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photonics.com: February 2016

BUSINESS
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Ultratech Sales Decline in FY2015
Sales at Ultratech Inc., a supplier of lithography, laser processing and inspection systems, declined in the 2015 fiscal year. The company cited a challenging year for the semiconductor industry. Net sales for fiscal 2015 amounted to $149.2 million, compared to $150.5 million in 2014. Its net loss for the year was $15.1 million, or $0.55 per share, as compared to a net loss of $19.1...
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Rudolph Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Camtek
Rudolph Technologies Inc., a process control software manufacturer, has won a patent infringement lawsuit against process control metrology system manufacturer Camtek Ltd., upholding an infringement...
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Berliner Glas Optical Systems Launched into Orbit
The European Space Agency has launched the first satellite of its SpaceDataHighway data relay structure, housing optical components made by Berliner Glas Group. EDRS-A, the first element...
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UTA Receives $1.5M in Grants to Advance Lab-on-Chip Technology
An ultrathin semiconductor laser under development at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) can be integrated with mainstream electronics on the same silicon substrate with increased capacity...
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Intevac Announces FY2015 Results
Thin-film technology developer Intevac Corp. has announced 2015 fiscal year revenue of $75.2 million, up 15 percent from 2014. Thin-film equipment 2015 revenue totaled $39.6 million compared to...
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Eric Pelletier Joins CorActive as Sales Director
Optical fiber manufacturer CorActive High-Tech Inc. has appointed Erick Pelletier as its director of sales. Pelletier will oversee sales operations and be responsible for the business...
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Socionext, Fujitsu Develop Low-Power, High-Speed Transceiver Circuit
System-on-chip manufacturer Socionext Inc. and network research facility Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. said they have developed the world’s lowest power-consuming transceiver circuit that achieves...
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Baumer Appoints Christopher Gostebski Controller
Sensor manufacturer Baumer Ltd. has appointed Christopher Gostebski its financial controller. Gostebski joins Baumer from Stanley Black & Decker. He has also held various positions in...
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EpiWorks, II-VI Merge
Semiconductor wafer manufacturer EpiWorks Inc. has merged with II-VI Inc., a crystal material growth manufacturer. EpiWorks will operate as a business unit within II-VI and expand its production...
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Rudolph Receives Lithography Order
Rudolph Technologies Inc. said it has received an order for its JetStep lithography system from an outsourced assembly and test facility. The customer's name and financial terms of the order were not...
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Amela Wilson Appointed Elbit Sensors Division VP
Elbit Systems of America LLC has appointed Amela Wilson vice president of its sensors and fire control solutions division. Wilson comes to Elbit from New York City-based L-3 Aerospace Systems,...
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OSA Announces 2016 Speaker Series
The Optical Society (OSA) will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with a “Light the Future” speaker series throughout 2016. Beginning on Feb. 9 at OSA’s Leadership...
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Photonics West 2016...Just around the corner! Sneak Preview Edition #3 (Video)
LimelightPlayerUtil.initEmbed('limelight_player_124638'); It's about that time.... the time when photonics industry players from all over the world come together for a week of learning,...
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Visotek Acquired by Laser Mechanisms
Citing growing customer demand, Laser Mechanisms Inc. has acquired Visotek Inc., a developer of diode lasers and smart laser tools, complementing its own laser beam delivery solutions. Visotek...
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Greg Matherly Appointed Baumer Sales Manager
Sensor manufacturer Baumer Ltd. has appointed Greg Matherly western region sales manager for industrial cameras and vision sensors. Matherly joins Baumer with over 25 years of technology sales,...
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Solar-Tectic Awarded Thin Film Patent
Solar-Tectic LLC has been awarded a U.S. patent for hybrid organic/inorganic thin-film solar cell growth on inexpensive substrates such as flexible and ordinary soda-line glass. The patent...
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Raytheon Awarded $564M NASA Contract
Defense technology provider Raytheon Co. has received a $564 million contract modification award from NASA for two satellite sensors as part of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s...
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Transmitter Converts Electronic to Optical Signals
A bandwidth variable transmitter (BVT) that converts electronic signals to optical signals has been shown to work without service interruptions, an advantage known as being "hitless." The...
