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New Managing Director Named for Trumpf Canada
FARMINGTON, Conn., March 30, 2015 — Stefan Fickenscher has been named managing director of Trumpf Canada Inc. He succeeds Stefan Schreiber, who returns to Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG in Ditzingen, Germany, as head of central sales subsidiaries in the machine tool division. Fickenscher joined Trumpf GmbH in 2002 as international project manager for 2-D lasers. He held two additional positions in Germany before transferring to Trumpf Inc. in Farmington, Conn., in 2011. There he managed the TruLaser product group and...

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Nanolaser Uses Atomically Thin Gain Medium
SEATTLE, March 26, 2015 — With potential for on-chip optical communications applications, a tungsten-based nanoscale laser operates reliably on a tiny amount of electricity. Developed by researchers at Washington and Stanford universities, the device incorporates a...
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LPKF Announces New Initiatives after Disappointing 2014
GARBSEN, Germany, March 24, 2015 — Closing the books on a disappointing 2014, LPKF Laser & Electronics AG has set its sights on new laser machining processes and new markets. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) fell 45 percent in 2014 to €13 million. Revenue...

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Natcore, Eurotron Partner on HIT Solar Cells
RED BANK, N.J., March 24, 2015 — Natcore Technology Inc. has teamed up with Eurotron BV to produce next-generation photovoltaic modules. The company recently announced that it had produced an all-back-contact silicon heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer (HIT) solar...
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Marines Award Elbit $73.4M Contract for Laser Rangefinders
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 23, 2015 — The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America LLC a $73.4 million contract for laser rangefinder technology. The Common Laser Range Finder-Integrated Capability (CLRF-IC) replaces the Marines’ current equipment with a...

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ESI to Lay Off 45, Close Massachusetts Facility
PORTLAND, Ore., March 16, 2015 — Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (ESI) plans to close its facility in Chelmsford, Mass., and lay off about 45 workers. The developer of laser-based manufacturing systems for the microtechnology industry said the move is part of a...
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Melody Encoded onto Plasmonic Nanostructure
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., March 17, 2015 — With data storage capacity 5600 times greater than magnetic film, a chip made of tiny gold bow ties could be the next best place to store all your MP3s. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently created the...

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Livermore Pushes Beyond Flashlamps to Boost Laser Repetition Rates
LIVERMORE, Calif., March 13, 2015 — The world’s highest-peak-power laser diode arrays are now online at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Representing a total peak power of 3.2-MW, the arrays are destined to become part of the High-Repetition-Rate Advanced...
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Laser Glasses Aim to Counteract Low Vision
KANAGAWA, Japan, March 12, 2015 — A new type of smart glasses that shine laser light directly onto the retinas could be a boon to people with poor eyesight. QD Laser Inc. is developing the device in collaboration with the Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics...

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MicroVision Sets Sights on Revenue Growth in 2015
REDMOND, Wash., March 10, 2015 — MicroVision Inc. is eyeing revenue growth in 2015 as it moves from development mode into product sales and licensing mode. Earlier this month the company licensed its PicoP miniature laser projector technology for $8 million to an unnamed...
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Narrower Lasers Could Yield Better Atomic Clocks
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 10, 2015 — Atomic clocks lose 1 second every 300 million years, but that level of accuracy isn’t good enough for researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute. For even better precision, they’ve devised a new way to narrow the linewidth of the...

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Faro Acquires Kubit, Opens New Manufacturing Plant
LAKE MARY, Fla., March 9, 2015 — Laser-scanning company Faro has acquired another software firm and opened a new manufacturing plant. Faro acquired Kubit GmbH of Dresden, Germany, and U.S. distributor Kubit USA Inc. for an undisclosed price.  Kubit’s...
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LaserMax Chooses New Sales Directors, Coordinator for Marketing, Training
ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 9, 2015 — LaserMax, a producer of laser sighting and illumination tools for firearms, has hired three new people for its sales and marketing teams. Shari-Lynn Fix is the new director of distribution and international sales, Chris Gray has been named...

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Writedown Saps GSI Earnings; Revenues Climb
BEDFORD, Mass., March 6, 2015 — Earnings at GSI Group Inc. took a hit in 2014 due to lowered expectations for the company’s NDS Surgical Imaging subsidiary. GSI reported a net loss of $24.3 million, compared to net income of $7.3 million in 2013. The company said...
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Biolase CEO Optimistic After Tumultuous Year
IRVINE, Calif., March 5, 2015 — The head of Biolase Inc. said he is confident the dental laser firm will grow in the new year after enduring a tumultuous 2014. “The latter half of 2014 marked the beginning of the transformation of Biolase with a new board of...

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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...
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MicroVision Licenses Picoprojector Technology for $8M
REDMOND, Wash., March 5, 2015 — MicroVision Inc. has signed a multiyear license agreement involving its PicoP display technology with an unnamed Fortune Global 100 partner for an up-front fee of $8 million. The license grants the unnamed company nonexclusive rights to the...

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Nanostructures Enable Step Toward OLED Lasers
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 2, 2015 — Organic LEDs made with finely patterned nanostructures can produce bright, low-power light sources, a key step toward making organic lasers. Researchers have long dreamed of building organic lasers, but they have been hindered by...
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Germany Opens Digital Photonic Production Research Campus
AACHEN, Germany, Feb. 27, 2015 — Government, scientific and industry leaders recently opened the Digital Photonic Production research campus to develop light as a production tool. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding nine such research...

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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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Ferro Acquires Laser Marking Firm TherMark for $5.5M
MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio, Feb. 26, 2015 — Ferro Corp. has acquired the privately held laser marking technology company TherMark Holdings Inc. of Irvine, Calif., for $5.5 million in cash. TherMark’s technology uses lasers to permanently fuse marking materials to metals,...

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Profitable Faro Pushes Further into Law Enforcement
LAKE MARY, Fla., Feb. 26, 2015 — Faro Technologies Inc. said its newest laser 3-D scanning products performed well as it closed the books on 2014 and announced a new acquisition. Yearly sales increased 17.2 percent to $341.8 million. Net income was $33.6 million, up 56.4...
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Expansion into New Markets Yields Strong Year for IPG Photonics
OXFORD, Mass., Feb. 20, 2015 — IPG Photonics Corp. says 2014 went just as it planned, with new sales efforts yielding a 19 percent rise in revenues and a 29 percent increase in earnings. The industrial lasers firm, which took home a Prism Award last week, reported net...

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Laser Frequency Comb Boosts Solar Telescope Accuracy (with video)
MUNICH, Feb. 18, 2015 — Laser frequency combs can help telescopes achieve unprecedented accuracy in spectral measurements, and may someday aid detection of Earth-sized exoplanets. A team from three German institutions attached a laser frequency comb to the...
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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. ...






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