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JDSU Buys QuantaSol IP

Photonics Spectra
Sep 2011
JDSU, an optical networking and test and measurement products provider, has acquired product design, patented intellectual property and other assets from QuantaSol, a concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology provider based in Kingston upon Thames, UK. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. JDSU said that it will use QuantaSol’s multiple quantum well (MQW) technology for its CPV cell product platform. MQW technology allows more light to be converted to electrical power by raising the efficiency of CPV cells. JDSU plans to transfer QuantaSol’s assets to its Milpitas, Calif., headquarters over the next six months.



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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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