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  • Byer to Chair Mobius Board
Oct 2009
RobertByer.jpgMobius Photonics of Santa Clara, Calif., a producer of short pulsed fiber laser sources, has named company co-founder Robert L. Byer chairman of its board of directors. Byer is the 2009 winner of the Frederic Ives Medal, the highest award given by the Optical Society of America (See also Medal Winner Talks Lasers). He has been elected vice president of the American Physical Society for 2010 and is a past president of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (IEEE LEOS). He is a professor of physics at Stanford University, where he has served as vice provost and dean of research as well as chairman of the applied physics department. He has served as director of the Edward L. Ginzton and Hansen Experimental Physics laboratories and is a founding member of the California Council on Science and Technology. Mobius Photonics also recently named Robert Mortensen as its CEO. The company’s fiber-based infrared, green and ultraviolet laser sources are used in applications ranging from materials processing for solar cell manufacturing to semiconductor fabrication and assembly, flat panel display manufacturing and STED (stimulated emission depletion) microscopy.

fiber laser
A laser in which the lasing medium is an optical fiber doped with low levels of rare-earth halides to make it capable of amplifying light. Output is tunable over a broad range and can be broadband. Laser diodes can be used for pumping because of the fiber laser's low threshold power, eliminating the need for cooling.
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...
solar cell
A device for converting sunlight into electrical energy, consisting of a sandwich of P-type and N-type semiconducting wafers. A photon with sufficient energy striking the cell can dislodge an electron from an atom near the interface of the two crystal types. Electrons released in this way, collected at an electrode, can constitute an electrical current.
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