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Improving Vision With Shortwave Infrared Line Scan Cameras
 
By Raf Vandersmissen, product manager, Xenics

With better performance and lower cost, shortwave infrared line scan cameras are proving their worth in a variety of machine vision systems, from inspecting and sorting food to detecting cracks inside solar cells.

Spotlight On Automotive Systems
Surface Reflectance Analyzer: RA-532H
Product | Canon USA, Inc. Optoelectronic Components

The Surface Reflectance Analyzer RA-532H is designed to measure and evaluate objects' surface conditions. Utilized measurement methods include standard compliant gloss, haze, Image Clarity (IC), and 2D BRDF (Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function) measurements.

The Growth Of LIDAR For Autonomous Vehicles
Video | Iridian Spectral Technologies

What is a steering wheel? This might not be such an odd question for drivers in the near future. As autonomous vehicles begin to dominate our roads, LIDAR will be an important technology that will allow them to navigate and respond in a safe manner.

Ruggedized Multi-Head High-Speed Camera System: FASTCAM MH6
Product | Photron, Inc.

The MH6 camera head provides outstanding image quality with 1080 HD resolution at 1,000 frame per second and light sensitivity of ISO 5,000 color and ISO 12,500 monochrome.

LIDAR Guns, Accuracy, And Speeding Tickets
Application Note | By Dan Ford, Ophir Photonics

A light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system uses a 130 μW, 904 nm beam produced by three light emitting diodes (LEDs), and a telescope working together in order to calculate how long it takes for the beam to leave the device and return to the telescope.

Resources
Finished Infrared Optics White Paper
White Paper | PG & O Precision Glass & Optics

PG&O finished infrared (IR) optics are designed for a wide range of applications, including biomedical, industrial, military/defense, homeland security, surveillance systems, automotive, fire control, lasers, night vision, and more. 

What To Consider When Selecting A Neutral Density Filter
Article | By Lynn Brown, HOYA Corporation USA Optics Division

Neutral density filters are important components in imaging and light measurement applications, so it's useful to know how to select the right filters to meet your needs.

Hot Topic: The Promise, Advantages, And Challenges Of High-Speed Infrared Cameras
Q&A | By Dr. Austin Richards, FLIR Systems, Inc - Research & Science

While IR cameras are nothing new, the latest high-speed variants bring with them new functionality, benefits, and a few limitations. This Q&A seeks to shed light on all the advantages and potential constraints of high-speed imaging, and to address some of the key questions often asked about this technology.

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