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Laser 'lightning-rod' setup improved by addition of nanosecond laser

08/19/2014 Earlier this year, researchers at the University of Arizona (UA; Tucson, AZ) and the University of Central Florida (UCF; Orlando, FL) created a dual-femtosecond-laser-beam setup that channels plasma filaments and could divert l...

Voxtel eye-safe micro-laser rangefinder module features a miniature DPSS laser


The ROX series eye-safe micro-laser rangefinder (LRF) module is designed for turnkey OEM integration.

NRL KrF Nike laser achieves Guinness World Record for enabling highest projectile velocity


The Nike krypton fluoride (KrF) laser at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has earned the coveted Guinness World Records title for achieving "Highest Projectile Velocity" of greater than 1,000 km/s.

Laser-cooling an AFM probe boosts its sensitivity by 20 times

08/15/2014 Researchers in the Quantum Optics Group of the Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) are laser-cooling the probes of atomic-force microscopes (AFMs) to boost their sens...

Raytheon awarded $11M for Humvee-mounted directed-energy laser weapons


Raytheon will develop a vehicle-based laser device capable of defeating low-flying threats such as enemy drones.

Optical fibers infused with hydrogen transmit UV light without solarization damage

08/14/2014 To create optical fibers that transmit stable, high-power UV laser light for hundreds of hours, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; Boulder, CO) are treating the fibers with hydrogen to prev...

Make all your photonics from perovskite?

08/14/2014 Have we finally found the universal substance for photonics? Well, not really. But perovskite, the material (actually, a class of materials) that's recently been getting technical press for its high efficiency as a solar-cell m...

Ametek acquires Amptek and Luphos, expands metrology and analysis capabilities

08/13/2014 Continuing its recent growth, Ametek has completed two photonics-related acquisitions: Amptek, a  maker of x-ray detectors, and Luphos, which uses laser interferometyr to measure aspherical lenses and optical surfaces. In ...

Logos and LLE to build high-energy laser for shock-compression research

08/13/2014 Logos Technologies, in partnership with the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics, received an award to design, build, and install a sophisticated high-energy laser at Argonne National Laboratory for materia...

Laser modules from Lumics cover wavelengths from 750 to 1100 nm


Hermetically sealed BTF14 modules are manufactured as per Telcordia standard GR-468-CORE.

Photon Systems Deep-UV NeCu laser to power Mars 2020 Raman fluorescence instrument

08/11/2014 A narrow-linewidth, deep-UV laser developed by Photon Systems is at the heart of the Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals (SHERLOC) instrument that was selected by NASA for ...

SPIE Optics + Photonics product preview: Optics and photonics to proliferate on exhibit floor


The SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014 exhibition, set to take place August 19-21, 2014, in San Diego, CA, will host 181 companies that will showcase their products and solutions.

Start-up Optalysys aims to demo gigaFLOPS-scale optical processor in January 2015

08/11/2014 Optalysys (Pontefract, England), a spin-off from Cambridge University (Cambridge, England), has declared that it is only months away from launching a prototype optical processor operating at 1.32 billion floating-point operatio...

Syneron dual-wavelength picosecond laser receives CE Mark for tattoo removal


Aesthetic laser system maker Syneron Medical has received CE Mark approval for its PicoWay dual-wavelength picosecond laser to treat tattoos of all types and colors and pigmented lesions on any skin type.

Proposed U.S. legislation backs optics and photonics as competitive advantage


The U.S. Senate has taken a first step toward explicit congressional endorsement of optics and photonics as a vital enabling tool for the economy--a major goal of the National Photonics Initiative.


Laser markers from Miyachi Europe range from 10 to 100 W


ML-73 D Series includes fiber laser markers ranging from 10 to 100 W.

Summer with the IEEE Photonics Society in Europe

08/08/2014 The IEEE Photonics Society has two great meetings that I wish I could attend--the locations certainly help, but the programs are the real attraction. The first is the 11th annual Group IV Photonics Conference, August 27-29, in ...

Morgan Advanced Materials unveils new high-absorption glaze for Q-switched IR lasers


Morgan Advanced Materials (Windsor, England; LON: MGAM) has introduced a new, high-absorption samarium oxide glaze developed for high-energy pulsed Q-switching infrared-laser applications.

Experimental space telescopes to be 3D-printed at NASA

08/07/2014 By the end of September 2014, Jason Budinoff, an aerospace engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD), is expected to complete the first imaging telescopes ever assembled almost exclusively from 3D-manufactu...

Thin-disk laser master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) has advanced cooling arrangement


Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL; Adelphi, MD) have boosted the power of a thin-disk laser power amplifier design of theirs that has greatly enhanced cooling properties

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