ID Quantique Receives Impact Award from Unitec

ID Quantique Receives Impact Award from Unitec Since its inception, the technology transfer office of the Université de Genève, Unitec, has demonstrated an instrumental role in transferring technologies from the laboratory towards the marketplace by working with start-up companies as well as existing companies in Switzerland, Europe and the rest of the world. On the … Continue reading

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EOT Provides Components for HAPLS

Electro-Optics Technology (EOT) supplies many components to the High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS) developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Today HAPLS can produce 0.5 petawatt (PW) of power at 3.3 Hz. This is 200,000 times faster than the first petawatt laser. This laser has a repetition rate of up to 10 Hz with a … Continue reading

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Sensors for Space Telescope Lens Testing

The Euclid Satellite project a good example of how Philtec’s sensors are being used with excellent results in cryogenic conditions. This month Philtec again delivered sensor systems for space telescope lens distortion measurements. These are 2-channel fiber optic displacement sensor systems (see image above) designed for 3.2 mm operation in vacuum. Seven 2-channel sensor systems … Continue reading

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Measuring Cryogenic Turbopump Speed

Background An axial-flow pump, or AFP, is a common type of pump that essen­tially consists of a propeller (an axial impeller) in a pipe. Cryogenic turbopumps (CTP) are the heart of a rocket engine. With today’s generation of reusable heavy launch space vehicles, CTPs supply pressurized subcooled fuel and oxidizer fluids which are mixed and … Continue reading

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Measuring Embedded Objects

Philtec specializes in the design of fiber optic sensor systems for gaining access to hard-to-reach targets. In March 2019, several dozen model D47 sensors were delivered with long fiber optic cables and very small 90° probes as seen here. The fiber optic cable lengths varied from 21 ft (6.4 m) to 55 ft (16.8 m)… Continue reading

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Space Telescope Lens Tests

It’s not often we discover how well Philtec sensors perform for customers. The Euclid Satellite project is a good example of their sensors being used with excellent results in cryogenic conditions. A technical paper published in 2012  describes how Philtec’s high precision sensors were successfully used at 150°K to verify the distortion of lens holders to … Continue reading

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MCP-PMT for LIDAR Applications

Photonis has launched a new Micro-Channel Plate/PhotoMultiplier Tube (MCP-PMT) for LIDAR applications. MCP-PMTs enable detection from single photon to few GHz in photon burst mode and few 100 MHz in continuous illumination thanks to the high linearity properties. Along with the extremely low dark rate, the new detector is capable of 8 orders of magnitude dynamic … Continue reading

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