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Sofradir, Airbus Sensors Deployed for ESA Mission
PALAISEAU, France, June 23, 2015 — Sofradir SAS has delivered 24 shortwave-infrared (SWIR) detectors to Airbus Defence and Space GmbH of Munich for the European Space Agency’s Sentinel missions. Twelve of the Sofradir devices are currently on board the Sentinel-2A satellite, with the remaining 12 set to launch in 2016 on the Sentinel-2B. The Sentinel-2 mission is a polar-orbiting, high-resolution imaging project that uses satellites to monitor land for the European Union's Copernicus environmental monitoring system....

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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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Hamamatsu, Photek License Arradiance's Nanofilm Technology for Photodetectors
SUDBURY, Mass., June 4, 2015 — Arradiance Inc. has licensed its nanofilm microchannel plate (MCP) imager and detector technology to Photek Ltd. of the UK and Hamamatsu Photonics KK of Japan. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. The technology, covered by 11 issued U.S....

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Collaboration to Develop QCL Threat-Detection Systems with €3.35M EC Grant
GLASGOW, Scotland, May 5, 2015 — A group of European companies and researchers, including laser experts and law enforcement agencies, will collaborate on a €3.35 million European Commission-funded project to develop photonic systems to detect explosives and hazardous...
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Meprolight, Rolta to Develop Imaging Optronics for Indian Defense Forces
OR-AKIVA, Israel, May 4, 2015 — Meprolight Ltd. is seeking to establish a joint venture with defense contractor Rolta India Ltd. of Mumbai to develop optronic devices based on image intensifier and thermal imaging technologies for India's defense and security forces. Still...

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Camera Powered by the Light It Captures
NEW YORK, April 15, 2015 — Absorbing solar energy one moment and capturing images the next, a prototype video camera is said to be the first that is entirely self-powered. Developed by researchers at Columbia University, the camera can produce an image each second,...
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Teledyne Judson Expands Lead Salt IR Detector Fabrication Facility
MONTGOMERYVILLE, Pa., March 20, 2015 — Teledyne Judson Technologies LLC has completed a major expansion of its cleanroom facilities for producing IR detectors based on the lead salts PbS and PbSe. The company offers lead salt detectors in a variety of sizes and packaging, including...

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Compact Imaging, IPIC to Commercialize OCT Biosensor
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 17, 2015 — Compact Imaging Inc. has teamed up with the Irish Photonic Integration Center (IPIC) to bring compact optical biosensor technology to the market. The company said its benchtop prototype MRO (multiple reference optical coherence tomography)...
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JDSU Reveals Spinoff Names: Lumentum and Viavi
MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 27, 2015 — Lumentum and Viavi are the names of the two companies JDSU plans to split into this fall. Meanwhile, Chief Financial Officer Rex Jackson will leave the company Sept. 30 following the expected completion of the spinoff. JDSU’s...

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Cubic Nanoantennas Eyed for NEMS Biosensors
CLAYTON, Victoria, Australia, Feb. 24, 2015 — Lab-on-a-chip applications could benefit from cubic nanoantennas that direct light more effectively than spherical ones. The cubes, which are composed of insulating rather than conducting or semiconducting materials, are easier to fabricate...
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ZnO Nanowires Create Ultrasensitive UV Smoke Detector
SURREY, England, Feb. 17, 2015 — A new low-temperature nanowire growth process can create ultrasensitive UV smoke detectors directly on a microchip. A ZnO nanowire detector created through a seedless hydrothermal technique is 10,000 times more sensitive to UV radiation than...

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Film Enables Touch Displays That Respond to Bending, Heat
WURZBURG, Germany, Feb. 6, 2015 — A novel film could be used to make flexible displays that respond not only to touch but also to bending and heat. Developed by a team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC), the film is based on piezoelectric printing pastes...
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Laser Components Expands Arizona Facilities for Production of Lead Salt IR Detectors
TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 23, 2015 — The Laser Components Group has expanded its R&D and production capabilities to offer a new line of lead salt IR detectors. The PbS and PbSe detectors are sensitive in the 3- to 5-µm range and may be used in gas measurement and other...

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Combining Lasers Leads to More Flexible Pulse Control
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Jan. 22, 2015 — Every laser has its limitations in terms of repetition rate and pulse characteristics, but bringing five lasers together in one system could make those limitations vanish. A device developed at the University of Southampton does just that to...
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Fiber Sensors Go Inside Hot Machining Processes
MADRID, Jan. 21, 2015 — Fiber optic pyrometers that can get into places that other heat sensors cannot could help metal parts manufacturers cut down defects and breakdowns. Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid have developed 62.5-µm silica fiber...

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Princeton Optronics Provides VCSELs for Google Project
MERCERVILLE, N.J., Jan. 20, 2015 — Princeton Optronics Inc. said it is working with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group on compact 3-D imaging systems for mobile devices. The initiative, called Project Tango, will use vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers...
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Technique Enables Better Quantum Detectors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 14, 2015 — An array of single-photon detectors on a silicon chip could aid the development of quantum computating. Researchers at MIT, IBM and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory describe the technique for fabricating and testing individual low-jitter...

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Nanolaser Detects Biomolecules
YOKOHAMA, Japan, Jan. 13, 2015 — A laser biosensor has demonstrated a simpler way to identify DNA and biomarker proteins via changes in a solution’s surface charge density or pH. A team from Yokohama National University developed the GaInAsP photonic crystal nanolaser...
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Opsens Receives $1M-Plus Order for Fiber Optic Mining Sensors
QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 8, 2015 — Opsens Inc. has received an order worth more than $1 million for fiber optic sensor systems for mining operations in South America. Opsens will provide a monitoring system that will optimize mining operations to prevent negative impact on the...

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Emerson Acquires QCL Gas Sensor Firm Cascade Technologies
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 2, 2015 — Quantum cascade laser (QCL) gas sensor firm Cascade Technologies Ltd. of Stirling, Scotland, has been acquired by About Emerson Process Management. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Cascade’s devices are capable of...
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$30M DOE Program Seeks Photonic Methane Monitoring Solutions
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2104 — Ten organizations will develop photonic gas monitoring systems under a $30 million program coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E). The Methane Observation Networks with Innovative...

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Flir Gets $27M Order for Threat Detection Systems
WILSONVILLE, Ore., Dec. 29, 2014 — Flir Systems Inc. has received a $27.1 million order for its integrated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) threat response system under a five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. The systems...
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IOP Recognizes Researcher, Laser Modulator, Gas Sensor
LONDON, Dec. 23, 2014 — The Institute of Physics (IOP) has recognized two UK photonics companies with its Innovation Awards. Meanwhile, the organization awarded the Born Medal to Dr. Andrea Cavalleri for his studies of photoinduced phase transition in correlated...

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Dynasil Turns a Profit After Restructuring
NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 17, 2014 — Dynasil Corp. has returned to profitability after shedding two business units and addressing debts during fiscal 2014. The developer of optics and sensors for homeland security, medicine and industry reported year-end earnings of $2.0 million,...
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Terahertz, IR Beams Detect Trace Gases at a Distance
DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 17, 2014 — A combination of IR and terahertz radiation (T-rays) is giving scientists a nose-up on toxic gases. This technology is able to sniff out even trace amounts of harmful gases — from chemical spill effects to nerve gas attacks — in the air...






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