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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 simulation. They serve the automotive, aerospace and defense, power generation, energy and commercial electronics industries. Andor System Support provides technological, product and system development alongside OEM products. For more...

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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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Laser Scanning Lends Credence to Theory of Brain Circuitry
MONTREAL, May 30, 2014 — Nerve cells in the brain can rewire and fine-tune themselves by forming connections with neighboring cells. Xenopus tadpoles. Images courtesy of Science. Researchers from Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and...
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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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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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Forecast: Fiber, Copper Continue Tight Competition
AUSTIN, Texas, May 21, 2014 — Optical fiber for data centers will drive growth in the North American network cabling market this year, according to a forecast by IHS Inc. The copper market remains more than twice as large as the fiber market, but IHS forecasts that...

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NeoPhotonics Profits Down Despite Growing Demand
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 20, 2014 — NeoPhotonics Corp. ended 2013 with an annual net loss of $34.3 million, an increase from the $17.5 million annual net loss it reported for 2012. The company’s fourth-quarter net loss was $4.5 million, a decrease from a net loss of...
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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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Semiconductors Boost Photon Control Earnings
BURNABY, B.C., May 15, 2014 — Photon Control Inc. reported considerable earnings in the first quarter of 2014, powered largely by semiconductor sales. The developer of optical measurement technologies said profit before taxes was $2.1 million, an increase of about 430...
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Video: Lockheed Laser Scuttles Small Boats
SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 14, 2014 — A prototype laser disabled military watercraft recently, which developer Lockheed Martin said was another demonstration of the affordability and effectiveness of laser weapons. The tests of the Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) system...

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Ametek Touts Record First Quarter
BERWYN, Pa., May 13, 2014 — Ametek Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, reported a successful first quarter, with record sales, orders, operating and net incomes, and diluted earnings per share. The company saw a 12...
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LightPath Sets Sights on Asia after 3Q Loss
ORLANDO, Fla., May 12, 2014 — LightPath Technologies Inc. ended its third fiscal quarter with a net loss of $133,000. The net loss of $133,000 contrasted with earnings of $217,000 for the third quarter of fiscal 2013. The company attributed the loss to unfavorable...

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New Graphene Film Brings Fast, Low-Cost Communications
MELBOURNE, Australia, May 12, 2014 — A new type of graphene is showing potential for ultrafast telecommunications. The new high-quality continuous graphene oxide thin film could lead to ultrafast telecommunications. Courtesy of Swinburne University of Technology. A...
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Fiber Sensor Detects Trace Amounts of Explosives
ADELAIDE, Australia, May 9, 2014 — A small optical fiber sensor detects explosives in concentrations as low as 6.3 ppm, which could mean big things in the fight against terrorism. A team from the University of Adelaide, in collaboration with the Australian Defense...






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