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Frequency Combs Reverse Crosstalk, Extend Range of Fiber Transmission
SAN DIEGO, June 25, 2015 — Frequency combs could eliminate the need for repeaters, which are necessary for maintaining signals over long distances in today's fiber-optic networks. Developed at the University of California, San Diego, a patent-pending approach using frequency combs presents a potential solution to a long-standing roadblock to increasing fiber transmission rates: Beyond a threshold power level, additional power irreparably distorts the information. A wideband frequency comb ensures that...

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NKT Photonics Licenses Fiber Laser Technology to Fraunhofer IOF
MUNICH, June 23, 2015 — The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena has licensed photonic crystal fiber (PCF) technology from NKT Photonics AS of Birkerød, Denmark. NKT Photonics Chief Technology Officer Christian...
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Earnings Drop While Datacom Revenues Climb at Finisar
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 18, 2015 — Demand for data communications equipment drove an 8.1 percent increase in revenues at Finisar Corp. in fiscal 2015. But as the company closed its books May 3, it reported a nearly 90 percent drop in profits. Net income for fiscal 2015 was...

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Photonic Bandgap Fiber Reaches Telecom Scale
SOUTHAMPTON, UK, June 11, 2015 — New fabrication tools have enabled the creation of an 11-km photonic bandgap fiber that previously could only be manufactured in lengths of hundreds of meters. Its reach, as well as its low loss and a broad transmission bandwidth, make it a...
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Tunable Laser Diode Taps NIR for Data Transmission
SENDAI, Japan, June 3, 2015 — Tapping into undeveloped frequency bands, a new ultracompact heterogeneous-wavelength laser diode could enable higher-capacity optical data transmission systems. The device combines silicon photonics and quantum-dot (QD) technology and...

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Fiber Microendoscope Could Reduce Unnecessary Biopsies
HOUSTON, June 3, 2015 — A low-cost, portable, battery-powered microendoscope developed at Rice University could reduce the need for costly biopsies for many patients undergoing screening for esophageal cancer. That's the conclusion of researchers behind a clinical...
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Kato Named Chairman at AFL
SPARTANBURG, S.C., June 2, 2015 — Takamasa Kato has been named chairman of AFL Telecommunications LLC by its parent company, Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. He succeeds Kenny Nara. Kato joined Fujikura in 1970 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering...

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Emcore Appoints Vice Presidents of Sales, Operations
ALHAMBRA, Calif., June 1, 2015 — Fiber communications firm Emcore Corp. has named David Wojciechowski vice president of sales and Shane Mortazavi vice president of operations. Wojciechowski has 20 year of sales experience in the optical communications, semiconductor and...
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Expanding into Australian Market, AFL Acquires AFC Group
SPARTANBURG, S.C., May 4, 2015 — AFL Telecommunications LLC has acquired the AFC Group Pty Ltd., a manufacturer, designer and integrator of fiber optic and copper communication solutions with operations in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Terms of the transaction were not...

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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...
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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 off....

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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 (for...
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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. Sponsored...

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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 silica...
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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 the...
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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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