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Feedback Provides Better Optogenetics Control
ATLANTA, Sept. 1, 2015 — Feedback control could give optogenetics the specificity it needs to fight neurological disorders like epilepsy, chronic pain and depression. Neural stimulation systems based on electrical inputs already use feedback to control to fine tune their effects, but a device developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology is the first to provide similar control for optical stimulation. Georgia Tech doctoral student Riley Zeller-Townson demonstrates preparation of a cell culture for...

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Northrop Grumman Wins $50M in US Military Contracts for IR Countermeasures
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Sept. 1, 2015 — The U.S. military has awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. more than $50 million in contracts for laser systems to defend aircraft. A $35.4 million award from the Army will support development of systems under the Common Infrared Countermeasure...
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Marines Use Augmented Reality in Live-Fire Testing
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 1, 2015 — For the first time, U.S. Marine Corps officer candidates recently used augmented reality technology during live-fire training exercises. The Augmented Immersive Team Trainer (AITT) systems comprise a laptop, software, battery and...

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LPKF Promotes Two to Lead Interconnects Division, PCB Prototyping
GARBSEN, Germany, Sept. 1, 2015 — LPKF Laser & Electronics AG has named Malte Fengler strategic product manager for molded interconnect device technology, taking the reins from Stephan Krause, who will become sales director for rapid printed circuit board (PCB) prototyping. ...
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Individual Photons Squeezed by QDs
CAMBRIDGE, England, Aug. 31, 2015 — Quantum dots (QDs) can provide the control necessary to "squeeze" individual photons — a feat previously considered impossible to observe. Squeezing is quantum phenomenon that produces an extremely low-noise signal potentially useful in...

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Laser Diode Micro-Optics Enhance Cutting
DORTMUND, Germany, Aug. 31, 2015 — Although a high-powered diode laser operates at a relatively modest brilliance, with optimized micro-optics, it is well-suited for the rapid and precise cutting of 6-mm-thick stainless steel. That's the conclusion of Brilamet, a research...
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International Year of Light Comes to Washington Sept. 12
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 31, 2015 — The nation's capital will host two events Sept. 12 celebrating the International Year of Light, a global initiative declared by the United Nations to raise awareness of optical technologies. The Smithsonian National Museum of the American...

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Synopsys Recognizes Student Imaging Designs
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 31, 2015 — Designs for imaging systems to explore distant worlds and aid abdominal surgery are among the winning entries in an annual student contest sponsored by Synopsys Inc. The annual Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition recognizes...
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Philippe Morin to Become COO at Exfo
QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 31, 2015 — Philippe Morin will become chief operating officer of fiber communications firm Exfo Inc. in November. Morin will leave his post at Ciena Corp. as its senior vice president of worldwide sales and field operations. He was previously the senior...

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Pemamek System to Be Used in Laser-Arc Welding Study
KUOPIO, Finland, Aug. 27, 2015 — Savonia University of Applied Sciences will use a hybrid welding station from Pemamek Oy Ltd. to study how laser, arc and hybrid welding methods affect seams in cold-temperature machinery.  Seam qualities will be studied from R&D and...
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Imaging to the Rescue in Fight Against Invasive Bugs
GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 27, 2015 — Ravenous insects smaller than a penny continue to migrate from the Southeast, threatening to destroy millions of pine and ash trees in the Northeast. Now NASA has teamed with the U.S. Forest Service to combat the problem using an array of optical...

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Modified SIM Makes Movies of Cell Processes
ASHBURN, Va., Aug. 27, 2015 — Variations on structured illumination microscopy (SIM) provide a way to watch dynamic biological processes inside living cells with unprecedented clarity. "These methods set a new standard for how far you can push the speed and noninvasiveness...
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Hybrid Planetarium Opens in India with Zeiss Technology
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India, Aug. 27, 2015 — The Priyadarsini Planetarium, India’s first hybrid planetarium with a tilted dome, has reopened its doors and includes technology from Carl Zeiss AG. Priyadarsini Planetarium. Courtesy of Zeiss. A new projection dome uses the...

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Stem Cell Differentiation Triggered with Light
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26, 2015 — Blue light can trigger the transformation of embryonic stem cells into neurons. Based on optogenetics techniques, the discovery could be a first step toward complex tissue engineering using light, according to researchers at the University of...
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Heidelberg Engineering Licenses OCT Ophthalmology Technology from Mass General
CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug. 26, 2015 — Heidelberg Engineering Inc. plans to develop new ophthalmology products based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) under a licensing agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital. The agreement grants Heidelberg exclusive global rights to 77...

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Michael Platt to Manage Rebuilt Schott Facility in Pennsylvania
DURYEA, Pa., Aug. 25, 2015 — Michael Platt has been named manager of Schott North America Inc.'s manufacturing and research plant following a major fire there earlier this year. Platt has more than 30 years of optics manufacturing experience, having worked as a...
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Avegant Lands $24M for Wearable Display Development
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 25, 2015 — Avegant, a manufacturer of near-eye displays, said it has received $24 million in venture capital funding to develop next-generation wearable displays. Provided by Hangzhou Liaison Interactive Information Technology Co. Ltd., Intel Capital,...

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Thorlabs to Acquire Fiber Firm Vytran
NEWTON, N.J., Aug. 25, 2015 — Thorlabs Inc. next month plans to acquire fiber processing technologies firm Vytran LLC from NKT Holding AS of Denmark. "[Vytran's] expertise and product offering are natural additions to our current fiber draw and cabling competencies," said...
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Montana Invests in Optics for Agriculture
BOZEMAN, Mont., Aug. 25, 2015 — More than $2.8 million in state funding aims to kick hyperspectral imaging and other optical technologies into hyperdrive. Two sets of grants will aid commercialization of technologies developed at Montana State University (MSU), fostering...

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Ultrafast Fiber Laser Boasts Simple Design
WARSAW, Poland, Aug. 24, 2015 — Heat and vibration are no problem for an ultrafast laser with a cavity made entirely of polarization-maintaining optical fiber.  The design emits 220-fs pulses with energies up to 3.5 nJ. Its 1030-nm output wavelength can be multiplied by...
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Eulitha to Provide Photolithography System for Chinese Institute
WÜRENLINGEN, Switzerland, Aug. 20, 2015 — Lithography equipment developer Eulitha AG has received an order for its PhableR 100 photolithography tool from the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics in China. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The PhableR 100 will...

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Common Materials Could Simplify White LED Manufacturing
PISCATAWAY, N.J., Aug. 19, 2015 — Computational models are being used to identify combinations of materials that could help reduce the costs of manufacturing white LEDs. Experiments by Rutgers University researchers suggest materials and processes for phosphor-converted white...
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Laser Technique Cools Broader Range of Elements
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Aug. 18, 2015 — A versatile laser cooling technique proposed 15 years ago now has partial experimental verification. In principle the technique could be used to cool a broader range of elements than is possible with current methods. Researchers at the...

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Adjustable Mount Improves Thermal Management for Miniature Flow Cytometer
GRANTS PASS, Ore., Aug. 18, 2015 — Positioning equipment supplier Siskiyou Corp. said it recently helped another manufacturer miniaturize its flow cytometer by developing adjustable mounting hardware that conducts heat away from the system's light source. The manufacturer had...
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Markus Hersche Named CEO at Fisba
ST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Aug. 18, 2015 — Optics manufacturer Fisba AG has named Markus Hersche its new CEO. Taking over the responsibilities of Managing Director Werner Krüsi, Hershe moves into the management role from the supervisory board. Krüsi will remain active in the...






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