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Laser Process Allows Precision Design of Nanospheres
HANNOVER, Germany, April 17, 2014 — A laser-based technique for creating light-scattering silicon nanospheres could have applications in medicine and sensor technology. Molten silicon forms nanoparticles which, due to surface tension, fly onto a receiver substrate. Images courtesy of Laser Zentrum Hannover. The Nanophotonics Group of the Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) used femtosecond laser pulses to irradiate thin layers of silicon. The surface tension of the molten silicon created perfectly round, 165-nm...

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High-Speed Optics Enable Inline Strip Product Inspections
FREIBURG, Germany, April 16, 2014 — A new optical inspection system examines strip products like wire, pipe and rail much faster than any human ever could. The Wire-AOI wire inspection system uses four cameras collectively to deliver 40,000 analyzed images of a moving...
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Adaptive Optics Enhances Subcellular Imaging
ASHBURN, Va., April 14, 2014 — A new adaptive optics approach sharpens microscope images for biologists studying the zebrafish. The technique rapidly corrects for distortions in transparent, nonscattering tissues at the millimeter scale without exposing them to damaging...

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Second Light Source Primes Semiconductors to See IR
LEEDS, England and ATLANTA, April 14, 2014 — Traditional semiconductors may just need a little help to see the (IR) light. A team from the University of Leeds and Georgia State University has developed a new technology that uses standard, patterned semiconductors to detect light over...
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Ametek Set to Acquire Zygo Corp.
BERWYN, Pa. and MIDDLEFIELD, Conn., April 11, 2014 — Ametek Inc. is poised to acquire Zygo Corp. for roughly $280 million. The deal was unanimously approved by Zygo’s board of directors but must still be approved by regulators and Zygo's stockholders. MAK Capital One LLC, a financial...

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Whispering-Gallery Device Could Improve Info Processing
ST. LOUIS, April 11, 2014 — A new whispering-gallery microcavity could lead to new and more powerful computers that run faster and at cooler temperatures. The optical diode was created at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSL), where researchers coupled two...
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ON Semiconductor Acquires Truesense Imaging
PHOENIX, April 8, 2014 — ON Semiconductor will acquire Truesense Imaging Inc. for $92 million. Truesense Imaging will be incorporated into ON Semiconductor’s Application Products Group. The merger will expand ON’s existing technology portfolio and add...

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Studying Altitude Sickness with NIR Spectroscopy
FRANKFURT, Germany, April 8, 2014 — Headaches are a common symptom of altitude sickness. But they may not have to be. Researchers from University Hospital Frankfurt have turned to NIR spectroscopy to study ailments associated with altitude sickness, namely its tendency to...
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Scaling Down Quantum Cryptography for Mobile Phones
BRISTOL, England, April 4, 2014 — A tiny microchip has huge potential for the future of secure quantum communications. A new client-server quantum key distribution method developed at the University of Bristol allows quantum cryptography technology to be integrated...

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Lasers to Clean Up Space Junk
CANBERRA, Australia, April 2, 2014 — A new approach to eliminating space debris may be reminiscent of a sci-fi movie scene or video game, but it could actually prove more practical than options previously studied. A new $20 million Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), part of an...
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Guide Star Set for VLT
MUNICH, April 1, 2014 — A new solid-state laser aims to give giant Earth-bound telescopes better vision by reducing atmospheric distortion. German manufacturer Toptica Photonics has developed a 22-W 589-nm (yellow) source, which is tuned to the frequency needed to...

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FBGS, 4DSP Enter Strategic Partnership
JENA, Germany, and AUSTIN, Texas, March 28, 2014 — FBGS and 4DSP have joined forces to enhance the field of fiber optic sensing technology. 4DSP’s fiber optic sensing system will complement FBGS’ all grating fiber technology, affecting design, test, implementation and...
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Combining Technologies Creates Ultrathin Light Detectors
VIENNA, March 28, 2014 — A first-ever combination of technologies has resulted in the creation of an extremely thin light detector. By integrating metamaterials and quantum cascade structures, a team from the Vienna University of Technology has coupled light into...

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System Pushes Better Light Control
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 27, 2014 — More precise control of light could be on the horizon, prompting advances in solar photovoltaics, detectors for telescopes and microscopes, and privacy filters for display screens. Researchers from MIT have developed the first system that...
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Rutgers Professor Takes Top SPIE Prize
CAMDEN, N.J., March 26, 2014 — James Harrington, a professor at Rutgers University, has received SPIE’s 2014 Gold Medal Award for his pioneering research on fiber optics and IR optical materials. Since 1977, this annual prize has recognized “seminal...

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Video Game Technology Could Prevent Hospital Falls
COLUMBIA, Mo., March 19, 2014 — Video game technology may be able to serve a new purpose: preventing hospital patients from falling. As many as 1 million people each year fall in US hospitals, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. And while falls...
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CyberOptics Acquires Laser Design
MINNEAPOLIS, March 17, 2014 — CyberOptics Corp., a provider of sensors and inspection systems for the global electronic assembly and semiconductor equipment markets, has acquired Laser Design Inc. for $2.7 million cash. The Bloomington-based Laser Design will be...

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Graphene Light Detector Spans IR Spectrum
ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 18, 2014 — A new light detector is the first to sense the full IR spectrum, carrying with it potential advancements in heat-vision technology. The room-temperature, graphene-based detector, developed by a team at the University of Michigan, can be...
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Nanosensors on CDs Simplify Bio Sample Study
MADRID, March 17, 2014 — CD players have been overshadowed by mp3 files in the entertainment world, but in the biology lab, they could be the wave of the future. A team from Spain has developed a technique for studying biological samples using a CD and a CD player....

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Tech Breakthrough with Nanoscale Optical Switch
NASHVILLE, Tenn., BIRMINGHAM, Ala., and LOS ALAMOS, N.M., March 18, 2014 — Photons may someday replace electrons inside cellphones, automobiles and other products. This shift got a recent boost with the development of an ultrafast, ultrasmall optical switch. The new device, developed by a team from Vanderbilt...
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High-Tech Glasses Show Cancer Cells
ST. LOUIS, March 14, 2014 — Distinguishing between cancer cells and healthy cells could become easier for surgeons. And all they’ll need to do is put on glasses. A team at Washington University’s School of Medicine — led by Dr. Samuel Achilefu, a...

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Nanoinjection Makes Photon Detection More Efficient
EVANSTON, Ill., March 14, 2014 — Existing photon number resolving (PNR) detectors are not ideal. They require extreme cooling to ensure accuracy, and often can slow the performance progress in systems such as quantum computers. Northwestern University researchers have come...
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Small 2-D Material Has Big Potential
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 14, 2014 — Although small and just a few atoms thick, a new material has big possibilities for the field of optoelectronics. A 2-D material called tungsten diselenide (WSe2), which could potentially manipulate light and electricity interactions, has...

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IQE, UCSB Team Up to Grow Silicon Photonics
CARDIFF, England, and SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 13, 2014 — A new epitaxial wafer technology is moving forward the next generation of quantum dot lasers on silicon substrates. IQE, in conjunction with researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, has developed the technology, which...
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Stimulated Emission Enhances Fluorescence Detection
TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 4, 2014 — Stimulated emission (SE) can now be used to detect the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of fluorescence and convert it to a coherent signal. A technique developed by a team from National Yang-Ming University’s Institute of Biophotonics...






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