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EuroPhotonics: October 2011

FEATURES
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Machine Vision Sees Growth
The European machine vision industry is experiencing a solid recovery from the economic downturn. Good news: The European machine vision industry recovered from the crisis of 2009 a while ago,...
Andreas Breyer, Europeon Machine Vision Association
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Multicamera Systems Capture Every Angle
Recent technology advances, ranging from very wide fields of view to invisible wave bands and affordable ultralow-noise devices, are creating fascinating new applications for multicamera systems. ...
Scott York, !%Photonics Science Ltd.%!
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Wafer-Level-Optics Project Enables Ever-Smaller Micro-Optics
An EU-funded research project aims to level out a new path for the optics industry in producing glass micro-optics. The growing demand for compact technical products and the miniaturization...
Martin Hünten, Daniel Hollstegge, Yang Wang, Reik Krappig, Olaf Dambon and Fritz Klocke, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
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“A Wave of Optimism Is Spreading Again”
As the economy starts to pick up, Vision 2011 will turn an eye on machine vision applications and complete systems for industrial and nonindustrial purposes. A full range of machine vision...
Laura S. Marshall, Managing Editor, laura.marshall@photonics.com


EDITORIAL
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Mapping a Course Out of the “Valley of Death”
Photonics21 committed €5.6 billion (about $7.4 billion) in September to a proposed Photonics Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the European Commission (EC) aimed at boosting economic growth and jobs. Operational details are still to be worked out, but the industry commitment will be combined with €1.4 billion from the EC, for a total of €7 billion to fund alignment of...


ECOPHOTONICS
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New Approaches Could Make Solar a Better Business
Advances in laser drilling, coatings and polygon scanner technology promise to speed up photovoltaic panel production – and drive down costs, too. The closer you get to Germany by plane, the more the country seems to glitter. Shiny solar panels cluster on rooftops and installations in and around cities, and they crop up in more agricultural areas as well. Many of these solar collectors...
Laura S. Marshall, Managing Editor, laura.marshall@photonics.com


