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EuroPhotonics: December 2012

Material Matters for Photovoltaics
Researchers are working to find ever-better materials for solar cell production. It may be tricky times for much of the photovoltaics (PV) industry, but fervent research into solar cell...
Marie Freebody, Contributing Editor,
Grid Connection Slow in Spite of PV Growth
The European photovoltaic installation market is addressing challenges to grid connection, including complex permitting and lengthy wait times. Solar power, now the third most important...
Valerie Coffey, Science Writer,
New Concepts Advance Solar Thermoelectric Energy
An innovative solar receiver tube is expected to increase efficiency and lower costs for concentrated solar power. Successful implementation of a solar thermal parabolic trough directly...
Hugo Cachafeiro, Hiteco and Aries Ingenieria Y Sistemas SA
Prism Awards Finalists Offer Solutions to Big Problems
Finalists from Europe include tools for pollution monitoring, manufacturing, brain imaging and more. Sensors for monitoring environmental toxins and detecting explosives, powerful new lasers...
Melinda A. Rose, and Laura Marshall, Managing Editor,

Powered by the Sun
While not technically powered by the sun, the winter issue of EuroPhotonics certainly was driven by the continuing interest of companies and organizations in Europe to realize the full potential of solar energy. “People want solar power,” said Dr. Winfried Hoffman, president of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), upon the release in September of a report...

Quantum optics work wins physics Nobel
Separate but related quantum optics technologies – ions in a harmonic trap and photons in a cavity – that allow the measurement and control of individual quantum systems were recognized...
OCT images blood vessels that feed cancer
An optical coherence tomography (OCT) technique that noninvasively maps the network of tiny blood vessels in the epidermis could soon help doctors better diagnose, monitor and treat skin cancer. ...
Silicon-erbium chip achieves 170 Gb/s
The integration of silicon and an erbium-doped material on a single chip will amplify light at speeds up to 170 gigabits a second, says a doctoral student at the University of Twente who demonstrated...
Photocurrent of single molecule measured
Single small molecules can be used as functional components in optoelectronic circuits, but until now, controlling and probing such molecules for photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical applications...
Spectroscopic “fingerprints” diagnose brain tumors
A breakthrough in brain tumor diagnosis uses infrared and Raman spectroscopy to differentiate healthy from diseased tissue based on individual biochemical-cell “fingerprints.” ...
Electrons in QDs seen absorbing, emitting light
The special energy states of electrons confined in quantum dots have been observed for the first time, a feat that could help exploit the unique properties of the nanoscale semiconductor materials...
Nanotubes improve hologram projection
Holograms can be generated by harnessing the conductive and light-scattering qualities of carbon nanotubes, a development that could lead to crisper projections with a larger field of view. ...
EU invests in Romania’s nuclear photonics project
The European Commission has approved nearly €180 million ($235 million) for a new laboratory in Romania that will study laser-based nuclear physics. The funding for Extreme Light...
ASML Acquiring Cymer for $2.5B
Semiconductor lithography systems provider ASML Holding NV of Veldhoven, Netherlands, will acquire its light source supplier, Cymer Inc. of San Diego, for €1.95 billion (about $2.5 billion) in...
DirectPhotonics Names Rep for North America
DirectPhotonics Industries GmbH, a Berlin-based provider of ultrahigh-brightness direct diode lasers for materials processing, has named ULO Optics Inc. of Los Gatos, Calif., as its representative...
Corning Opens Tech Center in Berlin
Specialty glassmaker Corning Inc.’s new Corning Technology Center Berlin opened recently in Adlershof Science and Technology Park. Germany’s largest technology park also is home to...
Smaller Pump Laser Packaging Announced
An agreement between optical communications products suppliers Oclaro Inc. of San Jose, Calif., and 3SPGroup of Nozay, France, marks the biggest change in industry standards for small form factor...

App offers guidance where GPS can’t
When you’re wandering through a maze of airport hallways and afraid you’ll miss your flight, your GPS can’t help you. But NAVVIS, an indoor positioning system that operates through a cellphone app, could be just the ticket. The new navigation system, based on visual information and realistic 3-D images, is designed to help visitors orient themselves in vast and complex...

