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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 Faint Red Glow of Photosynthesis.” A group study led by Bruce Robertson, a former professor and researcher at Michigan State University, also won for the study “Polarized Light Pollution: A New Kind of Ecological Photopollution.”...

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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 — SERS spectroscopy 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 identify the cases of...

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'Water Window' Poses Imaging Prospect
SALAMANCA, Spain, Aug. 22, 2014 — The “water window” of biological tissue can be exploited to achieve high-contrast microscope images, as well as precision spectroscopy, according to a new theoretical study. Researchers from the Center for Pulsed Lasers said...
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Raman Scattering Measures Single-Molecule Vibrations
IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 21, 2014 — Measurement of the vibrations, or “breathing,” of single molecules is now possible using Raman spectroscopy techniques. A team from the University of California, Irvine, viewed a bipyridylethylene (BPE) molecule vibrating via...

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Spectroscopy Tests for Best Organic Photovoltaics
TSUKUBA, Japan, Aug. 19, 2014 — Spectroscopy may provide a way to identify materials for organic photovoltaics based on their charge formation efficiency. In a recent study of organic solar cells, a team at the University of Tsukuba and the National Institute for...
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Synchrotron Light Sources, FTIR Advance Space-Dust Study
BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 18, 2014 — Synchrotron light sources have helped researchers discover that interstellar space dust is more complex in composition and structure than previously thought. Researchers from the Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley and Brookhaven national...

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Forecast: VCSEL Market to Grow to $2.1B by 2018
WELLESLEY, Mass., Aug. 13, 2014 — Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) will be a $2.1 billion market, growing 33.1 percent from 2013 to 2018, BCC Research predicts. Optical fiber data transmission is expected to record the highest growth within the VCSEL market:...
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Professor Receives Nils Gunnar Jerlov Award
PORTLAND, Maine, Aug. 7, 2014 — George W. Kattawar, a Texas A&M professor, has received The Oceanography Society’s 2014 Nils Gunnar Jerlov Award. The annual award recognizes researchers who contribute to the advancement of understanding the nature and...

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Three-Mode Skin Probe Detects Cancer
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 6, 2014 — A new device could potentially allow doctors to get a clearer picture of cancerous skin lesions and reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies. A team at the University of Texas at Austin has developed a probe that combines three distinct...
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Imagers, Spectrometers to Travel with Next Mars Rover
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2014 — Imaging and spectroscopy equipment aboard an unmanned NASA rover to be sent to Mars in 2020 will help scientists explore the Red Planet in unprecedented detail. Arizona State University, led by planetary science professor Dr. Jim Bell, will...

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Spectrometers to Track Vegetation Change from ISS
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 — NASA has selected two proposals for spectrometers to be used on the International Space Station for observing changes in global vegetation due to climate or land use change. A laser-based system from the University of Maryland, College...
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Enhanced CARS Enables High-Speed Imaging of Tissues
GAITHERSBURG, Md., and CLEVELAND, July 23, 2014 — An enhanced spectroscopy technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues delivers stronger signals than those attained through conventional practices. A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in conjunction with...

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Cobalt’s Raman Airport Scanner Wins MacRobert Award
ABINGDON, Oxfordshire, England, July 7, 2014 — Cobalt Light Systems has been recognized with the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award for its Insight100 airport scanner. The Insight100 uses a variant of Raman spectroscopy and advanced algorithms to distinguish between...
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Hollow Core Protects Optical Fibers from UV Light
ERLANGEN, Germany, and BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany, July 3, 2014 — A new type of optical fiber can guide UV laser light without sustaining the damage often seen in conventional fibers. A microscopic image of a hollow core optical fiber. Courtesy of the Max Planck Institute. Developed by a team...

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Researchers Probe Inner Workings of Solar Panels
MONTREAL, July 3, 2014 — Using femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SRS), scientists now understand the inner workings of plastic solar panels. A team from the University of Montreal, in conjunction with England’s Science and Technology Facilities...
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2014 Faraday Medal Awarded to THz Researchers
LEEDS, West Yorkshire, England, July 1, 2014 — Professors Giles Davies and Edmund Linfield, of the Leeds University School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, have won the 2014 Faraday Medal in recognition of nearly two decades of work on terahertz science and technology. ...

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Laser Components Acquires IR Detector Firm Microwatt Applications
HUDSON, N.H., June 30, 2014 — The Laser Components Group has acquired majority ownership of Microwatt Applications LLC in order to expand production of IR semiconductor detectors. Microwatt will now operate out of its Florida facility under the name Laser Components...
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Telops Opens French Office
QUEBEC CITY, June 27, 2014 — Telops has opened a new subsidiary, Telops France, in Morangis, France. The subsidiary will be led by general manager Éric Guyot. He has more than 20 years of commercial and product management experience in IR imaging and...

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Spectroscopy Combo Ups Diagnostic Accuracy
SOFIA, Bulgaria, June 26, 2014 — A new spectroscopy technique can identify melanoma with as much as 93 percent accuracy. Discovered by a team from the Institute of Electronics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and University Hospital, the new method uses light-induced...
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Career Award Funds CO2 Photocatalysis Study
HOUSTON, Texas, June 20, 2014 — Rice University professor Isabell Thomann has received a $400,000 Career Award from the National Science Foundation to study photocatalytic reactions that could reduce carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. Her five-year research project...

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New Spectroscopy Technique Probes Photochemical Reactions
BERKELEY, Calif., June 18, 2014 — An experimental spectroscopic technique combines IR and electronic technologies to probe the relationship between electrons and atomic nuclei within molecular systems excited by light.  The new technique, developed by researchers...
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TeraView Opens South Korean Office
CAMBRIDGE, England, June 19, 2014 — Citing growing demand in Asia, terahertz spectroscopy and imaging firm TeraView has opened an office in Seoul. The new office will be managed by Bong Cho, who joined TeraView in 2012 after working for companies active in the semiconductor...

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Collaboration Produces HSI Camera for Sensing Applications
LEUVEN, Belgium, and MÜNSTER, Germany, June 9, 2014 — A collaboration between microelectronics research institute IMEC and machine vision company Ximea has led to the development of a tiny hyperspectral camera with potential for various sensing applications. The new camera can be used on...
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Spectroscopy Helps Capture Charge Transfer in Solar Cells
OLDENBURG, Germany, MODENA, Italy, and MILAN, June 6, 2014 — Ultrafast spectroscopy has allowed physicists, for the first time, to observe and capture the light-to-current conversion process in an organic solar cell as it happens. The quantum-mechanical nature of electrons and their coupling to...






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