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Individual Photons Squeezed by QDs
CAMBRIDGE, England, Aug. 31, 2015 — Quantum dots (QDs) can provide the control necessary to "squeeze" individual photons — a feat previously considered impossible to observe. Squeezing is quantum phenomenon that produces an extremely low-noise signal potentially useful in technology designed to pick up faint signals, such as the detection of gravitational waves, as well as in optical communications. Laser light was used to excite individual quantum dots to create squeezed single photons in a quantum optics...

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Gas-Sensing MEMS Interferometer Connects to Smartphones
ESPOO, Finland, Aug. 14, 2015 — Air and sleep quality can be gauged by an optical gas sensor that attaches to smartphones. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland developed the device, which is based on Fabry-Perot interferometers and microelectromechanical systems...
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'Biochemical Nose' Targeted for Home Sensing Market
HAYWARD, Calif., Aug. 12, 2015 — A "biochemical nose" based on Raman spectroscopy can quickly and accurately detect or diagnose substances at the molecular level for applications in food safety, medical diagnosis, chemical analysis and even home safety. "Our system can do...

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Eric Lindner to Head FBGS
JENA, Germany, Aug. 12, 2015 — Eric Lindner has been named CEO of FBGS Technologies GmbH, a developer and manufacturer of high-strength fiber Bragg gratings for sensing applications. Lindner has held various leadership positions within FBGS since 2008. He has a master's...
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Laser Components Opens Pyro Group Facility
STUART, Fla., July 30, 2015 — Laser Components USA Inc., part of the international Laser Components Group, has announced the opening of its new pyroelectric detector production facility. One year after acquiring the manufacturing site and the staff of Microwatt...

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Integrated Photonics Center to Spur US Competitiveness
ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 27, 2015 — From creating jobs locally to boosting America's technological competitiveness abroad, a national photonics institute to be established here already aspires to some lofty goals. Vice President Joe Biden visited "the optics capital of the...
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Optical Glucose Sensor on Commercial Path
LEEDS, England, July 17, 2015 — A University of Leeds spin-off company is seeking to commercialize an optical glucose sensor that could make finger-prick blood tests unnecessary for people with diabetes. Glucosense Diagnostics Ltd. intends to make tabletop and wearable...

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MoS2 Films Made at Room Temperature in New Process
SOUTHAMPTON, England, July 13, 2015 — A new chemical vapor deposition process allows fabrication of wafer-scale films of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which until now has been commercially available only in microscale flakes. The advance could pave the way for the large-scale...
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Exelis Acquired by Harris in $4.6B Deal
MELBOURNE, Fla., July 10, 2015 — Defense contractor Harris Corp. recently acquired Exelis Inc. of McLean, Va., in a deal worth $4.6 billion. "With about $8 billion in combined pro forma revenue, the acquisition creates significantly greater scale, bringing together two...

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Graphene Confines Light for Nanomolecular Sensing
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 10, 2015 — A plasmonic sensor made of graphene can conduct complex analyses of the smallest molecules without altering them. The device overcomes a limitation of traditional IR absorption spectroscopy, according to researchers at the Swiss Federal...
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IOP Recognizes Products from M Squared Lasers, Silixa
LONDON, July 10, 2015 — The Institute of Physics (IOP) has presented its Innovation Awards to two U.K. photonics companies. M Squared Lasers Ltd. of Glasgow, Scotland, was recognized for development of a CW Ti:sapphire laser system used to explore quantum and...

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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...
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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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