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WITec Breaks Ground for New HQ

Photonics.com
Apr 2008
Microscope manufacturer WITec GmbH broke ground earlier this month for new headquarters in Ulm, Germany, to include research, production and office facilities. WITec said the new building, located in a science park next to the University of Ulm,  will include space for customer training, instrument presentation and demonstration labs. It is expected to be completed by May 2009. WITec makes optical and scanning probe microscopy systems for materials science, life sciences and nanotechnology markets.



GLOSSARY
microscope
An instrument consisting essentially of a tube 160 mm long, with an objective lens at the distant end and an eyepiece at the near end. The objective forms a real aerial image of the object in the focal plane of the eyepiece where it is observed by the eye. The overall magnifying power is equal to the linear magnification of the objective multiplied by the magnifying power of the eyepiece. The eyepiece can be replaced by a film to photograph the primary image, or a positive or negative relay...
nanotechnology
The use of atoms, molecules and molecular-scale structures to enhance existing technology and develop new materials and devices. The goal of this technology is to manipulate atomic and molecular particles to create devices that are thousands of times smaller and faster than those of the current microtechnologies.
optical
Pertaining to optics and the phenomena of light.
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...
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