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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 and produce ultranarrowband spectral output,” said Dr. J. Gary Eden, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “These new optical amplifiers are well-suited for routing optical power...

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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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Inrad Receives Order for Tank Optics
NORTHVALE, N.J., Aug. 25, 2014 — Inrad Optics has received a $585,553 order for metal optical mirrors from the U.S. Army. Inrad will provide single-axis mirrors for electro-optic fire-control systems that give M1A1 tanks their ability to shoot on the move. The...
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Inrad Optics Posts Loss After Facilities Consolidation
NORTHVALE, N.J., Aug. 21, 2014 — Inrad Optics Inc. reported a net loss of $1.0 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to a net loss of $648,000 in the second quarter of 2013. Revenue for the second quarter was $2.2 million, down 17.3 percent from $2.7 million in...

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Researchers Propose Lossless Nano-Optical Cables
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 21, 2014 — New research proposes lossless nano-optical fibers small enough to replace copper wiring in computer chips. “We’re already transmitting data from continent to continent using fiber optics, but the killer application is using...
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Imaging Shows Bubbles Could Make Energy-Efficient Nanoparticles
PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 20, 2014 — High-speed cameras and UV-sensitive materials are helping advance understanding of bubbles — which could mean big things for nanoparticles. In fact, a system in which bubbles mix liquids is an energy-efficient route toward producing...

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Laser Tweezers Used to Study Malaria
CAMBRIDGE, England, Aug. 20, 2014 — Optical tweezers are helping in the race to find new medicines or vaccines to wipe out malaria. A team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge is studying how Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites interact...
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Meadowlark Acquires Boulder Nonlinear Systems’ Commercial Unit
FREDERICK, Colo., Aug. 19, 2014 — Meadowlark Optics Inc. recently acquired the Commercial Products Group of Boulder Nonlinear Systems. Acquired product lines include spatial light modulators (SLMs), optical shutters, polarization rotators, variable waveplates and the CUBE...

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Sulfur Copolymers Boost IR Optics
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 15, 2014 — A new polymer made from sulfur demonstrates high transmission of IR light that could greatly enhance thermal imaging systems. While crystalline IR materials such as silicon, germanium, zinc selenide and halide salts are all frequently used...
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IR Sensor Provides 'Virtual Touch' for Blind
CINCINNATI, Aug. 13, 2014 — An IR sensor and the concept of virtual touch could help the visually impaired take on many day-to-day activities. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati used an Enactive Torch, a tactile feedback device for experiments in sensory...

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NSF Grant Funds Study of 'Next Graphene'
RIVERSIDE, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014 — A nearly $1.7 million grant will advance the study of what engineers are calling “the next graphene,” which could play a pivotal role in optoelectronics and other devices. A prototype device with a 2-D channel, which will be...
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Edmund Optics Announces Promotions
BARRINGTON, N.J., Aug. 12, 2014 — Edmund Optics Inc. has named new directors of its imaging, optics and sales units. Gregory Hollows, former director of machine vision technology at Edmund Optics, will lead the company’s imaging unit. He has 15 years of experience in...

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Hydrogen Prevents UV Damage in Optical Fiber
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 12, 2014 — Hydrogen can fortify optical fibers, making them capable of sustained transmission of high-intensity UV light. A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology created the new fibers, which they said could help reduce errors...
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Lasers, Optics Hold Jenoptik Revenues Steady
JENA, Germany, Aug. 12, 2014 — Sales of lasers and optical systems counteracted declines in other areas as the Jenoptik Group saw steady revenue and a nominal increase in earnings during the first half of 2014. The company reported earnings before interest and taxes of...

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Metasurface Switches Polarization More Efficiently
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 12, 2014 — An ultrathin metasurface can alter light polarization with 50 percent efficiency, hinting at future microscale devices for controlling light. A team from the University of Michigan and its Lurie Nanofabrication Facility created the device,...
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Artificial Retinas Using Graphene Called Biocompatible
MUNICH, Aug. 11, 2014 — Viable artificial retinas could be possible using graphene. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich, in collaboration with a team from the Institute of Vision at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris and Pixium Vision,...

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Photoacoustic Device Enables In Vivo Melanoma Imaging
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 8, 2014 — A new photoacoustic device could help doctors better diagnose and treat melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. A team from Washington University in St. Louis developed a handheld instrument that uses lasers and sound waves....
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NASA Engineer to Complete First 3-D-Printed Space Camera
GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 7, 2014 — New imaging instruments made using laser-based 3-D printing could bring the benefits of such technology to the forefront. NASA aerospace engineer Jason Budinoff is developing a 350-mm dual-channel imaging telescope and a 50-mm camera whose...

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Ametek Acquires Amptek and Luphos
BERWYN, Pa., Aug. 6, 2014 — Ametek Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, has acquired Amptek Inc. and Luphos GmbH. Amptek provides x-ray detectors that utilize x-ray fluorescence for nondestructive materials analysis. ...
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Measurements Show On-Chip Topological Light Is Robust
COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 4, 2014 — On-chip topological light exhibits less energy loss and is more consistent than light at the interior of an array, a recent experimental study shows. These qualities of robustness and consistency are vital for the integration of such arrays for...

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Three-Mode Skin Probe Detects Cancer
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 6, 2014 — A new device could potentially allow doctors to get a clearer picture of cancerous skin lesions and reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies. A team at the University of Texas at Austin has developed a probe that combines three distinct...
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Alcon to Use Google(x) Smart Lens Technology
HÜNENBERG, Switzerland, Aug. 4, 2014 — Alcon, Novartis AG’s eye care division, will collaborate with Google(x) to develop a smart lens that involves noninvasive sensors, microchips and other miniaturized electronics that are embedded within contact lenses. Alcon will use...

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Conexant a Finalist for 21st High-Tech Innovation Awards
IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 4, 2014 — Conexant Systems Inc. has been named a finalist in the semiconductor category of the Orange County Technology Alliance annual High-Tech Innovation Awards for its CX20921 voice-processing chip. The CX20921 combines an integrated DSP CODEC...
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Light Pulses Control Graphene Behavior
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 4, 2014 — A new way to control how graphene conducts electricity could prompt its use as a broadband light detector. A research team at MIT found that changing the concentration of electrons in a graphene sheet can change the way the material...






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