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Algorithm Speeds Lidar Assessment of Landslide Risk
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Computer algorithms could turn lidar surveying systems into powerful tools for assessing landslides and keeping people out of their path. Created by researchers at Oregon State University and George Mason University, the Contour Connection Method (CCM) is based on lidar data and requires minimal user input. The developers say it can analyze and classify landslide risk in an area of 50 or more square miles in about 30 minutes, a task that would otherwise take an expert several weeks to...

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Iridex to Supply Ophthalmology Lasers to Zambia
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 21, 2014 — Iridex Corp. has been awarded a competitive tender by the government of Zambia for more than $350,000 in ophthalmology laser equipment. The devices can be used to treat eye diseases such as diabetic macular edema (DME) and glaucoma, which...
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Metamaterial Polarizing Filter Brightens LCDs, Photos
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 21, 2014 — Polarizers are vital for LCDs and photography, but they waste energy by blocking enormous amounts of light. A new filter skirts this obstacle. A team from the University of Utah developed the polarizing filter, which allows more light in to...

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Third-Quarter Sales Improve at Inrad
NORTHVALE, N.J., Nov. 21, 2014 — Losses at Inrad Optics Inc. decreased in the third quarter as it finished consolidating its manufacturing and higher sales in the defense, process control and metrology markets. The third-quarter net loss was $91,000, compared to a loss of...
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Antonio Luque Receives $60,000 Boer Award
NEWARK, Del., Nov. 20, 2014 — Antonio Luque will receive the 2015 Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit, along with a $60,000 cash prize. Antonio Luque is the recipient of the 2015 Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit, an award named for Boer, a scientist from...

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Invisibility Cloak Uses Ordinary Lenses
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 — Invisibility cloaks could be a step closer to reality, thanks to a new device that uses readily available materials to cloak objects across a wide range of angles. Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a combination of...
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Northrop Grumman Receives $116M for Military Equipment Upgrades
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Nov. 20, 2014 — The U.S. military has awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $116 million contract to upgrade the AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING Advanced Targeting Systems. Under the contract, Northrop will provide upgrades and spares to the Air Force, Air Force Reserve,...

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Young Researchers Honored for Solar, Optics Technologies
BALTIMORE, Nov. 20, 2014 — Solar technologies and cellulose-based optics were among the research efforts honored by the Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) and Outstanding Young Engineer (OYE) awards from the Maryland Academy of Sciences and Maryland Science Center. ...
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Laser Delves Deep into Prehistoric Environments
BREMEN, Germany, Nov. 19, 2014 — A look back via laser into sedimentary organic matter that accumulated on the sea floor could shed light on past climates and environments for a better understanding of the future. A new technique, developed by a team at the University of...

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Nanomaterials Researcher Named VP at Quantum Materials
SAN MARCOS, Texas, Nov. 19, 2014 — Quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials Corp. has named Dr. Michael Krueger vice president of nanomaterials. Krueger holds a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Freiburg and a doctorate in applied physics from the...
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Nonlinear Microscopy Measures Effects of Laser Skin Surgery
FLORENCE, Italy, Nov. 19, 2014 — The effects of laser-based skin-tightening plastic surgery can be obvious to the naked eye, but harder to examine below the surface and at the microscale without a biopsy. A team from the University of Florence and other Italian...

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Image Correlation Helps Optimize Laser-Based 3-D Printing
LIVERMORE, Calif., Nov. 18, 2014 — Digital image correlation (DIC) could help prevent warping of metal parts made via laser-based additive manufacturing. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used the technique to find correlations between the power and speed...
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Nikon, JEOL to Collaborate on Light-Electron Microscope
MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 17, 2014 — Nikon Instruments Inc. and JEOL have joined forces to research and develop systems that combine light and electron microscopy. Existing light microscopes cannot provide the molecular-level information that an electron microscope can. And...

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Elbit to Supply Missile Defense Systems for German Military Aircraft
HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 17, 2014 — Elbit Systems will provide multispectral directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems for the German Air Force’s Airbus A400 aircraft under a one-year contract with Diehl BGT Defense. The J-MUSIC system fires a laser at an...
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Esco Optics Eyes New Manufacturing Plant After Fire
OAK RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 17, 2014 — After a devastating fire, Esco Optics is eyeing a new manufacturing plant it says will double its production capacity. No one was hurt in the Aug. 10 blaze, and the company has been operating temporarily out of a satellite facility in Oak...

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Jenoptik Acquires Traffic Monitoring Firm Vysionics
JENA, Germany, Nov. 17, 2014 — The Jenoptik Group has acquired a 92 percent stake in road-safety technology firm Vysionics Ltd. of Frimley, England. The remaining shares continue to be held by the organization’s management team. The purchase price was not...
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Optex Systems Acquires L-3’s Applied Optics Center for $1M
RICHARDSON, Texas, Nov. 17, 2014 — Seeking to branch out beyond military contracts, Optex Systems has acquired Applied Optics Center, formerly a division of L-3 Communications, for $1,013,053. Applied Optics Center designs and manufactures complex thin-film coatings and...

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Providence Photonics Receives $2.7M EPA Grant for Flare Monitor Commercialization
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 — Providence Photonics in Baton Rouge, La., has been awarded a $2.7 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to commercialize its flare efficiency monitoring system. The system...
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Stimulating Light Receptors Relaxes Blood Vessels
BALTIMORE, Nov. 17, 2014 — A blood vessel receptor that responds to light could aid more effective treatment of vascular diseases and other medical conditions. A team led by Johns Hopkins Medicine discovered the receptor, which causes blood vessels to relax in...

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ESI to Acquire Topwin Optoelectronics for Up to $18M
PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 14, 2014 — Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (ESI) has entered into an agreement to acquire the Chinese laser design and manufacturing firm Wuhan Topwin Optoelectronics Technology Co. Ltd. for up to $18 million. Topwin makes midrange lasers for use...
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Microdisplay Firm eMagin Cuts Losses in Third Quarter
BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 14, 2014 — Microdisplay maker eMagin Corp. reduced its net loss as it looks forward to a new batch of R&D contracts and the debut of a new virtual reality system. Net loss in the third quarter was $1.0 million, compared to a net loss of $4.6...

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New Class of Material Simulated in Laser Trap
ZURICH, Nov. 14, 2014 — Laser “honeycombs” have enabled the simulation of theoretical materials with curious properties. By aligning multiple laser beams in such a way that they create standing waves with a hexagonal pattern, a team from ETH...
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Revenues Down for Elbit Systems
HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 14, 2014 — Unfavorable exchange rates deflated earnings and revenues for defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd. Revenues in the third quarter of 2014 were $722.7 million, down 1.1 percent from $730.6 million in the third quarter of 2013. Net income was...

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Laser Components Names New Sales Engineer
OLCHING, Germany, Nov. 13, 2014 — Laser Components GmbH has chosen Rene Bartipan as its new sales engineer for laser energy and power measurement equipment. Bartipan has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of technical sales and distribution. He is familiar with...
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Laser Detects Methane Leaks
FREIBURG, Germany, Nov. 13, 2014 — A new laser system can detect biogas and natural gas that escape through leaks in gas lines or fermenters at biogas plants. A team led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM developed the system, which can...






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