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Ocean Optics Appoints Vice Presidents of Technology, Finance
DUNEDIN, Fla., May 20, 2015 — Ocean Optics Inc. has two new vice presidents. Steven Frey will drive development of technologies for next-generation applications of miniature spectroscopy as vice president of technology. He will lead the company's team of design and applications engineers in developing new products to meet global environmental, health care and resources challenges, promoting the power of spectroscopy to protect and improve quality of life. He will also work with external partners in research to...

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Meyers Named Sales Director for Raman Products at Ondax
MONROVIA, Calif., May 20, 2015 — Chris Meyers has been named director of sales for Raman products at Ondax Inc. He will be responsible for all Raman product field sales activity for the North American region. Meyers has 26 years of experience selling instrumentation in the...
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Pseudoparticles Find Crucial Role in Energy Conversion
KARLSRUHE, Germany, May 15, 2015 — Pseudoparticles could help make more efficient the conversion of light into storable energy, ushering in the potential for a decisive sustainable energy supply. Using the photoactive zinc oxide material, the formation and migration of...

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Laser Design Brings Attosecond Spectroscopy Closer
MUNICH, May 7, 2015 — A new laser design could enable high-energy attosecond mid-wave IR and vacuum UV spectroscopy systems and faster optoelectronics. The device is a diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:YAG thin-disk laser combined with extracavity pulse...
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Alphanov, Leukos Sign Pulsed-Laser Technology Transfer Agreement
LIMOGES, France, May 6, 2015 — Leukos SARL plans to produce a pump system for its supercontinuum light sources based on a new picosecond laser module developed by Alphanov of Talence, France. The two companies have signed a technology transfer agreement, the terms of which were...

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Low-Energy Lasers Produce Microplasmas for Spectroscopy
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 28, 2015 — Microplasma summoned out of thin air by low-energy laser pulses can be used as a source of broadband terahertz radiation for spectroscopy. Terahertz imaging needs only a narrow range of terahertz frequency to, for example, nondestructively...
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Raman Imager Speeds Cancer Detection
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., April 24, 2015 — A vibrational spectroscopic imaging technology that captures images of living cells could become an advanced medical diagnostic tool for the early detection of cancer and other diseases. The electronic device is referred to as a 32-channel...

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Frequency Comb Has the ‘Teeth’ to Measure Terahertz Waves
PASADENA, Calif., April 24, 2015 — A frequency comb that generates and detects terahertz waves throughout a wide spectral range could allow precise measurement of molecules in deep space. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) chemists combined commercially available...
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NIR Hyperspectral Imaging Roots out Peanut Contamination
MADRID, April 7, 2015 — Near-infrared hyperspectral imaging could eliminate uncertainty for food producers required to include the warning “May contain peanuts” on their packaging. A team of researchers from Spain and France have adapted the technique to...

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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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Prism Award Winners Recognized at Photonics West
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2015 — From 3-D-printed optics to novel laser systems to mobile medical diagnostics and chemical sensors, nine cutting-edge products were recognized Wednesday during the Photonics West trade show with Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. Sponsored...

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Antennas Enable Nanoscale Terahertz Spectroscopy
QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 3, 2015 — Tiny antennas could bring the power of terahertz spectroscopy to bear on large molecules and other nanoscale objects. Nanoantenna-enhanced terahertz spectroscopy (NETS) involves chains of dipole nanoantennas spaced about 20 nm apart. The...
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Organic Solar Cells Unaffected by Nanostructure
RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 4, 2015 — Bulk heterojunction organic solar cells that are highly organized at the nanoscale are no more efficient at creating free electrons than cells with poorly organized structures. That is the finding of a research team led by North Carolina State...

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Bach Research Plans Expansion in New Facility
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 22, 2015 — Bach Research Corp. plans to broaden its custom optics offerings for government, as well as OEM customers with a move to a larger facility this spring. The newly renovated 16,000-square-foot facility will house expanded testing, ruling and...
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MEMS-Based QCL Spectrometer Aims at Hazardous Materials Detection
DRESDEN, Germany, Jan. 22, 2015 — A new MEMS-based spectrometer that operates in the mid-infrared could form the basis of a handheld system for detecting hazardous materials. Developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS), the device incorporates a 5-mm...

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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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Toschek to Receive 2015 Herbert Walther Award
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 — Professor Dr. Peter E. Toschek of the Institute for Laser Physics at Hamberg University in Germany will receive the 2015 Herbert Walther Award from The Optical Society (OSA) and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG). Toschek will be...

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Thales, ICFO Partner on mid-IR Lasers
BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 9, 2014 — The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) will collaborate with the Thales Group of France to develop ultrafast mid-infrared lasers with high energies and repetition rates. Targeted applications for the lasers include IR spectroscopy and...
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Ground-Based Telescope Observes ‘Super-Earth’ 40 Light-Years Away
TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2014 — For the first time, a ground-based telescope has been used to observe the transit of a “super-Earth” around its parent star. An international team of astronomers used the 2.5-m Nordic Optical Telescope on the island of La Palma,...

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Imaging Systems to Explore Asteroid Composition Close-Up
TANEGASHIMA, Japan, Dec. 3, 2014 — A probe launched today by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) carries a spectroscopy and imaging systems to examine the composition of a near-Earth asteroid. Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 is on a mission to explore the origins of the...
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Laser Trap Studies Asthma Drug’s Journey from Inhaler to Lung
CAMBRIDGE, England, Nov. 13, 2014 — More efficient asthma treatments could be possible thanks to a laser “trap” that examines how drug particles expelled from inhalers behave as they enter the respiratory tract. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the...

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‘Astro-Comb’ Rediscovers Venus to Find Exoplanets
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 28, 2014 — Examining Venus’ influence on the solar spectrum could help astronomers discover Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. A team from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is developing a laser-based frequency comb to measure...
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Ocean Optics Names World Cup Contest Winners
DUNEDIN, Fla., Sept. 25, 2014 — Ocean Optics has named the winners of its World Cup of Applications contest. Andreas Burkart, a postgraduate researcher at the Jülich Research Center, of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, won for his study, “The...

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Plasmonic Nanowire Shows Promise as Photonic Circuit
ROCHESTER, N.Y., and ZURICH, Sept. 5, 2014 — A new kind of nanowire efficiently guides both light and electricity. A team from the University of Rochester and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology developed a basic photonic integrated circuit consisting of a silver nanowire and a...
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SERS Advances Noninvasive Prostate Cancer Screening
GUANGDONG, China, Sept. 3, 2014 — Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) could provide a noninvasive way to screen for prostate cancer. A team from Guangdong Medical College used SERS, as well as a spectral data-processing algorithm called support vector machine (SVM), to...






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