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Fibercore Acquires Fibertronix
SOUTHAMPTON, Hampshire, England, Sept. 1, 2014 — Fibercore has acquired Fibertronix of Hudiksvall, Sweden, for an undisclosed sum. Fibertronix produces specialty fiber and hermetic carbon and high-temperature polyimide coatings for harsh environments, targeting the oil and gas and medical markets. Its technologies are developed at the research institute Acreo Swedish ICT. Fibertronix’s fiber Bragg gratings and autoclavable coatings will be integrated with Fibercore’s multicore, single-mode and...

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Laser Cooling Halts Trapped Molecule's Rotation
EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 2, 2014 — It’s relatively easy to trap molecules using lasers, yet they persist in rotating as if they were not trapped at all. But a new laser cooling technique has helped a team from Northwestern University stop a trapped, rotating molecule...
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Biomimetic Photodetector Distinguishes Color
HOUSTON, Aug. 26, 2014 — A new photodetector mimics living organisms’ ability to sense colors, enhancing color filtering and selectivity. The biomimetic color photodetector, developed at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), uses an...

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Sulfur Copolymers Boost IR Optics
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 15, 2014 — A new polymer made from sulfur demonstrates high transmission of IR light that could greatly enhance thermal imaging systems. While crystalline IR materials such as silicon, germanium, zinc selenide and halide salts are all frequently used...
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Highest Conversion Efficiency Reached
TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 7, 2014 — First Solar Inc. announced it has set a record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic research cell conversion efficiency. The record has been documented in the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory "Best...

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Hybrid ‘Wonder Material’ Creates Efficient LEDs
CAMBRIDGE, England, OXFORD, England, and MUNICH, Aug. 7, 2014 — A new type of perovskite — touted as a “wonder material” — has been used to create a new type of LED that has the potential to create more efficient light sources than those that rely on conventional solar cells. A...
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NASA Engineer to Complete First 3-D-Printed Space Camera
GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 7, 2014 — New imaging instruments made using laser-based 3-D printing could bring the benefits of such technology to the forefront. NASA aerospace engineer Jason Budinoff is developing a 350-mm dual-channel imaging telescope and a 50-mm camera whose...

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California Engineers Awarded $1.7 Million Grant
RIVERSIDE, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 — A research team of University of California, Riverside engineers was awarded a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to characterize, analyze and synthesize ultrathin film materials. The project will focus on practical...
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Logos Technologies to Provide High-Energy Laser
FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 4, 2014 — Logos Technologies has been selected to design, build and install a high-energy laser at Washington State University. The laser will be used at WSU’s Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National...

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New Material Allows for Ultra-Thin Solar Cells
WIEN, Austria, August 5, 2014 — A new structure that combines atomic-layered semiconductor materials could pave the way to more efficient solar cells. Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology created the new structure, which merges together two semiconductor...
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Light Pulses Control Graphene Behavior
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 4, 2014 — A new way to control how graphene conducts electricity could prompt its use as a broadband light detector. A research team at MIT found that changing the concentration of electrons in a graphene sheet can change the way the material...

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Low-Temperature Fabrication Process Yields Superblack Material
NEWHAVEN, England, July 31, 2014 — A novel superblack material can absorb 99.96 percent of incident light. Its developers say the carbon nanotube technology could enhance optical devices like apertures and MEMS sensors. “It reduces stray light, improving the ability of...
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Meta-Atoms Alter Light Polarization
CANBERRA, Australia, July 30, 2014 — A new metamaterial that is deformed by light while altering its polarization could become a tool for developing photonic circuits. A team from Australian National University’s Research School of Physics and Engineering (RSPE) made...

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Nanoscale Features Used to Color Plastics
KONGENS LYNGBY, Denmark, July 31, 2014 — Nanoscale structures could one day take the place of dyes in the production of colored plastics. A team from the Technical University of Denmark has found a more environmentally friendly way to produce such plastics, using the shapes of...
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Fiber Lasers for Materials Processing Drive Earnings at IPG
OXFORD, Mass., July 30, 2014 — IPG Photonics Corp reported earnings of $48.3 million in the second quarter of 2014, saying high-power fiber laser sales increased by 22 percent and other products performed well. The earnings represent a 15.8 percent increase over the...

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Laser Threading Creates Large-Scale Metamaterials
CAMBRIDGE, England, July 30, 2014 — A new laser-pulse technique has been used to create light-altering metamaterials in larger quantities than other techniques. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a new method of nanoassembly involving plasmon-induced...
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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...

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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 Nanolithography Could Improve Nanomaterials
SINGAPORE, July 23, 2014 — Laser nanolithography shows potential for improving nanomaterials for electronic and optoelectronic components. Research teams at the National University of Singapore, led by professor Dr. Sow Chorng Haur, used similar techniques to alter...

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Nanosensor 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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