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LZH Launches 3 Hybrid Numerical Optics Research Projects
Nonprofit research institute Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) is working on three subprojects in the research priority, Hybrid Numerical Optics, of the Hannover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT)...
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Fonon Announces Growth Strategy
Material processing developer Fonon Corp. has announced its market growth strategy through the targeting of three growth markets The company has announced its focus on the 3D additive...
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Luft Appointed to German Senate of Economy
Armin Luft, founder and CEO of Laser 2000 GmbH, has been appointed to the Senate of Economy in Bonn, representing the photonics industry as a senator. In this role, Luft will be involved in the...
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Jenoptik Announces Fiscal 2015 Earnings
Jenoptik AG has announced its 2015 group revenue, with an increase of 13 percent to €670 million (about $726 million). According to preliminary figures, income from operations (EBIT) rose...
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Headwall Announces Global Sales Reps
Spectral instrumentation manufacturer Headwall Photonics Inc. has named five new sales representative organizations. In Canada, Spectra Research Corp. will represent Headwall for remote sensing...
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San Francisco in Lights - Photonics West Sneak Preview Edition #2 (Video)
LimelightPlayerUtil.initEmbed('limelight_player_124638'); In this issue of Sneak Preview — Photonics West Edition #2 — Photonics Media Senior Editor Justine Murphy looks at...
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Mauna Kea Reports Decline in FY15 Sales
Global medical device company Mauna Kea Technologies ended its 2015 fiscal year with a 22 percent decline from its 2014 sales. "Following our announcement on October 8 of the company's intent...


RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
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Photon-Based Heat Transport May Advance Quantum Computing
A thermal-transport method that uses photons as carriers has been demonstrated over 1-m distances. The fundamental advance in heat conduction could drive the development of quantum computers. ...
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Far-Infrared Technique Noninvasively Measures Blood Glucose
A light-based method for measuring blood glucose may give diabetes patients the daily monitoring they need without the pain and infection risk of conventional metering. Researchers from Tohoku...
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Camera Overcomes Redshift for Astronomical Imaging
Upgraded light sensors have enabled a camera to image outer space at red wavelengths that are too red for the human eye to see. Star trails take shape around Kitt Peak National Observatory in...
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Optical Nanomodulator Produces Truly Digital Signals
As data rates and volumes continue to rise, an optical modulator that operates at the individual-atom level could both reduce the size of and increase the efficiency of communication networks. ...
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Wasp-Inspired Needle Could Advance Spectroscopy for Disease Detection
A robotic surgical system inspired by the anatomy of wood-boring wasps could be used in Raman spectroscopy to detect cancerous and diseased tissue.  The wasp-inspired robotic needle is...
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Silicon Metamaterials Hold Promise for Photonic Circuits, Chips
As data transmission technology moves towards miniaturization, all-diaelectric, silicon-based metamaterials may offer the necessary control of light through achievement of total internal reflectance....
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Label-Free Virus Detection Method Integrates Optical Microscope, Fiber
A label-free technique has demonstrated the ability to detect freely diffusing viruses smaller than 20 nm. Although existing methods for detecting viruses such as confocal or fluorescence...
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Transmitter Converts Electronic to Optical Signals
A bandwidth variable transmitter (BVT) that converts electronic signals to optical signals has been shown to work without service interruptions, an advantage known as being "hitless." The...
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LZH Launches 3 Hybrid Numerical Optics Research Projects
Nonprofit research institute Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) is working on three subprojects in the research priority, Hybrid Numerical Optics, of the Hannover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT)...
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NASA to Build Integrated Photonics Modem for Laser Communications
An integrated photonics modem will be tested aboard the International Space Station beginning in 2020 as part of NASA’s multiyear Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD). The cell...
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Self-Assembling Fabrication Method Offers Alternative to Photolithography
Block copolymers — molecules that spontaneously self-assemble into useful shapes — are a promising alternative to photolithography techniques for manufacturing nanoscale circuits. ...
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Triplet Exciton Energy Transfer Extends Lifetime
Transferring triplet exciton energy from semiconductor nanocrystals to surface-bound molecular acceptors has extended the lifetime of the originally prepared excited state by six orders of magnitude....


