December 2016 Newsletter

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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National Cancer Institute Orders Potomac Modular Flow Cytometer The National Cancer Institute (NCI) gave Kinetic River a vote of confidence earlier this year when it ordered a Potomac Modular Flow Cytometer customized to use novel light sources. The Potomac system is the perfect choice for this project; using off-the-shelf parts, it is easily customized and reconfigured. In the NCI laboratory of William Telford, Ph.D., it will serve as a test bed for novel laser sources, detectors, electronics and other technologies critical to t ..

Hyland Optical October Lunch and Learn

Monday, October 06, 2014
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This Friday (10/10/2014) I will be delivering a seminar on new optomechanical design tools as part of Hyland Optical Technologies' October Lunch & Learn (http://hylandlunchnlearn141010.eventbrite.com) event. Hyland Optical, in Scotts Valley, CA, is the new owner of the Ealing (http://www.ealingcatalog.com/) brand of catalog components (see Laser Focus World announcement (http://www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/2013/11/hyland-optical-technologies-acquires-assets-of-ealing-catalog.html)). This event will also include a tour of their facility and some cool giveaways. ** Blog U ..

Optical Design Review Checklist: Components

Tuesday, July 08, 2014
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In our technical analytical work with clients at Kinetic River, there are many questions that come up again and again--for example, in design reviews. We have developed a series of checklists that we use to evaluate the nature and quality of technology and intellectual property. This example illustrates our design review process for the case of optical components: the general approach is to get the broad picture first, then drill down to the specific technical attributes. By the end, we have enough information to put the component in context, and dive deeper into relevant technical details ..

If You Can Make Your Car Tires Screech, You Can Build a Laser

Monday, March 11, 2013
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While this is not exactly the typical required experience you find in high-tech job descriptions, the point is that to learn how to make tires screech, you’ve already had to master a delicate balance between energy storage and energy dissipation. And that’s the key principle on which a special kind* of pulsed laser is based. Fig. 1: You don’t need a Ferrari to burn some rubber. A FIAT will do just fine. Lasers of any kind are already pretty nifty: they make bright, supersharp beams, generally of a single color. Pulsed lasers are one notch nif ..

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