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Polarization Camera Sheds Light on Sea Life
ST. LOUIS and AUSTIN, Sept. 17, 2014 — A bio-inspired polarization camera has given marine biologists a better understanding of the mating rituals of the northern swordtail fish. The camera contains nanomaterials that allow it to capture the polarization properties of light in real time. Researchers used the camera to find that female swordtail fish are attracted to "polarization ornament" patterns visible in large male swordtail fish. The camera's developer, Dr. Viktor Gruev, an associate professor of computer...

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Color Display Technology Furthers ‘Squid Skin’ Project
HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2014 — A new color display brings scientists one step closer to metamaterials that mimic the unique optical properties of squid, octopus and cuttlefish skin. Developed at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), the new...
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Video: 3-D Sensing Technology Wins OSA Contest
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 — JDSU’s 3-D sensing contributions to video gaming have won the company top honors in the second annual Enabled by Optics contest. Sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA) and Photonics Media, the contest seeks to raise public awareness...

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Bug Eyes Inspire Practical Light, Sensor Designs
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Sept. 11, 2014 — The compound structure of a fly’s eye could become a blueprint for future sensors and light sources. A team from Pennsylvania State University is studying and using this structure — a hexagonal, convex pattern consisting of...
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JDSU to Split in Two
MILPITAS, Calif., Sept. 11, 2014 — JDSU plans to separate into two publicly-traded companies, a move it says will help it keep pace with the changing telecommunications and cloud network markets. “We believe two fundamentally focused companies best position us to stay...

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Technique ‘Pre-Corrects’ Microscope Illumination
REHOVOT, Israel, Sept. 11, 2014 — A new adaptive optics technique focuses laser light through dense tissues without the need for an invasive guide star. The technique can resolve a point less than a micron across. It was developed by a team led by the Weizmann Institute of...
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Nanocavity Switch Boasts Low Power Use
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Sept. 8, 2014 — A new optical switch sets a record for minimal power use, making it a good candidate for nanophotonic circuitry, according to its creators. The silicon-based photonic crystal nanocavity (PCN) has a Q factor of 500,000. It was developed by a...

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Acton Optics Expands to West Coast
ACTON, Mass., Sept. 4, 2014 — Acton Optics & Coatings has expanded its sales network to the West Coast under an agreement with Silvaco Optics in San Jose, Calif. A division of Princeton Instruments, Acton Optics designs and manufactures precision UV optics and...
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Intel Silicon Photonics Group Wins OSA Award
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 — OSA has recognized Intel Corp.’s Silicon Photonics Solutions Group with the 2014 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award. The team received the award for its more than 12 years of “innovation in the research and...

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LightPath Caps ‘Year of Investment’
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 3, 2014 — LightPath Technologies Inc. closed the books June 30 on fiscal 2014 with a net loss of $313,000 following what it called “a year of investment in our future.” The loss compared with net income of $215,000 in fiscal 2013....
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Rockley Photonics Grows with New Hires
PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 — Rockley Photonics, a startup focused on silicon photonic systems for data communications, has expanded its management team. Dr. Thomas Schrans will join the company as director of product development, Dr. Nathan Farrington will serve as...

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Microsphere Exhibits Chip-Scale Lasing
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Aug. 27, 2014 — Combining nanoplasmonic devices and optical microresonators can produce laser-like light emission, potentially paving the way for power-on-a-chip applications. “We have made optical systems at the microscopic scale that amplify light...
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Biomimetic Photodetector Distinguishes Color
HOUSTON, Aug. 26, 2014 — A new photodetector mimics living organisms’ ability to sense colors, enhancing color filtering and selectivity. The biomimetic color photodetector, developed at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), uses an...

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Synopsys Names Optical Design Contest Winners
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 — Xinda Hu of the University of Arizona, and University of Rochester students Anthony Vella, Aaron Bauer and Nicolas Brown are the winners of Synopsis Inc.’s Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition. Hu designed a...
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Inrad Receives Order for Tank Optics
NORTHVALE, N.J., Aug. 25, 2014 — Inrad Optics has received a $585,553 order for metal optical mirrors from the U.S. Army. Inrad will provide single-axis mirrors for electro-optic fire-control systems that give M1A1 tanks their ability to shoot on the move. The...

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Inrad Optics Posts Loss After Facilities Consolidation
NORTHVALE, N.J., Aug. 21, 2014 — Inrad Optics Inc. reported a net loss of $1.0 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to a net loss of $648,000 in the second quarter of 2013. Revenue for the second quarter was $2.2 million, down 17.3 percent from $2.7 million in...
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Researchers Propose Lossless Nano-Optical Cables
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 21, 2014 — New research proposes lossless nano-optical fibers small enough to replace copper wiring in computer chips. “We’re already transmitting data from continent to continent using fiber optics, but the killer application is using...

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Imaging Shows Bubbles Could Make Energy-Efficient Nanoparticles
PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 20, 2014 — High-speed cameras and UV-sensitive materials are helping advance understanding of bubbles — which could mean big things for nanoparticles. In fact, a system in which bubbles mix liquids is an energy-efficient route toward producing...
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Laser Tweezers Used to Study Malaria
CAMBRIDGE, England, Aug. 20, 2014 — Optical tweezers are helping in the race to find new medicines or vaccines to wipe out malaria. A team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge is studying how Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites interact...

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Meadowlark Acquires Boulder Nonlinear Systems’ Commercial Unit
FREDERICK, Colo., Aug. 19, 2014 — Meadowlark Optics Inc. recently acquired the Commercial Products Group of Boulder Nonlinear Systems. Acquired product lines include spatial light modulators (SLMs), optical shutters, polarization rotators, variable waveplates and the CUBE...
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Sulfur Copolymers Boost IR Optics
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 15, 2014 — A new polymer made from sulfur demonstrates high transmission of IR light that could greatly enhance thermal imaging systems. While crystalline IR materials such as silicon, germanium, zinc selenide and halide salts are all frequently used...

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IR Sensor Provides 'Virtual Touch' for Blind
CINCINNATI, Aug. 13, 2014 — An IR sensor and the concept of virtual touch could help the visually impaired take on many day-to-day activities. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati used an Enactive Torch, a tactile feedback device for experiments in sensory...
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NSF Grant Funds Study of 'Next Graphene'
RIVERSIDE, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014 — A nearly $1.7 million grant will advance the study of what engineers are calling “the next graphene,” which could play a pivotal role in optoelectronics and other devices. A prototype device with a 2-D channel, which will be...

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Edmund Optics Announces Promotions
BARRINGTON, N.J., Aug. 12, 2014 — Edmund Optics Inc. has named new directors of its imaging, optics and sales units. Gregory Hollows, former director of machine vision technology at Edmund Optics, will lead the company’s imaging unit. He has 15 years of experience in...
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Hydrogen Prevents UV Damage in Optical Fiber
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 12, 2014 — Hydrogen can fortify optical fibers, making them capable of sustained transmission of high-intensity UV light. A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology created the new fibers, which they said could help reduce errors...






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