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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 production points of view. Four midsize companies have joined the institution’s research project, which will continue through 2016. "Our target is to reach new levels in welding technology with [the] PEMA welding station," said Kari...

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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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Implantable Optogenetics Device Powered Wirelessly
STANFORD, Calif., Aug. 17, 2015 — Combining optogenetics and wireless energy transfer technology, a new device is said to be the first fully implantable platform for optical neural stimulation. The device dramatically expands the scope of optogenetics research to include...

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Method Lends 'True Color' to Superresolution Microscopy
BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 17, 2015 — Building on earlier superresolution methods, a new microscopy technique provides nanoscale spatial information on individual molecules while also revealing their spectra. SR-STORM, or spectrally resolved stochastic optical reconstruction...
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Solid Tunable Lens Aims for Gentler Colonoscopies
SINGAPORE, Aug. 14, 2015 — An endoscopic probe with adjustable-focus capabilities in a slim package could facilitate more effective and less painful colonoscopies. Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) developed the instrument using prototypical...

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Chip Simplifies Quantum Optics Experiments
BRISTOL, England, Aug. 14, 2015 — A silicon chip that can process photons in an infinite number of ways could speed up development of quantum computing. Researchers say the lab-on-chip device is a step toward creating quantum computers that could help design new drugs, execute...
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ECM, Novilab to Commercialize Zecotek 3D Display in Russian Region
SINGAPORE, Aug. 14, 2015 — Zecotek Display Systems Pte. Ltd. has licensed its 3D autostereoscopic display technology for manufacturing in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Engineering Centre of the Russian National Research Nuclear Center (ECM) and...

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Kevin Rolland-Thompson Named Arizona Alumnus of the Year
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 14, 2015 — In celebration of his contributions to the field of optical systems development, Kevin P. Rolland-Thompson has been named Alumnus of the Year by the University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences. Rolland-Thompson is group director of...
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David Williams Wins $500K to Advance Adaptive Optics, Human Vision Research
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 14, 2015 — A pioneer in the use of adaptive optics to improve human sight, University of Rochester professor David Williams has received the 2015 Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research. The award is given annually by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman...

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Gas-Sensing MEMS Interferometer Connects to Smartphones
ESPOO, Finland, Aug. 14, 2015 — Air and sleep quality can be gauged by an optical gas sensor that attaches to smartphones. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland developed the device, which is based on Fabry-Perot interferometers and microelectromechanical systems...
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Exfo Wins Multimillion-Dollar Fiber-Monitoring Contract
QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 13, 2015 — Fiber communications firm Exfo Inc. said it has received a multimillion-dollar order from an Asia-Pacific government entity for its NQMSfiber monitoring system. The system will be used to oversee a high-speed IP/MPLS network spanning more than...






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