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Laser Scanner Captures 3-D Info in Real Time
DRESDEN, Germany, Oct. 17, 2014 — A 3-D laser scanner based on the human eye can focus on key sections of an image, capturing it with correspondingly higher resolution. A team from the three institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft — the Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques, the Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems and the Institute for Photonic Microsystems — has developed the new laser scanner, which functions independent of ambient light. It possesses a high scanning speed...

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Raytheon Awarded Military Laser Production Contract
WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 20, 2014 — The U.S. Navy has awarded a $49.5 million contract to Raytheon Company for production of new laser-guided Maverick missiles — AGM-65E2/L — as well as $5.4 million for additional units in the future. The new Laser Maverick weapon...
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Trumpf Profits Climb 60% in 2014
DITZINGEN, Germany, Oct. 16, 2014 — Profits for industrial laser maker The Trumpf Group shot up 61.2 percent in fiscal 2014, thanks to increased sales and acquisitions. The company reported earnings before taxes of €248 million (about $316.4 million), compared to...

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Intensity Increases With Loss in Microlaser
ST. LOUIS, Oct. 16, 2014 — Increasing energy loss in a laser system could actually enhance its energy, performance and efficiency. A team from Washington University in St. Louis has discovered a way to reverse, or potentially eliminate, energy loss in laser systems...
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Laser-Guided Rocket System Tested by Australian Military
NASHUA, N.H., Oct. 13, 2014 — BAE Systems said its semi-active laser-guide rocket system could be adopted by the Australian Defence Forces following recent testing. The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System scored direct hits in each of seven live-fire exercises held in...

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Rogowski Named Technical Service VP at Trumpf
FARMINGTON, Conn., October 15, 2014 — James Rogowski has been promoted to vice president for technical service at Trumpf Inc. He is responsible for training and service for the company’s machine tools, including industrial lasers, across the U.S. Rogowski has been with...
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CEO to Lead Cognoptix Board of Directors
ACTON, Mass., Oct. 14, 2014 — Medical imaging device developer Cognoptix has named its president and CEO, Paul D. Hartung, chairman of the company’s board of directors. In addition, Dr. Christine de los Reyes, vice president of business development and strategic...

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Laser-Based Imaging Leads to Better Lung Disease Treatment
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 9, 2014 — How sticky is snot? The rest of the world might not ask that question every day, but a group at the University of North Carolina does. They now have an answer, thanks to a laser-based imaging method, and it could enable doctors to monitor and better...
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Plasmon Laser Demonstrates Fastest Switching Speed
LONDON and JENA, Germany, Oct. 9, 2014 — A new plasmon semiconductor laser has demonstrated ultrafast switching speeds and is being touted as the world’s fastest. The laser was created at Imperial College London and Friedrich Schiller University Jena using semiconductor...

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Elliot Scientific Distributes Gamma Scientific in Europe
HARPENDEN, England, Oct. 8, 2014 — Elliot Scientific, a supplier of laser, fiber optic and other systems, is now distributing within the U.K. and Ireland a range of light and optical test and measurement systems made by Gamma Scientific. Elliot Scientific also offers...
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Frequency Combs Enable Remote 3-D Mapping
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 8, 2014, — A laser-based imaging system can now create high-definition 3-D maps remotely, with the ranging accuracy made possible by frequency combs. A team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrated the imaging system, which...

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Iridex Patents Disposable Laser Eye Treatment Device
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 — Iridex Corp. has received a patent for a disposable delivery device for its laser eye-therapy system. The company’s MicroPulse Laser Therapy system is used for the treatment of retina conditions and glaucoma. The new...
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Laserage Acquires DLI Laser Processing Division
WAUKEGAN, Ill., Oct. 3, 2014 — Laserage Technology Corp. has acquired the laser processing and contract manufacturing divisions of Directed Light Inc. Laserage will now offer two state-of-the-art laser facilities: in the Midwest and northern California. The acquisition...

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Feeney Joins SemiNex Board of Directors
PEABODY, Mass., Oct. 1, 2014 — Timothy Feeney has been named to SemiNex Corp.’s board of directors. Founder of HF Management Group, Feeney is a former chief financial and administrative officer for Aspeon Inc. and a former vice president of finance at Jeepers Inc....
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Acal Bfi is New European Distributor for Altechna
BERKSHIRE, England, and VILNIUS, Lithuania, Sept. 25, 2014 — Altechna has named Acal BFi its new, exclusive pan-European distributor. Altechna offers state-of-the-art capabilities that cover a wide range of laser optical components, polarization optics, laser and non-linear crystals, and special...

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National Energetics to Build 10 PW Research Laser
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 24, 2014 — A consortium led by National Energetics Inc. has been awarded a contract over $40 million to develop and install a petawatt laser system at a research facility being built outside Prague. The laser system will be capable of producing peak...
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Omicron Expands Laser Distribution Network
RODGAU, Germany, Sept. 23, 2014 — German laser specialist Omicron Corp. has expanded its sales presence in Asia. Dynotech Instruments, a distribution company working with Omnicron, is now its representative in India. Specifically, Dynotech — based in New Delhi and...

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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...
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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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