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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 increase the lifespan of a display’s single battery charge and helps cameras and imagers function better in dim light. The filter was created by etching a silicon wafer with nanoscale pillars and holes using a focused gallium-ion...

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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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Berthold Leibinger Foundation Names 2014 Prize Winners
DITZINGEN, Germany, Oct. 22, 2014 — Dr. Alexander Oraevsky has received first prize in the 2014 Berthold Leibinger Innovations award program, presented by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung Foundation. Oraevsky received the award for his development of a new technique that...
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Blue LED Controls New Diabetes Drug
LONDON and MUNICH, Oct. 21, 2014 — A new drug for Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with violet-blue light to more effectively release insulin from the pancreas. A team from Imperial College London and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich has developed the new medication,...

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Laser Scanner Captures 3-D Info in Real Time
DRESDEN, Germany, Oct. 17, 2014 — A 3-D laser scanner based on the human eye can focus on key sections of an image, capturing it with correspondingly higher resolution. A team from the three institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft — the Institute for Physical...
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QD Vision Wins Green Chemistry Challenge
LEXINGTON, Mass., Oct. 20, 2014 — QD Vision Inc. has received the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for its approach to quantum dot technology for energy-efficient commercial display and lighting products. The designation, awarded by the U.S. Environmental...

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Wang Named 2015 Britton Chance Award Winner
BELLINGHAM, Wash., Oct. 17, 2014 — Lihong Wang, an innovator in photoacoustic imaging, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award. A researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, Wang is being recognized for his pioneering technical...
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Intensity Increases With Loss in Microlaser
ST. LOUIS, Oct. 16, 2014 — Increasing energy loss in a laser system could actually enhance its energy, performance and efficiency. A team from Washington University in St. Louis has discovered a way to reverse, or potentially eliminate, energy loss in laser systems...






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