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photonics.com: December 2007

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Bruker Awards Scholarship
Michelene E. Miller, a PhD candidate at Alfred University, was awarded a scholarship by Bruker AXS during the 2007 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting, held last week at the Hynes...
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Biolab Draft Deemed Weak
A National Institutes of Health draft assessment of the risks associated with a proposed biocontainment laboratory at Boston University is "not sound and credible," according to a National Research...
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FETs Fabbed with Fullerene
High-performance field-effect transistors (FETs) have been fabricated at room temperature using thin films of carbon 60 (C60), an organic semiconductor material also known as fullerene. The new...
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Sensing Collision Mode
Driving along a country road at night, if you see a deer in your path illuminated by your headlights and the deer doesn't move, chances are good you will hit it -- because you're in “collision mode.”...
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Cooler, Cheaper Chips
A new process and equipment will reportedly lead to a significant reduction of heat generated by silicon chips or microprocessors while speeding up the rate at which information is sent, said...
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Light Sculpts 3-D Particles
Microparticles that have been sculpted to three dimensions using ultraviolet light could have many applications in medical diagnostics and tissue engineering, such as acting as probes to detect...
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Mouse-Eye View of Blood
A retinal flow cytometer has been used to peer through the eyes of a mouse and monitor the cells passing through its bloodstream. "We could detect and count circulating cells continuously without...
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DFG OKs 10 Research Centers
The German Research Foundation (DFG, for Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) will establish 10 collaborative research centers Jan. 1 focused on topics that could lead to the development of...
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Si Nanophotonics Advanced
Silicon research announced today uses light instead of copper wires to transmit information through the "brains" on a chip. The development could potentially lead to supercomputers -- which today are...
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Corning, Sharp to Share Plant
Corning Inc. announced yesterday it will spend $795 million over five years to collocate a glass manufacturing facility at Sharp Corp.'s new plant in Sakai City, Japan. Corning said it plans...
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Laser Analyzes Combustion
A high-speed system of lasers, mirrors and cameras is being built to analyze combustion inside engines, power generators and heating systems, with the ultimate goal of reducing reliance on fossil...
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Essilor Buys 5 Optics Labs
Prescription lens maker Essilor announced today it has strengthened its laboratory network by buying two independent labs in Europe and three others in the US. Terms of the acquisitions were not...
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Laser Changes Film's State
A laser has been used to switch a film of material back and forth between reflective and transparent states without heating or cooling it. It is one of the first cases that scientists have found...
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Lab Reveals Cyber Attack
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) revealed on Thursday that a "sophisticated cyber attack" over the past few weeks may have allowed hackers to steal personal information about visitors to the lab...
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Bacteria Forms Nanotubes
Chemists and engineers from the US and Korea have found semiconducting nanotubes produced by living bacteria -- a discovery that could help in the creation of a new generation of nanoelectronic...
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Light Deactivates Anthrax
A new technique targets specific proteins, such as the dangerous anthrax toxin, and renders them harmless using nothing but light. The method could also be used to create new cancer treatments and...
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Carigent Round Raises $2M
Carigent Therapeutics Inc., which is designing a nanotechnology drug delivery method developed at Yale University, announced today it has secured $2 million in its first round of private equity...
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JDSU to Buy Hologram Maker
JDSU will acquire American Bank Note Holographics Inc. (ABNH), a Robbinsivlle, N.J., maker of holograms for providers of cards issued by more than 20,000 financial institutions, for $138 million in...
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ST Acquiring Genesis
Chip maker STMicroelectronics announced yesterday it will expand its position in the $1.5 billion digital TV market by acquiring Genesis Microchip Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., a supplier of display...
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Laser Beam Sorts Cells
Like water from a firehose levitates a beach ball, a new system uses a targeted beam of light to push certain types of cells up out of special "traps." The method could make separating particular...
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A MOT With a Twist
An atom chiller has been combined with a molecule trap, creating a device that can generate and trap huge numbers of elusive-yet-valuable ultracold polar molecules. Scientists believe ultracold...
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Photons, Phonons Swap Data
The discovery of a way to transfer encoded information from a laser beam to sound waves and then back to light waves again is being seen as a step toward designing tomorrow's superfast optical...
