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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 applications. Full-scale production has begun after prototype development and testing in cooperation with the Arizona State University Center for Solid State Electronics. The company plans to unveil its new products next month at...

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Combing 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...
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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...

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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...
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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...

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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...
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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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Zecotek Gets Japanese Patent for Photomultiplier
SINGAPORE, Dec. 10, 2014 — The Japanese Patent Office has issued a patent to Zecotek Photonics Inc. for its microchannel avalanche photodiode (MAPD) silicon photomultiplier. The device can detect very small signals, making it useful for photon counting. It is...
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UK Establishes 4 Quantum Technology Hubs
BIRMINGHAM, England, Dec. 2, 2014 — Four newly established quantum technology research hubs in the U.K. will explore advanced light detectors and more. The £120 million project (about $148.5 million) involves 17 universities and 132 companies and is funded by the...

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Northrop Grumman Receives $116M for Military Equipment Upgrades
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Nov. 20, 2014 — The U.S. military has awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $116 million contract to upgrade the AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING Advanced Targeting Systems. Under the contract, Northrop will provide upgrades and spares to the Air Force, Air Force Reserve,...
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Laser Detects Methane Leaks
FREIBURG, Germany, Nov. 13, 2014 — A new laser system can detect biogas and natural gas that escape through leaks in gas lines or fermenters at biogas plants. A team led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM developed the system, which can...

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Canada to Foster Quantum Photonics Collaborations
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 7, 2014 — Canada’s National Research Council has set out on a mission to foster development of next-generation photonic sensors and quantum encryption systems. The Quantum Photonic Sensing and Security program is aimed at forming partnerships...
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Subwavelength Optical Fiber Sensitive to Sound
PARIS, Nov. 5, 2014 — Subwavelength optical fibers that produce a newly identified type of Brillouin light scattering could guide the development of highly sensitive sensors. A team at the Femto-ST Institute, in collaboration with the Institute of Optics’...

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CyberOptics Continues to Whittle Down Losses
MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 24, 2014 — Sensors firm CyberOptics Corp. decreased its net loss in the third quarter thanks in part to the acquisition of a 3-D metrology firm. Net loss totaled $448,000, compared to $774,000 in the third quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, revenues...
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Advanced Imaging System Superior to Human Eye
GRANADA, Spain, Oct. 8, 2014 — A new imaging system can gather significantly more color information than the human eye and conventional cameras, potentially enabling assisted-vehicle-driving systems, better identification of counterfeit bills and more accurate medical imaging. ...

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All-Metal Detector has Ultranarrow Absorption Band
EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 2, 2014 — A new all-metal photodetector with an ultranarrow absorption band could lead to biosensors with greater sensitivity than ever. The device achieved a bandwidth of 12 nm by exploiting plasmonic surface lattice resonances of nanowire and...
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Fiber Optics Provide Early Warning for Landslides
CASERTA, Italy, Sept. 29, 2014 — Fiber optic sensors could warn people of imminent landslides, potentially saving lives and reducing destruction. A team at the Second University of Naples is developing sensor technology that could detect and monitor both large landslides...

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Advanced Photonix Awarded $1.6M Navy Contract
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 16, 2014 — Advanced Photonix Inc. has been awarded a $1.6 million contract to develop custom photodiodes for the U.S. Navy. The devices will serve as detectors for the Guided Missile Weapon System, which features guided missiles designed to protect...
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Thin Films Make Certain QDs Glow Brighter
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., and NORMAN, Okla., Sept. 16, 2014 — Using thin-film metal oxide substrates for quantum dots could turn them into more efficient light emitters. A team at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma probed the behavior of four types of quantum dots...






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