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Edinburgh Instruments Marks 40 Years

Photonics Spectra
Dec 2011
Heriot-Watt University spinout Edinburgh Instruments Ltd., in Scotland, has announced its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1971 by chief scientific officer S. Desmond Smith, OBE Fellow of the Royal Society, it was the first private company in Britain’s first University Research Park. The company recently restructured into two clearly defined business areas, a photonics division and a sensors division, to help accelerate international growth for in-demand products. Besides offering a range of photonic laser and spectroscopy instrumentation, the company continues R&D of gas sensor products.



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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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