang; Ye, Zhen-Hua; Hu, Wei-Da; Lei, Wen; Gao, Yan-Lin; He, Kai; Hua, Hua; Zhang, Peng; Chen, Yi-Yu; Lin, Chun; Hu, Xiao-Ning; Ding, Rui-Jun; He, Li

    2014-08-01

    The optoelectronic performance of the mid-wavelength HgCdTe infrared focal plane array (IRFPA) with refractive microlenses integrated on its CdZnTe substrate has been numerically simulated. A reduced light-distribution model based on scalar Kirchhoff diffraction theory was adopted to reveal the true behavior of IRFPAs operating in an optical system under imaging conditions. The pixel crosstalk obtained and the energy-gathering characteristics demonstrated that the microlenses can delay the rise in crosstalk when the image point shifts toward pixel boundaries, and can restrict the major optical absorption process in any case within a narrow region around the pixel center. The dependence of the microlenses' effects on the system's properties was also analyzed; this showed that intermediate relative aperture and small microlens radius are required for optimized device performance. Simulation results also indicated that for detectors farther from the center of the field of view, the efficacy of microlenses in crosstalk suppression and energy gathering is still maintained, except for a negligible difference in the lateral magnification from an ordinary array without microlenses.

  18. Focal volume optics and experimental artifacts in confocal fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.

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    Hess, Samuel T; Webb, Watt W

    2002-01-01

    Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) can provide a wealth of information about biological and chemical systems on a broad range of time scales (<1 micros to >1 s). Numerical modeling of the FCS observation volume combined with measurements has revealed, however, that the standard assumption of a three-dimensional Gaussian FCS observation volume is not a valid approximation under many common measurement conditions. As a result, the FCS autocorrelation will contain significant, systematic artifacts that are most severe with confocal optics when using a large detector aperture and aperture-limited illumination. These optical artifacts manifest themselves in the fluorescence correlation as an apparent additional exponential component or diffusing species with significant (>30%) amplitude that can imply extraneous kinetics, shift the measured diffusion time by as much as approximately 80%, and cause the axial ratio to diverge. Artifacts can be minimized or virtually eliminated by using a small confocal detector aperture, underfilled objective back-aperture, or two-photon excitation. However, using a detector aperture that is smaller or larger than the optimal value (approximately 4.5 optical units) greatly reduces both the count rate per molecule and the signal-to-noise ratio. Thus, there is a tradeoff between optimizing signal-to-noise and reducing experimental artifacts in one-photon FCS. PMID:12324447

  19. The Facility for Optical Calibration At Low Light Levels~(FOCAL}3)

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    Sadler, B. R.; Lessard, M. R.; Cogger, L. L.

    2006-12-01

    We present information on a newly constructed optical calibration facility developed specifically for testing and calibration of low-light devices, including auroral imagers, photomultiplier tubes, star sensors and other instruments. A combination cleanroom/darkroom is utilized to isolate instruments from airborn particulate and from stray light. One of the key components of the calibration facilty is a custom integrating sphere that provides a uniform light source for imager calibration with an intensity range comparable to weak to strong auroral emissions. Capabilities also include a monochromator to characterize spectral responses of optical systems with up to 0.1 nm resolution, a collimator that provides the capability for viewing low-light test patterns focused at infinity, and other supporting hardware. The selection of test slides currently available for use in the collimator are well-suited for characterizing parameters such as point spread function, modulation transfer function, spatial resolution, distortions, etc. Current applications using this facility include the ePOP satellite (auroral imagers), ROPA rocket (auroral imagers), and the Star Sensor for the IBEX mission (PMT star sensor). In this presentation, results are shown from calibration tasks associated with these instruments.

  20. Single-shot electron bunch length measurements using a spatial electro-optical autocorrelation interferometer

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    Stterlin, Daniel; Erni, Daniel; Schlott, Volker; Sigg, Hans; Jckel, Heinz; Murk, Axel

    2010-10-01

    A spatial, electro-optical autocorrelation (EOA) interferometer using the vertically polarized lobes of coherent transition radiation (CTR) has been developed as a single-shot electron bunch length monitor at an optical beam port downstream the 100 MeV preinjector LINAC of the Swiss Light Source. This EOA monitor combines the advantages of step-scan interferometers (high temporal resolution) [D. Mihalcea et al., Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 9, 082801 (2006) and T. Takahashi and K. Takami, Infrared Phys. Technol. 51, 363 (2008)] and terahertz-gating technologies [U. Schmidhammer et al., Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 94, 95 (2009) and B. Steffen et al., Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 12, 032802 (2009)] (fast response), providing the possibility to tune the accelerator with an online bunch length diagnostics. While a proof of principle of the spatial interferometer was achieved by step-scan measurements with far-infrared detectors, the single-shot capability of the monitor has been demonstrated by electro-optical correlation of the spatial CTR interference pattern with fairly long (500 ps) neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser pulses in a ZnTe crystal. In single-shot operation, variations of the bunch length between 1.5 and 4 ps due to different phase settings of the LINAC bunching cavities have been measured with subpicosecond time resolution.

  1. Single-shot electron bunch length measurements using a spatial electro-optical autocorrelation interferometer

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    Suetterlin, Daniel; Erni, Daniel; Schlott, Volker; Sigg, Hans; Jaeckel, Heinz; Murk, Axel

    2010-10-15

    A spatial, electro-optical autocorrelation (EOA) interferometer using the vertically polarized lobes of coherent transition radiation (CTR) has been developed as a single-shot electron bunch length monitor at an optical beam port downstream the 100 MeV preinjector LINAC of the Swiss Light Source. This EOA monitor combines the advantages of step-scan interferometers (high temporal resolution) [D. Mihalcea et al., Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 9, 082801 (2006) and T. Takahashi and K. Takami, Infrared Phys. Technol. 51, 363 (2008)] and terahertz-gating technologies [U. Schmidhammer et al., Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 94, 95 (2009) and B. Steffen et al., Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 12, 032802 (2009)] (fast response), providing the possibility to tune the accelerator with an online bunch length diagnostics. While a proof of principle of the spatial interferometer was achieved by step-scan measurements with far-infrared detectors, the single-shot capability of the monitor has been demonstrated by electro-optical correlation of the spatial CTR interference pattern with fairly long (500 ps) neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser pulses in a ZnTe crystal. In single-shot operation, variations of the bunch length between 1.5 and 4 ps due to different phase settings of the LINAC bunching cavities have been measured with subpicosecond time resolution.

  2. Changes in diffusion path length with old age in diffuse optical tomography

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    Bonnéry, Clément; Leclerc, Paul-Olivier; Desjardins, Michèle; Hoge, Rick; Bherer, Louis; Pouliot, Philippe; Lesage, Frédéric

    2012-05-01

    Diffuse, optical near infrared imaging is increasingly being used in various neurocognitive contexts where changes in optical signals are interpreted through activation maps. Statistical population comparison of different age or clinical groups rely on the relative homogeneous distribution of measurements across subjects in order to infer changes in brain function. In the context of an increasing use of diffuse optical imaging with older adult populations, changes in tissue properties and anatomy with age adds additional confounds. Few studies investigated these changes with age. Duncan et al. measured the so-called diffusion path length factor (DPF) in a large population but did not explore beyond the age of 51 after which physiological and anatomical changes are expected to occur [Pediatr. Res. 39(5), 889-894 (1996)]. With increasing interest in studying the geriatric population with optical imaging, we studied changes in tissue properties in young and old subjects using both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided Monte-Carlo simulations and time-domain diffuse optical imaging. Our results, measured in the frontal cortex, show changes in DPF that are smaller than previously measured by Duncan et al. in a younger population. The origin of these changes are studied using simulations and experimental measures.

  3. Utilization of coincidence criteria in absolute length measurements by optical interferometry in vacuum and air

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    Schdel, R.

    2015-08-01

    Traceability of length measurements to the international system of units (SI) can be realized by using optical interferometry making use of well-known frequencies of monochromatic light sources mentioned in the Mise en Pratique for the realization of the metre. At some national metrology institutes, such as Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Germany, the absolute length of prismatic bodies (e.g. gauge blocks) is realized by so-called gauge-block interference comparators. At PTB, a number of such imaging phase-stepping interference comparators exist, including specialized vacuum interference comparators, each equipped with three highly stabilized laser light sources. The length of a material measure is expressed as a multiple of each wavelength. The large number of integer interference orders can be extracted by the method of exact fractions in which the coincidence of the lengths resulting from the different wavelengths is utilized as a criterion. The unambiguous extraction of the integer interference orders is an essential prerequisite for correct length measurements. This paper critically discusses coincidence criteria and their validity for three modes of absolute length measurements: 1) measurements under vacuum in which the wavelengths can be identified with the vacuum wavelengths, 2) measurements under air in which the air refractive index is obtained from environmental parameters using an empirical equation, and 3) measurements under air in which the air refractive index is obtained interferometrically by utilizing a vacuum cell placed along the measurement pathway. For case 3), which corresponds to PTBs Ksters-Comparator for long gauge blocks, the unambiguous determination of integer interference orders related to the air refractive index could be improved by about a factor of ten when an overall dispersion value, suggested in this paper, is used as coincidence criterion.

  4. Localized long-gauge-length fiber optic sensor demodulated with wavelength tuning technique

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    Fan, Ning Yao; Huang, Shang Y.; Measures, Raymond M.

    1997-06-01

    A novel single-ended fiber optic sensor capable of making absolute displacement measurements over arbitrarily long distance (a few centimeters to meters) is demonstrated. The sensor's gauge length is defined by an in-fiber broad bandwidth Bragg grating and a mirror coated at the end of the same fiber. This sensor has been demodulated optoelectronically by means of a laser wavelength scanning technique. The absolute measurement of perturbation is achieved by measuring the perturbation induced optical path difference (OPD) changes with respect to the OPD of a reference interferometer that can be isolated from environmental perturbations and remain constant. This sensor is well suited for structural applications, especially the measurement of hoop stress changes in concrete columns that are wrapped within layers of advanced composite material for rehabilitation or strengthening.

  5. Electro-optical measurements of picosecond bunch length of a 45 MeV electron beam

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    Tsang, T.; Castillo, V.; Larsen, R.; Lazarus, D. M.; Nikas, D.; Ozben, C.; Semertzidis, Y. K.; Srinivasan-Rao, T.; Kowalski, L.

    2001-05-01

    We have measured the temporal duration of 45 MeV picosecond electron beam bunches using a noninvasive electro-optical (EO) technique. The amplitude of the EO modulation was found to increase linearly with electron beam charge and decrease inversely with distance from the electron beam. The rise time of the temporal signal was limited by our detection system to {approx}70 ps. The EO signal due to ionization caused by the electrons traversing the EO crystal was also observed. It has a distinctively long decay time constant and signal polarity opposite to that due to the field induced by the electron beam. The electro-optical technique may be ideal for the measurement of bunch length of femtosecond, relativistic, high energy, charged, particle beams.

  6. Effects of varying surfactant chain lengths on the magnetic, optical and hyperthermia properties of ferrofluids

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    Rablau, Corneliu; Vaishnava, Prem; Regmi, Rajesh; Sudakar, Chandran; Black, Correy; Lawes, Gavin; Naik, Ratna; Lavoie, Melissa; Kahn, David

    2009-03-01

    We report studies of the structural, magnetic, magneto-thermal and magneto-optic properties of dextran, oleic acid, lauric acid and myristic acid surfacted Fe3O4 nanoparticles of hydrodynamic sizes ranging from 32 nm to 92 nm. All the samples showed saturation magnetization of 50 emu/g, significantly smaller than the bulk value for Fe3O4, together with superparamagnetic behavior. The ac magnetization measurements on the dextran coated nanoparticles showed frequency dependent blocking temperature, consistent with superparamgnetic blocking. The ferrofluid heating rates in a 250 Gauss, 100 kHz ac magnetic field varied with the chain lengths of the surfactants, with higher heating rates for longer chains. DC-magnetic-field-induced light scattering patterns produced by two orthogonal He-Ne laser beams passing through the ferrofluid sample revealed different optical signatures for different surfactants.

  7. Auto-elimination of fiber optical path-length drift in a frequency scanning interferometer for absolute distance measurements

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    Tao, Long; Liu, Zhigang; Zhang, Weibo

    2015-09-01

    Because of its compact size and portability, optical fiber has been wildly used as optical paths in frequency-scanning interferometers for high-precision absolute distance measurements. However, since the fiber is sensitive to ambient temperature, its length and refractive index change with temperature, resulting in an optical path length drift that influences the repeatability of measurements. To improve the thermal stability of the measurement system, a novel frequency-scanning interferometer composed of two Michelson-type interferometers sharing a common fiber optical path is proposed. One interferometer defined as origin interferometer is used to monitor the drift of the measurement origin due to the optical path length drift of the optical fiber under on-site environment. The other interferometer defined as measurement interferometer is used to measure the distance to the target. Because the optical path length drift of the fiber appears in both interferometers, its influence can be eliminated by subtracting the optical path difference of the origin interferometer from the optical path difference of the measurement interferometer. A prototype interferometer was developed in our research, and experimental results demonstrate its robustness and stability. Under on-site environment, an accuracy about 4 ?m was achieved for a distance of about 1 m.

  8. Optic Disc - Fovea Distance, Axial Length and Parapapillary Zones. The Beijing Eye Study 2011

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    Jonas, Rahul Arvo; Wang, Ya Xing; Yang, Hua; Li, Jian Jun; Xu, Liang; Panda-Jonas, Songhomitra; Jonas, Jost Bruno

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To measure the distance between the optic disc center and the fovea (DFD) and to assess its associations. Methods The population-based cross-sectional Beijing Eye Study 2011 included 3468 individuals aged 50+ years. The DFD was measured on fundus photographs. Results Readable fundus photographs were available for 2836 (81.8%) individuals. Mean DFD was 4.76 ± 0.34mm (median: 4.74 mm; range: 3.76–6.53mm). In multivariate analysis, longer DFD was associated with longer axial length (P<0.001; standardized correlation coefficient beta: 0.62), higher prevalence of axially high myopia (P<0.001; beta:0.06), shallower anterior chamber depth (P<0.001; beta:-0.18), thinner lens thickness (P = 0.004; beta: -0.06), smaller optic disc-fovea angle (P = 0.02; beta: -0.04), larger parapapillary alpha zone (P = 0.008; beta: 0.05), larger parapapillary beta/gamma zone (P<0.001; beta: 0.11), larger optic disc area (P<0.001; beta: 0.08), lower degree of cortical cataract (P = 0.002; beta: -0.08), and lower prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (P = 0.001; beta: -0.06). Bruch´s membrane opening-fovea distance (DFD minus disc radius minus parapapillary beta/gamma zone width) in non-glaucomatous eyes was not significantly (P = 0.60) related with axial length in emmetropic or axially myopic eyes (axial length ≥23.5 mm), while it increased significantly (P<0.001; r: 0.32) with longer axial length in eyes with an axial length of <23.5mm. Ratio of mean DFD to disc diameter was 2.65 ± 0.30. If the ratio of disc-fovea distance to disc diameter was considered constant and if the individual disc diameter was calculated as the individual disc-fovea distance divided by the constant factor of 2.65, the resulting calculated disc diameter differed from the directly measured disc diameter by 0.16 ±0.13 mm (median: 0.13 mm, range: 0.00–0.89 mm) or 8.9 ± 7.3% (median: 7.4%; range: 0.00–70%) of the measured disc diameter. Conclusions DFD (mean: 4.76mm) increases with longer axial length, larger parapapillary alpha zone and parapapillary beta/gamma zone, and larger disc area. The axial elongation associated increase in DFD was due to an enlargement of parapapillary beta/gamma zone while the Bruch’s membrane opening-fovea distance did not enlarge with longer axial length. This finding may be of interest for the process of emmetropization and myopization. Due to its variability, the disc-fovea distance has only limited clinical value as a relative size unit for structures at the posterior pole. PMID:26390438

  9. Beam splitter and method for generating equal optical path length beams

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    Qian, Shinan; Takacs, Peter

    2003-08-26

    The present invention is a beam splitter for splitting an incident beam into first and second beams so that the first and second beams have a fixed separation and are parallel upon exiting. The beam splitter includes a first prism, a second prism, and a film located between the prisms. The first prism is defined by a first thickness and a first perimeter which has a first major base. The second prism is defined by a second thickness and a second perimeter which has a second major base. The film is located between the first major base and the second major base for splitting the incident beam into the first and second beams. The first and second perimeters are right angle trapezoidal shaped. The beam splitter is configured for generating equal optical path length beams.

  10. Effective optical path length for tandem diffuse cubic cavities as gas absorption cell

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    Yu, J.; Gao, Q.; Zhang, Y. G.; Zhang, Z. G.; Wu, S. H.

    2014-12-01

    Tandem diffuse cubic cavities designed by connecting two single diffuse cubic-shaped cavities, A and B, with an aperture (port fraction fap) in the middle of the connecting baffle was developed as a gas absorption cell. The effective optical path length (EOPL) was evaluated by comparing the oxygen absorption signal in the cavity and in air based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS). Experimental results manifested an enhancement of EOPL for the tandem diffuse cubic cavities as the decrease of fap and can be expressed as the sum of EOPL of two single cubic cavities at fap < 0.01, which coincided well with theoretical analysis. The simulating EOPL was smaller than experimental results at fap > 0.01, which indicated that back scattering light from cavity B to cavity A cannot be ignored at this condition.

  11. Precise measurement of single-mode fiber lengths using a gain-switched distributed feedback laser with delayed optical feedback.

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    Wada, Kenji; Matsukura, Satoru; Tanaka, Amaka; Matsuyama, Tetsuya; Horinaka, Hiromichi

    2015-09-01

    A simple method to measure single-mode optical fiber lengths is proposed and demonstrated using a gain-switched 1.55-μm distributed feedback laser without a fast photodetector or an optical interferometer. From the variation in the amplified spontaneous emission noise intensity with respect to the modulation frequency of the gain switching, the optical length of a 1-km single-mode fiber immersed in water is found to be 1471.043915 m ± 33 μm, corresponding to a relative standard deviation of 2.2 × 10(-8). This optical length is an average value over a measurement time of one minute under ordinary laboratory conditions. PMID:26368406

  12. Focal construct geometry for high intensity energy dispersive x-ray diffraction based on x-ray capillary optics

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    Li, Fangzuo; Liu, Zhiguo; Sun, Tianxi; Jiang, Bowen; Zhu, Yu

    2016-03-01

    We presented a focal construct geometry (FCG) method for high intensity energy dispersive X-ray diffraction by utilizing a home-made ellipsoidal single-bounce capillary (ESBC) and a polycapillary parallel X-ray lens (PPXRL). The ESBC was employed to focus the X-rays from a conventional laboratory source into a small focal spot and to produce an annular X-ray beam in the far-field. Additionally, diffracted polychromatic X-rays were confocally collected by the PPXRL attached to a stationary energy-resolved detector. Our FCG method based on ESBC and PPXRL had achieved relatively high intensity diffraction peaks and effectively narrowed the diffraction peak width which was helpful in improving the potential d-spacing resolution for material phase analysis.

  13. A Method for Determining the Nominal Occular Hazard Zone for Gaussian Beam Laser Rangers with a Firmware Controlled Variable Focal Length

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    Picco, C. E.; Shavers, M. R.; Victor, J. M.; Duron, J. L.; Bowers, W. h.; Gillis, D. B.; VanBaalen, M.

    2009-01-01

    LIDAR systems that maintain a constant beam spot size on a retroreflector in order to increase the accuracy of bearing and ranging data must use a software controlled variable position lens. These systems periodically update the estimated range and set the position of the focusing lens accordingly. In order to precisely calculate the r NOHD for such a system, the software method for setting the variable position lens and gaussian laser propagation can be used to calculate the irradiance at any point given the range estimation. NASA s Space Shuttle LIDAR, called the Trajectory Control Sensor (TCS), uses this configuration. Analytical tools were developed using Excel and VBA to determine the radiant energy to the International Space Station (ISS) crewmembers eyes while viewing the shuttle on approach and departure. Various viewing scenarios are considered including the use of through-the-lens imaging optics and the window transmissivity at the TCS wavelength. The methodology incorporates the TCS system control logic, gaussian laser propagation, potential failure mode end states, and guidance from American National Standard for the Safe Use of Lasers (ANSI Z136.1-2007). This approach can be adapted for laser safety analyses of similar LIDAR systems.

  14. Design of short length and C+L-band mismatched optical coupler with waveguide weighted by the Blackman function

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    Chen, Chi-Feng; Ku, Yun-Sheng; Kung, Tsu-Te

    2009-01-01

    A mismatched optical coupler with waveguide weighted by the Blackman function is numerically investigated in the demand of short length, C+L-band, and low crosstalk. Utilizing the full factorial design, the structure parameters of coupling waveguide are obtained by beam propagation method. In the condition of crosstalk of -35 dB, the mismatched optical coupler with proper selected waveguide structure parameters is found to have a coupling length of 3.60 mm in the transmission wavelength ranges of C+L-band (1.53-1.61 ?m). Obviously, the selection and design of waveguide structure are very important to satisfy the qualities of a mismatched optical coupler for the demand of short length, broad bandwidth, and low crosstalk.

  15. Phase-noise-compensated optical frequency domain reflectometry with measurement range beyond laser coherence length realized using concatenative reference method.

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    Fan, Xinyu; Koshikiya, Yusuke; Ito, Fumihiko

    2007-11-15

    A novel type of optical frequency domain reflectometry with a measurement range much longer than the laser coherence length is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. To reduce the influence of laser phase noise, the measurement signal is compensated by using reference signals generated from a single auxiliary interferometer supported by a newly proposed compensation process. The compensation is accomplished numerically with a computer for each section of the delay fiber length in an auxiliary interferometer after only one data acquisition. By using the proposed technique, it is confirmed experimentally that the laser phase noise is well compensated even beyond the coherence length. PMID:18026262

  16. Axial length measurement acquisition rates of two optical biometers in cataractous eyes

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    Epitropoulos, Alice

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To compare the ability of two optical biometers to acquire the axial length (AL) measurement in cataractous eyes. Methods This prospective, comparative, single-center study comprised 105 eyes (63 patients). AL was acquired by the composite mean value of 20 measurements (composite-20 IM) and five measurements (composite-5 IM) (IOLMaster 500 version 7.1 software), and the standard mean value of the first five measurements (standard-5 LS, Lenstar LS 900). Anterior chamber depth (ACD) and average keratometry (K) readings were acquired. Results AL was acquired in 83.8%, 92.4%, and 84.8% of eyes for the composite-5 IM, composite-20 IM, and standard-5 LS, respectively. Standard-5 LS AL measurements were significantly shorter (P<0.001). IOLMaster 500-acquired ACD (corneal epithelium to lens) measurements were significantly shorter (P<0.001). IOLMaster 500 average K measurements were significantly steeper (P<0.001). Conclusion The composite-20 IM had the highest AL acquisition success rate of the three versions evaluated. AL, ACD, and average Ks were statistically different between the two biometers, although the differences were clinically insignificant. PMID:25092960

  17. Optical detection of individual ultra-short carbon nanotubes enables their length characterization down to 10 nm

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    Gao, Zhenghong; Oudjedi, Laura; Faes, Romain; Moroté, Fabien; Jaillet, Christèle; Poulin, Philippe; Lounis, Brahim; Cognet, Laurent

    2015-01-01

    Ultrashort single-walled carbon nanotubes, i.e. with length below ~30 nm, display length-dependent physical, chemical and biological properties that are attractive for the development of novel nanodevices and nanomaterials. Whether fundamental or applicative, such developments require that ultrashort nanotube lengths can be routinely and reliably characterized with high statistical data for high-quality sample production. However, no methods currently fulfill these requirements. Here, we demonstrate that photothermal microscopy achieves fast and reliable optical single nanotube analysis down to ~10 nm lengths. Compared to atomic force microscopy, this method provides ultrashort nanotubes length distribution with high statistics, and neither requires specific sample preparation nor tip-dependent image analysis. PMID:26603487

  18. Optical detection of individual ultra-short carbon nanotubes enables their length characterization down to 10?nm

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    Gao, Zhenghong; Oudjedi, Laura; Faes, Romain; Morot, Fabien; Jaillet, Christle; Poulin, Philippe; Lounis, Brahim; Cognet, Laurent

    2015-11-01

    Ultrashort single-walled carbon nanotubes, i.e. with length below ~30?nm, display length-dependent physical, chemical and biological properties that are attractive for the development of novel nanodevices and nanomaterials. Whether fundamental or applicative, such developments require that ultrashort nanotube lengths can be routinely and reliably characterized with high statistical data for high-quality sample production. However, no methods currently fulfill these requirements. Here, we demonstrate that photothermal microscopy achieves fast and reliable optical single nanotube analysis down to ~10?nm lengths. Compared to atomic force microscopy, this method provides ultrashort nanotubes length distribution with high statistics, and neither requires specific sample preparation nor tip-dependent image analysis.

  19. Effect of focal size on the laser ignition of compressed natural gas-air mixture

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    Srivastava, Dhananjay Kumar; Wintner, Ernst; Agarwal, Avinash Kumar

    2014-07-01

    Laser ignition of compressed natural gas-air mixtures was investigated in a constant volume combustion chamber (CVCC) as well as in a single cylinder engine. Laser ignition has several potential advantages over conventional spark ignition system. Laser ignition relies on the fact that optical breakdown (plasma generation) in gases occurs at high intensities of ≈1011 W/cm2. Such high intensities can be achieved by focusing a pulsed laser beam to small focal sizes. The focal spot size depends on several parameters such as laser wavelength, beam diameter at the converging lens, beam quality and focal length. In this investigation, the focal length of the converging lens and the beam quality were varied and the corresponding effects on minimum ignition energy as well as pressure rise were recorded. The flame kernel was visualized and correlated with the rate of pressure rise inside the combustion chamber. This investigation will be helpful in the optimization of laser and optics parameters in laser ignition. It was found that beam quality factor and focal length of focusing lens have a strong impact on the minimum ignition energy required for combustion. Combustion duration depends on the energy density at the focal spot and size of the flame kernel.

  20. Focal spot analysis of optical inhomogeneities appearing in the working medium of an iodine photodissociation laser with flashlamp pumping

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    Kachalin, G. N.; Pivkin, D. N.; Polozov, A. A.; Safronov, A. S.; Khudikov, N. M.

    2013-01-01

    We report on the results of experimental studies of optical inhomogeneities appearing in the working medium of an iodine photodissociation laser operating in the inversion accumulation mode and in the free-running mode. The dynamics of evolution of optical inhomogeneities in the free-running mode is studied experimentally.

  1. Pillar cuvettes: capillary-filled, microliter quartz cuvettes with microscale path lengths for optical spectroscopy.

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    Holzner, Gregor; Kriel, Frederik Hermanus; Priest, Craig

    2015-05-01

    The goal of most analytical techniques is to reduce the lower limit of detection; however, it is sometimes necessary to do the opposite. High sample concentrations or samples with high molar absorptivity (e.g., dyes and metal complexes) often require multiple dilution steps or laborious sample preparation prior to spectroscopic analysis. Here, we demonstrate dilution-free, one-step UV-vis spectroscopic analysis of high concentrations of platinum(IV) hexachloride in a micropillar array, that is, "pillar cuvette". The cuvette is spontaneously filled by wicking of the liquid sample into the micropillar array. The pillar height (thus, the film thickness) defines the optical path length, which was reduced to between 10 and 20 μm in this study (3 orders of magnitude smaller than in a typical cuvette). Only one small droplet (∼2 μL) of sample is required, and the dispensed volume need not be precise or even known to the analyst for accurate spectroscopy measurements. For opaque pillars, we show that absorbance is linearly related to platinum concentration (the Beer-Lambert Law). For fully transparent or semitransparent pillars, the measured absorbance was successfully corrected for the fractional surface coverage of the pillars and the transmittance of the pillars and reference. Thus, both opaque and transparent pillars can be applied to absorbance spectroscopy of high absorptivity, microliter samples. It is also shown here that the pillar array has a useful secondary function as an integrated (in-cuvette) filter for particulates. For pillar cuvette measurements of platinum solutions spiked with 6 μm diameter polystyrene spheres, filtered and unfiltered samples gave identical spectra. PMID:25844800

  2. [Influence of optical path length on NIR analysis results for trace metal determination in Chinese rice wine].

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    Yu, Hai-Yan; Ying, Yi-Bin; Xie, Li-Juan; Fu, Xia-Ping

    2007-06-01

    The prediction performance of near infrared (NIR) spectra with different optical path-length for trace metal (potassium, calcium, magnesium, zincum, and iron) determination was investigated. NIR transmission spectra of Chinese rice wine were collected in rectangular quartz cuvette with different optical path lengths (1, 2, 5 and 10 mm) using Fourier transform near infrared (FT-NIR) spectrometer in the wavelength range of 800-2 500 nm with air as the reference. The reference data for potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron were determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Calibration models were developed by partial least squares (PLS) regression. The PLS models of NIR spectra group with 5 mm path length gave the best calibration result. The determination coefficients (r2) for potassium, calcium, magnesium, zincum, and iron were 0.93, 0.85, 0.93, 0.72, and 0.66, respectively, and the root mean square error of cross validation (RMSECV) for the five elements were 26.5, 35.6, 4.63, 0.26, and 0.64 mg x L-(-1), respectively, whereas the models established by NIR spectra group of 10 mm path-length was the worst. And the r2 values for potassium, calcium, magnesium, zincum, and iron were 0.61, 0.65, 0.63, 0.09, and 0.25, respectively. The results indicated that the optical path length has an influence on the NIR analysis results for trace metal determination in Chinese rice wine, and that the appropriate path length for the NIR analysis should be determined by comparison analysis. PMID:17763771

  3. Development of transrectal diffuse optical tomography combined with 3D-transrectal ultrasound imaging to monitor the photocoagulation front during interstitial photothermal therapy of primary focal prostate cancer

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    He, Jie; Weersink, Robert; Veilleux, Israel; Mayo, Kenwrick; Zhang, Anqi; Piao, Daqing; Alam, Adeel; Trachtenberg, John; Wilson, Brian C.

    2013-03-01

    Interstitial near-infrared laser thermal therapy (LITT) is currently undergoing clinical trials as an alternative to watchful waiting or radical surgery in patients with low-risk focal prostate cancer. Currently, we use magnetic resonance image (MRI)-based thermography to monitor treatment delivery and determine indirectly the completeness of the target tissue destruction while avoiding damage to adjacent normal tissues, particularly the rectal wall. However, incomplete tumor destruction has occurred in a significant fraction of patients due to premature termination of treatment, since the photocoagulation zone is not directly observed. Hence, we are developing transrectal diffuse optical tomography (TRDOT), in combination with transrectal 3D ultrasound (3D-TRUS), to address his limitation. This is based on the large changes in optical scattering expected upon tissue coagulation. Here, we present forward simulations of a growing coagulated lesion with optical scattering contrast, using an established finite element analysis software platform (NIRFAST). The simulations were validated in tissue-simulating phantoms, with measurements acquired by a state-of-the-art continuous wave (CW) TRDOT system and a recently assembled bench-top CW-DOT system, with specific source-detector configurations. Two image reconstruction schemes were investigated and evaluated, specifically for the accurate delineation of the posterior boundary of the coagulation zone as the critical parameter for treatment guidance in this clinical application.

  4. Measuring optical fiber length by use of a short-pulse optical fiber ring laser in a self-injection seeding scheme.

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    Wang, Yi-Ping; Wang, Dong Ning; Jin, Wei

    2006-09-01

    A method for measuring the length of an optical fiber by use of an optical fiber ring laser pulse source is proposed and demonstrated. The key element of the optical fiber ring laser is a gain-switched Fabry-Perot laser diode operated in a self-injection seeding scheme. This method is especially suitable for measuring a medium or long fiber, and a resolution of 0.1 m is experimentally achieved. The measurement is implemented by accurately determining the pulse frequency that can maximize the output power of the fiber ring laser. The measurement results depend only on the refractive index of the fiber corresponding to this single wavelength, instead of the group index of the fiber, which represents a great advantage over both optical time-domain reflectometry and optical low-coherence reflectometry methods. PMID:16912784

  5. 3D optical two-mirror scanner with focus-tunable lens.

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    Pokorny, Petr; Miks, Antonin

    2015-08-01

    The paper presents formulas for a ray tracing in the optical system of two-mirror optical scanner with a focus-tunable lens. Furthermore, equations for the calculation of focal length which ensure focusing of a beam in the desired point in a detection plane are derived. The uncertainty description of such focal length follows as well. The chosen vector approach is general; therefore, the application of formulas in various configurations of the optical systems is possible. In the example situation, the authors derived formulas for mirrors' rotations and the focal length depending on the position of the point in the detection plane. PMID:26368115

  6. Distinct Length Scales in the VO{sub 2} Metal–Insulator Transition Revealed by Bi-chromatic Optical Probing

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    Wang, Lei; Novikova, Irina B.; Klopf, John M.; Madaras, Scott E.; Williams, Gwyn P.; Madaras, Eric; Lu, Liwei; Wolf, Stuart A.; Lukaszew, Rosa A.

    2014-01-01

    Upon a heating-induced metal–instulator transition (MIT) in VO{sub 2}, microscopic metallic VO{sub 2} puddles nucleate and coarsen within the insulating matrix. This coexistence of the two phases across the transition spans distinct length scales as their relative domain sizes change. Far-field optical probing is applied to follow the dynamic evolution of the highly correlated metallic domains as the MIT progresses.

  7. In vivo measurement of the local optical properties of tissue by use of differential path-length spectroscopy

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    Amelink, Arjen; Sterenborg, Henricus J. C. M.; Bard, Martin P. L.; Burgers, Sjaak A.

    2004-05-01

    We demonstrate the capability of differential path-length spectroscopy (DPS) to determine the local optical properties of tissue in vivo. DPS measurements on bronchial mucosa are analyzed and yield information on the local blood oxygenation, blood content, average microvessel diameter, and wavelength dependence of the reduced scattering coefficient. Our data collected to date show that cancerous bronchial mucosa has a lower capillary oxygenation and a larger average capillary diameter than normal bronchial mucosa.

  8. Electro-optic KTN Devices

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    Yagi, Shogo; Fujiura, Kazuo

    We have grown KTN crystals with optical quality, and developed high-speed beam deflectors and variable focal length lenses based on KTN's large electro-optic effect.?Furthermore, by using the KTN beam deflectors, we have developed a swept light source for OCT operable at 200 kHz.

  9. Small pixel oversampled IR focal plane arrays

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    Caulfield, John; Curzan, Jon; Lewis, Jay; Dhar, Nibir

    2015-06-01

    We report on a new high definition high charge capacity 2.1 Mpixel MWIR Infrared Focal Plane Array. This high definition (HD) FPA utilizes a small 5 um pitch pixel size which is below the Nyquist limit imposed by the optical systems Point Spread Function (PSF). These smaller sub diffraction limited pixels allow spatial oversampling of the image. We show that oversampling IRFPAs enables improved fidelity in imaging including resolution improvements, advanced pixel correlation processing to reduce false alarm rates, improved detection ranges, and an improved ability to track closely spaced objects. Small pixel HD arrays are viewed as the key component enabling lower size, power and weight of the IR Sensor System. Small pixels enables a reduction in the size of the systems components from the smaller detector and ROIC array, the reduced optics focal length and overall lens size, resulting in an overall compactness in the sensor package, cooling and associated electronics. The highly sensitive MWIR small pixel HD FPA has the capability to detect dimmer signals at longer ranges than previously demonstrated.

  10. Optical elements with extended depth of focus and arbitrary distribution of intensity along the focal segment obtained by angular modulation of the optical power

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    Kakarenko, K.; Ducin, I.; Jaroszewicz, Z.; Kołodziejczyk, A.; Petelczyc, K.; Stompor, A.; Sypek, M.

    2015-04-01

    Light Sword Lens (LSL), i.e., an optical element with extended depth of focus (EDOF) characterized by angular modulation of the optical power in its conventional form is characterized by a linear relationship between the optical power and the angular coordinate of the corresponding angular lens sector. This dependence may be manipulated in function of the required design needs. In the present communicate this additional degree of freedom of design is used for elimination of the LSL shape discontinuity.

  11. Full-length axon regeneration in the adult mouse optic nerve and partial recovery of simple visual behaviors

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    de Lima, Silmara; Koriyama, Yoshiki; Kurimoto, Takuji; Oliveira, Julia Teixeira; Yin, Yuqin; Li, Yiqing; Gilbert, Hui-Ya; Fagiolini, Michela; Martinez, Ana Maria Blanco; Benowitz, Larry

    2012-01-01

    The mature optic nerve cannot regenerate when injured, leaving victims of traumatic nerve damage or diseases such as glaucoma with irreversible visual losses. Recent studies have identified ways to stimulate retinal ganglion cells to regenerate axons part-way through the optic nerve, but it remains unknown whether mature axons can reenter the brain, navigate to appropriate target areas, or restore vision. We show here that with adequate stimulation, retinal ganglion cells are able to regenerate axons the full length of the visual pathway and on into the lateral geniculate nucleus, superior colliculus, and other visual centers. Regeneration partially restores the optomotor response, depth perception, and circadian photoentrainment, demonstrating the feasibility of reconstructing central circuitry for vision after optic nerve damage in mature mammals. PMID:22615390

  12. Differential delay compensation for reducing packet lengths in a WDMA/TDMA ``switchless'' optical network

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    Vieira Segatto, M. E.; Timofeev, F. N.; Wyatt, R.; Taylor, J. R.; Hill, A. M.; Kashyap, R.

    2001-07-01

    Differential delays due to fiber dispersion represent the ultimate limitation on achievable guard times and packet durations for WDMA/TDMA "switchless" optical transport networks. A delay compensator based on fiber gratings is proposed to decrease such delays.

  13. Optical absorption coefficient and minority carrier diffusion length measurements in low-cost silicon solar cell material

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    Swimm, R.T.; Dumas, K.A.

    1982-11-01

    The optical absorption coefficient of silicon solar cell material grown by three low-cost growth methods was measured in the wavelength interval 0.8< or =lambda< or =1.0 ..mu..m, the wavelength region of interest in surface photovoltage measurements of the minority carrier diffusion length. The square root of the absorption coefficient was found to vary linearly with photon energy over the wavelengths studied, and the measured data agree with a linear empirical fit to within 0.5% RMS. The absorption coefficients obtained are slightly lower than those reported by Runyan, with the greatest disagreement at long wavelengths. Minority carrier diffusion lengths computed using the present absorption coefficients are approximately 16% greater than those calculated using Runyan's data. Excellent sample-to-sample agreement within and between lots indicates that for two of the growth methods studied, material quality as judged by optical properties has not been sacrificed by the use of low-cost growth methods. Samples grown by the third growth method studied showed measurably poorer optical quality.

  14. Optical Properties of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Separated in a Density Gradient; Length, Bundling, and Aromatic Stacking Effects.

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    Tabakman, Scott M; Welsher, Kevin; Hong, Guosong; Dai, Hongjie

    2010-10-28

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are promising materials for in vitro and in vivo biological applications due to their high surface area and inherent near infrared photoluminescence and Raman scattering properties. Here, we use density gradient centrifugation to separate SWNTs by length and degree of bundling. Following separation, we observe a peak in photoluminescence quantum yield (PL QY) and Raman scattering intensity where SWNT length is maximized and bundling is minimized. Individualized SWNTs are found to exhibit high PL QY and high resonance-enhanced Raman scattering intensity. Fractions containing long, individual SWNTs exhibit the highest PL QY and Raman scattering intensities, compared to fractions containing single, short SWNTs or SWNT bundles. Intensity gains of approximately ~1.7 and 4-fold, respectively, are obtained compared with the starting material. Spectroscopic analysis reveals that SWNT fractions at higher displacement contain increasing proportions of SWNT bundles, which causes reduced optical transition energies and broadening of absorption features in the UV-Vis-NIR spectra, and reduced PL QY and Raman scattering intensity. Finally, we adsorb small aromatic species on "bright," individualized SWNT sidewalls and compare the resulting absorption, PL and Raman scattering effects to that of SWNT bundles. We observe similar effects in both cases, suggesting aromatic stacking affects the optical properties of SWNTs in an analogous way to SWNT bundles, likely due to electronic structure perturbations, charge transfer, and dielectric screening effects, resulting in reduction of the excitonic optical transition energies and exciton lifetimes. PMID:21258607

  15. Optical modeling of plasma-deposited ZnO films: Electron scattering at different length scales

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    Knoops, Harm C. M. Loo, Bas W. H. van de; Smit, Sjoerd; Ponomarev, Mikhail V.; Weber, Jan-Willem; Sharma, Kashish; Kessels, Wilhelmus M. M.; Creatore, Mariadriana

    2015-03-15

    In this work, an optical modeling study on electron scattering mechanisms in plasma-deposited ZnO layers is presented. Because various applications of ZnO films pose a limit on the electron carrier density due to its effect on the film transmittance, higher electron mobility values are generally preferred instead. Hence, insights into the electron scattering contributions affecting the carrier mobility are required. In optical models, the Drude oscillator is adopted to represent the free-electron contribution and the obtained optical mobility can be then correlated with the macroscopic material properties. However, the influence of scattering phenomena on the optical mobility depends on the considered range of photon energy. For example, the grain-boundary scattering is generally not probed by means of optical measurements and the ionized-impurity scattering contribution decreases toward higher photon energies. To understand this frequency dependence and quantify contributions from different scattering phenomena to the mobility, several case studies were analyzed in this work by means of spectroscopic ellipsometry and Fourier transform infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The obtained electrical parameters were compared to the results inferred by Hall measurements. For intrinsic ZnO (i-ZnO), the in-grain mobility was obtained by fitting reflection data with a normal Drude model in the IR range. For Al-doped ZnO (Al:ZnO), besides a normal Drude fit in the IR range, an Extended Drude fit in the UV-vis range could be used to obtain the in-grain mobility. Scattering mechanisms for a thickness series of Al:ZnO films were discerned using the more intuitive parameter “scattering frequency” instead of the parameter “mobility”. The interaction distance concept was introduced to give a physical interpretation to the frequency dependence of the scattering frequency. This physical interpretation furthermore allows the prediction of which Drude models can be used in a specific frequency range.

  16. CO[sub 2] laser beam propagation with ZnSe optics

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    Leong, K.H.; Liu, Yi; Holdridge, D.J.

    1992-01-01

    Beam propagation characteristics of ZnSe optics used in kiloWatt power CO[sub 2] laser aided material processing applications are determined using the Prometec Laser Beam Analyzer. The laser used was a Rofin Sinar RS6000 CO[sub 2] laser with mode aperturing. Beam power varied from 500W to 6300W and beam modes used were TEM[sub 00], TEM[sub 01], TEM[sub 10] and TEM[sub 20]. Both transmissive and reflective optics were examined. The ZnSe lenses tested included meniscus, diffractive and cylindrical lenses of 5in focal length and a 10in focal length integrading lens. Reflective optics included an integrator and a 5in focal length parabolic mirror for welding. Parameters obtained included beam propagation profiles, intensity profiles, depth of focus, spot size and back focal length. A subset of the data obtained is presented here. Details of the work will appear in a full length paper.

  17. CO{sub 2} laser beam propagation with ZnSe optics

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    Leong, K.H.; Liu, Yi; Holdridge, D.J.

    1992-11-01

    Beam propagation characteristics of ZnSe optics used in kiloWatt power CO{sub 2} laser aided material processing applications are determined using the Prometec Laser Beam Analyzer. The laser used was a Rofin Sinar RS6000 CO{sub 2} laser with mode aperturing. Beam power varied from 500W to 6300W and beam modes used were TEM{sub 00}, TEM{sub 01}, TEM{sub 10} and TEM{sub 20}. Both transmissive and reflective optics were examined. The ZnSe lenses tested included meniscus, diffractive and cylindrical lenses of 5in focal length and a 10in focal length integrading lens. Reflective optics included an integrator and a 5in focal length parabolic mirror for welding. Parameters obtained included beam propagation profiles, intensity profiles, depth of focus, spot size and back focal length. A subset of the data obtained is presented here. Details of the work will appear in a full length paper.

  18. Design of an Airborne Scanning Lidar Using a Holographic Optical Element

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    Schwemmer, Geary K.; Hopf, Dan; Neuman, Mark; Kubalak, David; Christhilif, Ellen; Hasselbrack, William; Ranganayakamma, Belthur; Kim, Jin; Hwang, I. H.

    1998-01-01

    An aerosol and cloud backscatter lidar system has been built using a one meter focal length transmission holographic optical element that functions as a scanning telescope. Rotating the disk about the center line normal effects a 45 degree conical scan.

  19. Imaging and full-length biometry of the eye during accommodation using spectral domain OCT with an optical switch

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    Ruggeri, Marco; Uhlhorn, Stephen R.; De Freitas, Carolina; Ho, Arthur; Manns, Fabrice; Parel, Jean-Marie

    2012-01-01

    Abstract: An optical switch was implemented in the reference arm of an extended depth SD-OCT system to sequentially acquire OCT images at different depths into the eye ranging from the cornea to the retina. A custom-made accommodation module was coupled with the delivery of the OCT system to provide controlled step stimuli of accommodation and disaccommodation that preserve ocular alignment. The changes in the lens shape were imaged and ocular distances were dynamically measured during accommodation and disaccommodation. The system is capable of dynamic in vivo imaging of the entire anterior segment and eye-length measurement during accommodation in real-time. PMID:22808424

  20. Focal Reducer for CQUEAN (Camera for QUasars in EArly uNiverse)

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    Lim, Juhee; Chang, Seunghyuk; Pak, Soojong; Kim, Youngju; Park, Won-Kee; Im, Myungshin

    2013-08-01

    A focal reducer is developed for CQUEAN (Camera for QUasars in EArly uNiverse), which is a CCD imaging system on the 2.1 m Otto Struve telescope at the McDonald observatory. It allows CQUEAN to secure a wider field of view by reducing the effective focal length by a factor of three. The optical point spread function without seeing effects is designed to be within one pixel (0.283 arcsec) over the field of view of 4.82 arcmin 4.82 arcmin in optimum wavelength ranges of 0.8-1.1 ?m. In this paper, we describe and discuss the characteristics of optical design, the lens and barrel fabrications and the alignment processes.The observation results show that the image quality of the focal reducer confirms the expectations from the design.

  1. Predictions of Transient Flame Lift-Off Length With Comparison to Single-Cylinder Optical Engine Experiments

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    Senecal, P. K.; Pomraning, E.; Anders, J. W.; Weber, M. R.; Gehrke, C. R.; Polonowski, C. J.; Mueller, C. J.

