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Facebook, Infinera to Create 8 Tb/s European Optical Network
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 1, 2015 — Facebook Inc. is preparing to deploy an intelligent transport network developed by Infinera Corp. to create a 3998-km optical network route across Europe with a capacity of up to 8 Tb/s. The network connects Facebook’s data center in Luleå, Sweden, to major hubs throughout Europe. It incorporates Infinera’s DTN-X platform and FlexCoherent modulation scheme. Today, Facebook delivers to its European network 100-Gb/s coherent transmission via 500-Gb/s...

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OFS Joint Venture Opens Fiber Optic Cable Factory in Russia
VORONEZH, Russia, March 24, 2015 — OFS Fitel LLC and SviazStroy-1 have opened a new optical fiber cable factory in central Russia. “With the extra capacity of the new factory, we can better serve the growing demands of our customers developing transcontinental...
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Higher-Order Modes Speed Up Fiber Conveyor Belt (with video)
OKINAWA, Japan, March 19, 2015 — Evanescent waves bleeding out of optical fibers can be used to trap and move microparticles like a conveyor belt, a phenomenon that could be useful in drug delivery, cell research and even quantum computing. While the effect has been...

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Modulation Scheme Dramatically Increases Capacity, Range of Next-Generation Fibers
SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 17, 2015 — A new phase-modulation (PM) scheme may have found the “sweet spot” for long-distance communications over next-generation optical fibers. Infinera Corp. of California and BICS SA/NV of Belgium recently completed an extended...
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Norland Products Names COO for Fiber Optics Division
CRANBURY, N.J., March 12, 2015 — Carroll Foreman Jr. has been named chief operating officer for Norland Products Inc.’s fiber optics division. Foreman has 29 years of general and operational executive management experience, including in the broadband communications...

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Chalcogenide Fibers Mimic Brain Functions
SOUTHAMPTON, England, March 10, 2015 — Chalcogenide microfibers could be used to replicate the workings of the human brain, enabling optical computers capable of learning and evolving. A variety of broadband photoinduced effects allow metal-sulfide fibers to be switched on and...
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Laser Weapon Stops Truck in Field Test
BETHESDA, Md., March 5, 2015 — Operating at the highest power ever documented for a system of its type, a laser weapon under development by Lockheed Martin disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test. The 30-kW ground-based prototype, called ATHENA...

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JDSU Reveals Spinoff Names: Lumentum and Viavi
MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 27, 2015 — Lumentum and Viavi are the names of the two companies JDSU plans to split into this fall. Meanwhile, Chief Financial Officer Rex Jackson will leave the company Sept. 30 following the expected completion of the spinoff. JDSU’s...
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New Fibercore VP Targets Oil & Gas Market
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Feb. 25, 2015 — Brian Herbst has been named global senior vice president of sales for Fibercore, where he will lead a push into new markets. Herbst was formerly director of specialty cables at AFL. He graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s...

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Prism Award Winners Recognized at Photonics West
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2015 — From 3-D-printed optics to novel laser systems to mobile medical diagnostics and chemical sensors, nine cutting-edge products were recognized Wednesday during the Photonics West trade show with Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. ...
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Ultrasonic Waves Create One-Way Optical Fiber
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Jan. 30, 2015 — Ultrasonic waves can turn optical fiber into a one-way street for photons, a discovery that could aid the development of quantum computers. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated the effect using a...

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Fiber Sensors Go Inside Hot Machining Processes
MADRID, Jan. 21, 2015 — Fiber optic pyrometers that can get into places that other heat sensors cannot could help metal parts manufacturers cut down defects and breakdowns. Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid have developed 62.5-µm silica fiber...
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Emcore Promotes Blauvelt to Chief Technology Officer
ALHAMBRA, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015 — Dr. Hank Blauvelt has been named chief technology officer for fiber components firm Emcore Corp. Blauvelt joined Emcore in 2007 as chief scientist with principal responsibility for the development of technologies for linear fiber optic...

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OZ Optics Completes New Components Testing
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, Jan. 15, 2015 — OZ Optics Ltd. says its new line of optical taps and power monitors for telecommunications met industry standards in recent testing. The inline taps are built with ordinary single-mode fiber and polarization-maintaining fibers. They are...
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Opsens Receives $1M-Plus Order for Fiber Optic Mining Sensors
QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 8, 2015 — Opsens Inc. has received an order worth more than $1 million for fiber optic sensor systems for mining operations in South America. Opsens will provide a monitoring system that will optimize mining operations to prevent negative impact on...

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Fiber Optic Center Names Strategic Marketing Director
NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Jan 6, 2015 — Kathleen Skelton has joined Fiber Optic Center Inc. as director of strategic marketing. Skelton has expertise in business development, online strategy, social media, content marketing and more than 20 years of experience in the fiber optics...
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Emcore Finalizes Product-Line Sale to NeoPhotonics
ALHAMBRA, Calif., Jan. 5, 2015 — Emcore Corp. has completed the sale of its tunable laser and transceiver product lines to NeoPhotonics Corp. of San Jose for $17.5 million. Emcore received $1.5 million in cash and a $16 million promissory note from NeoPhotonics. ...

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Light Propagation Made Visible in Solar Cells
JÜLICH, Germany, Jan. 2, 2015 — Near-field optical microscopy has provided a glimpse inside the workings of thin-films solar cells, potentially offering a route to optimizing them and other nanophotonic devices. The technique uses a glass fiber tip to measure the amount...
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Koch Industries Acquires Oplink for $356.5M
WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 26, 2014 — Koch Industries Inc. has acquired Oplink Communications Inc. of Fremont, Calif., for $356.5 million. Oplink provides components, intelligent modules and subsystems for dense and coarse wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), optical...

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Nanofiber Integrated with Quantum Dots
TOKYO, Dec. 29, 2104 — A research team from the Center for Photonic Innovations at the University of Electro-Communications has integrated quantum light sources with nanofibers, a possible step toward a quantum Internet. A computer-controlled picoliter liquid...
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Emcore Announces Leadership Changes, Sheds Solar and Telecom Segments
ALHAMBRA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2014 — Emcore Corp. has named a new CEO and let other executives go as it streamlines its business concerns to focus on broadband fiber optics. The first quarter of Emcore’s fiscal 2015 ends Dec. 31, with a company-predicted net loss of $1...

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Fiber Optic Center Technical Team has New Member
NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Dec. 11, 2014 — Dan Rocheleau has joined the technical team at distributor Fiber Optic Center Inc. Rocheleau has spent his entire career, since 1986, in fiber optic assembly production with FONS, ADC and TE Connectivity. He has experience in several areas...
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International Project Tackles Fiber Solutions for Internet Bandwidth Crunch
BRUSSELS, Dec. 8, 2014 — An international academic-industrial collaboration will explore options for expanding fiber optic data capacity in densely populated areas. The €1.5 million SAFARI (Scalable And Flexible optical Architecture for Reconfigurable...

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MicroCare Names Fiber Optic Cleaning Products Manager
NEW BRITAIN, Conn., Dec. 5, 2014 — MicroCare Corp. has appointed Brian Teague of South Carolina to manage its Sticklers brand of fiber optic cleaning products. Teague has more than 18 years experience in fiber optics industry. He previously led the development of mechanical...
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Corning to Acquire Fiber Optics Business from Samsung
CORNING, N.Y., Dec. 3, 2014 — Looking to expand its presence in Asia, Corning Inc. plans acquire Samsung Electronics Co.’s fiber optics business early next year. The deal is subject to regulatory approval; the price was not disclosed. Involved in the transaction...






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