PRODUCTS
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Femtosecond Laser
Spectra-Physics has announced the Spirit One 1040-8, a compact, industrial femtosecond laser that combines the power supply and laser head in a single package. The device can be integrated into...
Spectra-Physics
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High-Energy Laser
The Spirit HE line of industrial femtosecond lasers from Spectra-Physics, a Newport Company, offers pulse energies of >120 μJ and average output powers >16 W. The lasers provide pulse...
Spectra-Physics
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Micropatterned Filters
Pixelteq has offers micropatterned optical filters for multispectral imaging, combining microlithography with coating technology. The technology enables patternings of multiple dielectric,...
PIXELTEQ
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OPF CMOS Sensors
Panasonic Corp. has announced the development of image sensors that deliver a 100× wider simultaneous-capture wide dynamic range than conventional means using an organic photoconductive film...
Panasonic Corp.
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Camera Housing
Eye Vision Technology GmbH (EVT) has announced the availability of class IP65 and IP67 protection housing for industrial use of its EyeCheck Thermo intelligent thermal imaging camera. Within...
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LED Knock-Down Kit
GlacialTech Inc. has announced the Igloo SS60 LED flood light knock-down kit for 60- to 80-W LEDs. The kit features a thermally efficient heatsink with a thermal resistance of 0.59 °C/W, a...
GlacialTech Inc.
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Machine Vision Software Support
MVTec Software GmbH has announced the availability of its Halcon machine vision software embedded for DragonBoard using the board’s native 64-bit instruction set. A quad-core ARM Cortex...
MVTec Software GmbH
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MROI Feature
Nüvü Caméras Inc. now offers a multiple regions of interest (mROI) feature for faster electron multiplying CCD acquisition (EMCCD).  The mROI for EMCCD offers adaption of...
Nuvu Cameras
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Vision Sensor
The IV-H vision sensor from Keyence Corp. of America increases the stability and functionality of visual inspection with an expanded toolset. The device replaces multiple sensors for an...
KEYENCE Microscopes
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Photoelectric Sensors
The ML6 series of subminiature photoelectric sensors from Peppel+Fuchs Inc. feature dual sensor redundant detection and independent outputs. The devices are available in long-range background...
Pepperl+Fuchs Inc.
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Ball Lens Coatings
Deposition Science Inc. offers low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) coatings on ball lenses. The technique produces conformal, uniform coatings on ball lenses, from extremely small...
Deposition Sciences Inc. (DSI), Aeronautics
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Sensor Database
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has developed a high-performance sensor database for fast storage, searches and aggregation of sensor data used in the Internet-of-Things era. The database enables...
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PCB Laser
LPKF Laser & Electronics AG has announced the ProtoLaser S4, a laboratory laser for PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) processing. The laser system is equipped with a laser source in the green...
LPKF Laser & Electronics AG
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Fiber Splice Trays
Fiber Optic Center Inc. has announced fiber splice trays, designed to provide complete protection to fusion and mechanical type splices. The trays are equipped with two mounting holes for...
Fiber Optic Center, Inc.
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Polishing Lapping Film
The ÅngströmLap Ultimas-Pro Final Polishing Lapping Film from Fiber Optic Center Inc. is a cost-effective protrusion-producing film, meeting Telcordia specifications. The films offer...
Fiber Optic Center, Inc.
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Modular Surface Mount Machines
Key-Tech Electronic Systems Ltd. has announced availability of manufacturing services using two Yamaha Z:LEXYSM20 modular surface mount machines with an operating speed of 90,000 chips/hour. A...
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Coaxial Focusing Block
Prior Scientific Instruments Ltd. has announced the FB201 coaxial coarse- and fine-focusing block designed for OEM microscopy applications. Rack and pinion mounting allows the device to produce...
Prior Scientific Instruments, Ltd.
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Waterpoof Touchscreen
Tru-Vu Monitors Inc. has announced the VMWTRPM-17C-SS waterproof panel-mount touchscreen, designed for wash-down environments or anywhere a flush-mount touch screen must function in a wet...
TRU-Vu Monitors, Inc.
