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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 for up to eight months in air at room temperature. Previous research achieved metastability for less than a day. Active pharmaceutical ingredients that can change their form — a trait known as polymorphism — are highly sought after...

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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 several hundred thousand cells simultaneously. The approach could enable new forms of cell tracking, intracellular sensing and adaptive imaging, according to...

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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, Salixa
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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Updated: 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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Microscopy Platform Enables Ultrastable Measurements
BOULDER, Colo., July 2, 2015 — Stable enough to track the movements of individual molecules over many hours, a new measurement platform for microscopes could enable a deeper understanding of subcellular processes. The technology was designed to track single base pairs in...
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Special Optics Buys Precision Optical Factory
WHARTON, N.J., July 2, 2015 — Special Optics has purchased a 25,000-square-foot facility in Denville, N.J., to grow its business in femtosecond laser optical systems for eye surgery and custom high-numerical-aperture microscope objectives. An aerial view of the new...

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Lasers Improve Blade Maintenance for Stone Cutting
HANNOVER, Germany, June 30, 2015 — Lasers and glue could replace the solder used today to attach diamond segments to rotary blades used in stone cutting. A new mobile, laser-based process for attaching and removing cutting segments virtually eliminates the thermal stress caused...
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Loyo Named Head of R&D for Jenoptik Laser
JENA, Germany, June 25, 2015 — Valentin Loyo was recently put in charge of the R&D department in the laser business unit of Jenoptik AG's lasers and material processing division. He succeeds Martin Leitner, who left Jenoptik at the end of May. Loyo joined Jenoptik...

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Laser Illuminated Projector Association Elects New Chairman, Officers
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 24, 2015 — The Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA) has chosen four new leaders to serve through May 2017. Assuming the role of chairman is Jan Daem, a product safety validation engineer at Barco NV of Kortrijk, Belgium. Other new officers...
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Doyle Named Managing Director at Trumpf UK
LUTON, England, June 23, 2015 — Annette Doyle will take on the role of managing director of Trumpf Ltd., the U.K. subsidiary of the Trumpf GmbH & Co. KG, starting July 1. She succeeds Scott Simpson, who will leave Trumpf after more than 20 years to pursue personal...

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Laser Annealing Creates Nanoscale Lattices
UPTON, N.Y., June 23, 2015 — A new laser patterning technique can create large-scale, nanostructured grids that could enhance manufacturing of optical coatings, solar cells and touch screens. Developed at Brookhaven National Laboratory, laser zone annealing (LZA) involves...
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NKT Photonics Licenses Fiber Laser Technology to Fraunhofer IOF
MUNICH, June 23, 2015 — The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena has licensed photonic crystal fiber (PCF) technology from NKT Photonics AS of Birkerød, Denmark. NKT Photonics Chief Technology Officer Christian...

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Gardiner Named Marketing Coordinator at RMI Laser
LAFAYETTE, Colo., June 22, 2015 — Heidi Gardiner has joined RMI Laser LLC as marketing coordinator. Gardiner has a bachelor's degree in marketing and six years of marketing experience. Previously she worked for CoolTouch (New Star Lasers Inc.), a medical laser manufacturer in...
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Trumpf Plans €70M EUV Facility in Ditzingen
DITZINGEN, Germany, June 19, 2015 — Trumpf GmbH & Co. KG plans to invest €70 million in the expansion of its headquarters to include extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) microchip production technology. New buildings covering an area of almost 366,000 square feet will be built in...






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