    2014-05-28

    A state-of-the-art, grid-convergent simulation methodology was applied to three-dimensional calculations of a single-cylinder optical engine. A mesh resolution study on a sector-based version of the engine geometry further verified the RANS-based cell size recommendations previously presented by Senecal et al. (“Grid Convergent Spray Models for Internal Combustion Engine CFD Simulations,” ASME Paper No. ICEF2012-92043). Convergence of cylinder pressure, flame lift-off length, and emissions was achieved for an adaptive mesh refinement cell size of 0.35 mm. Furthermore, full geometry simulations, using mesh settings derived from the grid convergence study, resulted in excellent agreement with measurements of cylinder pressure, heat release rate,more » and NOx emissions. On the other hand, the full geometry simulations indicated that the flame lift-off length is not converged at 0.35 mm for jets not aligned with the computational mesh. Further simulations suggested that the flame lift-off lengths for both the nonaligned and aligned jets appear to be converged at 0.175 mm. With this increased mesh resolution, both the trends and magnitudes in flame lift-off length were well predicted with the current simulation methodology. Good agreement between the overall predicted flame behavior and the available chemiluminescence measurements was also achieved. Our present study indicates that cell size requirements for accurate prediction of full geometry flame lift-off lengths may be stricter than those for global combustion behavior. This may be important when accurate soot predictions are required.« less

  2. Predictions of Transient Flame Lift-Off Length With Comparison to Single-Cylinder Optical Engine Experiments

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    Senecal, P. K.; Pomraning, E.; Anders, J. W.; Weber, M. R.; Gehrke, C. R.; Polonowski, C. J.; Mueller, C. J.

    2014-05-28

    A state-of-the-art, grid-convergent simulation methodology was applied to three-dimensional calculations of a single-cylinder optical engine. A mesh resolution study on a sector-based version of the engine geometry further verified the RANS-based cell size recommendations previously presented by Senecal et al. (“Grid Convergent Spray Models for Internal Combustion Engine CFD Simulations,” ASME Paper No. ICEF2012-92043). Convergence of cylinder pressure, flame lift-off length, and emissions was achieved for an adaptive mesh refinement cell size of 0.35 mm. Furthermore, full geometry simulations, using mesh settings derived from the grid convergence study, resulted in excellent agreement with measurements of cylinder pressure, heat release rate, and NOx emissions. On the other hand, the full geometry simulations indicated that the flame lift-off length is not converged at 0.35 mm for jets not aligned with the computational mesh. Further simulations suggested that the flame lift-off lengths for both the nonaligned and aligned jets appear to be converged at 0.175 mm. With this increased mesh resolution, both the trends and magnitudes in flame lift-off length were well predicted with the current simulation methodology. Good agreement between the overall predicted flame behavior and the available chemiluminescence measurements was also achieved. Our present study indicates that cell size requirements for accurate prediction of full geometry flame lift-off lengths may be stricter than those for global combustion behavior. This may be important when accurate soot predictions are required.

  3. Large stroke MOEMS actuators for optical path length modulation in miniaturized FTIR spectrometers

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    Sandner, Thilo; Drabe, Christian; Schenk, Harald; Kenda, Andreas

    2009-05-01

    In this paper we present a novel translatory MOEMS device with extraordinary large stroke especially designed for fast optical path modulation in an improved miniaturized Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer capable to perform time resolved measurements from NIR to MIR. Recently, we presented a first MOEMS based FTIR system using a different translatory MOEMS actuator with bending suspensions of the mirror plate and +/-100?m oscillation amplitude resulting in a limited spectral resolution of 30 cm-1. For the novel MOEMS actuator an advanced pantograph suspension of the mirror plate was used to guarantee an extraordinary large stroke of up to 500 ?m required for an improved spectral resolution. To optimize the optical throughput of the spectrometer the mirror aperture was increased to 7 mm2. The MOEMS actuators are driven electro statically resonant using out-of-plane comb drives and operate at a resonant frequency of 500 (1000) Hz, respectively. Hence, this enables to realize an improved MOEMS based FTIR-spectrometer with a spectral resolution of up to 10 cm-1, a SNR of > 1000:1 and an acquisition time of 1 ms per spectrum of the miniaturized FTIR-system. In this article we discuss in detail the design and the experimental characteristics of the novel large stroke translatory MOEMS device. The application and system integration, especially the optical vacuum packaging, of this MOEMS device in an improved miniaturized MOEMS based FTIR spectrometer enabling ultra rapid measurements in the NIRMIR spectral region with 12cm-1 spectral resolution is discussed in a separate paper submitted to this conference.

  4. High-Speed Mechanical Actuator for Precision Optical Path Length Control

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    Machida, Kosuke; Moriwaki, Shigenori; Mio, Norikatsu

    2009-01-01

    We have developed a high-speed mechanical actuator that can be used for optical systems requiring wide-band feedback control. To attain the wide-band control, we have fabricated a moving-magnet-type electromagnetic actuator with a simple structure. Using this actuator, we achieved a control system for a Michelson interferometer with a servo bandwidth defined by the unity gain frequency of the control loop as large as 30 kHz. We have also measured the amount of wobble motion of the actuator and its long-term stability. Here, we report the characteristics of the actuator.

  5. X-ray Pulse Length Characterization using the Surface Magneto Optic Kerr Effect

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    Krejcik, P.; /SLAC

    2006-10-04

    It will be challenging to measure the temporal profile of the hard X-ray SASE beam independently from the electron beam in the LCLS and other 4th generation light sources. A fast interaction mechanism is needed that can be probed by an ultrafast laser pulse in a pump-probe experiment. It is proposed to exploit the rotation in polarization of light reflected from a thin magnetized film, known as the surface magneto optic Kerr effect (SMOKE), to witness the absorption of the x-ray pulse in the thin film. The change in spin orbit coupling induced by the x-ray pulse occurs on the subfemtosecond time scale and changes the polarization of the probe beam. The limitation to the technique lies with the bandwidth of the probe laser pulse and how short the optical pulse can be made. The SMOKE mechanism will be described and the choices of materials for use with 1.5 {angstrom} x-rays. A schematic description of the pump-probe geometry for x-ray diagnosis is also described.

  6. Bunch Length Monitoring at the A0 Photoinjector Using a Quasi-Optical Schottky Detector

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    Kazakevich, G.; Davidsaver, M.; Edwards, H.; Fliller, R.; Koeth, T.; Lumpkin, A.; Nagaitsev, S.; Ruan, J.; Thurman-Keup, R.; Jeong, Y.U.; Kubarev, V.; /Novosibirsk, IYF

    2009-05-01

    Noninvasive bunch duration monitoring has a crucial importance for modern accelerators intended for short wavelength FEL's, colliders and in some beam dynamics experiments. Monitoring of the bunch compression in the Emittance Exchange Experiment at the A0 Photoinjector was done using a parametric presentation of the bunch duration via Coherent Synchrotron Radiation (CSR) emitted in a dipole magnet and measured with a wideband quasi-optical Schottky Barrier Detector (SBD). The monitoring resulted in a mapping of the quadrupole parameters allowing a determination of the region of highest compression of the bunch in the sub-picosecond range. The obtained data were compared with those measured using the streak camera. A description of the technique and the results of simulations and measurements are presented and discussed in this report.

  7. Design of vari-focal panoramic annular lenses based on Alvarez surfaces

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    Luo, Yujie; Bai, Jian; Yao, Yuan

    2014-11-01

    We propose a novel design of panoramic annular lenses (PAL) for the imaging of 360 surroundings with a large field of view (FOV) ranging from 30~105, which can partly realize the zooming function. Its wavelength band is between 486 and 656 nanometers. The conventional vari-focal PAL is based on the axial shift of some optical components, which will make the blind zone larger and out of the sensing area, while our design is based on the lateral shift, which can make some imaging area zoom in, keep the area of blind zone stay the same, and minimize the whole scale of this system. In order to change the focal length of conventional PAL system, we introduce several pairs of free-form surfaces (Alvarez surfaces) which can be regarded as several plano-spherical lenses and change the focal power of the whole optical system. As we set two different configurations (long focal length and wide angle), all of the optical parameters are designed and optimized with the help of the software (Zemax).

  8. OPO (optical parametric oscillators) performance with a long-pulse-length, single-frequency Nd:YAG laser pump

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    Byer, R.L.; Kozlovsky, W.J.; Gustafson, E.K.; Eckardt, R.C.

    1988-01-01

    With the advent of new nonlinear materials and single-frequency pump sources, there is renewed interest in Optical Parametric Oscillators (OPO's). The authors used a single-mode diode-laser-pumped monolithic Nd:YAG nonplanar ring laser that is both amplified and frequency-doubled, to pump a monolithic MgO:LiNbO3 pulsed singly resonant OPO. Optical parametric oscillators offer wide tunability by using a solid-state nonlinear crystal as the gain medium. Since the parametric gain does not come from atomic or molecular transition, the operating wavelength range is limited only by crystal dispersion, the optical transmission ranges for the pump, signal, and idler. Repeatable, reliable, and damage-free operation of OPO's has been difficult to obtain because the nonlinear nature of the gain has required the use of high-peak-power lasers as the pump sources. The short-pulse-length, high-peak-power lasers that were available for early OPO development had fluctuating spatial and temporal mode properties that were responsible for many problems in OPO operation.

  9. Optical microcavities enhance the exciton coherence length and eliminate vibronic coupling in J-aggregates

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    Spano, F. C.

    2015-05-14

    The properties of polaritons in J-aggregate microcavities are explored using a Hamiltonian which treats exciton-vibrational coupling and exciton-photon coupling on equal footing. When the cavity mode is resonant with the lowest-energy (0-0) transition in the J-aggregate, two polaritons are formed, the lowest-energy polariton (LP) and its higher-energy partner (P{sub 1}), separated by the Rabi splitting. Strong coupling between the material and cavity modes leads to a decoupling of the exciton and vibrational degrees of freedom and an overall reduction of disorder within the LP. Such effects lead to an expanded material coherence length in the LP which leads to enhanced radiative decay rates. Additional spectral signatures include an amplification of the 0-0 peak coincident with a reduction in the 0-1 peak in the photoluminescence spectrum. It is also shown that the same cavity photon responsible for the LP/P{sub 1} splitting causes comparable splittings in the higher vibronic bands due to additional resonances between vibrationally excited states in the electronic ground state manifold and higher energy vibronic excitons.

  10. Proposal and experimental verification of Bragg wavelength distribution measurement within a long-length FBG by synthesis of optical coherence function.

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    Hotate, Kazuo; Kajiwara, Koji

    2008-05-26

    In this paper, a sensor system for measuring continuous Bragg wavelength distribution in a long-length fiber Bragg grating is newly proposed, using synthesis of optical coherence function (SOCF), which is one of the spatial resolving techniques used for reflectometry. Experimental results are also reported. In the process of synthesizing optical coherence function, it is found that an apodization scheme is necessary to obtain the reflection spectrum of local section in a long-length FBG around the coherence peak. As a verification of this method, the detection of local Bragg wavelength shift due to temperature change within a short section in a long-length FBG is demonstrated experimentally. PMID:18545498

  11. White-light interferometers with polarizing optics for length measurements with an applicable zero-point detection

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    Ullmann, V.; Emam, S.; Manske, E.

    2015-08-01

    For absolute length and form measurements at a large working distance (>150 mm) two special interferometers, a tandem interferometer and a Michelson interferometer with achromatic polarizing optics are constructed. In our experiments, both consist of a combination of one low-coherence interferometer and one laser interferometer. For the low-coherence interferometer part, a simple white-light source with less than 100 µW optical power output is chosen. It bases upon a low-cost fiber-coupled near-infrared LED with a large spectral width (FWHM > 68 nm at 825 nm). The use of achromatic polarizing optics such as broadband polarizing beamsplitters and achromatic quarter-wave plates in the low-coherence interferometer parts increases the contrast level of the white-light signal fringe pattern to nearly 100%. Furthermore, the fringe pattern in a polarized interferometer has no subsignatures and is unique. Hence, different algorithms are tested for signal processing and automated zero-point detection of the white-light signature. The software for an automated measurement is tested in a standard room without thermal control and without damped oscillation. Therefore, in experiments with the tandem interferometer, it was possible to measure the zero-point position of a white-light signature with a peak-to-peak difference of 154 nm under uncontrolled environmental conditions without thermal stabilization. The white-light Michelson interferometer with polarizing achromatic optics allows zero-point detections with a standard deviation (mean value) of less than 15 nm. The drift is proved through measurement results.

  12. Direct high-precision measurement of the effective optical path length of multi-pass cell with optical frequency domain reflectometer.

    PubMed

    Du, Z H; Gao, H; Cao, X H

    2016-01-11

    Multi-pass cells (MPCs) are commonly used in trace-gas detection and weak spectrum measurement. It is essential to accomplish a high-precision measurement of MPCs' effective optical path length (EOPL). A direct high-precision measuring method of MPCs' EOPL with optical frequency domain reflectometer (OFDR) was reported and demonstrated in this paper. Several important parameters of a MPC, such as EOPL and base length, were derived with high-precision by identifying the complicated signal of OFDR. The MPC's EOPL was also verified with the prevailing absorbance method. The results showed that the MPC's EOPL measured by each of these two methods is highly consistent. However, the relative uncertainty with the OFDR dramatically decreased 2 orders of magnitude (about 0.0085%) than that with the absorbance method. It demonstrated that the OFDR method with fewer measurement links is more conducive to a direct measurement. The performances of beam spread and stray light in the White-cell were also evaluated with the method. PMID:26832272

  13. Space telescope optical telescope assembly/scientific instruments. Phase B: Preliminary design and program definition study. Volume 2A. focal plane camera

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    1976-01-01

    Trade studies were conducted to ensure the overall feasibility of the focal plane camera in a radial module. The primary variable in the trade studies was the location of the pickoff mirror, on axis versus off-axis. Two alternatives were: (1) the standard (electromagnetic focus) SECO submodule, and (2) the MOD 15 permanent magnet focus SECO submodule. The technical areas of concern were the packaging affected parameters of thermal dissipation, focal plane obscuration, and image quality.

  14. Kinoforms long focal objectives for astronomy

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    Gan, Michael A.

    1990-08-01

    A new class of long focal apochromatic optical systems is described which permits the formation of images in different spectral ranges. The systems are composed of kinoform elements combined with conventional optical elements. The correction of monochromatic and chromatic aberrations is discussed theoretically with respect to their occurrence in long-focal, large-f-number astronomical lenses. Kinoform elements are compared to traditional optical elements, and the synthesis of long focal apochromats is shown to be possible with kinoform elements and typical optics. A discussion of diffraction efficiency and spectral selectivity in kinoform elements shows that acceptable characteristics for these optics can be achieved over a wide spectral range. Kinoform element objectives can be applied to high-resolution refractors, stellar sensors, large-telescope guiders, and collimators. The apochromatic lenses based on kinoform elements weigh 30-40 percent less than traditional lenses and offer high correction of chromatic aberrations, low thermal sensitivity, and a minor augmentation of stray light.

  15. Optical design and multi-length-scale scanning spectro-microscopy possibilities at the Nanoscopium beamline of Synchrotron Soleil.

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    Somogyi, Andrea; Medjoubi, Kadda; Baranton, Gil; Le Roux, Vincent; Ribbens, Marc; Polack, Franois; Philippot, Pascal; Samama, Jean Pierre

    2015-07-01

    The Nanoscopium 155?m-long beamline of Synchrotron Soleil is dedicated to scanning hard X-ray nanoprobe techniques. Nanoscopium aims to reach ?100?nm resolution in the 5-20?keV energy range for routine user experiments. The beamline design tackles the tight stability requirements of such a scanning nanoprobe by creating an overfilled secondary source, implementing all horizontally reflecting main beamline optics, applying high mechanical stability equipment and constructing a dedicated high-stability building envelope. Multi-technique scanning imaging and tomography including X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and spectro-microscopy, absorption, differential phase and dark-field contrasts are implemented at the beamline in order to provide simultaneous information on the elemental distribution, speciation and sample morphology. This paper describes the optical concept and the first measured performance of the Nanoscopium beamline followed by the hierarchical length-scale multi-technique imaging experiments performed with dwell times down to 3?ms per pixel. PMID:26134820

  16. Optical Design of a Broadband Infrared Spectrometer for Bunch Length Measurement at the Linac Coherent Light Source

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    Williams, Kiel; /SLAC

    2012-09-07

    The electron pulses generated by the Linac Coherent Light Source at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory occur on the order of tens of femtoseconds and cannot be directly measured by conventional means. The length of the pulses can instead be reconstructed by measuring the spectrum of optical transition radiation emitted by the electrons as they move toward a conducting foil. Because the emitted radiation occurs in the mid-infrared from 0.6 to 30 microns a novel optical layout is required. Using a helium-neon laser with wavelength 633 nm, a series of gold-coated off-axis parabolic mirrors were positioned to direct a beam through a zinc selenide prism and to a focus at a CCD camera for imaging. Constructing this layout revealed a number of novel techniques for reducing the aberrations introduced into the system by the off-axis parabolic mirrors. The beam had a recorded radius of less than a millimeter at its final focus on the CCD imager. This preliminary setup serves as a model for the spectrometer that will ultimately measure the LCLS electron pulse duration.

  17. Fabrication of ZnO nanorods and assessment of changes in optical and gas sensing properties by increasing their lengths

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    Mehrabian, Masood; Mirabbaszadeh, Kavoos; Afarideh, Hossein

    2013-12-01

    We report a low-temperature process to synthesize highly oriented arrays of ZnO nanorods, based on the epitaxial growth of the ZnO seed layer at a low temperature of 70 C. The ZnO seed layer was deposited by sol-gel process under mild conditions on the glass substrates. The morphologies and crystal structures of the film and nanorods were characterized by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. ZnO nanorods were grown on ZnO seed layers by hydrothermal method. The effect of growth period on the morphology and optical characteristics (e.g. optical transmission and band-gap energy), hydrophilicity and gas sensing properties of the grown ZnO seed layer (film) and nanorods were investigated. The long nanorods on the seed layer were observed. The increase in the length of the nanorods resulted in a significant reduction in the optical band-gap energy of the nanorods, which was attributed to the formation of further defects in the nanorods during their fast growth. The surface of the ZnO nanorods grown for 6 h was relatively hydrophilic (with a water contact angle of 18). The fabricated sensors were used to gauge different concentrations of ethanol vapor in the air at different temperatures and evaluated the surface resistance of the sensors as a function of operating temperature and ethanol concentrations. The results showed that the sensitivity of the nanorods changed from 1.3 to 6 (at 300 C) by increasing the growth period.

  18. Influence of the Conjugation Length on the Optical Spectra of Single Ladder-Type (p-Phenylene) Dimers and Polymers.

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    Baderschneider, Sebastian; Scherf, Uli; Khler, Jrgen; Hildner, Richard

    2016-01-21

    We employ low-temperature single-molecule photoluminescence spectroscopy on a ?-conjugated ladder-type (p-phenylene) dimer and the corresponding polymer methyl-substituted ladder-type poly(p-phenylene), MeLPPP, to study the impact of the conjugation length (?-electron delocalization) on their optical properties on a molecular scale. Our data show that the linear electron-phonon coupling to intramolecular vibrational modes is very sensitive to the conjugation length, a well-known behavior of organic (macro-) molecules. In particular, the photoluminescence spectra of single dimers feature a rather strong low-energy (150 cm(-1)) skeletal mode of the backbone, which does not appear in the spectra of individual chromophores on single MeLPPP chains. We attribute this finding to a strongly reduced electron-phonon coupling strength and/or vibrational energy of this mode for MeLPPP with its more delocalized ?-electron system as compared to the dimer. In contrast, the line widths of the purely electronic zero-phonon lines (ZPL) in single-molecule spectra do not show differences between the dimer and MeLPPP; for both systems the ZPLs are apparently broadened by fast unresolved spectral diffusion. Finally, we demonstrate that the low-temperature ensemble photoluminescence spectrum of the dimer cannot be reproduced by the distribution of spectral positions of the ZPLs. The dimer's bulk spectrum is rather apparently broadened by electron-phonon coupling to the low-energy skeletal mode, whereas for MeLPPP the inhomogeneous bulk line shape resembles the distribution of spectral positions of the ZPLs of single chromophores. PMID:26696134

  19. Association of retinal thickness and optic disc-to-fovea angle to axial length of young healthy eyes

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    Yamashita, Takehiro; Sakamoto, Taiji; Terasaki, Hiroto; Tanaka, Minoru; Kii, Yuya; Uchino, Eisuke; Hisatomi, Toshio; Nakao, Kumiko

    2015-01-01

    Aim To determine the relationship between the axial length (AL) and the retinal thickness in the posterior pole and to the optic disc-to-fovea (ODF) angle of healthy eyes. Procedures A prospective, observational cross-sectional study (registration number, UMIN000006040) of 64 healthy right eyes (mean age 26.04.5 years) was performed. The thickness of the 64 areas within the central 24 area were measured in the Spectralis spectral domainoptical coherent tomographic images obtained by posterior pole scans. Each area was 33. The ODF angle was measured in each fundus photograph. The relationships between the AL and the retinal thickness of each of the 64 areas and the ODF angle were investigated by linear regression analyses. Results The mean AL was 25.01.3 mm and the mean ODF angle was 17.21.0. The average retinal thickness of the four areas around the fovea was constant and not significantly correlated with the AL. However, the retinal thicknesses of 54 of the other 60 areas were significantly and negatively correlated with the AL (R=?0.25 to ?0.56, P<0.05). The ODF angle was also constant and not significantly correlated with the AL (R=?0.17, P=0.19). Conclusion The lack of significant correlations between the AL and the retinal thicknesses of the central 6 or the ODF angle suggests that there might be some feedback system to keep the central retinal thickness and ODF angle constant regardless of an elongation of the AL. PMID:26664037

  20. Fractional-length sync-pumped degenerate optical parametric oscillator for 500-MHz 3-?m mid-infrared frequency comb generation.

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    Ingold, Kirk A; Marandi, Alireza; Rudy, Charles W; Vodopyanov, Konstantin L; Byer, Robert L

    2014-02-15

    We demonstrate a mid-IR frequency comb centered at 3120 nm with 650-nm (20-THz) bandwidth at a comb-teeth spacing of 500 MHz. The generated comb is based on a compact ring-type synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator (SPOPO) operating at degeneracy and pumped by a mode-locked Er-doped 1560 nm fiber laser at a repetition rate of 100 MHz. We achieve high-repetition rate by using a fractional-length cavity with a roundtrip length of 60 cm, which is one-fifth of the length dictated by conventional synchronous pumping. PMID:24562236

  1. 160 Gb/s Variable Length Packet/10 Gb/s-Label All-Optical Label Switching With Wavelength Conversion and Unicast/Multicast Operation

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    Wang, Wei; Rau, Lavanya G.; Blumenthal, Daniel J.

    2005-01-01

    We report on the first demonstration of all-optical label switching (AOLS) with 160 Gb/s variable length packets and 10 Gb/s optical labels. This result demonstrates the transparency of AOLS techniques from previously demonstrated 2.5 Gb/s to this 160 Gb/s demonstration using a common routing and packet lookup framework. Packet forwarding/conversion, optical label erasure/re-write and signal regeneration at 160 Gb/s is achieved using a WDM Raman enhanced all-optical fiber cross-phase modulation wavelength converter. It is also experimentally shown that this technique enables packet unicast and multicast operation at 160 Gb/s. The packet bit-error-rate is measured for all optical label switched 16 x 10 Gb/s channels and error free operation is demonstrated after both label swapping and packet forwarding.

  2. Partial (focal) seizure

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    ... Jacksonian seizure; Seizure - partial (focal); Temporal lobe seizure; Epilepsy - partial seizures ... Abou-Khalil BW, Gallagher MJ, Macdonald RL. Epilepsies. In: Daroff RB, ... 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 67. ...

  3. Focal neurological deficits

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    ... even a small area such as the tongue. Speech, vision, and hearing problems are also considered focal ... Poor gag reflex, swallowing difficulty, and frequent choking Speech or language difficulties, such as aphasia (a problem ...

  4. Focal vibration in neurorehabilitation.

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    Murillo, N; Valls-Sole, J; Vidal, J; Opisso, E; Medina, J; Kumru, H

    2014-04-01

    During the last decade, many studies have been carried out to understand the effects of focal vibratory stimuli at various levels of the central nervous system and to study pathophysiological mechanisms of neurological disorders as well as the therapeutic effects of focal vibration in neurorehabilitation. This review aimed to describe the effects of focal vibratory stimuli in neurorehabilitation including the neurological diseases or disorders like stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's' disease and dystonia. In conclusion, focal vibration stimulation is well tolerated, effective and easy to use, and it could be used to reduce spasticity, to promote motor activity and motor learning within a functional activity, even in gait training, independent from etiology of neurological pathology. Further studies are needed in the future well-designed trials with bigger sample size to determine the most effective frequency, amplitude and duration of vibration application in the neurorehabilitation. PMID:24842220

  5. New method of estimating wavelength-dependent optical path length ratios for oxy- and deoxyhemoglobin measurement using near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Umeyama, Shinji; Yamada, Toru

    2009-09-01

    In near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), concentration changes in oxy- and deoxyhemoglobin are calculated using an attenuation change of the measurement light and by solving a linear equation based on the modified Lambert-Beer law. While solving this equation, we need to know the wavelength-dependent mean optical path lengths of the measurement lights. However, it is very difficult to know these values by a continuous-wave-type (CW-type) system. We propose a new method of estimating wavelength-dependent optical path length ratios of the measurement lights based on the data obtained by a triple wavelength CW-type NIRS instrument. The proposed method does not give a path length itself, but it gives a path length ratio. Thus, it is possible to obtain the accurate hemoglobin concentration changes without cross talk, although the method cannot contribute to the quantification of the absolute magnitude of hemoglobin changes. The method is based on the principle that two possible estimations of hemoglobin concentration changes calculated using a triple-wavelength measurement system should be identical. The method was applied to the experimental data of human subjects' foreheads. The estimated path length ratios were very similar to literature values obtained by using picosecond laser pulses and a streak camera detector [M. Essenpreis et al., Appl. Opt. 32(4), 418-425 (1993)].

  6. New method of estimating wavelength-dependent optical path length ratios for oxy- and deoxyhemoglobin measurement using near-infrared spectroscopy.

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    Umeyama, Shinji; Yamada, Toru

    2009-01-01

    In near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), concentration changes in oxy- and deoxyhemoglobin are calculated using an attenuation change of the measurement light and by solving a linear equation based on the modified Lambert-Beer law. While solving this equation, we need to know the wavelength-dependent mean optical path lengths of the measurement lights. However, it is very difficult to know these values by a continuous-wave-type (CW-type) system. We propose a new method of estimating wavelength-dependent optical path length ratios of the measurement lights based on the data obtained by a triple wavelength CW-type NIRS instrument. The proposed method does not give a path length itself, but it gives a path length ratio. Thus, it is possible to obtain the accurate hemoglobin concentration changes without cross talk, although the method cannot contribute to the quantification of the absolute magnitude of hemoglobin changes. The method is based on the principle that two possible estimations of hemoglobin concentration changes calculated using a triple-wavelength measurement system should be identical. The method was applied to the experimental data of human subjects' foreheads. The estimated path length ratios were very similar to literature values obtained by using picosecond laser pulses and a streak camera detector [M. Essenpreis et al., Appl. Opt. 32(4), 418-425 (1993)]. PMID:19895139

  7. Gas spectroscopy and optical path-length assessment in scattering media using a frequency-modulated continuous-wave diode laser

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    Mei, Liang; Jayaweera, Hiran; Lundin, Patrik; Svanberg, Sune; Somesfalean, Gabriel

    2011-08-01

    Simultaneous assessment of the spectroscopic absorption signal of gas enclosed in a scattering medium and the corresponding optical path length of the probing light is demonstrated using a single setup. Sensitive gas absorption measurements are performed by a tunable diode laser using wavelength-modulation spectroscopy, while the path length is evaluated by the frequency-modulated cw technique commonly used in the field of telecommunication. Proof-of-principle measurements are demonstrated with water vapor as the absorbing gas and using polystyrene foam as an inhomogeneously scattering medium. The combination of these techniques opens up new possibilities for straightforward evaluation of gas presence and exchange in scattering media.

  8. Gas spectroscopy and optical path-length assessment in scattering media using a frequency-modulated continuous-wave diode laser.

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    Mei, Liang; Jayaweera, Hiran; Lundin, Patrik; Svanberg, Sune; Somesfalean, Gabriel

    2011-08-15

    Simultaneous assessment of the spectroscopic absorption signal of gas enclosed in a scattering medium and the corresponding optical path length of the probing light is demonstrated using a single setup. Sensitive gas absorption measurements are performed by a tunable diode laser using wavelength-modulation spectroscopy, while the path length is evaluated by the frequency-modulated cw technique commonly used in the field of telecommunication. Proof-of-principle measurements are demonstrated with water vapor as the absorbing gas and using polystyrene foam as an inhomogeneously scattering medium. The combination of these techniques opens up new possibilities for straightforward evaluation of gas presence and exchange in scattering media. PMID:21847151

  9. NICMOS flight focal plane assembly

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    Shin, Lloyd; Winters, Gregory S.

    1993-11-01

    This paper discusses the mechanical design and assembly of the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) focal plane assembly (FPA). The FPA consists of a mercury-cadmium-telluride (MCT) detector array hybridized to a silicon multiplexer (MUX), a sapphire carrier, an alumina ceramic multi-layer board (CMLB) including electrical components, a base plate, and flex cables. The FPA is designed for the following conditions; (1) shock and vibration during launch, (2) Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) of dissimilar materials at cryogenic temperature, (3) outgassing limitations to meet NASA's specifications, and (4) optical assembly tolerances. Also, the FPA is designed to be easily integrated into its dewar with provisions for mechanical as well as optical alignment. The FPA is assembled by building up two subassemblies in a parallel path, and then integrating the two subassemblies with the flex cables for the final assembly. These procedures are described in this paper, including alignment tolerances required and measured.

  10. Thin waveplate lenses: new generation in optics

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    Tabiryan, Nelson V.; Serak, Svetlana V.; Roberts, David E.; Steeves, Diane M.; Kimball, Brian R.

    2015-10-01

    We present new lenses - waveplate lenses created in liquid crystal materials. Waveplate lenses allowed focusing and defocusing laser beam depending on the sign of the circularity of laser beam polarization. Using an electrically-switchable liquid-crystal half-wave retarder we realized switching between focused and defocused beams by the waveplate lens. A combination of two such lenses allowed the collimation of a laser beam as well as the change of focal length of optical system. Lenses of varied size and focal length are presented.

  11. Focal dystonia: current theories.

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    Lim, V K; Altenmller, E; Bradshaw, J L

    2001-12-01

    Dystonia is a syndrome characterised by abnormal involuntary sustained muscle contractions that often result in twisted and abnormal positions. Focal dystonia affects only a single body part with symptoms varying from permanent (e.g., torticollis) to task-specific (e.g., musician's cramp). The exact causes of focal dystonia have yet to be determined. Possible causative factors have been identified at all levels along the sensorimotor pathway, including anatomical constraints of the hand (musicians), abnormal co-contractions of the muscles due to reciprocal inhibition in the spinal cord, subcortical and cortical remapping, deficiencies in sensorimotor integration and perceptual deficits. A review of the current literature on these topics is provided with a special focus on musicians with focal dystonia. Also reviewed are current treatments of focal dystonia in musicians. On the basis of the currently available evidence, certain risk factors are identified for the development of task-specific focal dystonia, including number of practice hours, personality, genetic predisposition, performance factors and sensory effects. In addition, it is highlighted that dystonic movements occur predominantly in the context of perceptual-motor tasks involving emotions. When emotional and motor traces have become associated, they are difficult to change; it is suggested that this mechanism plays an important role in the preservation of dystonic symptoms. PMID:11792445

  12. The design of a stepper motor control-based high-precision varifocal imaging optical system

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    Xiang, Bai

    2012-11-01

    This study, while introducing the theories and makeup of conventional cam varifocal system, indicates the two faults stemming from their inherent mechanism and potentiometer-based focal-length measurement: 1) inability to stop optic axis vibration and 2) considerable error in real-time output of focal-length value. As a result, a stepper motor, instead of cam mechanism, was employed to control mirrors of variofocus and mirrors of compensation in moving accurately along straight-ling rails so that continuous focal-length variation and surface image positioning were accomplished; a linear encoder was substituted for potentiometer in realizing real-time output of focal-length value and also in closed-loop control of stepper motor. Compared with the cam mechanism, this system provides 90% less vibration and 80% more positioning precision, thereby basically solving the problems of the cam system and enabling the high-precision angular measurement.

  13. Focal brainstem gliomas

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    Sabbagh, Abdulrahman J.; Alaqeel, Ahmed M.

    2015-01-01

    Improved neuronavigation guidance as well as intraoperative imaging and neurophysiologic monitoring technologies have enhanced the ability of neurosurgeons to resect focal brainstem gliomas. In contrast, diffuse brainstem gliomas are considered to be inoperable lesions. This article is a continuation of an article that discussed brainstem glioma diagnostics, imaging, and classification. Here, we address open surgical treatment of and approaches to focal, dorsally exophytic, and cervicomedullary brainstem gliomas. Intraoperative neuronavigation, intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring, as well as intraoperative imaging are discussed as adjunctive measures to help render these procedures safer, more acute, and closer to achieving surgical goals. PMID:25864061

  14. MTI Focal Plane Assembly Design and Performance

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    Ballard, M.; Rienstra, J.L.

    1999-06-17

    The focal plane assembly for the Multispectral Thermal Imager (MTI) consists of sensor chip assemblies, optical filters, and a vacuum enclosure. Sensor chip assemblies, composed of linear detector arrays and readout integrated circuits, provide spatial resolution in the cross-track direction for the pushbroom imager. Optical filters define 15 spectral bands in a range from 0.45 {micro}m to 10.7 {micro}m. All the detector arrays are mounted on a single focal plane and are designed to operate at 75 K. Three pairs of sensor chip assemblies (SCAs) are required to provide cross-track coverage in all 15 spectral bands. Each pair of SCAs includes detector arrays made from silicon, iridium antimonide, and mercury cadmium telluride. Read out integrated circuits multiplex the signals from the detectors to 18 separate video channels. Optical filter assemblies defining the spectral bands are mounted over the linear detector arrays. Each filter assembly consists of several filter strips bonded together side-by-side. The MTI focal plane assembly has been integrated with the rest of the payload and has undergone detailed testing and calibration. This paper includes representative test data for the various spectral bands and the overall performance of the focal plane assembly.

  15. Toward 16 megapixel focal plane arrays

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    Gunapala, S. D.; Bandara, S. V.; Liu, J. K.; Mumolo, J. M.; Hill, C. J.; Ting, D. Z.; Kurth, E.; Woolaway, J.; LeVan, P. D.; Tidrow, M. Z.

    2007-09-01

    Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024x1024 pixel InGaAs/GaAs/AlGaAs based quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal planes have been demonstrated with excellent imaging performance. The MWIR QWIP detector array has demonstrated a noise equivalent differential temperature (NE?T) of 17 mK at a 95K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300K background and the LWIR detector array has demonstrated a NE?T of 13 mK at a 70K operating temperature with the same optical and background conditions as the MWIR detector array after the subtraction of system noise. Both MWIR and LWIR focal planes have shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90K and 70K operating temperatures respectively, with similar optical and background conditions. It is well known that III-V compound semiconductor materials such as GaAs, InP, etc. are easy to grow and process into devices. In addition, III-V compound semiconductors are available in large diameter wafers, up to 8-inches. Thus, III-V compound semiconductor based infrared focal plane technologies such as QWIP, InSb, and strain layer superlattices (SLS) are potential candidates for the development of large format focal planes such as 4096x4096 pixels and larger. In this paper, we will discuss the possibility of extending the infrared detector array size up to 16 megapixels.

  16. Towards dualband megapixel QWIP focal plane arrays

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    Gunapala, S. D.; Bandara, S. V.; Liu, J. K.; Mumolo, J. M.; Hill, C. J.; Rafol, S. B.; Salazar, D.; Woolaway, J.; LeVan, P. D.; Tidrow, M. Z.

    2007-04-01

    Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024 1024 pixel quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal planes have been demonstrated with excellent imaging performance. The MWIR QWIP detector array has demonstrated a noise equivalent differential temperature (NE?T) of 17 mK at a 95 K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300 K background and the LWIR detector array has demonstrated a NE?T of 13 mK at a 70 K operating temperature with the same optical and background conditions as the MWIR detector array after the subtraction of system noise. Both MWIR and LWIR focal planes have shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90 K and 70 K operating temperatures respectively, with similar optical and background conditions. In addition, we have demonstrated MWIR and LWIR pixel co-registered simultaneously readable dualband QWIP focal plane arrays. In this paper, we will discuss the performance in terms of quantum efficiency, NE?T, uniformity, operability, and modulation transfer functions of the 1024 1024 pixel arrays and the progress of dualband QWIP focal plane array development work.

  17. Toward dualband megapixel QWIP focal plane arrays

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    Gunapala, S. D.; Bandara, S. V.; Liu, J. K.; Mumolo, J. M.; Hill, C. J.; Kurth, E.; Woolaway, J.; LeVan, P. D.; Tidrow, M. Z.

    2007-04-01

    Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024x1024 pixel InGaAs/GaAs/AlGaAs based quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal planes have been demonstrated with excellent imaging performance. The MWIR QWIP detector array has demonstrated a noise equivalent differential temperature (NE?T) of 17 mK at a 95K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300K background and the LWIR detector array has demonstrated a NE?T of 13 mK at a 70K operating temperature with the same optical and background conditions as the MWIR detector array after the subtraction of system noise. Both MWIR and LWIR focal planes have shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90K and 70K operating temperatures respectively, with similar optical and background conditions. It is well known that III-V compound semiconductor materials such as GaAs, InP, etc. are easy to grow and process into devices. In addition, III-V compound semiconductors are available in large diameter wafers, up to 8-inches. Thus, III-V compound semiconductor based infrared focal plane technologies such as QWIP, InSb, and strain layer superlattices (SLS) are potential candidates for the development of large format focal planes such as 4096x4096 pixels and larger. In this paper, we will discuss the possibility of extending the infrared detector array size up to 16 megapixels.

  18. Towards Dualband Megapixel QWIP Focal Plane Arrays

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    Gunapala, S. D.; Bandara, S. V.; Liu, J. K.; Mumolo, J. M.; Hill, C. J.; Rafol, S. B.; Salazar, D.; Woolaway, J.; LeVan, P. D.; Tidrow, M. Z.

    2006-01-01

    Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024 x 1024 pixel quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal planes have been demonstrated with excellent imaging performance. The MWIR QWIP detector array has demonstrated a noise equivalent differential temperature (NEDT) of 17 mK at a 95 K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300 K background and the LWIR detector array has demonstrated a NEDT of 13 mK at a 70 K operating temperature with the same optical and background conditions as the MWIR detector array after the subtraction of system noise. Both MWIR and LWIR focal planes have shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90 K and 70 K operating temperatures respectively, with similar optical and background conditions. In addition, we have demonstrated MWIR and LWIR pixel co-registered simultaneously readable dualband QWIP focal plane arrays. In this paper, we will discuss the performance in terms of quantum efficiency, NEDT, uniformity, operability, and modulation transfer functions of the 1024 x 1024 pixel arrays and the progress of dualband QWIP focal plane array development work.

  19. Biomimetic optical system using polymer lenses with tunable focus

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    Liang, Dan; Xiang, Ke; Du, Jia-Wei; Yang, Jun-Nan; Wang, Xuan-Yin

    2014-10-01

    A biomimetic system using polymer lenses for the optical design and application is developed. The system mainly consisted of a bionic cornea lens, voice coil motor, compression ring, bionic crystalline lens, substrate, and CCD sensor. By controlling the current of the voice coil motor, we could change the motion of the compression ring to alter the curvature radius of the bionic crystalline lens, thus adjusting the focal length of the whole system. The integrated constructure of the optical system was presented, as well as the detailed description of the lens composition, material, and fabrication process. Images under different displacement loads were captured, the relationship among the curvature radius, observed back focal length, and predicted effective focal length was analyzed, and the spot diagram of the optical system was simulated using ZEMAX software. The focal length of the optical system ranged from 17.3 to 24.5 mm under a tiny displacement load from 0 to 0.14 mm. Besides, the images captured at different rotating angles presented almost identical patterns and the same image quality, which showed good robustness to the gravity. The biomimetic optical system is of interest to develop an integrated, low-cost, and stable imaging system.

  20. The design and application of large area intensive lens array focal spots measurement system

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    Chen, Bingzhen; Yao, Shun; Yang, Guanghui; Dai, Mingchong; Wang, Zhiyong

    2014-12-01

    Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) modules are getting thinner and using smaller cells now days. Correspondingly, large area intensive lens arrays with smaller unit dimension and shorter focal length are wanted. However, the size and power center of lens array focal spots usually differ from the design value and are hard to measure, especially under large area situation. It is because the machining error and deformation of material of the lens array are hard to simulate in the optical design process. Thus the alignment error between solar cells and focal spots in the module assembly process will be hard to control. Under this kind of situation, the efficiency of CPV module with thinner body and smaller cells is much lower than expected. In this paper, a design of large area lens array focal spots automatic measurement system is presented, as well as its prototype application results. In this system, a four-channel parallel light path and its corresponding image capture and process modules are designed. These modules can simulate focal spots under sunlight and have the spots image captured and processed using charge coupled devices and certain gray level algorithm. Thus the important information of focal spots such as spot size and location will be exported. Motion control module based on grating scale signal and interval measurement method are also employed in this system in order to get test results with high speed and high precision on large area lens array no less than 1m0.8m. The repeatability of the system prototype measurement is +/-10?m with a velocity of 90 spot/min. Compared to the original module assembled using coordinates from optical design, modules assembled using data exported from the prototype is 18% higher in output power, reaching a conversion efficiency of over 31%. This system and its design can be used in the focal spot measurement of planoconvex lens array and Fresnel lens array, as well as other kinds of large area lens array application with small focal spots.

  1. Decision-aided maximum likelihood phase estimation with optimum block length in hybrid QPSK/16QAM coherent optical WDM systems

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    Zhang, Yong; Wang, Yulong

    2016-01-01

    We propose a general model to entirely describe XPM effects induced by 16QAM channels in hybrid QPSK/16QAM wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) systems. A power spectral density (PSD) formula is presented to predict the statistical properties of XPM effects at the end of dispersion management (DM) fiber links. We derive the analytical expression of phase error variance for optimizing block length of QPSK channel coherent receiver with decision-aided (DA) maximum-likelihood (ML) phase estimation (PE). With our theoretical analysis, the optimum block length can be employed to improve the performance of coherent receiver. Bit error rate (BER) performance in QPSK channel is evaluated and compared through both theoretical derivation and Monte Carlo simulation. The results show that by using the DA-ML with optimum block length, bit signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) improvement over DA-ML with fixed block length of 10, 20 and 40 at BER of 10-3 is 0.18 dB, 0.46 dB and 0.65 dB, respectively, when in-line residual dispersion is 0 ps/nm.

  2. Solid-state curved focal plane arrays

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    Nikzad, Shouleh (Inventor); Hoenk, Michael (Inventor); Jones, Todd (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    The present invention relates to curved focal plane arrays. More specifically, the present invention relates to a system and method for making solid-state curved focal plane arrays from standard and high-purity devices that may be matched to a given optical system. There are two ways to make a curved focal plane arrays starting with the fully fabricated device. One way, is to thin the device and conform it to a curvature. A second way, is to back-illuminate a thick device without making a thinned membrane. The thick device is a special class of devices; for example devices fabricated with high purity silicon. One surface of the device (the non VLSI fabricated surface, also referred to as the back surface) can be polished to form a curved surface.

  3. Mechanical cues direct focal adhesion dynamics.

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    Haase, Kristina; Al-Rekabi, Zeinab; Pelling, Andrew E

    2014-01-01

    Focal adhesions play a fundamental role in force sensing, which influences a variety of cellular processes and functions, particularly migration and the cell cycle. They consist of large macromolecular assemblies of proteins that associate with integrins, in order to serve as anchor points between the cell and the extracellular matrix. These dynamic regions act as a hub for sensing and transmission of mechanical cues between cells and their surrounding microenvironments. A number of techniques have been used to study focal adhesions, including optical microscopy, substrate micropatterning techniques, and tools which can directly manipulate cells, such as the atomic force microscope. Mechanical stimulation of cells leads to changes in cell contractility, stress fiber remodeling, and focal adhesion position and size; several of the responses explored in this chapter. PMID:25081616

  4. Beam control for LINC-NIRVANA: from the binocular entrance pupil to the combined focal plane

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    Bertram, T.; Trowitzsch, J.; Herbst, T. M.; Ragazzoni, R.

    2012-07-01

    LINC-NIRVANA is the near-infrared interferometric imaging camera for the Large Binocular Telescope. Once operational, it will provide an unprecedented combination of angular resolution, sensitivity and field of view. To meet the tight requirements that result from long exposure interferometric imaging over a large field of view, active control beyond fringe tracking and adaptive optics has to be in place in the telescope and in the instrument domain. The incoming beams of the binocular telescope have to be controlled along the entire optical path, from the entrance pupil to the combined focal plane. The beams have to coincide in the focal plane of the science detector, their pointing origins, offsets, orientations, plate scales, and distortions have to match each other and must not change during the observation. Non-common path effects between AO and science channel, flexure and thermal effects have to be compensated and offioading requests from the adaptive optics and fringe tracking systems have to be arbitrated without introducing unwanted optical path length differences or changes in the geometry of the binocular entrance pupil. Beam Control aspects include pointing, co-pointing and field derotation, active optics and collimation control. In this presentation, the constraints for coherent imaging over a 1.5 arcminute field of view are discussed together with a concept for a distributed control scheme.

  5. Focal Plane Metrology for the LSST Camera

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    A Rasmussen, Andrew P.; Hale, Layton; Kim, Peter; Lee, Eric; Perl, Martin; Schindler, Rafe; Takacs, Peter; Thurston, Timothy; /SLAC

    2007-01-10

    Meeting the science goals for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) translates into a demanding set of imaging performance requirements for the optical system over a wide (3.5{sup o}) field of view. In turn, meeting those imaging requirements necessitates maintaining precise control of the focal plane surface (10 {micro}m P-V) over the entire field of view (640 mm diameter) at the operating temperature (T {approx} -100 C) and over the operational elevation angle range. We briefly describe the hierarchical design approach for the LSST Camera focal plane and the baseline design for assembling the flat focal plane at room temperature. Preliminary results of gravity load and thermal distortion calculations are provided, and early metrological verification of candidate materials under cold thermal conditions are presented. A detailed, generalized method for stitching together sparse metrology data originating from differential, non-contact metrological data acquisition spanning multiple (non-continuous) sensor surfaces making up the focal plane, is described and demonstrated. Finally, we describe some in situ alignment verification alternatives, some of which may be integrated into the camera's focal plane.

