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JPK Opens Expanded Headquarters in Berlin
BERLIN, Jan. 28, 2015 — Citing growing demand for its nanoanalytics products, JPK Instruments has moved into expanded suite of offices and laboratories with increased manufacturing space. The company offers integrated atomic force and optical microscopy systems, as well as solutions for polymer research, surface science and nano-optics. JPK has offices in China, France, Japan, Singapore, the U.K. and Ireland, and opened a U.S. office last month. For more information, visit www.jpk.com.

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Bach Research Plans Expansion in New Facility
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 22, 2015 — Bach Research Corp. plans to broaden its custom optics offerings for government, as well as OEM customers with a move to a larger facility this spring. The newly renovated 16,000-square-foot facility will house expanded testing, ruling and...
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Shanghai Investors Increase Stake in LightPath Technologies
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22, 2014 — LightPath Technologies Inc. plans to use a $1.3 million investment to support new product development, sales and marketing of its IR products and the acquisition of new equipment. The optical components manufacturer sold 930,790 shares of...

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International Year of Light Kicks off in Paris
PARIS, Jan. 21, 2014 — The City of Light was home this week to the opening ceremonies for the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies. High-level speakers, including several Nobel laureates, took the stage at UNESCO headquarters Monday and Tuesday to...
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Nanoparticle Works with 6 Types of Bioimaging
BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 21, 2015 — A new type of nanoparticle traceable through six distinct imaging methods could help medical professionals better diagnose diseases and enhance identification of the boundaries of tumors. The combination of imaging techniques could allow...

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Basler Offers Online Lens Selector
AHRENSBURG, Germany, Jan. 14, 2015 — A new online lens selector from Basler allows users to quickly and easily identify a suitable lens with the right focal length for their camera application. The user enters the data for their application, such as necessary angle of view,...
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Metz Joins Zeiss Executive Board
OBERKOCHEN, Germany, Jan. 13, 2015 — Dr. Matthias Metz will become a member of the executive board for the Zeiss Group on July 1. Metz will be responsible for the consumer-oriented vision care and consumer optics business groups. For more information, visit...

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Limo Names New Managing Director
DORTMUND, Germany, Jan. 12, 2015 — Anton X. Schmölz has been named a managing director at Lissotschenko Mikrooptik (Limo) GmbH. Schmölz has been with the company as chief financial officer since 2013, and will now oversee Limo’s production and finance...
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Lockheed: NIR Camera for Space Telescope Exceeds Expectations
PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 7, 2015 — Lockheed Martin said its NIRCam near-infrared camera, developed in collaboration with the University of Arizona for the James Webb Space Telescope, exceeded expectations during recent testing. The instrument is the primary science camera on...

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Delta Spins Out Optical Thin Films Business
HØRSHOLM, Denmark, Dec. 23, 2014 — Delta Danish Electronics, Light & Acoustics has spun off its optical thin films business. Following a management buyout, Delta Optical Thin Film AS will be run by business manager Poul Svensgaard and development manager Henrik...
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Evatec to Grow Deposition Business with Acquisition from Oerlikon
FLUMS, Switzerland, Dec. 23, 2014 — Evatec plans to acquire Oerlikon’s advanced technologies segment to expand its thin-film deposition systems business. Applications for the segment include power devices, read/write heads for hard disks, LEDs, microelectromechanical...

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In Memoriam: Robert Novak, Optics Instructor
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2014 — The optics community is mourning the death of Robert F. “Bob” Novak, a longtime instructor at Monroe Community College. Novak, 67, died Dec. 6 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, according...
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At Year’s End, Zeiss Seeks to ‘Sharpen Competitiveness’
OBERKOCHEN, Germany, Dec. 17, 2014 — Citing global financial uncertainty and unfavorable currency conversion rates, the Zeiss Group nonetheless ended its fiscal year Sept. 30 with increased revenues and profits. Fiscal 2014 revenue was €4.287 billion (about $5.291...

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Dynasil Turns a Profit After Restructuring
NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 17, 2014 — Dynasil Corp. has returned to profitability after shedding two business units and addressing debts during fiscal 2014. The developer of optics and sensors for homeland security, medicine and industry reported year-end earnings of $2.0...
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Epoxy Technology Chooses New European Distributor
BILLERICA, Mass., Dec. 16, 2014 — Epoxy Technology Inc., manufacturer of specialty epoxy, UV and hybrid adhesives for optics and other applications, has named FT Polymer SAS to be its new distributor in France, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The former distributor was Techni...

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Daylight Solutions Marks QCL Testing Milestones
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 10, 2014 — Daylight Solutions Inc. has reached major milestones under its reliability characterization and growth program for quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology. The company has clocked more than 1 million hours of QCL operation, and more than...
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Ultratech Sues Ensure NanoTech, Alleging Patent Infringement
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014 — Ultratech Inc. has sued a former distributor, claiming it stole and is now marketing proprietary optical thin-film deposition technology. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in the Northern District of California, levels charges against...

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Spectroscopic Test Improves Photonic Chips
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Nov. 26, 2014 — A technique called ultrafast photomodulation spectroscopy (UPMS) could help not only with testing and characterization of photonic chips, but in making them more reliable and robust. Made from silicon, photonic chips are a key component in...
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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...

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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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