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'Air Waveguides' Function Like Optical Fibers
COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 22, 2014 — A team from the University of Maryland has discovered how to make air behave like optical fiber, guiding light beams over short distances without losing power. Using “air waveguides” the researchers have been able to enhance light signals. They said the signal was found to be 1.5 times stronger than a signal obtained without a waveguide. The air waveguides were created over about 1 m using 10 Hz Ti:sapphire laser pulses at 800 nm, with pulse widths of 50 to 100 fs,...

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Altera Joins the Embedded Vision Alliance
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 22, 2014 — Altera Corp. has joined the Embedded Vision Alliance, an industry group that brings together providers of computer vision applications. Altera provides programmable logic technologies and tools for embedded vision applications in the...
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Hexagon Acquires Vero Software
STOCKHOLM, July 22, 2014 — Hexagon AB, a provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, has acquired Vero Software. Vero, of Cheltenham, England, produces computer-aided manufacturing software that will be integrated into Hexagon’s new...

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Natural Optical Fibers Sort Colors in Retina
HAIFA, Israel, July 22, 2014 — The retina has long been known to convert light into electrical signals and initially process visual information, but that’s not all it does. Researchers from Technion Israel Institute of Technology have demonstrated the role that...
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Owis Opens New Manufacturing Facility
STAUFEN, Germany, July 22, 2014 — Owis GmbH has opened a new facility for production of optical beam handling and positioning systems. The 390-m3 hall has a fully automated production process line and an advanced 12-axis turn-mill center core. Owis products are...

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Quantum Materials Appoints Advisory Committee, Directors
SAN MARCOS, Texas, July 22, 2014 — Quantum dot maker Quantum Materials Corp. recently created a scientific advisory board and named two outside executives to its board of directors. The scientific advisory board will be chaired by Ghassan Jabbour, director of the renewable...
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Lasers Could Replace Quartz in Future Electronics
PASADENA, Calif., July 18, 2014 — A new laser optical technique could replace quartz crystals as the tuning reference for future electronic devices. Developed by a team at the California Institute of Technology, the new method can stabilize microwave signals in the...

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Nano Sensor Enhances Bomb Detection
BERKELEY, Calif., July 21, 2014 — A new plasmon laser sensor can identify extremely minute concentrations of explosives, as well as explosives that are typically difficult to detect. “Optical explosive sensors are very sensitive and compact,” said Dr. Xiang...
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Video: Nanoantennas as Photo Film Boost Optical Data Storage
URBANA, Ill., July 18, 2014 — Nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light at distances smaller than its own wavelength. This could mean big things for the future of optical data storage. To make the new pillar bowtie nanoantenna (pBNA)...

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Fluorescence Sensor Diagnoses Diabetes
STANFORD, Calif., July 17, 2014 — A microchip that detects fluorescent signatures of antibodies associated with Type 1 diabetes could aid in prevention and early intervention. Created by a team from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the portable gold plasmonic...
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Scallop Appoints New Chief Sales Officer
BOSTON, July 18, 2014 — Steve Gorski has been named as Scallop Imaging’s chief sales officer. As the previous general manager of Mobotix Corp. and the national sales manager for Axis Communications, Gorksi brings many years of experience in sales and...

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Solar Energy Researcher wins $10,000 Award
EDISON, N.J., July 18, 2014 — Theresa McCormick has been awarded the Spring 2014 Equipment Grant Competition, along with $10,000 from Horiba Scientific (formerly Photon Technology International). McCormick is a professor at Portland State University where her research...
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Digital Surf Acquires Image Metrology
BESANÇON, France, July 17, 2014 — Surface imaging and metrology software firm Digital Surf has acquired Image Metrology of Hørsholm, Denmark. Digital Surf makes software for optical, scanning probe and scanning electron microscopes, as well as 2-D and 3-D...

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Sensor Amplifies Molecule Signatures
HOUSTON, July 17, 2014 — A new spectroscopy technique can accurately identify the structure and composition of individual molecules. Researchers from the Rice University Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) developed the device, which they said has the ability to...
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Touch Screens Repel Fluids, Cut Glare and Still Look Good
BARCELONA, Spain, July 17, 2014 — Touch screens with nanostructured surfaces that ward off glare, reflection and fluids could easily be mass-produced, according to researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences. In one study, the researchers demonstrated a highly...

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Video: Drone System Aids Photographic Lighting
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 17, 2014 — A small, autonomous helicopter can direct lighting just where a photographer needs it. Researchers at MIT and Cornell University developed the drone system to respond to the movements of a photographer and her subject using lidar and input...
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Elbit, Nicarnica Collaborate on Ash-Cloud Avoidance System
HAIFA, Israel, July 16, 2014 — Elbit Systems and Nicarnica Aviation are partnering to help pilots detect and avoid hazardous ash clouds and other airborne particles that could endanger their aircraft. Norway-based Nicarnica produces the Airborne Volcanic Object Imaging...

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Fluorescence Detects Alzheimer’s Indicators in the Eye
COPENHAGEN, July 16, 2014 — Two fluorescence imaging approaches can find traces of plaque associated with Alzheimer’s disease in the eye, presenting possible opportunities for early intervention. Two companies — NeuroVision Imaging LLC of Sacramento,...
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Helmet Integrates Night Vision Camera, Visor Projection
ROCHESTER, England, July 16, 2014 — BAE Systems plc has introduced a new helmet-mounted display for fighter jet pilots that integrates a night-vision camera. The Striker II also includes a hybrid opto-inertial tracking system that determines where the pilot is looking and...

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Labsphere Inc. Opens Stratosphere Software
NORTH SUTTON, N.H., July 16, 2014 — Labsphere Inc. has created the spinoff Stratosphere Software to cater to test and measurement hardware companies. Dr. Peter Weitzman has been named general manager. Stratosphere will build off of Labsphere’s Integral software platform...
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Lasers Manipulate Copper-Based Superconductors
TRIESTE, Italy, July 16, 2014 — Ultrafast laser pulses can affect the properties of copper-based superconductors, a research team representing several Italian institutions has found. Cuprate superconductors function at relatively high temperatures around -200 °C. At...

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ProLabs Names Head of Technology
CIRENCESTER, England, July 16, 2014 — Giacomo Losio has been named head of technology at data communications firm ProLabs. Losio will lead efforts to develop the company’s technology road map and compatible optical fiber technologies. He will report to Stephen Burke, vice...
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Photonic Router Aids Quantum Computing
REHOVOT, Israel, July 15, 2014 — A router capable of guiding single photons could overcome challenges associated with building quantum computers. A team from the Weizmann Institute of Science developed the device, which is based on a single atom connected to a...

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Daylight Defense to Develop UV Laser for Army
SAN DIEGO, July 14, 2014 — Daylight Defense LLC, a Daylight Solutions subsidiary, has been selected by the U.S. Army to develop a high-power UV laser to help protect aircraft in combat. The decision was made under the U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research...
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Framos Names North American President
OTTAWA, July 14, 2014 — Imaging firm the Framos Group has named Sebastien Dignard president of its North American subsidiary, Framos Technologies Inc. Dignard has 15 years of experience through his work with Xerox Services Canada, Pleora Technologies and Lumenera...






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