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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 (GM) array for single photon counting. It also has the potential to reduce the size, weight and cost of such systems in the future, researchers said.    Lidar depth penetration through the canopy and along the line-of-sight....

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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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‘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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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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Microtechnology Emerging as Next Big Thing
BELLINGHAM, Wash., March 26, 2014 — Growing demand for high-tech research and development in micro-optoelectromechanical systems (MOEMS) has led to breakthrough achievements for applications including space exploration, wireless systems and health care. “Recent demands...

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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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Inevitable Imperfection Produces Nanolaser
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 24, 2014 — Nanostructures are inevitably a little bit imperfect, making it impossible thus far to develop optical chips that can control light. However, such structures are proving to be perfect for a whole new set of uses. Although “you...

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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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Silicon Photonics Reports Highest Serial Data Rate
GOLETA, Calif., and ARMONK, N.Y., March 14, 2014 — New silicon photonic technology has demonstrated the essential elements to establish next-generation data centers, including reach and power consumption. The new technology, developed jointly by Aurrion Inc. and IBM, touts the highest...

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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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IPG Photonics Expands Diode Laser Production
OXFORD, Mass., March 11, 2014 — IPG Photonics is set to expand it diode laser production following the acquisition of Veeco Instruments’ molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system. IPG plans to use the system for high-volume manufacturing of laser diodes for fiber lasers,...

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EXFO Receives 2014 Portable FOTE Leadership Award
QUEBEC CITY, March 10, 2014 — Frost & Sullivan has awarded EXFO Inc. the 2014 Global Market Share Leadership Award for its work in the fiber-optic test equipment (FOTE) market. EXFO received the award after reporting a market share of 38.2 percent in 2013 in overall...
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Christian Schmitz Named SPI CEO
SOUTHAMPTON, England, March 7, 2014 — Dr. Christian Schmitz has taken the reins at SPI Lasers as the company’s new CEO. Schmitz is the former chief technical officer of Trumpf, which acquired SPI in 2008. “Over the last year SPI have seen significant...

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IBM Sets Record for Data Transfer Speeds
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y., Feb. 28, 2014— A new record has been set for short-range data transmission that proves the existing technology remains up to snuff. Researchers at IBM have discovered that the standard technology for sending data over short distances — via a...
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Fiber Optic Sensor Offers Better Monitoring
NÆRUM, Denmark, Feb. 27, 2014 — A new fiber optic acceleration sensor can be used for the high-frequency measurement of small vibrations, which could lead to better condition monitoring of rotating machines such as turbines, pumps, motors and vehicles. Brüel...

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New Laser Brings Faster Internet
PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 26, 2014 — High-speed Internet continues to evolve, making very quick work of downloading, streaming and communicating. But could it get faster? Researchers in California say yes. A new laser developed by a research group at the California Institute...
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AFL Names New Chief Strategy Officer
SPARTANBURG, S.C., Feb. 11, 2014 — Fiber optics provider AFL has named industry veteran Bill Dungan chief strategy officer. Dungan will focus on creating strategic direction for the company’s long-term growth, including organic initiatives, mergers and acquisitions,...

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Tyndall Scientist Awarded Rank Prize for Optoelectronics
CORK, Ireland, Feb. 11, 2014 — Eoin O’Reilly’s pioneering work in the field of optoelectronics has earned him the 2014 Rank Prize. He is the first from Ireland to receive the honor. Head of the Theory, Modelling and Design Centre at Tyndall National Institute...
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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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New Laser Detects Low Gas Concentrations
ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan. 31, 2014 — A new type of laser can produce 25 times more light emission than other such devices that operate on a similar wavelength, allowing for detection of very low concentrations of gases. The laser, developed at the University of...
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Suematsu Wins Japan Prize
TOKYO, Jan. 31, 2014 &amdash; Yasuharu Suematsu, a pioneer in the field of semiconductor lasers that enable high-capacity, long-distance fiber networks, has been recognized with the 2014 Japan Prize for electronics, information and communications. His research helped...

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Research Funds Reshape Silicon Photonics
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Jan. 30, 2014 — Funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will kick-start a project aimed at bringing silicon photonics to mass markets and revolutionizing a range of applications, including computing, communications, domestic...
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ERC Grant Furthers Study of Quantum Info Processing
VIENNA, Jan. 23, 2014 — A five-year, $2.7 million grant awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) will further the study of fiber-based quantum communications and information processing. Arno Rauschenbeutel, a professor at the Atomic Institute at Vienna...

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Soliton Behavior Observed in Silicon Photonics
SYDNEY, Jan. 21, 2014 — A breakthrough in silicon photonics could shape the design of future integrated optical communications systems. An international research team based at the University of Sydney has observed an on-chip soliton compression in a silicon...
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ITC Rules on Avago, Mellanox Patent Dispute
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2014 — Both Mellanox Technologies Ltd. and Avago Technologies are claiming victories in recent rulings by the International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding an ongoing patent dispute. Avago's claims that Mellanox of Sunnyvale, Calif., and FCI of...






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