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Earnings Erode in Third Quarter at Coherent
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 31, 2014 — Coherent Inc. reported a net income of $13 million in the third quarter of its current fiscal year, compared to 16.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, a 22 percent decrease. “Our third-quarter results were somewhat mixed,” said CEO John Ambroseo. “Outstanding bookings were balanced against lower-than-expected earnings, which were impacted by an unfavorable mix and lower volume.” Third-quarter sales amounted to $196.5 million, compared to...

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Faro Reports Profits, Acquires Software Firm
LAKE MARY, Fla., July 31, 2014 — Faro Technologies Inc. recently announced strong earnings and sales results, as well as a new acquisition. The 3-D measurement and imaging firm’s net income increased 74.3 percent to $6.3 million in the second quarter of 2014 from...
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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...

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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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Newport Profits Jump in Second Quarter
IRVINE, Calif., July 31, 2014 — Newport Corp. closed the second quarter of 2014 with earnings of $8.997 million, compared to $2.605 million in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 245 percent. On a sequential basis, sales rose 4.3 percent to $153 million and orders...
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Spectrometers to Track Vegetation Change from ISS
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 — NASA has selected two proposals for spectrometers to be used on the International Space Station for observing changes in global vegetation due to climate or land use change. A laser-based system from the University of Maryland, College...

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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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Global 3-D Scanning Market Could Reach $4.9 Billion by 2020
PORTLAND, Ore., July 30, 2014 — The global 3-D scanning market will reach $4.9 billion by 2020, growing at an annual rate of 12.4 percent, according to a new report from Allied Market Research. The report states, “3-D scanning makes it possible to record the details...

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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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Army Develops Multiwavelength Laser, Countermeasure
ADELPHI, Md., July 29, 2014 — A new optical system aims to protect soldiers using magnification optics against eye-damaging multiwavelength lasers. Developed by a team from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the device...

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EPIC Commissions Study of Automotive Photonics
BRUSSELS, July 29, 2014 — The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) has hired the market research and consultancy firm Tematys to report the use of photonic technologies in the automotive industry. The report will survey laser systems used in welding,...
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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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O’Donnelly Named CEO of Fujifilm Materials Business
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I., July 29, 2014 — Brian O’Donnelly is the new president and CEO of Fujifilm Electronic Materials USA Inc. He will be responsible for advanced photolithography products, polyimides, formulated products, thin-film precursors and chemical-mechanical...
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Photonics Researchers Win Blavatnik Awards
NEW YORK, July 29, 2014 — The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences has recognized two photonics researchers with the 2014 Blavatnik National Awards. The award honors young American scientists and engineers; each winner receives $250,000....

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SemiNex Wins NIH Grant for Laser Vaccine Research
PEABODY, Mass., July 29, 2014 — SemiNex Corp. has received a $146,905 Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop small laser devices to enhance immune responses to vaccines. Existing lasers used to enhance immune responses...
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Stemmer Imaging Reports 10% Growth, Names Subsidiary Director
PUCHHEIM, Germany, July 29, 2014 — Stemmer Imaging said it ended its last fiscal year June 30 with sales of € 63.4 million (about US$ 85 million), representing 10 percent growth over the previous year. Meanwhile, Peter Trollsas has been named managing director of...

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Eyeing Superresolution Microscopy, Bruker Acquires Vutara
BILLERICA, Mass., July 28, 2014 — Bruker Corp. has acquired Vutara Inc. of Salt Lake City for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will integrate Vutara’s high-speed, 3-D superresolution imaging systems with Bruker’s line of multiphoton and multipoint scanning...
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Medtronic Acquires Visualase for $105M
MINNEAPOLIS, July 28, 2014 — Medical device giant Medtronic Inc. has acquired Visualase Inc. of Houston for $105 million. Visualase, which had been privately held, is the creator of an FDA-approved MRI-guided laser and image-guided system for minimally invasive...

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Plaintree Profits Down in Fiscal 2014
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, July 25, 2014 — Plaintree Systems Inc. reported a net loss of $1.7 million in the fiscal year ended March 31, down from a fiscal 2013 profit of $373,286. The company attributed the net loss to the acquisition of Spotton Corp. and weather-related cost...
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Wearable Device Allows Early Detection of Diabetes Complication
HSINCHU, Taiwan, July 28, 2014 — Earlier detection of a complication of diabetes is now possible with a new optical technology. The new technology is a 78-gram device that attaches to eyeglasses. It features both IR LEDs and a CCD camera, and was designed to be worn for...

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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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Embedded Crystals Could Advance Nano-Optoelectronics
DRESDEN, Germany, July 25, 2014 — Embedding “nearly perfect” semiconductor crystals in silicon nanowires solves a problem in the production of nano-optoelectronic components, according to a team of European researchers. The crystals — made of indium...

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MIT Spinoff Produces Diode Laser for Cutting, Welding
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 25, 2014 — Bright and strong enough to cut and weld metal with greater efficiency than conventional lasers, a new diode laser will soon hit the market. MIT Lincoln Lab spinoff TeraDiode Inc. is working with the school to commercialize the...
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Newport to Acquire Fiber-Laser Firm V-Gen
IRVINE, Calif., July 25, 2014 — Newport Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire V-Gen Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of pulsed fiber lasers headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. The sale price was not disclosed, but Newport said V-Gen is expected to generate sales...






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