EURO NEWS
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X-ray camera to shoot molecules in 3-D
A £3 million x-ray camera that can take images at a speed equivalent to 4.5 million frames per second could help scientists to better understand the structure of matter. Engineers at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have built the device for the new European XFEL (x-ray free-electron laser) facility in Hamburg, Germany, in collaboration with the University of...
Ashley N. Paddock, ashley.paddock@photonics.com
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Solar lamps brighten future in Madagascar
A solar-powered lighting project gives families in Madagascar a cleaner, safer and more affordable alternative for lighting their homes. Traditionally, kerosene lamps have been the source of...
Ashley N. Paddock, ashley.paddock@photonics.com
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Virtual zones safeguard robots, co-workers
A new imaging system monitors workplace environments to help employees and industrial robots, which typically work separately, to collaborate more closely on assembly jobs. Robots that assist...
Ashley N. Paddock, ashley.paddock@photonics.com
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Novel Z polarizer benefits laser micromachining
A new laser writing technique has been used to produce Z polarizers, or radial polarization converters, that can be used for laser machining, microscopy, optical tweezers and Raman spectroscopy...
Ashley N. Paddock, ashley.paddock@photonics.com
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LEDs transfer data to mobile devices
Regular LEDs in overhead lighting are being turned into an optical wireless area network that transfers high-speed data from the Internet directly to laptops and other mobile devices – safely...
Ashley N. Paddock, ashley.paddock@photonics.com
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Red-light-emitting carbon nanotubes could brighten OLEDs
Carbon nanotubes with light-emitting chemicals attached glow with red light when exposed to ultraviolet wavelengths. Inducing carbon nanotubes to emit light is difficult, as they are excellent...
Ashley N. Paddock, ashley.paddock@photonics.com
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Sun brings water to desert crops
In the hot, arid climate of the Egyptian desert, crop growth has proved difficult because of the limited water supply found deep in underground wells. With only a few resources available, farmers in...
Ashley N. Paddock, ashley.paddock@photonics.com
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Undergrad solves cloaking puzzle with slow light
An undergraduate at the University of St. Andrews has overcome a major hurdle in the development of invisibility cloaks by adding an optical device into the cloak’s design that not only remains...
Ashley N. Paddock, ashley.paddock@photonics.com
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Laser Optics Berlin, OSA team up for trade show
With new partners and a focus on new topics, the biennial Laser Optics Berlin trade fair taking place March 19-21, 2012, will feature a combination of optical and microsystems technologies. ...
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Leica Microsystems, CMED Collaborate
In vitro diagnostic company China Medical Technologies Inc. (CMED) of Beijing and Leica Biosystems, a division of Leica Microsystems based in Wetzlar, Germany, have established a sales, research and...
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Carl Zeiss Licenses Technique, Receives Order
Carl Zeiss of Jena, Germany, has received a license from the University of California, San Francisco, for the commercialization of multidirectional selective plane illumination microscopy (mSPIM), an...
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NDC Infrared Acquires IRM Group
NDC Infrared Engineering has acquired the IRM Group of Alleur, Belgium, a manufacturer of high-tech measuring systems for the metals industries. IRM will become aligned within NDC Infrared...
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Solvay Invests in Plextronics
To support the acceleration of Plextronics Inc.’s technology development and delivery of its innovative products, Solvay SA of Brussels, Belgium, has provided the company with €10 million...
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GE Lighting to Acquire Lightech
GE Lighting of East Cleveland, Ohio, has signed an agreement to acquire Lightech of Tel Aviv, Israel, a privately held lighting technology company. Purchase price was not disclosed. With commercial...
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Trumpf Sales Surge
Trumpf Group achieved its biggest sales increase in history – 51 percent – in the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the company has announced. The German laser and machine tools maker said the year...
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Novaled Expands in South Korea
Organic LED (OLED) and materials provider Novaled AG of Dresden, Germany, has reinforced support of its Asian customers by opening an office in Seoul, South Korea. Joining the Japan office created in...
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Michelson Diagnostics Adds Subsidiary
Medical device company Michelson Diagnostics of Orpington, UK, plans to expand availability of its skin cancer imaging products at its new US subsidiary Michelson Diagnostics Inc. The company has...
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Elliot Scientific Signs Agreement
Elliot Scientific Ltd. of Harpenden, UK, has agreed to distribute 7101%%IPG Photonics Corp.’s low-power (up to 20 W) continuous-wave and single-frequency diode-pumped fiber lasers within the UK...
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Vuzix, Fraunhofer Form Partnership
Vuzix Corp. of Rochester, N.Y., has announced a strategic technology development partnership with Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems of Dresden, Germany, to develop microelectromechanical...
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University of Warwick Wins $2.7M Grant
In Conventy, UK, the University of Warwick’s physics department has been awarded a five-year grant of £1.7 million (about $2.7 million) for its initiative “Creating Silicon Based...
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Phoenix Photonics Collaborates
Fiber optics specialist Phoenix Photonics Ltd. of South Croydon, UK, is participating in a European Union R&D project called Mode-Gap to investigate the technologies needed to achieve a...
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VSG, Xradia Ink OEM
Deal Visualization Sciences Group (VSG), with offices in Europe and the US, and Xradia Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., have signed an OEM partnership agreement in which the latter company will offer...
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Halma Acquires Avo Photonics
Safety, health and sensor technology group Halma of Amersham, UK, has acquired Avo Photonics Inc. from Blaine Hobson, Whitecap Partners, and other shareholders and employees for an initial cash...


PICTURE THIS
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To catch a thief...use MALDI-MSI
Fingerprints can be highly incriminating, and they will become even more so, thanks to a technique that could help crime-scene investigators glean extra clues about suspects – from information about recently ingested foods or medications to what time the prints were left. The new process could help turn matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI-MSI)...


