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Metamaterial Hyperlens Breaks Diffraction Limit
BUFFALO, N.Y., May 26, 2015 — A new metamaterial design has enabled a hyperlens capable of imaging details smaller than the wavelengths of visible light. Developed at The State University of New York at Buffalo (Buffalo), the new device relies on a nonresonant, waveguide-coupled design to overcome the losses previous hyperlenses suffered at optical wavelengths. "There is a great need in health care, nanotechnology and other areas to improve our ability to see tiny objects that elude even the most powerful...

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New American Institute of Physics CEO Has Optics Background
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 — Optics and plasmonics researcher Robert G.W. Brown will become the new CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) on June 1. He succeeds H. Frederick Dylla, who announced his intent to retire last June after eight years as CEO of the...
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Liquid Crystal Compound Lens Eyed for 3-D Imaging
PHILADELPHIA, May 21, 2015 — Liquid crystal can be controllably formed into compound lenses similar to those found in insects, a team from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has demonstrated. These lenses produce sets of images with different focal lengths, a property...

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Siskiyou Patents Adjustment Mechanism for Optical Mounts
GRANTS PASS, Ore., May 20, 2015 — Siskiyou Corp. has been awarded a U.S. Patent (No. 8,925,409) for an actuating mechanism that it says improves the performance of top-adjusted optical mounts and linear translation stages. The mechanism isolates the rotation motion of the...
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Laseroptik Increases Production Capacity for Thin-Film Coatings
GARBSEN, Germany, May 6, 2015 — Laseroptik GmbH has expanded from four to eight industrial ion-beam sputtering (IBS) machines to meet increasing demand for dispersive mirrors and dielectric filters for the UV. The new "Laserhof" facility in Garbsen. Courtesy of Laseroptik....

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Algorithm Makes Video Panoramas from Unstructured Camera Arrays
ZURICH, May 5, 2015 — Even nonprofessionals may someday be able to create high-quality video panoramas using multiple cameras with the help of a new algorithm. The method smooths out blurring, ghosting and other distortions that routinely occur when video feeds...
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Optical Processor to Boost Speed, Reduce Energy Demands of Genome Research
CAMBRIDGE, UK, April 28, 2015 — A prototype optical processor with a scalable, lensless design can crunch data faster than existing computers, according to its developer, Optalysys Ltd. With a processing speed equivalent to 320 gigaflops, or 320 billion floating-point...

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Expansion Doubles Diamond-Growing Capacity at Scio
GREENVILLE, S.C., April 28, 2015 — Scio Diamond Technology Corp. is expected to complete an expansion in May that will more than double its capacity to create diamonds for optical and other applications. The company is refitting its current diamond-growing reactors with larger...
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Richards-Kortum Elected to Academy of Arts and Sciences
HOUSTON, April 27, 2015 — Rebecca Richards-Kortum, a bioengineering professor at Rice University who uses optics to help fight disease, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.   A member of the Rice faculty since 2005, Richards-Kortum...

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Strengthen Ground-Based Optical, IR Astronomy, Says National Research Council
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015 — The National Research Council has called for improvements in observation, instrumentation and data management capabilities, as well as coordination among federal and private partners, to better position the U.S. ground-based optical and IR astronomy...
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Edmund Optics Awarded Multimillion-Dollar Defense Contract for IR Smart Sensors
BARRINGTON, N.J., April 16, 2015 — Edmund Optics Inc. said it has received a multimillion-dollar defense-related contract for custom optical components supporting a smart sensors system. "We see positive response to new investments in IR molding and diffractive optics...

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L-3 Beam Director to Aid Canadian Defense R&D
PITTSBURGH, April 15, 2015 — L-3 Integrated Optical Systems Brashear has provided Defence Research and Development Canada with a high-energy laser (HEL) beam director (BD) to enhance the government agency's mobile characterization and development laboratory. Designed for...
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Kramer to Head Business Development for New Scale Technologies
VICTOR, N.Y., April 10, 2015 — New Scale Technologies Inc. has named Jeff Kramer vice president of business development, responsible for developing strategic deals and partnerships with key customers of the company’s miniature motion systems. Kramer has more than 30...

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Optics Golf Tournament Recognized by Rochester Children's Hospital
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 10, 2015 — A patient room in the Golisano Children’s Hospital at University of Rochester Medical Center has been named in honor of the WNY Optics/Photonics Golf Tournament, an annual charity event. An artist’s rendering of the new Golisano...
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Lambda, Luxexcel Partner on 3-D-Printed Optics
LITTLETON, Mass., April 8, 2015 — Optical design software firm Lambda Research Corp. has partnered with Luxexcel Group BV of the Netherlands to produce customized 3-D-printed plastic optics. Lambda’s TracePro software allows designers to virtually prototype optics by...

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Ross Launches Free Optical Calculator App
EL PASO, Texas, April 8, 2015 — Ross Optical Industries Inc. has launched a free mobile version of its Optical Calculator, as well as a new online desktop version. The tool allows engineers and technicians to calculate to industry requirements easily and quickly. The app...
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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...

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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 39...

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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 Schumacher’s...

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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 that...
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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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