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photonics.com: December 2006

RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
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Nanotech Benefits Outweigh Risks for Consumers
US consumers are willing to use specific nano-containing products -- even if there are health and safety risks -- when the potential benefits are high, according to the largest and most comprehensive survey of the public's perceptions of nanotechnology products. The study also finds that US consumers rate nanotechnology as less risky than everyday technologies like herbicides, chemical...


NEWS & FEATURES
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Optical Atomic Clock Has Most Precise 'Ticks' Ever
Using an ultrastable laser to manipulate strontium atoms trapped in a "lattice" of light, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder have demonstrated the capability to produce the most precise "ticks" ever recorded in an optical atomic clock. The techniques may be useful in time keeping, precision measurements of high...
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PerkinElmer Acquiring German Company for $30M
Health sciences company PerkinElmer Inc. today announced it is acquiring Evotec Technologies GmbH in a cash transaction valued at approximately $30 million. Based in Hamburg, Germany, Evotec...
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Bruker Awards Scholarships at MRS Meeting
Hsiu-Wen Wang, a geological sciences graduate student at Indiana University (IU), Bloomington, and Christian Long, a doctoral student with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the...
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Iridex Buying Laserscope Aesthetics Unit
Therapeutic-based laser systems maker Iridex Corp. announced that it will acquire the laser aesthetics business of Laserscope, a provider of medical laser systems. The $28 million stock-and-cash...
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New Lens Produces Distortion-Free Wide-Angle Pictures
South Korean researchers have designed and built an inexpensive optical lens that collects light from a large area and produces a virtually distortion-free wide-angle image. Standing in contrast to...
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Atoms 'Herded' into Pens
It has long been known that it is possible to confine electrons or atoms in atomic structures in the same way as sheep can be shut in a pen. But physicists have now discovered a strange thing: if the...
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Particle Physics Pioneer Dies
Particle physics pioneer Bernard Gittelman, 74, Cornell University professor emeritus of physics, died in Ithaca on Nov. 25, the university reported. The cause of death was amyotrophic lateral...
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European Commission to Establish Photonics Unit
The European Commission (EC) plans to create a unit dedicated to photonics and to increase funding for photonics by more than 40 percent (90 million euros) in 2007-2008, it was announced at the first...
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High-Res Scan Reveals Cartilage in 3-D
By combining two existing technologies, researchers have created a new noninvasive, high-resolution way to image cartilage. The technique shows promise in research on the progression and treatment of...
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Agilent Acquires PXIT Assets
Agilent Technologies Inc. announced on Nov. 30 it will buy assets of the optical transceiver test segment of PXIT, a Lexington, Mass., provider of signal integrity testing systems for broadband...
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Era of High-Speed Optical Computing Approaching
Physicists have discovered a way to manipulate the transmission of optical signals in tiny wires, dramatically slowing, stopping or even speeding them up to velocities faster than the speed of light...
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Semicon Japan Marks 30 Years
"Sharing Expertise, Making Innovation" is the theme for Semicon Japan 2006, the world’s largest exposition for semiconductor manufacturing. The show will feature the latest technologies, business...
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Nanomotor Assessed for Treating AIDS, Cancer
The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a multidisciplinary team $7 million over five years to study the potential use of a nanomotor -- a microscopic biological machine -- in diagnosing...
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Waves in Ultrashort Laser Pulses Measured, Controlled
A technique has been perfected for very accurately measuring and controlling the electromagnetic waves within some of the shortest laser pulses ever made. Scientists need to fully understand and...
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Laser Pulses Help DNA 'Express' Itself
For the first time, scientists have applied a laser pulse to heat up a protein-DNA complex, and discovered that the dynamics of the bound DNA change in response to the disturbance, with the DNA...
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Saudi Arabia to Build Separate Women's Science Center
Saudi Arabia is opening a women's education center in Riyadh for nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology research "as part of the government’s drive to empower women," the Arab News...
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Nanotech Benefits Outweigh Risks for Consumers
US consumers are willing to use specific nano-containing products -- even if there are health and safety risks -- when the potential benefits are high, according to the largest and most...
