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Meadowlark Optics Acquires Spatial Light Modulator Product Line
FREDERICK, Colo., March 27, 2015 — Meadowlark Optics Inc. has acquired the spatial light modulator (SLM) product line from Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc. of Woburn, Mass. The 1 × 128 and 1 × 640-pixel liquid crystal SLMs have been added to Meadowlark’s existing transmissive and reflective SLM product lines. Playing an expanding role in research applications, SLMs are electrically programmable devices that modulate light in a fixed spatial (pixel) pattern. They enable control of...

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RMI Launches Custom Optomechanical Assembly Service
LAFAYETTE, Colo., March 26, 2015 — Rocky Mountain Instrument Co. (RMI) has launched the Opto-Mech Program for design, manufacturing and testing of optomechanical assemblies. Complex prism assemblies used in day-night systems. Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Instrument Co. ...
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Honeycomb Steers Light around Sharp Curves
ORLANDO, Fla., March 20, 2015 — Microscale plastic honeycomb structures can make light beams turn on a dime, a development that could allow more optical relays to be packed onto photonic integrated chips. These spatially variant photonic crystals (SVPCs) were designed by...

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Melody Encoded onto Plasmonic Nanostructure
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., March 17, 2015 — With data storage capacity 5600 times greater than magnetic film, a chip made of tiny gold bow ties could be the next best place to store all your MP3s. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently created the...
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Kopin Losses Mount as Wearables Market Shifts
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., March 12, 2015 — Completing a year in which it worked to reinvent itself, microdisplays firm Kopin Corp. reported a net loss of 28.2 million in 2014, compared to a net loss of $4.7 million the year before. Full-year revenues, however, were $31.8 million, up...

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133-MP CMOS Image Sensor Eliminates Bulky Optics for 8K Broadcasting
PASADENA, Calif., March 6, 2015 — An unprecedented 133-MP, 60-fps CMOS image sensor is being eyed for ultrahigh-definition TV broadcasting. Forza Silicon Corp. developed the sensor in collaboration with NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories of Tokyo, a longtime...
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Schumacher Named CFO at Jenoptik
JENA, Germany, March 6, 2015 — The supervisory board of Jenoptik AG has appointed Hans-Dieter Schumacher chief financial officer effective April 1. Schumacher will succeed Rudiger Andreas Gunther, whose contract is expiring. CEO Michael Mertin said...

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Phase Encoding, Photon Counting Yield Secure QR Codes
STORRS, Conn., March 4, 2015 — Microscale QR codes coupled with optical phase and photon-counting encryption could be used to protect the integrity of microchips used in the most sensitive applications. QR, or Quick Response, codes — those black and white boxes...
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Two Reach Top Rung 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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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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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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‘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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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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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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Newport Touts Record Sales Amid Acquisitions
IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 9, 2015 — Newport Corp. notched sales and orders records in 2014, with profits reaching $35.1 million. Net sales for the year were $605.2 million, $158.7 million of that coming in the fourth quarter. “Our sales and orders in the fourth...

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Edmund, Fisba Partner on IR Glass-Molded Optics
BARRINGTON, N.J., Feb. 5, 2015 — Edmund Optics Inc. and Fisba Optik LLC of Tucson, Ariz., have teamed up to produce IR optics using nontraditional materials. The new components will be suited for life sciences applications such as thermal imaging and laser surgery, as well...
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Mobius Strips Conjured from Beam Polarization
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 30, 2015 — A light beam can be structured so that its polarization twists around like a Mobius strip. The finding, by a team of researchers from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, confirms a theoretical prediction that it is possible for light’s...

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Speed of Light Reduced in Free Space
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Jan. 29, 2015 — Passing photons through an optical mask can give them a transverse spatial structure that reduces their speed. Researchers from Heriot-Watt University and the University of Glasgow have reported delaying single photons by several microns...
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Strong Fourth Quarter Keeps Jenoptik on Track
JENA, Germany, Jan. 29, 2015 — The Jenoptik Group said it is looking forward to a jump in revenues in the new year after ending 2014 with sales and earnings down slightly. The company’s preliminary numbers place earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) at more...

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JPK Opens Expanded Headquarters in Berlin
BERLIN, Jan. 28, 2015 — Citing growing demand for its nanoanalytics products, JPK Instruments has moved into an expanded suite of offices and laboratories with increased manufacturing space. The company offers integrated atomic force and optical microscopy...
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Bach Research Plans Expansion in New Facility
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 22, 2015 — Bach Research Corp. plans to broaden its custom optics offerings for government, as well as OEM customers with a move to a larger facility this spring. The newly renovated 16,000-square-foot facility will house expanded testing, ruling and...

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Shanghai Investors Increase Stake in LightPath Technologies
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22, 2014 — LightPath Technologies Inc. plans to use a $1.3 million investment to support new product development, sales and marketing of its IR products and the acquisition of new equipment. The optical components manufacturer sold 930,790 shares of...
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International Year of Light Kicks off in Paris
PARIS, Jan. 21, 2014 — The City of Light was home this week to the opening ceremonies for the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies. High-level speakers, including several Nobel laureates, took the stage at UNESCO headquarters Monday and Tuesday to...






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