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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 aluminum grating and is CMOS compatible. The new device responds directly to red, green and blue light, similar to the human eye. “Today’s color filtering mechanisms often involve materials that are not CMOS compatible, but this new...

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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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Fiber Optic Sensors Market Projected to Reach $2.2B by 2018
WELLESLEY, Mass., Aug. 12, 2014 — The global market for fiber optic sensors is expected to reach $2.2 billion by 2018, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5 percent since 2013, according to a BCC Research analysis. The firm said the defense industry is...
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Ametek Acquires Amptek and Luphos
BERWYN, Pa., Aug. 6, 2014 — Ametek Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, has acquired Amptek Inc. and Luphos GmbH. Amptek provides x-ray detectors that utilize x-ray fluorescence for nondestructive materials analysis. ...

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Low-Temperature Fabrication Process Yields Superblack Material
NEWHAVEN, England, July 31, 2014 — A novel superblack material can absorb 99.96 percent of incident light. Its developers say the carbon nanotube technology could enhance optical devices like apertures and MEMS sensors. “It reduces stray light, improving the ability of...
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Teledyne Sees Record Earnings, Cites Machine Vision
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 24, 2014 — Teledyne Technologies Inc. has posted record earnings of $56.1 million ($1.47 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2014, up 30.8 percent from $42.9 million in the same period last year. Sales held relatively steady, thanks in part to demand...

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Lasers Could Replace Quartz in Future Electronics
PASADENA, Calif., July 18, 2014 — A new laser optical technique could replace quartz crystals as the tuning reference for future electronic devices. Developed by a team at the California Institute of Technology, the new method can stabilize microwave signals in the...
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Nanosensor Enhances Bomb Detection
BERKELEY, Calif., July 21, 2014 — A new plasmon laser sensor can identify extremely minute concentrations of explosives, as well as explosives that are typically difficult to detect. “Optical explosive sensors are very sensitive and compact,” said Dr. Xiang...

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Fluorescence Sensor Diagnoses Diabetes
STANFORD, Calif., July 17, 2014 — A microchip that detects fluorescent signatures of antibodies associated with Type 1 diabetes could aid in prevention and early intervention. Created by a team from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the portable gold plasmonic...
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Sensor Amplifies Molecule Signatures
HOUSTON, July 17, 2014 — A new spectroscopy technique can accurately identify the structure and composition of individual molecules. Researchers from the Rice University Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) developed the device, which they said has the ability to...

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Helmet Integrates Night Vision Camera, Visor Projection
ROCHESTER, England, July 16, 2014 — BAE Systems plc has introduced a new helmet-mounted display for fighter jet pilots that integrates a night-vision camera. The Striker II also includes a hybrid opto-inertial tracking system that determines where the pilot is looking and...
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Opsens Profits Down Amid Development Push
QUEBEC CITY, July 3, 2014 — Fiber sensing firm Opsens Inc. reported a net loss of CA$1.2 million in its third quarter, citing fees related to a licensing agreement and development costs related to an arterial pressure sensor due to hit the market next year. The...

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Yokogawa to Distribute GasSecure IR Detectors
OSLO, Norway, July 3, 2014 — GasSecure AS has chosen Yokogawa Electric Corp. of Tokyo to distribute its wireless industrial IR gas detectors. GasSecure’s detectors perform IR measurements of explosive hydrocarbon gas concentrations and transmits them wirelessly...
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Framos Names European Distribution Director
MUNICH, July 2, 2014 — Framos GmbH has named Axel Krepil director of European distribution for its sensor components. Krepil previously worked for Cypress Semi-conductor, where he was senior distribution manager for central, east and south Europe, as well as for...

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Harsh Environments No Match for New Fiber Sensor
PITTSBURGH, June 27, 2014 — A team from the University of Pittsburgh has developed a high-temperature fiber sensor for gas flow measurements. The researchers said they were able to operate the sensor at up to 850 °C, about 200 °C hotter than has been...
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Lidar Provides Better Study of Active Fault Zone
BEIJING and PASADENA, Calif., June 16, 2014 — An active seismic fault in China has been the scene of several deadly earthquakes — some of the worst in history. Digital 3-D modeling of the fault zone could help save lives, researchers say. A team from the State Key Laboratory of...

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Swelling Sensor Detects Toxic Gas
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 17, 2014 — Those who work with hazardous substances could find an extra measure of protection in an optical sensor that puffs up in the presence of even trace amounts of toxic gases. Made from a 400-nm-thick film of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), the...
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Antenna-free THz Detector Uses Nanotube Thin Films
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., HOUSTON and TOKYO, June 13, 2014 — Carbon nanotube-based detectors that reveal light in the terahertz frequency range without cooling could lead to significant improvements in medical imaging, airport screening and food inspection. A team from Sandia National Labs has begun...

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Sensor Studies Chemicals with Single Chip
VIENNA, June 12, 2014 — A tiny new sensor uses miniaturized IR laser technology to identify and study chemicals — all on a single chip. The new sensor, developed by researchers at the Vienna University of Technology, can analyze liquids and gases, as...
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ON Semiconductor Acquires Aptina Imaging
PHOENIX, June 11, 2014 — ON Semiconductor has acquired Aptina Imaging for $400 million in a push to expand its image sensor business. Aptina manufactures CMOS image sensors for the automotive and industrial markets, which are a strategic focus of ON. Aptina also...

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Biometric Watches Noninvasively Monitor Vital Signs
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 — Monitoring patients’ vital signs is standard medical practice in health care facilities. What happens when people want or need to monitor their vital signs on their own, outside of a hospital or doctor’s office? Researchers from...
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4 Photonics Projects Get Defense Funding
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded funding totaling $28.3 million for four photonics graduate research projects under its Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). Brief summaries of the projects follow. For further...

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Laser Device Detects Alcohol in Cars
WARSAW, Poland, June 3, 2014 — Forget the Breathalyzer. Police might soon be able to detect alcohol on your breath before they even pull you over. A new laser device developed at the Polish Military University of Technology’s Institute of Optoelectronics has been...
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Laser Sensing for Self-Driving Cars, 3-D Video Games
BERKELEY, Calif., May 30, 2014 — Self-driving cars that could detect nearby objects and people. Answering your smartphone by waving a hand from across the room. 3-D video games that could be played literally anywhere. All of this could be possible with a new 3-D laser imaging...






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