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Revenues Steady as JDSU Approaches Split
MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 31, 2014 — Preparing to split into two companies, JDSU reported steady revenues and shrinking losses at the end of the first quarter of its fiscal 2015. The telecommunications and lasers firm posted a net loss of $9.7 million, an improvement over its loss of $25.4 million in the previous quarter. Earnings were $300,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Revenues this quarter were $433.6 million, up 1.1 percent from $429.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. CEO Tom...

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Laser Tractor Beam Operates on Centimeter Scale
CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 30, 2014 — A new laser tractor beam has the ability to attract and repel millimeter-scale objects over longer distances than previously possible. “Demonstration of a large-scale laser beam like this is a kind of holy grail for laser...
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Laser Ablation Could Boost Jet, Rocket Fuel Efficiency
SOSNOVY BOR, Russia, Oct. 29, 2014 — A new approach to the concept of laser propulsion could launch satellites into orbit and push aircraft past Mach 10 with enhanced fuel efficiency. By ablating solid fuel inside a jet nozzle, laser pulses could increase the speed of gas flow...

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Laser Scanners Play Role in Profit Leap at Faro
LAKE MARY, Fla., Oct. 29, 2014 — Citing strong growth of laser scanner sales and the introduction of a new laser probe, 3-D measurement firm Faro Technologies Inc. reported a 122.6 percent increase in earnings in the third quarter. Net income increased to $11.2 million...
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‘Astro-Comb’ Rediscovers Venus to Find Exoplanets
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 28, 2014 — Examining Venus’ influence on the solar spectrum could help astronomers discover Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. A team from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is developing a laser-based frequency comb to...

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Daylight Solutions, Thorlabs Partner on QCL Projects
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 28, 2014 — Daylight Solutions Inc. and Thorlabs will work together to develop quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) for defense and security applications. Meanwhile, Thorlabs recently acquired Corning Inc.’s QCL business and associated optical...
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Nanoconstructs Aid Ovarian Cancer Targeting
RIVERSIDE, Calif., Oct. 28, 2014 — Newly developed nanostructures have proven to be effective vehicles for laser imaging and ablation of ovarian cancer cells. A team from the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Texas said their approach facilitated...

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Overseas Sales Grow IPG Earnings
OXFORD, Mass., Oct. 28, 2014 — Fiber laser firm IPG Photonics Corp. reported increased earnings in the third quarter, with revenue increases across all its product lines in Europe and China. Net income was $55.2 million, up 30 percent from $42.3 million in the third...
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LME Summit Offers In-Depth Look at Laser Industry
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 27, 2014 — The fourth annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event and Summit (LME), presented by the Laser Institute of America in September, offered laser experts and representatives of the industry a forum in which to learn about all things laser. ...

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Video Captures Laser Pulses at ‘1 Billion FPS’
WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 24, 2014 — Hollywood laser blasts give off bright colors and are easy to track with the eye. In real life, laser pulses flash by faster than the eye — or even the fastest camera — can follow. To visualize the propagation of a roughly 12-fs...
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Laser Combiner a Compact Solution for Wearable Displays
FUKUI, Japan, Oct. 23, 2014 — A laser beam combiner no larger than a grain of rice can enable laser-scanning displays in wearable computer systems. A team from the University of Fukui developed the new device. It could offer immediate, hands-free access to information...

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Berthold Leibinger Foundation Names 2014 Prize Winners
DITZINGEN, Germany, Oct. 22, 2014 — Dr. Alexander Oraevsky has received first prize in the 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovations award program, presented by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung Foundation. Oraevsky received the award for his development of a new technique that...
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Laser Scanner Captures 3-D Info in Real Time
DRESDEN, Germany, Oct. 17, 2014 — A 3-D laser scanner based on the human eye can focus on key sections of an image, capturing it with correspondingly higher resolution. A team from the three institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft — the Institute for Physical...

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Raytheon Awarded Military Laser Production Contract
WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 20, 2014 — The U.S. Navy has awarded a $49.5 million contract to Raytheon Company for production of new laser-guided Maverick missiles — AGM-65E2/L — as well as $5.4 million for additional units in the future. The new Laser Maverick weapon...
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Trumpf Profits Climb 60% in 2014
DITZINGEN, Germany, Oct. 16, 2014 — Profits for industrial laser maker The Trumpf Group shot up 61.2 percent in fiscal 2014, thanks to increased sales and acquisitions. The company reported earnings before taxes of €248 million (about $316.4 million), compared to...

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Intensity Increases With Loss in Microlaser
ST. LOUIS, Oct. 16, 2014 — Increasing energy loss in a laser system could actually enhance its energy, performance and efficiency. A team from Washington University in St. Louis has discovered a way to reverse, or potentially eliminate, energy loss in laser systems...
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Laser-Guided Rocket System Tested by Australian Military
NASHUA, N.H., Oct. 13, 2014 — BAE Systems said its semi-active laser-guide rocket system could be adopted by the Australian Defence Forces following recent testing. The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System scored direct hits in each of seven live-fire exercises held in...

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Rogowski Named Technical Service VP at Trumpf
FARMINGTON, Conn., October 15, 2014 — James Rogowski has been promoted to vice president for technical service at Trumpf Inc. He is responsible for training and service for the company’s machine tools, including industrial lasers, across the U.S. Rogowski has been with...
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CEO to Lead Cognoptix Board of Directors
ACTON, Mass., Oct. 14, 2014 — Medical imaging device developer Cognoptix has named its president and CEO, Paul D. Hartung, chairman of the company’s board of directors. In addition, Dr. Christine de los Reyes, vice president of business development and strategic...

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Laser-Based Imaging Leads to Better Lung Disease Treatment
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 9, 2014 — How sticky is snot? The rest of the world might not ask that question every day, but a group at the University of North Carolina does. They now have an answer, thanks to a laser-based imaging method, and it could enable doctors to monitor and better...
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Plasmon Laser Demonstrates Fastest Switching Speed
LONDON and JENA, Germany, Oct. 9, 2014 — A new plasmon semiconductor laser has demonstrated ultrafast switching speeds and is being touted as the world’s fastest. The laser was created at Imperial College London and Friedrich Schiller University Jena using semiconductor...

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Elliot Scientific Distributes Gamma Scientific in Europe
HARPENDEN, England, Oct. 8, 2014 — Elliot Scientific, a supplier of laser, fiber optic and other systems, is now distributing within the U.K. and Ireland a range of light and optical test and measurement systems made by Gamma Scientific. Elliot Scientific also offers...
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Frequency Combs Enable Remote 3-D Mapping
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 8, 2014, — A laser-based imaging system can now create high-definition 3-D maps remotely, with the ranging accuracy made possible by frequency combs. A team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrated the imaging system, which...

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Iridex Patents Disposable Laser Eye Treatment Device
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 — Iridex Corp. has received a patent for a disposable delivery device for its laser eye-therapy system. The company’s MicroPulse Laser Therapy system is used for the treatment of retina conditions and glaucoma. The new...
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Laserage Acquires DLI Laser Processing Division
WAUKEGAN, Ill., Oct. 3, 2014 — Laserage Technology Corp. has acquired the laser processing and contract manufacturing divisions of Directed Light Inc. Laserage will now offer two state-of-the-art laser facilities: in the Midwest and northern California. The acquisition...






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