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Superstable Glass May Aid Drug Delivery
A new method has been developed for crafting some of the most stable glasses ever formed, materials that are strong and durable like crystal. Its creators hope the superstable glass can one day be...
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Oerlikon Acquires Assets of UK Laser Maker Exitech
OC Oerlikon Corp. Ltd. announced it has acquired the laser technology, staff and equipment of nano- and microlaser systems maker Exitech Ltd. of Oxford, England, in an asset deal. Financial terms...
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Supercomputing Equipment to Advance Computational Biology
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said they will continue to advance the frontiers of computational science with the help of IBM’s Blue Gene supercomputer. Awarded under IBM’s Shared...
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‘Tabletop’ Particle Accelerator Built
A team of French researchers said they have developed a compact laser-plasma accelerator that uses two colliding laser pulses to produce highly stable and reproducible electron streams....
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Mechanical Motion 'Spins' Atoms in a Gas
For the first time, scientists have used mechanical motion to make atoms in a gas "spin." The technique eventually might be used in high-performance magnetic sensors, to enable power-efficient...
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Laser Maker Acquires Rival
NL Nanosemiconductor GmbH announced it has acquired Zia Laser Inc. of Albuquerque, N.M., for an undisclosed amount. Both companies are involved in the research and the commercialization of quantum...
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LG.Philips 'Cooperating' With Fair-Trade Investigation
LG.Philips LCD Co. Ltd., a maker of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology for flat panel displays, said today it is being investigated by fair-trade authorities from Korea...
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Butterfly Wing is Template for Photonic Structures
By replicating the complex micron- and nanometer-scale photonic structures that help give butterfly wings their color, researchers have demonstrated a new technique that uses biotemplates for...
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ESO Approves 'Extremely Large Telescope' Study
The ESO Council, the governing body of the Garching-based European Southern Observatory (ESO), has authorized detailed studies for the European Extremely Large Telescope. The 57 million euro...
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Canada Boosts McMaster Microlab Device Research
Like miniature labs, the microtechnology and nanotechnology-based biosensors and imaging devices will be swallowed like a pill, injected through a catheter or woven into fabric to screen for, detect...
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IPG Photonics Raises $148.5M in Market Debut
An initial public offering from IPG Photonics Corp., an Oxford, Mass., maker of fiber lasers and amplifiers for a uses from welding to surgery, on Tuesday raised $148.5 million as it priced above the...
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New Technique Brings Flexible Electronics Closer to Reality
Researchers have devised a method for printing patterns of high-performance organic single-crystal transistors on surfaces such as silicon wafers and flexible plastic, which could enable...
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StockerYale to Invest More in Specialty Fiber
StockerYale Inc., a provider of photonic-based products, announced today it will increase its investment in personnel and equipment to develop fibers for fiber lasers and amplifiers. "StockerYale...
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OIDA: Energy, Industrial Laser Markets Most Promising
2006 has been a good year for the optoelectronics industry, with most markets showing double-digit growth, said Michael Lebby, president and CEO of the Optoelectronics Industry Development...
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Leibniz Winners Named
A theoretical physicist, a materials science expert and an astrophysicist will each receive 2.5 million euros (approximately $3.2 million) as winners of the 2007 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize,...
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Team Detects Top Quark
A group of 50 international physicists has detected the subatomic particle the top quark, for the first time produced without the simultaneous production of its antimatter partner -- an extremely...
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Daktronics to Buy Artesyn Plant and Hire Workers
South Dakota-based Daktronics Inc. recently a major expansion that involves hiring some former Artesyn Technologies employees and its purchase of the Redwood Falls, Minn., building where they...
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Alfred University Engineering School Receives $5M
The state has allocated $5 million through the New York State Construction Fund for the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University (AU), it was announced last week. The university said...
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Acquires Cohesive Tech
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a maker of laboratory equipment and scientific instruments, today announced it has acquired Franklin, Mass.-based Cohesive Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of advanced...