Laser Processing System
A twin laser processing system has been launched by InnoLas Systems GmbH. The ILS TT DS for laser processing, contact opening and selective emitter doping of solar cells is equipped with laser sources and two optics for high throughput. Contact opening and selective emitter doping are important for high-efficiency crystalline solar cells. The ILS TT DS is designed to use laser...
InnoLas Laser GmbH
Dual-AR Coating
Andor Technology plc has launched its extended-range, dual-antireflection (AR) technology for the Newton and iDus spectroscopy CCD platforms. The coating extends the near-infrared quantum efficiency...
Andor Technology plc, Corporate Headquarters
AR Coating of GRIN Lenses
The complex coating of temperature-sensitive optics at process temperatures below 100 °C, previously challenging, is now promising – despite the long coating times required for such complex...
Laser Components GmbH
Molding Technology
Docter Optics GmbH provides vendors of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems with optical components produced with the use of its DOCFast molding technology. CPV designs are based on the...
Docter Optics SE
Tunable Laser and Wide-Band Tunable Filters
Yenista Optics has released Tunics T100S-HP/CL, a high-power tunable laser, and XTM-50/W and XTA-50/W, XT-type flattop optical tunable filters that offer wide-bandwidth adjustment ranges. The...
Yenista Optics
Life Sciences Software
For surface imaging and metrology compatible with scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) and multispectral Raman instruments, Digital Surf has announced a new generation of Mountains 7 software. ...
Digital Surf SARL
Multi-Ion-Beam Tool
The ORION NanoFab is being introduced by Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH. The multi-ion-beam tool based on gas field ion source technology is an enhancement to the existing helium ion microscope and also...
Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH, Optical Sensor Systems
Water-Cooling System
A modular water-cooling system from autoVimation is suitable for all in-house protective camera enclosures with a dovetail profile. It extends the permissible ambient temperature range for...
autoVimation GmbH
BioDrop Ltd. has launched its line of microvolume spectroscopy systems in the US market. The BioDrop Cuvette and BioDrop UV/VIS spectrophotometers are for use in life sciences laboratories. ...
Industrial Camera
A compact industrial camera has been introduced by IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH. The USB uEye ML is suitable for mechanical engineering applications. The robust camera has a USB 2.0...
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
Handheld OTDRs
Four models have been added to Yokogawa Test & Measurement’s AQ1200 series handheld optical time-domain reflectometers (OTDRs) for FTTx applications. The triple-wavelength AQ1200E...
Yokogawa Europe BV
Microscope Software
An updated version of the LEXT OLS4000 confocal laser scanning microscope software has been released by Olympus Europa Holding GmbH. Compatible with Windows 7, 64-bit operation, version 2.2...
Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG, Medical Systems & Micro-Imaging Solutions Group
Single-Frequency Lasers
Cobolt AB has released four single-frequency diode-pumped solid-state lasers based on the 05-01 platform. The Zouk 355 nm is now available with output power up to 20 mW; the Samba 532 nm up...
Cobolt AB
Surface Measuring System
Fries Research and Technology GmbH’s MicroScope WLI (white light interferometry) is a surface measuring system based on an optical microscope. It is supplied with a full white light...
FRT, Fries Research & Technology GmbH
Airborne Laser Scanner
Riegl Laser Measurement Systems GmbH has launched the LMS-Q780 long-range airborne laser scanner with an operating flight altitude of up to 10,000 ft at a 100-kHz laser pulse repetition rate. ...
Riegl Laser Measurement Systems GmbH
Low-Light-Imaging CCD Camera
For real-time Raman spectroscopy, chemiluminescence and microscopy applications, Artemis CCD has announced the QS14 thermoelectrically cooled CCD camera. It is suitable for OEM manufacturers and for...
Artemis CCD Ltd.
Digital Video Camera
Specialised Imaging Ltd. has introduced Kirana, an ultrahigh-speed video camera that operates at 2 million fps. Incorporating a proprietary hybrid sensor, the compact camera produces 924...
Specialised Imaging

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