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Nanowires Absorb, Emit Light Under Different Conditions
TRONDHEIM, Norway, April 23, 2014 — Stretching gallium arsenide nanowires makes them better light emitters, while compression makes them better light absorbers. This discovery could enable more efficient LEDs and thin-film solar panels, according to researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and IBM. “We have now discovered that if we stretch these nanowires, they function quite well as light-emitting diodes,” said Dr. Helge Weman, a professor in the university’s...

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Panels Redirect Sunlight into Shadowy Urban Areas
CAIRO, April 18, 2014 — Corrugated, translucent panels mounted on rooftops could be used to bend sunlight into places it normally doesn't reach. Amr Safwat, a professor of electronics and communications engineering at Ain Shams University, said the new panel could...
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Inexpensive Coating Cuts Glare, Boosts Efficiency in Solar Panels
LOUGHBOROUGH, England, April 15, 2014 — A coating similar to that used on eyeglasses could reduce glare and boost efficiency for photovoltaics. Researchers at Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology developed a multilayer...

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Face-To-Face Molecules Yield More Efficient Solar Panels
RALEIGH, N.C., April 8, 2014 — Organic solar cells could be made more efficient if the orientation of their constituent molecules gets more attention. Exciton transfer is the key to efficient organic solar cells: A team from North Carolina State University and the...
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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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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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Graphene Light Detector Spans IR Spectrum
ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 18, 2014 — A new light detector is the first to sense the full IR spectrum, carrying with it potential advancements in heat-vision technology. The room-temperature, graphene-based detector, developed by a team at the University of Michigan, can be...

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Small 2-D Material Has Big Potential
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 14, 2014 — Although small and just a few atoms thick, a new material has big possibilities for the field of optoelectronics. A 2-D material called tungsten diselenide (WSe2), which could potentially manipulate light and electricity interactions, has...
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Needle Microscope Wins SPIE Startup Challenge
CRAWLEY, Australia, and BELLINGHAM, Wash., Feb. 14, 2014 — A new needle microscope that will assist in breast cancer treatment has earned SPIE’s annual Startup Challenge. The “Microscope in a Needle” project, developed by a team from western Australia and led by Robert McLaughlin,...

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Silicon Labs Unveils First Digital UV Index Sensors
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 10, 2014 — The demand for UV detection in consumer electronics is growing, challenging researchers industrywide to create a compact, efficient and accurate sensor. Silicon Labs has done just that. The company’s new Si1132 and Si114x models are...
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Biomechanics Help Create More Comfortable Shoes
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 7, 2014 — Biomechanics and old fashioned shoe making have joined forces to bring unprecedented comfort to people’s feet. Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) conducted a biomechanical study of footwear made by...

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Zecotek Develops 3-D Printing Interface for Commercial Applications
SINGAPORE, Feb. 6, 2014 — Zecotek Photonics Inc.’s subsidiary Zecotek Display Systems Ltd. aims to bridge the gap between current and future generations of photonic 3-D display technology with its design of a new interface platform. The new 3-D printing...
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Compass-EOS Names New CEO
NATANYA, Israel, and MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 4, 2014 — Compass-EOS, a next-generation routing and icPhotonics vendor, has appointed Matthew Bross as chairman and CEO, replacing Haim Shani and Gadi Bahat, respectively. Shani will remain as a board member, while Bahat will pursue other challenges. ...

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Infrared Imaging Collaboration Grows US Market
HUDSON, N.H., and HEILBRONN, Germany, Jan. 30, 2014 — A collaboration between American IR Solutions (AIRS) and AIM Infrarot-Module will expand IR imaging solutions across the US market. AIRS plans to increase its capabilities to market, design, integrate and support AIM components and products...
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Cyros Receives 2014 AIA Achievement Award
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 28, 2014 — Years of dedication to the vision and imaging industry have earned Michael Cyros, chief commercial officer of Allied Vision Technologies, the 2014 AIA Achievement award. Cyros received the honor, regarded as the industry’s top...

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Nanoparticle Scattering Leads to Transparent Projection Screen
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 21, 2014 — A new class of transparent projection screens could bring vehicle and aircraft navigation, advertising – even eyeglasses – to a whole new level. A team from MIT, the Harvard departments of Physics and the US Army Edgewood...
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Nipro to Make TVC Imagers for Infraredx
BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 20, 2014 — Infraredx Inc. has announced that Nipro Corp., the exclusive distributor of its TVC Imaging System in Japan, has established a manufacturing subsidiary in Yamanishi that will produce biomedical devices. Nipro and Infraredx signed a five-year...

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Block Engineering Signs OEM Supply Agreement
MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 17, 2014 — Block Engineering has signed a long-term supply agreement with an unnamed provider of hardened, field-based systems in the oil and gas drilling industry. The agreement applies specifically to Block’s Mini-FT spectrometer, which...
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NIST System Helps Police Pinpoint Laser Attacks
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Jan. 16, 2014 — A simple measurement system that characterizes the beams from laser pointers could help law enforcement cope with the growing aviation threat of laser attacks. The number of reported incidents of handheld laser pointers aimed at aircraft...

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Gorilla Glass Goes Curvy, Sheds Cooties
CORNING, N.Y., Jan. 6, 2014 — Glassmaker Corning Inc. has announced the development of a novel 3-D glass-forming technology to shape its Gorilla Glass, used as cover glass in millions of smartphones and other handheld devices. The company is working with G-Tech Optoelectronics...
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Tessera Names CFO
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 6, 2014 — Tessera Technologies Inc. has named Robert J. Andersen as its executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Jan. 2. Andersen will report to CEO Thomas Lacey, who had served as interim CEO since May and who was appointed to...

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UniPixel CEO Steps Down
THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Dec. 31, 2013 — Following the resignation of longtime company President and CEO Reed Killion, the board of directors of UniPixel Inc. has appointed its chairman, Bernard Marren, and director, Carl Yankowski, as interim co-president and co-CEO, effective...
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Skin-Care Companies Settle Patent Suit
DUBLIN, Calif., and WESTFORD, Mass., Dec. 18, 2013 — Light-based, at-home consumer skin-care products maker Tria Beauty Inc. of Dublin and Cynosure Inc. of Westford, a developer of laser- and light-based aesthetic systems used by medical practitioners, have settled their patent infringement case, the...

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Quantum Phenomenon Shown with Plastic Film
ZURICH, Dec. 10, 2013 — Instead of the usual ultrapure crystals, a plastic film similar to the material used in light-emitting smartphone displays has been used to demonstrate a complex quantum mechanical phenomenon. The first-time demonstration of a Bose-Einstein...
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Compass-EOS Joins Georgia Technology Center
ATLANTA, Dec. 10, 2013 — Silicon-to-photonics router company Compass-EOS has joined the Georgia Technology Center (GTC), a live laboratory for network equipment vendors to demonstrate their hardware and software, the center announced Tuesday. GTC is located in...






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