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Taking Nanolithography Beyond Semiconductors
A chemical patterning process combines molecular self-assembly with traditional lithography to create multifunctional surfaces in precise patterns at the molecular level. It allows scientists to...
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Cisco to Acquire Tivella
Cisco Systems Inc., a San Jose-based developer of Internet protocol (IP)-based networking technologies, announced Friday a definitive agreement to acquire Tivella Inc., a private provider of digital...
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High Silver Costs Trigger Another Kodak Price Hike
Eastman Kodak Co.'s Health Group today announced price increases worldwide on all its medical imaging films and related supplies for the second time this year. Kodak cited continued high costs of...
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ASML Acquiring Brion Technologies for $270M
Semiconductor scanner manufacturer ASML Holding NV announced today it will acquire privately held Brion Technologies Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., a provider of semiconductor design and wafer...
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Keck Observatory Awarded $2M to Improve Interferometer
The National Science Foundation has awarded the W. M. Keck Observatory $2 million to improve the sensitivity and resolution of the Keck Interferometer. The improvements will enable the instrument to...
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Telescope Observes 1st Objects in Universe
New observations from NASA's Spitzer space telescope strongly suggest that infrared light detected in a prior study originated from clumps of the very first objects of the universe. The recent data...
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Ericsson to Buy Redback Networks for $2B
Redback Networks Inc., a San Jose, Calif., developer of edge-routing technology for broadband networks, announced Tuesday a definitive agreement to be acquired by telecommunications supplier Ericsson...
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Magnetic Polymers May Advance Spintronics
Researchers have pioneered a new approach for making magnetic polymers that are held together with very strong hydrogen bonds and that contain an innovative bifluoride that allows a magnetically...
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NEMS/MEMS Research Center Gets $2M in Funding
A new, three-year, multi-institution nano- and microelectromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS) research initiative affiliated with Harvard University’s engineering and applied sciences programs has...
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Agilent Buys GE Chemiluminescence Line
Agilent Technologies Inc. announced today it has acquired the chemiluminescence product line -- including a sulfur detector and a nitrogen detector -- from GE Analytical Instruments, a division of GE...
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PerkinElmer Acquiring Euroscreen Products
Health sciences company PerkinElmer Inc. announced today it will acquire Euroscreen SA’s majority owned subsidiary, Euroscreen Products SA, for an undisclosed amount of cash. Based in Gosselies,...
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Siemens Claims Speed Record
Siemens announced yesterday that its researchers set a record for the electric transmission of data over a single fiber-optic cable, achieving rates of 107 Gb/s. Siemens said in a statement that...
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Rare Glimpses of Light Recorded From Neutrons
A team of researchers have made the first experimental observation of rare particles of light emitted during the radioactive decay of the neutron, a key building block of matter. This work confirms...
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Nanotube Coatings Relieve Driver Frustration
An electrically conductive coating that uses nanotechnology to heat a car's windshield -- but has no wires to obstruct the view -- could make fogged-up windshields a thing of the past. On cold...
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'Vortex Lattices' May Help Explain Material Defects
By superimposing a rotating pattern of intersecting laser beams on a spinning cloud of ultracold atoms in a thin gas, scientists have created a new technique that could be used to simulate why and...
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Lasers Reveal Strange Properties of Superfluids
Electrical engineers are using lasers to shed light on the behavior of superfluids -- strange, frictionless liquids that are difficult to create and study. Their technique allows them to simulate...
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Light Buffered on a Chip
IBM announced its researchers have built a device capable of delaying, or "buffering," the flow of light on a silicon chip, an achievement needed to pave the way for ultrafast computers that use...
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Breakthrough Could Lead to 'Invisible' Electronics
Imagine a car windshield that displays a map to your destination, military goggles with targets and instructions displayed right before a soldier's eyes or a billboard that doubles as a window....
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Telecom in Asia Slowly Recovering After Quakes
Asia's telecommunications system is slowly recovering after Tuesday's powerful earthquakes and aftershocks snapped undersea fiber optic cables and created one of the biggest telecommunications...
