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Intevac Sees Net Loss Despite Higher Photonics Profits
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 29, 2014 — Intevac Inc. said its photonics segment had record revenue and profits in the second quarter, though the company as a whole reported a net loss of $5 million. That narrows the gap from the second quarter last year, when Intevac reported a net loss of $6.4 million. Total revenue in the second quarter of 2014 was $14.7 million, including $11 million of photonics revenues from R&D contracts and sales. Second-quarter 2013 revenue was $17 million, including $7.8 million in photonics...

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Zecotek, Armenian Institute Collaborate on Laser Sintering Materials
SINGAPORE, July 28, 2014 — Zecotek Displays Systems Pte. Ltd. is collaborating with the Institute of Chemical Physics of the National Academy of Sciences in Yerevan, Armenia, to create metal alloys for use in 3-D printing. The Institute will work with Zecotek and...
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Laser ‘Drawing’ Could Improve Nanomaterials
SINGAPORE, July 23, 2014 — Lasers can “draw” patterns on nanomaterials, a technique that shows potential for improving the functionality of electronic and optoelectronic components. Research teams at the National University of Singapore, led by professor...

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Nano Sensor Enhances Bomb Detection
BERKELEY, Calif., July 21, 2014 — A new plasmon laser sensor can identify extremely minute concentrations of explosives, as well as explosives that are typically difficult to detect. “Optical explosive sensors are very sensitive and compact,” said Dr. Xiang...
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Video: Nanoantennas as Photo Film Boost Optical Data Storage
URBANA, Ill., July 18, 2014 — Nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light at distances smaller than its own wavelength. This could mean big things for the future of optical data storage. To make the new pillar bowtie nanoantenna (pBNA)...

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Sensor Amplifies Molecule Signatures
HOUSTON, July 17, 2014 — A new spectroscopy technique can accurately identify the structure and composition of individual molecules. Researchers from the Rice University Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) developed the device, which they said has the ability to...
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Lasers Manipulate Copper-Based Superconductors
TRIESTE, Italy, July 16, 2014 — Ultrafast laser pulses can affect the properties of copper-based superconductors, a research team representing several Italian institutions has found. Cuprate superconductors function at relatively high temperatures around -200 °C. At...

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Nanopixels Drive Flexible, Extremely Hi-Res Displays
OXFORD, England, July 14, 2014 — Delving into the electrical and optical properties of phase-change materials has unveiled a new way to develop flexible, thin-film displays with extremely high resolution and low energy consumption. A team at the University of Oxford found...
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Perkins Precision Developments Appoints Sales Director
LONGMONT, Colo., July 14, 2014 — Emily Kubacki has been named director of sales and marketing at Perkins Precision Developments, a manufacturer of laser optics and optical substrates. Kubacki will be responsible for technical sales and account management for all...

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Telescope Images Distant, Dim Dwarf Galaxies
NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 11, 2014 — A ground-based telescope recently helped discover seven distant dwarf galaxies that could contain clues to the evolution of galaxies and even dark matter. The dwarf galaxies appear in the same region of the sky as galaxy M101, also known as...
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New Optical Component Enhances Augmented Reality Devices
LONDON, July 10, 2014 — A novel optical component could transform wearable augmented-reality and display devices. TruLife Optics Ltd. developed the component in conjunction with the National Physical Laboratory in London. The 2-mm-thick optic incorporates two...

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‘Metamirror’ Doubles Incident Light Frequency
AUSTIN, Texas, July 8, 2014 — A nanostructure produces nonlinear effects a million times greater than traditional, macroscale nonlinear crystals, according to a team of researchers from Texas and Germany. This “metamirror” could enable miniaturized laser...
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Microlens Developers Awarded Kingslake Medal
BELLINGHAM, Wash., July 8, 2014 — Wei Zhang of the National University of Singapore and Hans Zappe and Andreas Seifert of the University of Freiburg in Germany have been awarded the Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize for their work on tunable liquid-filled microlenses. Their...

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Process Combines Arc, Laser Welding
HANNOVER, Germany, July 8, 2014 — A new hybrid laser welding technique could reduce processing time and costs associated with manufacturing tanks and pipelines for liquid gas. The hybrid welding process forms a very narrow welding seam, seen here in an aluminum welding...
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Yokogawa to Distribute GasSecure IR Detectors
OSLO, Norway, July 3, 2014 — GasSecure AS has chosen Yokogawa Electric Corp. of Tokyo to distribute its wireless industrial IR gas detectors. GasSecure’s detectors perform IR measurements of explosive hydrocarbon gas concentrations and transmits them wirelessly...

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Metamaterial a One-Way Street for Visible Light
GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 2, 2014 — A structure based on hyperbolic metamaterials allows visible light to pass in only one direction, creating new possibilities for optical circuits and biosensing. Developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the device...
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2014 Faraday Medal Awarded to THz Researchers
LEEDS, West Yorkshire, England, July 1, 2014 — Professors Giles Davies and Edmund Linfield, of the Leeds University School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, have won the 2014 Faraday Medal in recognition of nearly two decades of work on terahertz science and technology. ...

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Merck Moves into Liquid Crystal Windows with Acquisition of Peer+
DARMSTADT, Germany, June 30, 2014 — Merck KGaA has acquired liquid crystal windows specialist Peer+ of The Netherlands for an unspecified price. Liquid crystal windows can switch rapidly from light to dark, offering light and temperature management that can improve the energy...
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Harsh Environments No Match for New Fiber Sensor
PITTSBURGH, June 27, 2014 — A team from the University of Pittsburgh has developed a high-temperature fiber sensor for gas flow measurements. The researchers said they were able to operate the sensor at up to 850 °C, about 200 °C hotter than has been...

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Magnetic Fields Control Liquid Crystals’ Optical Properties
RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 27, 2014 — A new technique that forms and controls magnetically responsive liquid crystals could be applied to many types of displays. Conventional liquid crystals, often used in electronic displays, are composed of tiny rod-like molecules....
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Resolve Supplies Lenses for NASA Testing
CHESHAM, England, June 27, 2014 — Resolve Optics has supplied non-browning zoom lenses to NASA for the study of future low-maintenance space-based optics. Space presents a challenging environment where camera lens servicing or replacement is highly undesirable, the company...

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Tofu Chemical Could Prompt New Wave of Solar Cells
LIVERPOOL, England, June 27, 2014 — Solar cells could learn a thing or two from tofu and bath salts. Researchers from the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy at the University of Liverpool have found that magnesium chloride (MgCl2) — found in tofu, bath salts and...
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Femtosecond Lasers Used to Administer Drugs
OKINAWA, Japan, and DUNEDIN, New Zealand, June 26, 2014 — A system using femtosecond lasers in conjunction with nanotechnology enables targeted and controlled drug delivery, presenting treatment possibilities for Parkinson’s disease and other ailments. Existing drug delivery procedures...

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Nano-engineered Quantum Dots Push Solar Cell Efficiency
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 26, 2014 — A new approach to building quantum dots has shown considerable gains in generating photocurrent. This could potentially create a new generation of solar cells. In a new study, a team from the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics (CASP) at...
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Photocatalytic Approach Produces New Drug Candidates
PRINCETON, N.J., June 25, 2014 — Light and nickel share a unique bond as chemical catalysts for potential new drugs. Princeton University chemists studying photoredox catalysis and nickel catalysis have discovered that bringing the two processes together enables reactions...






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