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Hybrid Planetarium Opens in India with Zeiss Technology
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India, Aug. 27, 2015 — The Priyadarsini Planetarium, India’s first hybrid planetarium with a tilted dome, has reopened its doors and includes technology from Carl Zeiss AG. Priyadarsini Planetarium. Courtesy of Zeiss. A new projection dome uses the Starmaster optomechanical planetarium projector and a digital full-dome system with nine projectors for still and video production. Housed in the state of Kerala's Science and Technology Museum, the planetarium uses the digital projection system to...

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Michael Platt to Manage Rebuilt Schott Facility in Pennsylvania
DURYEA, Pa., Aug. 25, 2015 — Michael Platt has been named manager of Schott North America Inc.'s manufacturing and research plant following a major fire there earlier this year. Platt has more than 30 years of optics manufacturing experience, having worked as a...
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Markus Hersche Named CEO at Fisba
ST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Aug. 18, 2015 — Optics manufacturer Fisba AG has named Markus Hersche its new CEO. Taking over the responsibilities of Managing Director Werner Krüsi, Hershe moves into the management role from the supervisory board. Krüsi will remain active in the...

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Solid Tunable Lens Aims for Gentler Colonoscopies
SINGAPORE, Aug. 14, 2015 — An endoscopic probe with adjustable-focus capabilities in a slim package could facilitate more effective and less painful colonoscopies. Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) developed the instrument using prototypical...
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Kevin Rolland-Thompson Named Arizona Alumnus of the Year
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 14, 2015 — In celebration of his contributions to the field of optical systems development, Kevin P. Rolland-Thompson has been named Alumnus of the Year by the University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences. Rolland-Thompson is group director of...

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Lumentum, Viavi Part Ways after JDSU Breakup
MILPITAS, Calif., Aug 13, 2015 — The two halves of the former JDS Uniphase Corp. (JDSU) are now charting separate courses. The company's communications and commercial optics products division split off Aug. 1 and became known as Lumentum Holdings Inc. After the spinoff,...
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Theoretical Materials 'Invisible' to Light Waves
VIENNA, Aug. 11, 2015 — Materials that allow light to pass through without distortion are possible, according to a new set of calculations by an international team of researchers. When a light wave travels through free space, its intensity can be the same everywhere....

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Rofin-Sinar Announces Q3 Numbers
HAMBURG, Germany, Aug. 7, 2015 — Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of high- performance laser beam sources and solutions, has announced its fiscal third quarter results. Net sales totaled $132.5 million, a 1 percent decrease over the comparable quarter of fiscal...
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EPIC Director Carlos Lee Wins Photonics Innovation Award
RIJSWIJK, Netherlands, Aug. 7, 2015 — Carlos Lee, director general of the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), has been awarded the first Photonics Innovation Award by PNO Consultants BV. Carlos Lee, left, accepted the Photonics Innovation Award during a meeting with...

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World Economic Forum Names Heliatek ‘Technology Pioneer’
DRESDEN, Germany, Aug. 6, 2015 — The World Economic Forum has listed Heliatek GmbH, a photovoltaic solar film manufacturer, as a Technology Pioneer in its annual list of the world’s most innovative companies. From among hundreds of applicants, 49 companies were selected...
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Auffarth, Blumenkranz Named to Presbia Boards
DUBLIN, Aug. 5, 2015 — Presbia PLC, an ophthalmic device company, has appointed Dr. Gerd Auffarth to its Board of Directors and Dr. Mark Blumenkranz to its Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Auffarth is the director of the International Vision Correction Research Center...

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AOA Xinetics Provides Deformable Mirror for Solar Telescope
DEVENS, Mass., Aug. 3, 2015 — AOA Xinetics, part of Northrup Grumman Corp., has engineered a deformable mirror (DM) for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), the world’s largest ground-based solar telescope. DKIST was developed by bioengineers at the University of...
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Latest Research, Technologies Slated for SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015
Jul. 31, 2015 — SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015, to be held Aug. 9-13 in San Diego, is the largest international, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology meeting in North America, featuring the latest research in optical engineering and applications,...

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Zimon Norlin Named Service Manager at Ocean Optics
DUNEDIN, Fla., July 31, 2015 — Ocean Optics Inc. has appointed Zimon Norlin as service and operations manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Norlin will lead manufacturing, service and logistics in the regional sales office in Ostfildern, Germany, and will be in...
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New 'Smart Window' Materials Allow Faster Switching
AUSTIN, Texas, July 28, 2015 — Nanocrystal-based windows that selectively block different wavelengths of sunlight could help keep homes cool but still well lit — or warm but dark. The technology has taken a major step toward commercialization because it blocks up to...

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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...
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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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