PRODUCTS
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Lenses for SWIR Sensors
In response to the demand for off-the-shelf optics optimized for short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) performance, Resolve Optics Ltd. has designed two fixed-focus lenses (25 and 50 mm) specifically for...
Resolve Optics Ltd.
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SLED for OCT Applications
Exalos AG has introduced a fiber-coupled and cooled superluminescent light-emitting diode (SLED) centered at ~1060 nm and matching the water absorption window. With a typical 3-dB optical bandwidth...
EXALOS AG
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SF6 Gas Detector
Available from Flir Advanced Thermal Solutions, the GF306 infrared camera is designed to help utility companies control sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions to preserve the environment. SF6 is an...
FLIR Systems, Inc., Advanced Thermal Solutions Div.
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Spectrometer with Hybrid Optic
Spectro Analytical Instruments GmbH, a unit of Ametek Materials Analysis Div., has unveiled an updated version of its Spectrolab metal analyzer, which incorporates improvements and achieves better...
Spectro Analytical Instruments GmbH
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Hyperspectral Lasers
The Hy-Lase series from Lasersec Systems Corp. provides lasers with high-energy pulses and broad spectral output covering the near- and short-wavelength infrared from 700 to 2300 nm. The instruments...
Lasersec Systems Corp.
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Microscopy Software
Bitplane, part of Andor Technology plc, has released its Imaris 7.3 image processing, analysis and visualization software, which includes novel segmentation functions in ImarisCell, advanced filters...
Bitplane USA
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Sensor System
A noncontact high-precision sensor that provides thickness measurement of infrared silicon and other semiconductor substrate wafers, doped or undoped, has been unveiled by Precitec Optronik and is...
Armstrong Optical Ltd.
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Spectrometer Board
The ASM-5216 is the OEM version of Avantes BV’s AS-5216 spectrometer board. With industrial interfaces and a size reduced by more than 25%, it is designed for integrated OEM systems and...
Avantes BV
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Ultrafast Intensified CCD
Andor Technology plc has launched the DH320T, an addition to its iStar line of scientific-grade intensified CCDs for spectroscopy applications. It offers high sensitivity, —40 °C...
Andor Technology plc, Corporate Headquarters
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Diode Laser System
Dilas Industrial Laser Systems, a division of Dilas Diodenlaser GmbH, has introduced a diode laser system based on a module with increased beam quality and an optical output power of 30 W continuous...
DILAS Diode Laser, Inc.
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Transmission Filter
Fianium Ltd. has released its SuperChrome high-power transmission filter for use with its supercontinuum laser sources and fiber delivery systems. The single-channel filter enables the user to select...
Fianium UK Ltd.
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Interrogation Monitor
Ibsen Photonics has announced the I-MON 256 OEM interrogation monitor for fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensing systems at 1550 nm. The device complements the company’s extensive range of...
Ibsen Photonics A/S
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DLC Coatings
The Deimos DLC (diamondlike carbon) coatings from Artemis Optical Ltd. are fully compliant with all applicable environmental standards and are salt fog-qualified to more than 90 days. They offer a...
Artemis Optical Ltd.
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CO2 Laser
Edinburgh Instruments Ltd. has unveiled its MTL-5, a miniature benchtop transversely excited atmosphere CO2 laser that produces megawatt peak powers at 10.6 µm. The instrument is a product...
Edinburgh Instruments Ltd.
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Ceramic Motor Stage
Nanomotion has added a Z-wedge vertical stage to its FB range of compact nanometer-level micropositioning mechanics. Available in the UK through Heason Technology Ltd., the stages complement a...
Nanomotion Ltd.
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Megahertz OPA
Europa, an optical parametric amplifier (OPA) from Elliot Scientific Ltd., is directly pumped by submillijoule pulses provided by the FemtoSource high-energy oscillators such as the XL 500 and XL...
Elliot Scientific Ltd.
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Laser Diode Drivers
The iC-NZN and iC-NZP from iC-Haus GmbH drive laser diodes in continuous-wave and spike-free pulse modes with up to 155 MHz and with either optical output power or current control. Blue laser diodes...
iC-Haus GmbH
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Femtosecond Laser
Jenoptik Laser GmbH’s Lasers & Material Processing Div. has released the JenLas D2.fs, a femtosecond laser based on diode-pumped disk laser technology. The turnkey device provides good...
JENOPTIK Laser GmbH
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Silicon Oil-Immersion Lenses
Olympus Europa Holding GmbH has introduced two silicon oil-immersion objectives, the UPLSAPO30xS and UPLSAPO60xS. The lenses are suitable for live-cell experiments, particularly those investigating...
Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG, Medical Systems & Micro-Imaging Solutions Group
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White PIN OLEDs
Novaled AG has developed power-efficient white organic LEDs (OLEDs) that achieve 60 lm/W at a brightness of 1000 cd/m2. They offer a lifetime of 100,000 h and use commercially available fluorescent...
Novaled AG
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Multipass Amplifier
Femtolasers Produktions GmbH has added the Femtopower X Pro CEP to its Femtopower family of ultrafast Ti:sapphire multipass amplifiers. Each Femtopower X is equipped with submicron-accurate Beamwatch...
FEMTOLASERS Produktions GmbH
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Variable-Bandwidth Filter
The SuperK Varia manufactured by NKT Photonics A/S is a computer-controlled variable-bandwidth filter that effectively turns a supercontinuum white-light source into a powerful single-line laser....
NKT Photonics A/S

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