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Solar Sail Spacecraft Begins Test Voyage in Orbit
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 22, 2015 — A small box launched into space Wednesday will soon blossom into a 32-m2 spacecraft designed to sail on sunlight. The flight is a test of The Planetary Society’s LightSail, which it said could change how satellites and even larger spacecraft move around the solar system. LightSail isn't high enough to escape Earth's atmospheric drag and thus will not demonstrate controlled solar sailing. Instead, it is expected to go through a testing period of about four weeks, after which it...

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New American Institute of Physics CEO Has Optics Background
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 — Optics and plasmonics researcher Robert G.W. Brown will become the new CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) on June 1. He succeeds H. Frederick Dylla, who announced his intent to retire last June after eight years as CEO of the...
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Laser Guide Star System Installed at Very Large Telescope in Chile
MUNICH, May 22, 2015 — The first of four laser guide star systems developed by Toptica Photonics AG of Germany and MPB Communications Inc. of Canada has been installed and brought online at the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile. Previous...

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Samtec Joins French Silicon Photonics Development Project
NEW ALBANY, Ind., May 21, 2015 — Telecommunications firm Samtec Inc. has joined the silicon photonics program at IRT Nanoelec, a research institute in Grenoble, France. The program's goal is to develop and industrialize optical communications solutions by using silicon...
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Optikos CEO Receives University of Rochester Award
ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 21, 2015 — The University of Rochester presented Optikos Corp. President and CEO Stephen D. Fantone with its Distinguished Scholar Award at its doctoral ceremony earlier this month. Stephen and Betsy Fantone at the University of Rochester doctoral...

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Glowforge Raises $9M to Bring 3-D Cutter-Engraver to Consumers
SEATTLE, May 21, 2015 — Glowforge Inc. has raised $9 million in venture capital to bring a versatile laser cutting and engraving system to the consumer market this year. The funding round was led by Foundry Group of Boulder, Colo., and True Ventures of San Francisco,...
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Liquid Crystal Compound Lens Eyed for 3-D Imaging
PHILADELPHIA, May 21, 2015 — Liquid crystal can be controllably formed into compound lenses similar to those found in insects, a team from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has demonstrated. These lenses produce sets of images with different focal lengths, a property...

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Ocean Optics Appoints Vice Presidents of Technology, Finance
DUNEDIN, Fla., May 20, 2015 — Ocean Optics Inc. has two new vice presidents. Steven Frey will drive development of technologies for next-generation applications of miniature spectroscopy as vice president of technology. He will lead the company's team of design and...
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Meyers Named Sales Director for Raman Products at Ondax
MONROVIA, Calif., May 20, 2015 — Chris Meyers has been named director of sales for Raman products at Ondax Inc. He will be responsible for all Raman product field sales activity for the North American region. Meyers has 26 years of experience selling instrumentation in the...

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Photonics Media to Host Conference Track at Sensors Expo
LONG BEACH, Calif., May 20, 2015 — Photonics Media will chair a conference track on optical sensing and detection during the Sensors Expo & Conference next month. The session begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, in Room 101 A at the Long Beach Convention Center. Topics...
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Siskiyou Patents Adjustment Mechanism for Optical Mounts
GRANTS PASS, Ore., May 20, 2015 — Siskiyou Corp. has been awarded a U.S. Patent (No. 8,925,409) for an actuating mechanism that it says improves the performance of top-adjusted optical mounts and linear translation stages. The mechanism isolates the rotation motion of the...

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Nanotronics Imaging Acquires Franklin MCI
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, May 20, 2015 — Nanotronics Imaging LLC has acquired Franklin Mechanical & Control Inc. (Franklin MCI) of Hollister, Calif., a manufacturer of advanced mechanical and optical equipment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition will allow...
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Hammond Named Global Customer Service Manager at Spectronics
WESTBURY, N.Y., May 19, 2015 — Debra Hammond has been named global customer service manager at Spectronics Corp. Hammond joined Spectronics more than 20 years ago as an international customer service specialist, rising to department manager in 1998. In her new role,...

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Smith Named Strategic Account Manager for CVI Laser Optics, Advanced Thin Films
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 19, 2015 — Nick Smith has been named strategic account manager for the Laser Optics Group at Idex Corp. Smith will be responsible for sales of two Idex brands – Advanced Thin Films, manufactured in Boulder, Colo., and CVI Laser Optics,...
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IR Laser Propels 1-Pound Mirror in Spaceflight Simulation (with video)
TUSTIN, Calif., May 19, 2015 — A private laboratory says it has validated a design for an IR laser propulsion system that could be used to keep satellites in position in low-earth orbit. Y.K. Bae Corp. said it successfully accelerated a 1-lb (450-g) mirror along a 2-m...

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Lasers Probe Causes of Volcanic Eruptions
LIVERPOOL, UK, May 18, 2015 — A better understanding of volcanoes' inner workings based on fluorescence imaging could help save lives. A team from the University of Liverpool in the UK, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Newcastle in...
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Excimer Lasers Print Silicon on Paper
DELFT, Netherlands, May 18, 2015 — For years, scientists have sought an alternative to silicon that possesses the same electrical properties while offering "superior printability." A replacement may not be necessary, though, as laser-printed silicon could be the answer. ...

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Pseudoparticles Find Crucial Role in Energy Conversion
KARLSRUHE, Germany, May 15, 2015 — Pseudoparticles could help make more efficient the conversion of light into storable energy, ushering in the potential for a decisive sustainable energy supply. Using the photoactive zinc oxide material, the formation and migration of...
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UbiQD Secures Licenses from MIT, Los Alamos
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., May 13, 2015 — Quantum dots (QDs) manufacturer UbiQD LLC has secured two intellectual property licenses: one exclusive license from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and one nonexclusive license from Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS). LANS is a...

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Insion Names Business Development Lead
HEILBRONN, Germany, May 12, 2015 — Insion GmbH, developer of microspectrometers and monolithic spectral sensors for UV/VIS and NIR, has appointed Reinhold Wagensohn as its head of business development. Wagensohn comes to Insion from RGB Lasersysteme GmbH, where he served as...
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Dilas Reaches Milestone with 20,000th Laser Module
MAINZ, Germany, May 7, 2015 — Dilas Diodenlaser GmbH marks a milestone this month with the delivery of its 20,000th tailored bar-based (T-Bar) fiber laser pump module. The high-power, high-brightness module was designed and developed as a pump source for kilowatt-class...

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Smartphone Microscope Counts Parasites in Blood
BERKELEY, Calif., May 7, 2015 — A research team led by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, has developed a new mobile phone microscope capable of analyzing blood. Its primary purpose is to automatically detect and quantify bodily infection caused by parasitic...
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European Groups Launch Photonics4All Program
BADEN-WÜRTEMBERG, Germany, May 6, 2015 — A two-year program funded by the European Commission aims to raise awareness of the importance of photonics and make the field accessible to the general public, business and industry. Photonics4All will involve ten partner organizations from...

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Laser Design Brings Attosecond Spectroscopy Closer
MUNICH, May 7, 2015 — A new laser design could enable high-energy attosecond mid-wave IR and vacuum UV spectroscopy systems and faster optoelectronics. The device is a diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:YAG thin-disk laser combined with extracavity pulse...
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Mitutoyo Opens Massachusetts Facility
AURORA, Ill., May 7, 2015 — Mitutoyo America Corp. has opened a new M3 Solution Center in Marlborough, Mass. The new 7600-square-foot facility is designed for metrology product demonstrations and customer assistance, as well as product and educational training seminars....






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