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Mid-IR Lens Incorporates Waste Sulfur
TUCSON, Ariz., April 21, 2014 — Thin, inexpensive plastic lenses for IR imaging devices can be manufactured from waste sulfur generated by refining fossil fuels. The plastic is transparent to wavelengths from 3 to 5 µm, have a refractive index between 1.865 and 1.745, and have high optical focusing power, according to researchers from the University of Arizona. Most polymers have refractive indices below 1.6 and transmit much less midrange IR, the researchers said.  Inexpensive sulfur lenses can be...

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Flir, ING to Create Aerial IR Inspection Methods
OTTAWA, April 18, 2014 — Flir Systems Canada is partnering with ING Robotic Aviation to develop robotic aircraft and new techniques for infrared inspections. The new technology will allow for aerial industrial infrared inspections and visual gas leak detection....
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Long-Range 3-D Lidar May Enhance Military Operations
ESSEX, England, April 18, 2014 — Advancement of 3-D imaging and lidar technologies could spell significant enhancement for target identification, tracking and surveillance, namely in military operations. A team at Selex ES has developed a lidar system that uses a Geiger-mode...

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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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Gold Material Cuts Glare, Repels Water
IRVINE, Calif., April 7, 2014 — An accidental discovery has scientists looking at light glare through new eyes. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, were in the process of designing a flexible film to coat various products when they inadvertently...

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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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FBGS, 4DSP Enter Strategic Partnership
JENA, Germany, and AUSTIN, Texas, March 28, 2014 — FBGS and 4DSP have joined forces to enhance the field of fiber optic sensing technology. 4DSP’s fiber optic sensing system will complement FBGS’ all grating fiber technology, affecting design, test, implementation and...

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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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Rutgers Professor Takes Top SPIE Prize
CAMDEN, N.J., March 26, 2014 — James Harrington, a professor at Rutgers University, has received SPIE’s 2014 Gold Medal Award for his pioneering research on fiber optics and IR optical materials. Since 1977, this annual prize has recognized “seminal...

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Creation of Living Materials Shows Potential
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 25, 2014 — A new approach to materials synthesis has shown promise in the creation of living elements. Researchers at MIT have influenced E. coli bacterial cells to produce biofilms that could incorporate nonliving materials such as gold nanoparticles...
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Brain Mapping Seeks New Paths
NEW YORK, March 10, 2014 — New imaging techniques could build new roadways in neural mapping and provide a better understanding of how the brain functions. A team at Columbia University — along with researchers from Cornell University, the California Institute...

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Tiny Lasers Could Help Fight Bio-Weapons
WASHINGTON, March 7, 2014 — Biochemical weapons could be a big threat, but a new DARPA program is proposing a very small solution: tiny lasers. The research agency has established a program called Laser UV Sources for Tactical Efficient Raman, or LUSTER, which will...
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New Devices Could Realize Optical Microprocessing
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2014 — The development of two new devices — a modulator and a tunable filter — that are energy efficient and were built using a standard IBM advanced CMOS process represents a major milestone in optical microprocessing, researchers say. ...

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THz Laser Chip Sets Power Records
LEEDS, England, Feb. 19, 2014 — A newly developed terahertz laser chip is already setting records as the most powerful in the world. A team from the University of Leeds has engineered a quantum cascade terahertz laser that exceeds 1-W output power, more than doubling...
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Aculight 30-kW Fiber Laser Could Enhance Military Weapons Systems
BOTHELL, Wash., Feb. 4, 2014 — The successful demonstration of a 30-kW electric fiber laser marks a significant milestone toward the deployment of a mission-relevant laser weapons system for the military. Developed by Lockheed Martin’s Aculight Laser Solutions unit, it is...

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British Military Signs Contract with German Laser Group
DÜSSELDORF, Germany, Jan. 29, 2014 — The British Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Rheinmetall AG to secure laser light modules for its soldiers. Part of a comprehensive program to modernize the British infantry, the €33 million (about $45 million) contract...
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Intevac Names Cho Executive VP
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014 — Intevac Inc. has appointed Jay C. Cho as executive vice president and general manager of its thin-film equipment division. Reporting directly to President and CEO Wendell Blonigan, Cho will lead the equipment division, which designs,...

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Alfalight to Provide Laser Modules for US Navy
MADISON, Wis., Jan. 22, 2014 — Alfalight Inc. has signed a $1.7 million contract to supply the US Naval Surface Warfare Center with new long-range, nonlethal laser systems. The company will develop high-power green laser systems with active eye-safety technology for the...
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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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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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With Laser-Doping, Silicon Responds to IR Light
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 7, 2014 — New IR imaging systems could be possible now that a new method has demonstrated that silicon is more responsive to IR light when laser-doped with one of its most dangerous impurities: gold. Detectors that are responsive to a broad range of...

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Optics Expert Garners Chief Scientist Post at ARL
ADELPHI, Md., Dec. 20, 2013 — Dr. Joseph Mait, a fellow of both the Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, was recently named chief scientist of the US Army Research Lab (ARL). Mait has worked at ARL since 1988 in various roles, including group leader for basic research in...
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THz Generator Has Highest Signal Quality
MADRID, Dec. 18, 2013 — A terahertz (THz) generator currently in development improves signal quality by 1 million times as compared with the best device of its kind available on the market, opening the technology to applications in biomedicine, transportation safety,...

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Mobile Laser Takes On Mortars, UAVs
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., Dec. 17, 2013 — Boeing's vehicle-mounted 10-kW class laser recently engaged more than 90 mortar rounds and several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in flight, the US Army has announced. Testing of the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD),...
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First Horizon 2020 Photonics Projects Open
BRUSSELS, Dec. 12, 2013 — The European Commission presented on Wednesday its first calls for projects under the Horizon 2020 program, the European Union's seven-year, €80 billion research and innovation program. Those calls include €47 million specifically...






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