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Photon Switch Called the Fastest of its Kind
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 12, 2014 — A novel ultrafast photon switch could pave the way to a new class of sensitive receivers, faster sensors and optical-processing devices. A team from the University of California, San Diego, created the 500-GHz photon switch, which they have already used to control photons in optical fiber channels. “Our switch is more than an order of magnitude faster than any previously published result to date,” said professor Dr. Stojan Radic. “That exceeds the speed of...

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Transceivers Drive Finisar Revenue
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 5, 2014 — Fiber optics firm Finisar Corp. reported its eighth consecutive quarter of revenue growth, but said clients’ ordering practices could bring the streak to an end. The company’s first quarter of fiscal 2015 ended July 27. Revenues...
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Fibercore Acquires Fibertronix
SOUTHAMPTON, Hampshire, England, Sept. 1, 2014 — Fibercore has acquired Fibertronix of Hudiksvall, Sweden, for an undisclosed sum. Fibertronix produces specialty fiber and hermetic carbon and high-temperature polyimide coatings for harsh environments, targeting the oil and gas and medical...

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Researchers Propose Lossless Nano-Optical Cables
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 21, 2014 — New research proposes lossless nano-optical fibers small enough to replace copper wiring in computer chips. “We’re already transmitting data from continent to continent using fiber optics, but the killer application is using...
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Oclaro Ends FY14 in Black After Business Unit Sales
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 — After selling business segments for a total of about $120 million, optical communications firm Oclaro Inc. ended its fiscal year June 28 with earnings of $17.8 million, an improvement over its fiscal 2013 net loss of $122.7 million. The...

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Fiber Optic Sensors Market Projected to Reach $2.2B by 2018
WELLESLEY, Mass., Aug. 12, 2014 — The global market for fiber optic sensors is expected to reach $2.2 billion by 2018, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5 percent since 2013, according to a BCC Research analysis. The firm said the defense industry is...
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Hydrogen Prevents UV Damage in Optical Fiber
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 12, 2014 — Hydrogen can fortify optical fibers, making them capable of sustained transmission of high-intensity UV light. A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology created the new fibers, which they said could help reduce errors...

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Yenista Opens US Office
LANNION, France, Aug. 12, 2014 — Yenista Optics has opened a sales support and repair center in Newbury Park, Calif. The office will support Yenista’s test equipment for semiconductor manufacturers developing silicon photonic and dense wavelength division...
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Measurements Show On-Chip Topological Light Is Robust
COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 4, 2014 — On-chip topological light exhibits less energy loss and is more consistent than light at the interior of an array, a recent experimental study shows. These qualities of robustness and consistency are vital for the integration of such arrays for...

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Earnings Erode in Third Quarter at Coherent
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 31, 2014 — Coherent Inc. reported a net income of $13 million in the third quarter of its current fiscal year, compared to 16.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, a 22 percent decrease. “Our third-quarter results were somewhat...
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Fiber Lasers for Materials Processing Drive Earnings at IPG
OXFORD, Mass., July 30, 2014 — IPG Photonics Corp reported earnings of $48.3 million in the second quarter of 2014, saying high-power fiber laser sales increased by 22 percent and other products performed well. The earnings represent a 15.8 percent increase over the...

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Newport to Acquire Fiber-Laser Firm V-Gen
IRVINE, Calif., July 25, 2014 — Newport Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire V-Gen Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of pulsed fiber lasers headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. The sale price was not disclosed, but Newport said V-Gen is expected to generate sales...
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Pickering Chooses Japanese Representative
CLACTON-ON-SEA, Essex, England, July 23, 2014 — Pickering Interfaces Ltd. has chosen Andor System Support Co. Ltd. of Tokyo as its new representative in Japan. Pickering designs and manufactures modular optical and electronic signal switching and instrumentation for use in test and...

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'Air Waveguides' Function Like Optical Fibers
COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 22, 2014 — A team from the University of Maryland has discovered how to make air behave like optical fiber, guiding light beams over short distances without losing power. Using “air waveguides” the researchers have been able to enhance...
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Natural Optical Fibers Sort Colors in Retina
HAIFA, Israel, July 22, 2014 — The retina has long been known to convert light into electrical signals and initially process visual information, but that’s not all it does. Researchers from Technion Israel Institute of Technology have demonstrated the role that...

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ProLabs Names Head of Technology
CIRENCESTER, England, July 16, 2014 — Giacomo Losio has been named head of technology at data communications firm ProLabs. Losio will lead efforts to develop the company’s technology road map and compatible optical fiber technologies. He will report to Stephen Burke, vice...
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Photonic Router Aids Quantum Computing
REHOVOT, Israel, July 15, 2014 — A router capable of guiding single photons could overcome challenges associated with building quantum computers. A team from the Weizmann Institute of Science developed the device, which is based on a single atom connected to a...

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Hollow Core Protects Optical Fibers from UV Light
ERLANGEN, Germany, and BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany, July 3, 2014 — A new type of optical fiber can guide UV laser light without sustaining the damage often seen in conventional fibers. A microscopic image of a hollow core optical fiber. Courtesy of the Max Planck Institute. Developed by a team...
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Opsens Profits Down Amid Development Push
QUEBEC CITY, July 3, 2014 — Fiber sensing firm Opsens Inc. reported a net loss of CA$1.2 million in its third quarter, citing fees related to a licensing agreement and development costs related to an arterial pressure sensor due to hit the market next year. The...

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Harsh Environments No Match for New Fiber Sensor
PITTSBURGH, June 27, 2014 — A team from the University of Pittsburgh has developed a high-temperature fiber sensor for gas flow measurements. The researchers said they were able to operate the sensor at up to 850 °C, about 200 °C hotter than has been...
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Nanofiber Fabrication Boosts Quantum Computing
COLLEGE PARK, Md., June 19, 2014 — A new approach to fabricating optical nanofibers could enable the next generation of quantum computing. These ultra-high-transmission fibers, developed by researchers at the University of Maryland’s Joint Quantum Institute, could act...

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Guernsey Coating Now Female Owned
VENTURA, Calif., June 16, 2014 — Ty Guernsey, co-founder of Guernsey Coating Labs, has fully acquired the company, making it a completely woman-owned business. The company specializes in optical thin-film coatings, covering the UV to near-infrared wavelength range, for a...
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Sensor Studies Chemicals with Single Chip
VIENNA, June 12, 2014 — A tiny new sensor uses miniaturized IR laser technology to identify and study chemicals — all on a single chip. The new sensor, developed by researchers at the Vienna University of Technology, can analyze liquids and gases, as...

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CrossFiber Names Decelle CEO
SAN DIEGO, June 4, 2014 — Mike Decelle has been appointed president and CEO of CrossFiber Inc., a manufacturer of photonic switches for data centers and fiber optics networks. The new CEO succeeds Hus Tigli, who led CrossFiber from its founding. Tigli plans to...
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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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