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Photonics.com
Sep 2005
Bedford, Mass.-based Spire Corp., a supplier of photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing equipment and production lines worldwide, has contracted with Unison Co. Ltd. of Chonan-City, Korea, to provide an advanced PV module production line. Spire has started work on the equipment for the line, capable of producing over 15 MW per year, with delivery scheduled for early 2006. . . . Eastman Kodak Co. of Rochester, N.Y., has obtained FDA approval for enhancements to its mammography computer-aided detection (CAD) system, launched 10 months ago. The company says the first update to its CAD system software increases the system's sensitivity to microcalcification clusters while reducing the number of false positive markers. . . . Southborough, Mass.-based Protonex Technology Corp., a manufacturer of fuel cell power systems for portable and remote applications, has signed an agreement with defense company Northrop Grumman Laser Systems of Los Angeles, Calif., to develop a portable power fuel cell system for the US Air Force. The companies recently demonstrated a prototype of the system, based on a 30 W portable power system fueled by chemical hydride, for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.


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photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
power
With respect to a lens, the reciprocal of its focal length. The term power, as applied to a telescope or microscope, often is used as an abbreviation for magnifying power.
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