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Pemamek System to Be Used in Laser-Arc Welding Study
KUOPIO, Finland, Aug. 27, 2015 — Savonia University of Applied Sciences will use a hybrid welding station from Pemamek Oy Ltd. to study how laser, arc and hybrid welding methods affect seams in cold-temperature machinery.  Seam qualities will be studied from R&D and production points of view. Four midsize companies have joined the institution’s research project, which will continue through 2016. "Our target is to reach new levels in welding technology with [the] PEMA welding station," said Kari...

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Ultrafast Fiber Laser Boasts Simple Design
WARSAW, Poland, Aug. 24, 2015 — Heat and vibration are no problem for an ultrafast laser with a cavity made entirely of polarization-maintaining optical fiber.  The design emits 220-fs pulses with energies up to 3.5 nJ. Its 1030-nm output wavelength can be multiplied by...
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Laser Technique Cools Broader Range of Elements
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Aug. 18, 2015 — A versatile laser cooling technique proposed 15 years ago now has partial experimental verification. In principle the technique could be used to cool a broader range of elements than is possible with current methods. Researchers at the...

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Adjustable Mount Improves Thermal Management for Miniature Flow Cytometer
GRANTS PASS, Ore., Aug. 18, 2015 — Positioning equipment supplier Siskiyou Corp. said it recently helped another manufacturer miniaturize its flow cytometer by developing adjustable mounting hardware that conducts heat away from the system's light source. The manufacturer had...
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Lumentum, Viavi Part Ways after JDSU Breakup
MILPITAS, Calif., Aug 13, 2015 — The two halves of the former JDS Uniphase Corp. (JDSU) are now charting separate courses. The company's communications and commercial optics products division split off Aug. 1 and became known as Lumentum Holdings Inc. After the spinoff,...

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Microresonators Generate Combs for Communications, Spectroscopy
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Aug. 12, 2015 — Single microresonators able to generate light pulses at several discrete frequencies could eliminate the need to integrate multiple lasers into communications and spectroscopy equipment. Researchers at Purdue University have developed a way...
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Rofin-Sinar Announces Q3 Numbers
HAMBURG, Germany, Aug. 7, 2015 — Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of high- performance laser beam sources and solutions, has announced its fiscal third quarter results. Net sales totaled $132.5 million, a 1 percent decrease over the comparable quarter of fiscal...

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Chip-Scale Laser Produces White Light
TEMPE, Ariz., July 31, 2015 — Able to produce white light, a chip-scale semiconductor laser brings the technology one step closer to becoming a mainstream light source and potential alternative to LEDs. Brighter and more energy efficient than LEDs, the laser design could...
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Laura Murphy Named Chief Financial Officer at Faro
LAKE MARY, Fla., July 30, 2015 — Laura A. Murphy has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer at Faro Technologies Inc. Murphy previously served as vice president for finance and health care compliance solutions at Stericycle Inc. a medical waste...

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Gooch & Housego Wins £364K to Develop 'Freeze Ray'
TORQUAY, England, July 30, 2015 — Gooch & Housego PLC has been awarded £364,000 (about $569,000) in U.K. funding to lead development of a miniature, high-power fiber system for laser cooling in practical environments. The Freeze-Ray project also involves e2v...
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Lasers Transform Drug into More Useful Form
SUITA, Japan, July 28, 2015 — Exposure to laser light may make one type of anti-inflammatory drug more effective. Researchers at Osaka University used lasers to induce selective crystallization of the metastable form of indomethacin. The exposed drug remains in that form...

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Trumpf Sales, Orders Climb 5%
DITZINGEN, Germany, July 27, 2015 — Sales and orders increased by approximately 5 percent in the last fiscal year at Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG. The company said its preliminary calculations showed total sales of €2.723 billion (about $3.02 billion), compared to €2.584...
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Microlasers Track Cells from the Inside
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, July 24, 2015 — Embedded microlasers could allow scientists to track and distinguish between large numbers of cells simultaneously. Two laboratories have published results independently, each showing that cells can absorb whispering gallery mode resonators...

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Selective Laser Micromelting Creates Medical Implants
HANNOVER, Germany, July 22, 2015 — Selective laser micromelting enables processing of new materials that could be useful in medical implants. An electrode head coated with platinum-iridium using selective laser micromelting. Courtesy of Laser Zentrum Hannover. Researchers...
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Optical Glucose Sensor on Commercial Path
LEEDS, England, July 17, 2015 — A University of Leeds spin-off company is seeking to commercialize an optical glucose sensor that could make finger-prick blood tests unnecessary for people with diabetes. Glucosense Diagnostics Ltd. intends to make tabletop and wearable...

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Dilas Acquires Home Base from German State
MAINZ, Germany, July 17, 2015 — Dilas Diodenlaser GmbH has acquired its founding site and headquarters from the state government agency Landesbetrieb Liegenschafts- und Baubetreuung Rheinland-Pfalz.  Dilas expanded the space by adding another floor and increasing space...
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SemiNex Expands IR Laser Diode Production Facility in Mass.
PEABODY, Mass., July 15, 2015 — SemiNex Corp. has more than tripled its laboratory, manufacturing and cleanroom space within its existing location. Citing significant increases in production orders, the company said it had outgrown its manufacturing and R&D space and has...

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Laser-Writing of DVDs May Have a Speed Limit
PASADENA, Calif., July 14, 2015 — Phase-change materials used in DVDs and other digital storage media pass through a previously unknown intermediate atomic state under laser pulses. The discovery could lead to faster computer memory systems with larger storage capacity —...
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Neptec UK to Build Satellite Optical Metrology System
HARWELL, England, July 14, 2015 — Neptec UK Ltd. will develop the High Accuracy Metrology System (HAMS) for the European Space Agency’s Proba-3 satellite mission, tentatively scheduled for launch in late 2018. An artist's rendering of the Proba-3 satellites. Courtesy of...

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Amada Miyachi America Takes Over South American Branch
MONROVIA, Calif., July 13, 2015 — Amada Miyachi America Inc. has taken over Amada Miyachi do Brasil Ltda.’s management, sales and service in South America. Amada Miyachi America manufactures equipment and systems for laser welding, marking and cutting, as well as...
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IOP Recognizes Products from M Squared Lasers, Silixa
LONDON, July 10, 2015 — The Institute of Physics (IOP) has presented its Innovation Awards to two U.K. photonics companies. M Squared Lasers Ltd. of Glasgow, Scotland, was recognized for development of a CW Ti:sapphire laser system used to explore quantum and...

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Spectrometers Delivered for Mission to Asteroid
LITTLETON, Colo., July 9, 2015 — Two of five optical instruments that will be part of a NASA mission to an asteroid have been turned over to Lockheed Martin Corp. for integration into the Origin Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer...
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3D-Micromac Wins Contract for Laser Solar Cell Processing Systems
CHEMNITZ, Germany, July 8, 2015 — Laser micromachining firm 3D-Micromac AG said it recently won a major contract for 27 systems for processing PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) solar cells. The company said a global photovoltaics manufacturer will use the laser systems at...

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IOP Recognizes 4 for Photonics, Optics Research
LONDON, July 8, 2015 — The Institute of Physics (IOP) has recognized four photonics researchers with its 2015 awards. Professor Eli Yablonovitch of the University of California, Berkeley, a pioneer in the field of optoelectronics and nanophotonics, received the...
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Ball Aerospace Delivers Laser Ranging Subsystems to JPL
BOULDER, Colo., July 6, 2015 — Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) key components for a laser ranging system designed to measure changes in Earth's oceans, groundwater and glaciers. The next generation of NASA's...






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