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Schlüter Heads Business Development at Laser 2000
WESSLING, Germany, April 27, 2015 — Dr. Ing. Holger Schlüter has been named head of business development for kilowatt lasers at Laser 2000 GmbH. Active in the field since 1993, Schlüter holds several patents in the field of laser resonators and laser applications. He has a master's degree in solid-state physics from RWTH Aachen University and a doctorate from the Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen, Germany. He started his career at Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG and was responsible for the production,...

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Attosecond Laser Facility Awards €1.4M in Secondary-Source Contracts
BUDAPEST, Hungary, April 27, 2015 — Leaders of the Extreme Light Infrastructure Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS) facility planned for the city of Szeged recently signed contracts totaling €1.4 million for development of four secondary light sources. The contracts...
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Angular Acceleration Observed in Helical Light Beams
JOHANNESBURG, April 23, 2015 — The orbital angular momentum of laser light traveling along a helical path through space can accelerate and decelerate as it spins into the distance. This is the first time that angular acceleration has been observed in light, according to...

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ASML to Provide EUV Lithography Systems to US Semiconductor Manufacturer
VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands, April 23, 2015 — ASML Holding NV will provide at least 15 extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography systems under a new agreement with a U.S. semiconductor manufacturer. Financial terms were not disclosed. Delivery of the first two NXE:3350B EUV systems is...
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L-3 Beam Director to Aid Canadian Defense R&D
PITTSBURGH, April 15, 2015 — L-3 Integrated Optical Systems Brashear has provided Defence Research and Development Canada with a high-energy laser (HEL) beam director (BD) to enhance the government agency's mobile characterization and development laboratory. Designed...

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Trumpf Acquires Fiber Laser Subsidiary from GSI Group for $31.5M
DITZINGEN, Germany, April 15, 2015 — Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG has acquired a subsidiary of GSI Group Inc. of Bedford, Mass., for approximately $31.5 million in cash. JK Lasers Ltd. of Rugby, England, will become part of Trumpf's SPI Lasers UK Ltd. of Southampton, England. ...
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Australian Military Tests Laser-Guided Missiles
NASHUA, N.H., April 13, 2015 — Laser-based missile guidance systems scored 10 out of 10 hits in recent testing aboard an Australian military helicopter, according to developer BAE Systems Inc. A photo illustration of an APKWS rocket being fired from an Airbus Tiger...

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Perovskite Nanowires Yield Efficient, Tunable Lasers
MADISON, Wis., April 13, 2015 — A “freshman-chemistry-level” technique for growing nanowires produces tunable lasers that are nearly 100 percent efficient. With low lasing thresholds and Q factors around 3600, these single-crystal lead halide perovskite...
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Hamilton Thorne Acquires Reproductive Imaging Product Line
BEVERLY, Mass., April 7, 2015 — Hamilton Thorne Ltd. has acquired the Oosight product line from Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc. (CRi) of Hopkinton, a subsidiary of PerkinElmer Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Oosight provides...

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Eurolaser Opens New Facility in Poland
LUENBURG, Germany, April 1, 2015 — Eurolaser GmbH has opened a branch office in Poland to address demand for CO2 laser systems for large-format cutting. Eurolaser CEO Matthias Kluczinski, left, and Poland Sales Manager Mariusz Deptuch at the opening of Eurolaser Poland. ...
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New Managing Director Named for Trumpf Canada
FARMINGTON, Conn., March 30, 2015 — Stefan Fickenscher has been named managing director of Trumpf Canada Inc. He succeeds Stefan Schreiber, who returns to Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG in Ditzingen, Germany, as head of central sales subsidiaries in the machine tool division. ...

