World’s Leading Supplier of Fused Fiber Optic Tapers and Faceplates to the Scientific Marketplace
X-Ray crystallography, electron microscopy, and high-speed DNA sequencing cameras all benefit from INCOM’s fiber optic faceplates and tapers. We produce the largest and most distortion-free fused fiber optic tapers in the world, and we produce more tapers in the scientific marketplace than any other company. The precision of INCOM’s fiber optic tapers helps propel researchers and equipment manufacturers to the limits of scientific discovery by providing the most reliable research data.
X-ray crystallography is a method used for determining the atomic and molecular structure of a crystal, in which the crystalline atoms cause a beam of X-rays to diffract into many specific directions. By measuring the angles and intensities of these diffracted beams, a crystallographer can produce a three-dimensional picture of the density of electrons within the crystal. The knowledge of these three-dimensional crystal structures helps to greatly accelerate drug discovery. In this system, a fused fiber optic taper is bonded to a CCD. The taper allows for a significantly more data to be acquired during the diffraction process which is then transferred directly to the CCD.
TEM – Transmission Electron Microscope
Many of Incom’s fused fiber optics are used in a variety of TEM systems. This is a microscopy technique whereby a beam of electrons is transmitted through an ultra-thin specimen, interacting with the specimen as it passes through. An image is formed from the interaction of the electrons transmitted through the specimen; the image is magnified and focused onto an imaging device, such as a CCD camera. It is this CCD that is bonded to a fused fiber optic along with a scintillator that enables high resolution and high contrast images, while optimizing speed and minimizing noise. A Transmission Electron Microscope is ideal for a number of different fields such as life sciences, nanotechnology, medical, biological and material research, forensic analysis, gemology and metallurgy as well as industry and education.
Incom’s Custom Fiber Optic Tapers and Arrays
Push the Boundaries of Scientific Applications
INCOM’s ability to create the world’s largest fused fiber optic tapers allows scientists to capture huge imaging areas with very high resolution. INCOM dominates the X-ray crystallography field because of this ability. By manufacturing fiber optic tapers up to 200mm in diameter, INCOM’s OEM customers can create single-module cameras that can capture larger images than any other source.
Custom engineering processes at INCOM also allows our OEM partners to engineer solutions for specific needs. Taper arrays in various sizes and configurations continue to lead the push for larger and larger data collecting areas. Again, in X-ray crystallography, INCOM has worked with OEMs to develop arrays of several tapers and CCD (charge-coupled device) sensors in a multiple-module mosaic. These configurations allow for large-area imaging without the loss of any resolution capabilities.