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Optical microscopy enables single-molecule motion capture

07/25/2014 A team of researchers has achieved single-molecule imaging and manipulation with optical microscopy using a bead probe as a marker, unveiling fundamental properties such as direction of motion, step size, and the force the mole...

AMOLED mobile displays to cost less than LCDs within two years

07/23/2014 According to the OLED Technology Report from NPD DisplaySearch, manufacturing costs for AMOLED mobile phone displays are expected to fall below costs for LCD mobile phone displays within two years due to rapid improvement in AM...

Patterned silica glass layer makes solar cells self-cooling

07/23/2014 Scientists at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) have increased the ability of silicon (Si) photovoltaic cells to radiate IR light, and thus heat, away during operation, thus lowering the devices' temperature and increasing li...

Raman technique could lead to much higher-speed cell and tissue imaging

07/22/2014 A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the Cleveland Clinic, has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues based on character...

Carnegie Mellon technique reconstructs 3D motion from hundreds of video feeds


Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed techniques for combining the views of 480 video cameras mounted in a two-story geodesic dome to perform large-scale 3D motion reconstruction.

Digital Surf acquires Image Metrology to strengthen image processing business


Digital Surf, which makes surface imaging and metrology software for microscopes and profilers, has acquired Image Metrology, a provider of nano- and microscale image processing software.

Nanopixels promise high-resolution, thin, flexible displays


A team led by Oxford University scientists has made a new discovery that could make it possible to create pixels just a few hundred nanometers across, resulting in very thin, flexible, and high-resolution displays.

UV blue light deflection technology protects eyes from mobile display emissions

07/15/2014 Interworks Unlimited announced the availability of patent-pending UV blue light deflection technology marketed as the Konnet Care Vision Protective Shield that protects your eyes from 99.99% of ultraviolet (UV) light.

Nominations open for EPIC Phoenix Award (Entrepreneurship in Photonics)


The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) Phoenix Award is presented annually to a European company that exemplifies the challenges and merits of photonics entrepreneurship.

Simplified x-ray phase contrast shows potential for clinical imaging applications

07/14/2014 Using a laboratory source with unprecedented brightness, an international team of scientists has demonstrated a new approach to get reliable phase contrast with an extremely simple setup—work that could lead to biomedical x-ray...

Vishay acquires Capella Microsystems, maker of optoelectronic sensors

07/11/2014 Vishay Intertechnology announced it will acquire Capella Microsystems for approximately $205 million. Capella is a fabless IC design company specializing in optoelectronic products such as photodiodes and other optical electron...

LG creates 18-inch rollable color OLED display


LG Display (Seoul, South Korea) has developed a 18-inch organic-LED (OLED) display so flexible that it can be rolled up. The display has 1200 x 810 pixels and can be rolled up to a radius of 3 cm.

Uncooled IR imaging market: smartphones and new low-cost IR cores pave the way for consumer applications

07/11/2014 A new market report by Yole Développement (Lyon, France), called "Uncooled Infrared Imaging Technology & Market Trends, 2014 edition," concludes that existing commercial applications and new consumer applications ...

Two University of Arizona optical-sciences students chosen for 2014 Astronaut Scholarship


Two University of Arizona (UA; Tucson, AZ) undergraduates have been named winners of the 2014 Astronaut Scholarship, which was founded by six members of NASA's original Mercury 7 mission.

Nichia to make green and blue laser diodes for automotive head-up displays


As noted in Tech-On! on July 9, 2014, Nichia Corp. (Tokushima, Japan) revealed that it is planning to commercialize blue and green semiconductor laser diodes for automotive head-up displays (HUDs).

Business Forum: The laser-focused society in the photonics community


This is the third in a series of interviews with leaders of our professional societies to give us a better understanding of the ecosystem
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Confocal Microscopy for Industrial Applications: Microscopy reveals effects of micro-electric discharge machining on stainless steel

07/08/2014 Laser scanning confocal microscopy can be used to precisely measure the topographies of stainless-steel surfaces machined by micro-electric discharge machining to scales of 200 nm laterally and tens of nanometers vertically.

The art and science of forecasting


In a recent blog posted on, Strategies Unlimited analyst Allen Nogee noted that 2014 total laser sales are looking up, and some of the laggard areas are starting to correct themselves.

Optical absorption straightens the path of light in diffusing materials

07/07/2014 In a study partly funded by the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM Foundation; Utrecht, The Netherlands), physicists from the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) and Yale University (New Haven, CT) ...

IR Imaging: Thin silicon Fresnel lens enables inexpensive thermal-IR imaging


A group of French researchers has designed and fabricated a type of small, thin silicon (Si) Fresnel lens that can simplify compact thermal infrared (IR) cameras and make them lower in cost.

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