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Oclaro Ends FY14 in Black After Business Unit Sales
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 — After selling business segments for a total of about $120 million, optical communications firm Oclaro Inc. ended its fiscal year June 28 with earnings of $17.8 million, an improvement over its fiscal 2013 net loss of $122.7 million. The company’s fourth-quarter result, however, was a net loss of $24 million, which compares to a net loss of $22.9 million in the previous quarter and a net loss of $47.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. Revenues were $95.9...

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Forecast: VCSEL Market to Grow to $2.1B by 2018
WELLESLEY, Mass., Aug. 13, 2014 — Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) will be a $2.1 billion market, growing 33.1 percent from 2013 to 2018, BCC Research predicts. Optical fiber data transmission is expected to record the highest growth within the VCSEL market:...
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Yenista Opens US Office
LANNION, France, Aug. 12, 2014 — Yenista Optics has opened a sales support and repair center in Newbury Park, Calif. The office will support Yenista’s test equipment for semiconductor manufacturers developing silicon photonic and dense wavelength division...

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Plaintree Profits Down in Fiscal 2014
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, July 25, 2014 — Plaintree Systems Inc. reported a net loss of $1.7 million in the fiscal year ended March 31, down from a fiscal 2013 profit of $373,286. The company attributed the net loss to the acquisition of Spotton Corp. and weather-related cost...
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Owis Opens New Manufacturing Facility
STAUFEN, Germany, July 22, 2014 — Owis GmbH has opened a new facility for production of optical beam handling and positioning systems. The 390-m3 hall has a fully automated production process line and an advanced 12-axis turn-mill center core. Owis products are...

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Lasers Manipulate Copper-Based Superconductors
TRIESTE, Italy, July 16, 2014 — Ultrafast laser pulses can affect the properties of copper-based superconductors, a research team representing several Italian institutions has found. Cuprate superconductors function at relatively high temperatures around -200 °C. At...
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ProLabs Names Head of Technology
CIRENCESTER, England, July 16, 2014 — Giacomo Losio has been named head of technology at data communications firm ProLabs. Losio will lead efforts to develop the company’s technology road map and compatible optical fiber technologies. He will report to Stephen Burke, vice...

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Photonic Router Aids Quantum Computing
REHOVOT, Israel, July 15, 2014 — A router capable of guiding single photons could overcome challenges associated with building quantum computers. A team from the Weizmann Institute of Science developed the device, which is based on a single atom connected to a...
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Lasers Used to Generate Electron Spin Currents
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., and EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, July 11, 2014 — Ultrashort laser pulses are being used to advance research into electron spin currents, a potential field for next-generation data storage. Electron spin, or angular momentum, is typically random and therefore produces no spin current,...

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QD Laser Wins IEEE Photonics Society Award
KANAGAWA, Japan, July 7, 2014 — Quantum-dot laser developers Kenichi Nishi, Mitsuru Sugawara and Keizo Takemasa of QD Laser Inc. are the winners of this year’s Aron Kressel Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Photonics Society. The team...
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Hollow Core Protects Optical Fibers from UV Light
ERLANGEN, Germany, and BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany, July 3, 2014 — A new type of optical fiber can guide UV laser light without sustaining the damage often seen in conventional fibers. A microscopic image of a hollow core optical fiber. Courtesy of the Max Planck Institute. Developed by a team...

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Metamaterial a One-Way Street for Visible Light
GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 2, 2014 — A structure based on hyperbolic metamaterials allows visible light to pass in only one direction, creating new possibilities for optical circuits and biosensing. Developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the device...
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2014 Faraday Medal Awarded to THz Researchers
LEEDS, West Yorkshire, England, July 1, 2014 — Professors Giles Davies and Edmund Linfield, of the Leeds University School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, have won the 2014 Faraday Medal in recognition of nearly two decades of work on terahertz science and technology. ...

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Metamaterial Shows Promise as THz Imager
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass., June 30, 2014 — An imaging approach involving metamaterials could make the terahertz regime more accessible. Researchers from Boston College, the University of New Mexico and Duke University engineered a low-power multiplex tunable spatial light modulator...
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Harsh Environments No Match for New Fiber Sensor
PITTSBURGH, June 27, 2014 — A team from the University of Pittsburgh has developed a high-temperature fiber sensor for gas flow measurements. The researchers said they were able to operate the sensor at up to 850 °C, about 200 °C hotter than has been...

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Nano-engineered Quantum Dots Push Solar Cell Efficiency
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 26, 2014 — A new approach to building quantum dots has shown considerable gains in generating photocurrent. This could potentially create a new generation of solar cells. In a new study, a team from the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics (CASP) at...
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Brain-Mapping Device Aids PTSD Study
ARLINGTON, Texas, June 20, 2014 — A portable brain-mapping device based on NIR spectroscopy could help advance understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Further study of the disorder, which can greatly hinder sufferers’ memory and learning abilities,...

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Nanofiber Fabrication Boosts Quantum Computing
COLLEGE PARK, Md., June 19, 2014 — A new approach to fabricating optical nanofibers could enable the next generation of quantum computing. These ultra-high-transmission fibers, developed by researchers at the University of Maryland’s Joint Quantum Institute, could act...
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New Spectroscopy Technique Probes Photochemical Reactions
BERKELEY, Calif., June 18, 2014 — An experimental spectroscopic technique combines IR and electronic technologies to probe the relationship between electrons and atomic nuclei within molecular systems excited by light.  The new technique, developed by researchers...

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Evolutionary Modeling Optimizes Optical Cavities
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, ROCHESTER, N.Y., and PAVIA, Italy, June 17, 2014 — A new design approach based on an evolutionary algorithm has shown the way to photonic crystal nanocavities (PCNs) that trap light for several nanoseconds — longer than other similarly sized cavities. Using the evolutionary technique,...
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Laser Light, DISA Unite for Satellite Technology
RESTON, Va., June 13, 2014 — Laser Light Communications has entered a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), moving forward with efforts to research and develop an all-optical, laser-based medium earth orbit...

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Laser Weapon in the Works for Ground Vehicles
ARLINGTON, Va., June 12, 2014 — The first laser weapons will soon be implemented on U.S. Navy ships. And now, the Marines plan to follow suit. The Office of Naval Research, in conjunction with researchers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center–Dahlgren Division, are...
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New Class of Nanoparticles Could Herald Flexible Solar Cells
TORONTO, June 10, 2014 — Nanoparticles could prompt a new generation of outdoor solar cells that may replace the traditional. A team from the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto — in...

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New Terahertz System Simpler, Clearer
EVANSTON, Ill., June 6, 2014 — Biosensing, space research and the ability to see through opaque surfaces without x-rays are all enabled by terahertz radiation. However, such systems have long been elusive. A team from Northwestern University has produced terahertz...
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Photodigm Names Market Tech US Sales Rep
RICHARDSON, Texas, June 6, 2014 — Laser diode maker Photodigm Inc. has appointed Market Tech Inc. its U.S. sales representative. Photodigm designs and manufactures monolithic single spatial and longitudinal mode laser diodes for atom optics, nonlinear optics, precision...






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