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Laser Guide Star System Installed at Very Large Telescope in Chile
MUNICH, May 22, 2015 — The first of four laser guide star systems developed by Toptica Photonics AG of Germany and MPB Communications Inc. of Canada has been installed and brought online at the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile. Previous systems used to create sodium laser guide stars have relied on power-limited and high-maintenance dye lasers or sum-frequency mixing of solid-state lasers, according to Toptica. The SodiumStar laser projects a powerful orange beam into the...

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Glowforge Raises $9M to Bring 3-D Cutter-Engraver to Consumers
SEATTLE, May 21, 2015 — Glowforge Inc. has raised $9 million in venture capital to bring a versatile laser cutting and engraving system to the consumer market this year. The funding round was led by Foundry Group of Boulder, Colo., and True Ventures of San Francisco,...
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IR Laser Propels 1-Pound Mirror in Spaceflight Simulation (with video)
TUSTIN, Calif., May 19, 2015 — A private laboratory says it has validated a design for an IR laser propulsion system that could be used to keep satellites in position in low-earth orbit. Y.K. Bae Corp. said it successfully accelerated a 1-lb (450-g) mirror along a 2-m...

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Lasers Probe Causes of Volcanic Eruptions
LIVERPOOL, UK, May 18, 2015 — A better understanding of volcanoes' inner workings based on fluorescence imaging could help save lives. A team from the University of Liverpool in the UK, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Newcastle in...
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Excimer Lasers Print Silicon on Paper
DELFT, Netherlands, May 18, 2015 — For years, scientists have sought an alternative to silicon that possesses the same electrical properties while offering "superior printability." A replacement may not be necessary, though, as laser-printed silicon could be the answer. ...

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Laser Design Brings Attosecond Spectroscopy Closer
MUNICH, May 7, 2015 — A new laser design could enable high-energy attosecond mid-wave IR and vacuum UV spectroscopy systems and faster optoelectronics. The device is a diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:YAG thin-disk laser combined with extracavity pulse...
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Alphanov, Leukos Sign Pulsed-Laser Technology Transfer Agreement
LIMOGES, France, May 6, 2015 — Leukos SARL plans to produce a pump system for its supercontinuum light sources based on a new picosecond laser module developed by Alphanov of Talence, France. The two companies have signed a technology transfer agreement, the terms of which were...

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Laseroptik Increases Production Capacity for Thin-Film Coatings
GARBSEN, Germany, May 6, 2015 — Laseroptik GmbH has expanded from four to eight industrial ion-beam sputtering (IBS) machines to meet increasing demand for dispersive mirrors and dielectric filters for the UV. The new "Laserhof" facility in Garbsen. Courtesy of Laseroptik....
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ODT Enhances Optical Tweezer Capabilities, Holographic Bioimaging
DAEJEON, South Korea, May 4, 2015 — A new optical diffraction tomography (ODT) technique can measure the positions of optically trapped particles in three dimensions at high speed. The method provides a more streamlined and precise way to locate and move microscopic particles...

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Lidar Firm Rechristened Teledyne Optech after Acquisition
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., April 30, 2015 — Teledyne Technologies Inc. has taken full ownership of Optech Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of laser-based survey and digital imaging instrumentation. Terms of the transaction, which was carried out through Teledyne subsidiary Teledyne Dalsa...
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Sharper 3-D Laser Scanner Impervious to Ambient Light
EVANSTON, Ill., April 28, 2015 — Refining principles of 3-D sensing for video games, researchers at Northwestern University have developed a 3-D laser scanner that produces detailed moving images even in the presence of bright ambient light. The device is modeled after the...

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Expansion Doubles Diamond-Growing Capacity at Scio
GREENVILLE, S.C., April 28, 2015 — Scio Diamond Technology Corp. is expected to complete an expansion in May that will more than double its capacity to create diamonds for optical and other applications. The company is refitting its current diamond-growing reactors with larger...
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Schlüter to Head 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...

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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 a...

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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 for...

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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. "We...
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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 armed...

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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 nanowires...
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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 were...






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