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EpiWorks, II-VI Merge
SAXONBURG, Penn., Feb. 9, 2016 — Semiconductor wafer manufacturer EpiWorks Inc. has merged with II-VI Inc., a crystal material growth manufacturer, operating as a business unit within the company and expanding its production facility. “Long-term demand is strong for differentiated semiconductor technology that can be rapidly scaled to high-volume, and EpiWorks now has access to substantial expansion capital, a global footprint and sales support around the world,” said David Ahmari of EpiWorks’ sales,

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OSA Announces 2016 Speaker Series
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 8, 2016 — The Optical Society (OSA) will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with a “Light the Future” speaker series throughout 2016. Beginning on Feb. 9 at OSA’s Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., the program will be featured at...
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Photonics West 2016...Just around the corner! Sneak Preview Edition #3 (Video)
Feb. 8, 2016 — Photonics West 2016 will be here before we know it! This annual event brings together industry players from around the world, and presents a week of learning, cool new products, new technologies, and fellowship. The event last year saw over 21,000...

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LZH Launches 3 Hybrid Numerical Optics Research Projects
HANOVER, Germany, Feb. 3, 2016 — Nonprofit research institute Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) is working on three subprojects in the new research priority, Hybrid Numerical Optics, of the Hannover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT) at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University...
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Jenoptik Announces Fiscal 2015 Earnings
JENA, Germany, Feb. 2, 2016 — Jenoptik AG has announced its 2015 group revenue, with an increase of 13 percent to €670 million ($7.26 million). According to preliminary figures, income from operations (EBIT) rose at a faster rate than revenue, by around 18 percent, to...

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Flexible Polymer Offers Tunable Transparency
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 29, 2016 — An experimental, rubber-like polymer structure has been used to model predictions of material transparency based on thickness and degree of structure. The material and predictive model could enable inexpensive materials for smart windows and other...
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Glass Material Could Protect Electronics from UV Damage in Space
GUANGZHOU, China, Jan. 28, 2016 — A novel fabrication method has produced glass that protects living cells and organic dyes from UV damage, and could be used to shield electronics in space from the detrimental effects of UV radiation. Researchers from South China University of...

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EUV Laser Enables Nanoscale 3D Imaging of Cells
FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jan. 26, 2016 — A mass-spectral imaging system that integrates a EUV laser has enabled the mapping of cellular compositions in 3D, allowing researchers to watch how cells respond to medications at the nanoscale. In addition to observing how cells respond to new...
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John Daane Joins Infinera Board
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016 — Optical transmission equipment manufacturer Infinera Corp. has added John P. Daane to its board of directors. Daane previously served as the president and CEO of Altera Corp., a semiconductor developer, from 2000 up until its acquisition by Intel...

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Fish-Inspired Fractals Guide Optical Coating Design
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Jan. 14, 2016 — Fish scales could serve as a model for better broadband reflectors and custom multispectral filters. "We are proposing a model that uses fractal geometry to describe the layering in the biological structure of silvery fish," said Pennsylvania...
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Alluxa Expands Optics Manufacturing Facility
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Jan. 13, 2016 — Alluxa Inc., a provider of hard-coated optical filters, has expanded its manufacturing facility by 50 percent. The location now houses 10 identical plasma deposition machines and a larger area for coating, glass fabrication and assembly. The...

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Metasurface Polarimeter Meets Telecom, Nanotechnology Demands
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 11, 2016 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 11, 2016 — A novel architecture for in-line polarimeters enables monolithic, on-chip integration of polarization sensors for applications as varied as drug design and telecommunications, as well as for emerging...
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Meadowlark Promotes Dana Smith to Operations VP
FREDERICK, Colo., Jan. 8, 2016 — Meadowlark Optics Inc. has promoted Dana Smith to vice president of operations. In the last 10 years, Smith has held multiple positions the company in production control, sales, marketing and operations. As vice president of operations, Smith will...

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Walt Czajkowski Named US Managing Director for Fisba
ST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Jan. 1, 2016 — Optical systems manufacturer Fisba AG has chosen Walt Czajkowski as the managing director of its U.S. subsidiary in Tucson, Ariz. Czajkowski has held a variety of positions within the optical manufacturing industry, including work with R&D,...
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Optical Resonators Probed with Ion Beams
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Dec. 27, 2015 — Ion beams can subtly measure and adjust the performance of microscale optical resonators, a finding that could help refine production of such cavities for applications in sensing and quantum computing. Researchers at the National Institute of...

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Optical Surfaces Delivers Parabolic Mirrors for Petawatt Laser
SURREY, England, Dec. 21, 2015 — Optical Surfaces Ltd. has delivered three parabolic mirrors to Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for use in the Gemini petawatt laser. Optical Surfaces manufactured a very fast parent f/0.6 parabola from which 3 fast-focusing off-axis parabolic...
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Optics Revenue Climbs Amid Downturn at Dynasil
NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 17, 2015 — Record revenues in three of its four optics businesses couldn't counteract a decline in profits and overall revenue at Dynasil Corp. of America. For the year ended Sept. 30, Dynasil incurred a net loss of $400,000, compared with net income of $2.0...

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Gooch & Housego Notches Gains during Year of Reorganization
ILMINSTER, England, Dec. 16, 2015 — Revenues and profits both increased by 12 percent at Gooch & Housego PLC during a year in which the photonic components developer made significant changes. Adjusted profit before tax was £12.9 million (about $19.4 million) for the fiscal...
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Former Edmund VP Thomas Kessler Joins Schneider as CEO
BAD KREUZNACH, Germany, Dec. 10, 2015 — Thomas Kessler will become CEO of Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH on Jan 1. His initial responsibilities include development, sales and risk management for the lens manufacturer. Wolfgang Selzer, co-CEO in charge of production, administration...

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Richardson Provides Grating for Discovery Channel Telescope
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 9, 2015 — Richardson Gratings is providing a large mosaic echelle grating for the Extreme Precision Spectrometer (EXPRES), an instrument for the 4.3-m Discovery Channel Telescope outside Flagstaff, Ariz. The telescope is designed to detect Earth-like...
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Optical Surfaces Supplies Substrates for Space-Bound NIR Spectrophotometer
KENLEY, England, Dec. 8, 2015 — Optical Surfaces Ltd. has supplied the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM) with polished substrates to manufacture grisms — or grating prisms — for a near-infrared spectrophotometer designed to perform red-shift measurements...

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In Memoriam: Richard Nasca
GREECE, N.Y., Dec. 4, 2015 — The Rochester-area optics community is morning the loss of Richard A. Nasca, who died suddenly Dec. 2 at age 57. Nasca was an optical manufacturing and finishing technology leader at Corning Tropel Corp. in Fairport, as well as past president of...
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Rising from the Ashes
Dec. 4, 2015 — It's one light source this industry would rather not deal with. Fire has affected at least four Northeast optics manufacturers in recent years, destroying inventory, machines and even entire buildings. No employees or firefighters were injured...

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Webb Telescope Optical Testing Complete; Construction Progresses
GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 3, 2015 — Optical testing has been completed on a replica of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) while construction of the real McCoy reached a critical milestone. Engineers are testing nonflight equipment on a mockup called Pathfinder, which copies...
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Gary Bishop Appointed Executive VP of Photonics at Dynasil
NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 2, 2015 — Dynasil Corp. of America has appointed Gary J. Bishop executive vice president of photonics. "We expect his leadership in this new position will be transformational for our optics group," said Dynasil President and CEO Peter Sulick. "With more...






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