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NRL researchers develop harder spinel for transparent armor windows

NRL researchers develop harder spinel for transparent armor windows

04/30/2014 Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL; Washington, DC) have developed a method to fabricate spinel, which is a transparent ceramic used in the IR as transparent optically functional armor, in a nanocrystalline f...

Thorlabs opens fiber-optic manufacturing and R&D center in Montreal, Canada

04/30/2014 Thorlabs added a new R&D and manufacturing site to its global operations; based in Montreal, Canada, Thorlabs Canada ULC will focus on the development and production of a range of passive fiber-based optical components.

Beckman Coulter buys cytometer maker Xitogen


Beckman Coulter Life Sciences has agreed to acquire flow cytometer developer Xitogen Technologies.

MIT to build $350 million building for nanotechnology research

MIT to build $350 million building for nanotechnology research

04/29/2014 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) will construct a new 200,000-square-foot building, called “MIT.nano,” to be finished by 2018; at the center of the MIT campus, MIT.nano will house state-of-the-art ...

Self-driving cars take to city streets thanks to improved sensors and software


Google is slowly improving its optoelectronic sensor-based self-driving automobiles to be better adapted to the complex demands of city streets.

Optics, imaging technologies on trend for SPIE DSS 2014

04/29/2014 At SPIE Defense, Security+Sensing (DSS) 2014, an expected crowd of 6000 attendees will have the chance to interact with more than 450 suppliers of precision optics, lasers, sensors, optical materials, infrared (IR) imaging, opt...

Driven by high-power fiber laser demand, IPG Photonics reports 20-percent growth in Q1

04/29/2014 IPG Photonics has reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, primarily driven by the company's high-power fiber lasers to yield a 20 percent year-over-year sales increase, according to CEO Dr. Valent...

Gooch & Housego MINERVA project wins SPIE Photonics Europe village award


The Gooch & Housego-led MINERVA infrared spectroscopy project has won a 1500€ prize at SPIE's recent Photonics Europe conference in Brussels.

Quantum-dot market to grow at CAGR of 29.9% between 2014 and 2020

04/28/2014 According to a new research report published by Allied Market Research (Portland, OR), the global market for quantum dots (QDs) reached $316 million in 2013 and is expected to grow to $5.04 billion by 2020 at a compound annual ...

Flow cytometry able to follow a protein's travel inside cells for improved cancer therapy

04/28/2014 Virginia Tech researchers have developed a flow cytometry-based technique that detects the subcellular location of a protein, which could allow a simple and improved method for studying effectiveness of therapies for disease, i...
New 700-nm-emitting MoS2 LED could be interesting for silicon photonics

New 700-nm-emitting MoS2 LED could be interesting for silicon photonics

04/25/2014 A group at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL; Lausanne, Switzerland) that has been exploring the properties and uses of the semiconductor molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) has now created both LEDs and photovoltaic cell...

LensAR femtosecond cataract surgery laser to integrate TrueVision computer guidance technology


LensAR and TrueVision 3D Surgical have entered into a global co-development and distribution agreement that integrates TrueVision’s TrueGuide system into the LensAR Laser System’s advanced technology suite. 

New optogenetic switch able to turn neural activity on and off

04/24/2014 Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have used an analysis of channelrhodopsin’s molecular structure to guide a series of genetic mutations to the ion channel that grant the power to silence neurons with an unprecedented ...

3D display uses illuminated curtain of mist


University of Bristol scientists have developed a 3D tabletop display with personal screens made from projectors illuminating a curtain of mist.

2014 VLSI Symposia to delve into CMOS silicon-photonics technology

2014 VLSI Symposia to delve into CMOS silicon-photonics technology

04/24/2014 The upcoming 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits (June 9 to 13, 2014; Honolulu, HI) and June 10-13 (Circuits) will cover leading-edge developments on semiconductor technology and circuits -- mostly electronics, but ...
Baked-droplet polymer lenses and 3D printing could lead to disposable medical instrumentation

Baked-droplet polymer lenses and 3D printing could lead to disposable medical instrumentation

04/24/2014 A team of Australian researchers has come up with a way of fabricating good-quality lenses that will cost less than a penny apiece; these "too-cheap-to-meter" lenses are aimed at inexpensive medical microscopy, especi...

Daylight Solutions wins 2014 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award


CLEO: 2014 co-sponsors APS, IEEE Photonics Society, and OSA, along with Laser Focus World, have named Daylight Solutions as the winner of this year’s CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award.

Optical device uses adaptive optics to detect diabetic retinopathy early


A team of researchers at Indiana University (IU) has developed an optical device that can detect early warning signs of diabetic retinopathy, which is the potential loss of sight associated with diabetes.

Cold-cathode field-emission VUV lamp is cool and compact

Cold-cathode field-emission VUV lamp is cool and compact

04/23/2014 A team of Japanese and Malaysian researchers has developed a small vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV)-emitting lamp that combines a carbon-nanofiber (CNF) cold cathode with a thin-film potassium magnesium fluoride (KmgF3) phosphor that e...

EU-funded SceneNet aims at 3D recreation of live events from mobile videos

04/23/2014 A European Union (EU)-funded research project called SceneNet aims to develop technology to combine video feeds from mobile phones held up by different spectators around an arena to reconstruct the event in 3D.

Nanoparticle with luminescent properties has use in photodynamic therapy


A University of Texas at Arlington physicist working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection may have instead happened upon an advance in photodynamic therapy (PDT).

High-temperature plasmonics eyed for solar, data-storage innovation

High-temperature plasmonics eyed for solar, data-storage innovation

04/21/2014 To enable construction of high-temperature optical metamaterials, researchers at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) are working to replace silver and gold with high-temperature-resisting materials such as titanium nitride (...

Thermal-imaging lenses are created from waste sulfur

04/21/2014 Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight plastic lenses for infrared devices such as thermal cameras and night-vision goggles, a team led by the University of Arizona (UA; Tucson, A...

Oil and gas industries turn to laser drilling to cut through rock

04/21/2014 Ramona Graves of the Colorado School of Mines has demonstrated the potential of laser drilling by destroying a rock with advanced chemical laser, and characterized the ability of a high-power diode laser to drill through rock.

Fluorescence microscopy method enables rapid, whole-brain imaging with single-cell resolution

04/21/2014 Researchers at the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center have developed a new high-throughput method that offers unprecedented rapid, whole-brain imaging at single-cell resolution and a simple protocol to clear and transparentize t...


Fiber Lasers: Market Review and Forecast 2014

Fiber lasers have been the fastest growing laser type for the last several years, and ...

Mid-Infrared Lasers: Market Review and Forecast 2014

Advancements in several new laser technologies are opening new opportunities in the pa...

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