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photonics.com: December 1999

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Astronomers Detect Six Nearby Planets
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Dec. 1 -- Researchers from the University of California - Santa Cruz, Washington, D.C.'s Carnegie Institution, and the University of Sussex, England, have identified six new...
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CIBA Vision, British Firm to Partner on Photodynamic Therapy
DULUTH, Ga., Dec. 1 -- The CIBA Vision unit of Novartis has signed a co-development agreement with Destiny Pharma of Brighton, England, that grants CIBA Vision exclusive worldwide rights to develop...
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ESI Patent Slated for Reexamination
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 1 -- Electro Scientific Industries Inc. reported that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued an order granting a request to reexamine ESI's US Patent No.5,265,114,...
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Laser Power Corp. Reports Results; Will Sell Loss Operations
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 2 -- Laser Power Corp. announced results for its fourth quarter ended Sept. 30, 1999. Net income from continuing operations was $543,000, or six cents per diluted share, compared...
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CyberOptics Sells Assets of Industrial Measurement Product Line
MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 2 -- CyberOptics Corp. has agreed to sell the assets and license the software of its CyberScan Cobra industrial metrology product line to Optical Gaging Products, Inc. of Rochester,...
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Emcore Gets Export License, Ships Solar Cells
SOMERSET, N.J., Dec. 2 -- Emcore Corp. has received an export license from the US State Department that will allow the company to export up to 300,000 high-efficiency solar cells for panel lay-down...
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Corning Revamps Management Team
CORNING, N.Y., Dec. 3 -- Corning Inc. announced several changes to its executive management team. In the first of these changes -- all of which are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2000 -- the...
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Ultratech Wins Order from Semiconductor Manufacturer
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 3 -- Ultratech Stepper Inc. has received an order from a major semiconductor manufacturer for multiple Model 1500MVS systems. The multi-million-dollar order will be...
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Kodak Names R&D Director, Associate Director
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 3 -- Eastman Kodak Co. has named James C. Stoffel to fill the newly created position of director of research and development for the company. Jack C. Chang was appointed...
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New Patents Boost Organic Light Emitter Project
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 6 -- Flat panel display developer Universal Display Corp. (UDC) reported that its research partners, Princeton University and the University of Southern California, have received...
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US Optics Picks Hitachi's Equipment for West Coast Networks
ATLANTA, Dec. 6 -- Hitachi Telecom (USA) Inc. reported that Los Angeles-based US Optics Inc. would deploy Hitachi's optical transmission equipment in its West Coast Network. The agreement -- valued...
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Laser Photonics Names President, CEO
CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 6 -- Laser Photonics Inc. has appointed Jeffrey F. O'Donnell as its new president and CEO, and as a member of its board of directors. O'Donnell's most recent role was as...
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Virtek Completes Purchase of Templating Business
WATERLOO, Ontario, Canada, Dec. 7 -- Laser projection technology developer Virtek Vision International Inc. has finalized the purchase of GSI Lumonics Inc.'s Aerospace Templating business. The final...
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RCN, NorthEast Optic Network Sign Deal
PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 7 -- RCN Corp. has signed an agreement to lease dark fiber capacity from NorthEast Optic Network Inc.'s network in southern New England and White Plains, N.Y. RCN reported...
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Thermo Vision Sets Date for Merger Vote
FRANKLIN, Mass., Dec. 7 -- Thermo Vision Corp. announced that it has received clearance of its proxy materials from the Securities and Exchange Commission, and consequently has set January 6, 2000,...
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Digital Optics, Agilent Join on Development of Transmitters/Receivers
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 8 -- Digital Optics Corp. and Hewlett-Packard subsidiary Agilent Technologies Inc. will work together to develop a demonstrator micro-optical module for use in...
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Laserscope Reports Positive Results in Leg Vein Study
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 8 -- Laserscope announced that results of a clinical study using the company's Lyra Laser System to treat leg veins show early promise. Brian D. Zelickson of the University of...
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Corning Chief Sees Earnings Growth in 2000
NEW YORK, Dec. 8 -- Roger G. Ackerman, chairman and CEO of Corning Inc., said he expects the company's 1999 earnings per share -- before one-time items -- to be in line with analyst predictions of...
