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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, compared to a net loss of $8.7 million in fiscal 2013. Revenues were $42.3 million, down 1.2 percent from $42.8 million in fiscal 2013. CEO Peter Sulick said a restructuring process it began last year involved the sale of its...

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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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Video: 3-D Sensing Technology Wins OSA Contest
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 — JDSU’s 3-D sensing contributions to video gaming have won the company top honors in the second annual Enabled by Optics contest. Sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA) and Photonics Media, the contest seeks to raise public awareness...

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Nanowire Detector Assists Three-Photon Entanglement
WATERLOO, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 15, 2014 — An ultrafast, super-efficient single-photon detector has led to direct entanglement of three photons. Researchers at the University of Waterloo, with help from a team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), made the...
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Photon Switch Called the Fastest of its Kind
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 12, 2014 — A novel ultrafast photon switch could pave the way to a new class of sensitive receivers, faster sensors and optical-processing devices. A team from the University of California, San Diego, created the 500-GHz photon switch, which they have...

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Bug Eyes Inspire Practical Light, Sensor Designs
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Sept. 11, 2014 — The compound structure of a fly’s eye could become a blueprint for future sensors and light sources. A team from Pennsylvania State University is studying and using this structure — a hexagonal, convex pattern consisting of...
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Smart Headlights Spare Drivers’ Eyes, Prevent Glare
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 11, 2014 — Imagine leaving your high beams on without blinding your fellow motorists. A new programmable headlight, developed by a team at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, has sensors that can detect and track oncoming vehicles...

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Fast, Room-Temperature THz Detector Made of Graphene
COLLEGE PARK, Md., Sept. 8, 2014 — A prototype graphene photodetector is capable of detecting terahertz frequencies quickly and at room temperature, possibly enabling a new generation of see-through imaging. The device operates on the hot-electron photothermoelectric effect,...
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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...

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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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