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USB3 Cameras
Sentech America Inc. has announced USB3 Vision cameras using the Sony IMX250 and IMX252 Pregius sensors. The cameras feature 3.2- and 5.1-MP global shutter CMOS sensors in both monochrome and...
Sensor Technologies America, Inc. (Sentech)
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Outdoor Lighting Module
Lumileds has announced the Luxeon XR-TX module, incorporating 12 Luxeon TX high-efficiency LEDs to produce 3300 lm and 140 lm/W at nominal drive conditions. In a rigid form factor, the modules...
Lumileds
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Image Processing Software
EVT Eye Vision Technology GmbH has announced the use of its EyeVision image processing software for the inspection of glass vials in the pharmaceutical industry. Using a mounted smart camera...
EVT Eye Vision Technology GmbH
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Universal Scanning Probe
Perceptron Inc. has announced the 5-axis Renishaw REVO-2 universal scanning probe, which offers simultaneous control of the motion of 3 coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and 2 probe head axes...
Perceptron, Inc.
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Vision Sensors
Teledyne Dalsa Inc. has announced BOA Spot vision sensors for quality inspections on the factory floor. The sensors combine a vision system with integrated LED lighting to deliver high value...
Teledyne DALSA, Machine Vision OEM Components
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Vibration Isolation Station
The Vision IsoStation Ergo from Newport Corp. is an ergonomic vibration isolation optical workstation designed for seated users. With an open-front design, hip guard and arm rests, the...
Newport Corporation
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Full-HD Video Camera
The IK-HD5UM video camera from Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. is rated for medical use, meeting the IEC 60601-1 medical design standards requirements for medical and surgical imaging...
Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc.
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Acousto-Optic Modules
The Brimrose Corp. of America has expanded its line of acousto-optic (AO) components. A new line of fiber-coupled AO modules are available, able to withstand up to 5 W of CW optical power for...
Brimrose Corp. of America
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Atomic Force Microscope
The MultiMode 8 atomic force microscope (AFM) from Bruker Corp. enables researchers to create high-resolution images and perform nanoscale, electrical and mechanical property mapping. PeakForce...
Bruker Optics Inc.
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Achromatic Lenses
Edmund Optics Inc. has announced its TECHSPEC YAG-BBAR-coated achromatic lenses to correct on-axis spherical and chromatic aberrations. The lenses feature a broadband antireflective coating...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
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PCIe Framegrabber
Matrox Imaging has announced the Matrox Clarity UHD, a single-slot peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) frame grabber. It provides Mini DisplayPort, high-definition Bayonet...
Matrox Imaging
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LED Fiber Optic Illuminator
Titan Tool Supply Inc. has announced the LuxPro LED Fiber Optic Light System, a fiber optic illuminator for illuminated borescopes and microscopes. The system has a guaranteed bulb life of...
Titan Tool Supply, Inc.
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Piezo Nanopositioning Stage
Aerotech Inc. has announced the QFocus QF1 single-axis, microscope objective, piezo nanopositioning stage, offering optics positioning with μm-level precision at high speeds. The stage is...
Aerotech, Inc.
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Polygon Scanner
Precision Laser Scanning LLC offers a 70,000-RPM polygon scanner with a sealed optical window for noise isolation. Sealing the mirror housing keeps out contamination, prolonging the service...
Precision Laser Scanning LLC
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Photocoupler
Toshiba America Electronics Components Inc. has announced the TLP2768A, a high-speed photocoupler that offers protection against extreme operating temperatures. The device is capable of...
Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc.
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SWIR Video Camera
Sierra-Olympic Technologies Inc. has announced the QI-SCD15-M1 visible shortwave-infrared (SWIR) video camera from Quantum Imaging Ltd., able to operate in conventional SWIR imaging mode or...
Sierra Olympic Technologies, Inc. (SOTI)
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Frame Grabber GPU Support
Kaya Instruments has announced the support of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s workstation graphics processor units (GPUs) in its frame grabbers. Integration of GPU and frame grabber cards...
KAYA Instruments Ltd.
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Carbon Monoxide Components
II-VI Inc. offers carbon monoxide optics and components. The CO optics and components are designed for 5- to 6-µm CO lasers. The portfolio includes both internal and external cavity...
II-VI Inc., II-VI Infrared

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