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Biolase CEO Optimistic After Tumultuous Year
IRVINE, Calif., March 5, 2015 — The head of Biolase Inc. said he is confident the dental laser firm will grow in the new year after enduring a tumultuous 2014. “The latter half of 2014 marked the beginning of the transformation of Biolase with a new board of directors and management,” said Jeffrey M. Nugent, who was chosen in June to replace ousted CEO Federico Pignatelli. “Among the many problems we faced last June, revenues had been declining and there were substantial legal and...

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Black Phosphorus Shows Promise in Optical Circuits
MINNEAPOLIS, March 5, 2015 — With a tunable bandgap, black phosphorus could be used to make better optical communications circuits than graphene and even germanium. Researchers at the University of Minnesota used black phosphorus, a 2-D, stable crystalline form of...
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Large-Surface OLED Film Advances Advertising Displays
ESPOO, Finland, March 5, 2015 — Printable organic LED technology could be used to enable large-scale patterned and flexible light-emitting surfaces for advertising displays, as well as transparent smart surfaces to be attached to windows or packaging. Developed by VTT...

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Laser Weapon Stops Truck in Field Test
BETHESDA, Md., March 5, 2015 — Operating at the highest power ever documented for a system of its type, a laser weapon under development by Lockheed Martin disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test. The 30-kW ground-based prototype, called ATHENA...
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MicroVision Licenses Picoprojector Technology for $8M
REDMOND, Wash., March 5, 2015 — MicroVision Inc. has signed a multiyear license agreement involving its PicoP display technology with an unnamed Fortune Global 100 partner for an up-front fee of $8 million. The license grants the unnamed company nonexclusive rights to the...

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NeoPhotonics Cuts Losses with Strong Fourth Quarter
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 4, 2015 — Network components firm NeoPhotonics Corp. reported a net loss of $19.7 million, an improvement from a net loss of $34.3 million in 2013. Revenue in 2014 was $306.2 million, an increase of $23.9 million, or 8.5 percent, from $282.2 million...
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Phase Encoding, Photon Counting Yield Secure QR Codes
STORRS, Conn., March 4, 2015 — Microscale QR codes coupled with optical phase and photon-counting encryption could be used to protect the integrity of microchips used in the most sensitive applications. QR, or Quick Response, codes — those black and white boxes...

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Light’s Wave-Particle Duality Visualized (with video)
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 3, 2015 — A novel imaging approach has brought light’s split personalities together for the first time. The wave-particle duality of light is well known, though experiments to date have only been able to observe one property at a time. But now...
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Modified Genes Triggered by Blue Light
DURHAM, N.C., March 2, 2015 — Crossing a bacterium’s viral defense system with a flower’s response to the sun yields a light-based trigger for genes. This type of control could enable deeper study of specific genes’ functions, create complex systems...

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Nanostructures Enable Step Toward OLED Lasers
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 2, 2015 — Organic LEDs made with finely patterned nanostructures can produce bright, low-power light sources, a key step toward making organic lasers. Researchers have long dreamed of building organic lasers, but they have been hindered by...
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Tyndall to Lead $6M Project on Photonic Circuits for Data Transmission
CORK, Ireland, March 2, 2015 — Tyndall National Institute will lead a consortium of researchers in a three-year, €5.2 million (about $5.95 million) European Union-funded project to develop photonic circuits for faster, cheaper data transmission. The Thermally...

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Germany Opens Digital Photonic Production Research Campus
AACHEN, Germany, Feb. 27, 2015 — Government, scientific and industry leaders recently opened the Digital Photonic Production research campus to develop light as a production tool. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding nine such research...
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JDSU Reveals Spinoff Names: Lumentum and Viavi
MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 27, 2015 — Lumentum and Viavi are the names of the two companies JDSU plans to split into this fall. Meanwhile, Chief Financial Officer Rex Jackson will leave the company Sept. 30 following the expected completion of the spinoff. JDSU’s...

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Printable Filters Manage THz Communications
SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 27, 2015 — Plasmonic filters created with an off-the-shelf inkjet printer could enable blazing-fast wireless downloads and clearer cellphone calls using the terahertz spectrum. University of Utah researchers developed the filters, which are created...
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Two Reach Top Rung of Zeiss Technical Ladder
JENA, Germany, Feb. 27, 2015 — Optics giant Zeiss has elevated two employees to the highest level on its technical ladder. Dr. Michael Kempe and Dr. Michael Totzeck of Zeiss’ corporate research and technology division, are now two of three fellows within the company. ...

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Ferro Acquires Laser Marking Firm TherMark for $5.5M
MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio, Feb. 26, 2015 — Ferro Corp. has acquired the privately held laser marking technology company TherMark Holdings Inc. of Irvine, Calif., for $5.5 million in cash. TherMark’s technology uses lasers to permanently fuse marking materials to metals,...
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Profitable Faro Pushes Further into Law Enforcement
LAKE MARY, Fla., Feb. 26, 2015 — Faro Technologies Inc. said its newest laser 3-D scanning products performed well as it closed the books on 2014 and announced a new acquisition. Yearly sales increased 17.2 percent to $341.8 million. Net income was $33.6 million, up 56.4...

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New Fibercore VP Targets Oil & Gas Market
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Feb. 25, 2015 — Brian Herbst has been named global senior vice president of sales for Fibercore, where he will lead a push into new markets. Herbst was formerly director of specialty cables at AFL. He graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s...
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Semrock Names Life Sciences Catalog Leader
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 25, 2015 — Semrock has named Dr. Prashant Prabhat the new business line leader for its newly formed life sciences catalog business segment. Prabhat and his team will focus on growing the catalog filter business, which supports researchers in...

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Cubic Nanoantennas Eyed for NEMS Biosensors
CLAYTON, Victoria, Australia, Feb. 24, 2015 — Lab-on-a-chip applications could benefit from cubic nanoantennas that direct light more effectively than spherical ones. The cubes, which are composed of insulating rather than conducting or semiconducting materials, are easier to fabricate...
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IR Drone Camera Provides Bird's-Eye View of Rochester at Night (with video)
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 24, 2015 — Flying 15,000 feet over downtown Rochester at night, a midwave-infrared (MWIR) sensor from Exelis captured in detail the movements of cars and pedestrians. The company’s CorvusEye 1500 system captures high-resolution visible...

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Model Predicts Metamaterials’ Nonlinear Optical Properties
BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 23, 2015 — A new approach that can predict the nonlinear light scattering properties of nanostructures could help turn optical metamaterials to more practical uses. The unique electromagnetic properties of metamaterials stem from their physical...
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Multilayer QD Solar Cells Promising for Natcore
RED BANK, N.J., Feb. 23, 2015 — A new breed of quantum dots (QDs) could enable multilayer solar cells that capture more of the sun’s energy. Natcore Technology Inc. said scientists in the laboratories of co-founder Dr. Andrew Barron, who is also a professor at Rice...

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Expansion into New Markets Yields Strong Year for IPG Photonics
OXFORD, Mass., Feb. 20, 2015 — IPG Photonics Corp. says 2014 went just as it planned, with new sales efforts yielding a 19 percent rise in revenues and a 29 percent increase in earnings. The industrial lasers firm, which took home a Prism Award last week, reported net...
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‘Flat Lens’ Masters Chromatic Aberration
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 19, 2015 — Overcoming a limitation of earlier flat optics, a new achromatic metasurface is able to bend different wavelengths of light by the same amount. The ultrathin “flat lens” is composed of a glass substrate and nanoscale silicon...






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