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Germany Opens Digital Photonic Production Research Campus
AACHEN, Germany, Feb. 27, 2015 — Government, scientific and industry leaders recently opened the Digital Photonic Production research campus to develop light as a production tool. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding nine such research campuses across Germany and intends to provide €2 million per year for up to 15 years for the DPP research campus. Professor Dr. Reinhart Poprawe, right, of RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology,...

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JDSU Reveals Spinoff Names: Lumentum and Viavi
MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 27, 2015 — Lumentum and Viavi are the names of the two companies JDSU plans to split into this fall. Meanwhile, Chief Financial Officer Rex Jackson will leave the company Sept. 30 following the expected completion of the spinoff. JDSU’s...
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Printable Filters Manage THz Communications
SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 27, 2015 — Plasmonic filters created with an off-the-shelf inkjet printer could enable blazing-fast wireless downloads and clearer cellphone calls using the terahertz spectrum. University of Utah researchers developed the filters, which are created...

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Two Reach Top Tier of Zeiss Technical Ladder
JENA, Germany, Feb. 27, 2015 — Optics giant Zeiss has elevated two employees to the highest level on its technical ladder. Dr. Michael Kempe and Dr. Michael Totzeck of Zeiss’ corporate research and technology division, are now two of three fellows within the company. ...
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Ferro Acquires Laser Marking Firm TherMark for $5.5M
MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio, Feb. 26, 2015 — Ferro Corp. has acquired the privately held laser marking technology company TherMark Holdings Inc. of Irvine, Calif., for $5.5 million in cash. TherMark’s technology uses lasers to permanently fuse marking materials to metals,...

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Profitable Faro Pushes Further into Law Enforcement
LAKE MARY, Fla., Feb. 26, 2015 — Faro Technologies Inc. said its newest laser 3-D scanning products performed well as it closed the books on 2014 and announced a new acquisition. Yearly sales increased 17.2 percent to $341.8 million. Net income was $33.6 million, up 56.4...
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New Fibercore VP Targets Oil & Gas Market
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Feb. 25, 2015 — Brian Herbst has been named global senior vice president of sales for Fibercore, where he will lead a push into new markets. Herbst was formerly director of specialty cables at AFL. He graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s...

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Semrock Names Life Sciences Catalog Leader
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 25, 2015 — Semrock has named Dr. Prashant Prabhat the new business line leader for its newly formed life sciences catalog business segment. Prabhat and his team will focus on growing the catalog filter business, which supports researchers in...
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Cubic Nanoantennas Eyed for NEMS Biosensors
CLAYTON, Victoria, Australia, Feb. 24, 2015 — Lab-on-a-chip applications could benefit from cubic nanoantennas that direct light more effectively than spherical ones. The cubes, which are composed of insulating rather than conducting or semiconducting materials, are easier to fabricate...

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IR Drone Camera Provides Bird's-Eye View of Rochester at Night (with video)
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 24, 2015 — Flying 15,000 feet over downtown Rochester at night, a midwave-infrared (MWIR) sensor from Exelis captured in detail the movements of cars and pedestrians. The company’s CorvusEye 1500 system captures high-resolution visible...
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Model Predicts Metamaterials’ Nonlinear Optical Properties
BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 23, 2015 — A new approach that can predict the nonlinear light scattering properties of nanostructures could help turn optical metamaterials to more practical uses. The unique electromagnetic properties of metamaterials stem from their physical...

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Multilayer QD Solar Cells Promising for Natcore
RED BANK, N.J., Feb. 23, 2015 — A new breed of quantum dots (QDs) could enable multilayer solar cells that capture more of the sun’s energy. Natcore Technology Inc. said scientists in the laboratories of co-founder Dr. Andrew Barron, who is also a professor at Rice...
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Expansion into New Markets Yields Strong Year for IPG Photonics
OXFORD, Mass., Feb. 20, 2015 — IPG Photonics Corp. says 2014 went just as it planned, with new sales efforts yielding a 19 percent rise in revenues and a 29 percent increase in earnings. The industrial lasers firm, which took home a Prism Award last week, reported net...

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‘Flat Lens’ Masters Chromatic Aberration
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 19, 2015 — Overcoming a limitation of earlier flat optics, a new achromatic metasurface is able to bend different wavelengths of light by the same amount. The ultrathin “flat lens” is composed of a glass substrate and nanoscale silicon...
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Bach Research Supplying Optics for Multiple Atmospheric Study Missions
BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 19, 2015 — Bach Research Corp. has completed two contracts and begun one more for optical components to be used in satellites studying the Earth’s atmosphere. Under a new contract with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Bach will...

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CyberOptics Looks to Break Even in 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 19, 2015 — Optical metrology firm CyberOptics Corp. said it expects sales growth of at least 10 percent and a break-even operating result in the year ahead after introducing new products and cutting losses in 2014. Full-year revenues totaled $46.5...
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Spectronics Names VP, Operations, Product Managers
WESTBURY, N.Y., Feb. 19, 2015 — Spectronics Corp., a manufacturer of UV equipment and fluorescent materials, recently promoted three employees. Limin Chen has been named vice president of manufacturing and special projects.  He began his career at Spectronics...

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Edmund, Luxexcel Partner on 3-D Printed Optics
BARRINGTON, N.J., Feb. 18, 2015 — Edmund Optics has partnered with Luxexcel Group BV of the Netherlands to develop 3-D-printed plastic optical components. Luxexcel’s patented Printoptical technology uses additive manufacturing techniques to create smooth, transparent...
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Laser Frequency Comb Boosts Solar Telescope Accuracy (with video)
MUNICH, Feb. 18, 2015 — Laser frequency combs can help telescopes achieve unprecedented accuracy in spectral measurements, and may someday aid detection of Earth-sized exoplanets. A team from three German institutions attached a laser frequency comb to the...

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Neptec 3-D Lidar Sensor System Aims to Improve Mine Operations
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, Feb. 18, 2015 — Neptec Technologies Corp. has completed proof-of-concept testing on a new 3-D lidar sensor system designed to help truck drivers and shovel operators for mining operations. The 3DRi Spot Assist system uses multiple lidar sensors mounted on...
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ZnO Nanowires Create Ultrasensitive UV Smoke Detector
SURREY, England, Feb. 17, 2015 — A new low-temperature nanowire growth process can create ultrasensitive UV smoke detectors directly on a microchip. A ZnO nanowire detector created through a seedless hydrothermal technique is 10,000 times more sensitive to UV radiation...

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Fluorescent Label Aids Whole-Brain Imaging In Vivo
ASHBURN, Va., Feb. 12, 2015 — A new permanent fluorescent label allows researchers to study complex neural activity in wide swaths of brain tissue in moving animals. Developed at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the label frees scientists from the need to use a...
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Prism Award Winners Recognized at Photonics West
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2015 — From 3-D-printed optics to novel laser systems to mobile medical diagnostics and chemical sensors, nine cutting-edge products were recognized Wednesday during the Photonics West trade show with Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. ...

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Earnings Jump at Hamilton Thorne
BEVERLY, Mass., Feb. 11, 2015 — Biophotonics firm Hamilton Thorne Ltd. said it experienced a five-fold increase in profits from 2013 to 2014. Preliminary figures put net income at more than $800,000, compared to $125,000 the prior year. Revenues increased 16...
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M Squared Secures $5M in New Funding
GLASGOW, Scotland, Feb. 11, 2015 — Eyeing oversees sales growth and the emerging quantum technology market, M Squared Lasers has secured £3.25 million (about $5.02 million) in new funding. The international bank Barclays has provided a funding package worth more than...






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