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Newport Acquires Picarro Business

Photonics Spectra
Dec 2006
Newport Corp. of Irvine, Calif., has acquired the Laser Products division of Picarro Inc. The Ottawa-based unit designs and manufactures solid-state lasers primarily for the life and health sciences and process control markets. As part of Newport’s Spectra-Physics Lasers Div., it will extend the Excelsior product line with the addition of the Cyan 488-nm blue laser, which has applications in bioinstrumentation. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

In another announcement, Newport has received orders for seven Reveal lasers from the US Drug Enforcement Administration in Alexandria, Va. The portable high-power lasers will be used in crime-scene investigations to detect latent fingerprints for identification and for uncovering body fluids and biological matter for DNA testing.


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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...
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