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photonics.com: December 2004

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Physical Optics Announces 2005 Trade Shows
TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 1 -- Physical Optics Corp., a Torrance, Calif.-based manufacturer of holographic light-shaping diffuser films, optical components, holographic light pipes and high-resolution...
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Global Photonic Energy Extends Princeton, USC Collaboration
EWING, N.J., Dec. 1 -- Global Photonic Energy Corp. (GPEC), a renewable energy technology development company that is working to harness sunlight using small-molecule organic materials to produce...
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Semiconductor Group Launches Nanoelectronics Research Initiative
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 1 -- Noting that the laws of physics will eventually limit the implementation of CMOS scaling technology, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced today it has...
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L-3 to Acquire Propulsion Systems Unit for $155 M
NEW YORK, Dec. 2 -- L-3 Communications announced it has agreed to acquire the Propulsion Systems business unit of General Dynamics for $185 million in cash. Propulsion Systems is expected to add...
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Corning Grants PMO Patent Use
CORNING, N.Y., Dec. 2 -- Corning Inc. and Hitachi-Maxell Ltd. announced today they have entered into a nonexclusive licensing agreement that will allow Hitachi-Maxell to use Corning’s precision...
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PhotoMedex to Acquire ProCyte
MONTGOMERYVILLE, Penn., Dec. 2 -- PhotoMedex Inc., a provider of medical laser products and services, will acquire ProCyte Corp., a Redmond, Wash., maker of dermatology procedure products, in a...
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Pall Buys Chromatography Business
EAST HILLS, N.Y., Dec. 2 -- Pall Corp. announced Tuesday it has completed the acquisition of the BioSepra Process Division from Ciphergen Biosystems Inc., of Fremont, Calif. The purchase price was...
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Students Pursue Nanotech Opportunities
LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 3 -- Eight students are taking advantage of a unique undergraduate certification program in nanotechnology at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Engineering. The...
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SEMI Forecasts Equipment Industry
CHIBA, Japan, Dec. 3 -- The market for semiconductor manufacturing equipment is expected to grow 59 percent in 2004 to be the second largest annual level ever recorded, according to the year-end...
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ArianeCorp Gets $300 M Investment
SINGAPORE, Dec. 2 -- ArianeCorp Ltd. announced that its telecommunications unit in China, Guangzhou Ariane Telecom Technology Co. Ltd. (GAT), will join forces with an international investment group...
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150 Attend Keck Futures Conference
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 6 -- More than 150 scientists, engineers and medical researchers attended the National Academies' second annual Keck Futures Initiative Conference, held last month in Irvine,...
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Essex Awarded $4 Million
COLUMBIA, Md., Dec. 6 -- Essex Corp. announced it recently received $4 million in awards for its patented volumetric synthetic aperture radar (VSAR) 3-D image processing technology. Delivery on the...
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CT Scans Used in 'Mummy Autopsy'
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 6 -- Computed tomography (CT) and x-rays provide a noninvasive peak at mummies, some of which have lain forgotten for centuries, in a 13-part TV series that follows a...
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Fujitsu, Cisco Form Alliance
SAN JOSE, Calif. & TOKYO, Dec. 7 -- Fujitsu Ltd. and Cisco Systems Inc. have announced a strategic alliance focusing on routers and switches that will enable service providers and enterprises to...
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Flir Awarded Defense Contract
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 8 -- Flir Systems Inc. announced today it has been awarded a contract from the US government for an advanced version of its 9-inch stabilized electro-optical surveillance system....
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Syntune Funding Round Nets $6.2
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Syntune AB, a Swedish developer of innovative single-chip tunable lasers, said it has raised SEK 42 million ($6.2 million) in a private equity financing round led by...
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RVSI Receives UID, Inspection Orders
NASHUA, N.H., Dec. 8 -- Robotic Vision Systems Inc. (RVSI) announced today that BAE Systems has selected its unique-identification (UID) kit for compliance with a new Department of Defense (DoD)...
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National Science Board Members Appointed
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 8 -- The president on Nov. 29 appointed eight new members to the National Science Board (NSB), the 24-member policy and oversight body for the National Science Foundation (NSF)...
