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Two-photon microscopy method images neuronal activity across the entire brain


Two research groups at the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP; Vienna, Austria) have demonstrated a two-photon microscopy method that allows neuronal activity across the entire brain to be recorded simultaneously.

Antireflective coating increases LED lumen output up to 8%


Santa Clara, CA--At this week's Strategies in Light conference, EVG and BMT introduced a new antireflective solution designed to substantially increase lumen output of LED devices. 

Cincinnati Inc. and Oak Ridge National Lab advance large-part additive manufacturing


The system can print polymer components up to 10 times larger than currently producible and at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines.

New Caltech high-Q laser could speed optical communications


Pasadena, CA--Research describes a new laser developed by a team at Caltech that holds the potential to increase by orders of magnitude the rate of data transmission in optical-fiber networks.

Laser speckle technique measures blood’s clotting properties in near-real time

02/24/2014 To provide caregivers with timely information about the clotting properties of a patient’s blood, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed an optical device that requires only a few drops of blood and a few ...

Moth-eye antireflective optical film comes with its own cleaning agent

02/21/2014 Cambridge, England--Researchers from the University of Cambridge, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), CSM Instruments (Peseux, Switzerland), and the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) have created a self-cleaning AR moth-...

Optogenetic brain stimulation reduces alcohol consumption in rats


Winston-Salem, NC--Researchers have demonstrated that low-frequency (5Hz) optical activation of dopamine neurons reduces a drinking binge by 54% for rats undergoing targeted optogenetic stimulation.

Smart Fibres, Brüel and Kjær enter licensing agreement for fiber-optic acceleration sensors


Bracknell, England--Smart Fibres has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Brüel and Kjær (Nærum, Denmark) to produce and sell fiber-optic acceleration sensors worldwide. 

Olympus partners with Université du Québec, providing microscopy and metrology systems

02/20/2014 Center Valley, PA--Microscope maker Olympus has become a research partner with École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS; Montréal, QC, Canada), part of the Université du Québec network.

Fiber optic sensor market to see 18% growth through 2018

02/20/2014 Aptos, CA--In a recent report, the market analysis firm ElectroniCast Consultants forecasts global consumption of fiber optic point sensors and continuous distributed fiber optics sensor systems rising from $1.89 billion in 201...

Max Planck's single-photon switch brings quantum information processing closer


Garching, Germany--Researchers at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) have developed a single-photon-switch that could bring quantum information processing closer to practical reality.

NIR spectroscopy, MRI pair for challenging breast imaging

02/20/2014 A team of Dartmouth College engineers and radiologists is developing a new approach that combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, which could benefit women whose mammogram showed an abnor...
Waveguide optical modulator and tunable filter fabricated using standard CMOS techniques

Waveguide optical modulator and tunable filter fabricated using standard CMOS techniques

02/19/2014 Boulder, CO--Silicon-photonics researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA), and the University of California, Berkeley have created a waveguide optical modulat...

GSI Group set to acquire Jadak Technologies for $93.5M


Bedford, MA--GSI Group has reached an agreement to acquire Jadak Technologies for $93.5 million in cash.

Samsung unveils integrated LED/optics flash package for its mobile devices

Samsung unveils integrated LED/optics flash package for its mobile devices

02/19/2014 Seoul, South Korea--Samsung Electronics has developed two integrated LED flash packages for its mobile devices; the packages include a white-light LED flash and a free-form optical reflector whose surface is also partially diff...

New fiber laser with 25X more light emission promising for breath analysis


Physics researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia have developed a new fiber laser that will enable breath analysis for disease diagnosis, as well as remote sensing of critical greenhouse gases.

Photosynthesis study uses on-demand pump-probe ultrafast laser microscopy setup


East Lansing, MI--ICFO researchers are studying photosynthesis at the level of single molecules using MIIPS laser pulse characterization, shaping, and compression technology from Biophotonic Solutions.

Newport sees 10.9 percent increase in net sales for 4Q13


The company said that sales exceeded the top end of its guidance range and were driven primarily by new design wins and increased activity levels in the microelectronics end market.

UV LEDs help detect hydrocarbon contaminants in water

02/18/2014 Madrid, Spain--Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) are developing hydrocarbon early-detection devices for rivers and other bodies of water to prevent contamination that could seriously affect the environm...

Optical circuits have bendable--and stretchable--interconnections


Washington, DC--An Optics Express paper describes what may be the first optical circuit that uses interconnections that are not only bendable, but also stretchable.

Blu-ray technology detects microorganisms and toxins in biological samples

02/18/2014 A team of researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) has developed a test that relies on Blu-ray technology to detect pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella, toxic substances, allergens, and tumoral biomarkers ...

Ocean Optics names 2014 Young Investigator Award winner


Dunedin, FL--Ocean Optics has named Gabriel Orsinger of the University of Arizona as the winner of the 2014 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award.

Pulsed terahertz quantum-cascade laser has peak power of 1.01 W

02/17/2014 Leeds, England--A 3.4-THz-emitting quantum-cascade laser (QCL) created by a group at the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, reaches a pulsed peak power of up to 10.01 W from a single facet whe...

First single-molecule LED created from polythiophene nanowire


Strasbourg, France--A team led by IPCMS, CNRS/Université de Strasbourg in collaboration with UPMC and CEA has developed the first ever single-molecule LED.

Surface-enhanced Raman scattering could help test for meningitis faster


Researchers at the University of Strathclyde have developed a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based test that could help speed meningitis diagnosis, leading to better outcomes for patients.

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