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Boeing Installs Laser Weapon
The Boeing Co. installed a high-energy chemical laser aboard a C-130H aircraft, part of the advanced tactical laser (ATL) technology demonstration program under its Directed Energy Systems unit....
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Bristol-Myers Sheds Unit
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. announced today it will sell its medical imaging subsidiary to private equity firm Avista Capital Partners for $525 million. Bristol-Myers said it will sell Bristol-Myers...
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OSA Funds Optics Programs
The OSA Foundation is funding an exhibition on optical illusions and three new optics-related science education programs. "Perceptual Relativity," a permanent interactive exhibit exploring...
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Zeeko to Make Telescope Tool
Zeeko Ltd. was awarded a $5 million contract to develop a component to be used on the world's largest telescope. The component, a polishing machine, will be used to finish the mirrors for the...
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Holochip Backers Invest $2.7M
Holochip Corp., a maker of adaptive polymer lenses (APLs) with tunable focal lengths, announced that its funding round raised $2.7 million, led by venture capital firm ITU Ventures of Los Angeles. ...
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Astronomy Cuts Dismay RAS
The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) has expressed its "deep disappointment" at the level of cuts to UK astronomy research announced last week by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)....
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Emcore to Buy Intel's Telecom
Emcore Corp. is acquiring the telecommunications-related portion of Intel's Optical Platform Div. for $85 million, the companies announced today. The telecom assets to be acquired include...
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Applied Precision Sells Div.
Applied Precision announced today it is selling its semiconductor division to semiconductor test instrumentation business Rudolph Technologies Inc. of Flanders, N.J., and has canceled its plans to...
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Chip Performs Blood 'Biopsy'
A microchip-based device the size of a business card uses 80,000 posts smeared with an antibody "glue" to capture hard-to-find tumor cells in blood samples, providing new information about the cells...
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MEMS for Military Munitions
Tiny copper structures that can be used in standard microelectronics fabrication processes could enable microelectromechanical system (MEMS) fuzes for military munitions to be mass-produced like...
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Zygo's Display Orders Top $7M
Zygo Corp.'s Metrology Div. announced yesterday orders from the flat panel display industry exceeding $7 million for its OneShot and ClearShot process control products. The orders were from multiple...
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Dynasil to Triple Under Deal
Photonics company Dynasil Corp. of America announced today that its size could triple with the planned acquisition of a private advanced instrumentation company. Dynasil did not disclose the...
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New Superconductors Sought
Fifty years after the Nobel-prize winning explanation of how superconductors work, a research team is suggesting another mechanism for the still-mysterious phenomenon. In a review published this...
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NXP Acquiring GloNav
NXP Semiconductors announced today it will acquire GloNav Inc., a US-based fabless semiconductor company that makes chips for global positioning systems (GPS) and other satellite navigation...
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Avanex Files Complaint Vs. 3S
Avanex Corp., a Fremont, Calif., developer of products for fiber optic networks, announced today it has filed an arbitration complaint in New York against 3S Photonics, of Marcoussis, France,...
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LCD Alliance Formed
Hitachi Ltd., Canon Inc. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. announced Tuesday an agreement on a comprehensive alliance to reinforce and grow their LCD panel businesses and technologies....
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Rofin-Sinar to Buy Nufern
German laser maker Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc. (RSTI)  will acquire Nufern, an East Granby, Conn., manufacturer of fiber lasers, as a subsidiary, in a cash transaction. Further terms of the deal,...
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Thermo Acquires La-Pha-Pack
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced it has acquired La-Pha-Pack, a Langerwehe, Germany-based provider of chromatography products. La-Pha-Pack will be integrated into Thermo Fisher...
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Hubble Software IDs Rare Fish
Pattern-recognition software originally developed for the Hubble Space Telescope is helping marine biologists and conservationists study the largest fish in the world, the whale shark, through...
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Times Square Ball Goes 'Green'
In the New Year's spirit of "out with the old, in with the new," the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball will be lit exclusively by LED bulbs. The "green" technology incorporated into the...


PRODUCTS
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Intermod DWDM FWM Software
Telecom Engineering has introduced F-Intermod, four-wave mixing (FWM) dense wavelength division multiplex (DWDM) software, which allows engineers to easily and quickly determine all FWM wavelengths...
