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Photonics Researchers Win Blavatnik Awards
NEW YORK, July 29, 2014 — The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences has recognized two photonics researchers with the 2014 Blavatnik National Awards. The award honors young American scientists and engineers; each winner receives $250,000. The three national laureates and 27 finalists will be honored at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in September. Dr. Adam Cohen, a professor of chemistry, chemical biology and physics at Harvard University, was recognized...

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Eyeing Superresolution Microscopy, Bruker Acquires Vutara
BILLERICA, Mass., July 28, 2014 — Bruker Corp. has acquired Vutara Inc. of Salt Lake City for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will integrate Vutara’s high-speed, 3-D superresolution imaging systems with Bruker’s line of multiphoton and multipoint scanning...
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Laser ‘Drawing’ Could Improve Nanomaterials
SINGAPORE, July 23, 2014 — Lasers can “draw” patterns on nanomaterials, a technique that shows potential for improving the functionality of electronic and optoelectronic components. Research teams at the National University of Singapore, led by professor...

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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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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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Hollow Core Protects Optical Fibers from UV Light
ERLANGEN, Germany, and BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany, July 3, 2014 — A new type of optical fiber can guide UV laser light without sustaining the damage often seen in conventional fibers. A microscopic image of a hollow core optical fiber. Courtesy of the Max Planck Institute. Developed by a team...
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Sub-RF Imaging Advanced by Lasers
GAITHERSBURG, Md., and ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 18, 2014 — Laser-enhanced radio-frequency mapping could lead to better assessment of metamaterials. Traditional field mapping requires the use of millimeter-scale antennas and dipoles, similar in size to the radio frequencies they measure. This poses...

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Crystals Set in Motion by UV Light
SINGAPORE, June 3, 2014 — Tiny crystals of a cobalt coordination compound leap, twirl and burst apart like popcorn when exposed to UV light. A team led by researchers at the National University of Singapore suggests the microscopic phenomenon could find macroscopic...
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Cancer Imaging Expert Joins University of Houston
HOUSTON, Texas, June 3, 2014 — The University of Houston will use a $2 million recruitment grant from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas to hire Dr. David Mayerich, who will conduct quantum cascade laser (QCL) and knife-edge scanning microscopy research to...

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Laser Scanning Lends Credence to Theory of Brain Circuitry
MONTREAL, May 30, 2014 — Nerve cells in the brain can rewire and fine-tune themselves by forming connections with neighboring cells. Xenopus tadpoles. Images courtesy of Science. Researchers from Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and...
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Laser Triggers Stem Cells to Fix Teeth
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 29, 2014 — A new low-light laser technique has shown the potential to regrow tooth cells. A team led by Harvard University has discovered that low-power light can prompt stem cells to regenerate tissue inside the body. This shows promise for...

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Nano-Optics Pioneers Recognized with Kavli Prize
OSLO, Norway, May 29, 2014 — Three researchers who helped break the nanoscale barrier in optics have been awarded the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience. Thomas W. Ebbesen of Louis Pasteur University in France, Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical...
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Nanowire Probes Provide Visual Enhancement for AFM
GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 28, 2014 — Nanowire probe tips originally intended for atomic force microscopes in near-field scanning microwave microscopy (NSMM) applications could have another use. A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Physical...

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Nano-optical Tweezers Make Single-Molecule Protein Study Easier
VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada, May 23, 2014 — Laser tweezers could eventually replace fluorescence imaging in applications such as studying heterogeneity in virus populations and nanoparticle manipulation. A nano-optical tweezer, developed at the University of Victoria, facilitates the...
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Nanotronics Imaging Expands Tech Team
BROOKLYN, N.Y., May 16, 2014 — Nanotronics Imaging has enhanced its technical team with the appointments of a new chief technology officer and a new science director. Nicolas Heron has been named CTO. He brings 18 years of industry experience, including in storage...

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Neuronal Imaging System Shows Bigger 3-D Picture
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., and VIENNA, May 19, 2014 — A new technique could lead to a better understanding of how neuronal networks process sensory information and even how behavior is created in the brain. A team from MIT, the University of Vienna and the Research Institute of Molecular...
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Hyperbolic Metamaterials Advance Practical Applications
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., May 14, 2014 — Optical imaging of objects as small as DNA strands could be possible using hyperbolic metamaterials. The ultrathin crystalline films act like metals when light passes through in one direction and like dielectrics when light passes in a...

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Microspectrometer Earns Plaudits at Beijing Trade Show
EDISON, N.J., May 14, 2014 — Horiba Scientific’s MicOS Microscope Optical Spectrometer was named “One of the Best New Instruments of the Year 2013” at the Annual Conference of China Scientific Instruments in Beijing on April 18. The MicOS was the only...
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Researchers Probe Graphene Alternatives with SHG
BERKELEY, Calif., May 7, 2014 — Scientists have a new way to study the optical and electrical properties of 2-D metals that could compete with graphene in semiconductor and other applications. A new SHG imaging technique allows rapid and all-optical determination of the...

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Ultrafast MEMS Mirror Boosts Genetic Research
DRESDEN, Germany, May 7, 2014 — Light of varying wavelengths can be diverted more quickly than ever, and with microscale accuracy, thanks to a new programmable MEMS-mirror-array chip. A team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) developed the...
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Fluorescent Tool Shows Nanoparticles Biodegrade in Real Time
PHILADELPHIA, April 29, 2014 — A recent study using Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) to chart the disintegration of nanoparticles in living tissue could aid the development of safe nano-drug-delivery methods. “Nanoparticles are made with very diverse...

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Microscopy Enables Detailed Insights into Mitochondria
MUNICH, April 28, 2014 — A new microscopy technique combining confocal and two-photon excitation microscopy with in situ pharmacological and genetic manipulation has given researchers insight into how the nervous system responds to disease and injury at the mitochondrial...
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Simple Lens-Making Method Turns Phones into Dermascopes
CANBERRA, Austalia, April 25, 2014 — High-resolution silicon polymer lenses can be baked in conventional ovens and attached to smartphones to make an inexpensive microscope. The discovery could help farmers check their crops for pests and enable ordinary people to examine...

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Noninvasive Imaging Method Promising for Skin Assessment
LEICESTER, England, April 23, 2014 — The complex biological process of skin aging can now be studied more extensively and efficiently, thanks to a new low-cost laser-based technique. A laser-speckle imaging technique using low-power red lasers can assess skin aging better than...
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Adaptive Optics Detect Early Diabetes Eye Damage
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., April 21, 2014 — Vision loss is a threat for millions of those suffering from diabetes. The earlier it can be detected, the sooner and potentially more effectively it can be treated. Researchers from Indiana University have developed a new technique and...






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