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Strong Fourth Quarter Keeps Jenoptik on Track
JENA, Germany, Jan. 29, 2015 — The Jenoptik Group said it is looking forward to a jump in revenues in the new year after ending 2014 with sales and earnings down slightly. The company’s preliminary numbers place earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) at more than €51 million (about $57.7 million), compared to €52.7 million in 2013. Group revenue was around €590 million (about $667.8 million), compared to €600.3 million in 2013. Sales in the first three quarters of the year were...

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In Memoriam: Charles Hard Townes
BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 28, 2015 — The 1964 Nobel Prize inventor of the maser (microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation), Dr. Charles Hard Townes, died early on January 27 at age 99. Townes attended Furman University and graduated summa cum laude at the...
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Entangled Photons Emitted from Silicon Microring
PAVIA, Italy, Jan. 26, 2015 — Microring resonators could become a chip-scale source of entangled photons crucial to quantum computing and encryption. Such resonators are known to be efficient sources of photon pairs, but a 20-µm silicon resonator developed at the...

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Combing Lasers Leads to More Flexible Pulse Control
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Jan. 22, 2015 — Every laser has its limitations in terms of repetition rate and pulse characteristics, but bringing five lasers together in one system could make those limitations vanish. A device developed at the University of Southampton does just that...
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EOS, MTU Partner on Laser Additive Manufacturing Quality Control
MUNICH, Jan. 22, 2015 — EOS has partnered with MTU Aero Engines to develop quality assurance technology for metal engine components created using laser-based additive manufacturing. A manufacturer of aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines, MTU has already...

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MEMS-Based QCL Spectrometer Aims at Hazardous Materials Detection
DRESDEN, Germany, Jan. 22, 2015 — A new MEMS-based spectrometer that operates in the mid-infrared could form the basis of a handheld system for detecting hazardous materials. Developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS), the device incorporates a...
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Nanoparticle Works with 6 Types of Bioimaging
BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 21, 2015 — A new type of nanoparticle traceable through six distinct imaging methods could help medical professionals better diagnose diseases and enhance identification of the boundaries of tumors. The combination of imaging techniques could allow...

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AOptix Names New CEO
CAMPBELL, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015 — Free-space optical communications firm AOptix Technologies Inc. has named Michael Klayko CEO. Klayko was CEO of Brocade Communications Systems Inc. from 2005 to 2013, and during that time grew the company’s revenues fourfold to $2.3...
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Elbit to Supply Laser Missile-Defense Systems to Asian Military
HAIFA, Israel, Jan. 20, 2015 — Elbit Systems Ltd. said it will provide an Asian country’s military with laser missile-defense systems for Blackhawk helicopters. The company’s MUSIC directed IR countermeasures systems are already used on Israeli commercial...

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Metals Absorb Light, Repel Water after Laser Conditioning
ROCHESTER, N.Y., JAN. 20, 2015 — A new laser micropatterning technique turns normally shiny metals black and makes them so hydrophobic that water droplets bounce off. University of Rochester researchers carved microgrooves into sheets of platinum, titanium and brass using...
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Princeton Optronics Provides VCSELs for Google Project
MERCERVILLE, N.J., Jan. 20, 2015 — Princeton Optronics Inc. said it is working with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group on compact 3-D imaging systems for mobile devices. The initiative, called Project Tango, will use vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers...

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Ultrafast Lasers Signal Batman from Magnetic Hard Drive
VILLIGEN, Switzerland, Jan. 19, 2015 — Researchers may have unintentionally summoned Batman as they work to store larger amounts of data on smaller hard drives using lasers. An international team has demonstrated sub-100-ps magnetization reversal inside a hard drive using...
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LIA, OSHA to Offer Laser Safety Training
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 16, 2015 — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Laser Institute of America (LIA) have renewed their partnership to help protect workers from exposure to laser hazards. Under a five-year agreement, the organizations...

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Primoceler, ON Semiconductor to Provide Hermetically Sealed CMOS Sensors for ESA
TAMPERE, Finland, Jan. 15, 2015 — Laser glass-welding firm Primoceler has teamed up with ON Semiconductor to provide hermetically sealed CMOS sensors for European Space Agency orbital missions. Based on ON Semiconductor’s HAS3 hermetic design, the sensors are encased...
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Inorganic Compound Could Replace Laser Dyes
MADRID and PRAGUE, Jan. 14, 2015 — An inorganic compound may serve as a longer-lasting replacement for laser dyes in a variety of applications. A team from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, developed a laser whose...

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LaserMax Names New Chief Sales Officer
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 14, 2015 — Chris Tinkle has joined LaserMax as chief sales officer. With 25 years of executive management experience, Tinkle is responsible for building and managing all aspects of the organization’s sales and marketing. Prior to...
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Nanolaser Detects Biomolecules
YOKOHAMA, Japan, Jan. 13, 2015 — A laser biosensor has demonstrated a simpler way to identify DNA and biomarker proteins via changes in a solution’s surface charge density or pH. A team from Yokohama National University developed the GaInAsP photonic crystal...

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Sheaumann Laser Acquires Axcel Photonics
MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 13, 2015 — Sheaumann Laser Inc. has acquired Axcel Photonics Inc. Details of the transaction between the privately held companies were not disclosed. Axcel President and Chief Technology Officer John Sousa has been named president of the merged...
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Limo Names New Managing Director
DORTMUND, Germany, Jan. 12, 2015 — Anton X. Schmölz has been named a managing director at Lissotschenko Mikrooptik (Limo) GmbH. Schmölz has been with the company as chief financial officer since 2013, and will now oversee Limo’s production and finance...

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ProPhotonix Provides Laser Alignment Equipment to Aerospace Manufacturer
SALEM, N.H., Jan. 12, 2015 — ProPhotonix Ltd. will replace a long-line-length structured light laser module for industrial alignment on an aerospace manufacturer’s production line. The company designed a 660-nm laser module that generates a single, 2-mm-wide...
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AOM Reaches Unprecedented Speeds
BRISTOL, England, Jan. 7, 2015 — A new acousto-optic modulator can steer laser beams at unprecedented speeds, potentially enabling finer light control for microscopy and other applications. The device features a liquid-filled cavity surrounded by a cylindrical ultrasound...

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Exelis to Adapt Lidar System Under $3.5M NASA Contract
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan 6, 2015 — Exelis will modify its multifunctional fiber-laser lidar (MFLL) system for aerial carbon dioxide measurements under a $3.5 million contract with NASA. The company is collaborating with professor Dr. Kenneth Davis of Pennsylvania State...
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Emcore Finalizes Product-Line Sale to NeoPhotonics
ALHAMBRA, Calif., Jan. 5, 2015 — Emcore Corp. has completed the sale of its tunable laser and transceiver product lines to NeoPhotonics Corp. of San Jose for $17.5 million. Emcore received $1.5 million in cash and a $16 million promissory note from NeoPhotonics. ...

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Emerson Acquires QCL Gas Sensor Firm Cascade Technologies
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 2, 2015 — Quantum cascade laser (QCL) gas sensor firm Cascade Technologies Ltd. of Stirling, Scotland, has been acquired by About Emerson Process Management. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Cascade’s devices are capable of...
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Marcellino Appointed to Iridex Board of Directors
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 2, 2015 — Dr. George Marcellino, co-founder of OptiMedica Corp. of Sunnyvale, Calif., has been appointed to Iridex’s board of directors. From 1988 to 2003, Marcellino held senior research, sales and marketing roles at Coherent Inc., Lumenis...






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