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Wasp-Inspired Needle Could Advance Spectroscopy for Disease Detection
LONDON, Feb. 8, 2016 — A robotic surgical system inspired by the anatomy of wood-boring wasps could be used in Raman spectroscopy to detect cancerous and diseased tissue.  The wasp-inspired robotic needle is bendable, enabling it to access hard-to-reach areas deep in tissue. Courtesy of Imperial College London.   The prototype needle design is based on female parasitoid wasps, which use a bendable needle-like ovipositor to bore into wood to lay eggs in hiding host larvae. The technology consists

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Amela Wilson Appointed Elbit Sensors Division VP
FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 8, 2016 — Elbit Systems of America LLC has appointed Amela Wilson as the vice president of its sensors and fire control solutions division. Wilson comes to Elbit from New York City-based L-3 Aerospace Systems, where she was sector vice president in charge...
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OSA Announces 2016 Speaker Series
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 8, 2016 — The Optical Society (OSA) will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with a “Light the Future” speaker series throughout 2016. Beginning on Feb. 9 at OSA’s Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., the program will be featured at...

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Rudolph Receives Lithography Order
FLANDERS, N.J., Feb. 8, 2016 — Rudolph Technologies Inc. has announced an order for its JetStep lithography system from an outsourced assembly and test facility. The customer's name and financial terms of the order were not disclosed. Selected for the industry’s first...
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Photonics West 2016...Just around the corner! Sneak Preview Issue #3
Feb. 8, 2016 — Photonics West 2016 will be here before we know it! This annual event brings together industry players from around the world, and presents a week of learning, cool new products, new technologies, and fellowship. The event last year saw over 21,000...

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Silicon Metamaterials Hold Promise for Photonic Circuits, Chips
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Feb. 5, 2016 — As data transmission technology seeks miniaturization, all-diaelectric, a silicon-based metamaterials may offer the necessary control of light through achievement of total internal reflectance. Researchers from Purdue University seek to engineer...
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Greg Matherly Appointed Baumer Sales Manager
SOUTHINGTON, Conn., Feb. 5, 2016 — Sensor manufacturer Baumer Ltd. has appointed Greg Matherly as its western region sales manager for industrial cameras and vision sensors. Matherly comes to Baumer with over 25 years of technology sales, management and business development...

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Solar-Tectic Awarded Thin Film Patent
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y., Feb. 5, 2016 — Solar-Tectic LLC has been awarded a U.S. patent for hybrid organic/inorganic thin film solar cell growth on inexpensive substrates such as flexible and ordinary soda-line glass. The patent discloses a unique growth technique that, for the first...
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Visotek Acquired by Laser Mechanisms
NOVI, Mich., Feb. 5, 2016 — Laser Mechanisms Inc. has acquired Visotek Inc., a developer of diode lasers and smart laser tools, complementing its own laser beam delivery solutions. "We are extremely confident that the addition of Visotek's experienced talent into our...

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Label-Free Virus Detection Method Integrates Optical Microscope, Fiber
JENA, Germany, Feb. 4, 2016 — A label-free technique has demonstrated the ability to detect freely diffusing viruses smaller than 20 nm. Although existing methods for detecting viruses such as confocal or fluorescence microscopy — which generally involve fixation and...
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Raytheon Awarded $564M NASA Contract
WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 4, 2016 — Defense technology provider Raytheon Co. has received a $564 million contract modification award from NASA for two satellite sensors as part of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Polar...

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Transmitter Converts Electronic to Optical Signals
VILLARCEAUX, France, Feb. 4, 2016 — A bandwidth variable transmitter (BVT) that converts electronic signals to optical signals and featuring works without service interruptions, an advantage known as being "hitless." The transmitter’s bandwidth can also be adjust for varying...
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Fonon Announces Growth Strategy
LAKE MARY, Fla., Feb. 3, 2016 — Material processing developer Fonon Corp. has announced its market growth strategy through the targeting of three growth markets The company has announced its focus on the 3D additive manufacturing and metal printing systems field which is...

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LZH Launches 3 Hybrid Numerical Optics Research Projects
HANOVER, Germany, Feb. 3, 2016 — Nonprofit research institute Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) is working on three subprojects in the new research priority, Hybrid Numerical Optics, of the Hannover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT) at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University...
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NASA to Build Integrated Photonics Modem for Laser Communications
GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 3, 2016 — An integrated photonics modem will be tested aboard the International Space Station beginning in 2020 as part of NASA’s multiyear Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD). The cell phone-sized device incorporates optics-based functions,...

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Jenoptik Announces Fiscal 2015 Earnings
JENA, Germany, Feb. 2, 2016 — Jenoptik AG has announced its 2015 group revenue, with an increase of 13 percent to €670 million ($7.26 million). According to preliminary figures, income from operations (EBIT) rose at a faster rate than revenue, by around 18 percent, to...
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Luft Appointed to German Senate of Economy
WESSLING, Germany, Feb. 2, 2016 — Armin Luft, founder and CEO of Laser 2000 GmbH, has been appointed to the Senate of Economy in Bonn, representing the photonics industry as a senator. The Senate of Economy is a German association of leading figures in business, science, media and...

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Self-Assembling Fabrication Method Offers Alternative to Photolithography
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 2, 2016 — Block copolymers — molecules that spontaneously self-assemble into useful shapes — are a promising alternative to photolithography techniques for manufacturing nanoscale circuits. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of...
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Triplet Exciton Energy Transfer Extends Lifetime
RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 1, 2016 — A demonstration of the transfer of triplet exciton energy from semiconductor nanocrystals to surface-bound molecular acceptors has extended the lifetime of the originally prepared excited state by six orders of magnitude. The finding has...

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Headwall Announces Global Sales Reps
FITCHBURG, Mass., Feb. 1, 2016 — Spectral instrumentation manufacturer Headwall Photonics Inc. has named five new sales representative organizations. In Canada, Spectra Research Corp. will represent Headwall for remote sensing and defense opportunities, with Integrys Ltd....
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San Francisco in Lights - Photonics West Sneak Preview Edition #2 (Video)
Feb. 1, 2016 — The Moscone Center in San Francisco is the place to be this month, when Photonics West comes to town. But this isn’t the only exciting place to be in the city by the bay. In this issue of Sneak Preview — Photonics West Edition #2 — Photonics Media...

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Mauna Kea Reports Decline in FY15 Sales
PARIS, Feb. 1, 2016 — Global medical device company Mauna Kea Technologies ended its 2015 fiscal year with a 22 percent decline from its 2014 sales. "Following our announcement on October 8 of the company's intent to modify its commercialization strategy, we...
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Seth Coe-Sullivan Appointed Luminit VP of Technology
TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2016 — Light technology developer Luminit LLC has appointed Seth Coe-Sullivan as its vice president of technology. Coe-Sullivan will be in charge of transitioning Luminit’s existing holographic technologies into commercial products and developing...

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Integra Optics Opens São Paulo Facility
LATHAM, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2016 — Fiber optics developer Integra Optics Inc. has announced the launch of its first international production facility in São Paulo, Brazil, in response to an expanding customer base and the country’s increasing demand for network...
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Flexible Polymer Offers Tunable Transparency
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 29, 2016 — An experimental, rubber-like polymer structure has been used to model predictions of material transparency based on thickness and degree of structure. The material and predictive model could enable inexpensive materials for smart windows and other...






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