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Intevac Sees Net Loss Despite Higher Photonics Profits
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 29, 2014 — Intevac Inc. said its photonics segment had record revenue and profits in the second quarter, though the company as a whole reported a net loss of $5 million. That narrows the gap from the second quarter last year, when Intevac reported a net loss of $6.4 million. Total revenue in the second quarter of 2014 was $14.7 million, including $11 million of photonics revenues from R&D contracts and sales. Second-quarter 2013 revenue was $17 million, including $7.8 million in photonics...

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Photonics Researchers Win Blavatnik Awards
NEW YORK, July 29, 2014 — The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences has recognized two photonics researchers with the 2014 Blavatnik National Awards. The award honors young American scientists and engineers; each winner receives $250,000....
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Stemmer Imaging Reports 10% Growth, Names Subsidiary Director
PUCHHEIM, Germany, July 29, 2014 — Stemmer Imaging said it ended its last fiscal year June 30 with sales of € 63.4 million (about US$ 85 million), representing 10 percent growth over the previous year. Meanwhile, Peter Trollsas has been named managing director of...

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Eyeing Superresolution Microscopy, Bruker Acquires Vutara
BILLERICA, Mass., July 28, 2014 — Bruker Corp. has acquired Vutara Inc. of Salt Lake City for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will integrate Vutara’s high-speed, 3-D superresolution imaging systems with Bruker’s line of multiphoton and multipoint scanning...
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Wearable Device Allows Early Detection of Diabetes Complication
HSINCHU, Taiwan, July 28, 2014 — Earlier detection of a complication of diabetes is now possible with a new optical technology. The new technology is a 78-gram device that attaches to eyeglasses. It features both IR LEDs and a CCD camera, and was designed to be worn for...

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Image Processing Method Offers Enhanced Underwater Views
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, July 24, 2014 — New image-enhancing software for cameras allows scientists to more easily observe details under water. A team from the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research and the Royal Netherlands Navy used Nvidia Corp.’s CUDA...
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Teledyne Sees Record Earnings, Cites Machine Vision
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 24, 2014 — Teledyne Technologies Inc. has posted record earnings of $56.1 million ($1.47 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2014, up 30.8 percent from $42.9 million in the same period last year. Sales held relatively steady, thanks in part to demand...

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Enhanced CARS Enables High-Speed Imaging of Tissues
GAITHERSBURG, Md., and CLEVELAND, July 23, 2014 — An enhanced spectroscopy technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues delivers stronger signals than those attained through conventional practices. A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in conjunction with...
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Laser ‘Drawing’ Could Improve Nanomaterials
SINGAPORE, July 23, 2014 — Lasers can “draw” patterns on nanomaterials, a technique that shows potential for improving the functionality of electronic and optoelectronic components. Research teams at the National University of Singapore, led by professor...

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Owis Opens New Manufacturing Facility
STAUFEN, Germany, July 22, 2014 — Owis GmbH has opened a new facility for production of optical beam handling and positioning systems. The 390-m3 hall has a fully automated production process line and an advanced 12-axis turn-mill center core. Owis products are...
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Nano Sensor Enhances Bomb Detection
BERKELEY, Calif., July 21, 2014 — A new plasmon laser sensor can identify extremely minute concentrations of explosives, as well as explosives that are typically difficult to detect. “Optical explosive sensors are very sensitive and compact,” said Dr. Xiang...

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Fluorescence Sensor Diagnoses Diabetes
STANFORD, Calif., July 17, 2014 — A microchip that detects fluorescent signatures of antibodies associated with Type 1 diabetes could aid in prevention and early intervention. Created by a team from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the portable gold plasmonic...
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Scallop Appoints New Chief Sales Officer
BOSTON, July 18, 2014 — Steve Gorski has been named as Scallop Imaging’s chief sales officer. As the previous general manager of Mobotix Corp. and the national sales manager for Axis Communications, Gorksi brings many years of experience in sales and...

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Digital Surf Acquires Image Metrology
BESANÇON, France, July 17, 2014 — Surface imaging and metrology software firm Digital Surf has acquired Image Metrology of Hørsholm, Denmark. Digital Surf makes software for optical, scanning probe and scanning electron microscopes, as well as 2-D and 3-D...
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Fluorescence Detects Alzheimer’s Indicators in the Eye
COPENHAGEN, July 16, 2014 — Two fluorescence imaging approaches can find traces of plaque associated with Alzheimer’s disease in the eye, presenting possible opportunities for early intervention. Two companies — NeuroVision Imaging LLC of Sacramento,...

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Helmet Integrates Night Vision Camera, Visor Projection
ROCHESTER, England, July 16, 2014 — BAE Systems plc has introduced a new helmet-mounted display for fighter jet pilots that integrates a night-vision camera. The Striker II also includes a hybrid opto-inertial tracking system that determines where the pilot is looking and...
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Lasers Manipulate Copper-Based Superconductors
TRIESTE, Italy, July 16, 2014 — Ultrafast laser pulses can affect the properties of copper-based superconductors, a research team representing several Italian institutions has found. Cuprate superconductors function at relatively high temperatures around -200 °C. At...

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Nanopixels Drive Flexible, Extremely Hi-Res Displays
OXFORD, England, July 14, 2014 — Delving into the electrical and optical properties of phase-change materials has unveiled a new way to develop flexible, thin-film displays with extremely high resolution and low energy consumption. A team at the University of Oxford found...
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Report: Consumer Goods to Drive IR Imaging Market
LYON, France, July 11, 2014 — Sales of thermal imaging components surged in 2013, heralding future growth and a wider customer base for the uncooled IR imaging market, according to research firm Yole Developpement. Consumer products are expected to see a 61 percent...

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Telescope Images Distant, Dim Dwarf Galaxies
NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 11, 2014 — A ground-based telescope recently helped discover seven distant dwarf galaxies that could contain clues to the evolution of galaxies and even dark matter. The dwarf galaxies appear in the same region of the sky as galaxy M101, also known as...
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New Optical Component Enhances Augmented Reality Devices
LONDON, July 10, 2014 — A novel optical component could transform wearable augmented-reality and display devices. TruLife Optics Ltd. developed the component in conjunction with the National Physical Laboratory in London. The 2-mm-thick optic incorporates two...

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Light-activated Receptors Offer Cell Control
KLOSTERNEUBURG, Austria, and VIENNA, July 7, 2014 — Controlling the behavior of cells — including cancers — with light is now possible with engineered cell receptors. To accomplish this, researchers from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and the Medical University...
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Compressive Imaging Unscrambles Light
CASTELLON, Spain, and VALENCIA, Spain, July 3, 2014 — A new compressive optical sensing technique conquers light scattering limitations of biological tissue, allowing a deeper look inside the body. Developed by a team from Jaume I University (UJI) and the University of Valencia, a single-pixel...

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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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In Memoriam: Robert Woltz, SPIE Co-founder
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., July 3, 2014 — Robert L. Woltz, one of the founders of SPIE, died June 14 at the age of 92. He served as the society’s third president and spent more than a decade on its board of directors. After co-founding SPIE in 1955, Woltz worked for many...






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