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L-3 Buys Sarnoff Video Security Lines
PRINCETON, N.J. & ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 9 -- Sarnoff Corp., a Princeton-based innovation services and technology development company, announced yesterday that L-3 Communications has acquired the...
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Laser Ablation Goes Primetime
FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 9 -- "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," the hit TV show (CBS) about a team of forensic investigators who use both cutting-edge scientific methods and old-fashioned police work to...
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'Dream Team' Creating Gigapixel Image System
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 9 -- A group of artists and scientists that organizers have dubbed the "dream team" of imaging and visualization are gathered at New York University (NYU) this week to begin...
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Clean Systems to Build Fiber Optic Plant
KIRYAT GAT, Israel and NEW YORK, N.Y., Dec. 9 -- Clean Systems Technology Group Ltd. announced it has received a $37.8 million contract to build a new fiber optic plant in the Asia Pacific. The...
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Bookham Announces More Cost Cuts
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 10 -- Bookham Inc., a provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, announced it has adopted a plan to reduce its overhead structure by an additional $6 million to $8...
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FiberNet to Acquire Con Edison Communications
NEW YORK, Dec. 13 -- FiberNet Telecom Group Inc., a provider of managed network services, announced today it has signed an agreement to acquire Con Edison Communications (CEC), a subsidiary of...
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Toshiba Demonstrates Photonics Advance
CAMBRIDGE, England, Dec. 14 -- Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. in Cambridge has demonstrated a "robust and user-friendly" way to use quantum cryptography to detect unauthorized eavesdropping and to...
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Carl Zeiss Acquires Palm Microlaser
OBERKOCHEN, Germany, Dec. 14 -- Carl Zeiss AG announced yesterday it has fully acquired the German company Palm Microlaser Technologies AG, a Bernried, Germany-based maker of microdissection and...
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Toshiba Demos Photonics Advance
CAMBRIDGE, England, Dec. 14 -- Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. in Cambridge has demonstrated a "robust and user-friendly" way to use quantum cryptography to detect unauthorized eavesdropping and to...
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MSI to Buy MWS Sensorik
FAIRFIELD, N.J., Dec. 15 -- Measurement Specialties Inc. (MSI), a New Jersey maker of sensors and sensor-based consumer products, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MWS...
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Crystal Consortium Receives Grant
GLASGOW, Scotland, Dec. 15 -- The Crystal Consortium Ltd. (TCC), a Scotland-based developer of synthetic crystals for electronic and optoelectronic applications, has won a £20,000 award from the...
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Lambda to Exit Lithography Business
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 15 -- Coherent Inc. announced today that its Lambda Physik subsidiary will discontinue future product development and investments in the semiconductor lithography market. It...
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DRS Acquires Night Vision for $42.5 M
PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 16 -- DRS Technologies Inc. announced it has acquired certain assets and liabilities of Night Vision Equipment Co. (NVEC), an Allentown, Pa.-based developer of night-vision...
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Colibrys Buys Applied MEMS Unit
HOUSTON, Dec. 17 -- Colibrys SA, of Neuchatel, Switzerland, announced today it has completed the acquisition of the Applied MEMS subsidiary of seismic services provider Input/Output Inc. in an...
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Scanning Electron Microscopist Honored
CAMBRIDGE, England, Dec. 17 -- About 120 scientists and engineers from around the world gathered last week at Cambridge University to celebrate a half-century of achievement in scanning electron...
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Carbon Nanotubes Yield New Class of Sensors
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 17 -- Nanotechnology researchers at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a tiny, implantable detector that could one day allow diabetics to monitor...
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Colibrys Acquires Applied MEMS Business
HOUSTON, Dec. 17 -- Colibrys SA, of Neuchatel, Switzerland, announced today it has completed the acquisition of the Applied MEMS subsidiary of seismic services provider Input/Output Inc. in an...
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MRI Measures Heart Attack Size
BALTIMORE, Md., Dec. 21 -- Researchers have used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in animal studies to measure with 94 percent accuracy the size and amount of heart muscle damaged by a heart attack,...
