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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. A team at the University of Granada designed the system, which is based on transverse field detectors (TFDs) developed at the Polytechnic University of Milan, as well as a matrix of multispectral filters. The system is capable of obtaining up...

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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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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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