  6. Athermal design of LWIR hybrid refractive/diffractive optical system

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    Jiang, Lun; Hu, Yuan; Dong, Keyan; An, Yan; Wang, Chao; Tong, Shoufeng

    2015-08-01

    Thermal properties of diffractive optical element and method of design athermal hybrid infrared optical system are introduced. Athermal LWIR hybrid infrared optical system for no cooled staring detector is designed. The system consists of three lenses, the effective focal length is 100mm the relative aperture is 1:1,the wavelength spectrum is 8~11?m, the field view is 14 and the total optical length is just 140mm. The result shows that the modulation transformation function at 17lp/mm is greater than 0.6 between -40-60C which prove that the system can work correctly at a large temperature range.

  7. Electro-Optical Characteristics of P+n In0.53Ga0.47As Hetero-Junction Photodiodes in Large Format Dense Focal Plane Arrays

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    DeWames, R.; Littleton, R.; Witte, K.; Wichman, A.; Bellotti, E.; Pellegrino, J.

    2015-08-01

    This paper is concerned with focal plane array (FPA) data and use of analytical and three-dimensional numerical simulation methods to determine the physical effects and processes limiting performance. For shallow homojunction P+n designs the temperature dependence of dark current for T < 300 K depends on the intrinsic carrier concentration of the In0.53Ga0.47As material, implying that the dominant dark currents are generation and recombination (G-R) currents originating in the depletion regions of the double layer planar heterostructure (DLPH) photodiode. In the analytical model differences from bulk G-R behavior are modeled with a G-R like perimeter-dependent shunt current conjectured to originate at the InP/InGaAs interface. In this description the fitting property is the effective conductivity, ? eff( T), in mho cm-1. Variation in the data suggests ? eff (300 K) values of 1.2 10-11-4.6 10-11 mho cm-1). Substrate removal extends the quantum efficiency (QE) spectral band into the visible region. However, dead-layer effects limit the QE to 10% at a wavelength of 0.5 ?m. For starlight-no moon illumination conditions, the signal-to-noise ratio is estimated to be 50 at an operating temperature of 300 K. A major result of the 3D numerical simulation of the device is the prediction of a perimeter G-R current not associated with the properties of the metallurgical interface. Another is the prediction that for a junction positioned in the larger band gap InP cap layer the QE is bias-dependent and that a relatively large reverse bias ?0.9 V is needed for the QE to saturate to the shallow homojunction value. At this higher bias the dark current is larger than the shallow homojunction value. The 3D numerical model and the analytical model agree in predicting and explaining the measured radiatively limited diffusion current originating at the n-side of the junction. The calculations of the area-dependent G-R current for the condition studied are also in agreement. Unique advantages of the 3D numerical simulation are the ability to mimic real device structures, achieve deeper understanding of the real physical effects associated with the various methods of junction formation, and predict how device designs will function.

  8. Benign childhood focal epilepsies.

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    Guerrini, Renzo; Pellacani, Simona

    2012-09-01

    The idiopathic focal epilepsies comprise a group of syndromes characterized by focal-onset seizures for which there is no detectable structural brain abnormality and for which there is a proposed functional mechanism for the epilepsy and electroencephalography (EEG) abnormalities. This group includes benign rolandic epilepsy (BRE), benign epilepsy with occipital paroxysms (both early onset and late-onset types), idiopathic photosensitive occipital lobe epilepsy, and some less well-defined syndromes. The limits of the early onset idiopathic occipital epilepsy syndrome are not clear, and perhaps this entity represents part of a larger syndrome group of "autonomic" age-related epilepsies. The term "idiopathic" implies absence of a structural brain lesion and a genetic propensity to seizures. The term "benign" implies that the epileptic seizures are easily treated or require no treatment, show remission without sequelae with ultimate and definitive remission before adulthood, do not have severe or exceedingly disturbing seizures, and have no associated serious intellectual or behavioral disturbances. It may be that a syndrome is benign only when it can be recognized early with reasonable certainty, thereby avoiding unnecessary investigations, overtreatment, and lifestyle restrictions. Although BRE has such characteristic clinical and EEG features to make early recognition possible, this is less constantly so in the other focal idiopathic epilepsy syndromes, where the term "benign" may be inappropriate. Mild and selective neuropsychological impairment may occur even in those with typical syndromes but it is unclear whether such selective deficits outlast the active phase of epilepsy. Sometimes the clinical course may be complicated by obvious cognitive and language impairments. In such cases, the term benign is obviously inappropriate, even when seizures are rare. In most patients with the typical focal idiopathic epilepsy syndromes, medication is not necessary. PMID:22946717

  9. MWIR and LWIR megapixel QWIP focal plane arrays

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    Gunapala, Sarath D.; Bandara, Sumith V.; Liu, John K.; Hill, Cory J.; Rafol, B., Sir; Mumolo, Jason M.; Thang, J.; Tidrow, Meimei Z.; LeVan, Paul D.

    2004-10-01

    A mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024x1024 pixel quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array has been demonstrated with excellent imagery. MWIR focal plane has given noise equivalent differential temperature (NETD) of 19 mK at 95K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300K background and LWIR focal plane has given NEDT of 13 mK at 70K operating temperature with same optical and background conditions as MWIR array. Both of these focal plane arrays have shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90K and 70K operating temperatures with the same optics and background conditions. In this paper, we will discuss their performance in quantum efficiency, NETD, uniformity, and operability.

  10. MWIR and LWIR Megapixel QWIP Focal Plane Arrays

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    Gunapala, Sarath D.; Bandara, S. V.; Liu, J. K.; Rafol, S. B.; Thang, J.; Mumolo, Jason; Tidrow, M.; LeVan, P. D.; Hill, C.

    2004-01-01

    A mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024x1024 pixel quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array has been demonstrated with excellent imagery. MWIR focal plane has given noise equivalent differential temperature (NETD) of 19 mK at 95K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300K background and LWIR focal plane has given NEDT of 13 mK at 70K operating temperature with same optical and background conditions as MWIR array. Both of these focal plane arrays have shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90K and 70K operating temperatures with the same optics and background conditions. In this paper, we will discuss their performance in quantum efficiency, NETD, uniformity, and operability.

  11. Dense pattern optical multipass cell

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    Silver, Joel A [Santa Fe, NM

    2009-01-13

    A multiple pass optical cell and method comprising providing a pair of opposed cylindrical mirrors having curved axes with substantially equal focal lengths, positioning an entrance hole for introducing light into the cell and an exit hole for extracting light from the cell, wherein the entrance hole and exit hole are coextensive or non-coextensive, introducing light into the cell through the entrance hole, and extracting light from the cell through the exit hole.

  12. Dense Pattern Optical Multipass Cell

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    Silver, Joel A. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    A multiple pass optical cell and method comprising providing a pair of opposed cylindrical mirrors having curved axes with substantially equal focal lengths, positioning an entrance hole for introducing light into the cell and an exit hole for extracting light from the cell, wherein the entrance hole and exit hole are coextensive or non-coextensive, introducing light into the cell through the entrance hole, and extracting light from the cell through the exit hole.

  13. Focal cortical dysplasia review

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    Kabat, Joanna; Krl, Przemys?aw

    2012-01-01

    Summary Focal cortical dysplasia is a malformation of cortical development, which is the most common cause of medically refractory epilepsy in the pediatric population and the second/third most common etiology of medically intractable seizures in adults. Both genetic and acquired factors are involved in the pathogenesis of cortical dysplasia. Numerous classifications of the complex structural abnormalities of focal cortical dysplasia have been proposed from Taylor et al. in 1971 to the last modification of Palmini classification made by Blumcke in 2011. In general, three types of cortical dysplasia are recognized. Type I focal cortical dysplasia with mild symptomatic expression and late onset, is more often seen in adults, with changes present in the temporal lobe. Clinical symptoms are more severe in type II of cortical dysplasia usually seen in children. In this type, more extensive changes occur outside the temporal lobe with predilection for the frontal lobes. New type III is one of the above dysplasias with associated another principal lesion as hippocampal sclerosis, tumor, vascular malformation or acquired pathology during early life. Brain MRI imaging shows abnormalities in the majority of type II dysplasias and in only some of type I cortical dysplasias. The most common findings on MRI imaging include: focal cortical thickening or thinning, areas of focal brain atrophy, blurring of the gray-white junction, increased signal on T2- and FLAIR-weighted images in the gray and subcortical white matter often tapering toward the ventricle. On the basis of the MRI findings, it is possible to differentiate between type I and type II cortical dysplasia. A complete resection of the epileptogenic zone is required for seizure-free life. MRI imaging is very helpful to identify those patients who are likely to benefit from surgical treatment in a group of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. However, in type I cortical dysplasia, MR imaging is often normal, and also in both types the lesion seen on MRI may be smaller than the seizure-generating region seen in the EEG. The abnormalities may also involve vital for life brain parts, where curative surgery will not be an option. Therefore, other diagnostic imaging techniques such as FDG PET, MEG, DTI and intra-cranial EEG are widely used to establish the diagnosis and to decide on management. With advances in both genetics and neuroimaging, we may develop a better understanding of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy, which will help us to provide more successful pharmacological and/or surgical treatment in the future. PMID:22844307

  14. Aberration-free short focal length x-ray lenses.

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    Alianelli, Lucia; del Rio, Manuel Sánchez; Fox, Oliver J L; Korwin-Mikke, Katarzyna

    2015-12-01

    We treat the problem of defining the ideal x-ray refractive lens design for point focusing of low emittance x-ray beams at third- and fourth-generation synchrotron sources. The task is accomplished by using Fermat's principle to define a lens shape that is completely free from geometrical aberrations. Current microfabrication resolution limits are identified, and a design that tolerates the inherent fabrication imperfections is proposed. The refractive lens design delivers nanometer-sized focused x-ray beams and is compatible with current microfabrication techniques. PMID:26625057

  15. Design optimization of short focal length photovoltaic modules

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    Erbert, V.; Doherty, J.E.; Corio, R.P.

    1990-01-01

    The first tasks completed were design optimization of submodule components resulting in selection of a final module design for production. Performance testing was conducted by Sandia National Laboratories and analysis of automated manufacturing techniques was begun. A cost analysis, following the Department of Energy's guidelines, was completed along with the successful development and testing of a low cost prototype tracking system. 5 refs., 20 figs., 23 tabs.

  16. Formation of multiple focal spots using a high NA lens with a complex spiral phase mask

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    Lalithambigai, K.; Anbarasan, P. M.; Rajesh, K. B.

    2014-07-01

    The formation of a transversally polarized beam by transmitting a tightly focused double-ring-shaped azimuthally polarized beam through a complex spiral phase mask and high numerical aperture lens is presented based on vector diffraction theory. The generation of transversally polarized focal spot segment splitting and multiple focal spots is illustrated numerically. Moreover, we found that a properly designed complex spiral phase mask can move the focal spots along the optical axis in the z direction. Therefore, one can achieve a focal segment of two, three or multiple completely transversely polarized focal spots, which finds applications in optical trapping and in material processing technologies.

  17. OPO performance with a long pulse length, single frequency Nd:YAG laser pump. [Optical Parametric Oscillators

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    Kozlovsky, W. J.; Gustafson, E. K.; Eckardt, R. C.; Byer, R. L.

    1988-01-01

    With the advent of new nonlinear materials and single-frequency pump sources, there is renewed interest in optical parametric oscillators (OPOs). A single-mode diode-laser-pumped monolithic Nd:YAG nonplanar ring laser that is both amplified and frequency doubled is used to pump a monolithic MgO:LiNbO3 pulsed singly resonant OPO. The OPO signal output was temperature tuned from 834 to 958 nm, producing an idler tuning from 1.47 to 1.2 microns. Efforts toward a CW all-solid-state doubly resonant OPO are also described.

  18. Integrated optic spectrum analyzer

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    Barnoski, M. K.; Chen, B.; Joseph, T. R.; Lee, J. Y.; Ramer, O. G.

    1980-02-01

    The paper describes the integrated-optic implementation of a Bragg spectrum analyzer that employs the interaction between a coherent optical guided wave and a surface acoustic wave to determine the power spectral density of the input. The integrated-optic spectrum analyzer consists of an injection laser diode, a thin-film optical waveguide, waveguide lenses, a surface-acoustic-wave transducer, and a linear detector array with CCD readout. Design principles are given for selecting component parameters such as optical beam width, detector cell size, lens aperture and focal length, and acoustic transducer design so as to obtain specific RF resolution, spurious level, and signal-to-noise ratio. Design parameters are presented for a 750- to 1250-MHz spectrum analyzer with a resolution of 4 MHz and a 40-dB dynamic range. Also described in the paper is the development of state-of-the-art component technology for the spectrum analyzer.

  19. A combined electron beam/optical lithography process step for the fabrication of sub-half-micron-gate-length MMIC chips

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    Sewell, James S.; Bozada, Christopher A.

    1994-01-01

    Advanced radar and communication systems rely heavily on state-of-the-art microelectronics. Systems such as the phased-array radar require many transmit/receive (T/R) modules which are made up of many millimeter wave - microwave integrated circuits (MMIC's). The heart of a MMIC chip is the Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) field-effect transistor (FET). The transistor gate length is the critical feature that determines the operating frequency of the radar system. A smaller gate length will typically result in a higher frequency. In order to make a phased array radar system economically feasible, manufacturers must be capable of producing very large quantities of small-gate-length MMIC chips at a relatively low cost per chip. This requires the processing of a large number of wafers with a large number of chips per wafer, minimum processing time, and a very high chip yield. One of the bottlenecks in the fabrication of MIMIC chips is the transistor gate definition. The definition of sub-half-micron gates for GaAs-based field-effect transistors is generally performed by direct-write electron beam lithography (EBL). Because of the throughput limitations of EBL, the gate-layer fabrication is conventionally divided into two lithographic processes where EBL is used to generate the gate fingers and optical lithography is used to generate the large-area gate pads and interconnects. As a result, two complete sequences of resist application, exposure, development, metallization and lift-off are required for the entire gate structure. We have baselined a hybrid process, referred to as EBOL (electron beam/optical lithography), in which a single application of a multi-level resist is used for both exposures. The entire gate structure, (gate fingers, interconnects and pads), is then formed with a single metallization and lift-off process. The EBOL process thus retains the advantages of the high-resolution E-beam lithography and the high throughput of optical lithography while essentially eliminating an entire lithography/metallization/lift-off process sequence. This technique has been proven to be reliable for both trapezoidal and mushroom gates and has been successfully applied to metal-semiconductor and high-electron-mobility field-effect transistor (MESFET and HEMT) wafers containing devices with gate lengths down to 0.10 micron and 75 x 75 micron gate pads. The yields and throughput of these wafers have been very high with no loss in device performance. We will discuss the entire EBOL process technology including the multilayer resist structure, exposure conditions, process sensitivities, metal edge definition, device results, comparison to the standard gate-layer process, and its suitability for manufacturing.

  20. Derivation of regional aerodynamic roughness length by combining optical remote sensing and ground measurements over agricultural land in Heihe River Basin

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    Chen, Qiting; Jia, Li; Hutjes, Ronald

    2014-11-01

    Information of temporal and spatial variation of aerodynamic roughness length is required in most land surface models. The current research presents a practical approach for determining spatially distributed vegetation aerodynamic roughness length with fine temporal and spatial resolution by combining remote sensing and ground measurements. The basic framework of Raupach (1992), with the bulk surface parameters revised by Jasinski et al. (2005) has been applied to optical remote sensing data of HJ-1A/1B missions. In addition, a method for estimating regional scale vegetation height was introduced, so the aerodynamic roughness length, which is more preferred by users than the height normalized form has been developed. Direct validation on different vegetation classes have finally been performed taking advantage of the data-dense field experiments of Heihe Watershed Allied Telemetry Experimental Research (HiWATER). The roughness model had an overall good performance on most of Eddy Covariance sites of HiWATER. However, deviations still existed on different sites, and these have been further analyzed.

  1. Focal adhesions in osteoneogenesis

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    Biggs, M.J.P; Dalby, M.J

    2010-01-01

    As materials technology and the field of tissue engineering advances, the role of cellular adhesive mechanisms, in particular the interactions with implantable devices, becomes more relevant in both research and clinical practice. A key tenet of medical device technology is to use the exquisite ability of biological systems to respond to the material surface or chemical stimuli in order to help develop next-generation biomaterials. The focus of this review is on recent studies and developments concerning focal adhesion formation in osteoneogenesis, with an emphasis on the influence of synthetic constructs on integrin mediated cellular adhesion and function. PMID:21287830

  2. Wide-Range Thermometry at Micro/Nano Length Scales with In2O3 Octahedrons as Optical Probes.

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    Senapati, Subrata; Nanda, Karuna Kar

    2015-10-28

    We report the temperature-dependent photoluminescence and Raman spectra of In2O3 octahedrons synthesized by an evaporation-condensation process. The luminescence obtained here is due to the defect-related deep level emission, which shows highly temperature-dependent behavior in 83-573 K range. Both the position as well as the intensity varies with temperature. Similarly, Raman spectroscopy in 83-303 K range shows temperature-dependent variation in peak intensity but no change in the peak position. Interestingly, the variation of intensity for different peaks is consistent with Placzek theory which invokes the possibility of temperature sensing. We demonstrate the reversibility of peak intensity with temperature for consecutive cycles and excellent stability of the octahedrons toward cryogenic temperature sensing. Overall, both the temperature-dependent photoluminescence and Raman spectra can be explored to determine temperature in the cryogenic range at micro/nano length scales. As an example, we evaluate the temperature-dependent Raman spectra of WO3 that undergoes a phase transition around 210 K and temperature-dependent luminescence of Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) where intensity varies with temperature. PMID:26447886

  3. Introduction into service of mature pushbroom electro-optic sensors

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    Brownie, Ralph S.

    2000-11-01

    Pushbroom Electro-Optic sensors have been developed and brought into full production, entering service in year 2000 on RAF Jaguar and Belgian Air Force F-16. The use of fiber- optic gyroscopes, closely coupled to the focal plane electronics, permits correction of all motion effects and provides practical high quality, stereo imagery at high V/H ratios. This paper describes technical features and samples of imagery from a scalable range of sensors incorporating focal lengths from 38mm to 900mm and operating throughout the full flight envelope of modern fighter aircraft.

  4. [The focal renal lesions].

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    Tuma, Jan

    2013-06-01

    The focal renal lesions are altogether common. Most frequently are found Columna Bertini hypertrophies (so called pseudotumors) and simple renal cysts. The role of sonography in the practice is to distinguish pseudotumors from real renal tumors, and simple renal cysts from complex cysts. The differentiation of complex renal cysts is possible with the help of the CEUS (= contrast enhanced ultrasound) and other imaging modalities such as CT or MRI. In these cases, the CEUS imaging agent has clear advantages over CT and MRI, because it is composed of gas bubbles, which are only slightly smaller than red blood cells and remains exclusively intravascularly while the CT and MRI contrast agents diffuse into the interstitial space without any real perfusion. The real tumors can be differentiated from certain focal non-tumorous changes based on the ultrasound and clinic. The further differentiation of individual kidney tumors and metastases using ultrasound, MRI, CT and CEUS is only partly possible. In all uncertain or unclear cases, therefore, an open or ultrasound-guided biopsy is useful. PMID:23735765

  5. Comparative analysis of doublets versus single-layer diffractive optical elements in eyepiece or magnifier design

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    Cakmakci, Ozan; Rolland, Jannick

    2007-11-01

    We quantify the impact of eye clearance requirement on the performance of eyepieces utilizing doublets versus diffractive optical elements on aspheric substrates. In this study, the doublets were designed to be cemented on-axis elements. Specifically, four different values of eye clearance were implemented: 17, 20, 23, and 26 mm. For each value, axial and lateral color, spherical aberration, coma, astigmatism, field curvature, and distortion were compared. Each system under comparison was optimized for the same focal length, a 9 mm exit pupil, photopic wavelengths (513-608 nm), and a 40 full field of view. We demonstrate that the single-layer diffractive optical element supports an eye clearance value of approximately 80% of the effective focal length, while the doublet drops below desired specifications at approximately 65% of the effective focal length.

  6. Creation of identical multiple focal spots with prescribed axial distribution

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    Yu, Yanzhong; Zhan, Qiwen

    2015-01-01

    We present a scheme for the construction of coaxially equidistant multiple focal spots with identical intensity profiles for each individual focus and a predetermined number and spacing. To achieve this, the radiation field from an antenna is reversed and then gathered by high numerical aperture objective lenses. Radiation patterns from three types of line sources, i.e., the electric current, magnetic current and electromagnetic current distributions, with cosine-squared taper are respectively employed to generate predominately longitudinally polarized bright spots, azimuthally polarized doughnuts, and focal spots with a perfect spherically symmetric intensity distribution. The required illuminations at the pupil plane of a 4Pi focusing configuration for the creation of these identical multiple focal spots can be easily derived by solving the inverse problem of the antenna radiation field. These unique focal field distributions may find potential applications in laser direct writing and optical microscopy, as well as multiple-particle trapping, alignment, and acceleration along the optical axis. PMID:26424051

  7. Creation of identical multiple focal spots with prescribed axial distribution.

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    Yu, Yanzhong; Zhan, Qiwen

    2015-01-01

    We present a scheme for the construction of coaxially equidistant multiple focal spots with identical intensity profiles for each individual focus and a predetermined number and spacing. To achieve this, the radiation field from an antenna is reversed and then gathered by high numerical aperture objective lenses. Radiation patterns from three types of line sources, i.e., the electric current, magnetic current and electromagnetic current distributions, with cosine-squared taper are respectively employed to generate predominately longitudinally polarized bright spots, azimuthally polarized doughnuts, and focal spots with a perfect spherically symmetric intensity distribution. The required illuminations at the pupil plane of a 4Pi focusing configuration for the creation of these identical multiple focal spots can be easily derived by solving the inverse problem of the antenna radiation field. These unique focal field distributions may find potential applications in laser direct writing and optical microscopy, as well as multiple-particle trapping, alignment, and acceleration along the optical axis. PMID:26424051

  8. Creation of identical multiple focal spots with prescribed axial distribution

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    Yu, Yanzhong; Zhan, Qiwen

    2015-10-01

    We present a scheme for the construction of coaxially equidistant multiple focal spots with identical intensity profiles for each individual focus and a predetermined number and spacing. To achieve this, the radiation field from an antenna is reversed and then gathered by high numerical aperture objective lenses. Radiation patterns from three types of line sources, i.e., the electric current, magnetic current and electromagnetic current distributions, with cosine-squared taper are respectively employed to generate predominately longitudinally polarized bright spots, azimuthally polarized doughnuts, and focal spots with a perfect spherically symmetric intensity distribution. The required illuminations at the pupil plane of a 4Pi focusing configuration for the creation of these identical multiple focal spots can be easily derived by solving the inverse problem of the antenna radiation field. These unique focal field distributions may find potential applications in laser direct writing and optical microscopy, as well as multiple-particle trapping, alignment, and acceleration along the optical axis.

  9. Distinguishing the Effects of Bond-Length Alternation versus Bond-Order Alternation on the Nonlinear Optical Properties of ?-Conjugated Chromophores.

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    Gieseking, Rebecca L; Risko, Chad; Brdas, Jean-Luc

    2015-06-18

    Understanding the relationships between the molecular nonlinear optical (NLO) properties and the bond-length alternation (BLA) or ?-bond-order alternation (BOA) along the molecular backbone of linear ?-conjugated systems has proven widely useful in the development of NLO organic chromophores and materials. Here, we examine model polymethines to elucidate the reliability of these relationships. While BLA is solely a measure of molecular geometric structure, BOA includes information pertaining to the electronic structure. As a result, BLA is found to be a good predictor of NLO properties only when optimized geometries are considered, whereas BOA is more broadly applicable. Proper understanding of the distinction between BLA and BOA is critical when designing computational studies of NLO properties, especially for molecules in complex environments or in nonequilibrium geometries. PMID:26266585

  10. Determination of critical diameters for intrinsic carrier diffusion-length of GaN nanorods with cryo-scanning near-field optical microscopy

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    Chen, Y. T.; Karlsson, K. F.; Birch, J.; Holtz, P. O.

    2016-01-01

    Direct measurements of carrier diffusion in GaN nanorods with a designed InGaN/GaN layer-in-a-wire structure by scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) were performed at liquid-helium temperatures of 10 K. Without an applied voltage, intrinsic diffusion lengths of photo-excited carriers were measured as the diameters of the nanorods differ from 50 to 800 nm. The critical diameter of nanorods for carrier diffusion is concluded as 170 nm with a statistical approach. Photoluminescence spectra were acquired for different positions of the SNOM tip on the nanorod, corresponding to the origins of the well-defined luminescence peaks, each being related to recombination-centers. The phenomenon originated from surface oxide by direct comparison of two nanorods with similar diameters in a single map has been observed and investigated. PMID:26876009

  11. Determination of critical diameters for intrinsic carrier diffusion-length of GaN nanorods with cryo-scanning near-field optical microscopy.

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    Chen, Y T; Karlsson, K F; Birch, J; Holtz, P O

    2016-01-01

    Direct measurements of carrier diffusion in GaN nanorods with a designed InGaN/GaN layer-in-a-wire structure by scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) were performed at liquid-helium temperatures of 10?K. Without an applied voltage, intrinsic diffusion lengths of photo-excited carriers were measured as the diameters of the nanorods differ from 50 to 800?nm. The critical diameter of nanorods for carrier diffusion is concluded as 170?nm with a statistical approach. Photoluminescence spectra were acquired for different positions of the SNOM tip on the nanorod, corresponding to the origins of the well-defined luminescence peaks, each being related to recombination-centers. The phenomenon originated from surface oxide by direct comparison of two nanorods with similar diameters in a single map has been observed and investigated. PMID:26876009

  12. Focal dermal hypoplasia: updates.

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    Wang, L; Jin, X; Zhao, X; Liu, D; Hu, T; Li, W; Jiang, L; Dan, H; Zeng, X; Chen, Q

    2014-01-01

    Focal dermal hypoplasia (FDH), or Goltz-Gorlin syndrome, is a rare syndrome and may result in multisystem disorders. Several reviews of FDH have been published. However, the last comprehensive review of this disorder appeared more than 20 years ago. To date, a number of new clinical manifestations have been reported and considerable knowledge has accumulated regarding etiology and pathogenetic mechanisms. The purpose of this review is to gather these more recent data and to provide organized and reliable information. So we reviewed 159 cases of FDH that had been reported from 1990 to 2012, summarized the new discoveries, and suggested a potential standard for the diagnosis of FDH. We also reported on a Chinese girl with FDH, who was clinically and histologically in accord with FDH, as an example. PMID:23463902

  13. Angle amplifying optics using plane and ellipsoidal reflectors

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    Glass, Alexander J.

    1977-01-01

    An optical system for providing a wide angle input beam into ellipsoidal laser fusion target illumination systems. The optical system comprises one or more pairs of centrally apertured plane and ellipsoidal mirrors disposed to accept the light input from a conventional lens of modest focal length and thickness, to increase the angular divergence thereof to a value equivalent to that of fast lenses, and to direct the light into the ellipsoidal target illumination system.

  14. Focal region fields of distorted reflectors

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    Buris, N. E.; Kauffman, J. F.

    1988-01-01

    The problem of the focal region fields scattered by an arbitrary surface reflector under uniform plane wave illumination is solved. The physical optics (PO) approximation is used to calculate the current induced on the reflector. The surface of the reflector is described by a number of triangular domain-wise 5th degree bivariate polynomials. A 2-dimensional Gaussian quadrature is employed to numerically evaluate the integral expressions of the scattered fields. No Freshnel or Fraunhofer zone approximations are made. The relation of the focal fields problem to surface compensation techniques and other applications are mentioned. Several examples of distorted parabolic reflectors are presented. The computer code developed is included, together with instructions on its usage.

  15. Infrared Schottky barrier focal plane array technology

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    Martin, F. F.; Elabd, H.

    1982-06-01

    Infrared focal plane array (FPA) technology and its status are described. A summary description of an IR Schottky barrier array is presented, and the development chronology of FPA technology is recounted. The array detection mechanism is shown and discussed along with the IR-CCD area array cross-section, a charge flow diagram, and the area array interline transfer scheme. The advantages inherent in this technology compared with other focal plane array technologies are discussed; these include monolithic silicon construction, high uniformity, feasible long integration, small cooling load, no optical crosstalk, and no bloom. A number of test systems built to measure and demonstrate the performance of the device are shown and briefly described, including Schottky barrier cameras and a seeker system.

  16. Curved focal plane extreme ultraviolet detector array for a EUV camera on CHANG E lander.

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    Ni, Q; Song, K; Liu, S; He, L; Chen, B; Yu, W

    2015-11-30

    A novel curved focal plane extreme ultraviolet (EUV) detector array designed for a moon-based EUV camera is demonstrated. The curved focal plane detector array operating in a pulse-counting mode consists of a curved microchannel plate (MCP) stack and an induced charge wedge-strip anode (WSA). The curved MCP is fabricated by firstly thermally slumping of the MCPs, and then followed by optical polishing and core glass etching. By using this technology, curved MCPs with a length-to-diameter (L/D) ratio of 80:1 and a radius of curvature of 150 mm have been successfully achieved. The performance of the curved MCP detector is fully characterized in terms of the background noise, pulse height distribution, gain, image linearity and spatial resolution. It is measured that a spatial resolution of 7.13 lp/mm can be achieved with a background noise of less than 0.3 counts/cm2?s. The characterization results indicate that the curved focal plane detector can fulfill the requirements of the moon-based EUV camera. PMID:26698708

  17. Intelligent Optical Systems Using Adaptive Optics

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    Clark, Natalie

    2012-01-01

    Until recently, the phrase adaptive optics generally conjured images of large deformable mirrors being integrated into telescopes to compensate for atmospheric turbulence. However, the development of smaller, cheaper devices has sparked interest for other aerospace and commercial applications. Variable focal length lenses, liquid crystal spatial light modulators, tunable filters, phase compensators, polarization compensation, and deformable mirrors are becoming increasingly useful for other imaging applications including guidance navigation and control (GNC), coronagraphs, foveated imaging, situational awareness, autonomous rendezvous and docking, non-mechanical zoom, phase diversity, and enhanced multi-spectral imaging. The active components presented here allow flexibility in the optical design, increasing performance. In addition, the intelligent optical systems presented offer advantages in size and weight and radiation tolerance.

  18. All-reflective optical bifocal zooming system without moving elements based on deformable mirror for space camera application.

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    Zhao, Hui; Fan, Xuewu; Zou, Gangyi; Pang, Zhihai; Wang, Wei; Ren, Guorui; Du, Yunfei; Su, Yu

    2013-02-20

    The space camera with variable focal length is capable of capturing images with variable resolution and variable field of view. This is useful for space-borne reconnaissance because the camera can switch between coarse and fine reconnaissance flexibly. However, the traditional optical zooming relies on moving elements which might influence the momentum balance of the satellite platform. Therefore, we present a prototype design using the piezo deformable mirror (PDM) to realize an all-reflective optical bifocal zooming system. By changing the curvature radius of the PDM, the focal length can be switched between 48 and 192 mm without moving elements involved. With the focal length experiencing 4 magnification, the system performance is still approaching diffraction-limited performance, and the maximum stroke of the PDM is also within its physical limits. Experiments demonstrate that the principle is correct and the design is successful. PMID:23434990

  19. Infrared Focal Plane Arrays

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    Strong, Roger L.; Kinch, Michael A.

    2014-08-01

    HgCdTe infrared focal plane array (FPA) operability is usually limited not by dark current defects but by noise defects. Pixels with high 1/ f noise should produce a tail in the root-mean-square (RMS) noise distribution. Integration time normalization reveals that RMS noise tails are, in fact, a result of 1/ f noise. An accurate means of quantifying the magnitude of the RMS noise tail thus provides a useful measure of an FPA's 1/ f noise. The skew of the RMS noise distribution is the simplest measure of an array's 1/ f noise, and is shown to be fairly quantitative when FPA operability exceeds 90%. Models for 1/ f noise from external surfaces and from internal surfaces (dislocations) correctly predict the observed temperature dependence from FPAs with systemic 1/ f noise that affects all pixels and from FPAs with isolated defect 1/ f noise that affects fewer than 1% of the pixels. The RMS noise distribution's skew is shown to increase with increasing dislocation density. The 1/ f noise tail of the RMS noise distribution increases more rapidly with temperature as the dislocation density increases.

  20. Megapixel Multi-band QWIP Focal Plane Arrays

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    Gunapala, S. D.; Bandara, S. V.; Liu, J. K.; Rafo, S. B.; Hill, C.; Mumolo, J.; Thang, J.; Tidrow, M.; LeVan, P. D.

    2004-01-01

    A mid-wavelength 1024x1024 pixel quantum well infrared photodetector (QW) focal plane array has been demonstrated with excellent imagery. Noise equivalent differential temperature (NETD) of 19 mK was achieved at 95K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300K background. This focal plane array has shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90K operating temperature with the same optics and background conditions. In this paper, we will discuss its performance in quantum efficiency, NETD, uniformity, and operability.

  1. Fabrication of D-type fiber optic sensors with a long interaction length and studying effects of critical parameters on sensor response

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    Guleryuz, Burcu; Durucan, Caner; Aslan, Mustafa M.

    2014-05-01

    Today evanescent wave based fiber optic (F/O) platforms are in favor of the use for monitoring molecular interactions since they are practical, economic and easy to operate which make them ideal turnkey systems for clinical, pharmaceutical, environmental and security applications. The side polishing is one of techniques for reshaping the geometry of the waveguide to make the F/O sensor more sensitive to surrounding refractive index (RI) in evanescent field. In this study D-type F/O sensors with a 25 mm-long interaction lengths are fabricated. In addition to that, effects of the critical parameters such as the polishing depth, the wavelength, and the temperature on the sensor response are determined for the RI in the range of 1.33 - 1.47. The developing key of these F/O sensors is reaching high strength and penetration depth of evanescent wave in varying RI of the surrounding bio-layer. Development steps of D-type F/O sensors are; fabrication of supporting elements - silicon V channels, F/O cable preparation, adhesion, lapping and polishing, fusing the FC connectors, construction of the optical system, and RI measurements. Details of these steps are explained and the general characteristics of the D-type F/O sensor are presented. Results indicate that the sensor's responses in three different RI ranges can be improved by the polishing depth. A maximum sensitivity of around 2x105 for the D-type F/O sensors is demonstrated in the RI range of 1.44-1.46.

  2. Focal plane scanner with reciprocating spatial window

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    Mao, Chengye (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    A focal plane scanner having a front objective lens, a spatial window for selectively passing a portion of the image therethrough, and a CCD array for receiving the passed portion of the image. All embodiments have a common feature whereby the spatial window and CCD array are mounted for simultaneous relative reciprocating movement with respect to the front objective lens, and the spatial window is mounted within the focal plane of the front objective. In a first embodiment, the spatial window is a slit and the CCD array is one-dimensional, and successive rows of the image in the focal plane of the front objective lens are passed to the CCD array by an image relay lens interposed between the slit and the CCD array. In a second embodiment, the spatial window is a slit, the CCD array is two-dimensional, and a prism-grating-prism optical spectrometer is interposed between the slit and the CCD array so as to cause the scanned row to be split into a plurality of spectral separations onto the CCD array. In a third embodiment, the CCD array is two-dimensional and the spatial window is a rectangular linear variable filter (LVF) window, so as to cause the scanned rows impinging on the LVF to be bandpass filtered into spectral components onto the CCD array through an image relay lens interposed between the LVF and the CCD array.

  3. Smart focal plane technologies for ELT instruments

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    Cunningham, Colin R.; Ramsay-Howat, Suzanne K.; Garzon, Francisco; Parry, Ian R.; Prieto, Eric; Robertson, David J.; Zamkotsian, Frederic

    2004-07-01

    Smart Focal Planes are devices that enable the efficient sampling of a telescope's focal plane to feed spectroscopic and imaging instruments. Examples are integral field units (fiber and image slicers), cryogenic beam manipulators, and MOEMS (micro-opto-electromechanical systems) such as miniature slit shutters. These technologies are critical in making best use of the current 8m class telescopes for key science goals such as spectroscopic surveys of high redshift galaxies, and will be even more important for Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) instruments. In fact, the density of pixels in an ELT focal plane with several milliarcsecond resolution will mean that sub-sampling of the field will be needed even for imaging. We have proposed a joint European project to develop these technologies, building on expertise from partners in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and others, and led by the UK. We describe the current status of these technologies, showing how they will contribute to the feasibility and performance of proposed instruments for ELTs, and concentrating on capabilities within Europe. We then outline the proposed future developments, highlighting the technical challenges, such as the difficulties of manufacturing and verifying complex image slicers with thousands of optical surfaces, and building highly reliable cryogenic mechanisms such as pick-off arms, beam steering mirrors and reconfigurble slit mechanisms.

  4. Uncooled infrared detectors and focal plane arrays

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    Tidrow, Meimei Z.; Clark, William W.; Tipton, W.; Hoffman, R.; Beck, William A.; Tidrow, S. C.; Robertson, D. N.; Pollehn, Herbert K.; Udayakumar, K. R.; Beratan, Howard R.; Soch, Kevin L.; Hanson, Charles M.; Wigdor, Marc

    1998-08-01

    Over the past several years, uncooled IR detectors and focal plane arrays have been rapidly developed. Impressive progress has been made in both resistive microbolometers and pyroelectric thin-film detectors with noise equivalent temperature differences projected to be 10 to 20 mK with F/1 optics for such structures. Noise equivalent temperature of 50 mK bulk pyroelectric detectors and thin film resistive microbolometers are already demonstrated and in production. Other novel schemes, such as bimaterial capacitors, are also promising for uncooled IR detection. The US Army Research Laboratory is involved in developing ferroelectric materials to take advantage of the pyroelectric properties. The goal is to develop crystal oriented thin films to further improve detector performance. In this presentation, the operating principle of resistive microbolometers and pyroelectric detectors, and recent progress of uncooled RI focal plane arrays are discussed. In addition, the uncooled RI detector program at the Army Research Laboratory, that includes research facilities for and research efforts toward uncooled detectors and focal plane arrays is presented.

  5. Optical sensitivity analysis of deformed mirrors for microcantilever array IR imaging.

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    Shi, Haitao; Zhang, Qingchuan; Qian, Jian; Mao, Liang; Cheng, Teng; Gao, Jie; Wu, Xiaoping; Chen, Dapeng; Jiao, Binbin

    2009-03-16

    Optical sensitivity is a major issue to improve the sensor responsivity and the spatial resolution of uncooled optomechanical focal plane arrays (FPA). The optical sensitivity is closely related to the mirror length and the undesired mirror deformation induced from the imbalanced residual stresses in different layers. In this paper, the influences of mirror length and deformation on the optical sensitivity are discussed by Fourier Optics. Theoretical analysis and experiments demonstrate that the optical sensitivity is seriously degraded by undesired mirror deformation, and that there exists an optimal mirror length which makes the optical sensitivity achieve its maximum under a certain mirror deformation. Based on the results, an optimized mirror configuration is presented to increase the optical sensitivity of substrate-free bi-material microcantilever array (SFBMA). PMID:19293864

  6. Statistical Earthquake Focal Mechanism Forecasts

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    Kagan, Y. Y.; Jackson, D. D.

    2013-12-01

    The new whole Earth focal mechanism forecast, based on the GCMT catalog, has been created. In the present forecast, the sum of normalized seismic moment tensors within 1000 km radius is calculated and the P- and T-axes for the focal mechanism are evaluated on the basis of the sum. Simultaneously we calculate an average rotation angle between the forecasted mechanism and all the surrounding mechanisms. This average angle shows tectonic complexity of a region and indicates the accuracy of the prediction. The method was originally proposed by Kagan and Jackson (1994, JGR). Recent interest by CSEP and GEM has motivated some improvements, particularly to extend the previous forecast to polar and near-polar regions. The major problem in extending the forecast is the focal mechanism calculation on a spherical surface. In the previous forecast as our average focal mechanism was computed, it was assumed that longitude lines are approximately parallel within 1000 km radius. This is largely accurate in the equatorial and near-equatorial areas. However, when one approaches the 75 degree latitude, the longitude lines are no longer parallel: the bearing (azimuthal) difference at points separated by 1000 km reach about 35 degrees. In most situations a forecast point where we calculate an average focal mechanism is surrounded by earthquakes, so a bias should not be strong due to the difference effect cancellation. But if we move into polar regions, the bearing difference could approach 180 degrees. In a modified program focal mechanisms have been projected on a plane tangent to a sphere at a forecast point. New longitude axes which are parallel in the tangent plane are corrected for the bearing difference. A comparison with the old 75S-75N forecast shows that in equatorial regions the forecasted focal mechanisms are almost the same, and the difference in the forecasted focal mechanisms rotation angle is close to zero. However, though the forecasted focal mechanisms are similar, closer to the 75 latitude degree, the difference in the rotation angle is large (around a factor 1.5 in some places). The Gamma-index was calculated for the average focal mechanism moment. A non-zero Index indicates that earthquake focal mechanisms around the forecast point have different orientations. Thus deformation complexity displays itself in the average rotation angle and in the Index. However, sometimes the rotation angle is close to zero, whereas the Index is large, testifying to a large CLVD presence. Both new 0.5x0.5 and 0.1x0.1 degree forecasts are posted at http://eq.ess.ucla.edu/~kagan/glob_gcmt_index.html.

  7. Efficient subwavelength focusing of light with a long focal depth

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    Huang, He; Li, Qing; Fu, Jian; Wu, James; Lin, Feng; Wu, Xingkun

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate an efficient method for far-field subwavelength focusing by a novel two-component axicon structure. Annular beams generated by a fiber axicon are focused using a micro-cone reflector, creating a quasi-Bessel beam with a high convergence angle of up to 40°. A center focal spot diameter of 0.41λ was achieved at a power efficiency of over 40%, with a focal depth of 9λ and a working distance as long as 35 μm. We further demonstrate that experimental knife-edge measurements mapping the beam focal intensity agree with numerical simulations of the structure. This method shows demonstrable promise in overcoming the optical focusing limit of single-element axicons and great potential for use in high tolerance, high-resolution applications in optical systems.

  8. Optical design of electro-optical UAV-based reconnaissance and surveillance system with shared aperture

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    Han, Kunye; Yang, Zijian; Chang, Weijun; Xu, Ke; Kang, Wenli; Zhang, Xuanzhi

    2015-02-01

    For the realization of target detection and monitoring of a wide range with the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), an UAV-based reconnaissance and surveillance system was proposed. The main optical system was consisted of visible camera with narrow field of view (FOV), mid-wave infrared camera (MWIR) and long-wave infrared camera (LWIR). The aperture was shared and the spectrum was disparted in the terminal. The diameter of primary mirror was 170mm. The focal length was 880mm and field of view was 0.86 for visible camera with narrow FOV, the focal length was 880mm and field of view was 0.8 for MWIR camera, the focal length was 220mm and field of view was 3.2 for LWIR camera. Considering the influence of temperature on the imaging quality, a kind of material with good thermal property was used as mirror substrate. The athermalization method was introduced to realize a high image quality in a wide temperature range of -40?+65. Zoom optical system was adopted in the visible camera with middle FOV and wide FOV, the view of it was 3.4?34. The operating distance of laser channel was designed to 20km. The results of the design indicated that this set of optical system could be used for ground target detection and monitoring of a wide range, met user's requirement.

  9. Optical system design of visible camera for space debris

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    Wang, Hu; Luo, Jianjun

    2013-08-01

    In order to detect the space debris, a visible camera for space debris was proposed.The visible camera was mainly consisted of primary mirror , secondary mirror.In order to balance aberration, six correcting lens were used in the optical system. To reduce the visible camera system size, two mirrors were joined,which could fold the system and shorten the overall length.The focal length was 12000 mm ,field of view was 1. 0 and the f-number was 10.0.The imaging quafity of the optical system in visible camera approached to diffraction limit.

  10. "METHOD": A tool for mechanical, electrical, thermal, and optical characterization of single lens module design

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    Besson, Pierre; Dominguez, Cesar; Voarino, Philippe; Garcia-Linares, Pablo; Weick, Clement; Lemiti, Mustapha; Baudrit, Mathieu

    2015-09-01

    The optical characterization and electrical performance evaluation are essential in the design and optimization of a concentrator photovoltaic system. The geometry, materials, and size of concentrator optics are diverse and different environmental conditions impact their performance. CEA has developed a new concentrator photovoltaic system characterization bench, METHOD, which enables multi-physics optimization studies. The lens and cell temperatures are controlled independently with the METHOD to study their isolated effects on the electrical and optical performance of the system. These influences can be studied in terms of their effect on optical efficiency, focal distance, spectral sensitivity, electrical efficiency, or cell current matching. Furthermore, the irradiance map of a concentrator optic can be mapped to study its variations versus the focal length or the lens temperature. The present work shows this application to analyze the performance of a Fresnel lens linking temperature to optical and electrical performance.

  11. Optical design of the multi-spectral camera (MSC) for high-resolution Earth observation

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    Jang, Hong-Sul; Jung, Dae-Jun; Lee, Seunghoon

    2005-12-01

    The Multi-Spectral Camera (MCS) is the electro-optical imaging isntrument for high-resolution observation of the Earth with push broom scanning in the space. The MSC uses compact and light weighted optical design to tkae image with high MTF (modulation transfer function) performance. The Ritchey-Chretien with focal correct lens is selected to implement enough performance in the wide swath width. The focal plane has one panchromatic (PAN) and four multi-spectral (MS) CCD (charge coupled device) for the imaging of visible and near-infrared wavelength. The PAN and MS have their own focus correct lens to correct field aberration and also to make proper effective focal length. Here we present the optical design and analysis of the MSC.

  12. Study of focal shift effect in planar GaN high contrast grating lenses.

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    He, Shumin; Wang, Zhenhai; Liu, Qifa; Wang, Wei

    2015-11-16

    In this paper, systematical study on the focal shift phenomenon in planar lenses based on GaN high contrast gratings was performed using finite element method (FEM). Influence of parameters including device size, designed focal length, total phase difference on the focusing performance is presented. It shows that the focal shift is mainly determined by the Fresnel number of the lens, which is nearly equal to the total phase difference divided by ?. The influence of the lens size and designed focal length can be attributed to the change of Fresnel number. Theoretical analysis based on diffraction theory is employed to predict the focal shift, which is in accordance with the numerical simulation. PMID:26698420

  13. How do artificial neural networks (ANNs) compare to partial least squares (PLS) for spectral interference correction in optical emission spectrometry?