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Paradigm Submits Results, Seeks FDA Approvalof Laser Cataract Removal
SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 9 -- Paradigm Medical Industries Inc. has submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration results from recent clinical trials of its laser cataract removal system -- the Photon...
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Digital Lightwave Gets Order for Fiber Test Upgrade
CLEARWATER, Fla., Dec. 9 -- Digital Lightwave Inc. has received a $1.2-million order from Technology Rentals & Services (TRS) to upgrade its portable Network Information Computers (NICs) to...
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UK University Science ProgramsPromised Extra £320 Million
LONDON, Dec. 9 -- Universities throughout the UK will receive an extra £320 million for science research. According to UK Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers, the grants to 45 projects...
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ASML MaskTools, Mentor Graphicsto Partner on Optical Lithography
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10 -- ASML subsidiary ASML MaskTools and Mentor Graphics Corp. have signed a collaborative agreement aimed at closing the gap between semiconductor design and sub-wavelength...
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Kopin Corp. Sets Two-for-One Stock Split
TAUNTON, Mass., Dec. 10 -- The board of directors of flat-panel maker Kopin Corp. has approved a two-for-one stock split in the form of a stock dividend. The split is subject to approval by Kopin's...
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Photogen Reports PDT Treatmentof Ocular Melanoma Promising
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 10 -- Photogen Technologies reported that the findings of a researcher working under an agreement with the company show complete eradication of ocular melanoma tumors in...
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Cree Wins LED Orders;Calls Infringement Claim Groundless
DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 13 -- Cree Research Inc. has received $22 million in new orders for light-emitting diode devices. The company reported that the new orders were placed primarily by Taiwanese...
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Scientists Get First 3-D Images of Gene Machine
BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 13 -- Scientists at the University of California - Berkeley andLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have obtained the first solid picture of a portion of the machinery...
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Cognex Receives $3 Million in Orders from TSK
NATICK, Mass., Dec. 14 -- Cognex Corp. has received orders totaling $3.1 million from semiconductor processing equipment maker Tokyo Seimitsu Co. Ltd. TSK has ordered Cognex's machine vision...
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Laser Technology Shuffles Management
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Dec. 14 -- Pulse-laser-measuring instrument maker Laser Technology Inc. has reported a reorganization of its management team. Laser Technology's management has been forced to deal...
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ESA's XMM Telescope Sends Self-Portrait
HOUSTON, Dec. 15 --The European Space Agency's X-Ray Multi Mirror (XMM) spacecraft has transmitted images of itself in space. Launched Dec. 10 from Korou, French Guyana aboard an Ariane 5 launch...
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Oak Industries' Lasertron Wins DFB Laser Contract
WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 15 -- Oak Industries Inc. reported that its Lasertron Inc. division has signed a two-year, multi-million dollar contract to serve as the majority supplier of distributed feedback...
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NetOptix to Sell Medical, Healthcare Businesses
STURBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 16 -- NetOptix Corp. has agreed to sell its Leisegang Medical Inc. and related women's health businesses, along with assets relating thereto, to CooperSurgical Inc., a unit of...
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Northrop Grumman-Lockheed MartinEnlists European Help on JFS
BALTIMORE, Dec. 16 -- Northrop Grumman's Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector (ES3) has added a Dutch research organization to the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control-Northrop Grumman ES3 team...
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Zygo Reports Record Orders in Asia-Pacific Region
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn., Dec. 17 -- Zygo Corp. reported that sales of its NewView 5000 series of optical profilers to data storage customers in Asia and the Pacific Rim have reached nearly $3 million...
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JDS Uniphase Purchases Oprel Technologies
NEPEAN, Ontario, Canada, Dec. 17 -- JDS Uniphase Corp. has acquired Oprel Technologies Inc., a Nepean, Ontario-based developer of optical amplifiers, test equipment, and optoelectronic packaging. ...
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Edmund Industrial Optics Strengthens Leadership
BARRINGTON, N.J., Dec. 17 -- Edmund Scientific Co. has announced plans to bolster the leadership of its Industrial Optics division. John Stack, who serves currently as executive vice president of...
