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Optogenetics proven to work in the primate brain

12/20/2013 Neuroscientists at Brown University have shown that optogenetics, a technique that uses pulses of visible light to genetically alter brain cells to be excited or silenced, works as well in complex and large brains as it has in ...

Laser soldering method improves neurosurgical microsutures

12/20/2013

Sesto Fiorentino, Italy--Italian and Swiss researchers have developed a diode laser-based soldering technique to improve neurosurgical microsutures.

Brimrose wins STTR awards for quantum-dot mid-IR FPAs and lightweight directed-energy optics

12/19/2013 Sparks, MD--Brimrose Technology Corporation (BTC) received two new Phase I STTR awards--one for mid-IR focal plane array (FPA) detectors and the other for lightweight optics for directed-energy applications.
ESA's billion-pixel Gaia surveyor blasts off, on its way to the L2 Lagrange point

ESA's billion-pixel Gaia surveyor blasts off, on its way to the L2 Lagrange point

12/19/2013

Kourou, French Guiana--The European Space Agency's (ESA's) Gaia mission blasted off this morning (19 December, 2013) on a Soyuz rocket from ESA's spaceport in French Guiana.

NIST researchers achieve chip-scale bidirectional optical frequency conversion between 980 and 1550 nm

NIST researchers achieve chip-scale bidirectional optical frequency conversion between 980 and 1550 nm

12/18/2013 Gaithersburg, MD, College Park, MD, and Pasadena, CA--Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a c...

The Worldwide Market for Lasers; pre-order and save $500

12/18/2013 Mountain View, CA--The Worldwide Market for Lasers (2014), from Strategies Unlimited's Allen Nogee, will analyze each application and provide forecasts for units, ASP, and revenues by laser type through the forecast period.

Nanocrystal atoms cooperate like biomolecules, making better photonic devices possible

12/18/2013

Champaign, IL--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chemists have found that in addition to being similar in size, biological molecules and synthetic nanocrystals share an additional trait: they are reactive.

MEMS iGrant competition attracts 90 participants; winner announced

12/17/2013

Medford, OR--The 2013 inaugural iGrant competition attracted around 90 MEMS and microsystems companies from all over the world; Advanced Microsensors won for a breast-cancer-screening device.

Sharp combines blue LED with green and red phosphors to create efficient, high-color-gamut LCD screen backlight

Sharp combines blue LED with green and red phosphors to create efficient, high-color-gamut LCD screen backlight

12/17/2013 Osaka, Japan--Sharp Corporation has developed a white-light LED intended for screen backlighting that has a 90% color gamut (meaning a purer white light) than conventional blue-LED/yellow-phospher white-light sources.

Amyloid, cause of Alzheimer's disease, could be a useful optical nanomaterial or even metamaterial

12/16/2013 Göteborg, Sweden--Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that amyloid, the misfolded protein that is a cause of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, also reacts to multiphoton rad...

LASER DIODES: High-power laser diode modules pump disk lasers

12/13/2013

Laser diode systems with expansion-matched heatsinks provide reliability and a price-to-performance ratio that makes them suitable for pumping disk lasers and other pumping applications.

PHOTONIC FRONTIERS: PHOTOVOLTAICS: Progress in the quest for photovoltaic power generation

12/13/2013

Price drops make photovoltaic power look good while other generation methods are costly; challenges include demonstrating long lifetimes to justify upfront costs and increasing power-conversion efficiency.

PHOTONICS APPLIED: ASTRONOMY: Ground-based sky survey telescopes challenge large FPA technology

12/13/2013

As focal-plane array (FPA) detectors have grown in size to meet the demands of visible and near-IR ground-based astronomy applications, the requirements for flatness, high QE, low noise, and high cadence have not eased.

TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: Top 20 technology picks for 2013 shed light on what's to come

12/13/2013

Senior editor John Wallace once again names his top picks for the 20 most interesting photonics technology developments covered by Laser Focus World in 2013.

VDMA Photonics Forum appoints industrial steering committee

12/13/2013

High-ranking industrial representatives from various VDMA photonics sectors will define the forum's strategic direction and promote photonics' position in business and scientific policy.

Han's Laser buys scanning and inspection company Nextec

12/13/2013

Shenzhen, China--Han's Laser Technology bought Israel's Nextec Technologies to expand in the market for laser measurement devices used in the auto and aircraft industries.

OPTICAL FIBER MANUFACTURING: Stack-and-draw technique creates ultrasmall-diameter endoscopes

12/13/2013 The stack-and-draw technique used for the manufacturing of coherent fiber bundles and microstructured optical fibers is well established for materials such as silica. However, fabrication using uncommon materials to achieve new...

SOFTWARE & COMPUTING: Rapid characterization and reference tools for active photonic materials

12/13/2013 Many advances in optics and optoelectronics are made possible by novel algorithms used to calculate electromagnetic interactions and light propagation in materials. Some of these algorithms, including the beam-propagation metho...
U.S. Army's vehicle-mounted High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator shoots down UAVs, mortar rounds

U.S. Army's vehicle-mounted High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator shoots down UAVs, mortar rounds

12/13/2013 White Sands Missile Range, NM--The U.S. Army announced that its High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD), a truck-mounted electrically powered solid-state laser, has shot down several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in fl...

Center for Nano-Optics formed at Georgia State University

12/12/2013

Atlanta, GA--The Center for Nano-Optics, with will concentrate on research in photonics and biomedicine, has been created at Georgia State University.

Always a work in progress

12/12/2013 At Laser Focus World, we make evolutionary changes to our magazine and website. I won't claim we're better than ever because I think the changes essentially extend our 48-year tradition of providing information of high technica...

Olympus donates 50 microscopes to Smithsonian Q?rius education center

12/12/2013

Center Valley, PA--Olympus is supporting the 10,000 square-foot Q?rius (pronounced 'curious') experiential learning center at the Smithsonian with a donation of dozens of microscopes and imaging systems.

Laser illumination aids in measuring forces in embryonic tissue

Laser illumination aids in measuring forces in embryonic tissue

12/12/2013

Scientists at Harvard University turned to a method using laser illumination to measure cellular forces in three-dimensional (3D) tissues and living embryos.

MIRTHE receives proposal for NSF Center for Mid-IR Medical Systems (MIMeS)

12/11/2013

Princeton, NJ--MIRTHE has received a planning grant proposal from the NSF to develop a new I/UCRC Center on Mid-Infrared Medical Systems (MIMeS).  

Low-cost laser-written optical connectors and waveguides aim to bring optical data transmission into mass markets

12/11/2013 Berlin, Germany--The Berlin high-tech startup TOWI Solutions -- a spin-off of the Technical University Berlin (TUB) -- has commercialized a direct optical volume printing (DOVP) approach to the fabrication of optical waveguides...

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