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MIT Spinoff Produces Diode Laser for Cutting, Welding
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 25, 2014 — Bright and strong enough to cut and weld metal with greater efficiency than conventional lasers, a new diode laser will soon hit the market. MIT Lincoln Lab spinoff TeraDiode Inc. is working with the school to commercialize the multikilowatt diode laser system, called the TeraBlade. The new system uses a power scaling technique that manipulates individual diode laser beams into a single output ray. According to the scientists, this boosts power of the diode lasers while also...

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Newport to Acquire Fiber-Laser Firm V-Gen
IRVINE, Calif., July 25, 2014 — Newport Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire V-Gen Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of pulsed fiber lasers headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. The sale price was not disclosed, but Newport said V-Gen is expected to generate sales...
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Enhanced CARS Enables High-Speed Imaging of Tissues
GAITHERSBURG, Md., and CLEVELAND, July 23, 2014 — An enhanced spectroscopy technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues delivers stronger signals than those attained through conventional practices. A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in conjunction with...

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Laser ‘Drawing’ Could Improve Nanomaterials
SINGAPORE, July 23, 2014 — Lasers can “draw” patterns on nanomaterials, a technique that shows potential for improving the functionality of electronic and optoelectronic components. Research teams at the National University of Singapore, led by professor...
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Novel Laser Could Transmit Quantum Data
HANOVER, N.H., July 23, 2014 — A laser made from a superconducting artificial atom could aid information transfer in quantum computing. To create the laser, a team from Dartmouth College embedded a pair of electrons called a Cooper pair in a high-quality microwave...

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'Air Waveguides' Function Like Optical Fibers
COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 22, 2014 — A team from the University of Maryland has discovered how to make air behave like optical fiber, guiding light beams over short distances without losing power. Using “air waveguides” the researchers have been able to enhance...
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Lasers Could Replace Quartz in Future Electronics
PASADENA, Calif., July 18, 2014 — A new laser optical technique could replace quartz crystals as the tuning reference for future electronic devices. Developed by a team at the California Institute of Technology, the new method can stabilize microwave signals in the...

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Nano Sensor Enhances Bomb Detection
BERKELEY, Calif., July 21, 2014 — A new plasmon laser sensor can identify extremely minute concentrations of explosives, as well as explosives that are typically difficult to detect. “Optical explosive sensors are very sensitive and compact,” said Dr. Xiang...
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Lasers Manipulate Copper-Based Superconductors
TRIESTE, Italy, July 16, 2014 — Ultrafast laser pulses can affect the properties of copper-based superconductors, a research team representing several Italian institutions has found. Cuprate superconductors function at relatively high temperatures around -200 °C. At...

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Daylight Defense to Develop UV Laser for Army
SAN DIEGO, July 14, 2014 — Daylight Defense LLC, a Daylight Solutions subsidiary, has been selected by the U.S. Army to develop a high-power UV laser to help protect aircraft in combat. The decision was made under the U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research...
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Perkins Precision Developments Appoints Sales Director
LONGMONT, Colo., July 14, 2014 — Emily Kubacki has been named director of sales and marketing at Perkins Precision Developments, a manufacturer of laser optics and optical substrates. Kubacki will be responsible for technical sales and account management for all...

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Lasers Used to Generate Electron Spin Currents
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., and EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, July 11, 2014 — Ultrashort laser pulses are being used to advance research into electron spin currents, a potential field for next-generation data storage. Electron spin, or angular momentum, is typically random and therefore produces no spin current,...
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Penn Researchers Get $8M to Study Effects of PDT on Lung Cancer
PHILADELPHIA, July 10, 2014 — An $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund a four-year study of the effects of photodynamic therapy (PDT) on a rare lung cancer associated with asbestos. The study, involving 102 patients diagnosed with malignant...

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Temicon, Holotools Merge
DORTMUND, Germany, July 9, 2014 — Temicon GmbH and holotools GmbH have merged to expand their portfolios of micro- and nanotechnologies produced with laser lithography. The companies will operate under the Temicon name, with holotools used as a trademark for products made...
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‘Metamirror’ Doubles Incident Light Frequency
AUSTIN, Texas, July 8, 2014 — A nanostructure produces nonlinear effects a million times greater than traditional, macroscale nonlinear crystals, according to a team of researchers from Texas and Germany. This “metamirror” could enable miniaturized laser...

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Process Combines Arc, Laser Welding
HANNOVER, Germany, July 8, 2014 — A new hybrid laser welding technique could reduce processing time and costs associated with manufacturing tanks and pipelines for liquid gas. The hybrid welding process forms a very narrow welding seam, seen here in an aluminum welding...
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Novel Photodetector Made from Zinc Nanostructure
BEIJING, July 7, 2014 — A nanoporous structure is laying the groundwork for a new type of photodetector. A team from the State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resources and Prospecting at the China University of Petroleum has developed the new photodetector, made for...

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QD Laser Wins IEEE Photonics Society Award
KANAGAWA, Japan, July 7, 2014 — Quantum-dot laser developers Kenichi Nishi, Mitsuru Sugawara and Keizo Takemasa of QD Laser Inc. are the winners of this year’s Aron Kressel Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Photonics Society. The team...
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Trumpf Names North American CEO
FARMINGTON, Conn., July 7, 2014 — Peter Hoecklin has been named president and CEO of industrial laser firm Trumpf Inc. Meanwhile, Burke Doar has been promoted to senior vice president. Hoecklin succeeds interim CEO Dr. Lars Gruenert, who will remain a member of the...

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Isaac Newton Medal Awarded to Laser Cooling Researcher
LONDON, July 3, 2014 — Dr. Deborah Jin has been recognized with the Institute of Physics’ Isaac Newton medal for her work on laser-cooled atoms. A researcher at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics in Boulder, Colo., Jin works with ultra-cold...
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Researchers Probe Inner Workings of Solar Panels
MONTREAL, July 3, 2014 — Using femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SRS), scientists now understand the inner workings of plastic solar panels. A team from the University of Montreal, in conjunction with England’s Science and Technology Facilities...

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Eagleyard Partners with Western Systems in India
BERLIN, July 2, 2014 — Laser diode maker eagleyard Photonics GmbH has partnered with Western Systems in Bangalore, India, for global sales support. Eagleyard, a Toptica company, manufactures laser diodes for industrial, space, defense, medical and scientific...
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2014 Faraday Medal Awarded to THz Researchers
LEEDS, West Yorkshire, England, July 1, 2014 — Professors Giles Davies and Edmund Linfield, of the Leeds University School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, have won the 2014 Faraday Medal in recognition of nearly two decades of work on terahertz science and technology. ...

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3D-Micromac Creates US Subsidiary
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 1, 2014 — 3D-Micromac AG in Chemnitz, Germany, has created a U.S. subsidiary, 3D-Micromac America LLC, led by laser industry veteran Brian Hoekstra. Hoekstra is the former CEO of Applied Photonics Inc. Prior to founding Applied Photonics, Hoekstra...
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Amplitude Acquires Continuum
PARIS, July 1, 2014 — The Amplitude group, maker of ultrafast lasers, has acquired Continuum of San Jose, Calif., from current owner GSI Group. The purchase price is roughly $7 million, according to a recent SEC filing from GSI. Continuum supplies laser products for...






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