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Study: Nanomaterials Could Disperse into Environment
Experiments show that a nanomaterial promising for industrial uses also has significant potential to be dispersed in aquatic environments -- especially when natural organic materials are present....
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Light Fields Mapped Microscopically
Researchers at Seoul National University said they have, for the first time, mapped the orientation of light fields on a microscopic scale, United Press International (UPI) reported recently. PhD...
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SwRI Device Named Engineering Landmark
A device developed by engineers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in 1962 that characterizes the dynamic response of materials at high strain rates has been designated a historic mechanical...
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Awards Give Boost to UK Physics Research
Seven Science and Innovation Awards totaling more than £12 million ($23 million) include funding to allow three United Kingdom universities to collaborate on quantum coherence and will help two other...


PRODUCTS
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Patterned Dichroic Filters
Deposition Sciences Inc. (DSI), a manufacturer of highly durable thin-film optical coatings, said its new patterned dichroic filters with coating-deposition capabilities are created in-house, using the latest photolithography equipment and its advanced coating techniques, including MicroDyn sputtering technology. This precision deposition technology permits DSI to apply multiple coatings on a...
Deposition Sciences Inc. (DSI)
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PicoHarp 300 Photon Counting System
A new data-acquisition software is now available for the PicoHarp 300 time-correlated single-photon counting system from PicoQuant. The new version 2.0 provides several new features in the user...
PicoQuant GmbH
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Autocollimators & Custom Metrology Systems
Vermont Photonics supplies high-accuracy autocollimators and custom metrology systems, including the Elcomat series electronic autocollimators from Möller-Wedel. Beginning in 2007, Vermont...
Vermont Photonics Technologies Corp.
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AstroFilters for Amateur Astronomers
Omega Optical, an optical filter manufacturer that has supplied filters for NASA JPL’s Hubble Space Telescope and the Mars Exploration Rovers, is now offering filters to the amateur astronomy...
Omega Optical, Inc.
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Low-Power LED Backlighting
CI Lumen Industries, a provider of LCD enhancements for flat-panel LCD solutions, now offers a patent-pending LED backlighting solution for a variety of display panels. CI Lumen said its LED...
CI Lumen Industries LLC (dupe of CI Displays)
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Imaging Systems
PhotonMAX 1024B: a megapixel EMCCD camera offering ultralow light sensitivity and wide field of view. Applications: astronomy, single-molecule fluorescence.    Pixis 1024BR: Back-illuminated...
Princeton Instruments
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Z-Theta Motorized Rotary Stage
A new integrated Z-Theta motorized stage from ultraviolet laser maker J P Sercel Associates (JPSA) offers high precision operation for wafer processing and positioning, according to the company....
IPG Photonics, Microsystems Div.
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TriVista Spectroscopy Systems
The TriVista spectroscopy product line consists of flexible high-performing Raman systems that give researchers options such as analyzing structural detail on a microscale level or determining bulk...
Princeton Instruments
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Optran Mid-infrared Fibers
CeramOptec Industries Inc. said its new Optran mid-infrared (mid-IR) fibers are a solution for guiding signal light for mid-IR spectroscopy and for guiding laser light from carbon dioxide and carbon...
CeramOptec Industries Inc.
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IX-70 ChromAblate Inspection System
The IX-70 ChromAblate on-target inspection and short-deletion system from J P Sercel Associates (JPSA) delivers high precision and high power in a small package. The laser-based materials processing...
IPG Photonics, Microsystems Div.
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P4 Z-Power LED
Seoul Semiconductor announced the launch of its new LED product, P4. The P4 emits 240 lm at 1 A of light and features the industry’s highest luminous efficacy (100 lm/W @ 350 mA at the maximum) with...
Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd.
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Magellan MC55110 Motion Processor
Motion-control chips, cards and modules maker Performance Motion Devices Inc. announces the Magellan MC55110 single-axis, single integrated circuit (IC) motion processor with automatic stall...
Performance Motion Devices, Inc.
