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Special Optics objective lenses aid Nobel Prize research in fluorescence microscopy

10/31/2014 Special Optics is excited to have made a small contribution to the ground‐breaking research of Eric Betzig and his team at Janelia Research Campus, by collaborating and designing custom precision microscope objective lenses for...

Nanyang Technological University launches $80 million Photonics Institute for fiber-optic, laser, and optical research

10/31/2014 Nanyang Technological University (NTU; Singapore) has launched the SGD Photonics Institute, which owes its existence to a partnership between NTU and the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton (S...

LIA awards Poprawe with 2014 Arthur L. Schawlow Award


The Laser Institute of America (LIA) has awarded Professor Reinhart Poprawe, the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) in Aachen, with the 2014 Arthur L. Schawlow Award.

NIST launches new calibration service for high-power lasers up to 10 kW

10/30/2014 The Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; Boulder, CO) has launched a new calibration service for high-power lasers such as those used in industry for materials ...

Hybrid laser-ablation/gas-nozzle propulsion could propel rockets to orbit

10/29/2014 Yurii Rezunkov from the Institute of Optoelectronic Instrument Engineering (Sosnovyi Bor, Russia) and Alexander Schmidt from the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute (Saint Petersburg, Russia) have developed a scheme to integrate...

Fiber laser demand drives IPG Photonics' 16-percent revenue growth in 3Q 2014


Pointing to industry demand for fiber lasers, IPG Photonics (NASDAQ: IPGP) has reported a 16-percent increase in revenue to a record $199.7 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

After Corning QCL acquisition, Thorlabs partners with Daylight on QCL defense

10/29/2014 Thorlabs, after just announcing that it had acquired the quantum cascade laser business of Corning Incorporated, announced the formation of a strategic partnership with QCL manufacturer Daylight Solutions to advance the develop...

Blue LED light enables control of insulin secretion

10/28/2014 An international team of researchers has incorporated a synthetic, blue light-sensitive molecular switch into a sulfonylurea compound—a class of drugs widely used to regulate blood glucose levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes.

Merger forms new OSA Industry Development Associates

10/27/2014 The Optical Society (OSA) has merged the OSA Corporate Associates and the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) into one membership program as of January 1, 2015. This merger unites more than 250 OIDA and OSA ...

Thorlabs acquires Corning's quantum cascade laser business


Photonics products manufacturer Thorlabs acquired Corning Incorporated's quantum cascade laser (QCL) business and associated optical semiconductor technologies research group in a private transaction.

Enabling the right modes for certain lasers could increase efficiency 100 to 10,000-fold

10/27/2014 Engineers at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) have shown that carefully restricting the delivery of pump energy to selected areas within a laser, which allows certain higher-order modes to operate instead of the usual lower...

NeoPhotonics acquires EMCORE's narrow linewidth tunable laser product line


Photonic integrated circuit (PIC) manufacturer NeoPhotonics Corporation will purchase the assets of EMCORE's tunable laser and transceiver product lines.

For ultrafast lasers, Shasta Crystals is growing CALGO crystals


Shasta Crystals is now growing high quality CALGO (CaGdAlO4) crystals that will allow new developments in ultrafast lasers using its Laser Heated Pedestal Growth technology.


Ultrahigh-reliability high-power VCSEL array for 3D sensing and gesture recognition unveiled by Princeton Optronics


Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) specialist Princeton Optronics has introduced a high-power 8-W VCSEL array for 3D sensing and illumination.

Direct-diode laser for sheet metal cutting from JDSU, Amada debuts


JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU) has collaborated with Amada, which manufactures machine tools for metal fabrication, to develop a new direct-diode laser that provides up to 2kW of output power.

Safety of blue-light content of white-light LEDs discussed in new DOE technical brief


In a new brief, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has set out to clear up what it believes are misconceptions about LED lighting, in particular those that relate to the blue-light content of white-light LEDs.

High-brightness blue direct-diode laser from Shimadzu emits 50 W from 100-micron 0.2-NA fiber

10/21/2014 Researchers from Shimadzu (Kanagawa, Japan) have created a blue-emitting direct diode laser that focuses light from 30 individual 450-nm-emitting diode lasers into an optical fiber with a 100-μm-diameter core; the direct diode ...

Report cites that medical 3D printing market will hit $965.5M worldwide by 2019


A report by Transparency Market Research forecasts that the medical 3D printing market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.4 percent from 2013 to 2019, reaching $965.5 million globally by 2019.

Industrial lasers, photonics in oil and gas to headline 2015 Marketplace Seminar

10/17/2014 Applications and market opportunities for lasers, optics, and photonics are the themes for the 27th annual Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar. It will held in conjunction with SPIE Photonics West, and take place at the ...

Trumpf FY13/14 profits soar, thanks to record in increased revenue


Industrial laser systems maker Trumpf has increased its income significantly in fiscal year 2013/2014, thereby posting record revenues.

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