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Photon-Based Heat Transport May Advance Quantum Computing
AALTO, Finland, Feb. 11, 2016 — A thermal-transport method that uses photons as carriers has been demonstrated over 1-m distances. The fundamental advance in heat conduction could drive the development of quantum computers. Artistic rendering of quantum-limited heat conduction of photons over macroscopic distances. Courtesy of Heikka Valja.  The successful operation of a quantum computer requires efficient cooling mechanisms. At the same time, a quantum computer is prone to errors caused by external noise. The

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Berliner Glas Optical Systems Launched into Orbit
BERLIN, Feb. 11, 2016 — Europe has launched the first satellite of its SpaceDataHighway data relay structure, housing optical components made by the Berliner Glas Group. EDRS-A, the first element of the European Data Relay System (EDRS) constellation of geosynchronous...
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UTA Receives $1.5M in Grants to Advance Lab-on-Chip Technology
ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 10, 2016 — An ultrathin semiconductor laser under development at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) can be integrated with mainstream electronics on the same silicon substrate with increased capacity and energy efficiency. Professor Weidong Zhou will...

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Optical Nanomodulator Produces Truly Digital Signals
ZURICH, Feb. 9, 2016 — Responding to the rapidly rising rate and volume of data, an optical modulator that operates at the individual-atom level could both reduce the size of and increase the efficiency of communication networks.  The switch is based on the...
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EpiWorks, II-VI Merge
SAXONBURG, Penn., Feb. 9, 2016 — Semiconductor wafer manufacturer EpiWorks Inc. has merged with II-VI Inc., a crystal material growth manufacturer, operating as a business unit within the company and expanding its production facility. “Long-term demand is strong for...

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Socionext, Fujitsu Develop Low-Power, High-Speed Transceiver Circuit
YOKOHAMA, Japan, Feb. 9, 2016 — System-on-chip manufacturer Socionext Inc. and network research facility Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have developed the world’s lowest power-consuming transceiver circuit that achieves communications speeds of 56 Gbps per channel. Compared to...
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Silicon Metamaterials Hold Promise for Photonic Circuits, Chips
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Feb. 5, 2016 — As data transmission technology seeks miniaturization, all-diaelectric, a silicon-based metamaterials may offer the necessary control of light through achievement of total internal reflectance. Researchers from Purdue University seek to engineer...

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Transmitter Converts Electronic to Optical Signals
VILLARCEAUX, France, Feb. 4, 2016 — A bandwidth variable transmitter (BVT) that converts electronic signals to optical signals and featuring works without service interruptions, an advantage known as being "hitless." The transmitter’s bandwidth can also be adjust for varying...
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LZH Launches 3 Hybrid Numerical Optics Research Projects
HANOVER, Germany, Feb. 3, 2016 — Nonprofit research institute Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) is working on three subprojects in the new research priority, Hybrid Numerical Optics, of the Hannover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT) at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University...

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NASA to Build Integrated Photonics Modem for Laser Communications
GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 3, 2016 — An integrated photonics modem will be tested aboard the International Space Station beginning in 2020 as part of NASA’s multiyear Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD). The cell phone-sized device incorporates optics-based functions,...
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Integra Optics Opens São Paulo Facility
LATHAM, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2016 — Fiber optics developer Integra Optics Inc. has announced the launch of its first international production facility in São Paulo, Brazil, in response to an expanding customer base and the country’s increasing demand for network...

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Macom, AOI to Collaborate on 100G Data Transceivers
LOWELL, Mass., Jan. 28, 2016 — M/A-Com Technology Solutions Holdings Inc., a supplier of high-performance radio frequency, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products, and Applied Optoelectronics Inc. (AOI) a provider of fiber optic access network products, have...
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Source Photonics Ships 10,000th Module
WEST HILLS, Calif., Jan. 25, 2016 — Data technology company Source Photonics Inc. has announced the shipment of its 10,000th single-mode, 100-G QSFP28 optical transceiver module. The company began production shipments of its 10-km QSFP28 LR4 and 2-km QSFP28 LR4-Lite modules in the...