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Swiss Approve AMD Treatment Using Coherent Laser
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 20 -- Coherent Inc. announced that the Swiss Regulatory Agency, Interkantonale Kontrollstelle für Heilmittel, has approved the marketing of Visudyne for treatment of...
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OCLI Shows Quarterly Gain
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 20 -- Optical Coating Laboratory Inc. (OCLI) reported revenues of $103.4 million for the fourth quarter of 1999, an increase of 47 percent over 1998 fourth-quarter...
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JDS Uniphase Completes Acquisition of SIFAM
NEPEAN, Ontario, Canada, Dec. 20 -- JDS Uniphase Corp. has completed its acquisition of UK-based SIFAM Ltd. SIFAM produces fused components that split, combine, and filter light in optical fiber. ...
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NASA, University Partner on New Technology to Observe Earth
MADISON, Wis., Dec. 21 -- NASA has selected the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison as its partner in the development of new satellite technology to...
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ORNL Research May Point to Viable Solar Energy
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 21 -- A solar energy system being developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) may hold the key to a three-fold improvement over conventional...
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Williams Communications, Worldwide Fiber Sign Deal
TULSA, Okla., Dec. 21 -- Williams Communications Inc. announced that its network unit has signed an agreement to sell services and fiber capacity to Worldwide Fiber Inc., in a deal valued at...
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Free-Electron Laser Used in First Human Surgery
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 22 -- A free-electron laser (FEL) has been used for the first time in human surgery in a procedure conducted at Vanderbilt University. Michael Copeland, a former Vanderbilt...
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SDL Announces Two-for-One Stock Split
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 22 -- SDL Inc. reported that its board of directors has approved a two-for-one stock split to be carried out in the form of a stock dividend. The split is dependent upon...
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Corning to Acquire Honeywell's Optical Polymer Group
CORNING, N.Y., Dec. 22 -- Corning Inc. has acquired the Optical Polymer Group of Honeywell, which merged with Allied Signal on Dec 1, 1999. Corning expects the acquisition to expand its technology...
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Earth Search Sciences AcquiresSpace Technology Development
McCALL, Idaho, Dec. 23 -- Earth Search Sciences Inc. has completed its acquisition of privately held Space Technology Development Corp. of Alexandria, Va. Earth Search obtained all shares of Space...
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Elbit Systems, Elop Electro-Optics to Merge
HAIFA, Israel, Dec. 23 -- Elbit Systems Ltd. has reported the signing of a merger agreement by Elbit, Elop Electro-Optics Industries Ltd., and shareholders of Elop, including Federmann Enterprises...
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OCLI Sets Date for Stockholder Meetingon JDS Uniphase Merger
NEPEAN, Ontario, Canada, Dec. 28 -- JDS Uniphase Corp. and Optical Coating Laboratory Inc. reported that January 25, 2000 has been set as the date for OCLI's special stockholder meeting to approve...
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Laser Technology Wins Record International Orders
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Dec. 28 -- Laser Technology Inc. has received orders valued at more than $1.5 million from international customers for its handheld laser speed measurement devices. The orders...
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Scan-Optics, Maximal Systems Set Strategic Alliance
MANCHESTER, Conn., Dec. 29 -- Scan-Optics Inc. and Maximal Systems Inc. have formed a strategic alliance under which the companies will resell Scan-Optics' DocWise imaging product in conjunction with...
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Pratt & Whitney Adopts RVSI's Data Matrix Technology
CANTON, Mass., Dec. 29 -- Robotic Vision Systems Inc. reported that Pratt & Whitney has adopted RVSI's Data Matrix two-dimensional symbology for on-parts marking of Pratt & Whitney engines. ...
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GSI Lumonics Seeks Copyright RulingAgainst BioDiscovery
KANATA, Ontario, Canada, Dec. 30 -- GSI Lumonics Inc. has filed suit in US District Court in Massachusetts seeking a declaratory judgment that the company's QuantArray microarray analysis software...
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Luxtec Gets FDA Approval to Market Arthroscopes
WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. 30 -- Luxtec Corp. announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the US marketing of a line of arthroscopes produced by Luxtec's subsidiary, Fiber Imaging...

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