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Nanolaser Uses Atomically Thin Gain Medium
SEATTLE, March 26, 2015 — With potential for on-chip optical communications applications, a tungsten-based nanoscale laser operates reliably on a tiny amount of electricity. Developed by researchers at the University of Washington and Stanford University, the device...
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LPKF Announces New Initiatives after Disappointing 2014
GARBSEN, Germany, March 24, 2015 — Closing the books on a disappointing 2014, LPKF Laser & Electronics AG has set its sights on new laser machining processes and new markets. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) fell 45 percent in 2014 to €13 million. Revenue...

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Natcore, Eurotron Partner on HIT Solar Cells
RED BANK, N.J., March 24, 2015 — Natcore Technology Inc. has teamed up with Eurotron BV to produce next-generation photovoltaic modules. The company recently announced that it had produced an all-back-contact silicon heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer (HIT) solar...
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Marines Award Elbit $73.4M Contract for Laser Rangefinders
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 23, 2015 — The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America LLC a $73.4 million contract for laser rangefinder technology. The Common Laser Range Finder-Integrated Capability (CLRF-IC) replaces the Marines’ current equipment with a...

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ESI to Lay Off 45, Close Massachusetts Facility
PORTLAND, Ore., March 16, 2015 — Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (ESI) plans to close its facility in Chelmsford, Mass., and lay off about 45 workers. The developer of laser-based manufacturing systems for the microtechnology industry said the move is part of a...
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Melody Encoded onto Plasmonic Nanostructure
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., March 17, 2015 — With data storage capacity 5600 times greater than magnetic film, a chip made of tiny gold bow ties could be the next best place to store all your MP3s. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently created the...

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Livermore Pushes Beyond Flashlamps to Boost Laser Repetition Rates
LIVERMORE, Calif., March 13, 2015 — The world’s highest-peak-power laser diode arrays are now online at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Representing a total peak power of 3.2 MW, the arrays are destined to become part of the High-Repetition-Rate Advanced...
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Laser Glasses Aim to Counteract Low Vision
KANAGAWA, Japan, March 12, 2015 — A new type of smart glasses that shine laser light directly onto the retinas could be a boon to people with poor eyesight. QD Laser Inc. is developing the device in collaboration with the Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics...

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MicroVision Sets Sights on Revenue Growth in 2015
REDMOND, Wash., March 10, 2015 — MicroVision Inc. is eyeing revenue growth in 2015 as it moves from development mode into product sales and licensing mode. Earlier this month the company licensed its PicoP miniature laser projector technology for $8 million to an unnamed...
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Narrower Lasers Could Yield Better Atomic Clocks
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 10, 2015 — Atomic clocks lose 1 second every 300 million years, but that level of accuracy isn’t good enough for researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute. For even better precision, they’ve devised a new way to narrow the linewidth of the...

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Faro Acquires Kubit, Opens New Manufacturing Plant
LAKE MARY, Fla., March 9, 2015 — Laser-scanning company Faro has acquired another software firm and opened a new manufacturing plant. Faro acquired Kubit GmbH of Dresden, Germany, and U.S. distributor Kubit USA Inc. for an undisclosed price.  Kubit’s...
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LaserMax Chooses New Sales Directors, Coordinator for Marketing, Training
ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 9, 2015 — LaserMax, a producer of laser sighting and illumination tools for firearms, has hired three new people for its sales and marketing teams. Shari-Lynn Fix is the new director of distribution and international sales, Chris Gray has been named...

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Writedown Saps GSI Earnings; Revenues Climb
BEDFORD, Mass., March 6, 2015 — Earnings at GSI Group Inc. took a hit in 2014 due to lowered expectations for the company’s NDS Surgical Imaging subsidiary. GSI reported a net loss of $24.3 million, compared to net income of $7.3 million in 2013. The company said...
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Biolase CEO Optimistic After Tumultuous Year
IRVINE, Calif., March 5, 2015 — The head of Biolase Inc. said he is confident the dental laser firm will grow in the new year after enduring a tumultuous 2014. “The latter half of 2014 marked the beginning of the transformation of Biolase with a new board of...






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