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Forecast: Smart Glasses Optics Market to Reach $1.9B by 2019
GLEN ALLEN, Va., Sept. 30, 2014 — Smart glasses could generate $1.9 billion in revenues for the micro-optics market by 2019, the industry analyst firm NanoMarkets projects. Products like Google Glass could emerge as a mass market items with potential for replacing smartphones as the main mobile computing and communications platform over the next decade, the firm said. Today’s smart glasses often distort or lose light and have overly large and unattractive frames. A trend towards thinner waveguides and...

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L-3 Provides Coating for Multiple Mirror Telescope
DALLAS, Texas, Sept. 22, 2014 — L-3 Corp.’s Applied Optics Center recently completed the coating of a large optic for the 6.5-m Multiple Mirror Telescope. The MMT is one of the world’s largest astronomical telescopes, located on the site of the Fred Lawrence...
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Acal Bfi is New European Distributor for Altechna
BERKSHIRE, England, and VILNIUS, Lithuania, Sept. 25, 2014 — Altechna has named Acal BFi its new, exclusive pan-European distributor. Altechna offers state-of-the-art capabilities that cover a wide range of laser optical components, polarization optics, laser and non-linear crystals, and special...

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Advances in Blue OLEDs Increase Efficiency and Lifetime
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 25, 2014 — A new configuration extends the efficiency of blue organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) from about 5 percent to 20 percent, potentially leading to longer battery life in smartphones and lower power consumption for large screen televisions. ...
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Edwards Joins AFL as EMEA President
DUNCAN, S.C., Sept. 25, 2014 — AFL, a global provider of fiber optic solutions, has named Phil Edwards the new president of its Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) division. Edwards will be responsible for leading the company’s operations in the EMEA region, and...

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Ocean Optics Names World Cup Contest Winners
DUNEDIN, Fla., Sept. 25, 2014 — Ocean Optics has named the winners of its World Cup of Applications contest. Andreas Burkart, a postgraduate researcher at the Jülich Research Center, of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, won for his study,...
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Deposition Technique Enables Large-Scale MoS2 Fabrication
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Sept. 24, 2014 — A new technique for fabricating larger amounts of molybdenum disulfide than previously possible could lead to an expanded array of optoelectronic devices. The technique involves depositing nanoscale MoS2 thin films on a variety of...

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Sydor Instruments President Recognized for Leadership
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014 — Michael Pavia, president of Sydor Instruments, has been recognized for business leadership by three industry groups. The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and New York Photonics named Pavia its 2014 entrepreneur of the year. This award...
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Inorganic Semiconductors Guide New Optoelectronic Devices
SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 22, 2014 — Inorganic compound semiconductors could potentially replace those developed with organic materials. A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) has grown gallium nitride (GaN) microrods on graphene substrates, which may ultimately...

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Omicron Expands Laser Distribution Network
RODGAU, Germany, Sept. 23, 2014 — German laser specialist Omicron Corp. has expanded its sales presence in Asia. Dynotech Instruments, a distribution company working with Omnicron, is now its representative in India. Specifically, Dynotech — based in New Delhi and...
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Tunable MoS2 Light Emitters Make Better Chips
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 23, 2014 — MoS2-based light emitters have the potential to help create powerful, yet energy efficient optoelectronic chips. A team at MIT has developed a new theoretical framework for building optoelectronic chips using MoS2 (molybdenum disulfide) as...

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Polarization Camera Sheds Light on Sea Life
ST. LOUIS and AUSTIN, Sept. 17, 2014 — A bio-inspired polarization camera has given marine biologists a better understanding of the mating rituals of the northern swordtail fish. The camera contains nanomaterials that allow it to capture the polarization properties of light in...
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Color Display Technology Furthers ‘Squid Skin’ Project
HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2014 — A new color display brings scientists one step closer to metamaterials that mimic the unique optical properties of squid, octopus and cuttlefish skin. Developed at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), the new...

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Video: 3-D Sensing Technology Wins OSA Contest
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 — JDSU’s 3-D sensing contributions to video gaming have won the company top honors in the second annual Enabled by Optics contest. Sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA) and Photonics Media, the contest seeks to raise public awareness...
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Bug Eyes Inspire Practical Light, Sensor Designs
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Sept. 11, 2014 — The compound structure of a fly’s eye could become a blueprint for future sensors and light sources. A team from Pennsylvania State University is studying and using this structure — a hexagonal, convex pattern consisting of...

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JDSU to Split in Two
MILPITAS, Calif., Sept. 11, 2014 — JDSU plans to separate into two publicly-traded companies, a move it says will help it keep pace with the changing telecommunications and cloud network markets. “We believe two fundamentally focused companies best position us to stay...
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Technique ‘Pre-Corrects’ Microscope Illumination
REHOVOT, Israel, Sept. 11, 2014 — A new adaptive optics technique focuses laser light through dense tissues without the need for an invasive guide star. The technique can resolve a point less than a micron across. It was developed by a team led by the Weizmann Institute of...

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Nanocavity Switch Boasts Low Power Use
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Sept. 8, 2014 — A new optical switch sets a record for minimal power use, making it a good candidate for nanophotonic circuitry, according to its creators. The silicon-based photonic crystal nanocavity (PCN) has a Q factor of 500,000. It was developed by a...
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Acton Optics Expands to West Coast
ACTON, Mass., Sept. 4, 2014 — Acton Optics & Coatings has expanded its sales network to the West Coast under an agreement with Silvaco Optics in San Jose, Calif. A division of Princeton Instruments, Acton Optics designs and manufactures precision UV optics and...

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Intel Silicon Photonics Group Wins OSA Award
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 — OSA has recognized Intel Corp.’s Silicon Photonics Solutions Group with the 2014 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award. The team received the award for its more than 12 years of “innovation in the research and...
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LightPath Caps ‘Year of Investment’
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 3, 2014 — LightPath Technologies Inc. closed the books June 30 on fiscal 2014 with a net loss of $313,000 following what it called “a year of investment in our future.” The loss compared with net income of $215,000 in fiscal 2013....

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Rockley Photonics Grows with New Hires
PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 — Rockley Photonics, a startup focused on silicon photonic systems for data communications, has expanded its management team. Dr. Thomas Schrans will join the company as director of product development, Dr. Nathan Farrington will serve as...
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Microsphere Exhibits Chip-Scale Lasing
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Aug. 27, 2014 — Combining nanoplasmonic devices and optical microresonators can produce laser-like light emission, potentially paving the way for power-on-a-chip applications. “We have made optical systems at the microscopic scale that amplify light...

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Biomimetic Photodetector Distinguishes Color
HOUSTON, Aug. 26, 2014 — A new photodetector mimics living organisms’ ability to sense colors, enhancing color filtering and selectivity. The biomimetic color photodetector, developed at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), uses an...
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Synopsys Names Optical Design Contest Winners
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 — Xinda Hu of the University of Arizona, and University of Rochester students Anthony Vella, Aaron Bauer and Nicolas Brown are the winners of Synopsis Inc.’s Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition. Hu designed a...






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