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Femtosecond Laser Accessory Kit
A femtosecond laser accessory kit from Impulse Optics is a package of optical and mechanical components to facilitate the setup and execution of ultrafast laser experiments using a Ti:sapphire...
Impulse Optics
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AggreKem Monitor
Pro2Kem LLC announces the AggreKem Monitor for the determination the presence of aggregates for protein crystallography and rapid QA screening applications and aggregation kinetic studies in drug...
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CupraPlus Copper Capillary
Expanding on the capabilities of its Cupra copper capillary, Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. (K&S) has developed the CupraPlus, which it said supports highly consistent and stable fine-wire...
Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc.
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SV-200i High-Speed Camera for Biofluorescence Microscopy
Photron Inc., a global leader in high-speed imaging and image analysis software, announces the FocusScope SV-200i, a new, slow-motion video system for the study of biofluorescence.  Photron's SV...
Photron USA, Inc.
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High-Performance Infrared Camera
Cedip Infrared Systems' new Silver 660M high-performance infrared (IR) camera was designed for demanding users who need to perform thermal imaging with high spatial resolution, sensitivity and...
FLIR Systems, Inc., Advanced Thermal Solutions Div.
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OptiFDTD 7.0 Software
Optiwave Systems Inc. announced the next major release of its OptiFDTD software, OptiFDTD 7.0, powered by new "true 64-bit" optimized simulation engine for Windows Vista and Windows 64-bit operating...
Optiwave Systems Inc.
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SpecEl-2000-VIS Ellipsometer
Ocean Optics announced that its Mikropack office in Germany has introduced the SpecEl-2000-VIS, a compact, easy-to-use, benchtop spectroscopic ellipsometer for thin-film measurement. According to the...
Ocean Optics, Inc.
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QualitySpec BT Spectrometer
The disappointment of ordering an expensive steak but cutting into "shoe leather" could become a thing of the past, thanks to a device that uses infrared technology to more accurately predict meat...
ASD Inc.
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Hermetic High-Volatage Feedthroughs
CeramTec North America Corp. (CTNA) has launched a line of hermetic high-voltage feedthroughs that have mating air-side cable assemblies, including a 40 and 50-kV feedthrough with 10-amp current...
CeramTec North America
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FireDragon Camera Series
Toshiba Teli America Inc. has introduced its FireDragon line of progressive scan cameras, what it said is among the machine vision industry's first to use FireWire-B (IEEE-1394.b) technology,...
Toshiba Teli America, Inc.
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Compact Photomultiplier
The Photonis Group has introduced a 13-mm (.5 in.) round photomultiplier tube featuring a combination of high gain and low noise covering the spectral range of 270 to 650 nm. The XP1322 is...
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Ti: Sapphire for Laser Applications
Crystal Systems (CSI) said it is offering  improved transmitted wavefront and coating performance in its Ti:sapphire laser crystals. CSI offers plano/plano polished rods with coatings or brewster-cut...
GT Crystal Systems, LLC
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Sapphire Windows
Crystal Systems' high-purity sapphire windows are now available online in various sizes and polish, including laser-quality white light generators and substrates. Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV)-grade...
GT Crystal Systems, LLC
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PIFOC Z-Drive Systems
PI (Physik Instrumente) LP, a manufacturer of nanopositioning and precision motion-control equipment for life science, photonics and semiconductor applications, offers a series of high-speed...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P.
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Uncooled CWDM Lasers
Apogee Photonics, a supplier of 10 Gb/s and 40 Gb/s laser sources for the communications industry, announced its new laser sources designed to meet the rapid demand for very high speed optical data...
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Online Machine-Vision Lens Finder
For engineers seeking fast and easy access to the most suitable machine-vision lens for their applications, Moritex Europe has launched an online machine-vision lens finder. Located at...
Moritex Europe Ltd.
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XLS Capacitor-Charging Power Supplies
Kaiser Systems said its new XLS line of capacitor-charging power supplies is a modular approach to custom-designed power supplies. The modular subassemblies use proven product technology for...
Excelitas Technologies Corp.

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