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Earnings Soar at Newport
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 30, 2014 — Newport Corp. reported third-quarter profits of $9.5 million, a dramatic increase from $437,000 in the third quarter of 2013. Sales climbed 5.2 percent to $146.3 million, with increases in each of the company’s end markets except defense and security. As for future sales, CEO Robert J. Phillippy said Newport has received a $25.7 million order for surgical lasers, and “several substantial new orders from a key semiconductor manufacturing equipment customer.”...

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Laser Tractor Beam Operates on Centimeter Scale
CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 30, 2014 — A new laser tractor beam has the ability to attract and repel millimeter-scale objects over longer distances than previously possible. “Demonstration of a large-scale laser beam like this is a kind of holy grail for laser...
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Leica Mapping Drones to Carry Headwall Hyperspectral Imagers
FITCHBURG, Mass., Oct. 29, 2014 — Headwall Photonics’ hyperspectral imaging sensors will be integrated into Leica Geosystems’ drone mapping systems under a new agreement between the two companies. Hyperspectral imaging allows collection of data on the material...

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Laser Ablation Could Boost Jet, Rocket Fuel Efficiency
SOSNOVY BOR, Russia, Oct. 29, 2014 — A new approach to the concept of laser propulsion could launch satellites into orbit and push aircraft past Mach 10 with enhanced fuel efficiency. By ablating solid fuel inside a jet nozzle, laser pulses could increase the speed of gas flow...
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Laser Scanners Play Role in Profit Leap at Faro
LAKE MARY, Fla., Oct. 29, 2014 — Citing strong growth of laser scanner sales and the introduction of a new laser probe, 3-D measurement firm Faro Technologies Inc. reported a 122.6 percent increase in earnings in the third quarter. Net income increased to $11.2 million...

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Radiant Zemax Sells Optical Design Software Business
REDMOND, Washington, Oct. 29, 2014 — Radiant Zemax has sold its Zemax optical design software business unit to Arlington Capital Partners. The sale price was not disclosed. Vice President Dr. Mark Nicholson has been named CEO of the stand-alone Zemax business. The...
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‘Astro-Comb’ Rediscovers Venus to Find Exoplanets
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 28, 2014 — Examining Venus’ influence on the solar spectrum could help astronomers discover Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. A team from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is developing a laser-based frequency comb to...

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Algae Carbon Flow Controlled by Changing Light Colors
LEIPZIG, Germany, Oct. 28, 2014 — Blue and red light-sensing photoreceptors can be used to control the carbon flow in diatoms, a major group of algae that generates about one-fourth of the Earth’s oxygen and perform around a quarter of global CO2 assimilation. ...
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Daylight Solutions, Thorlabs Partner on QCL Projects
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 28, 2014 — Daylight Solutions Inc. and Thorlabs will work together to develop quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) for defense and security applications. Meanwhile, Thorlabs recently acquired Corning Inc.’s QCL business and associated optical...

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Nanoconstructs Aid Ovarian Cancer Targeting
WAUSAU, Wis., Oct. 28, 2014 — Newly developed nanostructures have proven to be effective vehicles for laser imaging and ablation of ovarian cancer cells. A team from the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Texas said their approach facilitated...
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Overseas Sales Grow IPG Earnings
OXFORD, Mass., Oct. 28, 2014 — Fiber laser firm IPG Photonics Corp. reported increased earnings in the third quarter, with revenue increases across all its product lines in Europe and China. Net income was $55.2 million, up 30 percent from $42.3 million in the third...

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Strong Photonics Sales Can’t Counteract Intevac 3Q Loss
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 28, 2014 — Despite strong sales figures from its photonics segment, Intevac Inc. reported a net loss of $3.8 million in the third quarter. As hard-drive revenues flagged, photonics revenues were $11.4 million, representing 77 percent of the...
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JML Optical Acquires Harold Johnson Labs
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2014 — JML Optical Industries has acquired Harold Johnson Optical Laboratories Inc. (HJOL). HJOL, of Gardena, Calif., manufactures custom optics in prototype and production-volume quantities, serving defense, industrial, medical and research...

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LME Summit Offers In-Depth Look at Laser Industry
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 27, 2014 — The fourth annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event and Summit (LME), presented by the Laser Institute of America in September, offered laser experts and representatives of the industry a forum in which to learn about all things laser. ...
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CyberOptics Continues to Whittle Down Losses
MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 24, 2014 — Sensors firm CyberOptics Corp. decreased its net loss in the third quarter thanks in part to the acquisition of a 3-D metrology firm. Net loss totaled $448,000, compared to $774,000 in the third quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, revenues...

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Imaging Revenues Down, Profits Up at Teledyne
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Oct. 24, 2014 — Teledyne Technologies Inc. reported record earnings in the third quarter of 2014 despite a decline in sales at its imaging businesses. Net income was $55.6 million, up 18.8 percent from $46.8 million in the third quarter of 2013. Total...
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JAI Names New VP of Worldwide ITS Sales
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 24, 2014 — Camera maker JAI Group has named Kyle Kisiel its new vice president of global intelligent traffic systems (ITS) and U.S. sales. Kisiel will be responsible for sales of specialized cameras and flash systems that are used for day and night...

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NeoPhotonics to Buy Emcore’s Tunable Laser, Transceiver Product Lines
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 24, 2014 — NeoPhotonics will purchase Emcore Corp.’s tunable laser and transceiver product lines for $17.5 million. The deal is expected to be finalized by January, and includes the external-cavity laser-based integrable tunable laser assemblies...
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OSA Elects 2015 Vice President
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 — Professor Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University has been named the 2015 vice president of The Optical Society (OSA). Mazur’s appointment to this position enlists him into future roles within the organization’s board of directors....

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Video Captures Laser Pulses at ‘1 Billion FPS’
WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 24, 2014 — Hollywood laser blasts give off bright colors and are easy to track with the eye. In real life, laser pulses flash by faster than the eye — or even the fastest camera — can follow. To visualize the propagation of a roughly 12-fs...
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IntegraOptics Appoints New Sales Managers
LATHAM, N.Y., Oct. 23, 2014 — Fiber optic communications firm IntegraOptics Inc. has appointed Tony Westendorp and Randy Duncan as senior sales managers. Duncan is the former director of sales and technical engineering at NEC of America. For IntegraOptics, he will focus...

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Laser Combiner a Compact Solution for Wearable Displays
FUKUI, Japan, Oct. 23, 2014 — A laser beam combiner no larger than a grain of rice can enable laser-scanning displays in wearable computer systems. A team from the University of Fukui developed the new device. It could offer immediate, hands-free access to information...
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Thomas Research Products Names Regional Sales Manager
Oct. 23, 2014 — ELGIN, Ill., Oct. 23, 2014 — Solid-state lighting firm Thomas Research Products has appointed Thomas Horgan as its new Southeast regional sales manager. He holds a degree in electronics engineering from University College Dublin in...

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Agar Scientific Names Technical Sales Manager
ESSEX, England, Oct. 22, 2014 — Agar Scientific has appointed Paul Balas its new technical sales manager. Agar is a division of the Elektron Technology Group. Balas joins the company from Ronexprim SRL, where he served as executive director and the area sales manager of...
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Berthold Leibinger Foundation Names 2014 Prize Winners
DITZINGEN, Germany, Oct. 22, 2014 — Dr. Alexander Oraevsky has received first prize in the 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovations award program, presented by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung Foundation. Oraevsky received the award for his development of a new technique that...






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