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    Li, Z.; Zhang, X.; Karanassios, V.

    2015-05-01

    Spectral interference from overlaps of spectral lines is a well-documented problem optical emission spectrometry. Spectral interference is encountered even when spectrometers with medium to high resolution are used (e.g., with a focal length of 0.75 m 1 m). The adverse effects of spectral interference are more pronounced when portable spectrometers with low resolution are used (e.g., with focal lengths of about 12.5 cm). Portable spectrometers are suited for "taking part of the lab to the sample" types of applications. We used Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) and Partial Least Squares (PLS) to address spectral interference correction. And our efforts using these methods are described.

  14. Genetic models of focal epilepsies.

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    Boillot, Morgane; Baulac, Stphanie

    2016-02-15

    Focal epilepsies were for a long time thought to be acquired disorders secondary to cerebral lesions. However, the important role of genetic factors in focal epilepsies is now well established. Several focal epilepsy syndromes are now proven to be monogenic disorders. While earlier genetic studies suggested a strong contribution of ion channel and neurotransmitter receptor genes, later work has revealed alternative pathways, among which the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signal transduction pathway with DEPDC5. In this article, we provide an update on the mutational spectrum of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor genes (CHRNA4, CHRNB2, CHRNA2) and KCNT1 causing autosomal dominant nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy (ADNFLE), and of LGI1 in autosomal dominant epilepsy with auditory features (ADEAF). We also emphasize, through a review of the current literature, the contribution of in vitro and in vivo models developed to unveil the pathogenic mechanisms underlying these two epileptic syndromes. PMID:26072248

  15. Stressing the limits of focal adhesion mechanosensitivity

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    Oakes, Patrick W; Gardel, Margaret L

    2015-01-01

    Focal adhesion assembly and maturation often occurs concomitantly with changes in force generated within the cytoskeleton or extracellular matrix. To coordinate focal adhesion dynamics with force, it has been suggested that focal adhesion dynamics are mechanosensitive. This review discusses current understanding of the regulation of focal adhesion assembly and force transmission, and the limits to which we can consider focal adhesion plaques as mechanosensitive entities. PMID:24998185

  16. Programmable focal spot shaping of amplified femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Sanner, Nicolas; Huot, Nicolas; Audouard, Eric; Larat, Christian; Huignard, Jean-Pierre; Loiseaux, Brigitte

    2005-06-15

    We describe the programmable spatial beam shaping of 100-kHz, 4-microJ amplified femtosecond pulses in a focal plane by wave-front modulation. Phase distributions are determined by a numerical iterative procedure. A nonpixelated optically addressed liquid-crystal light valve is used as a programmable wave-front tailoring device. Top-hat, doughnut, square, and triangle shapes of 20-microm size are obtained in a focal plane. Their suitability for femtosecond laser machining is demonstrated. PMID:16007780

  17. Imaging of focal calvarial lesions.

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    Mitra, I; Duraiswamy, M; Benning, J; Joy, H M

    2016-04-01

    Focal calvarial lesions may present as a visible, palpable, or symptomatic lump; however, with increasing use of cross-sectional imaging they are often encountered as an incidental finding. Knowledge of the possible disease entities along with a structured approach to imaging is required to suggest an appropriate diagnosis and assist in management planning. Abnormalities range from common neoplastic lesions to rarer congenital conditions, benign pathologies, and calvarial defects that can mimic lesions. The aim of this article is to demonstrate the salient imaging features that may help to limit the differential diagnosis of a focal calvarial lesion. PMID:26873626

  18. Multicolor megapixel QWIP focal plane arrays for remote sensing instruments

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    Gunapala, S. D.; Bandara, S. V.; Liu, J. K.; Hill, C. J.; Rafol, S. B.; Mumolo, J. M.; Trinh, J. T.; Tidrow, M. Z.; LeVan, P. D.

    2005-10-01

    Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024x1024 pixel quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal planes have been demonstrated with excellent imaging performance. The MWIR QWIP detector array has demonstrated a noise equivalent differential temperature (NE?T) of 17 mK at a 95K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300K background and the LWIR detector array has demonstrated a NE?T of 13 mK at a 70K operating temperature with the same optical and background conditions as the MWIR detector array after the subtraction of system noise. Both MWIR and LWIR focal planes have shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90K and 70K operating temperatures respectively, with similar optical and background conditions. In addition, we are in the process of developing MWIR and LWIR pixel collocated simultaneously readable dualband QWIP focal plane arrays. In this paper, we will discuss the performance in terms of quantum efficiency, NE?T, uniformity, operability, and modulation transfer functions of the 1024x1024 pixel arrays and the progress of dualband QWIP focal plane array development work.

  19. Multicolor megapixel QWIP focal plane arrays for remote sensing instruments

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    Gunapala, S. D.; Bandara, S. V.; Liu, J. K.; Hill, C. J.; Rafol, S. B.; Mumolo, J. M.; Trinh, J. T.; Tidrow, M. Z.; LeVan, P. D.

    2006-08-01

    Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024x1024 pixel quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal planes have been demonstrated with excellent imaging performance. The MWIR QWIP detector array has demonstrated a noise equivalent differential temperature (NE?T) of 17 mK at a 95K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300K background and the LWIR detector array has demonstrated a NE?T of 13 mK at a 70K operating temperature with the same optical and background conditions as the MWIR detector array after the subtraction of system noise. Both MWIR and LWIR focal planes have shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90K and 70K operating temperatures respectively, with similar optical and background conditions. In addition, we have demonstrated MWIR and LWIR pixel co-registered simultaneously readable dualband QWIP focal plane arrays. In this paper, we will discuss the performance in terms of quantum efficiency, NE?T, uniformity, operability, and modulation transfer functions of the 1024x1024 pixel arrays and the progress of dualband QWIP focal plane array development work.

  20. Micro-optics metrology using advanced interferometry

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    Reichelt, Stephan; Bieber, Alexander; Aatz, Bernd; Zappe, Hans

    2005-06-01

    Interferometric testing of micro-optical components involves some challenges due to problems such as Fresnel diffraction artefacts, the non-common path interferometer configuration, coherent noise as well disturbing interferences, and uncertainties in distance measurements. Recently we have developed a versatile Mach-Zehnder / Twyman-Green hybride interferometer for micro-optics testing. The system combines the advantages of both interferometer types and allows full characterization of lens and surface figure errors as well as radius of curvature and focal length measurements. The interferometer system is explained and measurement results of micro-lenses are presented. Furthermore, this paper is concerned with the metrology challenges of interferometric testing on microscopic scales.

  1. Optical system for an astrometric survey from space

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    Phillips, James D.; Reasenberg, Robert D.

    1998-08-01

    We present an optical design for a spaceborne instrument, of about half m aperture, to perform a combined astrometic and photometric survey via a scan similar to that of Hipparcos. A CCD detector array with time delayed integration will permit an astrometic mission accuracy better than 50 microarcseconds for stars brighter than 10th magnitude. 1 1/2 orders better than Hipparcos. The passband is nominally 0.4 to 0.9 microns. For the instrument to have both high measurements rate and high accuracy, the optical system just satisfy several requirements. It should have aberration well under diffraction, for high precision in centroiding and as a means of keeping unmolded shifts of the image centroids small. The system should have a wide field of view so that there is a large overlap of successive scans, have a large field of view for scientific throughput, and have low image distortion so that the stellar images moved at constant rate along columns of detector pixels. The design presented meets these requirements using aspheric surfaces that are manufacturable. We have demonstrated that the instrument will determine the temperature of an observed star without requiring a dispersive element or color filters. The design is thus free of transmissive elements, and protected from the systematic errors that they might have induced, e.g., due to thermal variation variation and to chromatic effects. This study was inspired by our previous consideration of scientific throughput. Our study of data reduction from a scanning astrometic survey mission demonstrated that there is a substantial gain in mission accuracy if the spacecraft precesses without discontinuities such as those that result from gas jet firings. Our study of methods of processing the spacecraft showed that smooth rotation would be possible using solar radiation pressure, but only if the spacecraft rotation rate were increased. Maintaining the integration time for each object would require an optical design of shorter focal length. Meanwhile, our study of mission accuracy as a function of focal length showed that another increase of accuracy would result from shorter focal length, via the greater number of lower-accuracy measurements. Therefore we performed this optical study to find a design with shorter focal length, having a proportionate increase in infield of view. We conceived and investigated a family of short focal length, wide-field designs, and developed a methodology to facilitate selection from among them. The new baseline design achieves diffraction-limited images over a 2.2 degree FOV with a 1.1 degree square central blockage, and has a 7.5 m focal length.

  2. Diffraction optical elements with nematic liquid crystals and their applications

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    Stashkevitch, Ihar V.

    1998-02-01

    In this paper consideration is being given to the principle underlying the operation of switchable diffraction elements based on the relief grating of isotropic materials and nematic liquid crystals contacting it. Electrical control of the phase grating diffraction efficiency has been experimentally realized. The problems of LC orientation on the relief substrate have been considered. Consideration has also been given to the optical diffraction lens with switchable focal lengths and to two-layer systems operating with radiation of any polarization. It has been demonstrated that LC having large value of optical anisotropy are most suitable for this application. The requirements to liquid crystals to be used in optical elements are covered.

  3. Statistical earthquake focal mechanism forecasts

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    Kagan, Yan Y.; Jackson, David D.

    2014-04-01

    Forecasts of the focal mechanisms of future shallow (depth 0-70 km) earthquakes are important for seismic hazard estimates and Coulomb stress, and other models of earthquake occurrence. Here we report on a high-resolution global forecast of earthquake rate density as a function of location, magnitude and focal mechanism. In previous publications we reported forecasts of 0.5 spatial resolution, covering the latitude range from -75 to +75, based on the Global Central Moment Tensor earthquake catalogue. In the new forecasts we have improved the spatial resolution to 0.1 and the latitude range from pole to pole. Our focal mechanism estimates require distance-weighted combinations of observed focal mechanisms within 1000 km of each gridpoint. Simultaneously, we calculate an average rotation angle between the forecasted mechanism and all the surrounding mechanisms, using the method of Kagan & Jackson proposed in 1994. This average angle reveals the level of tectonic complexity of a region and indicates the accuracy of the prediction. The procedure becomes problematical where longitude lines are not approximately parallel, and where shallow earthquakes are so sparse that an adequate sample spans very large distances. North or south of 75, the azimuths of points 1000 km away may vary by about 35. We solved this problem by calculating focal mechanisms on a plane tangent to the Earth's surface at each forecast point, correcting for the rotation of the longitude lines at the locations of earthquakes included in the averaging. The corrections are negligible between -30 and +30 latitude, but outside that band uncorrected rotations can be significantly off. Improved forecasts at 0.5 and 0.1 resolution are posted at http://eq.ess.ucla.edu/kagan/glob_gcmt_index.html.

  4. Combining Single-Molecule Optical Trapping and Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering Measurements to Compute the Persistence Length of a Protein ER/K [alpha]-Helix

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    Sivaramakrishnan, S.; Sung, J.; Ali, M.; Doniach, S.; Flyvbjerg, H.; Spudich, J.A.

    2010-01-12

    A relatively unknown protein structure motif forms stable isolated single {alpha}-helices, termed ER/K {alpha}-helices, in a wide variety of proteins and has been shown to be essential for the function of some molecular motors. The flexibility of the ER/K {alpha}-helix determines whether it behaves as a force transducer, rigid spacer, or flexible linker in proteins. In this study, we quantify this flexibility in terms of persistence length, namely the length scale over which it is rigid. We use single-molecule optical trapping and small-angle x-ray scattering, combined with Monte Carlo simulations to demonstrate that the Kelch ER/K {alpha}-helix behaves as a wormlike chain with a persistence length of 15 nm or 28 turns of {alpha}-helix. The ER/K {alpha}-helix length in proteins varies from 3 to 60 nm, with a median length of 5 nm. Knowledge of its persistence length enables us to define its function as a rigid spacer in a translation initiation factor, as a force transducer in the mechanoenzyme myosin VI, and as a flexible spacer in the Kelch-motif-containing protein.

  5. LWIR scene simulator developed for end-to-end performance evaluation of focal planes

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    Thompson, Niels A.; Bowser, William M.; Song, Sung H.; Skiff, Laura T.; Powell, William W.; Romero, Charles

    1992-01-01

    The development of a long-wave infrared optical simulator facilitates evaluation of the end-to-end performance of long wavelength infrared (LWIR) focal plane arrays (FPAs) in a system-like environment. This simulator provides selectable structured scene inputs to a focal plane module or array. Background irradiances as low as 10 exp 10 photons/sq cm s are achievable when the simulator is cooled with liquid helium. The optical simulator can generate single or multiple targets of controllable intensities, and uniform or structured background irradiances. The infrared scenes can be viewed in a stationary mode or dynamically scanned across the focal plane.

  6. An Optical Wavefront Sensor Based on a Double Layer Microlens Array

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    Lin, Vinna; Wei, Hsiang-Chun; Hsieh, Hsin-Ta; Su, Guo-Dung John

    2011-01-01

    In order to determine light aberrations, Shack-Hartmann optical wavefront sensors make use of microlens arrays (MLA) to divide the incident light into small parts and focus them onto image planes. In this paper, we present the design and fabrication of long focal length MLA with various shapes and arrangements based on a double layer structure for optical wavefront sensing applications. A longer focal length MLA could provide high sensitivity in determining the average slope across each microlens under a given wavefront, and spatial resolution of a wavefront sensor is increased by numbers of microlenses across a detector. In order to extend focal length, we used polydimethysiloxane (PDMS) above MLA on a glass substrate. Because of small refractive index difference between PDMS and MLA interface (UV-resin), the incident light is less refracted and focused in further distance. Other specific focal lengths could also be realized by modifying the refractive index difference without changing the MLA size. Thus, the wavefront sensor could be improved with better sensitivity and higher spatial resolution. PMID:22346643

  7. Integrated optical circuits for RF spectrum analysis

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    Chen, B.; Joseph, T. R.; Lee, J. Y.; Ranganath, T. R.

    1980-01-01

    This paper describes the integrated-optic implementation of a Bragg spectrum analyzer that employs the interaction between a coherent optical guided wave and a surface acoustic wave to determine the power spectral density of the input. The integrated-optic spectrum analyzer consists of an injection laser diode, a thin-film optical waveguide, waveguide lenses, a surface-acoustic-wave transducer, and a linear detector array with CCD readout. Design principles are given for selecting component parameters such as optical beam width, detector cell size, lens aperture and focal length, and acoustic transducer design so as to obtain specific RF resolution, spurious level, and signal-to-noise ratio. Design parameters are presented for a 750- to 1250-MHz spectrum analyzer with a resolution of 4 MHz and a 40-dB dynamic range. Also described in the paper is the development of state-of-the-art component technology for the spectrum analyzer.

  8. A focal plane counter for the spectrograph ``raiden''

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    Fujita, Y.; Nagayama, K.; Morinobu, S.; Fujiwara, M.; Katayama, I.; Yamazaki, T.; Ikegami, H.

    1980-07-01

    A focal plane counter system at Research Center for Nuclear Physics, Osaka University is described. The position detector is a gas proportional counter of one meter in length. Resistive induction grid wires and the charge division method were used for position determination. The employment of the induction wires mounted on an inclined frame made it possible to realize a fast counter with sub-millimeter position resolution for non-normal incidence (53.5 to the normal) of the particle rays.

  9. Progress on developing wavefront sensorless adaptive optics optical coherence tomography for in vivo retinal imaging in mice

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    Zam, Azhar; Zhang, Pengfei; Jian, Yifan; Sarunic, Marinko V.; Bonora, Stefano; Pugh, Edward N.; Zawadzki, Robert J.

    2015-03-01

    We present a new design for a wavefront sensorless adaptive optics (WS-AO) Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) system for small animal retinal imaging in vivo. Without the optical complications necessary for inclusion of a wavefront sensor in the optical system, this version of WS-AO FD-OCT system has a simplified optical design, including elimination of long focal length scanning optics and optical conjugation of vertical and horizontal scanners. This modification provides a modular large Field of View for retinal screening (25 degree visual angle), while also allowing a "zoom" capability for allocating all the scanning resources to a smaller region of interest, allowing high resolution aberration-corrected imaging. In the present system we used a 0 Dpt contact lens to stabilize the mouse eye position and to allow long duration imaging. Defocus (axial focus position) in our system is controlled by the collimation of the OCT sample arm entrance beam.

  10. Prototype focal plane assembly for multispectral remote sensing

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    Rienstra, J.L.; Vampola, J.A.

    1995-09-01

    Sandia National Laboratories and several subsystem contractors are developing technologies applicable to multispectral remote sensing. A prototype multispectral sensor system is under development. The three major subsystems making up the prototype sensor are the focal plane assembly (FPA), the cryocooler, and the telescope. This paper covers the focal plane assembly, which is the basis of the sensor system. The focal plane assembly includes sensor chip assemblies, optical filters, and a vacuum enclosure with cold shielding The optical filters define 15 spectral bands in a range from 0.45 {mu}m to 10.7 {mu}m. All the linear arrays are mounted on a single motherboard and are designed to operate at 75 K. The four spectral bands covering the visible to near infrared have roughly 2400 pixels each, and the remaining 11 spectral bands have roughly 600 pixels each. The average total rate of multispectral data from the FPA is approximately 16.4 megapixels per second. The diverse requirements for the focal plane assembly make this a challenging, sensor to design and build.

  11. Focal hyperhidrosis: diagnosis and management

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    Haider, Aamir; Solish, Nowell

    2005-01-01

    HYPERHIDROSIS, A CONDITION CHARACTERIZED by excessive sweating, can be generalized or focal. Generalized hyperhidrosis involves the entire body and is usually part of an underlying condition, most often an infectious, endocrine or neurologic disorder. Focal hyperhidrosis is idiopathic, occurring in otherwise healthy people. It affects 1 or more body areas, most often the palms, armpits, soles or face. Almost 3% of the general population, largely people aged between 25 and 64 years, experience hyperhidrosis. The condition carries a substantial psychological and social burden, since it interferes with daily activities. However, patients rarely seek a physician's help because many are unaware that they have a treatable medical disorder. Early detection and management of hyperhidrosis can significantly improve a patient's quality of life. There are various topical, systemic, surgical and nonsurgical treatments available with efficacy rates greater than 90%–95%. PMID:15632408

  12. [Models of focal CNS hypoxia].

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    Mares, J

    1995-12-01

    Vascular disease and focal cerebral ischemia still represent the major cause of neurological morbidity and mortality. Mechanisms of hypoxic changes are associated with energy depletion and impairment of biological membranes. Reperfusion after the stroke plays an important role in the development of morphological and functional changes of the nervous tissue. In experiments, different models of focal cerebral ischemia based on the middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) are used. Four main categories of such models are most frequently employed: 1. Temporary intraluminal occlusion of part of the circle of Willis (via internal carotid artery), 2. Abluminal application of the vasoconstrictor peptide (endothelin-1) to the MCA, 3. Tromboembolic models, 4. Microclips. Reliable quantification of morphological changes is also possible. Discussed models are used for testing different types of treatment of the cerebral ischemia, including pharmacological stimulation and blocking of individual membrane receptor systems. PMID:8640880

  13. Persistent Focal Behavior and Physical Activity Performance

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    Erfle, Stephen E.

    2014-01-01

    This article examines the proclivity and performance attributes of focal students across time and activities using data from 9,345 students. Three systematic focal behavior partitions are examined: Across activities, across time, and across activities and time. A student's performance is focal if it ends in 0 or 5 for push-ups and 0 for…

  14. Persistent Focal Behavior and Physical Activity Performance

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    Erfle, Stephen E.

    2014-01-01

    This article examines the proclivity and performance attributes of focal students across time and activities using data from 9,345 students. Three systematic focal behavior partitions are examined: Across activities, across time, and across activities and time. A student's performance is focal if it ends in 0 or 5 for push-ups and 0 for

  15. Multispectral Focal Plane Assembly for Satellite Remote Sensing

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    Rienstra, J.; Ballard, M.

    1997-12-31

    Sandia National Laboratories and several subsystem contractors are developing technologies applicable to multispectral remote sensing from space. A proof of concept multispectral sensor system is under development. The objective of building this sensor is to demonstrate and evaluate multispectral imaging technologies for various applications. The three major subsystems making up the sensor are the focal plane assembly (FPA), the cryocooler, and the telescope. This paper covers the focal plane assembly, which is the basis of the sensor system. The focal plane assembly includes sensor chip assemblies, optical filters, and a vacuum enclosure with cold shielding. Linear detector arrays provide spatial resolution in the cross-track direction for a pushbroom imager configuration. The optical filters define 15 spectral bands in a range from 0.45 microns to 10.7 microns. All the detector arrays are mounted on a single focal plane and are designed to operate at 75 K. No beam splitters are used. The four spectral bands covering the visible to near infrared have roughly 2400 pixels each, and the remaining 11 spectral bands have roughly 600 pixels each. The average total rate of multispectral data from the FPA is approximately 15.4 megapixels per second. At the time this paper is being written, the multispectral focal plane assembly is in the fabrication phase. A thermal/mechanical mockup has been built and tested for the vibration environment and to determine the thermal load. Some of the sensor chip assemblies and filters have been built and tested. Several notable features of the design are covered in the paper as well as preliminary test data.

  16. 1024x1024 Pixel MWIR and LWIR QWIP Focal Plane Arrays and 320x256 MWIR:LWIR Pixel Colocated Simultaneous Dualband QWIP Focal Plane Arrays

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    Gunapala, Sarath D.; Bandara, Sumith V.; Liu, John K.; Hill, Cory J.; Rafol, S. B.; Mumolo, Jason M.; Trinh, Joseph T.; Tidrow, M. Z.; Le Van, P. D.

    2005-01-01

    Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024x1024 pixel quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal planes have been demonstrated with excellent imaging performance. The MWIR QWIP detector array has demonstrated a noise equivalent differential temperature (NE(Delta)T) of 17 mK at a 95K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300K background and the LWIR detector array has demonstrated a NE(Delta)T of 13 mK at a 70K operating temperature with the same optical and background conditions as the MWIR detector array after the subtraction of system noise. Both MWIR and LWIR focal planes have shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90K and 70K operating-temperatures respectively, with similar optical and background conditions. In addition, we are in the process of developing MWIR and LWIR pixel collocated simultaneously readable dualband QWIP focal plane arrays.

  17. SNAP Satellite Focal Plane Development

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    Bebek, C.; Akerlof, C.; Aldering, G.; Amanullah, R.; Astier, P.; Baltay, C.; Barrelet, E.; Basa, S.; Bercovitz, J.; Bergstrom, L.; Berstein, G.P.; Bester, M.; Bohlin, R.; Bonissent, A.; Bower, C.; Campbell, M.; Carithers, W.; Commins, E.; Day, C.; Deustua, S.; DiGennaro, R.; Ealet, A.; Ellis, R.; Emmett, W.; Eriksson, M.; Fouchez,D.; Fruchter, A.; Genat, J-F.; Goldhaber, G.; Goobar, A.; Groom, D.; Heetderks, H.; Holland, S.; Huterer, D.; Johnson, W.; Kadel, R.; Karcher,A.; Kim, A.; Kolbe, W.; Lafever, R.; Lamoureaux, J.; Lampton, M.; Lefevre, O.; Levi, M.; Levin, D.; Linder, E.; Loken, S.; Malina, R.; Mazure, A.; McKay, T.; McKee, S.; Miquel, R.; Morgan, N.; Mortsell, E.; Mostek, N.; Mufson, S.; Musser, J.; Roe, N.; Nugent, P.; Oluseyi, H.; Pain, R.; Palaio, N.; Pankow, D.; Perlmutter, S.; Prieto, E.; Rabinowitz,D.; Refregier, A.; Rhodes, J.; Schubnell, M.; Sholl, M.; Smadja, G.; Smith, R.; Smoot, G.; Snyder, J.; Spadafora, A.; Szymkowiak, A.; Tarle,G.; Taylor, K.; Tilquin, A.; Tomasch, A.; Vincent, D.; von der Lippe, H.; Walder, J-P.; Wang, G.

    2003-07-07

    The proposed SuperNova/Acceleration Probe (SNAP) mission will have a two-meter class telescope delivering diffraction-limited images to an instrumented 0.7 square degree field in the visible and near-infrared wavelength regime. The requirements for the instrument suite and the present configuration of the focal plane concept are presented. A two year R&D phase, largely supported by the Department of Energy, is just beginning. We describe the development activities that are taking place to advance our preparedness for mission proposal in the areas of detectors and electronics.

  18. Accurate cell counts in live mouse embryos using optical quadrature and differential interference contrast microscopy

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    Warger, William C., II; Newmark, Judith A.; Zhao, Bing; Warner, Carol M.; DiMarzio, Charles A.

    2006-02-01

    Present imaging techniques used in in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics are unable to produce accurate cell counts in developing embryos past the eight-cell stage. We have developed a method that has produced accurate cell counts in live mouse embryos ranging from 13-25 cells by combining Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) and Optical Quadrature Microscopy. Optical Quadrature Microscopy is an interferometric imaging modality that measures the amplitude and phase of the signal beam that travels through the embryo. The phase is transformed into an image of optical path length difference, which is used to determine the maximum optical path length deviation of a single cell. DIC microscopy gives distinct cell boundaries for cells within the focal plane when other cells do not lie in the path to the objective. Fitting an ellipse to the boundary of a single cell in the DIC image and combining it with the maximum optical path length deviation of a single cell creates an ellipsoidal model cell of optical path length deviation. Subtracting the model cell from the Optical Quadrature image will either show the optical path length deviation of the culture medium or reveal another cell underneath. Once all the boundaries are used in the DIC image, the subtracted Optical Quadrature image is analyzed to determine the cell boundaries of the remaining cells. The final cell count is produced when no more cells can be subtracted. We have produced exact cell counts on 5 samples, which have been validated by Epi-Fluorescence images of Hoechst stained nuclei.

  19. Focal plane detectors possible detector technologies for OWL/AIRWATCH

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    Flyckt, Esso

    1998-06-15

    New satellite-born projects OWL and AIRWATCH will need single-photon focal-plane detectors of a million pixels in a design which is optimized to the focusing optics and electronics at acceptable cost. We discuss different phototube possibilities and their pros and cons with crude cost estimates. We conclude that a multichannel-photomultiplier solution is safe. A better compromise may be to adapt a 6 or 9 inch X-ray image intensifier tube or develop a 12 inch image intensifier for detecting individual photons, and adapt the optics to have many mirror modules. The possibility of developing super-large-area phototubes is also discussed.

  20. Holographic Optical Elements as Scanning Lidar Telescopes

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    Schwemmer, Geary K.; Rallison, Richard D.; Wilkerson, Thomas D.; Guerra, David V.

    2005-01-01

    We have developed and investigated the use of holographic optical elements (HOEs) and holographic transmission gratings for scanning lidar telescopes. For example, rotating a flat HOE in its own plane with the focal spot on the rotation axis makes a very simple and compact conical scanning telescope. We developed and tested transmission and reflection HOEs for use at the first three harmonic wavelengths of Nd:YAG lasers. The diffraction efficiency, diffraction angle, focal length, focal spot size and optical losses were measured for several HOEs and holographic gratings, and found to be suitable for use as lidar receiver telescopes, and in many cases could also serve as the final collimating and beam steering optic for the laser transmitter. Two lidar systems based on this technology have been designed, built, and successfully tested in atmospheric science applications. This technology will enable future spaceborne lidar missions by significantly lowering the size, weight, power requirement and cost of a large aperture, narrow field of view scanning telescope.

  1. Multi-focal multiphoton lithography.

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    Ritschdorff, Eric T; Nielson, Rex; Shear, Jason B

    2012-03-01

    Multiphoton lithography (MPL) provides unparalleled capabilities for creating high-resolution, three-dimensional (3D) materials from a broad spectrum of building blocks and with few limitations on geometry, qualities that have been key to the design of chemically, mechanically, and biologically functional microforms. Unfortunately, the reliance of MPL on laser scanning limits the speed at which fabrication can be performed, making it impractical in many instances to produce large-scale, high-resolution objects such as complex micromachines, 3D microfluidics, etc. Previously, others have demonstrated the possibility of using multiple laser foci to simultaneously perform MPL at numerous sites in parallel, but use of a stage-scanning system to specify fabrication coordinates resulted in the production of identical features at each focal position. As a more general solution to the bottleneck problem, we demonstrate here the feasibility for performing multi-focal MPL using a dynamic mask to differentially modulate foci, an approach that enables each fabrication site to create independent (uncorrelated) features within a larger, integrated microform. In this proof-of-concept study, two simultaneously scanned foci produced the expected two-fold decrease in fabrication time, and this approach could be readily extended to many scanning foci by using a more powerful laser. Finally, we show that use of multiple foci in MPL can be exploited to assign heterogeneous properties (such as differential swelling) to micromaterials at distinct positions within a fabrication zone. PMID:22282105

  2. Comparison of methods for transfer of calibration models in near-infared spectroscopy: a case study based on correcting path length differences using fiber-optic transmittance probes in in-line near-infrared spectroscopy.

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    Sahni, Narinder Singh; Isaksson, Tomas; Naes, Tormod

    2005-04-01

    This article addresses problems related to transfer of calibration models due to variations in distance between the transmittance fiber-optic probes. The data have been generated using a mixture design and measured at five different probe distances. A number of techniques reported in the literature have been compared. These include multiplicative scatter correction (MSC), path length correction (PLC), finite impulse response (FIR), orthogonal signal correction (OSC), piecewise direct standardization (PDS), and robust calibration. The quality of the predictions was expressed in terms of root mean square error of prediction (RMSEP). Robust calibration gave good calibration transfer results, while the other methods did not give acceptable results. PMID:15901334

  3. Fish Tank Optics.

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    McCausland, Stuart; Allard, Brian

    1997-01-01

    Describes procedures for a demonstration of the focal length of spherical lenses and mirrors using an aquarium, a flashlight, and nondairy creamer. Enables nonquantitative three-dimensional observation of these phenomena. (DDR)

  4. Development of a cable reel development system using a rotary joint for kilometer lengths of two-fiber multi-mode fiber optic cable

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    Curtiss, J.A.; Jahelka, J.R.

    1995-08-11

    Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) recently developed a two-component system for use during remote inspections. The system consists of a mobile unit with television cameras and other equipment and a stationary base station. A variety of signals must be continually transmitted between the two system components as the mobile unit is moved from the location to another. Two channels of broadband (10MHz) NTSC video are transmitted from the mobile unit to the base station, and a bi-directional ``talk set`` provides audio communication between personnel at each location. In addition, several channels of RS-232 are required to support present and future instruments used at the mobile unit and controlled by personnel at the base station. Brookhaven developed a mobile unit which communicated with a base station over a 2-fiber multimode fiber optic cable. One of the design requirements was maintaining constant communication with the base station during the time the mobile unit was moved about. To provide uninterrupted communications, deployment of the 1-km long fiber optic cable was initially performed with a ``spinning reel`` mechanism. The spinning reel mechanism proved to be mechanically unsuitable, and so the cable deployment mechanism was redesigned to spool the cable off the reel. The requirement for uninterrupted communications required a two-channel fiber optic rotary joint in the design. Incorporation of the rotary joint into the design is described, and appropriate reference material is included.

  5. Optical implementation of multifocal programmable lens with single and multiple axes

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    Romero, Lenny A.; Millán, María S.; Pérez-Cabré, Elisabet

    2011-01-01

    In this work we analyse the generation of a diffractive optical element (DOE) consisting of a multifocal Fresnel lens by means of an LCoS (liquid cristal on silicon) spatial light modulator (SLM). The multifocal lens is composed of a set of lenses of different focal length that share a common optical axis (coaxial combination) or have different axes in parallel (multi-axis combination). For both configurations, we present several ways to combine the phase distributions for three lenses with different focal lengths (f1, f2, f3), into a single-phase distribution addressed to the SLM. Numerical simulations were carried out along with the experimental analysis to corroborate the results.

  6. Focal axis resolver for offset reflector antennas

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    Schmidt, R. F. (inventor)

    1983-01-01

    Method and apparatus for determining the focal axis of an asymmetrical antenna such as an offset paraboloid reflector whose physical rim is not coincident with the boundary of the electrical aperture but whose focal point is known is provided. A transmitting feed horn array consisting of at least two feed horn elements is positioned asymmetrically on either side of an estimated focal axis which is generally inclined with respect to the boresight axis of the antenna. The feed horn array is aligned with the estimated focal axis so that the phase centers (CP sub 1, CP sub 2) of the two feed horn elements are located on a common line running through the focal point (F) orthogonally with respect to the estimated focal axis.

  7. Silicon pore optics development for ATHENA

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    Collon, Maximilien J.; Vacanti, Giuseppe; Günther, Ramses; Yanson, Alex; Barrière, Nicolas; Landgraf, Boris; Vervest, Mark; Chatbi, Abdelhakim; Beijersbergen, Marco W.; Bavdaz, Marcos; Wille, Eric; Haneveld, Jeroen; Koelewijn, Arenda; Leenstra, Anne; Wijnperle, Maurice; van Baren, Coen; Müller, Peter; Krumrey, Michael; Burwitz, Vadim; Pareschi, Giovanni; Conconi, Paolo; Christensen, Finn E.

    2015-09-01

    The ATHENA mission, a European large (L) class X-ray observatory to be launched in 2028, will essentially consist of an X-ray lens and two focal plane instruments. The lens, based on a Wolter-I type double reflection grazing incidence angle design, will be very large (~ 3 m in diameter) to meet the science requirements of large effective area (1-2 m2 at a few keV) at a focal length of 12 m. To meet the high angular resolution (5 arc seconds) requirement the X-ray lens will also need to be very accurate. Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) technology has been invented to enable building such a lens and thus enabling the ATHENA mission. We will report in this paper on the latest status of the development, including details of X-ray test campaigns.

  8. Achromatic Focal Plane Mask for Exoplanet Imaging Coronagraphy

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    Newman, Kevin Edward; Belikov, Ruslan; Guyon, Olivier; Balasubramanian, Kunjithapatham; Wilson, Dan

    2013-01-01

    Recent advances in coronagraph technologies for exoplanet imaging have achieved contrasts close to 1e10 at 4 lambda/D and 1e-9 at 2 lambda/D in monochromatic light. A remaining technological challenge is to achieve high contrast in broadband light; a challenge that is largely limited by chromaticity of the focal plane mask. The size of a star image scales linearly with wavelength. Focal plane masks are typically the same size at all wavelengths, and must be sized for the longest wavelength in the observational band to avoid starlight leakage. However, this oversized mask blocks useful discovery space from the shorter wavelengths. We present here the design, development, and testing of an achromatic focal plane mask based on the concept of optical filtering by a diffractive optical element (DOE). The mask consists of an array of DOE cells, the combination of which functions as a wavelength filter with any desired amplitude and phase transmission. The effective size of the mask scales nearly linearly with wavelength, and allows significant improvement in the inner working angle of the coronagraph at shorter wavelengths. The design is applicable to almost any coronagraph configuration, and enables operation in a wider band of wavelengths than would otherwise be possible. We include initial results from a laboratory demonstration of the mask with the Phase Induced Amplitude Apodization coronagraph.

  9. Acousto-optic infrared spectral imager for Pluto fast flyby

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    Glenar, D. A.; Hillman, J. J.

    1993-01-01

    Acousto-optic tunable filters (AOTF's) enable the design of compact, two-dimensional imaging spectrometers with high spectral and spatial resolution and with no moving parts. Tellurium dioxide AOTF's operate from about 400 nm to nearly 5 microns, and a single device will tune continuously over one octave by changing the RF acoustic frequency applied to the device. An infrared (1.2-2.5 micron) Acousto-Optic Imaging Spectrometer (AImS) was designed that closely conforms to the surface composition mapping objectives of the Pluto Fast Flyby. It features a 75-cm focal length telescope, infrared AOTF, and 256 x 256 NICMOS-3 focal plane array for acquiring narrowband images with a spectral resolving power (lambda/delta(lambda)) exceeding 250. We summarize the instrument design features and its expected performance at the Pluto-Charon encounter.

  10. Focal axis resolver for offset reflector antennas

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    Schmidt, R. F.

    1980-01-01

    Described are electrical means for determining the focal axis of an offset reflector antenna whose physical rim is not coincident with the boundary of the electrical aperture. Even and odd sensing functions are employed in the focal region, leading to both amplitude and phase criteria for resolving a focal axis generally inclined with respect to the system axis. The analytical aspects of the problem are discussed, and an example related to a 4-meter Large-Antenna Multiple-Frequency Microwave Radiometer (LAMMR) is included. The technique is useful for focal axis determination in mathematical simulations and in the physical world.

  11. Single-mode laser studies: Design and performance of a fixed-wave length source and coupling of lasers to thin-film optical waveguides

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    Ladany, I.; Hammer, J. M.

    1980-01-01

    A module developed for the generation of a stable single wavelength to be used for a fiber optic multiplexing scheme is described. The laser is driven with RZ pulses, and the temperature is stabilized thermoelectrically. The unit is capable of maintaining a fixed wavelength within about 6 A as the pulse duty cycle is changed between 0 and 100 percent. This is considered the most severe case, and much tighter tolerances are obtainable for constant input power coding schemes. Using a constricted double heterostructure laser, a wavelength shift of 0.083 A mA is obtained due to laser self-heating by a dc driving current. The thermoelectric unit is capable of maintaining a constant laser heat-sink temperature within 0.02 C. In addition, miniature lenses and couplers are described which allow efficient coupling of single wavelength modes of junction lasers to thin film optical waveguides. The design of the miniature cylinder lenses and the prism coupling techniques allow 2 mW of single wavelength mode junction laser light to b coupled into thin film waveguides using compact assemblies. Selective grating couplers are also studied.

  12. Uncooled infrared focal plane array imaging in China

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    Lei, Shuyu

    2015-06-01

    This article reviews the development of uncooled infrared focal plane array (UIFPA) imaging in China in the past decade. Sensors based on optical or electrical read-out mechanism were developed but the latter dominates the market. In resistive bolometers, VOx and amorphous silicon are still the two major thermal-sensing materials. The specifications of the IRFPA made by different manufactures were collected and compared. Currently more than five Chinese companies and institutions design and fabricate uncooled infrared focal plane array. Some devices have sensitivity as high as 30 mK; the largest array for commercial products is 640×512 and the smallest pixel size is 17 μm. Emphasis is given on the pixel MEMS design, ROIC design, fabrication, and packaging of the IRFPA manufactured by GWIC, especially on design for high sensitivities, low noise, better uniformity and linearity, better stabilization for whole working temperature range, full-digital design, etc.

  13. Pixel scaling in infrared focal plane arrays.

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    Catrysse, Peter B; Skauli, Torbjorn

    2013-03-01

    We discuss effects that arise in pixels of IR focal plane arrays (FPAs) when pixel size scales down to approach the wavelength of the incident radiation. To study these effects, we perform first-principles electromagnetic simulations of pixel structures based on a mercury-cadmium-telluride photoconductor for use in FPAs. Specifically, we calculate the pixel quantum efficiency and crosstalk as pixel size scales from 16 μm, which is in the range of current detectors, down to 0.75 μm, corresponding to subwavelength detectors. Our numerical results indicate the possibility of wavelength-size (~4 μm) and even subwavelength-size (~1 μm) pixels for IR FPAs. In addition, we explore opportunities that emerge for controlling light with subwavelength structures inside FPA pixels. As an illustration, we find that the low-pass filtering effect of a metal film aperture can exemplify the impact and the possible role that wavelength-scale optics plays in very small pixels. PMID:23458820

  14. Optical Design of Telescopes and other Reflective Systems using SLIDERS

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    Howard, Joseph M.

    2007-01-01

    Optical design tools are presented to provide automatic generation of reflective optical systems for design studies and educational use. The tools are graphical in nature and use an interactive slider interface with freely available optical design software, OSLO EDU. Operation of the sliders provides input to adjust first-order and other system parameters (e.g. focal length), while appropriate system construction parameters are automatically updated to correct aberrations. Graphical output is also presented in real-time (e.g. a lens drawing) to provide the opportunity for a truly visual approach to optical design. Available systems include two- three- and four-mirror telescopes, relays, and afocal systems, either rotationally symmetric or having just a plane of symmetry. Demonstrations are presented, including a brief discussion of interfacing optical design software to MATLAB, and general research opportunities at NASA.

  15. Optical design of optical transfer function instrument

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    Zhang, Liangjun; Chen, Xinhua; Chen, Yuheng; Ji, Yiqun; Xiang, Chunchang; Shen, Weimin

    2009-11-01

    The optical design of Optical transfer function (OTF) instrument, which is based on the image Fourier analysis method, is presented. To perform infinite conjugate testing of an optical system, the designed system is mainly composed of the object generator, lens under test, and image analyzer. The object generator offers an object at infinite distance with known spectral and spatial content. It includes the illumination system and the collimating system. The illumination system is analyzed and optimized with CODEV and LightTools software. Performance evaluation indicates that its illumination uniformity in the required area is above 95% .The collimation system based on an off-axis parabolic mirror is of the focal length of 2000mm and the entrance pupil diameter 200mm. Through optimization, the image quality of the collimator is excellent and its on-axis modulation transfer function (MTF) approaches diffraction limit. Collimated beam of the target is imaged by the lens under test. The image is magnified and acquired by image analyzer, which is made up of four parts: an infinite conjugate microscope objective, a tube lens, an eyepiece and a CCD camera. Image Results show that this designed scheme meets the requirements of this OTF instrument.

  16. The formation of optical membrane reflector surfaces using uniform pressure loading

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    Murphy, L.M.; Tuan, C.

    1987-08-01

    Potentially high quality optical reflector surfaces are attainable with the use of pressure formed membranes. Such reflector surfaces offer the prospect of very low weight and low cost. The formation of such surfaces, using initially flat circular membranes with uniform pressure loading, is studied in this paper. Finite axisymmetric deformations, along with both linear and nonlinear material response is considered. A wide range of focal-length-to-diameter ratios (above 0.6) are addressed and the structural/optical response mechanisms that lead to optical distortions relative to ideal parabolic reflector shapes are also considered. Results show that elastic material response can often lead to a significantly larger deviation from the ideal shape than will inelastic material response. This results primarily from the ability to limit stress nonuniformities when inelastic material response is operative. Furthermore, when under pressure loading the membrane focal length decreases monotonically with increasing radius for both linear and nonlinear material response. Further, the predicted focal length variation is increasingly nonlinear near the membrane support.

  17. Treatment of focal dystonias with botulinum neurotoxin

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    Benecke, Reiner; Blitzer, Andrew; Comella, Cynthia L.

    2016-01-01

    This is a review on the use of injections of botulinum toxin for the treatment of focal dystonias. Disorders covered include cranial dystonia, cervical dystonia, spasmodic dysphonia, and focal hand dystonia. Considered are clinical aspects, alternative treatment strategies and principles of use of botulinum toxin injections. PMID:19103214

  18. Optics for mobile phone imaging

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    Vigier-Blanc, Emmanuelle E.

    2004-02-01

    Micro cameras for mobile phones require specific opto electronic designs using high-resolution micro technologies for compromising optical, electronical and mechanical requirements. The purpose of this conference is to present the optical critical parameters for imaging optics embedded into mobile phones. We will overview the optics critical parameters involved into micro optical cameras, as seen from user point of view, and their interdependence and relative influence onto optical performances of the product, as: -Focal length, field of view and array size. -Lens speed and depth of field: what is hidden behind lens speed, how to compromise small aperture, production tolerances, sensitivity, good resolution in corners and great depth of field -Relative illumination, this smooth fall off of intensity toward edge of array -Resolution; how to measure it, the interaction of pixel size, small dimensions -Sensitivity, insuring same sensitivity as human being under both twilight and midday sunny conditions. -Mischievous effects, as flare, glare, ghost effects and how to avoid them -How to match sensor spectrum and photopic eye curve: IR filter, and color balancing. We will compromise above parameters and see how to match with market needs and productivity insurance.

  19. Focal brain inflammation and autism.

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    Theoharides, Theoharis C; Asadi, Shahrzad; Patel, Arti B

    2013-01-01

    Increasing evidence indicates that brain inflammation is involved in the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric diseases. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by social and learning disabilities that affect as many as 1/80 children in the USA. There is still no definitive pathogenesis or reliable biomarkers for ASD, thus significantly curtailing the development of effective therapies. Many children with ASD regress at about age 3 years, often after a specific event such as reaction to vaccination, infection, stress or trauma implying some epigenetic triggers, and may constitute a distinct phenotype. ASD children respond disproportionally to stress and are also affected by food and skin allergies. Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is secreted under stress and together with neurotensin (NT) stimulates mast cells and microglia resulting in focal brain inflammation and neurotoxicity. NT is significantly increased in serum of ASD children along with mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). NT stimulates mast cell secretion of mtDNA that is misconstrued as an innate pathogen triggering an auto-inflammatory response. The phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) gene mutation, associated with the higher risk of ASD, which leads to hyper-active mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signalling that is crucial for cellular homeostasis. CRH, NT and environmental triggers could hyperstimulate the already activated mTOR, as well as stimulate mast cell and microglia activation and proliferation. The natural flavonoid luteolin inhibits mTOR, mast cells and microglia and could have a significant benefit in ASD. PMID:23570274

  20. Focal liver lesions found incidentally

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    Algarni, Abdullah A; Alshuhri, Abdullah H; Alonazi, Majed M; Mourad, Moustafa Mabrouk; Bramhall, Simon R

    2016-01-01

    Incidentally found focal liver lesions are a common finding and a reason for referral to hepatobiliary service. They are often discovered in patients with history of liver cirrhosis, colorectal cancer, incidentally during work up for abdominal pain or in a trauma setting. Specific points should considered during history taking such as risk factors of liver cirrhosis; hepatitis, alcohol consumption, substance exposure or use of oral contraceptive pills and metabolic syndromes. Full blood count, liver function test and tumor markers can act as a guide to minimize the differential diagnosis and to categorize the degree of liver disease. Imaging should start with B-mode ultrasound. If available, contrast enhanced ultrasound is a feasible, safe, cost effective option and increases the ability to reach a diagnosis. Contrast enhanced computed tomography should be considered next. It is more accurate in diagnosis and better to study anatomy for possible operation. Contrast enhanced magnetic resonance is the gold standard with the highest sensitivity. If doubt still remains, the options are biopsy or surgical excision.

