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Optical Society Names New Executive Editor
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 — Dr. Alison Taylor has joined The Optical Society (OSA) as executive editor. She will manage the organization’s journals, including the new Optica, the Journal of the Optical Society of America-A, the Journal of the Optical Society of America-B, Advances in Optics and Photonics and Optical Materials Express. Taylor comes to OSA from AIP Publishing, where she served as director of editorial development for several of that organization’s journals. Her past experience...

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Ghent University Offers Silicon Photonics Summer School
GHENT, Belgium, April 16, 2014 — Silicon photonics is an increasingly important area of research and technology, making ongoing education crucial for those in the industry. A Silicon Photonics Summer School will bring together next-generation scientists and industry...
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Frequency Combs Speed Up Data Transmission
KARLSRUHE, Germany and LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 15, 2014 — Using frequency combs as an optical source could speed up communications by allowing coherent transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers. A team from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the...

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Flir Systems Hires New Chief Marketing Officer
WILSONVILLE, Ore., April 14, 2014 — Flir Systems Inc. has named Travis Merrill its new senior vice president and chief marketing officer. In the newly created position, Merrill will lead the company’s global marketing and brand building efforts. Merrill comes...
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New Switch Could Scale Up Quantum Computing
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 11, 2014 — A new technique to connect particles could assist in development of quantum computing systems. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have coupled a lone atom of rubidium with a single photon, an interaction that allows each to switch the...

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Semiconductor Manipulates IR Light
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 11, 2014 — A nanostructure-embedded semiconductor that manipulates light in the IR/terahertz range could benefit applications from imaging to energy efficiency, telecommunications and more. An artist's rendering of nanoscale metallic wires...
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Whispering-Gallery Device Could Improve Info Processing
ST. LOUIS, April 11, 2014 — A new whispering-gallery microcavity could lead to new and more powerful computers that run faster and at cooler temperatures. The optical diode was created at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSL), where researchers coupled two...

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NASA Names New Chief Technologist
WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 — David W. Miller, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, has been named NASA’s new chief technologist. In this role, he will serve as principal adviser and advocate on agency-wide technology programs and policies. Also...
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Flir Systems Hires New CMO
WILSONVILLE, Ore., April 7, 2014 — Travis Merrill has joined Flir Systems Inc. as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Merrill will develop and lead the company’s global marketing and brand building initiatives. He most recently served as vice...

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Plasmons Show Useful Quantum Properties
PASADENA, Calif., April 4, 2014 — Surface plasmons could be a key piece of the ever-evolving quantum computing puzzle. A team from the California Institute of Technology has discovered a new approach to quantum computer development, which joins plasmons, rather than...
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Scaling Down Quantum Cryptography for Mobile Phones
BRISTOL, England, April 4, 2014 — A tiny microchip has huge potential for the future of secure quantum communications. A new client-server quantum key distribution method developed at the University of Bristol allows quantum cryptography technology to be integrated...

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DFG to Fund 16 Priority Research Projects
BONN, Germany, April 4, 2014 — Photonics will be one of a variety of research topics in the spotlight over the next several years thanks to funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, the German Research Foundation). DFG will establish 16 priority programs in...
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Integrated Chips Used as Single-Photon Sources
SYDNEY and NICE, France, April 3, 2014 — A high-quality source of single photons is hard to come by. But there may be a solution in the pipeline in the form of an integrated optical chip. “Unfortunately, nature is reluctant to create photons one at a time — they tend...

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‘Optical Oracle’ Could Quickly Solve Complex Computing
SINGAPORE, SOUTHAMPTON, England, and MADRID, April 1, 2014 — The global optical fiber network may contain more computing potential than previously realized. Tapping into this could make such networks hundreds of times faster. A team from Nanyang Technological University, the University of Southampton...
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ITT Space Systems Wins NASA Laser Contract
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 2, 2014 — NASA has enlisted ITT Space Systems to develop an optical assembly that will ultimately validate high-speed laser transmission of data from Earth’s orbit and deep space. As part of the $6.2 million, 15-month Laser Communications Relay...

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Lasers to Clean Up Space Junk
CANBERRA, Australia, April 2, 2014 — A new approach to eliminating space debris may be reminiscent of a sci-fi movie scene or video game, but it could actually prove more practical than options previously studied. A new $20 million Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), part of an...
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Energy Technologies Get Boost from New Waveguides
BUFFALO, N.Y., March 31, 2014 — More efficient photovoltaic cells are among the possibilities created by a new nanoscale microchip component. The component, a multilayered waveguide taper array developed at the University at Buffalo, improves a chip’s ability to...

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Guide Star Set for VLT
MUNICH, April 1, 2014 — A new solid-state laser aims to give giant Earth-bound telescopes better vision by reducing atmospheric distortion. German manufacturer Toptica Photonics has developed a 22-W 589-nm (yellow) source, which is tuned to the frequency needed to...
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Zeiss Collaboration Creates Smaller Chip Features
OBERKOCHEN and STUTTGART, Germany, April 1, 2014— A collaborative research agreement between Zeiss’ Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology business group and the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS) has resulted in smaller chip features. However, to produce...

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Thorlabs Expands with Optoelectronics Sector
NEWTON, N.J., March 27, 2014— Change is afoot for Thorlabs as the company prepares to start a high-speed optoelectronics business unit in Ann Arbor, Mich. The greenfield initiative, named Thorlabs Ultrafast Optoelectronics (Thorlabs-UFO) will address the growing need...
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IR Method Detects Chemicals Remotely
PROVO, Utah, March 26, 2014 — Infrared technology could help the military to remotely and safely identify sites where nuclear weapons are being made. Researchers at Brigham Young University have developed a model that distinguishes the material in every pixel of an...

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OSA Award Winners Announced
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014— The Optical Society (OSA) has named the 2014 recipients of its awards and medals. “This year’s awardees have made incredible contributions to optics and photonics in everything from attosecond science to photonic...
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Day of Photonics 2014: Enlightening the Public
BERLIN, March 24, 2014 — The annual Day of Photonics will take place Oct. 21, offering the general public a look at the opportunities the industry offers. Organized by the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) and sponsored by organizations worldwide, the...

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SPIE Names 2014 Award Winners
BELLINGHAM, Wash., March 18, 2014 — SPIE has announced its 2014 award recipients, who are being honored for their outstanding achievements in the industry. And the winners are: SPIE Gold Medal Award: James Harrington of Rutgers University for his contributions to the...
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Video Game Technology Could Prevent Hospital Falls
COLUMBIA, Mo., March 19, 2014 — Video game technology may be able to serve a new purpose: preventing hospital patients from falling. As many as 1 million people each year fall in US hospitals, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. And while falls...






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