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Xtera Completes Installation of Submarine Cable System
DALLAS, Jan. 25, 2016 — Xtera Communications Inc., a provider of high-capacity optical transport solutions, has completed the marine installation of its second repeatered submarine cable system. Deployed in the Atlantic Ocean last year, the 1500-km long cable system is...
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Optical Feed System Achieves 60-W Power over 300 M
TOKYO, Jan. 25, 2016 — An optical feed system using double-clad fibers has been demonstrated to supply 60-W power over a 300-m optical fiber system. The setup could enable future small-cell mobile communications. Delivered optical feed power and power transmission...

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Standard Heatsinks Efficiently Cool Plasmonic Components
MOSCOW, Russia, Jan. 21, 2016 — A cooling system using high-performance thermal interfaces has been used to mitigate the heat generated in optoelectronic chips. Self-heating of active plasmonics, which limits achievable optical gain, has been a barrier to the development of...
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Ciena Acquires Photonics Assets Worth $32M from Teraxion
HANOVER, Maryland, Jan. 19, 2016 — Network specialist Ciena Corp. said it has entered into an agreement with Teraxion Inc. of Quebec City, from whom it will purchase high-speed indium phosphide and silicon photonics technologies and underlying intellectual property, in a cash deal...

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Scott Jackson Appointed VP of Infinera's Undersea Fiber Division
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 14, 2016 — Scott Jackson has been named vice president of Infinera Corp.'s underwater fiber optics division. Jackson has more than 31 years of experience in directing teams from concept to delivery over a range of technology areas, and has successfully...
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Semtech, MultiPhy Partner on 100G Optical Modules
CAMARILLO, Calif., Jan. 12, 2016 — Semtech Corp. and MultiPhy Ltd. of Ness Ziona, Israel, have entered into a strategic agreement aimed at accelerating introduction of 100-Gb/s single-wavelength optical modules. As part of the agreement, the publicly traded Semtech is now one of...

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Metasurface Polarimeter Meets Telecom, Nanotechnology Demands
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 11, 2016 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 11, 2016 — A novel architecture for in-line polarimeters enables monolithic, on-chip integration of polarization sensors for applications as varied as drug design and telecommunications, as well as for emerging...
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North Wales Photonics Launchpad Competition to Fund R&D Projects
SWINDON, England, Dec. 30, 2015 — Innovate UK, the Welsh government and the Welsh Opto-Electronics Forum are providing £500,000 (about $740,000) to fund R&D projects by businesses focused on light technologies in the St. Asaph area of North Wales. The North Wales...

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Microprocessor Integrates Silicon Photonics
BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 23, 2015 — Made from silicon using conventional fabrication methods, a microprocessor that integrates multiple photonic components is said to be the first to communicate directly with other devices using light. The device consists of two processor cores with...
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Sitri, Accelink Partner on Optoelectronics for Communications
SHANGHAI, Dec. 22, 2015 — R&D center Sitri and optoelectronic components supplier Accelink Technologies Co. of Wuhan, China, will collaborate on the development of optoelectronic communications technologies. The agreement will allow Accelink and Sitri to combine their...

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Carbon Sciences Funds UCSB Research into Graphene Optical Modulators
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 17, 2015 — Carbon Sciences Inc. will fund R&D at the University of California, Santa Barbara, of a graphene-based optical modulator, a fiber optic component intended to address data center bottlenecks and enhance cloud computing. The company believes...
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ICFO Receives $1.9M for Quantum Cryptography Research
BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 15, 2015 — ICFO, the Institute of Photonic Sciences, has received €1.7 million (about $1.86 million) from the Axa Research Fund to fund a permanent chairmanship for quantum cryptography technology research, addressing rising data security issues among...






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