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Germany Opens Digital Photonic Production Research Campus
AACHEN, Germany, Feb. 27, 2015 — Government, scientific and industry leaders recently opened the Digital Photonic Production research campus to develop light as a production tool. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding nine such research campuses across Germany and intends to provide €2 million per year for up to 15 years for the DPP research campus. Professor Dr. Reinhart Poprawe, right, of RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology,...

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JDSU Reveals Spinoff Names: Lumentum and Viavi
MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 27, 2015 — Lumentum and Viavi are the names of the two companies JDSU plans to split into this fall. Meanwhile, Chief Financial Officer Rex Jackson will leave the company Sept. 30 following the expected completion of the spinoff. JDSU’s...
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Ferro Acquires Laser Marking Firm TherMark for $5.5M
MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio, Feb. 26, 2015 — Ferro Corp. has acquired the privately held laser marking technology company TherMark Holdings Inc. of Irvine, Calif., for $5.5 million in cash. TherMark’s technology uses lasers to permanently fuse marking materials to metals,...

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Profitable Faro Pushes Further into Law Enforcement
LAKE MARY, Fla., Feb. 26, 2015 — Faro Technologies Inc. said its newest laser 3-D scanning products performed well as it closed the books on 2014 and announced a new acquisition. Yearly sales increased 17.2 percent to $341.8 million. Net income was $33.6 million, up 56.4...
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Expansion into New Markets Yields Strong Year for IPG Photonics
OXFORD, Mass., Feb. 20, 2015 — IPG Photonics Corp. says 2014 went just as it planned, with new sales efforts yielding a 19 percent rise in revenues and a 29 percent increase in earnings. The industrial lasers firm, which took home a Prism Award last week, reported net...

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Laser Frequency Comb Boosts Solar Telescope Accuracy (with video)
MUNICH, Feb. 18, 2015 — Laser frequency combs can help telescopes achieve unprecedented accuracy in spectral measurements, and may someday aid detection of Earth-sized exoplanets. A team from three German institutions attached a laser frequency comb to the...
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Prism Award Winners Recognized at Photonics West
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2015 — From 3-D-printed optics to novel laser systems to mobile medical diagnostics and chemical sensors, nine cutting-edge products were recognized Wednesday during the Photonics West trade show with Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. ...

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Earnings Jump at Hamilton Thorne
BEVERLY, Mass., Feb. 11, 2015 — Biophotonics firm Hamilton Thorne Ltd. said it experienced a five-fold increase in profits from 2013 to 2014. Preliminary figures put net income at more than $800,000, compared to $125,000 the prior year. Revenues increased 16...
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M Squared Secures $5M in New Funding
GLASGOW, Scotland, Feb. 11, 2015 — Eyeing oversees sales growth and the emerging quantum technology market, M Squared Lasers has secured £3.25 million (about $5.02 million) in new funding. The international bank Barclays has provided a funding package worth more than...

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Newport Touts Record Sales Amid Acquisitions
IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 9, 2015 — Newport Corp. notched sales and orders records in 2014, with profits reaching $35.1 million. Net sales for the year were $605.2 million, $158.7 million of that coming in the fourth quarter. “Our sales and orders in the fourth...
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Newport to Acquire Austrian Firm Femtolasers
IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 6, 2015 — Newport Corp. plans to acquire Femtolasers Produktions GmbH of Vienna. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close this quarter, were not disclosed. Femtolasers develops ultrafast lasers for scientific and biomedical research...

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Northrop Grumman Supplies Laser Mine Detection Systems to Navy
BETHPAGE, N.Y., Feb. 6, 2015 — The U.S. Navy has contracted Northrop Grumman Corp. for the continued production of the AN/AES-1Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). Mounted on the MH-60S helicopter, the ALMDS detects and geo-locates mine-like objects over sea...
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Mobius Strips Conjured from Beam Polarization
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 30, 2015 — A light beam can be structured so that its polarization twists around like a Mobius strip. The finding, by a team of researchers from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, confirms a theoretical prediction that it is possible for light’s...

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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...
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In Memoriam: Charles Hard Townes
BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 28, 2015 — Dr. Charles Hard Townes, whose work on stimulated emission led to the creation of lasers and enabled the photonics industry, died Jan. 27 at age 99. Townes won the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the maser, sharing the prize with...

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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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