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Phase Encoding, Photon Counting Yield Secure QR Codes
STORRS, Conn., March 4, 2015 — Microscale QR codes coupled with optical phase and photon-counting encryption could be used to protect the integrity of microchips used in the most sensitive applications. QR, or Quick Response, codes — those black and white boxes that people scan with a smartphone to learn more about something — have been used to convey information about everything from cereals to cars and new homes. University of Connecticut researchers think the codes can be applied to cybersecurity as...

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Two Reach Top Rung of Zeiss Technical Ladder
JENA, Germany, Feb. 27, 2015 — Optics giant Zeiss has elevated two employees to the highest level on its technical ladder. Dr. Michael Kempe and Dr. Michael Totzeck of Zeiss’ corporate research and technology division, are now two of three fellows within the company. ...
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Semrock Names Life Sciences Catalog Leader
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 25, 2015 — Semrock has named Dr. Prashant Prabhat the new business line leader for its newly formed life sciences catalog business segment. Prabhat and his team will focus on growing the catalog filter business, which supports researchers in...

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Model Predicts Metamaterials’ Nonlinear Optical Properties
BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 23, 2015 — A new approach that can predict the nonlinear light scattering properties of nanostructures could help turn optical metamaterials to more practical uses. The unique electromagnetic properties of metamaterials stem from their physical...
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‘Flat Lens’ Masters Chromatic Aberration
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 19, 2015 — Overcoming a limitation of earlier flat optics, a new achromatic metasurface is able to bend different wavelengths of light by the same amount. The ultrathin “flat lens” is composed of a glass substrate and nanoscale silicon...

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Bach Research Supplying Optics for Multiple Atmospheric Study Missions
BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 19, 2015 — Bach Research Corp. has completed two contracts and begun one more for optical components to be used in satellites studying the Earth’s atmosphere. Under a new contract with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Bach will...
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Edmund, Luxexcel Partner on 3-D Printed Optics
BARRINGTON, N.J., Feb. 18, 2015 — Edmund Optics has partnered with Luxexcel Group BV of the Netherlands to develop 3-D-printed plastic optical components. Luxexcel’s patented Printoptical technology uses additive manufacturing techniques to create smooth, transparent...

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Laser Frequency Comb Boosts Solar Telescope Accuracy (with video)
MUNICH, Feb. 18, 2015 — Laser frequency combs can help telescopes achieve unprecedented accuracy in spectral measurements, and may someday aid detection of Earth-sized exoplanets. A team from three German institutions attached a laser frequency comb to the...
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Prism Award Winners Recognized at Photonics West
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2015 — From 3-D-printed optics to novel laser systems to mobile medical diagnostics and chemical sensors, nine cutting-edge products were recognized Wednesday during the Photonics West trade show with Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. ...

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Newport Touts Record Sales Amid Acquisitions
IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 9, 2015 — Newport Corp. notched sales and orders records in 2014, with profits reaching $35.1 million. Net sales for the year were $605.2 million, $158.7 million of that coming in the fourth quarter. “Our sales and orders in the fourth...
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Edmund, Fisba Partner on IR Glass-Molded Optics
BARRINGTON, N.J., Feb. 5, 2015 — Edmund Optics Inc. and Fisba Optik LLC of Tucson, Ariz., have teamed up to produce IR optics using nontraditional materials. The new components will be suited for life sciences applications such as thermal imaging and laser surgery, as well...

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Mobius Strips Conjured from Beam Polarization
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 30, 2015 — A light beam can be structured so that its polarization twists around like a Mobius strip. The finding, by a team of researchers from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, confirms a theoretical prediction that it is possible for light’s...
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Speed of Light Reduced in Free Space
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Jan. 29, 2015 — Passing photons through an optical mask can give them a transverse spatial structure that reduces their speed. Researchers from Heriot-Watt University and the University of Glasgow have reported delaying single photons by several microns...

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Strong Fourth Quarter Keeps Jenoptik on Track
JENA, Germany, Jan. 29, 2015 — The Jenoptik Group said it is looking forward to a jump in revenues in the new year after ending 2014 with sales and earnings down slightly. The company’s preliminary numbers place earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) at more...
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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 an expanded suite of offices and laboratories with increased manufacturing space. The company offers integrated atomic force and optical microscopy...

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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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