  1. Simultaneous multispectral framing infrared camera using an embedded diffractive optical lenslet array

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    Hinnrichs, Michele

    2011-06-01

    Recent advances in micro-optical element fabrication using gray scale technology have opened up the opportunity to create simultaneous multi-spectral imaging with fine structure diffractive lenses. This paper will discuss an approach that uses diffractive optical lenses configured in an array (lenslet array) and placed in close proximity to the focal plane array which enables a small compact simultaneous multispectral imaging camera [1]. The lenslet array is designed so that all lenslets have a common focal length with each lenslet tuned for a different wavelength. The number of simultaneous spectral images is determined by the number of individually configured lenslets in the array. The number of spectral images can be increased by a factor of 2 when using it with a dual-band focal plane array (MWIR/LWIR) by exploiting multiple diffraction orders. In addition, modulation of the focal length of the lenslet array with piezoelectric actuation will enable spectral bin fill-in allowing additional spectral coverage while giving up simultaneity. Different lenslet array spectral imaging concept designs are presented in this paper along with a unique concept for prefiltering the radiation focused on the detector. This approach to spectral imaging has applications in the detection of chemical agents in both aerosolized form and as a liquid on a surface. It also can be applied to the detection of weaponized biological agent and IED detection in various forms from manufacturing to deployment and post detection during forensic analysis.

  2. An Achromatic Focal Plane Mask for High-Performance Broadband Coronagraphy

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    Newman, K.; Guyon, O.; Balasubramanian, K.; Belikov, R.; Jovanovic, N.; Martinache, F.; Wilson, D.

    2015-05-01

    Developments in coronagraph technology are close to achieving the technical requirements necessary to observe the faint signal of an Earth-like exoplanet in monochromatic light. An important remaining technological challenge is to achieve high contrast in broadband light. Coronagraph bandwidth is largely limited by chromaticity of the focal plane mask, which is responsible for blocking the stellar PSF. The size of a stellar PSF scales linearly with wavelength; ideally, the size of the focal plane mask would also scale with wavelength. A conventional hard-edge focal plane mask has a fixed size, normally sized for the longest wavelength in the observational band to avoid starlight leakage. The conventional mask is oversized for shorter wavelengths and blocks useful discovery space. We present a new focal plane mask which operates conceptually as an opaque disk occulter, but uses a phase mask technique to improve performance and solve the "size chromaticity" problem. This achromatic focal plane mask would maximize the potential planet detection space without allowing starlight leakage to degrade the system contrast. Compared with a conventional opaque disk focal plane mask, the achromatic mask allows coronagraph operation over a broader range of wavelengths and allows the detection of exoplanets closer to their host star. We present the generalized design for the achromatic focal plane mask, implementation within the Subaru Coronagraph Extreme Adaptive Optics instrument, and laboratory results which demonstrate the size-scaling property of the mask.

  3. Mid-wavelength infrared 1024x1024 pixel QWIP focal plane array

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    Gunapala, Sarath D.; Bandara, Sumith V.; Liu, John K.; Rafol, B., , Sir; Hill, Cory; Mumolo, Jason M.; Thang, J.; Tidrow, Meimei Z.; LeVan, Paul D.

    2004-08-01

    A mid-wavelength 1024x1024 pixel quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array has been demonstrated with excellent imagery. Noise equivalent differential temperature (NETD) of 19 mK was achieved at 95K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300K background. This focal plane array has shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90K operating temperature with the same optics and background conditions. In this paper, we will discuss its performance in quantum efficiency, NETD, uniformity, and operability.

  4. Large format focal plane array integration with precision alignment, metrology and accuracy capabilities

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    Neumann, Jay; Parlato, Russell; Tracy, Gregory; Randolph, Max

    2015-09-01

    Focal plane alignment for large format arrays and faster optical systems require enhanced precision methodology and stability over temperature. The increase in focal plane array size continues to drive the alignment capability. Depending on the optical system, the focal plane flatness of less than 25μm (.001") is required over transition temperatures from ambient to cooled operating temperatures. The focal plane flatness requirement must also be maintained in airborne or launch vibration environments. This paper addresses the challenge of the detector integration into the focal plane module and housing assemblies, the methodology to reduce error terms during integration and the evaluation of thermal effects. The driving factors influencing the alignment accuracy include: datum transfers, material effects over temperature, alignment stability over test, adjustment precision and traceability to NIST standard. The FPA module design and alignment methodology reduces the error terms by minimizing the measurement transfers to the housing. In the design, the proper material selection requires matched coefficient of expansion materials minimizes both the physical shift over temperature as well as lowering the stress induced into the detector. When required, the co-registration of focal planes and filters can achieve submicron relative positioning by applying precision equipment, interferometry and piezoelectric positioning stages. All measurements and characterizations maintain traceability to NIST standards. The metrology characterizes the equipment's accuracy, repeatability and precision of the measurements.

  5. Assessment of Macular Function during Vitrectomy: New Approach Using Intraoperative Focal Macular Electroretinograms

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    Matsumoto, Celso Soiti; Shinoda, Kei; Terauchi, Gaku; Matsumoto, Harue; Mizota, Atsushi; Miyake, Yozo

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To describe a new technique to record focal macular electroretinograms (FMERGs) during vitrectomy to assess macular function. Methods Intraoperative FMERGs (iFMERGs) were recorded in ten patients (10 eyes) who undergo vitrectomy. iFMERGs were elicited by focal macular stimulation. The stimulus light was directed to the macular area through a 25 gauge (25G) glass fiber optic bundle. Background light was delivered through a dual chandelier-type light fiber probe. Focal macular responses elicited with combinations of stimulus and background luminances were analyzed. Results A stimulus luminance that was approximately 1.75 log units brighter than the background light was able to elicit focal macular responses that were not contaminated by stray light responses. Thus, a stimulus luminance of 160 cd/m2 delivered on a background of 3 cd/m2 elicited iFMEGs from only the stimulated area. This combination of stimulus and background luminances did not elicit a response when the stimulus was projected onto the optic nerve head. The iFMERGs elicited by a 10 stimulus with a duration of 100 ms and an interstimulus interval of 150 ms consisted of an a-, b-, and d-waves, the oscillatory potentials, and the photopic negative response (PhNR). Conclusions Focal ERGs with all components can be recorded from the macula and other retinal areas during vitreous surgery. This new technique will allow surgeons to assess the function of focal areas of the retina intraoperatively. PMID:26658489

  6. The AIRES Optical Design

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    Haas, Michael R.; DeVincenzi, Donald L. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    AIRES (Airborne InfraRed Echelle Spectrometer) is the facility spectrometer for SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy). AIRES is a long-slit (approximately 160 in) spectrometer designed to cover the 17 to 210-micron range with good sensitivity using three spectroscopic arrays. Initially, only the 30-130 micron, mid-wavelength array will be available. The instrument has a cryogenic K-mirror to perform field rotation and a slit-viewing camera (lambda < 28 microns, FOV = 160 in diameter) to image source morphology and verify telescope pointing. AIRES employs a large echelle grating to achieve a spectral resolving power (lambda/delta lambda) of approximately 1.0 x 10(exp 6)/lambda (sub mu), where lambda (sub mu) is the wavelength in microns. Hyperfine, Inc. has ruled and tested the AIRES' echelle; its wave-front error is 0.028 waves RMS (root mean square) at 10.6 microns. The instrument is housed in a liquid-helium cryostat which is constrained in diameter (approximately 1 m) and length (approximately 2 m) by the observatory. Hence, the length of the echelle (approximately 1.1 m) and the focal length of its collimator (approximately 5.2 m) severely drive the optical design and packaging. The final design uses diamond-turned aluminum optics and has up to 19 reflections inside the cryostat, depending on the optical path. This design was generated, optimized, and toleranced using Code V. The predicted performance is nearly diffraction-limited at 17 microns; the error budget is dominated by design residuals. Light loss due to slit rotation and slit curvature has been minimized. A thorough diffraction analysis with GLAD (G-Level Analysis Drawer) was used to size the mirrors and baffles; the internal light loss is shown to be a strong function of slit width.

  7. Focal Choroidal Excavation in Best Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy: Case Report.

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    Esfahani, Mohammad Riazi; Esfahani, Hamid Riazi; Mahmoudi, Alireza; Johari, Mohammad Karim; Hemati, Karim

    2015-05-01

    Focal choroidal excavation (FCE) was first reported as a choroidal posteriorly excavated zone without any scleral change. Choroidal excavation also divided into conforming and nonconforming type. Numerous reports demonstrated association between FCE and other disease such as choroidal neovascularization and central serous choroidoretinopathy. Here, we report a rare case of FCE in a patient with Best disease. The patient was diagnosed by spectoral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). To the best of our knowledge, our patient is the second report of choroidal excavation in Best vitelliform macular dystrophy. PMID:26155505

  8. Measuring Crack Length in Coarse Grain Ceramics

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    Salem, Jonathan A.; Ghosn, Louis J.

    2010-01-01

    Due to a coarse grain structure, crack lengths in precracked spinel specimens could not be measured optically, so the crack lengths and fracture toughness were estimated by strain gage measurements. An expression was developed via finite element analysis to correlate the measured strain with crack length in four-point flexure. The fracture toughness estimated by the strain gaged samples and another standardized method were in agreement.

  9. Automatic location of microscopic focal planes for computerized stereology

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    Elozory, Daniel T.; Bonam, Om Pavithra; Kramer, Kurt; Goldgof, Dmitry B.; Hall, Lawrence O.; Mangual, Osvaldo; Mouton, Peter R.

    2011-03-01

    When applying design-based stereology to biological tissue, there are two primary applications for an auto-focusing function in the software of computerized stereology system. The system must first locate the in-focus optical planes at the upper and lower surfaces of stained tissue sections, thus identifying the top and bottom as well as the thickness of the tissue. Second, the system must find the start and end along the Z-axis of stained objects within a Z-stack of images through tissue sections. In contrast to traditional autofocus algorithms that seek a global maximum or peak on the focus curve, the goal of this study was to find the two "knees" of the focus curve that represent the "just out-of-focus" focal planes. The upper surface of the tissue section is defined as the image just before focus is detected moving down the Z-stack. Continuing down, the lower surface is defined as the first image of the last set of adjacent images where focus is no longer detected. The performance of seven focus algorithms in locating the top and bottom focal planes of tissue sections was analyzed by comparing each algorithm on 34 Z-stacks including a total of 828 images. The Thresholded Absolute Gradient algorithm outperformed all others, correctly identifying the top or bottom focal plane within an average of 1 μm on the training data as well as the test data.

  10. Optimizing focal plane electric field estimation for detecting exoplanets

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    Groff, T.; Kasdin, N. J.; Riggs, A. J. E.

    Detecting extrasolar planets with angular separations and contrast levels similar to Earth requires a large space-based observatory and advanced starlight suppression techniques. This paper focuses on techniques employing an internal coronagraph, which is highly sensitive to optical errors and must rely on focal plane wavefront control techniques to achieve the necessary contrast levels. To maximize the available science time for a coronagraphic mission we demonstrate an estimation scheme using a discrete time Kalman filter. The state estimate feedback inherent to the filter allows us to minimize the number of exposures required to estimate the electric field. We also show progress including a bias estimate into the Kalman filter to eliminate incoherent light from the estimate. Since the exoplanets themselves are incoherent to the star, this has the added benefit of using the control history to gain certainty in the location of exoplanet candidates as the signal-to-noise between the planets and speckles improves. Having established a purely focal plane based wavefront estimation technique, we discuss a sensor fusion concept where alternate wavefront sensors feedforward a time update to the focal plane estimate to improve robustness to time varying speckle. The overall goal of this work is to reduce the time required for wavefront control on a target, thereby improving the observatory's planet detection performance by increasing the number of targets reachable during the lifespan of the mission.

  11. Micro-camera and micro-spectrometer designs adapted to large infrared focal plane arrays

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    Gurineau, Nicolas; Druart, Guillaume; de la Barrire, Florence; Gillard, Frdric; Rommelure, Sylvain; Primot, Jrme; Deschamps, Jo"l.; Taboury, Jean; Fendler, Manuel

    2010-05-01

    Today's infrared focal plane arrays concentrate in a small volume of typically 1 cm3 the results of three decades of research in microelectronics and packaging. Several technological breakthroughs have already been achieved leading to the development of infrared focal plane arrays (IRFPA's) for high-performances applications requiring spatial and thermal resolution, also for low-cost and high-manufacturing volumes (technology of uncooled micro-bolometers). The next step is to reduce the optics and make it compatible with the successful IRFPA's fabrication technology. This paper presents some methods and technologies we are exploring for high-performance and small infrared systems. These developments have led to a tool box of micro-concepts described by an optical function (imagery or spectrometry) integrated in the vicinity of the IRFPA. For this, old optical concepts have been revisited (pinhole optics, Talbot effect) and first demonstrations of original IRFPA-based micro-optical assemblies will be given.

  12. Compact dual field of view SWIR/MWIR optical system

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    Vizgaitis, Jay N.; Witte, Kyle; Littleton, Roy; Perconti, Philip

    2011-06-01

    This paper discusses the design and development of a dual field of view, all-refractive infrared optical system that images the mid-wave infrared (MWIR) light in one field of view and the short wave infrared (SWIR) light in the narrower second field of view onto the same detector. The narrow field of view images the SWIR radiation at a slow f/number of 10.0, while the wide field of view images the MWIR radiation at f/1.9. The field of view is changed via a single lens that changes its axial position within the lens, resulting in an axial zoom and an overall magnification change of 6X. The change in focal length and f/number at the same time enables an increased focal length without having to increase the aperture size by the ratio of the focal length change. The large field of view change is achieved by both the motion of the lens, and the use of the spectral properties of the materials that change with wavelength. The change in spectral bands is accomplished via the use of a spectral filter wheel.

  13. Far-field radially polarized focal spot from plasmonic spiral structure combined with central aperture antenna

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    Mao, Lei; Ren, Yuan; Lu, Yonghua; Lei, Xinrui; Jiang, Kang; Li, Kuanguo; Wang, Yong; Cui, Chenjing; Wen, Xiaolei; Wang, Pei

    2016-01-01

    Manipulation of a vector micro-beam with an optical antenna has significant potentials for nano-optical technology applications including bio-optics, optical fabrication, and quantum information processing. We have designed and demonstrated a central aperture antenna within an Archimedean spiral that extracts the bonding plasmonic field from a surface to produce a new vector focal spot in far-field. The properties of this vector focal field are revealed by confocal microscopy and theoretical simulations. The pattern, polarization and phase of the focal field are determined by the incident light and by the chirality of the Archimedean spiral. For incident light with right-handed circular polarization, the left-handed spiral (one-order chirality) outputs a micro-radially polarized focal field. Our results reveal the relationship between the near-field and far-field distributions of the plasmonic spiral structure, and the structure has the potential to lead to advances in diverse applications such as plasmonic lenses, near-field angular momentum detection, and optical tweezers. PMID:27009383

  14. Far-field radially polarized focal spot from plasmonic spiral structure combined with central aperture antenna.

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    Mao, Lei; Ren, Yuan; Lu, Yonghua; Lei, Xinrui; Jiang, Kang; Li, Kuanguo; Wang, Yong; Cui, Chenjing; Wen, Xiaolei; Wang, Pei

    2016-01-01

    Manipulation of a vector micro-beam with an optical antenna has significant potentials for nano-optical technology applications including bio-optics, optical fabrication, and quantum information processing. We have designed and demonstrated a central aperture antenna within an Archimedean spiral that extracts the bonding plasmonic field from a surface to produce a new vector focal spot in far-field. The properties of this vector focal field are revealed by confocal microscopy and theoretical simulations. The pattern, polarization and phase of the focal field are determined by the incident light and by the chirality of the Archimedean spiral. For incident light with right-handed circular polarization, the left-handed spiral (one-order chirality) outputs a micro-radially polarized focal field. Our results reveal the relationship between the near-field and far-field distributions of the plasmonic spiral structure, and the structure has the potential to lead to advances in diverse applications such as plasmonic lenses, near-field angular momentum detection, and optical tweezers. PMID:27009383

  15. 1024x1024 pixel MWIR and LWIR QWIP focal plane arrays and 320x256 MWIR:LWIR pixel colocated simultaneous dualband QWIP focal plane arrays (Invited Paper)

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    Gunapala, S. D.; Bandara, S. V.; Liu, J. K.; Hill, C. J.; Rafol, S. B.; Mumolo, J. M.; Trinh, J. T.; Tidrow, M. Z.; LeVan, P. D.

    2005-05-01

    Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024x1024 pixel quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal planes have been demonstrated with excellent imaging performance. The MWIR QWIP detector array has demonstrated a noise equivalent differential temperature (NE?T) of 17 mK at a 95K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300K background and the LWIR detector array has demonstrated a NE?T of 13 mK at a 70K operating temperature with the same optical and background conditions as the MWIR detector array after the subtraction of system noise. Both MWIR and LWIR focal planes have shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90K and 70K operating temperatures respectively, with similar optical and background conditions. In addition, we are in the process of developing MWIR and LWIR pixel collocated simultaneously readable dualband QWIP focal plane arrays. In this paper, we will discuss the performance in terms of quantum efficiency, NE?T, uniformity, operability, and modulation transfer functions of the 1024x1024 pixel arrays and the progress of dualband QWIP focal plane array development work.

  16. The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR): optics overview and current status

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    Hailey, Charles J.; An, Hongjun; Blaedel, Kenneth L.; Brejnholt, Nicolai F.; Christensen, Finn E.; Craig, William W.; Decker, Todd A.; Doll, Melanie; Gum, Jeff; Koglin, Jason E.; Jensen, Carsten P.; Hale, Layton; Mori, Kaya; Pivovaroff, Michael J.; Sharpe, Marton; Stern, Marcela; Tajiri, Gordon; Zhang, William W.

    2010-07-01

    The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is a NASA Small Explorer mission scheduled for launch in February 2012. NuSTAR will deploy two imaging CdZnTe spectrometers in the 6-79 keV energy band. The two NuSTAR optics utilize multilayer-coated, thermally-slumped glass integrated into a titanium-glass-epoxy-graphite composite structure, along with an extendable mast, to obtain 10.15 meter focal length. Using this approach, the NuSTAR optics will obtain subarcminute imaging with large effective area over its entire energy band. NuSTAR's conic-approximation Wolter-I optics are the first true hard X-ray focusing optics to be deployed on a satellite experiment. We report on the design of the NuSTAR optics, present the status of the two flight optics under construction, and report preliminary measurements that can be used to predict performance.

  17. Focal renal masses: magnetic resonance imaging

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    Choyke, P.L.; Kressel, H.Y.; Pollack, H.M.; Arger, P.M.; Axel, L.; Mamourian, A.C.

    1984-08-01

    Thirty patients with focal renal masses were evaluated on a .12-Tesla resistive magnetic resonance unit using partial saturation and spin echo pulse sequence. Fifteen patients had cystic lesions, nine patients had renal cell carcinoma, two had metastatic lesions, one had an angiomyolipoma, and three had focal bacterial infection. Renal cell carcinomas demonstrated areas of increased signal using a partial saturation sequence. Magnetic resonance imaging accurately detected perinephric extension and vascular invasion in all patients. Metastatic disease to the kidney was uniformly low in signal, in contrast to primary renal cell carcinoma; an angiomyolipoma demonstrated very high signal intensity. Two masses resulting from acute focal bacterial nephritis were uniformly low in signal. Magnetic resonance imaging appears to be an accurate way of detecting, identifying, and staging focal renal masses.

  18. Surgery for drug-resistant focal epilepsy

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    Rao, Malla Bhaskara; Arivazhagan, Arimappamagan; Sinha, Sanjib; Bharath, Rose Dawn; Mahadevan, Anita; Bhat, Maya; Satishchandra, Parthasarthy

    2014-01-01

    During the colloquium on drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE) at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore on August 16-18, 2013, a number of presentations were made on the surgically remediable lesional epilepsy syndromes, presurgical evaluation, surgical techniques, neuropathology of drug resistance focal epilepsy and surgical outcome. This pictorial essay with the illustrative case examples provides an overview of the various surgical techniques for the management of drug-resistant focal epilepsy. PMID:24791080

  19. Finding the Focal Axes of Offset Antennas

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    Schmidt, R. F.

    1982-01-01

    Focal axis of offset paraboloidal reflector antennas determined by direct measurement instead of trial and error. Two feed horns transmit sum or difference pattern to antenna under test, which reflects energy to far-field detector. When axis of feed horns coincides with focal axis of antenna reflector, far-field detector records minimum in amplitude difference and maximum in absolute-magnitude phase difference between sum and difference signals.

  20. Beam deformation within an acousto-optic lens.

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    Zhou, Zhenqiao; Li, Longhui; Wang, Jiancun; Hu, Qinglei; Zeng, Shaoqun

    2015-05-15

    The acousto-optic lens (AOL) is becoming a popular tool in the neuroscience field. Here we analyzed the deformation of the diffraction beam after passage through an AOL consisting of a pair of acousto-optic deflectors using both theoretical and experimental data. The results showed that, because of the high sensitivity of optical spatial frequencies of acousto-optic deflectors, the boundary strength of the diffraction beam of the AOL decreases significantly. When the focal length of AOL diminishes, the deformation of the diffraction beam becomes more serious with a smaller beam size. This deformation of the diffraction beam finally leads to a decreased illuminative numerical aperture, which worsens the image's spatial resolution. PMID:26393698

  1. Electrically tunable microlens arrays based on polarization-independent optical phase of nano liquid crystal droplets dispersed in polymer matrix.

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    Yu, Ji Hoon; Chen, Hung-Shan; Chen, Po-Ju; Song, Ki Hoon; Noh, Seong Cheol; Lee, Jae Myeong; Ren, Hongwen; Lin, Yi-Hsin; Lee, Seung Hee

    2015-06-29

    Electrically tunable focusing microlens arrays based on polarization independent optical phase of nano liquid crystal droplets dispersed in polymer matrix are demonstrated. Such an optical medium is optically isotropic which is so-called an optically isotropic liquid crystals (OILC). We not only discuss the optical theory of OILC, but also demonstrate polarization independent optical phase modulation based on the OILC. The experimental results and analytical discussion show that the optical phase of OILC microlens arrays results from mainly orientational birefringence which is much larger than the electric-field-induced birefringence (or Kerr effect). The response time of OILC microlens arrays is fast~5.3ms and the tunable focal length ranges from 3.4 mm to 3.8 mm. The potential applications are light field imaging systems, 3D integrating imaging systems and devices for augment reality. PMID:26191743

  2. Megapixel QWIP focal plane array and 320x256 pixel colocated mid-wave and long-wave dual-band QWIP focal plane array

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    Gunapala, Sarath D.; Bandara, Sumith V.; Liu, John K.; Hill, Cory J.; Rafol, B., , Sir; Mumolo, Jason M.; Trinh, J. T.; Tidrow, Meimei Z.; LeVan, Paul D.

    2005-03-01

    Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024x1024 pixel quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal planes have been demonstrated with excellent imaging performance. The MWIR QWIP detector array has demonstrated a noise equivalent differential temperature (NE?T) of 17 mK at a 95K operating temperature with f/2.5 optics at 300K background and the LWIR detector array has demonstrated a NE?T of 13 mK at a 70K operating temperature with the same optical and background conditions as the MWIR detector array. Both MWIR and LWIR focal planes have shown background limited performance (BLIP) at 90K and 70K operating temperatures respectively, with similar optical and background conditions. In this paper, we will discuss the performance in terms of quantum efficiency, NE?T, uniformity, operability, and modulation transfer functions.

  3. Treatment planning for prostate focal laser ablation in the face of needle placement uncertainty

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    Cepek, Jeremy Fenster, Aaron; Lindner, Uri; Trachtenberg, John; Davidson, Sean R. H.; Haider, Masoom A.; Ghai, Sangeet

    2014-01-15

    Purpose: To study the effect of needle placement uncertainty on the expected probability of achieving complete focal target destruction in focal laser ablation (FLA) of prostate cancer. Methods: Using a simplified model of prostate cancer focal target, and focal laser ablation region shapes, Monte Carlo simulations of needle placement error were performed to estimate the probability of completely ablating a region of target tissue. Results: Graphs of the probability of complete focal target ablation are presented over clinically relevant ranges of focal target sizes and shapes, ablation region sizes, and levels of needle placement uncertainty. In addition, a table is provided for estimating the maximum target size that is treatable. The results predict that targets whose length is at least 5 mm smaller than the diameter of each ablation region can be confidently ablated using, at most, four laser fibers if the standard deviation in each component of needle placement error is less than 3 mm. However, targets larger than this (i.e., near to or exceeding the diameter of each ablation region) require more careful planning. This process is facilitated by using the table provided. Conclusions: The probability of completely ablating a focal target using FLA is sensitive to the level of needle placement uncertainty, especially as the target length approaches and becomes greater than the diameter of ablated tissue that each individual laser fiber can achieve. The results of this work can be used to help determine individual patient eligibility for prostate FLA, to guide the planning of prostate FLA, and to quantify the clinical benefit of using advanced systems for accurate needle delivery for this treatment modality.

  4. Arc Length Gone Global

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    Boudreaux, Gregory M.; Wells, M. Scott

    2007-01-01

    Everyone with a thorough knowledge of single variable calculus knows that integration can be used to find the length of a curve on a given interval, called its arc length. Fortunately, if one endeavors to pose and solve more interesting problems than simply computing lengths of various curves, there are techniques available that do not require an…

  5. Curved-Focal-Plane Arrays Using Deformed-Membrane Photodetectors

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    Nikzad, Shouleh; Jones, Todd

    2004-01-01

    A versatile and simple approach to the design and fabrication of curved-focal-plane arrays of silicon-based photodetectors is being developed. This approach is an alternative to the one described in "Curved Focal-Plane Arrays Using Back- Illuminated High-Purity Photodetectors" (NPO-30566), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 27, No. 10 (October 2003), page 10a. As in the cited prior article, the basic idea is to improve the performance of an imaging instrument and simplify the optics needed to obtain a given level of performance by making an image sensor (in this case, an array of photodetectors) conform to a curved focal surface, instead of designing the optics to project an image onto a flat focal surface. There is biological precedent for curved-focal-surface designs: retinas - the image sensors in eyes - conform to the naturally curved focal surfaces of eye lenses. The present approach is applicable to both front-side- and back-side-illuminated, membrane photodetector arrays and is being demonstrated on charge-coupled devices (CCDs). The very-large scale integrated (VLSI) circuitry of such a CCD or other array is fabricated on the front side of a silicon substrate, then the CCD substrate is attached temporarily to a second substrate for mechanical support, then material is removed from the back to obtain the CCD membrane, which typically has a thickness between 10 and 20 m. In the case of a CCD designed to operate in back-surface illumination, delta doping can be performed after thinning to enhance the sensitivity. This approach is independent of the design and method of fabrication of the front-side VLSI circuitry and does not involve any processing of a curved silicon substrate. In this approach, a third substrate would be prepared by polishing one of its surfaces to a required focal-surface curvature. A CCD membrane fabricated as described above would be pressed against, deformed into conformity with, and bonded to, the curved surface. The technique used to press and bond the CCD membrane would depend on the nature of the supporting material (see figure). For example, if the third substrate were made of quartz frit, the substrate would be prepared by suffusing it with epoxy. Then one would take advantage of the porosity of the frit by applying a partial vacuum to the opposite surface of the frit, causing atmospheric pressure to push the CCD membrane against the curved surface. The curing of the epoxy would bond the CCD membrane to the curved surface. Alternatively, if the third substrate were made of a nonporous material, the curved substrate surface would be prepared by coating it with a wax or an uncured epoxy. The CCD membrane would be pressed against the coated, curved surface by use of a suitably pressurized balloon. The CCD membrane would then become bonded to the curved surface by curing of the epoxy or freezing of the wax.

  6. Design, fabrication and evaluation of chalcogenide glass Luneburg lenses for LiNbO3 integrated optical devices

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    Wood, V. E.; Busch, J. R.; Verber, C. M.

    1982-01-01

    Optical waveguide Luneburg lenses of arsenic trisulfide glass are described. The lenses are formed by thermal evaporation of As2S3 through suitably placed masks onto the surface of LiNbO3:Ti indiffused waveguides. The lenses are designed for input apertures up to 1 cm and for speeds of f/5 or better. They are designed to focus the TM sub 0 guided mode of a beam of wavelength, external to the guide, of 633 nm. The refractive index of the As2S3 films and the changes induced in the refractive index by exposure to short wavelength light were measured. Some correlation between film thickness and optical properties was noted. The short wavelength photosensitivity was used to shorten the lens focal length from the as deposited value. Lenses of rectangular shape, as viewed from above the guide, as well as conventional circular Luneburg lenses, were made. Measurements made on the lenses include thickness profile, general optical quality, focal length, quality of focal spot, and effect of ultraviolet irradiation on optical properties.

  7. Geometrical parameter analysis of a high-sensitivity fiber optic angular displacement sensor.

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    Sakamoto, Joo M S; Pacheco, Gefeson M; Kitano, Cludio; Tittmann, Bernhard R

    2014-12-20

    In this work, we present an analysis of the influence of geometrical parameters on the sensitivity and linear range of a fiber optic angular displacement sensor, through computational simulations and experiments. The geometrical parameters analyzed are the lens focal length, the gap between fibers, the fiber cladding radii, the emitting fiber critical angle (or, equivalently, the emitting fiber numerical aperture), and the standoff distance (distance between the lens and the reflective surface). Besides, we analyze the sensor sensitivity regarding any spurious linear displacement. The simulation and experimental results show that the parameters that play the most important roles are the emitting fiber core radius, the lens focal length, and the light coupling efficiency, whereas the remaining parameters have little influence on the sensor characteristics. PMID:25608191

  8. Measuring Thermodynamic Length

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    Crooks, Gavin E

    2007-09-07

    Thermodynamic length is a metric distance between equilibrium thermodynamic states. Among other interesting properties, this metric asymptotically bounds the dissipation induced by a finite time transformation of a thermodynamic system. It is also connected to the Jensen-Shannon divergence, Fisher information, and Rao's entropy differential metric. Therefore, thermodynamic length is of central interestin understanding matter out of equilibrium. In this Letter, we will consider how to denethermodynamic length for a small system described by equilibrium statistical mechanics and how to measure thermodynamic length within a computer simulation. Surprisingly, Bennett's classic acceptance ratio method for measuring free energy differences also measures thermodynamic length.

  9. Optical quality of the Calar Alto 3.5 M telescope

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    Hopp, U.; Graser, U.

    1990-08-01

    The optical quality of the Calar Alto 3.5-m telescope with an improved Hartmann tester allowing for Hartmann tests as well as Foucault tests was examined. The radius containing 50 percent of the geometrical energy concentration was found to be 0.26 arcsec for the Ritchey-Chretien focus and 0.31 arcsec for the prime focus. Decentering coma is the main contribution to the optical aberration. The Seidel aberrations and the light concentration do not depend on the zenith distance. The actual focal lengths of the 3.5-m telescope differ by less than 0.08 percent from the specified values.

  10. Spatial calibration of an optical see-through head-mounted display.

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    Gilson, Stuart J; Fitzgibbon, Andrew W; Glennerster, Andrew

    2008-08-15

    We present here a method for calibrating an optical see-through head-mounted display (HMD) using techniques usually applied to camera calibration (photogrammetry). Using a camera placed inside the HMD to take pictures simultaneously of a tracked object and features in the HMD display, we could exploit established camera calibration techniques to recover both the intrinsic and extrinsic properties of the HMD (width, height, focal length, optic centre and principal ray of the display). Our method gives low re-projection errors and, unlike existing methods, involves no time-consuming and error-prone human measurements, nor any prior estimates about the HMD geometry. PMID:18599125

  11. Broadband fiber-optic 1x2 switch using an electrically controlled liquid lens

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    Riza, Nabeel A.; Marraccini, Philip J.

    2010-04-01

    To the best of our knowledge, proposed is the first liquid lens technology-based 1x2 fiber optic switch using a single Electronically Controlled Variable Focus Lens (ECVFL). By controlling the focal length of the liquid ECVFL, the input optical beam is spatially adjusted to couple into the respective output fiber port. The switch demonstrates a 3-dB bandwidth of 175.67 nm, with a center frequency of 1550 nm, and features low power consumption suitable for mobile applications. The proposed switch can be useful in communication and control systems, in roadway sensor systems, vehicle detection systems, and monitoring systems.

  12. A holographic projection system with an electrically tuning and continuously adjustable optical zoom.

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    Lin, Hung-Chun; Collings, Neil; Chen, Ming-Syuan; Lin, Yi-Hsin

    2012-12-01

    A holographic projection system with optical zoom is demonstrated. By using a combination of a LC lens and an encoded Fresnel lens on the LCoS panel, we can control zoom in a holographic projector. The magnification can be electrically adjusted by tuning the focal length of the combination of the two lenses. The zoom ratio of the holographic projection system can reach 3.7:1 with continuous zoom function. The optical zoom function can decrease the complexity of the holographic projection system. PMID:23262672

  13. Focal nodular hyperplasia in a child with hemihypertrophy and multiple cutaneous vascular malformations.

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    Al-Attar, M; Verma, R; Shannon, R S; McKeever, P A; Rickett, A

    2004-03-01

    A case of focal nodular hyperplasia of the liver occurring in a 9-year-old girl with musculoskeletal hemihypertrophy and multiple cutaneous capillary haemangiomata is described. The child presented because of limb length discrepancy and was found to have a large mass in the liver. Imaging showed a mass of similar characteristics to normal liver tissue. Prominent vascular supply to the liver was also seen. We present this case to emphasize the important diagnosis of focal nodular hyperplasia, which may occur in syndromic form in children with typical cutaneous and skeletal manifestations. PMID:15027928

  14. Focal Mechanism determination of local M

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    Vales, Dina; Custrio, Susana; Carrilho, Fernando

    2015-04-01

    We determine the focal mechanisms of local small (ML<3.9) earthquakes that occurred between 2013 and 2014 in mainland Portugal. These low magnitude events were recorded by several stations that provide first-motion polarity solutions. However, only few stations are located near the epicenter and record a waveform with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) high enough to allow full waveform modelling. To overcome this limitation, we used a new approach called cyclic scanning of the polarity solutions (CSPS) (Fojtkov and Zahradnik, 2014), which performs a joint inversion of full waveform and first motion polarities to retrieve the focal mechanism. This methodology has the advantage of yielding reliable focal mechanism solutions, even when high SNR waveforms are available from only a few near field stations (or in the limiting case, only with one single station). To apply the CSPS method one needs to: i) run the the FOCal MEChanism (FOCMEC) code (Snoke, 2003) to obtain a suite of the DC solutions corresponding to the first motion polarities, and then ii) perform the waveform modelling in order to decrease the uncertainty. The ISOLated Asperities (ISOLA) software (Sokos and Zahradnk, 2008, 2013) is used in this second step. We applied this method to weak events recorded by a network of 30 broadband seismic stations that transmit data in real-time to Instituto Portugus do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA), the institution responsible for seismic monitoring in Portugal. We interpret the obtained fault plane solutions in light of active faults and regional tectonics, and in comparison with focal mechanisms previously inferred for events in the region. The focal mechanisms obtained for small earthquakes allow us to significantly expand the database of available focal mechanisms in mainland Portugal, contributing to the understanding of active deformation in the region.

  15. NMDA receptor binding in focal epilepsies

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    McGinnity, C J; Koepp, M J; Hammers, A; Riao Barros, D A; Pressler, R M; Luthra, S; Jones, P A; Trigg, W; Micallef, C; Symms, M R; Brooks, D J; Duncan, J S

    2015-01-01

    Objective To demonstrate altered N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor availability in patients with focal epilepsies using positron emission tomography (PET) and [18F]GE-179, a ligand that selectively binds to the open NMDA receptor ion channel, which is thought to be overactive in epilepsy. Methods Eleven patients (median age 33?years, 6 males) with known frequent interictal epileptiform discharges had an [18F]GE-179 PET scan, in a cross-sectional study. MRI showed a focal lesion but discordant EEG changes in two, was non-localising with multifocal EEG abnormalities in two, and was normal in the remaining seven patients who all had multifocal EEG changes. Individual patient [18F]GE-179 volume-of-distribution (VT) images were compared between individual patients and a group of 10 healthy controls (47?years, 7 males) using Statistical Parametric Mapping. Results Individual analyses revealed a single cluster of focal VT increase in four patients; one with a single and one with multifocal MRI lesions, and two with normal MRIs. Post hoc analysis revealed that, relative to controls, patients not taking antidepressants had globally increased [18F]GE-179 VT (+28%; p<0.002), and the three patients taking an antidepressant drug had globally reduced [18F]GE-179 VT (?29%; p<0.002). There were no focal abnormalities common to the epilepsy group. Conclusions In patients with focal epilepsies, we detected primarily global increases of [18F]GE-179 VT consistent with increased NMDA channel activation, but reduced availability in those taking antidepressant drugs, consistent with a possible mode of action of this class of drugs. [18F]GE-179 PET showed focal accentuations of NMDA binding in 4 out of 11 patients, with difficult to localise and treat focal epilepsy. PMID:25991402

  16. Focal mechanisms of earthquakes in Mongolia

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    Sodnomsambuu, D.; Natalia, R.; Gangaadorj, B.; Munkhuu, U.; Davaasuren, G.; Danzansan, E.; Yan, R.; Valentina, M.; Battsetseg, B.

    2011-12-01

    Focal mechanism data provide information on the relative magnitudes of the principal stresses, so that a tectonic regime can be assigned. Especially such information is useful for the study of intraplate seismic active regions. A study of earthquake focal mechanisms in the territory of Mongolia as landlocked and intraplate region was conducted. We present map of focal mechanisms of earthquakes with M4.5 which occurred in Mongolia and neighboring regions. Focal mechanisms solutions were constrained by the first motion solutions, as well as by waveform modeling, particularly CMT solutions. Four earthquakes have been recorded in Mongolia in XX century with magnitude more than 8, the 1905 M7.9 Tsetserleg and M8.4 Bolnai earthquakes, the 1931 M8.0 Fu Yun earthquake, the 1957 M8.1 Gobi-Altai earthquake. However the map of focal mechanisms of earthquakes in Mongolia allows seeing all seismic active structures: Gobi Altay, Mongolian Altay, active fringe of Hangay dome, Hentii range etc. Earthquakes in the most of Mongolian territory and neighboring China regions are characterized by strike-slip and reverse movements. Strike-slip movements also are typical for earthquakes in Altay Range in Russia. The north of Mongolia and south part of the Baikal area is a region where have been occurred earthquakes with different focal mechanisms. This region is a zone of the transition between compressive regime associated to India-Eurasian collision and extensive structures localized in north of the country as Huvsgul area and Baykal rift. Earthquakes in the Baikal basin itself are characterized by normal movements. Earthquakes in Trans-Baikal zone and NW of Mongolia are characterized dominantly by strike-slip movements. Analysis of stress-axis orientations, the tectonic stress tensor is presented. The map of focal mechanisms of earthquakes in Mongolia could be useful tool for researchers in their study on Geodynamics of Central Asia, particularly of Mongolian and Baikal regions.

  17. Hand-held optical fuel pin scanner

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    Kirchner, T.L.; Powers, H.G.

    1980-12-07

    An optical scanner for indicia arranged in a focal plane perpendicular to an optical system including a rotatable dove prism. The dove prism transmits a rotating image to a stationary photodiode array.

  18. Hand-held optical fuel pin scanner

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    Kirchner, Tommy L. (Richland, WA); Powers, Hurshal G. (Richland, WA)

    1987-01-01

    An optical scanner for indicia arranged in a focal plane perpendicular to an optical system including a rotatable dove prism. The dove prism transmits a rotating image to a stationary photodiode array.

  19. Integrated fiber optic probe for dynamic light scattering

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    Dhadwal, Harbans S.; Khan, Romel R.; Suh, Kwang

    1993-01-01

    An integrated fiber optic probe, comprising a monomode optical fiber fusion spliced to a short length of a graded-index multimode fiber, is fabricated for use as a coherent receiver in dynamic light scattering. The multimode fiber is cleaved to provide a gradient-index fiber lens with a focal length of 125 microns and an f-number close to unity. An integrated fiber receiver is used to measure the intensity-intensity autocorrelation data from a 0.05 percent by weight concentration of an aqueous suspension of polystyrene latex spheres. Analysis of 100 independent data sets indicates that the particle size can be recovered with an accuracy of +/- 1 percent.

  20. The design and evaluation of grazing incidence relay optics

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    Davis, John M.; Chase, R. C.; Silk, J. K.; Krieger, A. S.

    1989-01-01

    X-ray astronomy, both solar and celestial, has many needs for high spatial resolution observations which have to be performed with electronic detectors. If the resolution is not to be detector limited, plate scales in excess of 25 microns arc/sec, corresponding to focal lengths greater than 5 m, are required. In situations where the physical size is restricted, the problem can be solved by the use of grazing incidence relay optics. A system was developed which employs externally polished hyperboloid-hyperboloid surfaces to be used in conjunction with a Wolter-Schwarzschild primary. The secondary is located in front of the primary focus and provides a magnification of 4, while the system has a plate scale of 28 microns arc/sec and a length of 1.9 m. The design, tolerance specification, fabrication and performance at visible and X-ray wavelengths of this optical system are described.

  1. THE IMAGING PROPERTIES OF THE GAS PIXEL DETECTOR AS A FOCAL PLANE POLARIMETER

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    Fabiani, S.; Costa, E.; Del Monte, E.; Muleri, F.; Soffitta, P.; Rubini, A.; Bellazzini, R.; Brez, A.; De Ruvo, L.; Minuti, M.; Pinchera, M.; Sgr, C.; Spandre, G.; Spiga, D.; Tagliaferri, G.; Pareschi, G.; Basso, S.; Citterio, O.; Burwitz, V.; Burkert, W.; and others

    2014-06-01

    X-rays are particularly suited to probing the physics of extreme objects. However, despite the enormous improvements of X-ray astronomy in imaging, spectroscopy, and timing, polarimetry remains largely unexplored. We propose the photoelectric polarimeter Gas Pixel Detector (GPD) as a candidate instrument to fill the gap created by more than 30yr without measurements. The GPD, in the focus of a telescope, will increase the sensitivity of orders of magnitude. Moreover, since it can measure the energy, the position, the arrival time, and the polarization angle of every single photon, it allows us to perform polarimetry of subsets of data singled out from the spectrum, the light curve, or an image of the source. The GPD has an intrinsic, very fine imaging capability, and in this work we report on the calibration campaign carried out in 2012 at the PANTER X-ray testing facility of the Max-Planck-Institut fr extraterrestrische Physik of Garching (Germany) in which, for the first time, we coupled it with a JET-X optics module with a focal length of 3.5m and an angular resolution of 18 arcsec at 4.5keV. This configuration was proposed in 2012 aboard the X-ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer (XIPE) in response to the ESA call for a small mission. We derived the imaging and polarimetric performance for extended sources like pulsar wind nebulae and supernova remnants as case studies for the XIPE configuration and also discuss possible improvements by coupling the detector with advanced optics that have a finer angular resolution and larger effective areas to study extended objects with more detail.

  2. The Focal Surface of the Euso Telescope

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    Kawasaki, Yoshiya; Bertaina, M.; Ebisuzaki, T.; Kajino, F.; Miyazaki, Y.; Nagano, M.; Sakaki, N.; Sato, M.; Shimizu, H. M.; Takizawa, Y.; Ameri, M.; Catalano, O.; Cuneo, S.; Fontanelli, F.; Gracco, V.; Musico, P.; Pallavicini, M.; Petrolini, A.; Pratolongo, F.; Sannino, M.; Bleurvacq, N.; Cadoux, F.; Chapron, C.; Gorodetzky, P.; Nedelec, P.; Patzak, T.; Plagnol, E.; Takahashi, Y.

    The Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO) is a space mission to study extremely high-energy cosmic rays. The EUSO instrument is a wide-angle refractive telescope in near-ultraviolet wavelength region to observe time-resolved atmospheric fluorescence images of the extensive air showers from the International Space Station. The Focal surface is an aspherical curved surface, and its area amounts to about 4.5 m2. The focal surface detector is designed as a mosaic of multianode photomultipliers (MAPMT) for the single photoelectron counting capability. The strongest requirement for the focal surface detector is the maximization of the photon detection efficiency together with the uniformity over the focal surface. We have developed a new type of MAPMT. It is modified from the ordinary one and has a grid between the photocathode and the first dynode to electrostatically demagnify the photoelectron image on the dynode. We are also developing the HV supply system for a great number of MAPMTs. EUSO experiments the day-time and night-time every 90 minutes. The heat flow must be considered to stabilize the PMT characteristics, in parallel with the heat dissipation of the electronics attached on the focal surface supporting structure.

  3. Comparative merits of multispectral optical polarization to microwave remote sensing

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    Egan, Walter G.; Duggin, Michael J.

    2002-01-01

    A brief history of RADAR development is followed by an indication of the relevance of LIDAR to ranging and detection of targets. Initially, radiated laser power is discussed. Peak power of 100 kilowatts with a diode pumped solid-state laser appears feasible. Frequency control appears possible with atomic standards controlling the high power laser. Optical characterization of the polarization properties of lasers on targets is being pursued as well as the options. Coherence length of LASER radiation still poses a problem over ranges beyond one hundred meters. Target identification is enhanced using polarization with the aid of higher-resolution focal plane arrays. Coherence applications appear feasible in the near future.

  4. Design and performance estimate of a focal reducer for the 2.3 m Thai National Telescope.

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    Buisset, Christophe; Deboos, Alexis; Lépine, Thierry; Poshyachinda, Saran; Soonthornthum, Boonrucksar

    2016-01-25

    We have designed a new kind of focal reducer for the 2.3 m Thai National Telescope (TNT) to image the TNT specified FOV Δθ = 14.6' with an angular resolution α ≈1.2 arcsec. This, at a minimum cost by using common glasses, spherical surfaces and by requiring comfortable mechanical tolerance. This focal reducer comprises 1 lens placed at the level of the fork entrance and 1 lens placed in front of the detector. In this paper, we present the focal reducer paraxial model, we describe the optical design and we present the performance. PMID:26832523

  5. FocalCall: An R Package for the Annotation of Focal Copy Number Aberrations.

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    Krijgsman, Oscar; Benner, Christian; Meijer, Gerrit A; van de Wiel, Mark A; Ylstra, Bauke

    2014-01-01

    In order to identify somatic focal copy number aberrations (CNAs) in cancer specimens and to distinguish them from germ-line copy number variations (CNVs), we developed the software package FocalCall. FocalCall enables user-defined size cutoffs to recognize focal aberrations and builds on established array comparative genomic hybridization segmentation and calling algorithms. To distinguish CNAs from CNVs, the algorithm uses matched patient normal signals as references or, if this is not available, a list with known CNVs in a population. Furthermore, FocalCall differentiates between homozygous and heterozygous deletions as well as between gains and amplifications and is applicable to high-resolution array and sequencing data. PMID:25506197

  6. Dependence of the absorption of pulsed CO{sub 2}-laser radiation by silane on wavenumber, fluence, pulse duration, temperature, optical path length, and pressure of absorbing and nonabsorbing gases

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    Blazejowski, J.; Gruzdiewa, L.; Rulewski, J.; Lampe, F.W.

