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At Year’s End, Zeiss Seeks to ‘Sharpen Competitiveness’
OBERKOCHEN, Germany, Dec. 17, 2014 — Citing global financial uncertainty and unfavorable currency conversion rates, the Zeiss Group nonetheless ended its fiscal year Sept. 30 with increased revenues and profits. Fiscal 2014 revenue was €4.287 billion (about $5.291 billion), up 2.3 percent from €4.190 billion in fiscal 2013. Earnings before interest and taxes were €360 million (about $444 million), up 14.3 percent from €315 million in fiscal 2013. While the company’s industrial metrology,...

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Dynasil Turns a Profit After Restructuring
NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 17, 2014 — Dynasil Corp. has returned to profitability after shedding two business units and addressing debts during fiscal 2014. The developer of optics and sensors for homeland security, medicine and industry reported year-end earnings of $2.0...
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Epoxy Technology Chooses New European Distributor
BILLERICA, Mass., Dec. 16, 2014 — Epoxy Technology Inc., manufacturer of specialty epoxy, UV and hybrid adhesives for optics and other applications, has named FT Polymer SAS to be its new distributor in France, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The former distributor was Techni...

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Daylight Solutions Marks QCL Testing Milestones
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 10, 2014 — Daylight Solutions Inc. has reached major milestones under its reliability characterization and growth program for quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology. The company has clocked more than 1 million hours of QCL operation, and more than...
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Ultratech Sues Ensure NanoTech, Alleging Patent Infringement
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014 — Ultratech Inc. has sued a former distributor, claiming it stole and is now marketing proprietary optical thin-film deposition technology. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in the Northern District of California, levels charges against...

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Spectroscopic Test Improves Photonic Chips
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Nov. 26, 2014 — A technique called ultrafast photomodulation spectroscopy (UPMS) could help not only with testing and characterization of photonic chips, but in making them more reliable and robust. Made from silicon, photonic chips are a key component in...
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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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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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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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Orders Fall Below Expectations at LPKF
GARBSEN, Germany, Nov. 13, 2014 — LPKF Laser & Electronics AG has lowered its expectations for 2014, but expects higher revenues next year. Revenue for the first nine months of 2014 was €80 million (about $99.7 million), down 19.6 percent from €99.5 million...

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Brain Studies Advance Neural Mapping, Axon Control
ARLINGTON, Texas, Nov. 12, 2014 — Probing the brain with lasers could not only advance understanding of the organ, but also help heal it. Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have authored two studies on the subject. The first, published in PLOS One (doi:...
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Laser, Optical Systems Sales Can’t Stem Decline in Revenue at Jenoptik
JENA, Germany, Nov. 12, 2014 — Although laser and optical systems sales were up, other segments of the Jenoptik Group didn’t perform as well in the first nine months of 2014, leading to a 2.9 percent drop in overall revenues. The company attributed the decline to...

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Mikrop Names Sales Manager
WITTENBACH, Switzerland, Nov. 10, 2014 — Yves Gilliand has joined Mikrop AG as sales manager. A physicist and optical engineer, Gilliand has held positions with Fisba Optik and Leica Geosystems, as well as other companies over the last 30 years. He brings knowledge of optical...
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LightPath Seeks to Regain Momentum After Slower First Quarter
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 7, 2014 — Optical components manufacturer LightPath Technologies Inc. reported a decline in revenues in the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, citing ups and downs in the Asian market, where it recently expanded. Revenues were $2.6 million, down 7...

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Wearable Technologies Firm Kopin Ramps Up Production
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 5, 2014 — Kopin Corp. reported a third-quarter net loss but said it is building momentum as its customers prepare to bring wearable technologies to the market in 2015. A developer of ultrasmall displays, optics and other components for consumer...
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$100M Photonics Institute Launched in Singapore
SINGAPORE, Nov. 3, 2014 — A new photonics research institute aims to be a focal point for development of the next generation of optoelectronics. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Optoelectronics Research Center (ORC) at the University of Southampton in...

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Bioimaging Technique Isolates Moving Tissue
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 3, 2014 — Light-guiding technology could take scientists on a journey inside blood vessels. The new technology — time-reversed adapted-perturbation (TRAP) optical focusing, developed by a team at Washington University in St. Louis —...
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Strong Photon-Photon Interaction Created in Fiber
VIENNA, Nov. 3, 2014 — An ultrathin glass fiber system could facilitate the interaction of pairs of photons. The technique, developed by a team at the Vienna University of Technology, could become an important tool in furthering quantum computing. To...

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Radiant Zemax Sells Optical Design Software Business
REDMOND, Washington, Oct. 29, 2014 — Radiant Zemax has sold its Zemax optical design software business unit to Arlington Capital Partners. The sale price was not disclosed. Vice President Dr. Mark Nicholson has been named CEO of the stand-alone Zemax business. The...
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JML Optical Acquires Harold Johnson Labs
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2014 — JML Optical Industries has acquired Harold Johnson Optical Laboratories Inc. (HJOL). HJOL, of Gardena, Calif., manufactures custom optics in prototype and production-volume quantities, serving defense, industrial, medical and research...

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OSA Elects 2015 Vice President
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 — Professor Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University has been named the 2015 vice president of The Optical Society (OSA). Mazur’s appointment to this position enlists him into future roles within the organization’s board of directors....
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Agar Scientific Names Technical Sales Manager
ESSEX, England, Oct. 22, 2014 — Agar Scientific has appointed Paul Balas its new technical sales manager. Agar is a division of the Elektron Technology Group. Balas joins the company from Ronexprim SRL, where he served as executive director and the area sales manager of...






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