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Long-Range 3-D Lidar May Enhance Military Operations
ESSEX, England, April 18, 2014 — Advancement of 3-D imaging and lidar technologies could spell significant enhancement for target identification, tracking and surveillance, namely in military operations. A team at Selex ES has developed a lidar system that uses a Geiger-mode (GM) array for single photon counting. It also has the potential to reduce the size, weight and cost of such systems in the future, researchers said.    Lidar depth penetration through the canopy and along the line-of-sight....

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Optical Society Names New Executive Editor
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 — Dr. Alison Taylor has joined The Optical Society (OSA) as executive editor. She will manage the organization’s journals, including the new Optica, the Journal of the Optical Society of America-A, the Journal of the Optical Society of...
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Panels Redirect Sunlight into Shadowy Urban Areas
CAIRO, April 18, 2014 — Corrugated, translucent panels mounted on rooftops could be used to bend sunlight into places it normally doesn't reach. Amr Safwat, a professor of electronics and communications engineering at Ain Shams University, said the new panel could...

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Laser Process Allows Precision Design of Nanospheres
HANNOVER, Germany, April 17, 2014 — A laser-based technique for creating light-scattering silicon nanospheres could have applications in medicine and sensor technology. Molten silicon forms nanoparticles which, due to surface tension, fly onto a receiver substrate. Images...
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Ghent University Offers Silicon Photonics Summer School
GHENT, Belgium, April 16, 2014 — Silicon photonics is an increasingly important area of research and technology, making ongoing education crucial for those in the industry. A Silicon Photonics Summer School will bring together next-generation scientists and industry...

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High-Speed Optics Enable Inline Strip Product Inspections
FREIBURG, Germany, April 16, 2014 — A new optical inspection system examines strip products like wire, pipe and rail much faster than any human ever could. The Wire-AOI wire inspection system uses four cameras collectively to deliver 40,000 analyzed images of a moving...
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Metasurface Lens Could Transform Antennas
NANJING, China, April 16, 2014 — Traditional antennas could be in for a makeover following a discovery in broadband optics. Researchers from Southeast University have developed an artificial surface lens that can bend and focus electromagnetic waves. Said to be the first...

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Frequency Combs Speed Up Data Transmission
KARLSRUHE, Germany and LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 15, 2014 — Using frequency combs as an optical source could speed up communications by allowing coherent transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers. A team from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the...
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Adaptive Optics Enhances Subcellular Imaging
ASHBURN, Va., April 14, 2014 — A new adaptive optics approach sharpens microscope images for biologists studying the zebrafish. The technique rapidly corrects for distortions in transparent, nonscattering tissues at the millimeter scale without exposing them to damaging...

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Flir Systems Hires New Chief Marketing Officer
WILSONVILLE, Ore., April 14, 2014 — Flir Systems Inc. has named Travis Merrill its new senior vice president and chief marketing officer. In the newly created position, Merrill will lead the company’s global marketing and brand building efforts. Merrill comes...
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Ametek Set to Acquire Zygo Corp.
BERWYN, Pa. and MIDDLEFIELD, Conn., April 11, 2014 — Ametek Inc. is poised to acquire Zygo Corp. for roughly $280 million. The deal was unanimously approved by Zygo’s board of directors but must still be approved by regulators and Zygo's stockholders. MAK Capital One LLC, a financial...

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New Switch Could Scale Up Quantum Computing
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 11, 2014 — A new technique to connect particles could assist in development of quantum computing systems. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have coupled a lone atom of rubidium with a single photon, an interaction that allows each to switch the...
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Semiconductor Manipulates IR Light
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 11, 2014 — A nanostructure-embedded semiconductor that manipulates light in the IR/terahertz range could benefit applications from imaging to energy efficiency, telecommunications and more. An artist's rendering of nanoscale metallic wires...

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Whispering-Gallery Device Could Improve Info Processing
ST. LOUIS, April 11, 2014 — A new whispering-gallery microcavity could lead to new and more powerful computers that run faster and at cooler temperatures. The optical diode was created at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSL), where researchers coupled two...
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NASA Names New Chief Technologist
WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 — David W. Miller, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, has been named NASA’s new chief technologist. In this role, he will serve as principal adviser and advocate on agency-wide technology programs and policies. Also...

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Plasmonic Tunneling Enables Ultrafast Circuits
SINGAPORE — A marriage of photonics and nanostructures could enable a huge leap in computer processing speed. A new technique using plasmonic tunneling has allowed researchers to create electrical circuits that operate at hundreds of terahertz –...
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Nanostructures Show Promise for Efficient LEDs
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 8, 2014 — Nanostructures and an indium nitride (InN) semiconductor could hold promise for improving the efficiency of LEDs, particularly in the green gap, where productivity typically takes a dive. Researchers from the University of Michigan...

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Studying Altitude Sickness with NIR Spectroscopy
FRANKFURT, Germany, April 8, 2014 — Headaches are a common symptom of altitude sickness. But they may not have to be. Researchers from University Hospital Frankfurt have turned to NIR spectroscopy to study ailments associated with altitude sickness, namely its tendency to...
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Flir Systems Hires New CMO
WILSONVILLE, Ore., April 7, 2014 — Travis Merrill has joined Flir Systems Inc. as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Merrill will develop and lead the company’s global marketing and brand building initiatives. He most recently served as vice...

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Gold Material Cuts Glare, Repels Water
IRVINE, Calif., April 7, 2014 — An accidental discovery has scientists looking at light glare through new eyes. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, were in the process of designing a flexible film to coat various products when they inadvertently...
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Plasmons Show Useful Quantum Properties
PASADENA, Calif., April 4, 2014 — Surface plasmons could be a key piece of the ever-evolving quantum computing puzzle. A team from the California Institute of Technology has discovered a new approach to quantum computer development, which joins plasmons, rather than...

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Tiny Crystals Could Oust Traditional Solar Absorbers
NANTES, France, April 4, 2014 — Traditional absorbers in thin film-based solar cells may have some competition in a new technique that incorporates nontoxic and relatively common elements. The new approach, developed by a team from the University of Nantes, uses sulfide...
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Europium Complexes Emit Red Light with Record Efficiency
WARSAW, Poland and ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, April 4, 2014 — New material developed in Poland has enabled Scottish researchers to produce a highly efficient, nearly monochromatic red OLED. The compounds were developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw...

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Femtosecond Laser May Divert Lightning
TUCSON, Ariz. and ORLANDO, Fla., April 3, 2014 — A long-range femtosecond laser under development could be used to steer lightning away from buildings. Optical scientists at the University of Arizona and the University of Central Florida are working on the technology, which uses a...
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‘Optical Oracle’ Could Quickly Solve Complex Computing
SINGAPORE, SOUTHAMPTON, England, and MADRID, April 1, 2014 — The global optical fiber network may contain more computing potential than previously realized. Tapping into this could make such networks hundreds of times faster. A team from Nanyang Technological University, the University of Southampton...






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