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Metasurface Polarimeter Meets Telecom, Nanotechnology Demands
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 11, 2016 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 11, 2016 — A novel architecture for in-line polarimeters enables monolithic, on-chip integration of polarization sensors for applications as varied as drug design and telecommunications, as well as for emerging nanotechnologies. A research team led by professor Federico Capasso of Harvard University sought to address the slow, bulky and expensive nature of existing polarimeters, which are the ubiquitous technology for measuring the polarization of

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Renewable NRG Systems to Supply NY with Doppler Lidar
HINESBURG, Vt., Jan. 10, 2016 — ST/jfl Renewable NRG Systems to Supply NY State with Doppler Lidar HINESBURG, Vt., Jan. 10, 2016 — Renewable NRG Systems has secured a contract with the state of New York to supply up to 17 Windcube 100S 3D scanning Doppler lidar systems for...
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Superconductor Ups Single-Photon Detection Accuracy
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 6, 2016 — Improving on earlier technology, a single-photon detector made of superconducting nanowires offers reduced temporal jitter with less demanding cooling requirements. This greater precision at a higher temperature makes the new detector useful for...

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Fiber Optic Sensor Monitors Early Stage Embryos
ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan. 5, 2016 — A fiber optic sensor holds promise for noninvasively monitoring early stage embryos during the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. The sensor concurrently measures hydrogen peroxide and pH in solution, and consists of a single optical fiber, the...
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Optical Resonators Probed with Ion Beams
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Dec. 27, 2015 — Ion beams can subtly measure and adjust the performance of microscale optical resonators, a finding that could help refine production of such cavities for applications in sensing and quantum computing. Researchers at the National Institute of...

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'Rubber Laser' Material Advances Sensor Technology
KENT, Ohio, Dec. 23, 2015 — A rubberlike material that emits coherent light without mirrors — even while it's being stretched — could be used in remote sensors or as a tunable light source. Liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) can curl up, bend, twist, wrinkle and...
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VECSEL Eyed for Terahertz Sensing Applications
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21, 2015 — A semiconductor laser that emits at terahertz frequencies could drive development of a new class of lasers for materials analysis and threat detection. The first vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) capable of operating in this...

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Application Note: OCT System Captures 'Internal' Fingerprints
PARIS, Dec. 17, 2015 — A sensor system based on full-field optical coherence tomography (FF-OCT) can distinguish real fingerprints from fakes by imaging deeper. Most traditional fingerprint-scanning devices use an optical camera to take pictures of only the top layer of...
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Andy Laing Named CFO at Pyreos
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 14, 2015 — IR sensors firm Pyreos Ltd. has appointed Andy Laing as its new chief financial officer to strengthen team management ahead of global product launches. Laing previously worked for Archangels, where he raised more than £25 million (about $38...

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Plasmons Enhance Detection of Wavefront Aberrations
DUBLIN, Dec. 8, 2015 — A sensor that exploits plasmonics to gauge nanoscale distortions in lightwaves could yield more powerful tools for metrology and chemical sensing, as well as sharper microscopes.
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Gary Bishop Appointed Executive VP of Photonics at Dynasil
NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 2, 2015 — Dynasil Corp. of America has appointed Gary J. Bishop executive vice president of photonics. "We expect his leadership in this new position will be transformational for our optics group," said Dynasil President and CEO Peter Sulick. "With more...

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Superacid Erases Thin Film Defects, Boosting Luminescence
BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 26, 2015 — An organic superacid can smooth out defects in monolayer semiconductors, potentially making them more viable for applications such as transparent LED displays, ultrahigh-efficiency solar cells and photodetectors. The chemical treatment method...
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Opsens Revenues Climb Following Regulatory OKs
QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 24, 2015 — Preparing to introduce to the global market its fiber optic sensor system for diagnosing and treating clogged arteries, Opsens Inc. ended its fiscal year with a 28 percent rise in revenue. The company reported a net loss of $2.9 million CAD (about...

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AMS to Acquire Cmosis for $235M
UNTERPREMSTAETTEN, Austria, Nov. 20, 2015 — AMS AG plans to acquire CMOS image sensor developer Cmosis BVBA of Antwerp, Belgium, from the investment firm TA Associates Management LP of Boston, Mass., in an all-cash, €220 million (about $235.1 million) transaction. The deal is expected...
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Quanergy Develops Lidar for Self-Driving Cars
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 18, 2015 — Quanergy Systems Inc. plans to release the first solid-state lidar sensor for self-driving cars in 2016. The sensor contains an integrated circuit that scans in every direction without any moving parts on both the macro- and microscale, creating a...

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Plasmonic Absorbers Capture Specific Wavelengths
DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 11, 2015 — An experimental fabrication technique has created perfect absorbers for small bands of the electromagnetic spectrum from visible light through the near-infrared. The technique could allow advanced thermal imaging systems to be produced more...
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Steady Sales Growth Drives 9.5% Rise in Profits at Hamamatsu
HAMAMATSU, Japan, Nov. 10, 2015 — Growth in domestic sales and a favorable exchange rate fueled at 9.5 percent increase in earnings at Hamamatsu Photonics KK in fiscal 2015. For the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, Hamamatsu reported profits of ¥16.6 billion (about $134.7...

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Laser-Machined Microresonators Offer Efficient SHG
SHANGHAI, Nov. 6, 2015 — Femtosecond laser micromachining and other processes can create smaller optical resonators out of lithium niobate (LN), potentially allowing their integration into chip-scale sensors. Whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) microresonators developed at the...
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Record-Setting Phototransistor is Flexible and Sensitive
MADISON, Wis., Nov. 3, 2015 — Inspired by mammals' eyes, a record-setting phototransistor could improve the performance of myriad products — from digital cameras, night-vision goggles and smoke detectors to surveillance systems and satellites — that rely on...

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FBGS Partners With FAZ on Medical Fiber Sensors
JENA, Germany, Nov. 2, 2015 — FBGS Technologies GmbH has partnered with FAZ Technology Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland, a manufacturer of ultrahigh-resolution measurement devices for fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors. The partnership gives FBGS exclusive rights to commercialize the...
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Metamaterial Detects Circularly Polarized Light
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 27, 2015 — A metamaterial detector for circularly polarized light may open the door for development of small, portable sensors for applications from drug screening to communications and beyond. "Although it is largely invisible to human vision, the...

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Pyreos Secures £2.5M in Funding; Names Directors
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Oct. 22, 2015 — Investors have appointed two nonexecutive directors to the board of IR sensor firm Pyreos Ltd. after completing of a £2.5 million (about $3.85 million) funding round. Tony Lear represents Scottish Investment Bank, and Philipp Rose represents...
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TeraView Nets Venture Funding to Expand THz Inspection
CAMBRIDGE, England, Oct. 20, 2015 — TeraView Ltd. said it has received a major new investment from a consortium of American, Asian and European institutions led by Samsung Venture Investment Corp. The investment will support the expansion of terahertz inspection systems for fault...

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Metamaterial Offers Simpler Route to Slow Light
TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Oct. 15, 2015 — Manipulating the speed of light more effectively than cold-atom methods, a metamaterial design could find use in optical networks and sensors. The "slow light" effect was demonstrated using terahertz waves, but could be applied to other...
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Design Presents Cheaper Alternative for 2-μm Fiber Lasers
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct. 9, 2015 — A new fiber laser design eliminates a costly component that had been necessary to generate beams around 2 μm, a band useful for surgery, materials processing and atmospheric study. Typical 2-μm lasers are based on an optical fiber ring...






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