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In Memoriam: Charles Hard Townes
BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 28, 2015 — Dr. Charles Hard Townes, whose work on stimulated emission led to the creation of lasers and enabled the photonics industry, died early Tuesday at age 99. Townes won the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the maser (short for microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) 10 years earlier. He shared the prize with Aleksandr M. Prokhorov and Nicolai G. Basov, who independently came up with their own maser. That pivotal discovery led Townes and his...

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Entangled Photons Emitted from Silicon Microring
PAVIA, Italy, Jan. 26, 2015 — Microring resonators could become a chip-scale source of entangled photons crucial to quantum computing and encryption. Such resonators are known to be efficient sources of photon pairs, but a 20-µm silicon resonator developed at the...
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Expanded Tissues Show Confocal Microscopes More Detail
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 26, 2015 — Nobel Prize-winning superresolution microscopy techniques circumvent the diffraction limit of light to image the smallest details of cells. But there is another way. Researchers at MIT have developed a method for making biological tissue...

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Photonics Media Seeks Presenters for Biophotonic Imaging Digital Conference
PITTSFIELD, Mass., Jan. 26, 2015 — Researchers in the field of bioimaging around the world are invited to give presentations at a digital conference to be hosted by Photonics Media this summer. “Biophotonic Imaging for Medicine” will focus on a range of...
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DOE Announces Solid-State Lighting Development Grants
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 — Four companies have received U.S. Department of Energy grants for development of solid-state lighting technology. The grants were awarded under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)...

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Driggers Chosen as Next Editor of Applied Optics
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 — Ronald Driggers is the new editor-in-chief of Applied Optics. Driggers is the CEO and cofounder St. Johns Optical Systems of Lake Mary, Fla., which specializes in infrared imaging. Before starting the company in 2013, he was...
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Fluorometer Measures Glucose Levels Noninvasively
DUBENDORF, Switzerland, Jan. 23, 2015 — A new light-based diagnostic tool allows physicians to monitor blood sugar levels in patients who can’t give blood samples. The Glucolight system is intended to help prevent hypoglycemia in babies born prematurely. It was developed by...

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Laser Components Expands Arizona Facilities for Production of Lead Salt IR Detectors
TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 23, 2015 — The Laser Components Group has expanded its R&D and production capabilities to offer a new line of lead salt IR detectors. The PbS and PbSe detectors are sensitive in the 3- to 5-µm range and may be used in gas measurement and...
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Viso Systems Named European Distributor for Acal BFi
WOKINGHAM, England, Jan. 23, 2015 — Viso Systems of Copenhagen, Denmark, will distribute Acal BFi products in France, Italy, Spain and the U.K. The companies have had a distribution agreement for the last two years covering Germany. Viso develops lighting control...

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Bach Research Plans Expansion in New Facility
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 22, 2015 — Bach Research Corp. plans to broaden its custom optics offerings for government, as well as OEM customers with a move to a larger facility this spring. The newly renovated 16,000-square-foot facility will house expanded testing, ruling and...
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Combing Lasers Leads to More Flexible Pulse Control
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Jan. 22, 2015 — Every laser has its limitations in terms of repetition rate and pulse characteristics, but bringing five lasers together in one system could make those limitations vanish. A device developed at the University of Southampton does just that...

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Corning Expands Hyperspectral Imaging Portfolio with NovaSol Acquisition
CORNING, N.Y., Jan. 22, 2015 — Corning Inc. has acquired assets of advanced hyperspectral imaging systems developer NovaSol. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Headquartered in Honolulu, NovaSol specializes in the research and development of active and passive...
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EOS, MTU Partner on Laser Additive Manufacturing Quality Control
MUNICH, Jan. 22, 2015 — EOS has partnered with MTU Aero Engines to develop quality assurance technology for metal engine components created using laser-based additive manufacturing. A manufacturer of aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines, MTU has already...

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Laser 2000 to Distribute Headwall Products in Europe
WESSLING, Germany, Jan. 22, 2015 — Laser 2000 GmbH will distribute Headwall Photonics hyperspectral sensors and accessories in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Headwall, headquartered in Fitchburg, Mass., offers remote sensing and advanced machine vision systems...
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Machine Vision Firm iiM Names Lighting Product Manager
SUHL, Germany, Jan. 22, 2015 — Alexander Schmidt is iiM AG’s new product manager for machine vision lighting. Schmidt is charged with developing new standards for the company’s Lumimax product product portfolio. A developer of a range of machine...

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MEMS-Based QCL Spectrometer Aims at Hazardous Materials Detection
DRESDEN, Germany, Jan. 22, 2015 — A new MEMS-based spectrometer that operates in the mid-infrared could form the basis of a handheld system for detecting hazardous materials. Developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS), the device incorporates a...
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Shanghai Investors Increase Stake in LightPath Technologies
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22, 2014 — LightPath Technologies Inc. plans to use a $1.3 million investment to support new product development, sales and marketing of its IR products and the acquisition of new equipment. The optical components manufacturer sold 930,790 shares of...

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Fiber Sensors Go Inside Hot Machining Processes
MADRID, Jan. 21, 2015 — Fiber optic pyrometers that can get into places that other heat sensors cannot could help metal parts manufacturers cut down defects and breakdowns. Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid have developed 62.5-µm silica fiber...
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International Year of Light Kicks off in Paris
PARIS, Jan. 21, 2014 — The City of Light was home this week to the opening ceremonies for the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies. High-level speakers, including several Nobel laureates, took the stage at UNESCO headquarters Monday and Tuesday to...

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Nanoparticle Works with 6 Types of Bioimaging
BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 21, 2015 — A new type of nanoparticle traceable through six distinct imaging methods could help medical professionals better diagnose diseases and enhance identification of the boundaries of tumors. The combination of imaging techniques could allow...
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AOptix Names New CEO
CAMPBELL, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015 — Free-space optical communications firm AOptix Technologies Inc. has named Michael Klayko CEO. Klayko was CEO of Brocade Communications Systems Inc. from 2005 to 2013, and during that time grew the company’s revenues fourfold to $2.3...

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Elbit to Supply Laser Missile-Defense Systems to Asian Military
HAIFA, Israel, Jan. 20, 2015 — Elbit Systems Ltd. said it will provide an Asian country’s military with laser missile-defense systems for Blackhawk helicopters. The company’s MUSIC directed IR countermeasures systems are already used on Israeli commercial...
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Emcore Promotes Blauvelt to Chief Technology Officer
ALHAMBRA, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015 — Dr. Hank Blauvelt has been named chief technology officer for fiber components firm Emcore Corp. Blauvelt joined Emcore in 2007 as chief scientist with principal responsibility for the development of technologies for linear fiber optic...

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Metals Absorb Light, Repel Water after Laser Conditioning
ROCHESTER, N.Y., JAN. 20, 2015 — A new laser micropatterning technique turns normally shiny metals black and makes them so hydrophobic that water droplets bounce off. University of Rochester researchers carved microgrooves into sheets of platinum, titanium and brass using...
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Princeton Optronics Provides VCSELs for Google Project
MERCERVILLE, N.J., Jan. 20, 2015 — Princeton Optronics Inc. said it is working with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group on compact 3-D imaging systems for mobile devices. The initiative, called Project Tango, will use vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers...






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