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Thorlabs

BioPhotonics
Jan 2013
Thorlabs of Newton, N.J., has acquired mid-infrared laser supplier Maxion Technologies Inc. from Physical Sciences Inc. of Andover, Mass. Maxion, of College Park, Md., manufactures interband cascade and quantum cascade lasers with output in the 3- to 12-µm range. The devices can be integrated into products aimed at improving chemical sensing, free-space optical communications and infrared countermeasures. The acquisition will enable Thorlabs, a vertically integrated laser company, to manufacture semiconductor lasers with output in the 0.7- to 12-µm wavelength range for industrial sensing, medicine, life sciences, telecommunications and instrumentation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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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...
semiconductor laser
A semiconductor material which is designed and grown for the efficient production of short wavelength stimulated emission through high gain as well as low internal losses. Materials with band gap energies which emit radiation efficiently within the desired wavelength region are used. Diodes may emit vertically in relation to the laser material junction in a VCSEL configuration or horizontally in an edge emitting configuration. Synonymous with laser diode.  Sometimes used...
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