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Expanding further into image-guided therapy market, Philips will acquire Volcano

12/18/2014 Royal Philips and Volcano Corp., which develops and manufactures catheter-based imaging and measurement solutions for cardiovascular applications, have entered into a definitive agreement in which Philips will acquire Volcano f...

From Ozcan's lab at UCLA: a smartphone fluorescence microscope and a lens-free cancer-detecting microscope

12/17/2014 Aydogan Ozcan's lab at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has always been on the leading edge of microscope technology (see related links directly below). Now, Ozcan and his colleagues have created two of their ne...

UNL researchers double efficiency of perovskite photovoltaics with fullerenes

12/15/2014 A group at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln has doubled the power-conversion efficiency of a certain type of perovskite solar cell by unraveling the origins of a phenomenon known to hinder the cell's performance, stability, ...

Fluorescence microscopy shows how unfolded proteins move in the cell


Using a fluorescence microscopy method, a team of researchers was able to track how an unfolded protein diffuses in a cell.

Technology Review: Top 20 technologies for 2014 cover the range from basic R&D to new apps


Senior editor John Wallace identifies his top picks for the 20 most interesting photonics technology developments covered by Laser Focus World in 2014.

Sofradir hyperspectral detector en route to asteroid on board the Hayabusa-2 space mission

12/09/2014 A hyperspectral detector made by Sofradir (Palaiseau, France) is part of the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) space mission Hayabusa-2, which was successfully launched on December 3, 2014 from Tanegashima space center by a Japanese...

Optical microscopy technique discovers that cell division induces tissue ordering


Using an optical microscopy technique, a team of researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute has investigated the dynamics of new cell formation in a layer of endothelial cells where there was no liquid flowing over.

Two banner years


A list of the best of anything is a sure-fire publishing technique to attract an audience-and, true to form, our annual December Top 20 Technology Picks is one of the most-read articles online throughout the year.

Light microscopy method looks to uncover DNA transcription process

12/08/2014 Ibrahim Cissé, assistant professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s Department of Physics, has used a light microscopy method to solve the mystery of DNA transcription, molecule by molecule, in li...

Business Forum: Technician education helps meet staffing needs of the photonics community

12/08/2014 Dr. Chrys Panayiotou, the director and principal investigator of the Laser & Fiber Optics Southeast Regional Center (LASER-TEC), talks about the well-recognized shortage of technicians in the photonics industry and progress...

Win a CLEO/LFW Innovation Award for your new photonics product


The CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Awards allow companies to showcase their latest products and services entering the marketplace, while reaching the top industry decision makers at the CLEO: 2015.

High-speed Imaging: Lissajous scanning trajectory enables video-frame-rate microscopy

12/05/2014 Purdue University scientists have reported an approximate fiftyfold increase in frame rates into the kilohertz regime for beam-scanning microscopy applications by scanning a laser over the field of view in a circuitous Lissajou...

Highly specific fluorescent nanoparticles could enable personalized medicine

12/05/2014 Scientists have produced highly specific fluorescent nanoparticles that, with near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent dye, can be guided to the liver or kidney and deliver their payload of active ingredients directly to the targeted ti...

UPDATED with video: 2D streak camera operates at up to 100 billion frames per second, images propagating light pulses

12/03/2014 A team of biomedical engineers at the Optical Imaging Laboratory of Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), led by Lihong Wang, has developed the world’s fastest receive-only 2-D camera, a streak camera that can cap...

Fiber optics business of Samsung acquired by Corning

12/02/2014 Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW; Corning, NY) has reached agreement with Samsung Electronics to acquire its fiber optics business. Corning will integrate Samsung’s fiber optics business, with its manufacturing facilities in Gum...

Forth Dimension microdisplays support US Army HMD training programs


Microdisplays from Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD; Dalgety Bay, Scotland) are enabling the US Army's Flight School XXI program to surpass 200,000 hours of aircrew training.

Molecular diagnostic device visualizes prostate cancer quickly


A team of researchers has developed a molecular diagnostic device prototype that, based on tissue autofluorescence via activation by a laser pulse, enables visual diagnosis of prostate cancer within a minute and a half.

Thermal sensor from Ophir Photonics is a water cooled thermopile detector


The 1000W-BB-120 thermal sensor for very-large-aperture lasers is a water-cooled thermopile detector with a 120 mm aperture for handling large beams and laser diode bars.

Quasirandom nanoimprinting templates (in other words, Blu-Ray discs) increase photovoltaic solar cell light absorption

11/26/2014 Researchers at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) have found that using mass-produced commercial Blu-ray discs (doesn't matter whether they're new or used and unwanted) as nanoimprinting templates produces efficient broadba...

NIR light-activated biomarker detects tumor cells, delivers drugs

11/26/2014 A team of researchers has developed a biomarker made from a nanophosphor particle that, when activated by near-infrared (NIR) light, detects tumor cells to allow scientists to take a better look. And it can also release anti-ca...

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