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Quantum Imaging Method Doesn’t Need Light to Touch Object
TYROL, Austria, and VIENNA, Aug. 29, 2014 — A new quantum imaging technique can acquire an image of an object without ever detecting the light used to illuminate it. Typically, to obtain an image of an object it must be illuminated with a light beam and a camera used to sense the light that is either scattered or transmitted through that object. However, a model light for such illumination is one for which cameras do not exist. The new method, based on induced coherence without induced emission, was developed by...

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Doppler OCT Measures Cocaine’s Impact on Brain
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 — A variant of optical coherence tomography has provided the first images of blood flow disruption in the brain caused by cocaine use. In a study involving mice repeatedly injected with cocaine over a 30-day period, researchers from Stony...
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ON Semiconductor Expands Imaging Business with Aptina Purchase
PHOENIX, Aug. 19, 2014 — ON Semiconductor has acquired Aptina Imaging Corp. of San Jose, Calif., for approximately $400 million in cash. Aptina manufactures CMOS imaging systems for consumer electronics devices, as well as the automotive, surveillance, video...

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FTIR Microscopy Probes Interstellar Dust
BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 18, 2014 — Microscopic analysis of interstellar dust is giving scientists an in-depth look at the origins of our solar system. A team from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is using a Fourier transform infrared...
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NASA to Study Incoming, Outgoing Arctic Light
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2014 — A new NASA mission will examine Arctic sea ice loss and cloud formation in part by measuring incoming solar and outgoing IR radiation. Called Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE), the airborne campaign is meant help...

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Sulfur Copolymers Boost IR Optics
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 15, 2014 — A new polymer made from sulfur demonstrates high transmission of IR light that could greatly enhance thermal imaging systems. While crystalline IR materials such as silicon, germanium, zinc selenide and halide salts are all frequently used...
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Sydor Instruments Acquires Sabre Ballistics
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 15, 2014 — Sydor Instruments LLC has acquired test equipment firm Sabre Ballistics of Caterham, England. The transaction cost was not disclosed. Sydor said the acquisition will increase its revenues by 50 percent, double its worldwide customer base...

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Edmund Optics Announces Promotions
BARRINGTON, N.J., Aug. 12, 2014 — Edmund Optics Inc. has named new directors of its imaging, optics and sales units. Gregory Hollows, former director of machine vision technology at Edmund Optics, will lead the company’s imaging unit. He has 15 years of experience in...
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Light Used to Measure Surface Vibrations
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 11, 2014 — A technique that passively monitors light intensity modulation is able to measure the physical and optical properties of a vibrating surface. A team from the University of Louisville, in conjunction with Spectral Sciences Inc. and the U.S....

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NASA Engineer to Complete First 3-D-Printed Space Camera
GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 7, 2014 — New imaging instruments made using laser-based 3-D printing could bring the benefits of such technology to the forefront. NASA aerospace engineer Jason Budinoff is developing a 350-mm dual-channel imaging telescope and a 50-mm camera whose...
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Ametek Acquires Amptek and Luphos
BERWYN, Pa., Aug. 6, 2014 — Ametek Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, has acquired Amptek Inc. and Luphos GmbH. Amptek provides x-ray detectors that utilize x-ray fluorescence for nondestructive materials analysis. ...

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Transparency Allows Better Diagnostic Imaging
PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 — It is now possible to see through large tissue samples under a microscope with a technique that strips cells of their light-blocking parts. The technique, developed at the California Institute of Technology, could enable new diagnostic...
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E2V Technologies Acquires AnaFocus
CHELMSFORD, Mass., Aug. 4, 2014 — E2v Technologies has acquired the Seville, Spain-based Innovaciones Microelectronicas SL, trading as “AnaFocus” for €29.2 million (about $39 million). AnaFocus designs and develops high-performance CMOS image-sensors and...

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Quantum Dots Market Could Hit $8,246.8M by 2023
ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 4, 2014 — The global quantum dots market is growing and experts project it could reach $8,246.8 million by 2023. A recently released Transparency Market Research report focuses on the analysis, size, share, growth, trends and forecasts for the global...
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Imagers, Spectrometers to Travel with Next Mars Rover
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2014 — Imaging and spectroscopy equipment aboard an unmanned NASA rover to be sent to Mars in 2020 will help scientists explore the Red Planet in unprecedented detail. Arizona State University, led by planetary science professor Dr. Jim Bell, will...

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Faro Reports Profits, Acquires Software Firm
LAKE MARY, Fla., July 31, 2014 — Faro Technologies Inc. recently announced strong earnings and sales results, as well as a new acquisition. The 3-D measurement and imaging firm’s net income increased 74.3 percent to $6.3 million in the second quarter of 2014 from...
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Low-Temperature Fabrication Process Yields Superblack Material
NEWHAVEN, England, July 31, 2014 — A novel superblack material can absorb 99.96 percent of incident light. Its developers say the carbon nanotube technology could enhance optical devices like apertures and MEMS sensors. “It reduces stray light, improving the ability of...

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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...
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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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