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EssentOptics Provides Spectrophotometer to Toptec
BOROVLYANY, Belarus, Feb. 12, 2016 — EssentOptics Ltd. has commissioned a PHOTON RT spectrophotometer to Toptec, the Regional Center for Special Optics and Optoelectronic Systems, in Turnov, Czech Republic. The Photon RT spectrophotometer was selected by Toptec for its fast and trustworthy measurement of high precision optics with coatings in the visible and mid-wave IR wavelength ranges. With knowledge in crystal and x-ray optics, aspheric and adaptive optics, as well as thin film design and production, Toptec can now use

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Wasp-Inspired Needle Could Advance Spectroscopy for Disease Detection
LONDON, Feb. 8, 2016 — A robotic surgical system inspired by the anatomy of wood-boring wasps could be used in Raman spectroscopy to detect cancerous and diseased tissue.  The wasp-inspired robotic needle is bendable, enabling it to access hard-to-reach areas deep...
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Headwall Announces Global Sales Reps
FITCHBURG, Mass., Feb. 1, 2016 — Spectral instrumentation manufacturer Headwall Photonics Inc. has named five new sales representative organizations. In Canada, Spectra Research Corp. will represent Headwall for remote sensing and defense opportunities, with Integrys Ltd....

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Queensland University Labs Integrate DeNovix Spectrophotometers
BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 16, 2016 — Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has adopted 81 DS-11 UV-VIS spectrophotometers from DeNovix Inc. as an undergraduate teaching tool. "As part of a large-scale refurbishment of our teaching labs in the Faculty of Health, we identified a...
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Application Note: NIR Spectroscopy Aids Diagnosis of Neonatal Brain Injury
LONDON, Jan. 15, 2016 — A near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy system has been used to measure cerebral changes and oxygen utilization in vivo, offering a noninvasive diagnostic technique for neonatal brain injury. Researchers from University College London, the Institute...

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QCL Features Higher Power, Wider Tuning Range
EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 8, 2016 — Combining a tunable laser with an on-chip amplifier has enabled a versatile and powerful tool for spectroscopy and other applications. A team from Northwestern University demonstrated a single-mode quantum cascade laser (QCL) emitting at a...
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Application Note: Portable NIR Spectroscopy System Authenticates Textiles
NEWARK, Del., Dec. 25, 2015 — A portable near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer characterizes the fiber content of textiles, an application that could be used to identify counterfeit materials without having to send samples to a laboratory. Traditionally, textiles are analyzed via...

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VECSEL Eyed for Terahertz Sensing Applications
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21, 2015 — A semiconductor laser that emits at terahertz frequencies could drive development of a new class of lasers for materials analysis and threat detection. The first vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) capable of operating in this...
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Autofluorescence Spectroscopy System Determines Fish Freshness
TOYOHASHI, Japan, Dec. 3, 2015 — An autofluorescence spectroscopy method has been used to determine the freshness of fishery products. In Japan, freshness is the primary determinant of acceptability and pricing on the fish market because fresh fish products must be suitable to be...

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Application Note: Airborne Spectrometers Monitor Volcanic Emissions
DUNEDIN, Fla., Nov. 27, 2015 — Flying into the maws of active volcanoes, spectrometers from Ocean Optics will help scientists study the effects of eruptions on climate. As part of the Trail by Fire project, the Flame miniature spectrometers will be flown directly below volcano...
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Theory: Increasing Vibrations Makes SERS More Powerful
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 25, 2015 — Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) could become an even more powerful tool for probing single molecules if those molecules can be made to vibrate more, a theoretical model suggests. SERS is used to identify individual molecules based on...

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Purdue Assembles Label-Free Imaging Research Team
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 23, 2015 — As part of its strategic growth plan, Purdue University's College of Engineering has appointed a research team to develop label-free spectroscopic sensing techniques. Label-free imaging foregoes fluorescent dyes and other time-consuming sample...
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Application Note: Raman Microscope Probes Semiconductor Defects
NISHINOMIYA, Japan, Nov. 20, 2015 — Using Raman microscopy to study flaws in the crystal structure of semiconductors could lead to better epitaxial growth processes that would make the materials more energy efficient when used in electronic devices. Using a Raman microscope from...