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UK Biotech/Robotics Shows Attract 2000
OLYMPIA, London, Dec. 22 -- About 2000 visitors representing academia, industry and government and international research teams glimpsed the latest life science products and technologies at the third...
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API Acquires PDI
CAMARILLO, Calif., Dec. 22 -- Advanced Photonix, Inc. (API) announced today it has acquired the outstanding capital stock of Photonic Detectors Inc. (PDI) for $1,075,000 cash and 113,572 shares of...
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Photronics Invests More in PKL
BROOKFIELD, Conn., Dec. 22 -- Photronics Inc., a manufacturer of photomasks, said it has acquired an additional 5.5 percent interest in PKL Co. Ltd., an independent photomask manufacturer in Korea,...
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For Ailing Former Guide Dog, It's a Wonderful Life
ITHACA, N.Y., Dec. 22 -- After years of making his contribution to humans, Brando, a nine-year-old Labrador retriever, has found that it's their turn to return the favor. Brando served for many years...
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Agilent Sues Elan Microelectronics
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 23 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Elan Microelectronics Corp. for patent infringement in the US District Court for the Northern District of...
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Vishay and SI Technologies to Merge
MALVERN, Pa., and TUSTIN, Calif., Dec. 23 -- Vishay Intertechnology Inc. and SI Technologies Inc. announced today they have signed a definitive merger agreement for Vishay to acquire all of the...
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StockerYale Stops Efforts to Acquire Navitar
SALEM, N.H., Dec. 23 -- StockerYale Inc., a provider of photonics-based products, announced today it is discontinuing efforts to acquire Navitar Inc., a Rochester, N.Y.-based manufacturer and...
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DOE Allocates Supercomputer Resources
WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 -- Three scientific research projects -- to increase understanding of ways to reduce pollution, to gain insight into how stars and solar systems form and to advance knowledge...
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ITT Industries Wins $16 M Contract
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 28 -- ITT Industries Inc. has received a contract with a potential value of $16 million to provide submersible AN/PVS-14 monocular night-vision goggles (NVGs) and associated...
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Steward to Cast 1st Mirror for Magellan
TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 29 -- The University of Arizona Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory and the Carnegie Observatories of the Carnegie Institution have signed an agreement to produce the first...
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Scientists Find Atomic Clues to Tougher Ceramics
BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 29 -- Advanced ceramics are wonderful materials: They withstand temperatures that would melt steel and resist most corrosive chemicals. If only they weren't so brittle. Poor...
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Powerful IR Camera Eyes the Heavens
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 30 -- A new astronomical camera is in operation on the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii. The wide-field camera (WFCAM), built at the UK Astronomy...


PRODUCTS
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Unique Ion Guides
STURBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 3 -- Burle Electro-Optics Inc. has introduced its patent-pending ion guides, which offer a unique capability for analytical instrument designers and manufacturers. This novel product features single-piece construction to provide more cost-effective assembly, more uniform fields and trouble-free operation.    Burle Electro-Optics' offers a wide array of shapes and sizes,...
BURLE Electro-Optics (see PHOTONIS USA Inc.)
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Miniature External Cavity Lasers
WILMINGTON, Mass., Dec. 17 -- Ahura Corp., a manufacturer of miniature optical subsystems for homeland security, life sciences and industrial applications, has introduced a line of miniature...
Thermo Scientific
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Clarity Fluorescence Filters
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 17 -- Bookham Inc., a provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, has launched a new line of optical filters for the life sciences industry.    The Clarity line...
Bookham, Inc., Thin Film Div.
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Handheld Test Instrument Series
QUEBEC CITY, December 23 -- Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has expanded its line of handheld test instruments designed for installation and maintenance applications in optical networks. Exfo...
EXFO, Inc.
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Unique Ion Guides
STURBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 3 -- Burle Electro-Optics Inc. has introduced its patent-pending ion guides, which offer a unique capability for analytical instrument designers and manufacturers. This novel...
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Laser Beam Profilers
LOGAN, Utah, Dec. 3 -- Spiricon has introduced laser beam profilers using FireWire cameras, called LBA-FW. FireWire cameras connect directly to laptop computers without a frame-grabber card,...
