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EuroPhotonics: March 2014

Multichannel Switch Improves Fiber Optic Networks
Fiber optic networks must be reliable, and fast fiber optic switches help make that happen. As data transmission continues to grow, operators are being forced to trim their fiber optic networks for maximum performance and reliability, which means that data networks must be flexible and require an increasingly higher standard of safety. Continuous monitoring leads to early detection of...
Dr. Barbara Stumpp, Freelance Writer
sCMOS Cameras Examine Movements of Pathogens
Researchers seek side-effect-free treatment for African sleeping sickness, and fast imaging technology plays a vital role in the effort. It’s an age-old epidemic, and it’s...
Dr. Gerhard Holst, PCO AG, and Dr. Markus Engstler and Dr. Tim Krüger, University of Würzburg
CEOs Sound Off on Global Vision Market
Machine vision plays a huge role in industrialization in Europe and the US, and it will increasingly affect automation and other market factors in Asia, according to an executive roundtable organized...

Photons Riding a Wave of Innovation, Celebration
We are thrilled to congratulate the winners of the 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. In a gala evening event held Feb. 5 during Photonics West, crystal statues were presented to eight companies and products in nine categories, including two companies and three winning products from Germany. Nanoscribe GmbH of Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen won in the Advanced Manufacturing category for the...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher,

Ultrathin PV Device is Highly Efficient
A thin film of perovskite sandwiched between two very thin organic semiconductors makes for a photovoltaic device with high power conversion efficiency, researchers have discovered. The thin-film photovoltaic device. A group led by Hendrik Bolink of the Instituto de Ciència Molecular (ICMol) at the University of Valencia developed the device in collaboration with colleagues at...

Prism Awards honor innovations in photonics
A spectrometer security system, a 3-D printer and a CW laser were the European winners at the 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation announced Feb. 5 at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco....
UN Proclaims 2015 ‘International Year of Light’
2015 was proclaimed as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) during the 71st Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly 68th Session on Friday, a move lauded by a...
Technique Stabilizes Femtosecond Pulses
A new technique that stabilizes femtosecond (fs) pulses generated in a microresonator could improve devices dependent on such pulses for applications in telecommunications, broadband spectroscopy and...
Photonics Gateway Launches
The objective of, a new national website, is mapping the UK's photonics activity to assist industry and academia with finding resources and collaborators. Hosted by the...
Partnership to Advance Optical Biopsies
Medical device company Mauna Kea Technologies and Imperial College London are partnering to advance research and applications of Mauna Kea's optical biopsy platform, the partners announced recently....
EPIC Celebrates 10 Years
EPIC, the European Photonics Industry Consortium, marked its 10th anniversary last week with a number of activities involving the European photonics community, including meetings with the European...
THz Generator Has Highest Signal Quality
A terahertz (THz) generator currently in development improves signal quality by 1 million times as compared with the best device of its kind available on the market, opening the technology to...
VDMA Photonics Forms Steering Committee
The German Engineering Association (VDMA) Photonics Forum has appointed high-ranking representatives from various sectors to a new, industry-led steering committee, the association announced this...
Oxford Instruments Acquiring Andor Technology
Oxford Instruments plc is acquiring Andor Technology for approximately £176 million (about $286.5 million) in cash, the company announced this week. The deal, being made through a subsidiary,...
By Melinda Rose, Senior Editor
Ultrashort-Pulse Laser Wins German Future Prize
The academic and industry partnership that moved ultrashort-pulse lasers out of the research lab and onto the factory floor was awarded the 2013 German Future Award this week by German Federal...
Nanowire Lasers Emit at Useful Wavelengths
Threadlike semiconductors can be made to emit light at useful wavelengths, demonstrating potential as lasers for applications in computing, communications, and environmental and biological sensing....
Optical Fiber Throughput Boosted Tenfold
A simple, innovative solution reduces the amount of space required between the pulses of light that transport data through an optical fiber, dramatically increasing their capacity. Optical...

The science of comfort
Everyone has at least one pair: sneakers that flatten your feet. High heels that rub your heels raw. Loafers that cramp your toes. You try, fruitlessly, to patch the damage with bandages or thick socks. In today’s cookie-cutter world of shoe design, however, it is not uncommon to cope with the pain. Thankfully, with the help of biomechanics, it doesn’t have to be this way. ...

Deformable Mirrors
Iris AO’s deformable mirrors, distributed by Laser 2000 GmbH, use patented MEMS technology and feature 100 to 500 actuators with inscribed apertures from 3.5 to 7.7 mm. The mirrors...
Laser 2000 GmbH
ProCam Camera Module Testing
Trioptics GmbH’s ProCam tests the active alignment of camera modules that combine optics with a sensor and a readout circuit. The device includes standard measurement systems with test...
Microscopy Illumination
Andor Technology has introduced Borealis illumination technology for multifocal confocal microscopy for scientific imaging applications. Borealis extends the excitation wavelength range from...
Andor Technology Ltd., Corporate Headquarters
Surface Inspection
The ConfoPort CPO-LV-SD measuring system from confovis GmbH provides noncontact quality inspection of the surface integrity of optical lenses down to the nanometer range. The system measures...
Mini Zoom Lens
Resolve Optics Ltd. has developed a variant of its Model 207 miniature motorized zoom lens that enhances the deep-sea welding capabilities of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Replacing traditional...
Resolve Optics Ltd.
Laser Machine
Eurolaser has added six laser machines and a new machine size to its product line, enabling mechanical tools to be used parallel to the laser for greater flexibility in the cutting and engraving of...
eurolaser GmbH
Laser Marking Workstations
FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving is offering two new laser marking workstation models, the M2000-B/P and M3000-B/P, for processing geometrically complex parts for the automotive, metal, tool and...
FOBA Laser Marking & Engraving
Optical Mirrors
Newport Spectra-Physics GmbH’s Valumax series mirrors cover the UV, visible and IR with a wavelength range from 250 nm to 20 µm. Six metallic and broadband dielectric coatings are...
Newport Spectra-Physics GmbH
Thermal Imaging Camera
The X6580sc thermal imaging camera from Flir Systems Inc. provides ultrafast frame-rate acquisition for scientific and research applications involving dynamic thermal events. The device...
FLIR Systems
Radiation-Hard Sensor Head
The FPS3010 interferometric replacement sensor from attocube systems AG is available with M12 radiation-hard sensor heads for operation in radioactive environments at radiation doses of up to 10 MGy....
attocube systems AG
FMC Option for Aerial Camera
Phase One Industrial has released a forward motion compensation (FMC) option that enables the iXA aerial camera system to fly more days under less than optimal light conditions. The new...
Phase One A/S
Thin-Film Deposition System
The ColdAb Series 4 thin-film deposition system from Picodeon Ltd. Oy is designed for pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of oxides, metals and several composites in volume manufacturing. The system...
Picodeon Ltd. Oy
Refractive Beam Shaper
AdlOptica GmbH’s refractive Focal-πShaper 9_532q, optimized for 532-nm lasers, transforms a round Gaussian laser beam into a square focused spot with almost 100% efficiency for...
AdlOptica GmbH
Beam Propagation Analyzer
The BQM-50 beam propagation analyzer from Arden Photonics Ltd. measures lasers used in applications such as surveying, medical diagnostics, precision measurement, scanning and lidar. The compact,...
Arden Photonics Ltd.

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