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Sensor Amplifies Molecule Signatures
HOUSTON, July 17, 2014 — A new spectroscopy technique can accurately identify the structure and composition of individual molecules. Researchers from the Rice University Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) developed the device, which they said has the ability to amplify single molecules’ optical signatures by about 100 billion times. It is designed to study individual molecules that contain fewer than 20 atoms. “The ideal single-molecule sensor would be able to identify an unknown molecule...

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Helmet Integrates Night Vision Camera, Visor Projection
ROCHESTER, England, July 16, 2014 — BAE Systems plc has introduced a new helmet-mounted display for fighter jet pilots that integrates a night-vision camera. The Striker II also includes a hybrid opto-inertial tracking system that determines where the pilot is looking and...
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Report: Consumer Goods to Drive IR Imaging Market
LYON, France, July 11, 2014 — Sales of thermal imaging components surged in 2013, heralding future growth and a wider customer base for the uncooled IR imaging market, according to research firm Yole Developpement. Consumer products are expected to see a 61 percent...

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‘Metamirror’ Doubles Incident Light Frequency
AUSTIN, Texas, July 8, 2014 — A nanostructure produces nonlinear effects a million times greater than traditional, macroscale nonlinear crystals, according to a team of researchers from Texas and Germany. This “metamirror” could enable miniaturized laser...
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Cobalt’s Raman Airport Scanner Wins MacRobert Award
ABINGDON, Oxfordshire, England, July 7, 2014 — Cobalt Light Systems has been recognized with the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award for its Insight100 airport scanner. The Insight100 uses a variant of Raman spectroscopy and advanced algorithms to distinguish between...

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Eagleyard Partners with Western Systems in India
BERLIN, July 2, 2014 — Laser diode maker eagleyard Photonics GmbH has partnered with Western Systems in Bangalore, India, for global sales support. Eagleyard, a Toptica company, manufactures laser diodes for industrial, space, defense, medical and scientific...
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Northrop Grumman Wins $238M Air Force Contract
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., June 24, 2014 — Northrop Grumman Corp. has been awarded $238 million from the U.S. Air Force to supply a laser-based system to defend against heat-seeking missiles. The Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) system can automatically detect a...

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Forecast: Military Laser Market to Grow 4% Annually
DALLAS, June 20, 2014 — Military laser systems are expected to grow into a $2.73 billion global industry by 2020, according to analysts MarketsandMarkets. The industry is estimated at $2.14 billion this year, with an estimated compound annual growth rate over the...
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Lidar Provides Better Study of Active Fault Zone
BEIJING and PASADENA, Calif., June 16, 2014 — An active seismic fault in China has been the scene of several deadly earthquakes — some of the worst in history. Digital 3-D modeling of the fault zone could help save lives, researchers say. A team from the State Key Laboratory of...

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Raytheon Tests Laser-Guided Artillery Shell
PARIS, June 16, 2014 — Raytheon Co. recently test-fired its first dual-mode laser- and GPS-guided Excalibur S artillery shell. The company said the test proves the new laser spot tracker system can survive firing from a 155 mm howitzer, and that it can take over...
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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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Optical Invisibility Cloak Ideal for Diffusive Media
KARLSRUHE, Germany, June 9, 2014 — A new invisibility cloak technology conceals objects in diffusive media such as fog, clouds or frosted glass. Optical cloaks have been challenging to achieve for all situations; most only work at specific colors or polarizations, or from...

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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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Lamda Guard, Airbus Collaborate on Laser Shield
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 5, 2014 — Lamda Guard Inc. has teamed up with Airbus SAS to test a metamaterial system designed to deflect bright light and laser beams directed at jetliners. Lamda Guard develops thin-films coatings that, when applied to aircraft windows,...

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Eagleyard Consolidates North American Distribution with TeraComm
BERLIN, June 4, 2014 — Eagleyard Photonics GmbH has severed ties with distributor Market Tech Inc., awarding North American sales and distribution contracts to TeraComm LLC and its spinoff XSoptix LLC. Market Tech has been eagleyard’s distributor in the...
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4 Photonics Projects Get Defense Funding
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded funding totaling $28.3 million for four photonics graduate research projects under its Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). Brief summaries of the projects follow. For further...

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Airbus Defense and Space Joins Beacon Project
PARIS, May 28, 2014 — Airbus Defense and Space has begun working with the Beacon project, a collaborative R&D project that focuses on the development of various photonic technologies for the future of high-capacity, energy efficient telecommunication satellites. ...
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Augmented Reality Device Easier on the Eyes
TUCSON and STORRS, Conn., May 28, 2014 — A new device aims to make augmented reality (AR) technology easier on the eyes. Developed by researchers at the University of Arizona and the University of Connecticut, the OST-HMD (optical see-through head-mounted display) device is...

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Lockheed Gets $34M in Orders for Laser-Guided Bomb Training Rounds
ARCHBALD, Pa., May 27, 2014 — Lockheed Martin will provide enhanced laser-guided training rounds (ELGTR) to the U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force under two contracts totaling $34.3 million. A $21.8 million contract represents the Navy’s second order of ELGTRs...
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6.5% Annual Growth Seen for Coatings Market
RATINGEN, Germany, May 22, 2014 — Global demand for thin-film optical coatings was valued at approximately $6.5 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow by 6.5 percent annually in the coming years, according to a market forecast from Acmite Market Intelligence. Electronics...

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IR Imagers More Affordable with New Ultrathin Lens
PARIS, May 22, 2014 — An innovative ultrathin lens could lead to more affordable IR thermal imaging cameras. The 1-mm-thick silicon Fresnel lens was developed by researchers from the French aerospace lab Onera, French thermal imaging sensor company ULIS, the...
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Fibercore Names US Account Manager
SOUTHAMPTON, England, May 16, 2014 — Fibercore has appointed Karen Moore U.S. account manager. Moore previously worked for 10 years at Corning, and at smaller private companies including Nufern, Xanoptix, Precision Filters and Photonic Controls LLC. She also spent six years as...

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Dynasil Turns a Profit, Repays Loan
WATERTOWN, Mass., May 14 — Dynasil Corp. of America recently notched a second consecutive quarter of profitability and repaid a loan, two things the sensing and detection firm said position it for growth. The company reported net income of $272,000 in its second...
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Elbit Systems Profits Up 16%
HAIFA, Israel, May 14, 2014 — Elbit Systems Ltd. saw profits rise 16 percent in the first quarter of 2014 and touted a growing backlog of orders. The defense contractor, which among other things produces electro-optics and electro-optic space systems, reported net...






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