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photonics.com: March 2015

BUSINESS
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Tyndall to Lead $6M Project on Photonic Circuits for Data Transmission
Tyndall National Institute will lead a consortium of researchers in a three-year, €5.2 million (about $5.95 million) European Union-funded project to develop photonic circuits for faster, cheaper data transmission. The Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems (TIPS) project is funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 program and includes industry and research partners from...
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NeoPhotonics Cuts Losses with Strong Fourth Quarter
Network components firm NeoPhotonics Corp. reported a net loss of $19.7 million, an improvement from a net loss of $34.3 million in 2013. Revenue in 2014 was $306.2 million, an increase of...
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Laser Weapon Stops Truck in Field Test
Operating at the highest power ever documented for a system of its type, a laser weapon under development by Lockheed Martin disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test. ...
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Large-Surface OLED Film Advances Advertising Displays
Printable organic LED technology could be used to enable large-scale patterned and flexible light-emitting surfaces for advertising displays, as well as transparent smart surfaces to be attached to...
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MicroVision Licenses Picoprojector Technology for $8M
MicroVision Inc. has signed a multiyear license agreement involving its PicoP display technology with an unnamed Fortune Global 100 partner for an up-front fee of $8 million. The license...
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Biolase CEO Optimistic After Tumultuous Year
The head of Biolase Inc. said he is confident the dental laser firm will grow in the new year after enduring a tumultuous 2014. “The latter half of 2014 marked the beginning of the...
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Writedown Saps GSI Earnings; Revenues Climb
Earnings at GSI Group Inc. took a hit in 2014 due to lowered expectations for the company’s NDS Surgical Imaging subsidiary. GSI reported a net loss of $24.3 million, compared to net...


RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
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Tyndall to Lead $6M Project on Photonic Circuits for Data Transmission
Tyndall National Institute will lead a consortium of researchers in a three-year, €5.2 million (about $5.95 million) European Union-funded project to develop photonic circuits for faster, cheaper data transmission. The Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems (TIPS) project is funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 program and includes industry and research partners from...
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Modified Genes Triggered by Blue Light
Crossing a bacterium’s viral defense system with a flower’s response to the sun yields a light-based trigger for genes. This type of control could enable deeper study of specific...
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Light’s Wave-Particle Duality Visualized (with video)
A novel imaging approach has brought light’s split personalities together for the first time. The wave-particle duality of light is well known, though experiments to date have only...
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Phase Encoding, Photon Counting Yield Secure QR Codes
Microscale QR codes coupled with optical phase and photon-counting encryption could be used to protect the integrity of microchips used in the most sensitive applications. QR, or Quick...
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Black Phosphorus Shows Promise in Optical Circuits
With a tunable bandgap, black phosphorus could be used to make better optical communications circuits than graphene and even germanium. Researchers at the University of Minnesota used black...


PRODUCTS
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Cryogenic Optical Measurement Platform
The updated Cryostation C2 from Montana Instruments Corp. is an optical measurement platform that operates at 3.2 to 350 K. A redesigned sample-support structure improves stiffness for...
Montana Instruments
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Thermal Imaging Lenses
An expanded range of Ultrasonic Smart Lenses from Flir Systems complement the company’s research-grade X6000sc Series thermal imaging cameras. Available with focal lengths of 12, 25,...
FLIR Systems
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OEM Camera
A new intelligent OEM camera from VRmagic is available as single-sensor or remote-sensor system. The VRmIC3 OEM features a range of interfaces and an industry-compliant 12- to 48-V DC...
VRmagic GmbH, Imaging
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Free-Space Optical Communications System
A free-space optical communications system from AOptix offers up to 2-Gbps bandwidth over distances up to 10 km. Intellimax Evolve delivers fiber-like performance in a wireless solution...
AOptix Technologies, Inc.
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Machine Vision Cameras
Two new board-level cameras from IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH offer a USB 2.0 interface. Measuring 36 × 36 mm, the UV-1551LE and UV-1552LE feature 1/3-in. 2-MP CMOS sensors...
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
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Fabry-Perot MEMS Sensors
Two new IR spectral sensors from Spectral Engines use Fabry-Perot tunable filter technology based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for detection and analysis of gases, solids and liquids. ...
Laser 2000 GmbH
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16-MP Sensor
A new 16-MP image sensor from OmniVision Technologies Inc. captures 4672 × 3504-pixel images at 30 fps, allowing burst photography and zero shutter lag at full resolution. The OV16880...
Omnivision Technologies, Inc.
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Transilluminators
Featuring two workstations and producing both 312-nm UV and white light, the Spectroline Bi-O-Vision transilluminators from Spectronics Corp. enable life sciences researchers to select...
Spectronics Corp.
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Tunable UV Raman Filter
McPherson’s compact double monochromator Model 275D is suited for deployment in UV Raman spectroscopy systems for detecting chemical, biological and explosive activity. It works as a...
McPherson
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Spectroscopy Probes
Axiom Analytical has announced its FC Series of components for user-configurable spectroscopic transmission sampling systems. The key elements of the new series are the FCP-300 optical...
Axiom Analytical Inc.
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Phosphor-Converted LED Chips
SemiLEDs Corp. has announced its phosphor-converted LED chip series in amber, green and red colors. Utilizing the company’s ReadyWhite phosphor technology to minimize blue passthrough,...
SemiLEDs Corp.
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Sapphire Dome
The Sapphire Truncated Hyper-Hemisphere Dome from Meller Optics provides 360° viewing with an enhanced 65° field of view. The dome permits IR and shortwave-infrared (SWIR) viewing,...
Meller Optics, Inc.
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Air Bearing Stage
PI (Physik Instrumente) has announced a new line of linear, planar X-Y and rotary air bearing stages for the research and industrial markets. As opposed to mechanical bearings, air-bearing...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Piezo Nano Positioning
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Biomechanical Camera System
A portable four-camera high-speed recording system from NorPix Inc. is suited for biomechanical applications. Based on the company’s StreamPix software, the recording system can record...
NorPix, Inc.
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Automated Raman Imaging System
A fully automated microscope system from Witec offers 3-D confocal Raman imaging with high spectral resolution and sensitive laser power determination. Apyron includes laser wavelength...
WITec GmbH
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Spectroscopic Sensors
Symbion Systems has announced its MA-5000 Series application-specific spectroscopic sensors, combining capabilities for spectral analysis, sample interfacing, robust packaging, chemometrics and...
Symbion Systems Inc.
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Press Inspection System
Developed for the control of sheet metal parts in press hardening, the Press-Check automated thermographic inspection system from InfraTec allows for high stability and rigidity of the components...
InfraTec GmbH, Infrarotsensorik und Messtechnik
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Laser Interferometer
The AccuFiz Fizeau compact laser interferometer from 4D Technology Corp. allows accurate, repeatable measurement of surface shape and transmitted wavefront quality. Designed for use in...
4D Technology Corp.
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Portable Raman Microscopes
BioTools’ new family of portable Raman microscopes bridges the gap between microscopy and spectroscopy. The Mobile μRaman (pictured) is designed for examining particles, liquids,...
BioTools, Inc.
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Microscope Cameras
New tablet camera systems from Motic provide a dynamic imaging station that will preview, acquire, store, measure and communicate microscope images. Built on Android technology, the new line...
Motic Instruments Inc.

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