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Battelle Buys Optimer Photonics

Photonics Spectra
Apr 2008
In Columbus, Ohio, Battelle has acquired the intellectual property and other assets of Optimer Photonics Inc., including several US and international patents and patents pending. The portfolio includes optical and electro-optic polymer materials, and photonic approaches for millimeter-wave generation, modulation and detection. Battelle intends to pursue research and development in these areas, including potential applications in wireless data transmission, spectroscopy and standoff detection.


GLOSSARY
modulation
In general, changes in one oscillation signal caused by another, such as amplitude or frequency modulation in radio which can be done mechanically or intrinsically with another signal. In optics the term generally is used as a synonym for contrast, particularly when applied to a series of parallel lines and spaces imaged by a lens, and is quantified by the equation: Modulation = (Imax – Imin)/ (Imax + Imin) where Imax and Imin are the maximum and minimum intensity levels of the image.
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