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Feeney Joins SemiNex Board of Directors
PEABODY, Mass., Oct. 1, 2014 — Timothy Feeney has been named to SemiNex Corp.’s board of directors. Founder of HF Management Group, Feeney is a former chief financial and administrative officer for Aspeon Inc. and a former vice president of finance at Jeepers Inc. and later DAKA International. He holds a degree in accountancy and management from Bentley University. SemiNex Corp. is a designer and manufacturer of high-power semiconductor lasers for use in military, medical and industrial applications. ...

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LANL Licenses Polarization Cryptography Technique
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Oct. 1, 2014 — Quantum encryption technology based on random photon polarization could give ordinary people access to truly secure commerce, banking, communications and data transfer. Developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the technology has been...
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Forecast: Smart Glasses Optics Market to Reach $1.9B by 2019
GLEN ALLEN, Va., Sept. 30, 2014 — Smart glasses could generate $1.9 billion in revenues for the micro-optics market by 2019, the industry analyst firm NanoMarkets projects. Products like Google Glass could emerge as a mass market items with potential for replacing...

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Gold Nanoclusters Enhance Solar Power
LONDON, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 30, 2014 — Gold nanoclusters could improve solar cell performance by more than 10 percent. A nanocluster made of just 144 gold atoms was used as a building block in the creation of a flexible network of plasmonic antennas that attracted extra light to...
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Industry Group Pledges $30M for Neuroimaging Research
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 — Industry leaders plan to invest upwards of $30 million for photonics research and development in support of a White House neuroscience initiative. The National Photonics Initiative on Tuesday launched its Photonics Industry Neuroscience...

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Fiber Optics Provide Early Warning for Landslides
CASERTA, Italy, Sept. 29, 2014 — Fiber optic sensors could warn people of imminent landslides, potentially saving lives and reducing destruction. A team at the Second University of Naples is developing sensor technology that could detect and monitor both large landslides...
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Plessey Expands with In-House LED Assembly Line
PLYMOUTH, England, Sept. 29, 2014 — Plessey is expanding its facility here to include a new LED assembly line. This addition will allow the company to focus on its high-brightness LEDs for solid-state lighting and sensing. The expansion will cut production time and enable...

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Existing Fab Methods Could Yield ‘Light Prison’
ENSCHEDE, Netherlands, Sept. 26, 2014 — A “prison for light” designed by Dutch theorists could be created using existing silicon-etching techniques and play a role in optical communications. The inverse woodpile photonic crystal has an atomic structure similar to...
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L-3 Provides Coating for Multiple Mirror Telescope
DALLAS, Texas, Sept. 22, 2014 — L-3 Corp.’s Applied Optics Center recently completed the coating of a large optic for the 6.5-m Multiple Mirror Telescope. The MMT is one of the world’s largest astronomical telescopes, located on the site of the Fred Lawrence...

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SWIR System Images Forest Fire from Orbit
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014 — A satellite-mounted shortwave infrared (SWIR) system built by Exelis Geospatial Systems has been used to image a forest fire through a thick cloud of smoke. The system includes a SWIR imager, sensors and telescope and operates aboard the...
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Acal Bfi is New European Distributor for Altechna
BERKSHIRE, England, and VILNIUS, Lithuania, Sept. 25, 2014 — Altechna has named Acal BFi its new, exclusive pan-European distributor. Altechna offers state-of-the-art capabilities that cover a wide range of laser optical components, polarization optics, laser and non-linear crystals, and special...

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Advances in Blue OLEDs Increase Efficiency and Lifetime
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 25, 2014 — A new configuration extends the efficiency of blue organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) from about 5 percent to 20 percent, potentially leading to longer battery life in smartphones and lower power consumption for large screen televisions. ...
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Edwards Joins AFL as EMEA President
DUNCAN, S.C., Sept. 25, 2014 — AFL, a global provider of fiber optic solutions, has named Phil Edwards the new president of its Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) division. Edwards will be responsible for leading the company’s operations in the EMEA region, and...

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Ocean Optics Names World Cup Contest Winners
DUNEDIN, Fla., Sept. 25, 2014 — Ocean Optics has named the winners of its World Cup of Applications contest. Andreas Burkart, a postgraduate researcher at the Jülich Research Center, of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, won for his study,...
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Scallop Imaging Continues Rapid Growth
BOSTON, Sept. 25, 2014 — Scallop Imaging is continuing its growth with the expansion of its product distribution, partnerships and the addition of new personnel. Scallop Imaging is increasing its line of distributed imaging technology. That includes the horizontal...

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Deposition Technique Enables Large-Scale MoS2 Fabrication
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Sept. 24, 2014 — A new technique for fabricating larger amounts of molybdenum disulfide than previously possible could lead to an expanded array of optoelectronic devices. The technique involves depositing nanoscale MoS2 thin films on a variety of...
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Dow to Begin Large-Scale Manufacturing of Cadmium-Free QDs
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 24, 2014 — Dow Chemical Co. plans to begin construction of the world’s first large-scale, cadmium-free quantum dot manufacturing operation at its facility in Cheonan, South Korea. With production expected to begin in the first half of next year,...

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Interferometric Technique Targets Protein Shadows
ERLANGEN, Germany, Sept. 24, 2014 — A new optical method for targeting proteins could mean earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment for cancer. The technique makes individual proteins — including those characteristic of certain types of cancer — visible and...
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National Energetics to Build 10 PW Research Laser
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 24, 2014 — A consortium led by National Energetics Inc. has been awarded a contract over $40 million to develop and install a petawatt laser system at a research facility being built outside Prague. The laser system will be capable of producing peak...

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Sydor Instruments President Recognized for Leadership
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014 — Michael Pavia, president of Sydor Instruments, has been recognized for business leadership by three industry groups. The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and New York Photonics named Pavia its 2014 entrepreneur of the year. This award...
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Inorganic Semiconductors Guide New Optoelectronic Devices
SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 22, 2014 — Inorganic compound semiconductors could potentially replace those developed with organic materials. A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) has grown gallium nitride (GaN) microrods on graphene substrates, which may ultimately...

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New Polymer Mix Crafts More Efficient Solar Cells
CHICAGO and LEMONT, Ill., Sept. 22, 2014 — An enhanced polymer-based device could boost solar power generation and improve the efficiency of solar cells. The new device, developed by a team from the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering in collaboration...
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Omicron Expands Laser Distribution Network
RODGAU, Germany, Sept. 23, 2014 — German laser specialist Omicron Corp. has expanded its sales presence in Asia. Dynotech Instruments, a distribution company working with Omnicron, is now its representative in India. Specifically, Dynotech — based in New Delhi and...

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Tunable MoS2 Light Emitters Make Better Chips
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 23, 2014 — MoS2-based light emitters have the potential to help create powerful, yet energy efficient optoelectronic chips. A team at MIT has developed a new theoretical framework for building optoelectronic chips using MoS2 (molybdenum disulfide) as...
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Optogenetic Tool Guides Brain Mapping
PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 22, 2014 — A new optogenetics technique could help map neural networks in living organisms. Developed by a team at Caltech, the technique offers a clear view of the brain’s circuitry in action, from the moment a neuron fires to the resulting...






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