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Panasonic Welding Robots to Use TeraDiode Lasers
WILMINGTON, Mass., Dec. 18 2014 — TeraDiode will supply Panasonic Welding Systems of Osaka, Japan with 4-kW high-brightness laser engines under a new, multiyear agreement between the two companies. TeraDiode’s TeraBlade engine will be integrated into Panasonic’s Lapriss robotic welding and cutting systems. Direct-diode lasers are more affordable, reliable and efficient than fiber and disk lasers commonly used in industry, according to TeraDiode. The company’s scalable wavelength-beam...

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Terahertz, IR Beams Detect Trace Gases at a Distance
DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 17, 2014 — A combination of IR and terahertz radiation (T-rays) is giving scientists a nose-up on toxic gases. This technology is able to sniff out even trace amounts of harmful gases — from chemical spill effects to nerve gas attacks — in the air...
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SemiNex Patents Compact, Self-Aligning Laser
PEABODY, Mass., Dec. 16, 2014 — SemiNex Corp. has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,811,439 for a compact semiconductor laser system. “The laser engine system we’ve designed provides an efficient means of integrating a laser and a cooling system into a very small...

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Smaller, Faster Lidar Could Map Seafloor from Aerial Drones
ATLANTA, Dec. 15, 2014 — A lidar system light enough to fly on a drone and fast enough to process highly distorted signals in real time could enhance underwater mapping and security. Firing a high-power green laser 10,000th of a second, a prototype built at the...
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Tests of Space Station’s Laser Downlink Successful
PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 15, 2014 — The first round of testing on an earth-to-orbit laser data link was a success, according to NASA officials. In 18 tests over four months, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) system aboard the International Space Station...

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Dilas Names Ebert Business Development Director, Regional Sales Manager
TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 11, 2014 — Dr. Chris Ebert is the new business development director and regional sales manager (east) for Dilas Diode Laser Inc. Ebert will serve commercial and defense customers while also providing strategic direction for the company. ...
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Toschek to Receive 2015 Herbert Walther Award
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 — Professor Dr. Peter E. Toschek of the Institute for Laser Physics at Hamberg University in Germany will receive the 2015 Herbert Walther Award from The Optical Society (OSA) and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG). Toschek will be...

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Daylight Solutions Marks QCL Testing Milestones
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 10, 2014 — Daylight Solutions Inc. has reached major milestones under its reliability characterization and growth program for quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology. The company has clocked more than 1 million hours of QCL operation, and more than...
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Laser Creates Graphene Electronics from Polymer
HOUSTON, Dec. 10, 2014 — An IR CO2 laser operating at room temperature can turn cheap polymer into multilayer graphene with heightened electrical conductivity and capacitance.   Researchers at Rice University say their one-step laser-induced...

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BioLight to Distribute Laser Eye Surgery System in Hong Kong, Macao
TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 9, 2014 — BioLight Life Sciences Investments Ltd. will distribute IOPtima’s IOPtiMate laser eye surgery system in Hong Kong and Macao, with a purchase commitment of at least nine systems. IOPtiMate is based on CO2 laser technology and enables...
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Thales, ICFO Partner on MIR Lasers
BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 9, 2014 — The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) will collaborate with the Thales Group of France to develop ultrafast mid-infrared lasers with high energies and repetition rates. Targeted applications for the lasers include IR spectroscopy and...

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3-D Prototyping Web App Offered by Creabis
MUNICH, Dec. 5 2014 — Creabis GmbH now offers rapid laser-based 3-D printing prototyping and manufacturing through a new Web application. Its 3-D configurator can be integrated into websites to help companies offer customized products. The Web browser...
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Biospeckle Laser Method IDs Fruits’ Peak Ripeness
BEIRUT, Dec. 4, 2014 — There is a relatively small window of “peak edibleness” for fruits such as apples and tomatoes. Imagine being able to fit in that window at precisely the right time for an optimal harvest. That is now possible with a new laser technique....

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Iridex Ophthalmology Lasers to Aid Chinese Health Initiative
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 3, 2014 — The Chinese government has ordered $620,000 worth of ophthalmology laser equipment from Iridex Corp. to aid an initiative to bring advanced health care technologies to rural areas of the country. “In China … diabetes and...
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Orbotech Supplies 1000th Direct Imaging System
YAVNE, Israel, Dec. 3, 2014 — Orbotech will supply Red Board Ltd. of China with a direct imaging system for printed circuit board inspection, marking the 1000th to be produced. “The sale of our 1000th DI system is a significant occasion for Orbotech,” said...

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JPK Instruments Opens US Office
BERLIN, Dec. 2, 2014 — JPK Instruments, manufacturer of nanoanalytic instrumentation for research in life sciences and soft matter, is set to expand its operations with the opening of a new U.S. office in Carpinteria, Calif., on Jan. 1. Dr. Stefan Kaemmer will...
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Attosecond UV Pulses Could Control Electrons
LINCOLN, Neb., Dec. 1, 2014 — Elliptically polarized attosecond laser pulses could ionize helium atoms in a controlled fashion, potentially giving physicists control over the freed electrons. In a theoretical study, an international team led by researchers at the...

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EV Group Opens Nanoimprint Lithography Center
ST. FLORIAN, Austria, Dec. 1, 2014 — EV Group has established the NILPhotonics Competence Center to assist customers with nanoimprint lithography tools for photonics applications. A 6-in. full-area nanoimprinted wafer processed by nanoimprint lithography solutions. Courtesy...
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Optical Surfaces to Supply Beam Reducers for European Research Center
KENLEY, England, Dec. 1, 2014 — Optical Surfaces Ltd. will provide six motorized beam reducers for the British Science & Technology Facilities Council’s Central Laser Facility. The beam reducers will be used for CW alignment and “on shot”...

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Technique Simplifies Laser Linewidth Narrowing
CHONGQING, China, Dec. 1, 2014 — A new method for narrowing laser linewidths could enable precision sensors in portable forms. Based on Rayleigh backscattering, the technique effectively compresses a laser linewidth to as low as 130 Hz and side mode suppression up to 75...
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Spectroscopic Test Improves Photonic Chips
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Nov. 26, 2014 — A technique called ultrafast photomodulation spectroscopy (UPMS) could help not only with testing and characterization of photonic chips, but in making them more reliable and robust. Made from silicon, photonic chips are a key component in...

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Graphene Phenomenon Could Enable New Lasers
DRESDEN, Germany, Nov. 25, 2014 — Understanding the dynamics of electrons in graphene under strong magnetic fields could lead to development of new types of broadband lasers. An international team led by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) exposed graphene to a...
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Laser Additive Manufacturing Hub to Open in Singapore
SINGAPORE, Nov. 24, 2014 — A new 3-D printing center will provide various laser-based additive manufacturing services for various industries. Ultra Clean Holdings Inc. of Hayward, Calif., plans to open the center in the first quarter of 2015 after acquiring the...

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Iridex to Supply Ophthalmology Lasers to Zambia
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 21, 2014 — Iridex Corp. has been awarded a competitive tender by the government of Zambia for more than $350,000 in ophthalmology laser equipment. The devices can be used to treat eye diseases such as diabetic macular edema (DME) and glaucoma, which...
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Invisibility Cloak Uses Ordinary Lenses
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 — Invisibility cloaks could be a step closer to reality, thanks to a new device that uses readily available materials to cloak objects across a wide range of angles. Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a combination of...






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