    1995-05-15

    The absorption of three lines [{ital P}(20), 944.2 cm{sup {minus}1}; {ital P}(14), 949.2 cm{sup {minus}1}; and {ital R}(24), 978.5 cm{sup {minus}1}] of the pulsed CO{sub 2} laser (00{sup 0}1--10{sup 0}0 transition) by SiH{sub 4} was measured at various pulse energy, pulse duration, temperature, optical path length, and pressure of the compound and nonabsorbing foreign gases. In addition, low intensity infrared absorption spectrum of silane was compared with high intensity absorption characteristics for all lines of the pulsed CO{sub 2} laser. The experimental dependencies show deviations from the phenomenological Beer--Lambert law which can be considered as arising from the high intensity of an incident radiation and collisions of absorbing molecules with surroundings. These effects were included into the expression, being an extended form of the Beer--Lambert law, which reasonably approximates all experimental data. The results, except for extending knowledge on the interaction of a high power laser radiation with matter, can help understanding and planning processes leading to preparation of silicon-containing technologically important materials.

  7. Measuring microfocus focal spots using digital radiography

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    Fry, David A

    2009-01-01

    Measurement of microfocus spot size can be important for several reasons: (1) Quality assurance during manufacture of microfocus tubes; (2) Tracking performance and stability of microfocus tubes; (3) Determining magnification (especially important for digital radiography where the native spatial resolution of the digital system is not adequate for the application); (4) Knowledge of unsharpness from the focal spot alone. The European Standard EN 12543-5 is based on a simple geometrical method of calculating focal spot size from unsharpness of high magnification film radiographs. When determining microfocus focal spot dimensions using unsharpness measurements both signal-to-noise (SNR) and magnification can be important. There is a maximum accuracy that is a function of SNR and therefore an optimal magnification. Greater than optimal magnification can be used but it will not increase accuracy.

  8. Leg Length Inequality

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    Sharpe, Colin R.

    1983-01-01

    Leg length inequality, a common abnormality, can cause musculoskeletal pain, scoliosis, and osteoarthritis of the hip. Seven percent of the asymptomatic population has a leg length inequality greater than 12 mm; the incidence is considerably higher (13%-22%) in individuals complaining of low back pain. Correction can usually be accomplished by shoe modification, and can result in dramatic relief of pain. Leg length inequality of more than half an inch is considered clinically significant. Leg length measurement should be routine in all patients complaining of low back pain, hip pain, and atypical flank and lower quadrant pain. Correction might prove very cost-effective. PMID:21283327

  9. Submillisecond Optical Knife-Edge Testing

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    Thurlow, P.

    1983-01-01

    Fast computer-controlled sampling of optical knife-edge response (KER) signal increases accuracy of optical system aberration measurement. Submicrosecond-response detectors in optical focal plane convert optical signals to electrical signals converted to digital data, sampled and feed into computer for storage and subsequent analysis. Optical data are virtually free of effects of index-of-refraction gradients.

  10. Optical fuel pin scanner

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    Kirchner, Tommy L. (Richland, WA); Powers, Hurshal G. (Richland, WA)

    1983-01-01

    An optical scanner for indicia arranged in a focal plane at a cylindrical outside surface by use of an optical system including a rotatable dove prism. The dove prism transmits a rotating image of an encircled cylindrical surface area to a stationary photodiode array.

  11. Assessing the effect of laser beam width on quantitative evaluation of optical properties of intraocular lens implants.

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    Walker, Bennett N; James, Robert H; Chakravarty, Aurin; Calogero, Don; Ilev, Ilko K

    2014-05-01

    The design and manufacture of intraocular lenses (IOLs) depend upon the identification and quantitative preclinical evaluation of key optical properties and environmental parameters. The confocal laser method (CLM) is a new technique for measuring IOL optical properties, such as dioptric power, optical quality, refractive index, and geometrical parameters. In comparison to competing systems, the CLM utilizes a fiber-optic confocal laser design that significantly improves the resolution, accuracy, and repeatability of optical measurements. Here, we investigate the impact of changing the beam diameter on the CLM platform for the evaluation of IOL dioptric powers. Due to the Gaussian intensity profile of the CLM laser beam, the changes in focal length and dioptric power associated with changes in beam diameter are well within the tolerances specified in the ISO IOL standard. These results demonstrate some of the advanced potentials of the CLM toward more effectively and quantitatively evaluating IOL optical properties. PMID:24817618

  12. Ambroxol-induced focal epileptic seizure.

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    Lapenta, Leonardo; Morano, Alessandra; Fattouch, Jinane; Casciato, Sara; Fanella, Martina; Giallonardo, Anna Teresa; Di Bonaventura, Carlo

    2014-01-01

    It is well known that in epileptic patients some compounds and different drugs used for the treatment of comorbidities can facilitate or provoke seizures, this evidence regarding a wide spectrum of pharmacological categories. The potential facilitating factors usually include direct toxic effects or pharmacological interactions of either active ingredients or excipients. We report the case of a patient with drug-resistant epilepsy who experienced focal epileptic seizures, easily and constantly reproducible, after each administration of a cough syrup. This is, to our knowledge, the first electroencephalogram-documented case of focal epileptic seizures induced by cough syrup containing ambroxol as active ingredient. PMID:24824664

  13. Insulinoma with focal hepatic lesions: malignant insulinoma?

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    Jerraya, Hichem; Zidi-Mouaffek, Yossra; Dokmak, Safi; Dziri, Chadli

    2015-01-01

    Insulinoma is a rare tumour that is malignant in only 10% of cases. We report a case of insulinoma in a 59-year-old woman, associated with focal liver lesions, which raised the suspicion of malignancy of a pancreatic tumour. Enucleation of the insulinoma was performed with wedge resection of one hepatic nodule. Pathological examination indicated that the pancreatic tumour was compatible with insulinoma whereas the hepatic lesion was related to focal nodular hyperplasia. This clinical case highlights the need for histopathological proof of malignancy before selecting therapeutic strategies for insulinomas. PMID:26670896

  14. [Antiperspirants for the therapy of focal hyperhidrosis].

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    Streker, M; Kerscher, M

    2012-06-01

    In Europe often no clear distinction is made between deodorant and antiperspirant. Particularly in Germany, the labeling "deo" is used for both. Only antiperspirants are capable of influencing the activity of eccrine sweat glands. In the treatment of focal hyperhidrosis, the use of aluminum chloride solutions represents the first choice. The efficacy is well documented in a variety of studies. Subjective side effects include pruritus and - less often - irritant dermatitis, which can be treated symptomatically and usually does not require discontinuation of the treatment. Rare variants of focal hyperhidrosis like auriculotemporal syndrome, Ross syndrome and nevus sudoriferus also are suitable for treatment with topical aluminum chloride hexahydrate solutions. PMID:22653180

  15. Focal plane array for the GERB instrument

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    Nelms, Nick; Butcher, Gillian I.; Blake, Oliver; Cole, Richard; Whitford, Christopher; Holland, Andrew D.

    2004-02-01

    The Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget (GERB) instrument is an Earth observing scientific payload launched on-board the European Space Agency Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellite in September 2002. The instrument measures reflected and emitted radiation in two wavebands, 0.3 4 ?m and 4 30 ?m. The focal plane consists of a 256-element thermoelectric linear array operating at ~300 K and four application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) providing parallel amplification, filtering and digitisation. This paper describes in detail the design, operation and performance of the GERB focal plane array.

  16. Kalman Filter for Calibrating a Telescope Focal Plane

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    Kang, Bryan; Bayard, David

    2006-01-01

    The instrument-pointing frame (IPF) Kalman filter, and an algorithm that implements this filter, have been devised for calibrating the focal plane of a telescope. As used here, calibration signifies, more specifically, a combination of measurements and calculations directed toward ensuring accuracy in aiming the telescope and determining the locations of objects imaged in various arrays of photodetectors in instruments located on the focal plane. The IPF Kalman filter was originally intended for application to a spaceborne infrared astronomical telescope, but can also be applied to other spaceborne and ground-based telescopes. In the traditional approach to calibration of a telescope, (1) one team of experts concentrates on estimating parameters (e.g., pointing alignments and gyroscope drifts) that are classified as being of primarily an engineering nature, (2) another team of experts concentrates on estimating calibration parameters (e.g., plate scales and optical distortions) that are classified as being primarily of a scientific nature, and (3) the two teams repeatedly exchange data in an iterative process in which each team refines its estimates with the help of the data provided by the other team. This iterative process is inefficient and uneconomical because it is time-consuming and entails the maintenance of two survey teams and the development of computer programs specific to the requirements of each team. Moreover, theoretical analysis reveals that the engineering/ science iterative approach is not optimal in that it does not yield the best estimates of focal-plane parameters and, depending on the application, may not even enable convergence toward a set of estimates.

  17. Design of 10x uncooled thermal infrared zoom optical system

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    Mu, Da; Du, Yu-nan; Mi, Shi-long; Guo, Yan-chi

    2013-09-01

    For 320x240 pixel2 uncooled focal plane array detector, an infrared continuous zoom optical system of 10x zoom ratio for long-wavelength is designed in this paper. This system can be applied in joint transform correlator and other infrared tracing systems. The spectral band of the system is 8?m~12?m, the focal length is 20mm ~200mm , and the F number of the system is 2. The relative aperture is invariant during the zoom process, and the variable magnification curve and compensation curve are smooth as well. The system only consists of 7 lenses and one aspherical surface. The results have shown that when the maximum spatial frequency is 17lp/mm, the MTF(Modulation Transfer Function) curves in the whole range of focal length are all above 0.5 which are closed to diffraction limited curve. The stability of image plane is well, and the imaging quality is perfect, which show that the system meets the requirement of technical specification.

  18. Polished Panel Optical Receiver for Simultaneous RF/Optical Telemetry with Large DSN Antennas

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    Vilnrotter, Victor A.; Hoppe, Daniel J.

    2011-01-01

    The polished panel optical receiver concept described here makes use of aluminum panels on the main reflector of the Deep Space Network's (DSN's) 34-meter antennas at optical wavelengths by polishing and coating their surface to efficiently reflect near-infrared wavelengths in the 1,064 1,550-nanometer range. Achievable surface smoothness is not a limiting factor for aluminum panels, and initial field experiments indicate that the surface quality of microwave aluminum panels is sufficient to concentrate the light into small, but not diffraction-limited, spots at their primary focus. Preliminary analysis of data from high-quality microwave panels has shown that the light can be concentrated into 200 400 microradian cones, resulting in spot diameters of 2-4 mm at the 10-meter primary focus F(0) shown in the figure, or 2-4 cm spots at F(1) after magnification by the subreflector, which results in an effective focal length of about 100 meters. Three distinct implementation options are possible, with theoretically identical tracking and communications performance: Option 1: The communications assembly could be placed directly behind the subreflector at F(0), but this placement would require replacing the existing all-aluminum subreflector with a new design that transmits optical wavelengths but reflects RF, thus transmitting the optical signal to the primary focus of the parabolic polished aluminum panels at F(0), as shown in the figure. Option 2: Alternately, the optical communications assembly could be located near the first available focal-spot F(1) following reflection by the subreflector (which would have to be polished), next to the input to the beam waveguide on the main reflector as shown in the figure. Option 3: Finally, the optical communications assembly could be placed inside the pedestal room, and separated from the RF signal after the ellipsoid and before the signal reached the microwave receiver via an RF/optical dichroic near F(3).

  19. Brain Network Organization in Focal Epilepsy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    van Diessen, Eric; Zweiphenning, Willemiek J E M; Jansen, Floor E; Stam, Cornelis J; Braun, Kees P J; Otte, Willem M

    2014-01-01

    Normal brain functioning is presumed to depend upon interacting regions within large-scale neuronal networks. Increasing evidence exists that interictal network alterations in focal epilepsy are associated with cognitive and behavioral deficits. Nevertheless, the reported network alterations are inconclusive and prone to low statistical power due to small sample sizes as well as modest effect sizes. We therefore systematically reviewed the existing literature and conducted a meta-analysis to characterize the changes in whole-brain interictal focal epilepsy networks at sufficient power levels. We focused on the two most commonly used metrics in whole-brain networks: average path length and average clustering coefficient. Twelve studies were included that reported whole-brain network average path length and average clustering coefficient characteristics in patients and controls. The overall group difference, quantified as the standardized mean average path length difference between epilepsy and control groups, corresponded to a significantly increased average path length of 0.29 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.12 to 0.45, p?=?0.0007) in the epilepsy group. This suggests a less integrated interictal whole-brain network. Similarly, a significantly increased standardized mean average clustering coefficient of 0.35 (CI: 0.05 to 0.65, p?=?0.02) was found in the epilepsy group in comparison with controls, pointing towards a more segregated interictal network. Sub-analyses revealed similar results for functional and structural networks in terms of effect size and directionality for both metrics. In addition, we found individual network studies to be prone to low power due to the relatively small group differences in average path length and average clustering coefficient in combination with small sample sizes. The pooled network characteristics support the hypothesis that focal epilepsy has widespread detrimental effects, that is, reduced integration and increased segregation, on whole brain interictal network organization, which may relate to the co-morbid cognitive and behavioral impairments often reported in patients with focal epilepsy. PMID:25493432

  20. Neandertal clavicle length

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    Trinkaus, Erik; Holliday, Trenton W.; Auerbach, Benjamin M.

    2014-01-01

    The Late Pleistocene archaic humans from western Eurasia (the Neandertals) have been described for a century as exhibiting absolutely and relatively long clavicles. This aspect of their body proportions has been used to distinguish them from modern humans, invoked to account for other aspects of their anatomy and genetics, used in assessments of their phylogenetic polarities, and used as evidence for Late Pleistocene population relationships. However, it has been unclear whether the usual scaling of Neandertal clavicular lengths to their associated humeral lengths reflects long clavicles, short humeri, or both. Neandertal clavicle lengths, along with those of early modern humans and latitudinally diverse recent humans, were compared with both humeral lengths and estimated body masses (based on femoral head diameters). The Neandertal do have long clavicles relative their humeri, even though they fall within the ranges of variation of early and recent humans. However, when scaled to body masses, their humeral lengths are relatively short, and their clavicular lengths are indistinguishable from those of Late Pleistocene and recent modern humans. The few sufficiently complete Early Pleistocene Homo clavicles seem to have relative lengths also well within recent human variation. Therefore, appropriately scaled clavicular length seems to have varied little through the genus Homo, and it should not be used to account for other aspects of Neandertal biology or their phylogenetic status. PMID:24616525

  1. Possible optical functions of the central core in lenses of trilobite eyes: spherically corrected monofocality or bifocality.

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    Egri, dm; Horvth, Gbor

    2012-09-01

    The function of the central core in lenses of certain schizochroal-eyed trilobites is unknown. To understand the possible optical function(s) of this central core, we performed computational ray-tracing on the lens in the schizochroal compound eyes of a Silurian Dalmanites trilobite. We computed the intensity of light focused by the lens versus the distance from the lower lens surface along the optical axis as functions of the refractive indices n(lu) and n(cc) of the lower lens unit and the central core. We determined those values of n(lu) and n(cc) that ensure that the studied central-cored trilobite lens is monofocal, bifocal, or trifocal. The sharpness (as the measure of the correction for spherical aberration) of these focal points was quantitatively studied. We show here that one of the possible optical functions of the central core could be the correction for spherical aberration, independently of the number (1, 2, or 3) of focal points. Another possible optical function of the core could be to ensure bifocality of the lens. In this case the peripheral lens region could have a given focal length and the central lens region could possess a longer or shorter focal length, if the refractive index n(cc) of the core is smaller or larger than the refractive index n(lu) of the upper lens unit. Finally, trifocality of the lenses can be considered only as a theoretical option, but by no means an optically optimally functioning possibility. PMID:23201954

  2. A zero-Focal-Length superlens for QWIPs and other infrared detectors

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    Antoni, Thomas; Carras, Mathieu; Berger, Vincent; Guiset, Pierrick; de Rossi, Alfredo

    2010-04-01

    Most of optoelectronic semiconductor devices, especially quantum well based ones, make use of a grating to couple the active layer to free space. To go beyond the simplistic coupling role of the grating we propose a specifically designed metal-dielectric corrugated interface that squeezes normal incidence light in subwalength scale, taking advantage of the very active work achieved over the last few years in near field electromagnetism. This structure coherently combines three surface plasmon engineering tools: Bragg reflection, microcavity, and grating coupling. These electromagnetic properties are demonstrated experimentally in the gigahertz regime, as a function of design parameters. Light squeezing is observed down to a quarter of a wavelength.

  3. Optically coupled focal plane arrays using lenslets and multiplexers

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    Veldkamp, Wilfrid B. (Lexington, MA)

    1991-01-01

    A detector array including a substrate having an array of diffractive lenses formed on the top side of the substrate and an array of sensor elements formed on the backside of the substrate. The sensor elements within the sensor array are oriented on the backside so that each sensor is aligned to receive light from a corresponding diffractive lens of the lens array. The detector array may also include a second substrate having an array of diffractive elements formed on one of its surfaces, the second substrate being disposed above and in proximity to the top side of the other substrate so that the elements on the second substrate are substantially aligned with corresponding sensor elements and diffractive lenses on the other substrate.

  4. Technological developments of the OGRE focal plane array

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    Tutt, James H.; McEntaffer, Randall L.; DeRoo, Casey; Schultz, Ted; Rogers, Thomas; Murray, Neil; Holland, Andrew; Weatherill, Daniel; Holland, Karen; Colebrook, David; Farn, David

    2015-09-01

    The Off-plane Grating Rocket Experiment (OGRE) is a high resolution soft X-ray spectrometer sub-orbital rocket payload designed as a technology development platform for three low Technology Readiness Level (TRL) components. The incident photons will be focused using a light-weight, high resolution, single-crystal silicon optic. They are then dispersed conically according to wavelength by an array of off-plane gratings before being detected in a focal plane camera comprised of four Electron Multiplying Charge-Coupled Devices (EM-CCDs). While CCDs have been extensively used in space applications; EM-CCDs are seldom used in this environment and even more rarely for X-ray photon counting applications, making them a potential technology risk for larger scale X-ray observatories. This paper will discuss the reasons behind choosing EM-CCDs for the focal plane detector and the developments that have been recently made in the prototype camera electronics and thermal control system.

  5. High operating temperature interband cascade focal plane arrays

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    Tian, Z.-B.; Godoy, S. E.; Kim, H. S.; Schuler-Sandy, T.; Montoya, J. A.; Krishna, S.

    2014-08-04

    In this paper, we report the initial demonstration of mid-infrared interband cascade (IC) photodetector focal plane arrays with multiple-stage/junction design. The merits of IC photodetectors include low noise and efficient photocarrier extraction, even for zero-bias operation. By adopting enhanced electron barrier design and a total absorber thickness of 0.7 μm, the 5-stage IC detectors show very low dark current (1.10 × 10{sup −7} A/cm{sup 2} at −5 mV and 150 K). Even with un-optimized fabrication and standard commercial (mis-matched) read-out circuit technology, infrared images are obtained by the 320 × 256 IC focal plane array up to 180 K with f/2.3 optics. The minimum noise equivalent temperature difference of 28 mK is obtained at 120 K. These initial results indicate great potential of IC photodetectors, particularly for high operating temperature applications.

  6. Comparison of Computational and Optical Techniques for Image Processing

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    Unger, Blair; Bunton, Patrick

    2003-03-01

    This project will demonstrate complementary methods of image analysis using Fourier transforms. The computational components will use MathCAD to calculate the Fourier transforms (FTs), while optical components will use a HeNe laser and a long focal length lens to process the FTs. The project will begin with use of simple shapes (a.k.a. -the aperture shape) to test the programming and optical outputs of the respective methods. In addition, starting with simple shapes allows for easy and straight forward conceptualization of the 2D FTs. From simple shapes, we will move to increasingly more complex apertures, until finally holograms of complex shapes (dendritic crystals and other objects) can be both optically and computationally processed (creating the FTs) and enhanced (for image clarity).

  7. Smart optical writing head design for laser-based manufacturing

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    Amin, M. Junaid; Riza, Nabeel A.

    2014-03-01

    Proposed is a smart optical writing head design suitable for high precision industrial laser based machining and manufacturing applications. The design uses an Electronically Controlled Variable Focus Lens (ECVFL) which enables the highest achievable spatial resolution of writing head spot sizes for axial target distances reaching 8 meters. A proof-of-concept experiment is conducted using a visible wavelength laser with a collimated beam that is coupled to beam conditioning optics which includes an electromagnetically actuated deformable membrane liquid ECVFL cascaded with a bias convex lens of fixed focal length. Electronic tuning and control of the ECVFL keeps the laser writing head far-field spot beam radii under 1 mm that is demonstrated over a target range of 20 cm to 800 cm. Applications for the proposed writing head design, which can accommodate both continuous wave and pulsed wave sources, include laser machining, high precision industrial molding of components, as well as materials processing requiring material sensitive optical power density control.

  8. Optics for nano-satellite X-ray monitor

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    Tich, Vladimr.; Burrows, David N.; Prieskorn, Zachary; Hudec, Ren

    The Schmidt lobster eye design for a grazing incidence X-ray optics provides wide field of view of the order of many degrees, for this reason it can be a convenient approach for the construction of space X-ray monitors. It is possible to assemble Schmidt lobster eye telescopes with dimensions and focal lengths acceptable for nano class satellites. In this paper, draft of nano-class space mission providing monitoring of specific sky area is presented. Preliminary optical design study for such mission is performed. Two of possible opticle designs are presented. For those designs, field of view, effective input area and other basic optical parameters are calculated. Examples of observed images are presented.

  9. Large Format Multicolor QWIP Focal Plane Arrays

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    Soibel, A.; Gunapala, S. D.; Bandara, S. V.; Liu, J. K.; Mumolo, J. M.; Ting, D. Z.; Hill, C. J.; Nguyen, J.

    2009-01-01

    Mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) multicolor focal plane array (FPA) cameras are essential for many DoD and NASA applications including Earth and planetary remote sensing. In this paper we summarize our recent development of large format multicolor QWIP FPA that cover MWIR and LWIR bands.

  10. Genetics Home Reference: Focal dermal hypoplasia

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    ... Clinical summary Genetic Testing Registry - Repository of genetic test information (1 link) ClinicalTrials.gov - Linking patients to medical research PubMed - Recent literature OMIM - Genetic disorder catalog What other names do people use for focal dermal hypoplasia? Goltz-Gorlin syndrome Goltz ...

  11. Focal dermal hypoplasia: a rare case report.

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    Srinivas, Sahana M; Hiremagalore, Ravi

    2015-01-01

    Focal dermal hypoplasia (Goltz syndrome) is a rare genetic multisystem disorder primarily involving the skin, skeletal system, eyes, and face. We report the case of an eight-month-old female child who presented with multiple hypopigmented atrophic macules along the lines of blaschko, skeletal anomalies, umbilical hernia, developmental delay, hypoplastic nails, syndactyly, and lobster claw deformity characteristic of Goltz syndrome. PMID:25657436

  12. Focal Dermal Hypoplasia: A Rare Case Report

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    Srinivas, Sahana M; Hiremagalore, Ravi

    2015-01-01

    Focal dermal hypoplasia (Goltz syndrome) is a rare genetic multisystem disorder primarily involving the skin, skeletal system, eyes, and face. We report the case of an eight-month-old female child who presented with multiple hypopigmented atrophic macules along the lines of blaschko, skeletal anomalies, umbilical hernia, developmental delay, hypoplastic nails, syndactyly, and lobster claw deformity characteristic of Goltz syndrome. PMID:25657436

  13. Complex source description of focal regions.

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    Monzon, Cesar; Forester, Donald W; Moore, Peter

    2006-04-01

    Closed-form solutions of the two-dimensional homogeneous wave equation are presented that provide focal-region descriptions corresponding to a converging bundle of rays. The solutions do have evanescent wave content and can be described as a source-sink pair or particle-antiparticle pair, collocated in complex space, with the complex location being critical in the determination of beam shape and focal region size. The wave solutions are not plagued by singularities, have a finite energy, and have a limitation on how small the focal size can get, with a penalty for limiting small spot sizes in the form of impractically high associated reactive energy. The electric-field-defined spot-size limiting value is 0.35lambda x 0.35lambda, which is about 38% of the Poynting-vector-defined minimum spot size (0.8lambda x 0.4lambda) and corresponds to a condition related to the maximum possible beam angle. A multiple set of solutions is introduced, and the elementary solutions are used to produce new solutions via superposition, resulting in fields with chiral character or with increased depth of focus. We do not claim generality, as the size of focal regions exhibited by the closed-form solutions has a lower bound and hence is not able to account for Pendry's "ideal lens" scenario. PMID:16604758

  14. Universities: A Focal Point for Economic Development.

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    Maidique, Modesto A.

    1988-01-01

    Higher education can act as a focal point of economic development. The most widely recognized type of economic development entails an association between a university, its research facilities, and private industry. An example of this partnership is the one between Stanford University and the industries in the "Silicon Valley." (MLW)

  15. New multiband IR imaging optics

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    Bayya, Shyam; Sanghera, Jasbinder; Kim, Woohong; Gibson, Daniel; Fleet, Erin; Shaw, Brandon; Hunt, Michael; Aggarwal, Ishwar

    2013-06-01

    We report new multispectral materials that transmit from 0.9 to < 12 m in wavelength. These materials fill up the glass map for multispectral optics and vary in refractive index from 2.38 to 3.17. They show a large spread in dispersion (Abbe number) and offer some unique solutions for multispectral optics designs. One of the glasses developed is a very good candidate to replace Ge, as it has a combination of excellent properties, including high Abbe number in the LWIR, high index of 3.2, 60% lower dn/dT, and better thermal stability at working temperatures. Our results also provide a wider selection of optical materials to enable simpler achromat designs. For example, we have developed other glasses that have relatively high Abbe number in both the MWIR and LWIR regions, while our MILTRAN ceramic has low Abbe number in both regions. This makes for a very good combination of glasses and MILTRAN ceramic (analogous to crown and flint glasses in the visible) for MWIR + LWIR dual band imaging. We have designed preliminary optics for one such imager with f/2.5, 51 mm focal length and 22 degrees FOV using a spaced doublet of NRL's glass and MILTRAN ceramic. NRL's approach reduces the number of elements, weight, complexity and cost compared with the approach using traditional optics. Another important advantage of using NRL glasses in optics design is their negative or very low positive dn/dT, that makes it easier to athermalize the optical system.

  16. Precision Laser Annealing of Focal Plane Arrays

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    Bender, Daniel A.; DeRose, Christopher; Starbuck, Andrew Lea; Verley, Jason C.; Jenkins, Mark W.

    2015-09-01

    We present results from laser annealing experiments in Si using a passively Q-switched Nd:YAG microlaser. Exposure with laser at fluence values above the damage threshold of commercially available photodiodes results in electrical damage (as measured by an increase in photodiode dark current). We show that increasing the laser fluence to values in excess of the damage threshold can result in annealing of a damage site and a reduction in detector dark current by as much as 100x in some cases. A still further increase in fluence results in irreparable damage. Thus we demonstrate the presence of a laser annealing window over which performance of damaged detectors can be at least partially reconstituted. Moreover dark current reduction is observed over the entire operating range of the diode indicating that device performance has been improved for all values of reverse bias voltage. Additionally, we will present results of laser annealing in Si waveguides. By exposing a small (<10 um) length of a Si waveguide to an annealing laser pulse, the longitudinal phase of light acquired in propagating through the waveguide can be modified with high precision, <15 milliradian per laser pulse. Phase tuning by 180 degrees is exhibited with multiple exposures to one arm of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer at fluence values below the morphological damage threshold of an etched Si waveguide. No reduction in optical transmission at 1550 nm was found after 220 annealing laser shots. Modeling results for laser annealing in Si are also presented.

  17. An Integrated Optimal Estimation Approach to Spitzer Space Telescope Focal Plane Survey

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    Bayard, David S.; Kang, Bryan H.; Brugarolas, Paul B.; Boussalis, D.

    2004-01-01

    This paper discusses an accurate and efficient method for focal plane survey that was used for the Spitzer Space Telescope. The approach is based on using a high-order 37-state Instrument Pointing Frame (IPF) Kalman filter that combines both engineering parameters and science parameters into a single filter formulation. In this approach, engineering parameters such as pointing alignments, thermomechanical drift and gyro drifts are estimated along with science parameters such as plate scales and optical distortions. This integrated approach has many advantages compared to estimating the engineering and science parameters separately. The resulting focal plane survey approach is applicable to a diverse range of science instruments such as imaging cameras, spectroscopy slits, and scanning-type arrays alike. The paper will summarize results from applying the IPF Kalman Filter to calibrating the Spitzer Space Telescope focal plane, containing the MIPS, IRAC, and the IRS science Instrument arrays.

  18. Reduction of effective terahertz focal spot size by means of nested concentric parabolic reflectors

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    Neumann, V. A.; Laurita, N. J.; Pan, LiDong; Armitage, N. P.

    2015-09-01

    An ongoing limitation of terahertz spectroscopy is that the technique is generally limited to the study of relatively large samples of order 4 mm across due to the generally large size of the focal beam spot. We present a nested concentric parabolic reflector design which can reduce the terahertz focal spot size. This parabolic reflector design takes advantage of the feature that reflected rays experience a relative time delay which is the same for all paths. The increase in effective optical path for reflected light is equivalent to the aperture diameter itself. We have shown that the light throughput of an aperture of 2 mm can be increased by a factor 15 as compared to a regular aperture of the same size at low frequencies. This technique can potentially be used to reduce the focal spot size in terahertz spectroscopy and enable the study of smaller samples.

  19. Stabilization of a Laser Welding Process Against Focal Shift Effects using Beam Manipulation

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    Thiel, C.; Weber, R.; Johannsen, J.; Graf, T.

    Two measures to enhance welding process stability with respect to a varying focal position are presented and discussed with regards to possible effects of laser power efficiency increase. Spatial beam movement was caused by a deflecting mirror and proved to create a welding process with a higher constancy in welding depth when changing focal position. A larger cross sectional area of the weld seam was measured showing increased laser absorption when compared to a static beam. Sinusoidal laser power modulation was tested for varying focus positions and proves to induce a deeper weld seam at moderately increased cross sectional areas. The power modulated welding process is dominated by the influence of melt dynamics which can be guided by choosing suitable modulation parameters. Both systems can be used to stabilize the welding process against loss of joint area or loss of connection which may occur due to focal shift in high brightness laser beam optics.

  20. Optical design study and prototyping of a dual-field zoom lens imaging in the 1-5 micron infrared waveband

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    Reshidko, Dmitry; Reshidko, Pavel; Carmeli, Ran

    2015-09-01

    Optical systems can provide simultaneous imaging in several spectral bands and thus be much more useful. A new and current generation of focal plane arrays is allowing detection in more than one spectral region. The design of a refractive imaging lens for such detectors requires correcting chromatic aberrations over the wider range of wavelengths. However, the fewer available refracting materials, the material properties that change between the spectral bands, and the system transmission requirements make the design of such lenses particularly challenging. We present a dual-field zoom lens designed for a cooled detector sensing across short-wave infrared (SWIR) and midwave infrared (MWIR) spectral bands (continuous imaging for 1-5 μm). This zoom lens has a 75 mm focal length in the wide mode and a 250mm focal length in the narrow mode, and operates at f/4.7 in both discrete zoom positions. The lens is actively compensated to work in thermal environments from -20°C to +60°C. We discuss the optical design methodology, review the selection of materials and coatings for the optical elements, and analyze the transmission of the lens and optical performance. A prototype system has been manufactured and assembled. We validate our design with experimental data.

  1. Overexpression of adenosine kinase in cortical astrocytes generates focal neocortical epilepsy in mice: Laboratory investigation

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    Shen, Hai-Ying; Sun, Hai; Hanthorn, Marissa M.; Zhi, Zhongwei; Lan, Jing-Quan; Poulsen, David J.; Wang, Ruikang K.; Boison, Detlev

    2013-01-01

    Object New experimental models and diagnostic methods are needed to better understand the pathophysiology of focal neocortical epilepsies in a search for improved epilepsy treatment options. We hypothesized that a focal disruption of adenosine homeostasis in the neocortex might be sufficient to trigger electrographic seizures. We further hypothesized that a focal disruption of adenosine homeostasis might affect microcirculation and thus offer a diagnostic opportunity for the detection of a seizure focus located in the neocortex. Methods Focal disruption of adenosine homeostasis was achieved by injecting an adeno-associated virus (AAV) engineered to overexpress adenosine kinase (ADK), the major metabolic clearance enzyme for the brain’s endogenous anticonvulsant adenosine, into the neocortex of mice. Eight weeks following virus injection, the affected brain area was imaged via optical microangiography (OMAG) to detect changes in microcirculation. After completion of imaging, cortical electroencephalography (EEG) recordings were obtained from the imaged brain area. Results Viral expression of the Adk cDNA in astrocytes generated a focal area (~ 2 mm in diameter) of ADK overexpression within the neocortex. OMAG scanning revealed a reduction in vessel density within the affected brain area of approximately 23% and 29% compared to control animals and the contralateral hemisphere, respectively. EEG recordings revealed electrographic seizures within the focal area of ADK overexpression at a rate of 1.3 ± 0.2 seizures per hour. Conclusions Our findings suggest that focal adenosine deficiency is sufficient to generate a neocortical focus of hyperexcitability, which is also characterized by reduced vessel density. We conclude that our model constitutes a useful tool to study neocortical epilepsies and that OMAG constitutes a non-invasive diagnostic tool for the imaging of seizure foci with disrupted adenosine homeostasis. PMID:24266544

  2. Benefits of small pixel focal plane array technology

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    Caulfield, John; Curzan, Jon; Lewis, Jay

    2015-08-01

    We report on the demonstration of a high definition high charge capacity 2.1 Mpixel mid-wave infrared (MWIR) Focal Plane Array (FPA). This high definition (HD) FPA utilizes a 2040 x 1156 format and a 5 μm pixel pitch. This small pixel size enables sampling at spatial frequencies greater than the classical Nyquist limit imposed by the optical systems Point Spread Function (PSF). We show that oversampling IRFPAs (Infrared FPA) enable improved fidelity in imaging including resolution improvements, advanced pixel correlation processing to reduce false alarm rates, improved detection ranges, and an improved ability to track closely spaced objects. The small pixel IRFPA achieves good performance in the MWIR band and is expected to detect dimmer signals at longer ranges than previously demonstrated.

  3. Vision and Wide-Field Imagers with Curved Focal Planes

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    Arianpour, Ashkan

    This dissertation provides details regarding the implementation of curved-focal surface fiber coupled imaging for medical and wide-field applications. An optomechanical fluid-filled eye model with visual acuity better than 20/20 vision was design and characterized. A wearable telescopic contact lens was worn on the optomechanical eye model and the performance characterized. Measurements of the contact lens surfaces were modeled to quantify the impact of contact lens fabrication on end-result resolution. Separately, the limitations of the field of view in fiber coupled monocentric imaging are analyzed. This dissertation describes a novel technique to address this based on conformal micro-optics. The design, simulation, and fabrication of an embossed surface relief micro-prism that increases the field of view are demonstrated.

  4. Calculation of the illuminance distribution in the focal spot of a focusing system taking into account aberrations in this system and divergence of a focused laser beam

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    Gitin, Andrey V

    2007-03-31

    The dependence of the focal-spot size of a 'deep' parabolic mirror reflector on the laser-beam divergence is analysed by the method of elementary reflections. The dependence of the focal-beam diameter of an ideal focusing optical system on the laser-beam parameters is described. The expression is obtained for calculating the illumination distribution in the focal spot of a 'deep' mirror reflector which takes into account both aberrations and light-gathering power of the reflector and the divergence of a focused laser beam. (optical systems)

  5. The finite element modeling and thermal analysis of the special focal plane of LAMOST

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    Zuo, Heng; Yang, Dehua; Li, Guoping

    2010-07-01

    The Large Area Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) is a meridian reflecting Schmidt telescope with a 40m optical axis between the reflecting Schmidt plate and the spherical primary mirror. In the middle is located the spherical focal plane, through which there are corresponding 4000+ unit mounting holes for the fibers, and on its back, there attached a support truss adapted from Serrurier concept. The mechanical stabilization of the focal plane system naturally has magnificent impact on the observation efficiency of the LAMOST. A comprehensive Finite Element Model of the focal plane system has been built to evaluate thermally induced degradation of its mechanical accuracy using the nodal modification technique within ANSYS, and diverse temperature load cases have been considered on the Finite Element model and related thermal analyses have been carried out to investigate thermal deformation of the focal plane. Subsequently the calculated deflection of the working surface has been extracted and reconstructed with least square fitting in MATLAB. The results show that temperature change around the telescope has little effect on the performance of the focal plane within temperature variation requirements of the LAMOST. The methods of modeling and analyzing used in this research are informative for future large telescope projects.

  6. Simple Experimental Methods for Determining the Apparent Focal Shift in a Microscope System

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    Bratton, Benjamin P.; Shaevitz, Joshua W.

    2015-01-01

    Three-dimensional optical microscopy is often complicated by a refractive index mismatch between the sample and objective lens. This mismatch causes focal shift, a difference between sample motion and focal-plane motion, that hinders the accuracy of 3D reconstructions. We present two methods for measuring focal shift using fluorescent beads of different sizes and ring-stained fluorescent beads. These simple methods are applicable to most situations, including total internal reflection objectives and samples very close to the interface. For distances 0–1.5 μm into an aqueous environment, our 1.49-NA objective has a relative focal shift of 0.57 ± 0.02, significantly smaller than the simple n2/n1 approximation of 0.88. We also expand on a previous sub-critical angle theory by means of a simple polynomial extrapolation. We test the validity of this extrapolation by measuring the apparent focal shift in samples where the refractive index is between 1.33 and 1.45 and with objectives with numerical apertures between 1.25 and 1.49. PMID:26270960

  7. Length Paradox in Relativity

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    Martins, Roberto de A.

    1978-01-01

    Describes a thought experiment using a general analysis approach with Lorentz transformations to show that the apparent self-contradictions of special relativity concerning the length-paradox are really non-existant. (GA)

  8. Myofilament length dependent activation

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    de Tombe, Pieter P.; Mateja, Ryan D.; Tachampa, Kittipong; Mou, Younss Ait; Farman, Gerrie P.; Irving, Thomas C.

    2010-05-25

    The Frank-Starling law of the heart describes the interrelationship between end-diastolic volume and cardiac ejection volume, a regulatory system that operates on a beat-to-beat basis. The main cellular mechanism that underlies this phenomenon is an increase in the responsiveness of cardiac myofilaments to activating Ca{sup 2+} ions at a longer sarcomere length, commonly referred to as myofilament length-dependent activation. This review focuses on what molecular mechanisms may underlie myofilament length dependency. Specifically, the roles of inter-filament spacing, thick and thin filament based regulation, as well as sarcomeric regulatory proteins are discussed. Although the 'Frank-Starling law of the heart' constitutes a fundamental cardiac property that has been appreciated for well over a century, it is still not known in muscle how the contractile apparatus transduces the information concerning sarcomere length to modulate ventricular pressure development.

  9. Coefficients of Effective Length.

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    Edwards, Roger H.

    1981-01-01

    Under certain conditions, a validity Coefficient of Effective Length (CEL) can produce highly misleading results. A modified coefficent is suggested for use when empirical studies indicate that underlying assumptions have been violated. (Author/BW)

  10. Equilibrium CO bond lengths

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    Demaison, Jean; Csszr, Attila G.

    2012-09-01

    Based on a sample of 38 molecules, 47 accurate equilibrium CO bond lengths have been collected and analyzed. These ultimate experimental (reEX), semiexperimental (reSE), and Born-Oppenheimer (reBO) equilibrium structures are compared to reBO estimates from two lower-level techniques of electronic structure theory, MP2(FC)/cc-pVQZ and B3LYP/6-311+G(3df,2pd). A linear relationship is found between the best equilibrium bond lengths and their MP2 or B3LYP estimates. These (and similar) linear relationships permit to estimate the CO bond length with an accuracy of 0.002 within the full range of 1.10-1.43 , corresponding to single, double, and triple CO bonds, for a large number of molecules. The variation of the CO bond length is qualitatively explained using the Atoms in Molecules method. In particular, a nice correlation is found between the CO bond length and the bond critical point density and it appears that the CO bond is at the same time covalent and ionic. Conditions which permit the computation of an accurate ab initio Born-Oppenheimer equilibrium structure are discussed. In particular, the core-core and core-valence correlation is investigated and it is shown to roughly increase with the bond length.

  11. Editorial: Redefining Length

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    Sprouse, Gene D.

    2011-07-15

    Technological changes have moved publishing to electronic-first publication where the print version has been relegated to simply another display mode. Distribution in HTML and EPUB formats, for example, changes the reading environment and reduces the need for strict pagination. Therefore, in an effort to streamline the calculation of length, the APS journals will no longer use the printed page as the determining factor for length. Instead the journals will now use word counts (or word equivalents for tables, figures, and equations) to establish length; for details please see http://publish.aps.org/authors/length-guide. The title, byline, abstract, acknowledgment, and references will not be included in these counts allowing authors the freedom to appropriately credit coworkers, funding sources, and the previous literature, bringing all relevant references to the attention of readers. This new method for determining length will be easier for authors to calculate in advance, and lead to fewer length-associated revisions in proof, yet still retain the quality of concise communication that is a virtue of short papers.

  12. Hyperspectral modeling of an infrared focal plane array

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    Mouzali, Salima; Lefebvre, Sidonie; Rommeluère, Sylvain; Ferrec, Yann; Primot, Jérôme

    2014-10-01

    Infrared Focal Plane Arrays (FPA) are increasingly used to measure multi- or hyperspectral images. Therefore, it is crucial to control and modelize their spectral response. The purpose of this paper is to propose a modeling approach, adjustable by experimental data, and applicable to the main cooled detector technologies. A physical model is presented, taking into account various optogeometrical properties of the detector, such as disparities of the pixels cut-off wavelengths. It describes the optical absorption phenomenon inside the pixel, by considering it as a stack of optical bulk layers. Then, an analytical model is proposed, based on the interference phenomenon occurring into the structure. This model considers only the three major waves interfering. It represents a good approximation of the physical model and a complementary understanding of the optical process inside the structure. This approach is applied to classical cooled FPAs as well as to specific instruments such as Microspoc (MICRO SPectrometer On Chip), a concept of miniaturized infrared Fourier transform spectrometer, integrated on a classical Mercury-Cadmium-Telluride FPA, and cooled by a cryostat.

  13. Optical fiber imaging laser radar

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    Akiyama, Akira; Kakimoto, Yukiteru; Kanda, Kazuhisa; Kuwabara, Masahiro; Yasuo, Hiroyuki; Mutoh, Eiichiro; Kumagai, Hideo; Watanabe, Takahiro; Doshida, Minoru; Ishii, Hiromitsu

    2005-01-01

    We develop an optical fiber imaging laser radar based on the focal plane array detection method using a small number of detectors less than the number of the focal plane array resolution. For the development of this kind of the focal array detection method, we produce the optical fiber dissector, the movable aperture, and the small-number parallel multichannel pulse counter receiver. The optical fiber dissector has one vertical cross section of the 3535 optical fiber square array for the focal plane at one end and 25 vertical cross sections of the 25 optical fiber bundles for the 25-channel parallel multichannel pulse counter receiver at the other end. Each optical fiber bundle has the 49 optical fibers selected from the 3535 optical fiber square array with no overlap. The movable aperture has a window of a size 55 optical fiber cross section to ensure no crosstalk for the detection of the divergent pulse laser beam. The divergent pulse laser beam is focused on some 55 area of the 3535 optical fiber square array related to its scanning direction. The developed optical fiber imaging laser radar shows high range resolution and no-crosstalk angle resolution. The range resolution is under 15 cm. The angle resolution is 1 pixel.

  14. New harmonic generation microscopy techniques based on focal volume modelling

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    Sandkuijl, Daaf

    Nonlinear microscopy has become an indispensable tool in the study of biological systems. It includes many nonlinear contrast mechanisms, each sensitive to different biological structures. However, interpretation of the images generated in nonlinear microscopy is a complex matter due to factors such as the structural complexity of the sample, phase relationships between the excitation beam and the detected signal and the nonlinear interactions in the focal volume of the microscope. This thesis contains a new theoretical and numerical framework that describes the focusing of an excitation beam in a nonlinear microscope, the nonlinear optical interactions with the material in the focal volume, and the resulting nonlinear optical signal in the far field. The framework is the first to include reflection and refraction of the excitation beam and nonlinear signals by an arbitrary number of interfaces in the focal volume, which is especially significant for the interpretation of third harmonic generation (THG). It also uses the chirp-z transform to speed up calculations by orders of magnitude compared to numerical integration techniques. The framework is used to investigate second harmonic generation (SHG) by collagen. Focusing effects alter polarization-dependent SHG measurements of collagen properties compared to the plane wave approximation, and this is verified experimentally. Furthermore, a technique of imaging the far field SHG radiation from collagen fibres is proposed, which can be used to extract the orientation of collagen fibres unambiguously. The framework is then applied to analyze the influence of interfaces on THG. Reflection effects at interfaces significantly affect THG, which leads to the development of a new super-resolution THG imaging technique based on backward-propagating THG. This super-resolution technique is experimentally demonstrated by imaging surface profiles with tens of nanometers resolution, which is the first time that such resolution is obtained in coherent nonlinear microscopy. Therefore, this imaging technique shows promise to become an important tool in high-resolution imaging of (biological) samples. The theoretical and numerical framework provides a foundation for future research on the origin of nonlinear microscopy signals. The new imaging techniques based on this framework have great potential in quantifying fibrillar structures and interfaces in biological samples.

  15. Remote Optical Combustion Analyzer

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    Eckbreth, A. C.; Shirley, J. A.

    1987-01-01

    Rugged optical head enables remote, nonintrusive measurements of temperatures and chemical compositions in hostile environments. Head brings laser light to system under test and carries system-scattered light to spectrograph or other instrument. Optical head beams light from laser source to test chamber, then collects backscattered light from chamber and sends it to spectrographic equipment. Lenses, prisms, and optical-fiber tips moved so that focal point precisely positioned in test chamber.