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Research Innovation Recognized by Edmund Educational Awards
BARRINGTON, N.J., Nov. 11, 2015 — Researchers behind a flow cytometer for seawater, a 3D superresolution microscopy technique and the study of bubbles took top honors in this year's Educational Awards presented by Edmund Optics Inc. The awards recognize undergraduate and graduate...
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Cary Davies Named Fluorescence Product Manager at Horiba
EDISON, N.J., Nov. 9, 2015 — Horiba Scientific has named Cary Davies global product line manager for its fluorescence division. Davies has 29 years of experience in the fluorescence spectroscopy field as a salesman, sales manager and product manager for Photon Technology...

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IRradiance Wins $150K Grant for MIR Laser Lens Prototype
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 6, 2015 — A Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Air Force Research Laboratory will fund development of a chalcogenide glass lens for use in mid-infrared (MIR) semiconductor laser systems. IRradiance...
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Efficient Spectroscopic Imaging Demonstrated In Vivo
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 2, 2015 — Although optical spectroscopy is routinely used study molecules in cell samples, it is currently not practical to perform in vivo. Now, a converted Raman spectroscopy system has been used to reveal the chemical composition of living tissues in...

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Spectroscopy Elucidates Solar Singlet Fission
CAMBRIDGE, England, Oct. 28, 2015 — Better understanding of singlet fission, an electrical process triggered by light in some materials, could enable solar cells twice as efficient as those used today. An international team led by researchers at the University of Cambridge, used...
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Attosecond Observations Probe Chemical Reactions
ZURICH, Oct. 23, 2015 — Laser pulses have been used to track the movements of electrons in molecules with a time resolution of 100 attoseconds — and even to alter their behavior. Demonstrated by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)...

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Spanish University to Honor Fiber Innovator Philip Russell
SANTANDER, Spain, Oct. 23, 2015 — Philip Russell, the inventor of photonic crystal fiber (PCF), will receive an honorary doctorate from Menéndez Pelayo International University next summer. Originally from Northern Ireland, Russell is director of the Max Planck Institute...
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Investment Group Acquires Optical Engines Firm Axsun Technologies
BILLERICA, Mass., Oct. 20, 2015 — Optical engines developer Axsun Technologies Inc. has been acquired from Volcano Corp. by Anzu Partners, an investment firm in Washington, D.C. As part of the transaction, Axsun received growth capital while an affiliate of Anzu Partners purchased...

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Andrew Boorn Named CEO of Tornado Spectral Systems
TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2015 — Dr. Andrew Boorn has been named CEO of Tornado Spectral Systems Inc., a developer of real-time optical process analyzers and imaging solutions. Boorn currently serves as chairman of the company's board of directors. He is a senior executive with...
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Precision Biopsy Raises $33.6M for Prostate Tissue Biopsy System
AURORA, Colo., Oct. 6, 2015 — Precision Biopsy LLC has raised $33.6 million in new equity investments to commercialize a biopsy system that performs spectral analysis of prostate tissue. The company’s ClariCore system is designed to provide accurate, real-time...

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Broadband Laser Aimed at Cancer Detection
MUNICH, Sept. 25, 2015 — Mid-infrared (MIR) light is rich with molecular "fingerprint" information that can be used to detect anything from atmospheric pollutants to cancer cells. While some lasers already operate in this region, enabling a variety of spectroscopy...
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Laser Ablation Boosts GaAs Terahertz Emission
OKINAWA, Japan, Sept. 18, 2015 — While there is still no cheap and efficient way to mass produce terahertz emitters, laser ablation can increase the output of GaAs, a common semiconductor used in these devices. The surface microstructure of GaAs thin films plays an important role...






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