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EXview Smart Camera
Vision Components said the sensor technology in its new VC4067 EXview smart camera enables it to analyze even long wavelength light near the infrared spectrum, ensuring very precise image recording....
Vision Components GmbH
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Matrix 355-nm Lasers
Coherent Inc. said the two new models in its Matrix 355 series of solid-state lasers are economical, air-cooled 355-nm systems for OEM integration that feature Matrix technology previously available...
Coherent Inc.
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Nanocomposite Material
3D Systems Corp., a provider of three-dimensional modeling, rapid prototyping and manufacturing products, has introduced Accura Greystone nanocomposite material for its stereolithography (SLA)...
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TrueMura Software
Radiant Imaging Inc. said its TrueMura analysis module, the most recent addition to the company's portfolio of display image quality measurement and improvement tools, is now available for use with...
Radiant Imaging, Inc. (see Radiant ZEMAX, LLC)
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Luxtron 800 Series
LumaSense Technologies has introduced its Luxtron 800 series fiber optic temperature measurement systems for temperature monitoring in harsh electromagnetic interference, radio frequency, MRI,...
LumaSense Technologies, Inc.
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High Quanta Sensors
Dalsa Corp.'s Professional Imaging group has introduced a High Quanta line of sensors tailored for scientific, life sciences, and astronomy applications. According to Dalsa, these sensors are...
Teledyne DALSA, Image Sensor Solutions
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Opnext 830-nm Laser Diodes
Photonic Products Ltd., an authorized distributor, said it now has available two new high-power, infrared wavelength GaAlAs (gallium aluminum arsenide) laser diodes -- the HL8337MG and the HL8338MG...
Photonic Products Ltd.
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Andor iDus InGaAs
Andor iDus InGaAs offers 512 or 1024 element linear photodiode arrays (PDA) for NIR spectroscopy with high sensitivity and high resolution. Wavelength coverage from 800 nm to 2200 nm, peak QE...
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L4 10-W Diode Lasers
JDSU announced it has released its most powerful fiber-coupled diode laser with its new L4 series. The telecom-grade lasers use an innovative chip design to generate 10 W of output power and are...
JDSU, Communications and Commercial Optical Products
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Centra 100 TEM
Carl Zeiss SMT Inc.'s Centra 100 transmission electron microscope (TEM) features up to 100-kV accelerating voltage and maximum resolution down to 0.2 nm. Specially designed as a sophisticated...
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TechSpec Preloaded Filter Wheels
Edmund Optics has introduced new TechSpec preloaded filter wheels, six-position filter wheels that come preloaded with 1-in.-diameter filters. The wheels come with an instruction sheet showing the...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
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SP-100 Spectroradiometer
Orb Optronix said its new SP-100 is a fully NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) -traceable spectroradiometer. The SP-100’s “swap-and-go” interchangeable head attachments allow...
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Idle Mode for Abatement Systems
Edwards (formerly BOC Edwards) announced an "idle mode" is now available for its Atlas and TPU lines of combustion exhaust management systems. Idle mode allows the abatement system to go into a...
Edwards Vacuum, Inc.
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3400S Portable Laser System
Elk Industries' new 3400S portable semiconductor laser system has an output power of 35 to 40 mW continuous wave (CW) and as much as 50 mW for peak radiant flux. The company said the laser is rugged,...
Elk Industries, R-K Manufacturing
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UV-1800 Spectrophotometer
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments has introduced the UV-1800, its latest ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) spectrophotometer. The UV-1800 functions as a stand-alone instrument or can be PC-controlled with...
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.
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Tiny motor pushes 200x its weight
Now 40% faster and 50% stronger! SQL Series SQUIGGLE motor pushes 30-gram axial loads. Use for focus, zoom, alignment and more. Patented piezo motor is just 1.8 x 1.8 x 6 mm, less than half the size...
New Scale Technologies, Inc.
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Industrial Laser Power
The 802 series from Lambda's ALE systems group are high power, HV capacitor-charging supplies that define standards for reliability and performance in industrial lasers. Available with output ratings...