  16. Beam delivery by adaptive optics for material processing applications using high-power CO2 lasers

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    Haferkamp, Heinz; Seebaum, Dirk

    1994-09-01

    The use of high power CO2 lasers for various applications in material and production technologies has increasingly grown, and new applications are on their way to being used in industry. Due to varying beam path lengths, proper beam delivery is essential to obtain constant working conditions when using machines with moving beam guidance. The focussing characteristics of divergent laser beams change with the distance between laser source and processing head. To keep the energy distribution on the workpiece surface on the same level while working with flying optics, the use of deformable mirror systems has proven to be a suitable solution. In this case, a newly-developed system is brought into the beam guidance system to keep the focal spot diameter constant. As far as applications are concerned, where the distance of the focal spot to the surface of the workpiece is of major interest for the performance of the process, these optical devices are also used to tune the focal length. For example collision danger or dynamic limitations of the handling system may mean that the focal spot has to follow the surface outline without keeping the distance between processing head and material surface constant. Besides cutting and shaping by material removal applications, welding is a kind of application where a focus shift without moving the processing head may be advantageous, especially for 3D processes. Therefore, another deformable mirror is installed near to the focusing optics. Investigations have been carried out on the location of the deformable mirror close to the laser source (RS 3000 RF), and inside the processing head.

  17. Development and Testing of an Innovative Two-Arm Focal-Plane Thermal Strap (TAFTS)

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    Urquiza, E.; Vasquez, C.; Rodriguez, J.; Van Gorp, B.

    2011-01-01

    Maintaining temperature stability in optical focal planes comes with the intrinsic challenge of creating a pathway that is both extremely flexible mechanically and highly conductive thermally. The task is further complicated because science-caliber optical focal planes are extremely delicate, yet their mechanical resiliency is rarely tested and documented. The mechanical engineer tasked with the thermo-mechanical design must then create a highly conductive thermal link that minimizes the tensile and shear stresses transmitted to the focal plane without design parameters on an acceptable stiffness. This paper will describe the development and testing of the thermal link developed for the Portable Remote Imaging Spectrometer (PRISM) instrument. It will provide experimentally determined mechanical stiffness plots in the three axes of interest. Analytical and experimental thermal conductance results for the two-arm focal-plane thermal strap (TAFTS), from cryogenic to room temperatures, are also presented. The paper also briefly describes some elements of the fabrication process followed in developing a novel design solution, which provides high conductance and symmetrical mechanical loading, while providing enhanced flexibility in all three degrees of freedom.

  18. Development of microchannel plate x-ray optics

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    Kaaret, Philip

    1995-01-01

    The goal of this research program was to develop a novel technique for focusing x-rays based on the optical system of a lobster's eye. A lobster eye employs many closely packed reflecting surfaces arranged within a spherical or cylindrical shell. These optics have two unique properties: they have unlimited fields of view and can be manufactured via replication of identical structures. Because the angular resolution is given by the ratio of the size of the individual optical elements to the focal length, optical elements with size on the order of one hundred microns are required to achieve good angular resolution with a compact telescope. We employed anisotropic etching of single crystal silicon wafers for the fabrication of micron-scale optical elements. This technique, commonly referred to as silicon micromachining, is based on silicon fabrication techniques developed by the microelectronics industry. We have succeeded in producing silicon lenses with a geometry suitable for a 1-d focusing x-ray optics. These lenses have an aspect ratio (40:1) suitable for x-ray reflection and have very good optical surface alignment. We have developed a number of process refinements which improved the quality of the lens geometry and the repeatability of the etch process. In addition to the silicon fabrication, an x-ray beam line was constructed at Columbia for testing the optics. Most recently, we have done several experiments to find the fundamental limits that the anisotropic etch process placed on the etched surface roughness.

  19. Development of high-performance radiation-hardened antireflection coatings for LWIR and multicolor IR focal plane arrays

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    Sood, Ashok K.; Puri, Yash R.; Becker, Latika; Tidrow, Meimei Z.; Balcerak, Raymond S.; Brill, Gregory; Wijewarnasuriya, Priyalal; Dhar, Nibir; Boieriu, Paul; Fulk, Chad; Sivananthan, Siva; Yehoda, Joseph; Finke, Steve

    2006-05-01

    High Performance Radiation Hardened LWIR and Multicolor Focal Plane Arrays are critical for many space applications. Reliable focal plane arrays are needed for these applications that can operate in space environment without any degradation. In this paper, we will present various LWIR and Multicolor Focal Plane architectures currently being evaluated for LWIR and Multicolor applications that include focal plane materials such as HgCdTe, PbSnTe, QWIP and other Superlattice device structures. We also present AR Coating models and experimental results on several promising multi-layer AR coatings that includes CdTe, Si 3N 4 and diamond like Carbon, that have the necessary spectral response in the 2-25 microns and are hard materials with excellent bond strength. A combination of these materials offers the potential of developing anti-reflection coatings with high optical quality with controlled physical properties.

  20. Focal colors are universal after all

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    Regier, Terry; Kay, Paul; Cook, Richard S.

    2005-01-01

    It is widely held that named color categories in the world's languages are organized around universal focal colors and that these focal colors tend to be chosen as the best examples of color terms across languages. However, this notion has been supported primarily by data from languages of industrialized societies. In contrast, recent research on a language from a nonindustrialized society has called this idea into question. We examine color-naming data from languages of 110 nonindustrialized societies and show that (i) best-example choices for color terms in these languages cluster near the prototypes for English white, black, red, green, yellow, and blue, and (ii) best-example choices cluster more tightly across languages than do the centers of category extensions, suggesting that universal best examples (foci) may be the source of universal tendencies in color naming. PMID:15923257

  1. Starbugs: focal plane fiber positioning technology

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    Goodwin, Michael; Heijmans, Jeroen; Saunders, Ian; Brzeski, Jurek; Saunders, Will; Muller, Rolf; Haynes, Roger; Gilbert, James

    2010-07-01

    We report on the technological achievements of our latest Starbug prototypes and their implications for smart focal plane fiber positioning applications for wide-field astronomy. The Starbugs are innovative self-motile miniature robotic devices that can simultaneously and independently position fibers or payloads over a field plate located at the telescope's focal plane. The Starbugs concept overcomes many of the limitations associated with the traditional 'pick and place' positioners where a robot places fixed buttons onto the field plate. The new Starbug prototypes use piezoelectric actuators and have the following features: (i) new 'lift-and-step' method (discrete step) for accurate positioning over different surfaces; and (ii) operate in an inverted hanging position underneath a transparent field plate, removing the need for fibercable retractors. In this paper, we present aspects of the Starbug prototypes, including the theoretical model, mechanical design, experimental setup, algorithms, performance and applications for astronomical instrumentation.

  2. Extensive Focal Epithelial Hyperplasia: A Case Report

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    Mansouri, Zahra; Bakhtiari, Sedigheh; Noormohamadi, Robab

    2015-01-01

    Focal epithelial hyperplasia (FEH) or Hecks disease is a rare viral infection of the oral mucosa caused by human papilloma virus especially subtypes 13 or 32. The frequency of this disease varies widely from one geographic region and ethnic groups to another. This paper reports an Iranian case of extensive focal epithelial hyperplasia. A 35-year-old man with FEH is described, in whom the lesions had persisted for more than 25 years. The lesion was diagnosed according to both clinical and histopathological features. Dental practitioner should be aware of these types of lesions and histopathological examination together and a careful clinical observation should be carried out for a definitive diagnosis. PMID:26351501

  3. Dynamic reactive astrocytes after focal ischemia

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    Ding, Shinghua

    2014-01-01

    Astrocytes are specialized and most numerous glial cell type in the central nervous system and play important roles in physiology. Astrocytes are also critically involved in many neural disorders including focal ischemic stroke, a leading cause of brain injury and human death. One of the prominent pathological features of focal ischemic stroke is reactive astrogliosis and glial scar formation associated with morphological changes and proliferation. This review paper discusses the recent advances in spatial and temporal dynamics of morphology and proliferation of reactive astrocytes after ischemic stroke based on results from experimental animal studies. As reactive astrocytes exhibit stem cell-like properties, knowledge of dynamics of reactive astrocytes and glial scar formation will provide important insights for astrocyte-based cell therapy in stroke. PMID:25657720

  4. Modeling focal cerebral ischemia in vivo.

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    Jackman, Katherine; Kunz, Alexander; Iadecola, Costantino

    2011-01-01

    Ischemic stroke is among the leading causes of mortality and long-term disability in the western world. Despite enormous research activities in the last decades, current therapeutic options for acute stroke patients are still very limited. Reliable and realistic in vivo animal models represent sine qua non for -successful translation from bench to bedside. To date, several animal models of focal and global cerebral ischemia have been developed to mimic the clinical situation in humans as accurately as possible. This chapter focuses on models of focal cerebral ischemia, in particular on the most commonly used model: the intraluminal filament model of middle cerebral artery occlusion. The main objective is to provide a detailed instruction manual for researchers interested in learning this technique. PMID:21913102

  5. Myxoid adrenal adenoma with focal pseudoglandular pattern.

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    De Padua, Michelle; Rajagopal, V

    2008-05-01

    Adrenal cortical tumors with myxoid change are rare tumors. To our knowledge, only 22 cases have been described so far in literature, which include 13 carcinomas and 9 adenomas. A pseudoglandular pattern has been described in 9 of these tumors. We report a case of a myxoid adenoma of the left adrenal gland in a 67-year-old woman, with a focal pseudoglandular pattern involving about 20% of the studied tumor. Rest of the tumor was composed of anastomosing cords of tumor cells. Abundant myxoid stroma was present, which stained positively with alcian blue and was weakly focally positive with periodic acid Schiff. Immunophenotype was consistent with an adrenal tumor, i.e., positive for vimentin, inhibin, and melan A. Cytokeratin AE1/AE3 and chromogranin were negative. MIB-1 index was < 0.1%. PMID:18579979

  6. Focal motor seizures complicating carotid endarterectomy.

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    Youkey, J R; Clagett, G P; Jaffin, J H; Parisi, J E; Rich, N M

    1984-09-01

    We studied four patients with focal motor seizures complicating carotid endarterectomy and compared them with 14 other cases reported previously. Seventeen of the 18 patients had high-grade carotid stenoses. A severe unilateral headache usually preceded seizure activity, which was followed by prolonged Todd's paralysis. Eight patients had histories of ipsilateral stroke. There was no association with perioperative hypertension. Two patients who were receiving heparin sodium had intracerebral hemorrhages that caused one of the two postoperative deaths. The patency of all endarterectomized carotid arteries was recorded by arteriography or noninvasive studies. These data suggest that patients who have severe unilateral headaches following ipsilateral carotid endarterectomy for high-grade stenoses are at risk for focal motor seizures. The roles of antithrombotic agents and anti-seizure medication in this setting are unclear. PMID:6433857

  7. Extensive Focal Epithelial Hyperplasia: A Case Report.

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    Mansouri, Zahra; Bakhtiari, Sedigheh; Noormohamadi, Robab

    2015-01-01

    Focal epithelial hyperplasia (FEH) or Heck's disease is a rare viral infection of the oral mucosa caused by human papilloma virus especially subtypes 13 or 32. The frequency of this disease varies widely from one geographic region and ethnic groups to another. This paper reports an Iranian case of extensive focal epithelial hyperplasia. A 35-year-old man with FEH is described, in whom the lesions had persisted for more than 25 years. The lesion was diagnosed according to both clinical and histopathological features. Dental practitioner should be aware of these types of lesions and histopathological examination together and a careful clinical observation should be carried out for a definitive diagnosis. PMID:26351501

  8. Likelihood analysis of earthquake focal mechanism distributions

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    Kagan, Yan Y.; Jackson, David D.

    2015-06-01

    In our paper published earlier we discussed forecasts of earthquake focal mechanism and ways to test the forecast efficiency. Several verification methods were proposed, but they were based on ad hoc, empirical assumptions, thus their performance is questionable. We apply a conventional likelihood method to measure the skill of earthquake focal mechanism orientation forecasts. The advantage of such an approach is that earthquake rate prediction can be adequately combined with focal mechanism forecast, if both are based on the likelihood scores, resulting in a general forecast optimization. We measure the difference between two double-couple sources as the minimum rotation angle that transforms one into the other. We measure the uncertainty of a focal mechanism forecast (the variability), and the difference between observed and forecasted orientations (the prediction error), in terms of these minimum rotation angles. To calculate the likelihood score we need to compare actual forecasts or occurrences of predicted events with the null hypothesis that the mechanism's 3-D orientation is random (or equally probable). For 3-D rotation the random rotation angle distribution is not uniform. To better understand the resulting complexities, we calculate the information (likelihood) score for two theoretical rotational distributions (Cauchy and von Mises-Fisher), which are used to approximate earthquake source orientation pattern. We then calculate the likelihood score for earthquake source forecasts and for their validation by future seismicity data. Several issues need to be explored when analyzing observational results: their dependence on forecast and data resolution, internal dependence of scores on forecasted angle and random variability of likelihood scores. Here, we propose a simple tentative solution but extensive theoretical and statistical analysis is needed.

  9. Focal approximation on the complex plane

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    Rakcheeva, T. A.

    2011-11-01

    The problem of analytic approximation of a smooth closed curve specified by a set of its points on the complex plane is proposed. An algorithmic method for constructing an approximating lemniscate is proposed and investigated. This method is based on a mapping of the curve to be approximated onto the phase circle; the convergence of the method is proved. The location of the lemniscate foci inside the curve provides the degrees of freedom for the focal approximation.

  10. Talin determines the nanoscale architecture of focal adhesions.

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    Liu, Jaron; Wang, Yilin; Goh, Wah Ing; Goh, Honzhen; Baird, Michelle A; Ruehland, Svenja; Teo, Shijia; Bate, Neil; Critchley, David R; Davidson, Michael W; Kanchanawong, Pakorn

    2015-09-01

    Insight into how molecular machines perform their biological functions depends on knowledge of the spatial organization of the components, their connectivity, geometry, and organizational hierarchy. However, these parameters are difficult to determine in multicomponent assemblies such as integrin-based focal adhesions (FAs). We have previously applied 3D superresolution fluorescence microscopy to probe the spatial organization of major FA components, observing a nanoscale stratification of proteins between integrins and the actin cytoskeleton. Here we combine superresolution imaging techniques with a protein engineering approach to investigate how such nanoscale architecture arises. We demonstrate that talin plays a key structural role in regulating the nanoscale architecture of FAs, akin to a molecular ruler. Talin diagonally spans the FA core, with its N terminus at the membrane and C terminus demarcating the FA/stress fiber interface. In contrast, vinculin is found to be dispensable for specification of FA nanoscale architecture. Recombinant analogs of talin with modified lengths recapitulated its polarized orientation but altered the FA/stress fiber interface in a linear manner, consistent with its modular structure, and implicating the integrin-talin-actin complex as the primary mechanical linkage in FAs. Talin was found to be ?97 nm in length and oriented at ?15 relative to the plasma membrane. Our results identify talin as the primary determinant of FA nanoscale organization and suggest how multiple cellular forces may be integrated at adhesion sites. PMID:26283369

  11. Talin determines the nanoscale architecture of focal adhesions

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    Liu, Jaron; Wang, Yilin; Goh, Wah Ing; Goh, Honzhen; Baird, Michelle A.; Ruehland, Svenja; Teo, Shijia; Bate, Neil; Critchley, David R.; Davidson, Michael W.; Kanchanawong, Pakorn

    2015-01-01

    Insight into how molecular machines perform their biological functions depends on knowledge of the spatial organization of the components, their connectivity, geometry, and organizational hierarchy. However, these parameters are difficult to determine in multicomponent assemblies such as integrin-based focal adhesions (FAs). We have previously applied 3D superresolution fluorescence microscopy to probe the spatial organization of major FA components, observing a nanoscale stratification of proteins between integrins and the actin cytoskeleton. Here we combine superresolution imaging techniques with a protein engineering approach to investigate how such nanoscale architecture arises. We demonstrate that talin plays a key structural role in regulating the nanoscale architecture of FAs, akin to a molecular ruler. Talin diagonally spans the FA core, with its N terminus at the membrane and C terminus demarcating the FA/stress fiber interface. In contrast, vinculin is found to be dispensable for specification of FA nanoscale architecture. Recombinant analogs of talin with modified lengths recapitulated its polarized orientation but altered the FA/stress fiber interface in a linear manner, consistent with its modular structure, and implicating the integrin–talin–actin complex as the primary mechanical linkage in FAs. Talin was found to be ∼97 nm in length and oriented at ∼15° relative to the plasma membrane. Our results identify talin as the primary determinant of FA nanoscale organization and suggest how multiple cellular forces may be integrated at adhesion sites. PMID:26283369

  12. Physical Activity Performance of Focal Middle School Students

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    Erfle, Stephen E.; Gelbaugh, Corey M.

    2013-01-01

    Histograms of push-ups and curl-ups from a sample of more than 9,000 students show periodic spikes at five and 10 unit intervals. This article argues that these spikes are related to focal points, a game theoretic concept popularized by Nobel Laureate Thomas Schelling. Being focal on one test makes one more likely to be focal on the other. Focal

  13. Planar-structure microscope-lens for simultaneous acoustic and optical imaging.

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    Yamada, K; Sugiyama, T; Shimizu, H

    1991-01-01

    A new type of combined acoustic and optical microscope lens with a planar structure is proposed. It can meet the demand for simultaneously obtaining both an acoustic image and its optical counterpart. The lens is composed by uniting a Fresnel-zone-type acoustic lens developed by the authors with a rod-type gradient-index optical lens (SELFOC). An acoustic beam is converged to a focal point in water by an acoustic planar lens that is composed of annular grooves formed on the end of the SELFOC rod. An optical beam, emitted by a He-Ne laser source and guided into the rod, converges due to the gradient of the refractive index and focuses on a spot in water. By designing the length of the rod properly, the focal spot of the optical beam is set to coincide with that of an acoustic beam. The design and fabrication of the lens are described, and results of some preliminary experiments for simultaneous observation of acoustic and optical images of the same portion of a specimen are shown. PMID:18267573

  14. The Focal Surface of EUSO Telescope

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    Shimizu, H. M.; Kawasaki, Y.; Takizawa, Y.; Sakaki, N.; Teshima, M.; Ebisuzaki, T.; Takahashi, Y.; Adams, J.; Catalano, O.; Scarisi, L.; Six, N. Frank (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO) is a science mission under conceptual design for the detection of extremely high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos by the observation of time-resolved images of atmospheric fluorescence photons generated along the extensive air shower, in the near ultraviolet wavelength region. A refractive telescope with double-sided double Fresnel lens will be employed to achieve a large field of view of 60 degrees. The energy and arrival direction of the primary particles will be determined by observing the time evolution of the airshower. The focal surface of the EUSO telescope will be segmented to a few hundred thousand pixels to resolve the entire field of view with the angular resolution of the order of 0.1 degree. The time evolution will be observed with the time resolution of 0.8 microsecond. A large scale array of multianode photomultiplier (MAPMT) is being studied as the EUSO focal surface. The MAPMT array is capable of detecting near ultraviolet photons at single photoelectron level. In this contribution, we will report the present status of the focal surface design including the optimization of anode segmentation and the minimization of the dead area and discuss overall experimental performance in detecting extensive airshowers.

  15. Mechanism of Focal Adhesion Kinase Mechanosensing

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    Sturm, Sebastian; Bullerjahn, Jakob Tmas; Bronowska, Agnieszka; Grter, Frauke

    2015-01-01

    Mechanosensing at focal adhesions regulates vital cellular processes. Here, we present results from molecular dynamics (MD) and mechano-biochemical network simulations that suggest a direct role of Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) as a mechano-sensor. Tensile forces, propagating from the membrane through the PIP2 binding site of the FERM domain and from the cytoskeleton-anchored FAT domain, activate FAK by unlocking its central phosphorylation site (Tyr576/577) from the autoinhibitory FERM domain. Varying loading rates, pulling directions, and membrane PIP2 concentrations corroborate the specific opening of the FERM-kinase domain interface, due to its remarkably lower mechanical stability compared to the individual alpha-helical domains and the PIP2-FERM link. Analyzing downstream signaling networks provides further evidence for an intrinsic mechano-signaling role of FAK in broadcasting force signals through Ras to the nucleus. This distinguishes FAK from hitherto identified focal adhesion mechano-responsive molecules, allowing a new interpretation of cell stretching experiments. PMID:26544178

  16. Measuring the Flatness of Focal Plane for Very Large Mosaic CCD Camera

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    Hao, Jiangang; Estrada, Juan; Cease, Herman; Diehl, H.Thomas; Flaugher, Brenna L.; Kubik, Donna; Kuk, Keivin; Kuropatkine, Nickolai; Lin, Huan; Montes, Jorge; Scarpine, Vic

    2010-06-08

    Large mosaic multiCCD camera is the key instrument for modern digital sky survey. DECam is an extremely red sensitive 520 Megapixel camera designed for the incoming Dark Energy Survey (DES). It is consist of sixty two 4k x 2k and twelve 2k x 2k 250-micron thick fully-depleted CCDs, with a focal plane of 44 cm in diameter and a field of view of 2.2 square degree. It will be attached to the Blanco 4-meter telescope at CTIO. The DES will cover 5000 square-degrees of the southern galactic cap in 5 color bands (g, r, i, z, Y) in 5 years starting from 2011. To achieve the science goal of constraining the Dark Energy evolution, stringent requirements are laid down for the design of DECam. Among them, the flatness of the focal plane needs to be controlled within a 60-micron envelope in order to achieve the specified PSF variation limit. It is very challenging to measure the flatness of the focal plane to such precision when it is placed in a high vacuum dewar at 173 K. We developed two image based techniques to measure the flatness of the focal plane. By imaging a regular grid of dots on the focal plane, the CCD offset along the optical axis is converted to the variation the grid spacings at different positions on the focal plane. After extracting the patterns and comparing the change in spacings, we can measure the flatness to high precision. In method 1, the regular dots are kept in high sub micron precision and cover the whole focal plane. In method 2, no high precision for the grid is required. Instead, we use a precise XY stage moves the pattern across the whole focal plane and comparing the variations of the spacing when it is imaged by different CCDs. Simulation and real measurements show that the two methods work very well for our purpose, and are in good agreement with the direct optical measurements.

  17. High-speed polarization multiplexed optical scanner for three-dimensional scanning applications

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    Khan, Sajjad A.; Riza, Nabeel A.

    2004-01-01

    A versatile high speed 3-D scanner design is proposed and demonstrated for optical beamforming applications such as free-space laser communications, 3-D displays, scanning 3-D optical microscopy, data retrieval, and vision applications. The scanner consists of fast digital-analog control polarization-based optical beamforming cells resulting in complete three-dimensional beamforming programmability. Features include low electrical power consumption and large aperture beamforming optics, digital repeatability, and time multiplexed accurate analog beamforming. Analog frequency and amplitude control of the nematic liquid crystal beamformer cells allows continuous fine scan programmability over a 0.66 mrad horizontal-deflection, 0.75 mrad vertical deflection, and an infinity to 1.84 m focal length longitudinal scan, all at 1310nm. For the first time is demonstrated a coarse angular deflection of an 8-point linear 1-D scan at 1550 nm with a 35 microsecond random-access time.

  18. Relativistic Length Agony Continued

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    Redzic, D. V.

    2014-06-01

    We made an attempt to remedy recent confusing treatments of some basic relativistic concepts and results. Following the argument presented in an earlier paper (Redzic 2008b), we discussed the misconceptions that are recurrent points in the literature devoted to teaching relativity such as: there is no change in the object in Special Relativity, illusory character of relativistic length contraction, stresses and strains induced by Lorentz contraction, and related issues. We gave several examples of the traps of everyday language that lurk in Special Relativity. To remove a possible conceptual and terminological muddle, we made a distinction between the relativistic length reduction and relativistic FitzGerald-Lorentz contraction, corresponding to a passive and an active aspect of length contraction, respectively; we pointed out that both aspects have fundamental dynamical contents. As an illustration of our considerations, we discussed briefly the Dewan-Beran-Bell spaceship paradox and the 'pole in a barn' paradox.

  19. Visual Scanning Hartmann Optical Tester (VSHOT) Uncertainty Analysis (Milestone Report)

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    Gray, A.; Lewandowski, A.; Wendelin, T.

    2010-10-01

    In 1997, an uncertainty analysis was conducted of the Video Scanning Hartmann Optical Tester (VSHOT). In 2010, we have completed a new analysis, based primarily on the geometric optics of the system, and it shows sensitivities to various design and operational parameters. We discuss sources of error with measuring devices, instrument calibrations, and operator measurements for a parabolic trough mirror panel test. These help to guide the operator in proper setup, and help end-users to understand the data they are provided. We include both the systematic (bias) and random (precision) errors for VSHOT testing and their contributions to the uncertainty. The contributing factors we considered in this study are: target tilt; target face to laser output distance; instrument vertical offset; laser output angle; distance between the tool and the test piece; camera calibration; and laser scanner. These contributing factors were applied to the calculated slope error, focal length, and test article tilt that are generated by the VSHOT data processing. Results show the estimated 2-sigma uncertainty in slope error for a parabolic trough line scan test to be +/-0.2 milliradians; uncertainty in the focal length is +/- 0.1 mm, and the uncertainty in test article tilt is +/- 0.04 milliradians.

  20. Formation of optical microlens by laser polymerization method

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    Suzuki, Kaoru

    2001-11-01

    Optical lens of micrometer order diameter for coupling between optical fiber and laser diode were formed by argon ion laser polymerization method at visible light cured resin. Test resin materials consisted of triethylene glycol dimethacrylate for main resin, camphorquinon for photo initiator of visible light area, hydroquinon for inhibitor, and N,N-dimethylmethacrylate for reducing agent. In order to obtain the micro lens of short focal length and small spherical aberration, the use of this technique makes it possible to simultaneously form the polymerized aria on glass plate at the argon ion laser beam irradiation zone. The polmerized aria made a high quality micro lens without using molding pattern. We have verified our claims with visual inspection, ray trajectory calculations for measurement of side long spherical aberration (transverse aberration), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy for degree of conversion analysis of polymerized resin area, and Duc de Chaulnes method for measurement of lens shape. The lens has a diameter of 300micrometers or more, a focal length of 500micrometers or more with an NA of 0.5, and transverse aberration plot of about 100% of the within the limits of +/- 25micrometers . This method can be applied for producing circular, non-circular, linear, and array micro lenses by scanning or patterning of argon ion laser beam.

  1. Multispectral linear array (MLA) focal plane mechanical and thermal design

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    Mitchell, A. S.; Kaminski, E. F.

    1982-01-01

    The mechanical and thermal design of an integrated focal plane subsystem of a Multispectral Linear Array (MLA) instrument is discussed in terms of focal-plane alignment, thermoelastic performance, and thermal requirements. The modular construction and thermal control of the focal plane array are discussed.

  2. Extended depth of focus adaptive optics spectral domain optical coherence tomography

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    Sasaki, Kazuhiro; Kurokawa, Kazuhiro; Makita, Shuichi; Yasuno, Yoshiaki

    2012-01-01

    We present an adaptive optics spectral domain optical coherence tomography (AO-SDOCT) with a long focal range by active phase modulation of the pupil. A long focal range is achieved by introducing AO-controlled third-order spherical aberration (SA). The property of SA and its effects on focal range are investigated in detail using the Huygens-Fresnel principle, beam profile measurement and OCT imaging of a phantom. The results indicate that the focal range is extended by applying SA, and the direction of extension can be controlled by the sign of applied SA. Finally, we demonstrated in vivo human retinal imaging by altering the applied SA. PMID:23082278

  3. Substrate, focal adhesions, and actin filaments: a mechanical unit with a weak spot for mechanosensitive proteins.

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    Kirchenbchler, David; Born, Simone; Kirchgessner, Norbert; Houben, Sebastian; Hoffmann, Bernd; Merkel, Rudolf

    2010-05-19

    Mechanosensing is a vital prerequisite for dynamic remodeling of focal adhesions and cytoskeletal structures upon substrate deformation. For example, tissue formation, directed cell orientation or cell differentiation are regulated by such mechanosensing processes. Focal adhesions and the actin cytoskeleton are believed to be involved in these processes, but where mechanosensing molecules are located and how elastic substrate, focal adhesions and the cytoskeleton couple with each other upon substrate deformation still remains obscure. To approach these questions we have developed a sensitive method to apply defined spatially decaying deformation fields to cells cultivated on ultrasoft elastic substrates and to accurately quantify the resulting displacements of the actin cytoskeleton, focal adhesions, as well as the substrate. Displacement fields were recorded in live cell microscopy by tracking either signals from fluorescent proteins or marker particles in the substrate. As model cell type we used myofibroblasts. These cells are characterized by highly stable adhesion and force generating structures but are still able to detect mechanical signals with high sensitivity. We found a rigid connection between substrate and focal adhesions. Furthermore, stress fibers were found to be barely extendable almost over their whole lengths. Plastic deformation took place only at the very ends of actin filaments close to focal adhesions. As a result, this area became elongated without extension of existing actin filaments by polymerization. Both ends of the stress fibers were mechanically coupled with detectable plastic deformations on either site. Interestingly, traction force dependent substrate deformation fields remained mostly unaffected even when stress fiber elongations were released. These data argue for a location of mechanosensing proteins at the ends of actin stress fibers and describe, except for these domains, the whole system to be relatively rigid for tensile strain with a mechanical coupling between the front and rear end of a cell. PMID:21386436

  4. Substrate, focal adhesions, and actin filaments: a mechanical unit with a weak spot for mechanosensitive proteins

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    Kirchenbchler, David; Born, Simone; Kirchgener, Norbert; Houben, Sebastian; Hoffmann, Bernd; Merkel, Rudolf

    2010-05-01

    Mechanosensing is a vital prerequisite for dynamic remodeling of focal adhesions and cytoskeletal structures upon substrate deformation. For example, tissue formation, directed cell orientation or cell differentiation are regulated by such mechanosensing processes. Focal adhesions and the actin cytoskeleton are believed to be involved in these processes, but where mechanosensing molecules are located and how elastic substrate, focal adhesions and the cytoskeleton couple with each other upon substrate deformation still remains obscure. To approach these questions we have developed a sensitive method to apply defined spatially decaying deformation fields to cells cultivated on ultrasoft elastic substrates and to accurately quantify the resulting displacements of the actin cytoskeleton, focal adhesions, as well as the substrate. Displacement fields were recorded in live cell microscopy by tracking either signals from fluorescent proteins or marker particles in the substrate. As model cell type we used myofibroblasts. These cells are characterized by highly stable adhesion and force generating structures but are still able to detect mechanical signals with high sensitivity. We found a rigid connection between substrate and focal adhesions. Furthermore, stress fibers were found to be barely extendable almost over their whole lengths. Plastic deformation took place only at the very ends of actin filaments close to focal adhesions. As a result, this area became elongated without extension of existing actin filaments by polymerization. Both ends of the stress fibers were mechanically coupled with detectable plastic deformations on either site. Interestingly, traction force dependent substrate deformation fields remained mostly unaffected even when stress fiber elongations were released. These data argue for a location of mechanosensing proteins at the ends of actin stress fibers and describe, except for these domains, the whole system to be relatively rigid for tensile strain with a mechanical coupling between the front and rear end of a cell.

  5. Application study of the optical biopsy system for small experimental animals

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    Sato, Hidetoshi; Suzuki, Toshiaki; Morita, Shin-ichi; Maruyama, Atsushi; Shimosegawa, Toru; Matsuura, Yuji; Kanai, Gen'ichi; Ura, Nobuo; Masutani, Koji; Ozaki, Yukihiro

    2008-02-01

    An optical biopsy system for small experimental animals has been developed. The system includes endoscope probe, portable probe and two kinds of miniaturized Raman probes. The micro Raman probe (MRP) is made of optical fibers and the ball lens hollow optical fiber Raman probe (BHRP) is made of hollow fiber. The former has large focal depth and suitable to measure average spectra of subsurface tissue. The latter has rather small focal depth and it is possible to control focal length by selecting ball lens attached at the probe head. It is suitable to survey materials at the fixed depth in the tissue. The system is applied to study various small animal cancer models, such as esophagus and stomach rat models and subcutaneous mouse models of pancreatic cancers. In the studies of subcutaneous tumor model mouse, it is suggested that protein conformational changes occur in the tumor tissue within few minutes after euthanasia of the mouse. No more change is observed for the following ten minutes. Any alterations in the molecular level are not observed in normal skin, muscle tissues. Since the change completes in such a short time, it is suggested that this phenomenon caused by termination of blood circulation.

  6. Coronagraphic phase diversity: a simple focal plane sensor for high-contrast imaging.

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    Sauvage, J-F; Mugnier, L; Paul, B; Villecroze, R

    2012-12-01

    Exoplanet direct imaging is a challenging goal of today's astronomical instrumentation. Several high-contrast imaging instruments dedicated to this task are currently being integrated; they are ultimately limited by the presence of quasi-static speckles in the imaging focal plane. These speckles originate in residual quasi-static optical aberrations, which must be measured and compensated for, typically at a nanometric level. We present a novel focal plane wavefront sensor (WFS) designed for this particular application. It is an extension of the phase diversity technique to coronagraphic imaging. This sensor requires no dedicated hardware and uses only two scientific images differing from a known aberration, which can be conveniently introduced by the adaptive optics subsystem. The aberrations are therefore calibrated all the way down to the scientific camera, without any differential aberrations between the sensor and the scientific camera. We show the potential of this WFS by means of simulations, and we perform a preliminary experimental validation. PMID:23202053

  7. Optimized focal and pupil plane masks for vortex coronagraphs on telescopes with obstructed apertures

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    Ruane, Garreth J.; Absil, Olivier; Huby, Elsa; Mawet, Dimitri; Delacroix, Christian; Carlomagno, Brunella; Piron, Pierre; Swartzlander, Grover A.

    2015-09-01

    We present methods for optimizing pupil and focal plane optical elements that improve the performance of vortex coronagraphs on telescopes with obstructed or segmented apertures. Phase-only and complex masks are designed for the entrance pupil, focal plane, and the plane of the Lyot stop. Optimal masks are obtained using both analytical and numerical methods. The latter makes use of an iterative error reduction algorithm to calculate "correcting" optics that mitigate unwanted diffraction from aperture obstructions. We analyze the achieved performance in terms of starlight suppression, contrast, off-axis image quality, and chromatic dependence. Manufacturing considerations and sensitivity to aberrations are also discussed. This work provides a path to joint optimization of multiple coronagraph planes to maximize sensitivity to exoplanets and other faint companions.

  8. Curved Focal-Plane Arrays Using Back-Illuminated High-Purity Photodetectors

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    Nikzad, Shouleh; Hoenk, Michael E.

    2003-01-01

    Curved-focal-plane arrays of back-illuminated silicon-based photodetectors are being developed. The basic idea is to improve the performance of an imaging instrument and simplify the optics needed to obtain a given level of performance by making an image sensor (e.g., a photographic film or an array of photodetectors) conform to a curved focal surface, instead of following the customary practice of designing the optics to project an image onto a flat focal surface. Eyes are natural examples of optical systems that have curved focal surfaces on which image sensors (retinas) are located. One prior approach to implementation of this concept involves the use of curved-input-surface microchannel plates as arrays of photodetectors. In comparison with microchannel plates, these curved-focal-plane arrays would weigh less, operate at much lower voltages, and consume less power. It should also be possible to fabricate the proposed devices at lower cost. It would be possible to fabricate an array of photodetectors and readout circuitry in the form of a very-large-scale integrated (VLSI) circuit on a curved focal surface, but it would be difficult and expensive to do so. In a simple and inexpensive alternate approach, a device (see figure) would have (1) a curved back surface, onto which light would be focused; and (2) a flat front surface, on which VLSI circuitry would be fabricated by techniques that are well established for flat surfaces. The device would be made from ultrapure silicon, in which it is possible to form high-resistivity, thick photodetectors that are fully depleted through their thicknesses. (As used here, "thick means having a thickness between a fraction of a millimeter and a few millimeters.) The back surface would be polished to the curvature of the focal surface of the intended application. To enable the collection of charge carriers excited by photons near the back surface or in the bulk of the device, it would be necessary to form a transparent or semitransparent back-surface electrode, possibly by delta doping. [Delta doping is so named because its density-vs.-depth characteristic is reminiscent of the Dirac function (impulse function): the dopant is concentrated in a very thin layer - nominally, a single atomic layer.

  9. [Maintaining telomere length].

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    Wysoczańska, Barbara

    2013-01-01

    Telomeres protect the ends of chromosomes maintaining genome stability. The activity of telomerase enzyme, or alternatively the process of recombination, regulates the length of telomeres. In the absence of these mechanisms, excessive shortening of telomeres reach its critical level. Excessively shortened telomeres do not protect chromosome ends, the cell division cycle is stopped while the inactivity of replication process generates cellular senescence and cell death. On the other hand, critically shortened telomeres may promote chromosomal instability. These changes can lead to the development of carcinogenesis. In this process enzymatic activity of telomerase is reactivated. To maintain the protection of the chromosome ends, telomeres bind the stabilizing protein complex (shelterin). The presence of these protective proteins prevents undesirable DNA damage and initiates the repair system pathways. Molecular technologies enable the evaluation of telomere lengths, the analysis of telomerase expression and activity, and detection of mutations, polymorphic and epigenetic changes in telomere--shelterin--telomerase complex related genes. The purpose of research is to describe new mechanisms that affect the biology of telomere lengths, and to determine the impact on bone marrow failures, development of haematological malignancies, neurodegenerative diseases and others disorders associated with chromosomal instability. The model of modern therapies based on telomere biology explains the significance of the maintenance of telomere lengths in the process of cellular senescence and carcinogenesis. PMID:24379272

  10. Mappability and read length

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    Li, Wentian; Freudenberg, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Power-law distributions are the main functional form for the distribution of repeat size and repeat copy number in the human genome. When the genome is broken into fragments for sequencing, the limited size of fragments and reads may prevent an unique alignment of repeat sequences to the reference sequence. Repeats in the human genome can be as long as 104 bases, or 105 ? 106 bases when allowing for mismatches between repeat units. Sequence reads from these regions are therefore unmappable when the read length is in the range of 103 bases. With a read length of 1000 bases, slightly more than 1% of the assembled genome, and slightly less than 1% of the 1 kb reads, are unmappable, excluding the unassembled portion of the human genome (8% in GRCh37/hg19). The slow decay (long tail) of the power-law function implies a diminishing return in converting unmappable regions/reads to become mappable with the increase of the read length, with the understanding that increasing read length will always move toward the direction of 100% mappability. PMID:25426137

  11. Genetics Home Reference: Focal dermal hypoplasia

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    ... visual information from the eye to the brain (optic nerve). This abnormal development of the retina and optic nerve can result in a gap or split ... inherited ; kidney ; mosaicism ; mutation ; new mutation ; oligodactyly ; omphalocele ; optic nerve ; palate ; prevalence ; protein ; retina ; sex chromosomes ; sperm ; ...

  12. Heterodyne interferometer with unequal path lengths

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    Kumar, Deepak; Bellan, Paul M.

    2006-08-15

    Laser interferometry is an extensively used diagnostic for plasma experiments. Existing plasma interferometers are designed on the presumption that the scene and reference beam path lengths have to be equal, a requirement that is costly in both the number of optical components and the alignment complexity. It is shown here that having equal path lengths is not necessary, instead, what is required is that the path length difference be an even multiple of the laser cavity length. This assertion has been verified in a heterodyne laser interferometer that measures typical line-average densities of {approx}10{sup 21}/m{sup 2} with an error of {approx}10{sup 19}/m{sup 2}.

  13. Imaging Polarimetry With Polarization-Sensitive Focal Planes

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    Vorobiev, Dmitry; Ninkov, Z.

    2014-01-01

    We present a compact, lightweight, snapshot imaging polarimeter designed for operation in the near-infrared (NIR) and mid-infrared (MIR). Flux, polarization and spectral energy distribution are the fundamental measurements through which we infer properties of the sources of radiation such as intensity, temperature, chemical composition, emission mechanisms and structure. In recent decades, many scientific fields that utilize radiometry and spectroscopy have benefited from revolutionary improvements in instrumentation, for example, charge-coupled devices, hybridized infrared arrays, multi-object spectrometers and adaptive optics. Advances in polarimetric instrumentation have been more modest. Recently, the fabrication of microgrid polarizer arrays (MGPAs), facilitated the development of polarization-sensitive focal planes. These devices have inherent capability to measure the degree and angle of polarization across a scene (i.e., imaging polarimetry) instantaneously, without the need for multiple exposures and moving optics or multiple detectors. MGPA-based devices are compact, lightweight, and mechanically robust and perfectly suited for deployment on space-based and airborne platforms. We describe the design, operation and expected performance of MGPA-based imaging polarimeters and identify the applications for which these polarimeters are best suited.

  14. Focal plane actuation to achieve ultra-high resolution on suborbital balloon payloads

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    Scowen, Paul A.; Miller, Alex; Challa, Priya; Veach, Todd; Groppi, Chris; Mauskopf, Phil

    2014-07-01

    Over the past few years there has been remarkable success flying imaging telescope systems suspended from suborbital balloon payload systems. These imaging systems have covered optical, ultraviolet, sub--millimeter and infrared passbands (i.e. BLAST, STO, SBI, Fireball and others). In recognition of these advances NASA is now considering ambitious programs to promote planetary imaging from high altitude at a fraction of the cost of similar fully orbital systems. The challenge with imaging from a balloon payload is delivering the full diffraction--limited resolution of the system from a moving payload. Good progress has been made with damping mechanisms and oscillation control to remove most macroscopic movement in the departures of the imaging focal plane from a static configuration, however a jitter component remains that is difficult to remove using external corrections. This paper reports on work to demonstrate in the laboratory the utility and performance of actuating a detector focal plane (of whatever type) to remove the final jitter terms using an agile hexapod design. The input to this demonstration is the jitter signal generated by the pointing system of a previously flown balloon mission (the Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory, STO). Our group has a mature jitter compensation system that thermally isolates the control head from the focal plane itself. This allows the hexapod to remain at ambient temperature in a vacuum environment with the focal plane cooled to cryogenic temperatures. Our lab design mounts the focal plane on the hexapod in a custom cryostat and delivers an active optical stimulus together with the corresponding jitter signal, using the actuation of the hexapod to correct for the departures from a static, stable configuration. We believe this demonstration will make the case for inclusion of this technological solution in future balloon--borne imaging systems requiring ultra--high resolution.

  15. Microstructured optical arrays for smart x-ray optics

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    Dunare, Camelia; Parkes, William; Stevenson, Tom; Michette, Alan; Pfauntsch, Slawka; Sahraei, Shahin; Shand, Matthew; Zhang, Dou; Rodriguez Sanmartin, Daniel; Button, Tim; Feldman, Charlotte; Willingale, Richard; Doel, Peter; Wang, Hongchang; James, Ady

    2009-05-01

    The Smart X-ray Optics (SXO) programme is developing advanced active-adaptive optics for X-rays. There are two main themes: large optics for applications in astronomy and small scale optics for micro-probing of biological cells and tissue samples using Ti or Cr Kα radiation (4.5keV and 5.4keV, respectively) in studies related to radiation induced cancers. For the latter objective, microstructured optical arrays (MOAs) have been proposed. These consist of an array of channels deep etched in silicon. They use grazing incidence reflection to focus the X-rays through consecutive aligned arrays of channels, ideally reflecting once off a channel wall in each array. Bending the arrays allows variable focal length. The adaptivity is achieved by flexing the arrays using PZT (Lead Zirconate Titanate)-based piezo actuators. The array bending has been modelled using finite element analysis (FEA) and the results showed that for reasonable efficiency, the wall roughness of the channels should not exceed 2nm. This paper describes two techniques of fabrication the MOAs: dry etching and wet etching. The first method requires a special equipment called "inductively coupled plasma" (ICP) using Bosch processes that are designed to produce features with a high aspect ratio with vertical walls. The second method involves using an alkaline solution for etching <110> silicon wafers. This type of wafer was selected because of the large wet etch ratio between the (111) and (100) planes that leads to smooth vertical walls. For our application tetra-methyl-ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) was used as it is fully compatible with CMOS integrated circuit processes.

  16. Paxillin-dependent stimulation of microtubule catastrophes at focal adhesion sites.

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    Efimov, Andrey; Schiefermeier, Natalia; Grigoriev, Ilya; Ohi, Ryoma; Brown, Michael C; Turner, Christopher E; Small, J Victor; Kaverina, Irina

    2008-01-15

    An organized microtubule array is essential for the polarized motility of fibroblasts. Dynamic microtubules closely interact with focal adhesion sites in migrating cells. Here, we examined the effect of focal adhesions on microtubule dynamics. We observed that the probability of microtubule catastrophes (transitions from growth to shrinkage) was seven times higher at focal adhesions than elsewhere. Analysis of the dependence between the microtubule growth rate and catastrophe probability throughout the cytoplasm revealed that a nonspecific (mechanical or spatial) factor provided a minor contribution to the catastrophe induction by decreasing microtubule growth rate at adhesions. Strikingly, at the same growth rate, the probability of catastrophes was significantly higher at adhesions than elsewhere, indicative of a site-specific biochemical trigger. The observed catastrophe induction occurred at adhesion domains containing the scaffolding protein paxillin that has been shown previously to interact with tubulin. Furthermore, replacement of full-length paxillin at adhesion sites by microinjected paxillin LIM2-LIM3 domains suppressed microtubule catastrophes exclusively at adhesions. We suggest that paxillin influences microtubule dynamics at focal adhesions by serving as a scaffold for a putative catastrophe factor and/or regulating its exposure to microtubules. PMID:18187451

  17. Progress on the development of active micro-structured optical arrays for x-ray optics

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    Rodriguez Sanmartin, Daniel; Zhang, Dou; Button, Tim; Atkins, Carolyn; Doel, Peter; Wang, Hongchang; Brooks, David; Feldman, Charlotte; Willingale, Richard; Michette, Alan; Pfauntsch, Slawka; Sahraei, Shahin; Shand, Matthew; James, Ady; Dunare, Camelia; Stevenson, Tom; Parkes, William; Smith, Andy

    2009-08-01

    The Smart X-Ray Optics (SXO) project comprises a U.K.-based consortium developing active/adaptive micro-structured optical arrays (MOAs). These devices are designed to focus X-rays using grazing incidence reflection through consecutive aligned arrays of microscopic channels etched in silicon. The silicon channels have been produced both by dry and wet etching, the latter providing smoother channel walls. Adaptability is achieved using piezoelectric actuators, which bend the device and therefore change its focal distance. We aim to achieve a 5 cm radius of curvature which can provide a suitable focal length using a tandem pair MOA configuration. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) modelling has been carried out for the optimization of the MOA device design, consider different types of actuators (unimorph, bimorph and active fibre composites), and different Si/piezoelectric absolute and relative thicknesses. Prototype devices have been manufactured using a Viscous Plastic Processing Process for the piezoelectric actuators and dry etched silicon channels, bonded together using a low shrinkage adhesive. Characterisation techniques have been developed in order to evaluate the device performance in terms of the bending of the MOA channels produced by the actuators. This paper evaluates the progress to date on the actuation of the MOAs, comparing FEA modelling with the results obtained for different prototype structures.

