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Updated: Rocket Explosion Destroys Spectrometer Headed for Space Station
WATERLOO, Ontario, Canada, June 30, 2015 — An unmanned rocket that exploded shortly after takeoff Sunday destroyed a spectrometer and other equipment headed for the International Space Station. The visible to near-infrared spectrometer from P&P Optica Inc. was to play a role in educational experiments conducted by astronauts on the station. SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) said its Falcon 9 rocket exploded about 139 seconds after takeoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla., possibly due to a pressure problem in its...

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Tang to Advance Rama Label Technology at Photon Etc.
MONTREAL, June 24, 2015 — Dr. Nathalie Tang has joined the newly created nanotechnology development division, Photon Nano, at Photon Etc., where she will focus on integrating the company's hyperspectral imaging technologies with novel Raman labels. Tang has a doctorate...
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Brimrose Wins $1.7M in Grants for Directed-Energy Research, Spectral Sensor Development
SPARKS, Md., June 15, 2015 — Brimrose Technology Corp. has been awarded $1.7 million in grants for development of a spectral sensor and optics for a directed-energy device. The grants were awarded under Phase II of the federal Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)...

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Venture Capitalist Joins Headwall Board of Directors
FITCHBURG, Mass., June 10, 2015 — Tom Crotty, senior advisor for Battery Ventures LP of Waltham, has been elected to the board of directors of Headwall Photonics Inc. Crotty has been a venture capitalist for more than 30 years, including a dozen years as managing partner of...
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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...

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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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