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Meadowlark Optics Acquires Spatial Light Modulator Product Line
FREDERICK, Colo., March 27, 2015 — Meadowlark Optics Inc. has acquired the spatial light modulator (SLM) product line from Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc. of Woburn, Mass. The 1 × 128 and 1 × 640-pixel liquid crystal SLMs have been added to Meadowlark’s existing transmissive and reflective SLM product lines. Playing an expanding role in research applications, SLMs are electrically programmable devices that modulate light in a fixed spatial (pixel) pattern. They enable control of...

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RMI Launches Custom Optomechanical Assembly Service
LAFAYETTE, Colo., March 26, 2015 — Rocky Mountain Instrument Co. (RMI) has launched the Opto-Mech Program for design, manufacturing and testing of optomechanical assemblies. Complex prism assemblies used in day-night systems. Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Instrument Co. ...
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Canadian Military Helicopters to Carry Northrop Grumman IR Countermeasures Systems
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., March 26, 2015 — The Royal Canadian Air Force has chosen Northrop Grumman Corp. to provide IR missile protection on its fleet of CH-147F Chinook helicopters. The latest generation of the company’s directional IR countermeasures (DIRCM) system protects...

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Nanolaser Uses Atomically Thin Gain Medium
SEATTLE, March 26, 2015 — With potential for on-chip optical communications applications, a tungsten-based nanoscale laser operates reliably on a tiny amount of electricity. Developed by researchers at Washington and Stanford universities, the device incorporates a...
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Photronics Promotes Kirlin to CEO
BROOKFIELD, Conn., March 26, 2015 — A new CEO will take over photomask manufacturer Photronics Inc. on May 4. Dr. Peter Kirlin, currently the company’s president, will succeed CEO Constantine “Deno” Macricostas, who will continue as executive chairman of the...

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UK Machine Vision Group Selects New Leadership
LONDON, March 25, 2015 — The U.K. Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA) has chosen a new leadership team and welcomed new committee members. Ian Alderton, sales director of Alrad Imaging, was recently elected chairman, and Paul Wilson, director...
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LPKF Announces New Initiatives after Disappointing 2014
GARBSEN, Germany, March 24, 2015 — Closing the books on a disappointing 2014, LPKF Laser & Electronics AG has set its sights on new laser machining processes and new markets. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) fell 45 percent in 2014 to €13 million. Revenue...

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Natcore, Eurotron Partner on HIT Solar Cells
RED BANK, N.J., March 24, 2015 — Natcore Technology Inc. has teamed up with Eurotron BV to produce next-generation photovoltaic modules. The company recently announced that it had produced an all-back-contact silicon heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer (HIT) solar...
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OFS Joint Venture Opens Fiber Optic Cable Factory in Russia
VORONEZH, Russia, March 24, 2015 — OFS Fitel LLC and SviazStroy-1 have opened a new optical fiber cable factory in central Russia. “With the extra capacity of the new factory, we can better serve the growing demands of our customers developing transcontinental...

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Optogenetics Could Counteract Erectile Dysfunction
BASEL, Switzerland, March 24, 2015 — A gene construct that reacts to blue light could offer a drug-free remedy for men with erectile dysfunction. Researchers at ETH Zurich’s Department of Biosystems in Basel have tested the construct, which they call an erectile...
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Pairing of Silicon, Perovskite Promising for Solar Efficiency
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 24, 2015 — A pairing of silicon and perovskite has the potential to achieve significantly higher solar energy conversion efficiencies than standard, single-junction silicon cells. A prototype tandem solar cell developed by researchers at MIT and...

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Squid Skin Inspires IR Camouflage Tape (with video)
IRVINE, Calif., March 24, 2015 — A protein derived from squid skin could be adapted into a kind of IR camouflage for soldiers. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have developed an adhesive film that, when stretched, reflects near-infrared light. Future...
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Marines Award Elbit $73.4M Contract for Laser Rangefinders
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 23, 2015 — The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America LLC a $73.4 million contract for laser rangefinder technology. The Common Laser Range Finder-Integrated Capability (CLRF-IC) replaces the Marines’ current equipment with a...

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Honeycomb Steers Light around Sharp Curves
ORLANDO, Fla., March 20, 2015 — Microscale plastic honeycomb structures can make light beams turn on a dime, a development that could allow more optical relays to be packed onto photonic integrated chips. These spatially variant photonic crystals (SVPCs) were designed by...
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Teledyne Judson Expands Lead Salt IR Detector Fabrication Facility
MONTGOMERYVILLE, Pa., March 20, 2015 — Teledyne Judson Technologies LLC has completed a major expansion of its cleanroom facilities for producing IR detectors based on the lead salts PbS and PbSe. The company offers lead salt detectors in a variety of sizes and packaging,...

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Higher-Order Modes Speed Up Fiber Conveyor Belt (with video)
OKINAWA, Japan, March 19, 2015 — Evanescent waves bleeding out of optical fibers can be used to trap and move microparticles like a conveyor belt, a phenomenon that could be useful in drug delivery, cell research and even quantum computing. While the effect has been...
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OLED Microdisplay Contracts Buoyed eMagin Revenues in 2014
HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y., March 18, 2015 — Organic LED microdisplays firm eMagin Corp. decreased its losses in 2014 as it forged ahead with new products and contracts. The company reported a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, an improvement over the net loss of...

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Quantum Materials Breaks ‘Stokes Shift Barrier’ for QD Clarity
SAN MARCOS, Texas, March 18, 2015 — Quantum Materials Corp. said it has found the secret for mass producing clearer, brighter quantum dots (QDs) for displays and other applications. The company said a patented, continuous-flow process allows consistent, high-volume production...
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Compact Imaging, IPIC to Commercialize OCT Biosensor
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 17, 2015 — Compact Imaging Inc. has teamed up with the Irish Photonic Integration Center (IPIC) to bring compact optical biosensor technology to the market. The company said its benchtop prototype MRO (multiple reference optical coherence tomography)...

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ESI to Lay Off 45, Close Massachusetts Facility
PORTLAND, Ore., March 16, 2015 — Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (ESI) plans to close its facility in Chelmsford, Mass., and lay off about 45 workers. The developer of laser-based manufacturing systems for the microtechnology industry said the move is part of a...
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Melody Encoded onto Plasmonic Nanostructure
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., March 17, 2015 — With data storage capacity 5600 times greater than magnetic film, a chip made of tiny gold bow ties could be the next best place to store all your MP3s. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently created the...

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Modulation Scheme Dramatically Increases Capacity, Range of Next-Generation Fibers
SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 17, 2015 — A new phase-modulation (PM) scheme may have found the “sweet spot” for long-distance communications over next-generation optical fibers. Infinera Corp. of California and BICS SA/NV of Belgium recently completed an extended...
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Livermore Pushes Beyond Flashlamps to Boost Laser Repetition Rates
LIVERMORE, Calif., March 13, 2015 — The world’s highest-peak-power laser diode arrays are now online at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Representing a total peak power of 3.2-MW, the arrays are destined to become part of the High-Repetition-Rate Advanced...

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Photoelectric Dye May Restore Some Sight to the Blind
OKAYAMA, Japan, March 13, 2015 — Photoelectric dyes may be used to send images to the brains of the blind, potentially presenting a simpler alternative to artificial eyes based on image sensors. Blind patients with hereditary diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa have dead...
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Blackbird Robotersysteme Launches Chinese Subsidiary
GARCHING, Germany, March 12, 2015 — Laser welding firm Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH has established a sales and service center in Shanghai. Blackbird Robotics Asia will be headed by Derek Wang, who has been named vice president for sales and technical support in the region. ...






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