  18. Active reflective components for adaptive optical zoom systems

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    Jungwirth, Matthew Edward Lewis

    This dissertation presents the theoretical and experimental exploration of active reflective components specifically for large-aperture adaptive optical zoom systems. An active reflective component can change its focal length by physically deforming its reflecting surface. Adaptive optical zoom (AOZ) utilizes active components in order to change magnification and achieve optical zoom, as opposed to traditional zooming systems that move elements along the optical axis. AOZ systems are theoretically examined using a novel optical design theory that enables a full-scale tradespace analysis, where optical design begins from a broad perspective and optimizes to a particular system. The theory applies existing strategies for telescope design and aberration simulation to AOZ, culminating in the design of a Cassegrain objective with a 3.3X zoom ratio and a 375mm entrance aperture. AOZ systems are experimentally examined with the development of a large-aperture active mirror constructed of a composite material called carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP). The active CFRP mirror uses a novel actuation method to change radius of curvature, where actuators press against two annular rings placed on the mirror's back. This method enables the radius of curvature to increase from 2000mm to 2010mm. Closed-loop control maintains good optical performance of 1.05 waves peak-to-valley (with respect to a HeNe laser) when the active CFRP mirror is used in conjunction with a commercial deformable mirror.

  19. Wave statistics in a coastal focal zone

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    Janssen, T. T.; Herbers, T. H. C.; Pearman, D. W.; Van Ettinger, E.; Smit, P. B.

    2014-12-01

    Wave-current dynamics in wave focal zones in exposed coastal inlets and river mouths are still poorly understood. This is in part due to lack of observations, which are complicated due to the presence of energetic waves, strong (tidal) currents, dynamic seabed morphology, and often busy ship traffic. Conventional (fixed) instruments, such as buoys and bottom-mounted current or pressure sensors, are difficult to maintain in such areas, and the spatial variability of the wave field is difficult to capture with single point measurements, or even arrays of fixed measurements. In addition to the observational difficulties, the effects of e.g. current shear, wave blocking, statistical inhomogeneity [see Smit & Janssen, 2013, J. Phys. Ocean., 43, pp 1741-1758], and nonlinearity [see Janssen & Herbers, 2009, J. Phys Ocean., 39, pp 1948-1964] on wave statistics are not fully understood, not accounted for in operational stochastic wave models, and - as a consequence - often ignored. In this paper, we consider new observational data of waves approaching the Mouth of the Columbia River undergoing bottom refraction and strong wave-current interaction. The data were collected during the 2013 ONR RIVET experiment using an array of free drifting wave-current buoys. The Lagrangian instruments capture the spatial variability of the wave field in the inlet and, by deploying them in large ensembles, resolve the (inhomogeneous and nonlinear) wave statistics in the focal zone. We discuss the use of free-drifting instruments to measure wave statistics in a coastal wave focal zone, consider the observed effects of wave inhomogeneity, and show that non-Gaussian effects are important and affect extreme wave occurrences in the Mouth of the Columbia River.

  20. A kinetic model for RNA-interference of focal adhesions

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    2013-01-01

    Background Focal adhesions are integrin-based cell-matrix contacts that transduce and integrate mechanical and biochemical cues from the environment. They develop from smaller and more numerous focal complexes under the influence of mechanical force and are key elements for many physiological and disease-related processes, including wound healing and metastasis. More than 150 different proteins localize to focal adhesions and have been systematically classified in the adhesome project (http://www.adhesome.org). First RNAi-screens have been performed for focal adhesions and the effect of knockdown of many of these components on the number, size, shape and location of focal adhesions has been reported. Results We have developed a kinetic model for RNA interference of focal adhesions which represents some of its main elements: a spatially layered structure, signaling through the small GTPases Rac and Rho, and maturation from focal complexes to focal adhesions under force. The response to force is described by two complementary scenarios corresponding to slip and catch bond behavior, respectively. Using estimated and literature values for the model parameters, three time scales of the dynamics of RNAi-influenced focal adhesions are identified: a sub-minute time scale for the assembly of focal complexes, a sub-hour time scale for the maturation to focal adhesions, and a time scale of days that controls the siRNA-mediated knockdown. Our model shows bistability between states dominated by focal complexes and focal adhesions, respectively. Catch bonding strongly extends the range of stability of the state dominated by focal adhesions. A sensitivity analysis predicts that knockdown of focal adhesion components is more efficient for focal adhesions with slip bonds or if the system is in a state dominated by focal complexes. Knockdown of Rho leads to an increase of focal complexes. Conclusions The suggested model provides a kinetic description of the effect of RNA-interference of focal adhesions. Its predictions are in good agreement with known experimental results and can now guide the design of RNAi-experiments. In the future, it can be extended to include more components of the adhesome. It also could be extended by spatial aspects, for example by the differential activation of the Rac- and Rho-pathways in different parts of the cell. PMID:23311633

  1. Laser skin perforator with focal point detection

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    Ponce, L.; Arronte, M.; Cabrera, J. L.; Flores, T.

    2006-02-01

    The development of laser skin perforator device for obtaining blood samples is presented. The use of photoelectric proximity photoelectric sensor permits to determine the focal point eliminating any contact and them avoiding the risk of contamination. Perforation of about 0.2 mm - 0.5 mm in diameter can be obtained in order to take the sample of blood. The method permits to make the blood analysis not only avoiding the contamination risk but also diminishing the pain sensation in comparison with metal lancet.

  2. Characterization of DECam focal plane detectors

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    Diehl, H.Thomas; Angstadt, Robert; Campa, Julia; Cease, Herman; Derylo, Greg; Emes, John H.; Estrada, Juan; Kibik, Donna; Flaugher, Brenna L.; Holland, Steve E.; Jonas, Michelle; /Fermilab /Madrid, CIEMAT /LBL, Berkeley /Argonne /Pennsylvania U.

    2008-06-01

    DECam is a 520 Mpix, 3 square-deg FOV imager being built for the Blanco 4m Telescope at CTIO. This facility instrument will be used for the 'Dark Energy Survey' of the southern galactic cap. DECam has chosen 250 ?m thick CCDs, developed at LBNL, with good QE in the near IR for the focal plane. In this work we present the characterization of these detectors done by the DES team, and compare it to the DECam technical requirements. The results demonstrate that the detectors satisfy the needs for instrument.

  3. Focal hepatic infarction with bile lake formation

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    Peterson, I.M.; Neumann, C.H.

    1984-06-01

    Venous thrombosis associated with oral contraceptives is a well recognized phenomenon. Arterial thrombosis, while less common, is also a known risk, as evidenced by the increased incidence of cerebral vascular accidents and myocardial ischemia or infarction. The liver is relatively protected from the usual consequences of arterial thrombosis because of its dual blood supply. The authors present an unusual case of a young woman with a history of oral contraceptive and cigarette use who developed hepatic artery thrombosis and had focal liver lesions on computed tomography (CT) due to hepatic infarction and bile lake formation despite an intact portal venous system.

  4. Psychiatric Symptoms Associated with Focal Hand Dystonia

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    Voon, Valerie; Butler, Tracy R.; Ekanayake, Vindhya; Gallea, Cecile; Ameli, Rezvan; Murphy, Dennis L.; Hallett, Mark

    2014-01-01

    Myoclonus dystonia and idiopathic dystonia are associated with a greater frequency of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and major depression. We investigated the frequency of OCD in 39 patients with primary focal hand dystonia (FHD) using a semistructured interview. OCD and subsyndromal OCD was diagnosed in 5 of 39 (12.82%) patients with FHD, whereas OCD occurs in 2.3% of the general population. Recurrent depression occurred in (7 of 39) 17.95% of patients with FHD along with a family history of depression in (16 of 39) 41.02%. Overlapping mechanisms manifesting as FHD may also predispose to OC symptoms and likely implicates a common striatal dysfunction. PMID:20737548

  5. LWIR hyperspectral imager based on a diffractive optics lens

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    Gupta, Neelam

    2009-05-01

    A diffractive optics lens based longwave infrared hyperspectral imager has been used to collect laboratory and outdoor field test data. The imager uses a specially designed diffractive optics Ge lens with a 320256 HgCdTe focal plane array (FPA) cooled with a Sterling-cooler. The imager operates in 8-10.5 ?m (long wave IR, LWIR) spectral region and an image cube with 50 to 200 bands can be acquired rapidly. Spectral images at different wavelengths are obtained by moving the lens along its optical axis. An f/2.38 diffractive lens is used with a focal length of 70 mm at 8 ?m. The IFOV is 0.57 mrad which corresponds to an FOV of 10.48. The spectral resolution of the imager is 0.034 ?m at 9 ?m. The pixel size is 4040 ?m2 in the FPA. In post processing of image cube data contributions due to wavelengths other than the focused one are removed and a correction to account for the change in magnification due to the motion of the lens is applied to each spectral image. A brief description of the imager, data collection and analysis to characterize the performance of the imager will be presented in this paper.

  6. Vowel length in Farsi

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    Shademan, Shabnam

    2001-05-01

    This study tests whether Farsi vowels are contrastive with respective to length. Farsi has a six-vowel system with three lax vowels and three tense vowels. Both traditional grammarians and modern linguists believe that Farsi tense vowels are longer than lax vowels, and that there are no vowel pairs that contrast only in length. However, it has been suggested that Farsi exhibits compensatory lengthening, which is triggered by the deletion of glottal consonants in coda position in informal speech (Darzi, 1991). As a result, minimal pairs such as [tar] and [tarh] should contrast only with respect to vowel length. A corpus of 90 words of the form CVC, CVCG, CVGC, and CVCC (where V=a vowel and G=a glottal consonant) was recorded, and durations of vowels in different contexts were measured and compared. Preliminary results show that lax vowel durations fall into three groups with CVCC longer than CVCG/CVGC, and the latter longer than CVC. It remains to be seen whether CVCG/CVGC words show compensatory lengthening when the glottal consonant is deleted.

  7. Measurement of subpicosecond electron bunch lengths

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    Lihn, H.

    1996-04-01

    A new frequency-resolved bunch-length measuring system has been developed at the Stanford SUNSHINE facility suitable for subpicosecond electron bunches. This method utilizes a far-infrared Michelson interferometer to measure coherent transition radiation emitted from electron bunches through optical autocorrelation. A simple and systematic way has also been developed to include interference effects caused by the beam splitter, so the electron bunch length can be easily obtained from the measurement. This autocorrelation method demonstrates subpicosecond resolving power that cannot be achieved by existing time-resolved methods. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  8. Measurement of subpicosecond electron bunch lengths

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    Lihn, Hung-chi; Bocek, D.; Kung, P.; Settakorn, C.; Wiedemann, H.

    1995-11-01

    A new frequency-resolved bunch-length measuring system has been developed at the Stanford SUNSHINE facility suitable for subpicosecond electron bunches. This method utilizes a far-infrared Michelson interferometer to measure coherent transition radiation emitted from electron bunches through optical auto-correlation. A simple and systematic way has also been developed to include interference effects caused by the beam splitter, so the electron bunch length can be easily obtained from the measurement. This autocorrelation method demonstrates subpicosecond resolving power that cannot be achieved by existing time-resolved methods.

  9. Measurement of subpicosecond electron pulse length

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    Lihn, H. |

    1997-01-01

    A new frequency-resolved bunch-length measuring system has been developed at the Stanford SUNSHINE facility to characterize subpicosecond electron pulses. Using a far-infrared Michelson interferometer, this method measures the spectrum of coherent transition radiation emitted from electron bunches through optical autocorrelation. The electron bunch length is obtained from the measurement with a simple and systematic analysis that includes interference effects caused by the beam splitter. This method demonstrates subpicosecond resolving power that cannot be achieved by existing time-resolved methods. The principle of this method and experimental results are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  10. Measurement of subpicosecond electron pulse length

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    Lihn, Hung chi

    1996-04-01

    A new frequency-resolved bunch-length measuring system has been developed at the Stanford SUNSHINE facility to characterize subpicosecond electron pulses. Using a far-infrared Michelson interferometer, this method measures the spectrum of coherent transition radiation emitted from electron bunches through optical autocorrelation. The electron bunch length is obtained from the measurement with a simple and systematic analysis which includes interference effects caused by the beam splitter. This method demonstrates subpicosecond resolving power that cannot be achieved by existing time-resolved methods. The principle of this method and experimental results are discussed.

  11. Microbolometer Terahertz Focal Plane Array and Camera with Improved Sensitivity in the Sub-Terahertz Region

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    Oda, Naoki; Kurashina, Seiji; Miyoshi, Masaru; Doi, Kohei; Ishi, Tsutomu; Sudou, Takayuki; Morimoto, Takao; Goto, Hideki; Sasaki, Tokuhito

    2015-10-01

    A pixel in an uncooled microbolometer terahertz (THz) focal plane array (FPA) has a suspended structure above read-out integrated circuit (ROIC) substrate. An optical cavity structure is formed between a thin metallic layer deposited on the suspended structure and a thick metallic layer deposited on the ROIC surface. The geometrical optical cavity length for our previous pixel structure, 3-4 μm, is extended three times, so that responsivity can be increased in the sub-THz region. This modification is carried out by depositing a thick SiN layer on the thick metallic layer. The modified pixel structure is applied to 640 × 480 and 320 × 240 THz-FPAs with 23.5 μm pixel pitch. Minimum detectable powers per pixel (MDP) are evaluated for these FPAs at 4.3, 2.5, 0.6, and 0.5 THz, and the MDP values are found to be improved by a factor of ten at 0.6 and 0.5 THz. The MDP values of the THz-FPAs developed in this work are compared with those of other THz detectors, such as uncooled antenna-coupled CMOS (complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor) THz-FPAs and cooled bolometer arrays. It is found that our THz-FPAs are more sensitive in the sub-THz region than the CMOS THz-FPAs, while they are much less sensitive than the cooled bolometer arrays. These THz-FPAs are incorporated into a 640 × 480 THz camera and 320 × 240 THz camera, and imaging equipment is developed. The equipment consists of a linearly polarized sub-THz source, a collimator lens, a beam homogenizer, two wire grids, a quarter-wave plate, and two THz cameras, and sub-THz images are demonstrated. It should be mentioned for the equipment that imaging of transmission and reflection is realized by moving only the quarter-wave plate, and the reflection image is taken along a direction normal to a sample surface so that the reflection image is hardly deformed.

  12. The Piriform Cortex and Human Focal Epilepsy

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    Vaughan, David N.; Jackson, Graeme D.

    2014-01-01

    It is surprising that the piriform cortex, when compared to the hippocampus, has been given relatively little significance in human epilepsy. Like the hippocampus, it has a phylogenetically preserved three-layered cortex that is vulnerable to excitotoxic injury, has broad connections to both limbic and cortical areas, and is highly epileptogenic – being critical to the kindling process. The well-known phenomenon of early olfactory auras in temporal lobe epilepsy highlights its clinical relevance in human beings. Perhaps because it is anatomically indistinct and difficult to approach surgically, as it clasps the middle cerebral artery, it has, until now, been understandably neglected. In this review, we emphasize how its unique anatomical and functional properties, as primary olfactory cortex, predispose it to involvement in focal epilepsy. From recent convergent findings in human neuroimaging, clinical epileptology, and experimental animal models, we make the case that the piriform cortex is likely to play a facilitating and amplifying role in human focal epileptogenesis, and may influence progression to epileptic intractability. PMID:25538678

  13. Ultrasound elastographic techniques in focal liver lesions

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    Conti, Clara Benedetta; Cavalcoli, Federica; Fraquelli, Mirella; Conte, Dario; Massironi, Sara

    2016-01-01

    Elastographic techniques are new ultrasound-based imaging techniques developed to estimate tissue deformability/stiffness. Several ultrasound elastographic approaches have been developed, such as static elastography, transient elastography and acoustic radiation force imaging methods, which include point shear wave and shear wave imaging elastography. The application of these methods in clinical practice aims at estimating the mechanical tissues properties. One of the main settings for the application of these tools has been liver stiffness assessment in chronic liver disease, which has been studied mainly using transient elastography. Another field of application for these techniques is the assessment of focal lesions, detected by ultrasound in organs such as pancreas, prostate, breast, thyroid, lymph nodes. Considering the frequency and importance of the detection of focal liver lesions through routine ultrasound, some studies have also aimed to assess the role that elestography can play in studying the stiffness of different types of liver lesions, in order to predict their nature and thus offer valuable non-invasive methods for the diagnosis of liver masses. PMID:26973405

  14. Fast & Furious focal-plane wavefront sensing

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    Korkiakoski, Visa; Keller, Christoph U.; Doelman, Niek; Kenworthy, Matthew; Otten, Gilles; Verhaegen, Michel

    2014-07-01

    We present two complementary algorithms suitable for using focal-plane measurements to control a wavefront corrector with an extremely high spatial resolution. The algorithms use linear approximations to iteratively minimize the aberrations seen by the focal-plane camera. The first algorithm, Fast & Furious (FF), uses a weak-aberration assumption and pupil symmetries to achieve fast wavefront reconstruction. The second algorithm, an extension to FF, can deal with an arbitrary pupil shape; it uses a Gerchberg-Saxton style error reduction to determine the pupil amplitudes. Simulations and experimental results are shown for a spatial light modulator controlling the wavefront with a resolution of 170 x 170 pixels. The algorithms increase the Strehl ratio from ~0.75 to 0.98-0.99, and the intensity of the scattered light is reduced throughout the whole recorded image of 320 x 320 pixels. The remaining wavefront rms error is estimated to be ~0.15 rad with FF and ~0.10 rad with FF-GS.

  15. Fast & Furious focal-plane wavefront sensing.

    PubMed

    Korkiakoski, Visa; Keller, Christoph U; Doelman, Niek; Kenworthy, Matthew; Otten, Gilles; Verhaegen, Michel

    2014-07-10

    We present two complementary algorithms suitable for using focal-plane measurements to control a wavefront corrector with an extremely high-spatial resolution. The algorithms use linear approximations to iteratively minimize the aberrations seen by the focal-plane camera. The first algorithm, Fast & Furious (FF), uses a weak-aberration assumption and pupil symmetries to achieve fast wavefront reconstruction. The second algorithm, an extension to FF, can deal with an arbitrary pupil shape; it uses a Gerchberg-Saxton (GS)-style error reduction to determine the pupil amplitudes. Simulations and experimental results are shown for a spatial-light modulator controlling the wavefront with a resolution of 170170??pixels. The algorithms increase the Strehl ratio from ?0.75 to 0.98-0.99, and the intensity of the scattered light is reduced throughout the whole recorded image of 320320??pixels. The remaining wavefront rms error is estimated to be ?0.15??rad with FF and ?0.10??rad with FF-GS. PMID:25090079

  16. Focal embolic cerebral ischemia in the rat

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    Zhang, Li; Zhang, Rui Lan; Jiang, Quan; Ding, Guangliang; Chopp, Michael; Zhang, Zheng Gang

    2015-01-01

    Animal models of focal cerebral ischemia are well accepted for investigating the pathogenesis and potential treatment strategies for human stroke. Occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) with an endovascular filament is a widely used model to induce focal cerebral ischemia. However, this model is not amenable to thrombolytic therapies. As thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) is a standard of care within 4.5 hours of human stroke onset, suitable animal models that mimic cellular and molecular mechanisms of thrombosis and thrombolysis of stroke are required. By occluding the MCA with a fibrin-rich allogeneic clot, we have developed an embolic model of MCA occlusion in the rat, which recapitulates the key components of thrombotic development and of thrombolytic therapy of rtPA observed from human ischemic stroke. The surgical procedures of our model can be typically completed within approximately 30 min and are highly adaptable to other strains of rats as well as mice for both genders. Thus, this model provides a powerful tool for translational stroke research. PMID:25741989

  17. Calreticulin and focal-contact-dependent adhesion.

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    Villagomez, Maria; Szabo, Eva; Podcheko, Alexey; Feng, Tianshu; Papp, Sylvia; Opas, Michal

    2009-08-01

    Cell adhesion is regulated by a variety of Ca2+-regulated pathways that depend on Ca2+-binding proteins. One such protein is calreticulin, an ER-resident protein. Calreticulin signalling from within the ER can affect processes outside the ER, such as expression of several adhesion-related genes, most notably vinculin and fibronectin. In addition, changes in the expression level of calreticulin strongly affect tyrosine phosphorylation of cellular proteins, which is known to affect many adhesion-related functions. While calreticulin has been localized to cellular compartments other than the ER, it appears that only the ER-resident calreticulin affects focal-contact-dependent adhesion. In contrast, calreticulin residing outside the ER may be involved in contact disassembly and other adhesion phenomena. Here, we review the role of calreticulin in focal contact initiation, stabilization, and turnover. We propose that calreticulin may regulate cell-substratum adhesion by participating in an "ER-to-nucleus" signalling and in parallel "ER-to-cell surface" signalling based on posttranslational events. PMID:19767819

  18. Ultrasound elastographic techniques in focal liver lesions.

    PubMed

    Conti, Clara Benedetta; Cavalcoli, Federica; Fraquelli, Mirella; Conte, Dario; Massironi, Sara

    2016-03-01

    Elastographic techniques are new ultrasound-based imaging techniques developed to estimate tissue deformability/stiffness. Several ultrasound elastographic approaches have been developed, such as static elastography, transient elastography and acoustic radiation force imaging methods, which include point shear wave and shear wave imaging elastography. The application of these methods in clinical practice aims at estimating the mechanical tissues properties. One of the main settings for the application of these tools has been liver stiffness assessment in chronic liver disease, which has been studied mainly using transient elastography. Another field of application for these techniques is the assessment of focal lesions, detected by ultrasound in organs such as pancreas, prostate, breast, thyroid, lymph nodes. Considering the frequency and importance of the detection of focal liver lesions through routine ultrasound, some studies have also aimed to assess the role that elestography can play in studying the stiffness of different types of liver lesions, in order to predict their nature and thus offer valuable non-invasive methods for the diagnosis of liver masses. PMID:26973405

  19. Development of a real time MTF test bench for visible optical systems

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    Chen, Xinhua; Chen, Yuheng; Fan, Jiming; Xiang, Chunchang; Shen, Weimin

    2010-11-01

    A real-time MTF test bench for visible optical systems is presented in this paper. This test bench can perform quick on-axis and off-axis MTF measurement of optical systems whose aperture are less than 200mm in visible wavelength. A high quality off-axis parabolic collimator is used as object generator of this test bench. The image analyzer is a microscopy with CCD camera installed on a multi-axis motion stage. The software of this MTF test bench provides a good interface for the operators to set measurement parameters and control this bench. Validation of this test bench, performed with a 50mm plano-convex audit lens, shows that MTF measurement error of this bench is within 0.04. Besides MTF measurement, this bench can also perform effective focal length (EFL) and back focal length (BFL) without any hardware modification. Transmittance of optical system can also be performed on this bench with an integrating sphere.

  20. The Impact of Domestication on the Chicken Optical Apparatus

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    2013-01-01

    Domestication processes tend to release animals from natural selection and favour traits desired by humans, such as food-production and co-operative behaviour. A side effect of such selective breeding is the alteration of unintended traits. In this paper, we investigate how active selection for egg production in chickens has affected the visual system, in particular the optical sensitivity that relates to the ability of chickens to see in dim light. We measured eye dimensions as well as the pupil diameter at different light intensities (the steady state pupil dynamics), in adult male and female White Leghorns and the closest relatives to their ancestor, the Red Junglefowls. With this information, we calculated the focal length and optical sensitivity (f-number) of the eyes. Males have larger eyes than females in both breeds and White Leghorn eyes are larger than those of Red Junglefowls in both sexes. The steady state pupil dynamics is less variable, however, the combination of pupil dynamics and eye size gives a higher optical sensitivity in Red Junglefowl eyes than in White Leghorns at light intensities below approximately 10 cd/m2. While eye size and focal length match the larger body size in White Leghorns compared to Red Junglefowls, the steady state pupil dynamics do not. The reason for this is likely to be that eye morphology and the neuro-muscular control of the pupil have been affected differently by the strong selection for egg production and the simultaneous release of the selection pressure for high performing vision. This study is the first description of how optical sensitivity has changed in a domesticated species and our results demonstrate important considerations regarding domestication processes and sensory ability. PMID:23776492

  1. Design of off-axis four-mirror optical system without obscuration based on free-form surface

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    Huang, Chenxu; Liu, Xin

    2015-11-01

    With the development of modern military technology, the requirements of airborne electro-optical search and tracking system are increasing on target detection and recognition. However, traditional off-axis three-mirror system couldn't meet the requirements for reducing weight and compacting size in some circumstances. Based on Seidel aberration theory, by restricting the aberration functions, the optical system could achieve initial construction parameters. During the designing process, decenters and tilts of mirrors were adjusted continuously to eliminate the obscurations. To balance off-axis aberration and increase angle of view, the free-form mirror was introduced into the optical system. Then an unobstructed optical system with effective focal length of 100 mm, FOV of 16°×16°, and relative aperture as F/7 is designed. The results show that the system structure is compact, with imaging qualities approaching diffraction limit.

  2. GREAT optics

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    Wagner-Gentner, Armin; Graf, Urs U.; Philipp, Martin; Rabanus, David; Stutzki, Jrgen

    2004-10-01

    The German REceiver for Astronomy at Terahertz frequencies (GREAT) is a first generation PI instrument for the SOFIA telescope, developed by a collaboration between the MPIfR, KOSMA, DLR, and the MPAe. The first three institutes each contribute one heterodyne receiver channel to operate at 1.9, 2.7 and 4.7 THz, respectively. A later addition of a e.g. 1.4 THz channel is planned. The GREAT instrument is developed to carry two cryostats at once. That means that any two of the three frequencies can be observed simultaneously. Therefore, we need to be able to quickly exchange the optics benches, the local oscillator (LO) subsystems, and the cryostats containing the mixer devices. This demands a high modularity and flexibility of our receiver concept. Our aim is to avoid the need for realignment when swapping receiver channels. After an overview of the common GREAT optics, a detailed description of several parts (optics benches, calibration units, diplexer, focal plane imager) is given. Special emphasis is given to the LO optics of the KOSMA 1.9 THz channel, because its backward wave oscillator has an astigmatic output beam profile, which has to be corrected for. We developed astigmatic off-axis mirrors to compensate this astigmatism. The mirrors are manufactured in-house on a 5 axis CNC milling machine. We use this milling machine to obtain optical components with highest surface accuracy (about 5 microns) appropriate for these wavelengths. Based on the CNC machining capabilities we present our concept of integrated optics, which means to manufacture optical subsystems monolithically. The optics benches are located on three point mounts, which in conjunction with the integrated optics concept ensure the required adjustment free optics setup.

  3. Length of stain dosimeter

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    Lueck, Dale E. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    Payload customers for the Space Shuttle have recently expressed concerns about the possibility of their payloads at an adjacent pad being contaminated by plume effluents from a shuttle at an active pad as they await launch on an inactive pad. As part of a study to satisfy such concerns a ring of inexpensive dosimeters was deployed around the active pad at the inter-pad distance. However, following a launch, dosimeters cannot be read for several hours after the exposure. As a consequence factors such as different substrates, solvent systems, and possible volatilization of HCl from the badges were studied. This observation led to the length of stain (LOS) dosimeters of this invention. Commercial passive LOS dosimeters are sensitive only to the extent of being capable of sensing 2 ppm to 20 ppm if the exposure is 8 hours. To map and quantitate the HCl generated by Shuttle launches, and in the atmosphere within a radius of 1.5 miles from the active pad, a sensitivity of 2 ppm HCl in the atmospheric gases on an exposure of 5 minutes is required. A passive length of stain dosimeter has been developed having a sensitivity rendering it capable of detecting a gas in a concentration as low as 2 ppm on an exposure of five minutes.

  4. CT appearance of focal fatty infiltration of the liver

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    Halvorsen, R.A.; Korobkin, M.; Ram, P.C.; Thompson, W.M.

    1982-08-01

    Focal fatty infiltration of the liver is an entity that may be confused with liver metastasis on computed tomography (CT). The imaging results and medical records of 16 patients with CT appearance suggestive of focal fatty liver were reviewed, three of whom had the simultaneous presence of metastitic liver disease. Focal fatty liver often has a distinctive appearance with CT, usually with a nonspherical shape, absence of mass effect, and density close to water. Liver metastases are usually round or oval, and unless cystic or necrotic, they have CT attenuation values closer to normal liver parenchyma than water. A radionuclide liver scan almost always resolves any confusion about the differential diagnosis of focal fatty liver: a well defined focus of photon deficiency is due to neoplasm rather than focal fatty infiltration. Sonography sometimes helps to confirm the CT impression, but may be misleading if the diagnosis of focal or diffuse fatty infiltration is not suspected before the examination.

  5. Deep moonquake focal mechanisms: recovery and implications

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    Knapmeyer, M.; Weber, R. C.

    2011-12-01

    A defining characteristic of deep moonquakes is their tendency to occur with tidal periodicity, prompting previous studies to infer that they are related to the buildup and release of tidal stress within the Moon. In studies of tidal forcing, a key constraint is the focal mechanism: the fault parameters describing the type of failure moonquakes represent. The quality of the lunar seismic data and the limited source/receiver geometries of the Apollo seismic network prohibit the determination of deep moonquake fault parameters using first-motion polarities, as is typically done in terrestrial seismology. Without being able to resolve tidal stress onto a known failure plane, we can examine only gross qualities of the tidal stress tensor with respect to moonquake occurrence, so we cannot fully address the role of tidal stress in moonquake generation. We will examine the extent to which shear (S) and compression (P) wave amplitude ratios can constrain moonquake fault geometry by determining whether, for a given cluster, there exists a focal mechanism that can produce a radiation pattern consistent with the amplitudes measured by the Apollo instruments. Amplitudes are read in the ray coordinate frame, directly from seismograms for which the P and S arrivals are clearly identifiable on all long-period channels of the four Apollo stations. We apply an empirical station correction to account for site effects and the differences between P- and S-wave attenuation. Instead of focusing on the best fitting solution only, we formulate the inverse problem using a falsification criterion: all source orientations that do not reproduce the observed SV/P ratios within an error margin derived from the uncertainty of amplitude readings are rejected. All others are accepted as possible solutions. The inversion is carried out using an exhaustive grid search on a regular grid with predefined step size, encompassing all possible combinations of strike, dip and slip. To assess the sensitivity of the inversion for the uncertainty of the lunar interior structure, we carry out repeated inversions with different velocity structures. Our data set consist of a total of 106 events from 25 deep moonquake clusters. The largest contribution of 37 events originates from the most active cluster, A001, while other clusters are represented by 1 to 9 events. Since the definition of a cluster implies that all events share the same source orientation, a comparison of the inversion results of all events from one cluster will reduce ambiguities of the inversion. Once we obtain a suite of fault parameters for a given source, we can attempt to further constrain the focal mechanism with refined analyses of tidal stresses and predictions based on synthetic seismograms.

  6. Deep Moonquake Focal Mechanisms: Recovery and Implications

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    Knapmeyer, Martin; Weber, Renee C.

    2011-01-01

    A defining characteristic of deep moonquakes is their tendency to occur with tidal periodicity, prompting previous studies to infer that they are related to the buildup and release of tidal stress within the Moon. In studies of tidal forcing, a key constraint is the focal mechanism: the fault parameters describing the type of failure moonquakes represent. The quality of the lunar seismic data and the limited source/receiver geometries of the Apollo seismic network prohibit the determination of deep moonquake fault parameters using first-motion polarities, as is typically done in terrestrial seismology. Without being able to resolve tidal stress onto a known failure plane, we can examine only gross qualities of the tidal stress tensor with respect to moonquake occurrence, so we cannot fully address the role of tidal stress in moonquake generation. We will examine the extent to which shear (S) and compression (P) wave amplitude ratios can constrain moonquake fault geometry by determining whether, for a given cluster, there exists a focal mechanism that can produce a radiation pattern consistent with the amplitudes measured by the Apollo instruments. Amplitudes are read in the ray coordinate frame, directly from seismograms for which the P and S arrivals are clearly identifiable on all long-period channels of the four Apollo stations. We apply an empirical station correction to account for site effects and the differences between P- and S-wave attenuation. Instead of focusing on the best fitting solution only, we formulate the inverse problem using a falsification criterion: all source orientations that do not reproduce the observed SV/P ratios within an error margin derived from the uncertainty of amplitude readings are rejected. All others are accepted as possible solutions. The inversion is carried out using an exhaustive grid search on a regular grid with predefined step size, encompassing all possible combinations of strike, dip and slip. To assess the sensitivity of the inversion for the uncertainty of the lunar interior structure, we carry out repeated inversions with different velocity structures. Our data set consist of a total of 106 events from 25 deep moonquake clusters. The largest contribution of 37 events originates from the most active cluster, A001, while other clusters are represented by 1 to 9 events. Since the definition of a cluster implies that all events share the same source orientation, a comparison of the inversion results of all events from one cluster will reduce ambiguities of the inversion. Once we obtain a suite of fault parameters for a given source, we can attempt to further constrain the focal mechanism with refined analyses of tidal stresses and predictions based on synthetic seismograms.

  7. LSST camera optics design

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    Olivier, Scot S.; Riot, Vincent J.; Gilmore, David K.; Bauman, Brian; Pratuch, Steve; Seppala, Lynn; Ku, John; Nordby, Martin; Foss, Mike; Antilogus, Pierre; Morgado, Nazario; Sassolas, Benoit; Flaminio, Raffaele; Michel, Christophe

    2012-09-01

    The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) uses a novel, three-mirror, telescope design feeding a camera system that includes a set of broad-band filters and three refractive corrector lenses to produce a flat field at the focal plane with a wide field of view. Optical design of the camera lenses and filters is integrated in with the optical design of telescope mirrors to optimize performance. We discuss the rationale for the LSST camera optics design, describe the methodology for fabricating, coating, mounting and testing the lenses and filters, and present the results of detailed analyses demonstrating that the camera optics will meet their performance goals.

  8. LSST Camera Optics Design

    SciTech Connect

    Riot, V J; Olivier, S; Bauman, B; Pratuch, S; Seppala, L; Gilmore, D; Ku, J; Nordby, M; Foss, M; Antilogus, P; Morgado, N

    2012-05-24

    The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) uses a novel, three-mirror, telescope design feeding a camera system that includes a set of broad-band filters and three refractive corrector lenses to produce a flat field at the focal plane with a wide field of view. Optical design of the camera lenses and filters is integrated in with the optical design of telescope mirrors to optimize performance. We discuss the rationale for the LSST camera optics design, describe the methodology for fabricating, coating, mounting and testing the lenses and filters, and present the results of detailed analyses demonstrating that the camera optics will meet their performance goals.

  9. Development of megapixel dual-band QWIP focal plane array

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gunapala, S. D.; Bandara, S. V.; Liu, J. K.; Mumolo, J. M.; Hill, C. J.; Ting, D. Z.; Kurth, E.; Woolaway, J.; LeVan, P. D.; Tidrow, M. Z.

    2008-04-01

    Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) 1024x1024 pixel InGaAs/GaAs/AlGaAs based quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal planes and a 320x256 pixel dualband pixel co-registered simultaneous QWIP focal plane array have been demonstrated as pathfinders. In this paper, we discuss the development of 1024x1024 MWIR/LWIR dualband pixel co-registered simultaneous QWIP focal plane array.

  10. Smart trigger logic for focal plane arrays

    DOEpatents

    Levy, James E; Campbell, David V; Holmes, Michael L; Lovejoy, Robert; Wojciechowski, Kenneth; Kay, Randolph R; Cavanaugh, William S; Gurrieri, Thomas M

    2014-03-25

    An electronic device includes a memory configured to receive data representing light intensity values from pixels in a focal plane array and a processor that analyzes the received data to determine which light values correspond to triggered pixels, where the triggered pixels are those pixels that meet a predefined set of criteria, and determines, for each triggered pixel, a set of neighbor pixels for which light intensity values are to be stored. The electronic device also includes a buffer that temporarily stores light intensity values for at least one previously processed row of pixels, so that when a triggered pixel is identified in a current row, light intensity values for the neighbor pixels in the previously processed row and for the triggered pixel are persistently stored, as well as a data transmitter that transmits the persistently stored light intensity values for the triggered and neighbor pixels to a data receiver.

  11. Focal cemento-osseous dysplasia of mandible

    PubMed Central

    Cankaya, Abdlkadir Burak; Erdem, Mehmet Ali; Olgac, Vakur; Firat, Deniz Refia

    2012-01-01

    Fibro-osseous lesions are disturbances in bone metabolism in which normal bone is replaced by a connective tissue matrix that then gradually develops into cemento-osseous tissue. Typically, the lesion is asymptomatic and is detected on routine radiographic examination. Radiologically, this lesion has three stages of maturation: pure radiolucent, radiopaque/mixed radiolucent, and radiopaque appearance. During these stages the lesion can be misdiagnosed. In this case report a 69-year- old patient with a a complaint of painless swelling of the left mandibular molar and premolar area is presented along with a review of the differential diagnoses considered in order to reach a final diagnosis of focal cemento-osseous dysplasia. PMID:22948991

  12. Focal cemento-osseous dysplasia of mandible.

    PubMed

    Cankaya, Abdlkadir Burak; Erdem, Mehmet Ali; Olgac, Vakur; Firat, Deniz Refia

    2012-01-01

    Fibro-osseous lesions are disturbances in bone metabolism in which normal bone is replaced by a connective tissue matrix that then gradually develops into cemento-osseous tissue. Typically, the lesion is asymptomatic and is detected on routine radiographic examination. Radiologically, this lesion has three stages of maturation: pure radiolucent, radiopaque/mixed radiolucent, and radiopaque appearance. During these stages the lesion can be misdiagnosed. In this case report a 69-year- old patient with a a complaint of painless swelling of the left mandibular molar and premolar area is presented along with a review of the differential diagnoses considered in order to reach a final diagnosis of focal cemento-osseous dysplasia. PMID:22948991

  13. Decreased subcortical cholinergic arousal in focal seizures

    PubMed Central

    Motelow, Joshua E.; Li, Wei; Zhan, Qiong; Mishra, Asht M.; Sachdev, Robert N. S.; Liu, Geoffrey; Gummadavelli, Abhijeet; Zayyad, Zaina; Lee, Hyun Seung; Chu, Victoria; Andrews, John P.; Englot, Dario J.; Herman, Peter; Sanganahalli, Basavaraju G.; Hyder, Fahmeed; Blumenfeld, Hal

    2015-01-01

    SUMMARY Impaired consciousness in temporal lobe seizures has a major negative impact on quality of life. The prevailing view holds that this disorder impairs consciousness by seizure spread to the bilateral temporal lobes. We propose instead that seizures invade subcortical regions and depress arousal, causing impairment through decreases rather than through increases in activity. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging in a rodent model, we found increased activity in regions known to depress cortical function including lateral septum and anterior hypothalamus. Importantly, we found suppression of intralaminar thalamic and brainstem arousal systems and suppression of the cortex. At a cellular level, we found reduced firing of identified cholinergic neurons in the brainstem pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus and basal forebrain. Finally, we used enzyme-based amperometry to demonstrate reduced cholinergic neurotransmission in both cortex and thalamus. Decreased subcortical arousal is a novel mechanism for loss of consciousness in focal temporal lobe seizures. PMID:25654258

  14. Focal hand dystonia in musicians: a synopsis.

    PubMed

    Rietveld, A B M; Leijnse, J N A L

    2013-04-01

    Focal hand dystonia in musicians (FHDM), also known as 'musicians' cramp', is a relatively rare, task-specific, pain-free disorder of control, causing unintentional, abnormal movements and/or positions in a part of the body directly involved in playing a musical instrument. Few physicians are familiar with the diagnosis, yet the exact cause of the disorder remains unknown and there is no generally effective therapy. In this synopsis, the authors present their experience with the diagnosis and treatment of FHDM and their aetiology hypothesis that musicians' cramp is caused by a loss of central motor control initiated by a failure of coping mechanisms, which (try to) compensate for the effects of peripheral local movement disturbing factors in the hand. Recent publications focus on the role of the central nervous system and on motor pattern relearning. We recommend further (prospective) research of the results of operative (peripheral) therapy, followed by (central) motor pattern relearning, and of neuropsychological contributions. PMID:23515596

  15. Design of large aperture focal plane shutter

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    Hu, Jia-wen; Ma, Wen-li; Huang, Jin-long

    2012-09-01

    To satisfy the requirement of large telescope, a large aperture focal plane shutter with aperture size of ?200mm was researched and designed to realize, which could be started and stopped in a relative short time with precise position, and also the blades could open and close at the same time at any orientation. Timing-belts and stepper motors were adopted as the drive mechanism. Velocity and position of the stepper motors were controlled by the PWM pulse generated by DSP. Exponential curve is applied to control the velocity of the stepper motors to make the shutter start and stop in a short time. The closing/open time of shutter is 0.2s, which meets the performance requirements of large telescope properly.

  16. Deep Moonquake Focal Mechanisms: Recovery and Implications

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    Weber, Renee C.; Knapmeyer, Martin

    2012-01-01

    A defining characteristic of deep moonquakes is their tendency to occur with tidal periodicity, prompting previous studies to infer that they are related to the buildup and release of tidal stress within the Moon [refs]. In studies of tidal forcing, a key constraint is the focal mechanism: the fault parameters describing the type of failure moonquakes represent. The quality of the lunar seismic data and the limited source/receiver geometries of the Apollo seismic network prohibit the determination of deep moonquake fault parameters using first-motion polarities, as is typically done in terrestrial seismology [ref]. Without being able to resolve tidal stress onto a known failure plane, we can examine only gross qualities of the tidal stress tensor with respect to moonquake occurrence, so we cannot fully address the role of tidal stress in moonquake generation.

  17. Decreased subcortical cholinergic arousal in focal seizures.

    PubMed

    Motelow, Joshua E; Li, Wei; Zhan, Qiong; Mishra, Asht M; Sachdev, Robert N S; Liu, Geoffrey; Gummadavelli, Abhijeet; Zayyad, Zaina; Lee, Hyun Seung; Chu, Victoria; Andrews, John P; Englot, Dario J; Herman, Peter; Sanganahalli, Basavaraju G; Hyder, Fahmeed; Blumenfeld, Hal

    2015-02-01

    Impaired consciousness in temporal lobe seizures has a major negative impact on quality of life. The prevailing view holds that this disorder impairs consciousness by seizure spread to the bilateral temporal lobes. We propose instead that seizures invade subcortical regions and depress arousal, causing impairment through decreases rather than through increases in activity. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging in a rodent model, we found increased activity in regions known to depress cortical function, including lateral septum and anterior hypothalamus. Importantly, we found suppression of intralaminar thalamic and brainstem arousal systems and suppression of the cortex. At a cellular level, we found reduced firing of identified cholinergic neurons in the brainstem pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus and basal forebrain. Finally, we used enzyme-based amperometry to demonstrate reduced cholinergic neurotransmission in both cortex and thalamus. Decreased subcortical arousal is a critical mechanism for loss of consciousness in focal temporal lobe seizures. PMID:25654258

  18. Mercury Cadmium Telluride Hybrid Mosaic Focal Planes

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    Koehler, T.; Martineau, , R.; Wong, T.; Rotolante, R.

    1981-02-01

    A unique process for fabricating HgCdTe photodiodes directly on a variety of substrate materials has been developed. This process, which can achieve fill factors in excess of 90%, has the advantages of minimal thermal mismatch, less than 1% crosstalk and scaling to large array sizes. This structure consists of thin, fully delineated HgCdTe detector ele-ments bonded to a substrate which contains CCD's or individual lead-outs for each detector. The junctions are connected with a common grid electrode. D* (4.5?m) of 1.3 x 1010cmHz2/w has been achieved in 4 x 4 element arrays fabricated directly on silicon substrates. These arrays have immediate applications in mosaic sizes up to 4000 detectors and future development potential of 128 x 128 electronically scanned focal planes.

  19. Test validated alignment and stability performance of the JMAPS program focal plane array assembly in a cryogenic vacuum environment

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    Thompson, Brian C.; Sevilla, Pedro; Watson, Mike; Newswander, Trent; Miles, Duane; Peterson, James

    2013-09-01

    Focal Plane Arrays (FPA) consisting of multiple Sensor Chip Assemblies (SCA) in a precision aligned mosaic are being increasingly used in optical instruments requiring large format detectors. The Joint Milli-Arcsecond Pathfinder Survey Mission (JMAPS) requires very precise positional alignment and stability of its 2 x 2 SCA mosaic at operational temperatures to meet its precision sky mapping mission requirements. Key performance requirements include: detector active area co-planarity, in-plane alignment, and thermal stability. This paper presents an overview of the JMAPS Focal Plane Array Assembly, its alignment and thermal-mechanical stability requirements, and associated test-validated performance in a cryogenic vacuum environment.

  20. Focal cortical dysplasias in autism spectrum disorders

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Background Previous reports indicate the presence of histological abnormalities in the brains of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) suggestive of a dysplastic process. In this study we identified areas of abnormal cortical thinning within the cerebral cortex of ASD individuals and examined the same for neuronal morphometric abnormalities by using computerized image analysis. Results The study analyzed celloidin-embedded and Nissl-stained serial full coronal brain sections of 7 autistic (ADI-R diagnosed) and 7 age/sex-matched neurotypicals. Sections were scanned and manually segmented before implementing an algorithm using Laplaces equation to measure cortical width. Identified areas were then subjected to analysis for neuronal morphometry. Results of our study indicate the presence within our ASD population of circumscribed foci of diminished cortical width that varied among affected individuals both in terms of location and overall size with the frontal lobes being particularly involved. Spatial statistic indicated a reduction in size of neurons within affected areas. Granulometry confirmed the presence of smaller pyramidal cells and suggested a concomitant reduction in the total number of interneurons. Conclusions The neuropathology is consistent with a diagnosis of focal cortical dysplasia (FCD). Results from the medical literature (e.g., heterotopias) and our own study suggest that the genesis of this cortical malformation seemingly resides in the heterochronic divisions of periventricular germinal cells. The end result is that during corticogenesis radially migrating neuroblasts (future pyramidal cells) are desynchronized in their development from those that follow a tangential route (interneurons). The possible presence of a pathological mechanism in common among different conditions expressing an autism-like phenotype argue in favor of considering ASD a sequence rather than a syndrome. Focal cortical dysplasias in ASD may serve to explain the high prevalence of seizures and sensory abnormalities in this patient population. PMID:24252498