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Element Six Joins EU Disk-Laser Development Project
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 17, 2014 — Element Six has been chosen to help develop a new ultrafast-pulse disk laser for the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development. The supermaterials company will be part of a multinational team staffed with engineers from the University of Stuttgart, the National Center for Scientific Research, Thales Optronics, Oxford Lasers and M-Squared Lasers. The new laser will be designed as a femtosecond system that will allow...

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Video: 3-D Sensing Technology Wins OSA Contest
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 — JDSU’s 3-D sensing contributions to video gaming have won the company top honors in the second annual Enabled by Optics contest. Sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA) and Photonics Media, the contest seeks to raise public awareness...
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JDSU to Split in Two
MILPITAS, Calif., Sept. 11, 2014 — JDSU plans to separate into two publicly-traded companies, a move it says will help it keep pace with the changing telecommunications and cloud network markets. “We believe two fundamentally focused companies best position us to stay...

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Technique ‘Pre-Corrects’ Microscope Illumination
REHOVOT, Israel, Sept. 11, 2014 — A new adaptive optics technique focuses laser light through dense tissues without the need for an invasive guide star. The technique can resolve a point less than a micron across. It was developed by a team led by the Weizmann Institute of...
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High-Speed, In Vivo Raman Technique Pinpoints Cholesterol
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sept. 9, 2014 — A new high-speed spectroscopy technique that can pinpoint where cells store cholesterol could be used to study obesity and diabetes. Researchers at Purdue University used hyperspectral-stimulated Raman-scattering microscopy to map lipid...

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Laser System to Measure Air Pollution from Space Station
GREENBELT, Maryland, Sept. 9, 2014 — A laser system aboard the International Space Station will help scientists track pollution in the atmosphere. The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), to be launched later this year, will measure atmospheric particles using photodetectors...
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Laser Quantum Expands Pulsed Products with Venteon Acquisition
Sep. 8, 2014 — STOCKPORT, Greater Manchester, England, Sept. 8, 2014 — Laser Quantum has acquired Venteon Laser Technologies GmbH of Hannover, Germany, a manufacturer of few-cycle, ultrashort-pulse lasers. Venteon will remain in its headquarters and...

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Handheld Scanner Roots Out Brain Tumor Traces
NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2014 — A new Raman laser scanner could help surgeons more effectively remove cancerous brain tumors. A team from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is developing the new handheld device, which could be used to root out malignant cells...
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Plasmonic Nanowire Shows Promise as Photonic Circuit
ROCHESTER, N.Y., and ZURICH, Sept. 5, 2014 — A new kind of nanowire efficiently guides both light and electricity. A team from the University of Rochester and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology developed a basic photonic integrated circuit consisting of a silver nanowire and a...

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Intel Silicon Photonics Group Wins OSA Award
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 — OSA has recognized Intel Corp.’s Silicon Photonics Solutions Group with the 2014 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award. The team received the award for its more than 12 years of “innovation in the research and...
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Zeiss Reports Revenue Growth Despite Currency Effects
JENA, Germany, Sept. 4, 2014 — Carl Zeiss Meditec AG recently reported revenue of €673.7 million (about $878.8 million) in the first nine months of its fiscal year, an increase of 3.8 percent from the same period in the previous year when adjusted for exchange rates. ...

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SERS Advances Noninvasive Prostate Cancer Screening
GUANGDONG, China, Sept. 3, 2014 — SERS spectroscopy could provide a noninvasive way to screen for prostate cancer. A team from Guangdong Medical College used SERS, as well as a spectral data-processing algorithm called support vector machine (SVM), to identify the cases of...
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Video: Selective Laser Melting Enhances Rocket Testing
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 3, 2014 — Some of the most complex rocket engine parts have been created and tested with the help of laser-based 3-D printing. A team from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center designed two rocket injectors, which were created via 3-D printing with...

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Biolase Names New CEO, Directors of Marketing, Sales
IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 3, 2014 — Dental-laser maker Biolase Inc. has named Jeffrey M. Nugent president and CEO. Company chairman Paul N. Clark said Nugent has already had a positive impact on Biolase since becoming acting CEO in June, establishing a global...
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Laser Cooling Halts Trapped Molecule's Rotation
EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 2, 2014 — It’s relatively easy to trap molecules using lasers, yet they persist in rotating as if they were not trapped at all. But a new laser cooling technique has helped a team from Northwestern University stop a trapped, rotating molecule...

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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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Spectroscopy Measures Nanoscale Material Strain
LAFAYETTE, Ind., Aug. 28, 2014 — A new spectroscopy technique could lead to microelectronics that perform better under stress and heat. A team from Purdue University developed the technique, called nanomechanical Raman spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy can provide...

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Laser Pulses (Briefly) Turn Glass into Metal
WIEN, Austria, Aug. 27, 2014 — Subjected to ultrafast laser pulses, quartz glass can take on metallic properties, turning briefly from electrical insulator to conductor. A team at the Vienna University of Technology had previously demonstrated this effect, and is now...
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Microsphere Exhibits Chip-Scale Lasing
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Aug. 27, 2014 — Combining nanoplasmonic devices and optical microresonators can produce laser-like light emission, potentially paving the way for power-on-a-chip applications. “We have made optical systems at the microscopic scale that amplify light...

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Ground-Based Optics to Track Space Debris
CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 26, 2014 — A new facility will use electro-optics and radar to provide an enhanced view of debris orbiting the Earth. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, in collaboration with Electro Optic Systems pty Ltd., is developing the new tracking site in Western...
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Quantum Cascade Laser Tests Blood Sugar
PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 25, 2014 — A new laser system could eliminate the need for conventional finger-prick tests for diabetics. A team from Princeton University has developed the new technique, which measures blood sugar by directing an IR quantum cascade laser at a...

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'Water Window' Poses Imaging Prospect
SALAMANCA, Spain, Aug. 22, 2014 — The “water window” of biological tissue can be exploited to achieve high-contrast microscope images, as well as precision spectroscopy, according to a new theoretical study. Researchers from the Center for Pulsed Lasers said...
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Laser Tweezers Used to Study Malaria
CAMBRIDGE, England, Aug. 20, 2014 — Optical tweezers are helping in the race to find new medicines or vaccines to wipe out malaria. A team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge is studying how Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites interact...

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Kansas, Nebraska Researchers to Probe Ultrafast Laser Dynamics
MANHATTAN, Kan., Aug. 19, 2014 — A three-year, $6 million grant will support a research project on how ultrafast lasers influence matter. Funded by the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, the project involves 30 physicists,...
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Laser Cooling Enhances Atomic-Force Microscopy
CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 19, 2014 — Cooling nanowire probes with lasers could lead to significant improvements in the sensitivity and resolution of atomic-force microscopes. The technique, developed by a team from Australian National University, uses lasers to achieve a...






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