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Technologies from Ball, Corning, Photonis, SwRI Help Image Pluto
BOULDER, Colo., July 17, 2015 — NASA's New Horizons mission used imaging and spectroscopy equipment to secure the highest-resolution images ever captured of the dwarf planet Pluto. After traveling nearly 10 years and 3 billion miles, on July 14, New Horizons passed within 7000 miles of Pluto's icy surface before continuing into the unexplored region of the Kuiper Belt. The Ralph instrument from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is one of three cameras aboard the spacecraft and is charged with...

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PG&O Tapped for Gravitational Wave Project
SANTA ANA, Calif., July 17, 2015 — Precision Glass & Optics has been selected to manufacture four sets of 26 black glass optics panels for the Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). LIGO consists of two large interferometers, one in Hanford, Wash., and...
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Exelis Acquired by Harris in $4.6B Deal
MELBOURNE, Fla., July 10, 2015 — Defense contractor Harris Corp. recently acquired Exelis Inc. of McLean, Va., in a deal worth $4.6 billion. "With about $8 billion in combined pro forma revenue, the acquisition creates significantly greater scale, bringing together two...

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Lidza Kalifa Named Sales Engineer at Semrock
ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 10, 2015 — Lidza Kalifa was recently appointed sales engineer for the catalog business line of Semrock Inc. "Dr. Kalifa brings a strong background of research from the University of Rochester and the University of Texas as a postdoctoral research fellow,...
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Special Optics Buys Precision Optical Factory
WHARTON, N.J., July 2, 2015 — Special Optics has purchased a 25,000-square-foot facility in Denville, N.J., to grow its business in femtosecond laser optical systems for eye surgery and custom high-numerical-aperture microscope objectives. An aerial view of the new...

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Fog Chamber Aims for Better Optics Testing
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 19, 2015 — A humid chamber in the desert of New Mexico is designed to help improve the abilities of cameras and sensors to penetrate fog. Sandia National Laboratories recently created the chamber — which is 180 feet long, 10 feet tall and 11 feet...
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Berliner Glas Expands Optical Coatings Facilities
BERLIN, June 19, 2015 — The coating and surfaces division of Berliner Glas KGaA has expanded and moved to new premises. The company has installed 9687 square meters of new ISO Class 5 to 7 cleanrooms and optimized the layout of its systems, measuring equipment and...

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Metamaterial Waveguide Confirms Theoretical Prediction
ATLANTA, June 16, 2015 — A metamaterial waveguide has demonstrated opposite refractive indices at the fundamental and harmonic frequencies of light, confirming for the first time a decade-old theoretical prediction. The experimental verification of backward phase...
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Brimrose Wins $1.7M in Grants for Directed-Energy Research, Spectral Sensor Development
SPARKS, Md., June 15, 2015 — Brimrose Technology Corp. has been awarded $1.7 million in grants for development of a spectral sensor and optics for a directed-energy device. The grants were awarded under Phase II of the federal Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)...

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Ultrafast Lasers Create 3-D Crystal Waveguides in Glass
BETHLEHEM, Pa., June 9, 2015 — Femtosecond laser pulses can create complex, single-crystal waveguides inside glass – a discovery that could enable photonic integrated circuits (PICs) that are smaller, cheaper, more energy efficient and more reliable than current networks...
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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, the new device relies on a nonresonant, waveguide-coupled...

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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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