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High Current Power
Genesys™ from Lambda is the only complete family of programmable DC power supplies with common features, and power from 750 W to 15 kW. Genesys™ models are ideal for CW and pulsed laser...
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HotShot HD IR Cameras
Electrophysics Corp. has introduced several models of the HotShot HD portable infrared (IR) camera, what it said is the first affordable 640 x 480 resolution thermographic camera. With four times...
Sofradir-EC Inc.
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No. 34 LaserShields
NoIR's LaserShields laser safety eyewear is now available with a No. 34 8-base wraparound frame and a detachable Rx insert, complementing its 10 other frame styles. With specialized narrowband peak...
NoIR Laser Co., LLC
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LabMax Power and Energy Meter
The LabMax is available in two models: a TOP to measure power and energy, or a TO to measure power. Both offer options for beam alignment, data acquisition, storage and analysis, and feature flexible...
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Reliable Material Processing Power
The compact Diamond E-400 pulsed CO2 laser offers average 400 W or peak >1 kW power and an RF power supply in the laser head that eliminates an umbilical, increases reliability and simplifies...
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Avia 532-38 DPSS Laser
The Avia 532-38 DPSS laser delivers over 38 W of output at 532 nm with a 45-nsec pulse width, offering excellent beam quality and high average and peak power. Applications include micromachining,...
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Cube 640 Diode Laser System
The Cube 640 delivers 20-mW output at 640 nm from a pigtailed fiber optic cable. A laser-welded fiber assembly maintains alignment regardless of temperature. Available with a collimated beam output...
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e2v sensors
e2v are introducing their 15-µm pixel series of sensors at Photonics West 2008. Initial formats are: 2 k x 2 k, 4 outputs; 4 k x 4 k, 4 outputs.The choice of amplifiers are ultralow noise and...
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Seed Laser Diode Driver Assembies
AMI’s OEM seed laser diode drivers are ideal for compact, TE-cooled industrial and medical laser applications. Output currents to 2.5 A from 10 ns pulse width to CW are provided. RoHS versions are...
Analog Modules, Inc.
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Laser Safety (Interlock) Shutter
Features include: integrated return spring, 0.5" (13 mm) aperture (larger optional), small size; low cost; high reliability, long life, standard or custom blade returns to "off" position with a power...
Electro-Optical Products Corp.
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SMT Laser
Osram Opto Semiconductors is showcasing the world's smallest surface mountable (SMT) high-power continuous wave (up to 6 W) laser. The laser is dustproof and cost-effective, making it ideal for...
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Inc.
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Hyper-Rapid Ps Lasers
Lumera Laser GmbH said its new Hyper-Rapid pictosecond lasers represent a breakthrough in the development of industrial picosecond lasers for micromachining. The lasers use a novel amplifier...
Coherent Kaiserslautern GmbH
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First Contact Red Spray Formula
Photonic Cleaning Technologies said its red spray formula First Contact polymer solution takes the "drag"' out of cleaning by allowing the user to simply point, spray and allow it to dry. The...
Photonic Cleaning Technologies LLC
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Surface-Analysis Software
NanoFocus AG and Digital Surf SARL announced that µsurf surface-analysis software based on the new version 5 of Digital Surf's Mountains technology has been integrated into NanoFocus' µsurf 3-D...
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Steering Mirror Platforms
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. said it has extended the S-330 high-dynamics piezo tip/tilt platform line by several new large-angle models. The new additions to the S-330 piezo steering mirror...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Piezo Nano Positioning
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Prisma Laser
Coherent Inc. said the latest addition to its Prisma series of all-solid-state infrared and green lasers offers the highest output power available to date. Specifically, the new Prisma 1064-20-V is a...
Coherent Inc.
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AFL Telecommunications Adds Nyfors
To complement Fujikura’s advanced splicing products, AFL Telecommunications announces the addition of the Nyfors product line which includes LDF cleavers, end-face inspection meters, recoaters and...
AFL
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2008 LightPath Product Catalog
LightPath Technologies is pleased to release its 2008 Product Catalog. Included in this catalog are LightPath's exciting new products including our IsoBeam Fusion™ Collimators. LightPath's...
LightPath Technologies, Inc.

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