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Pre-Melted Evaporation Materials
Rounding out our comprehensive line of thin-film products, CERAC now offers a series of pre-melted refractory oxide materials that are ready for immedate use in your evaporation process. These melted...
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Sintervac SiC Sintering Furnace
NASHUA, N.H., Dec. 10 -- Centorr/Vacuum Industries (CVI) announced it has received orders for three silicon carbide (SiC) sintering furnaces for 2005 delivery from various customers. The designs...
Centorr/Vacuum Industries, Inc.
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Pulsed Fiber Lasers
BOTHELL, Wash., December 10 -- Aculight Corp. has expanded its family of pulsed fiber laser products with the addition of the Model PF1550-36. Operating in the eye-safe region near 1.54-mm, the Model...
Lockheed Martin Aculight Corp.
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Portable Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for Elemental Analysis
StellarNet manufacturers a variety of low-cost portable fiber optic spectrometers for the UV-VIS-NIR wavelength ranges. Detector options (190-2200nm) include CCD, PDA or NIR-InGaAs detector arrays....
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EPP2000-UVN High-Resolution Broadband Spectrometer
StellarNet manufacturers a variety of low-cost portable fiber optic spectrometers for the UV-VIS-NIR wavelength ranges. Detector options (200-1100nm) include CCD or PDA detector arrays. The...
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Miniature External Cavity Lasers
WILMINGTON, Mass., Dec. 17 -- Ahura Corp., a manufacturer of miniature optical subsystems for homeland security, life sciences and industrial applications, has introduced a line of miniature...
Thermo Scientific
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Clarity Fluorescence Filters
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 17 -- Bookham Inc., a provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, has launched a new line of optical filters for the life sciences industry. The Clarity line of...
Bookham, Inc., Thin Film Div.
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Laser Diodes
Frankfurt Laser Co. presents a new line of laser diodes in the 700-nm wavelength range. FP single spatial mode 730nm-770nm wavelength laser diodes are available in the 5-mW to 50-mW optical power...
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Superluminescent Diodes
Frankfurt Laser Co. offers a line of superluminescent diodes (SLDs) in the 680-nm and 810 to 1670-nm wavelength range. The product demonstrates wide emission, flat spectrum, low ripple <1% and...
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Sensors Unlimited Awarded Air Force R&D Contract
Sensors Unlimited, a manufacturer of short-wave infrared (IR) cameras, has announced a new US Air Force contract to research and design a communication device that can be added to its proprietary...
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Slow-Motion, High-Speed Video Camera
Photron USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-speed, high-resolution imaging systems, has introduced what it claims is the fastest high-speed digital video camera, the ultima APX-RS. The new slow-motion...
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1st PC-Based High Speed Video Imaging System with Full Mega Pixel Resolution at 1000 fps
Photron USA, maker of high-speed, high-resolution imaging systems, has announced the latest addition to its slow-motion video camera family, the Fastcam-X 1024 PCI. The world’s first PC-based...
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X-ray Imaging Devices
BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Dec. 22 -- Hamamatsu Corp. has introduced a series of x-ray imaging devices that provide clear images in a variety of applications. Comprised of a substrate with a Csl (cesium...
Hamamatsu Corporation
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Dorado 1-W High-Power LED
MENANDS, N.Y., Dec. 28 -- Marktech Optoelectronics' says its newest addition to its Dorado high-power LED family, the Cotco One Watt Dorado Series, features the smallest one-watt footprint in the...
Marktech Optoelectronics
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Two New Series of Motion Cameras
Redlake’s MotionScope M series of high-speed CMOS cameras combine ease-of-use and value for high-speed motion applications. The MotionScope M1 delivers 640 x 512 at 1000 f/s, while the MotionScope M2...
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CO2 Lasers
RF excited CO2 and CO lasers, 100 mw to 20 watts. Wavelength range for CO2 lasers: 9.2-10.8 im. Wavelength range for CO lasers: 5.2-6 im. A number of isotopes are options to reach different...
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ColorLoc Color Wheels and Optics
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 29 -- Bookham Inc., a provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, has launched its ColorLoc family of color wheels and optics, key components of projection display...
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