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National Energetics and Ekspla awarded contract to build ten-petawatt laser system

09/23/2014 A consortium led by National Energetics (Austin, TX), in partnership with Ekspla (Vilnius, Lithuania), has been awarded a contract in excess of $40 million to develop and install an ultra-intense laser system for the European U...

Fast optogenetic method can sense neuronal activity with red light


Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed an optogenetic-based tool that provides a new way of mapping the brain's neural networks in a living organism.

Quantel fiber laser enables atom-cooling experiments onboard CNES Zero-G aircraft


Quantel Laser announced that its EYLSA Fiber Laser completed a series of atom-cooling experiments on board the CNES Zero-G aircraft.

SPIE Fellow and materials scientist Mark Hersam named 2014 MacArthur Fellow

09/22/2014 SPIE Fellow and Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) materials scientist Mark Hersam was named one of the 21 Fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for 2014. Hersam is a professor and the director of Nor...

Ocean Optics names spectroscopy applications contest winners

09/19/2014 Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) has named two winners of its World Cup of Applications contest after collecting more than 40 entries from around the world. One winner used spectroscopy to gauge the faint red chlorophyll fluorescence...

Microscopy method has positive implications for muscular dystrophy research

09/19/2014 A team of scientists has developed a microscopy method that allows them to view single molecules in living animals at high resolution. Importantly, the method enabled them to study a key structural protein of muscle cells to he...

Quantel, Andor, and NSF offer free LIBS workshop


Quantel, Andor, and the NSF-sponsored cCWCS program is sponsoring the free second annual workshop on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy in Undergraduate Research and Teaching (LIBS-URT 2014).

Photonic reservoir computing--a new tool for speech recognition


So what is photonic reservoir computing? After browsing through several abstracts and papers, I'm still not entirely sure.

A dual layer of graphene can be laser-cooled, with possible practical uses

09/17/2014 A multinational team of researchers has discovered that two layers of graphene, one rotated at a specific angle relative to the other, can be used as a material that, when irradiated by laser light at the proper wavelength, exh...

OSA announces winners of Enabled by Optics contest


JDSU has won the second Enabled by Optics contest run by The Optical Society (OSA).

Element Six selected for EU project to develop ultrafast pulse disk laser


Element Six was selected by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development to help develop a new ultrafast pulse disk laser.

Devices made of 'correlated oxide' could provide a new path for photodetection

09/16/2014 Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, researchers at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling...

UCSB scientists in DARPA program fabricate quantum-dot lasers directly on silicon

09/16/2014 Scientists in the Electronic-Photonic Heterogeneous Integration (E-PHI) program run by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA; Washington, DC) have deposited successive layers of indium arsenide material dire...

Lockheed Martin opens Optical Payload Center of Excellence in Silicon Valley


The Optical Payload Center of Excellence in the heart of Silicon Valley will help Lockheed Martin advance optical systems that power innovations used in satellites, lasers, telescopes, and targeting systems.

Exfoliated single-crystalline GaN films grown on graphene lead to new types of LEDs

09/15/2014 Researchers at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, NY) have figured out how to use graphene as a template to repeatedly grow and exfoliate entire single-crystalline gallium nitride (GaN) films; the process e...

Optical method can detect proteins by their scattered light

09/15/2014 A team of researchers has developed an optical method that enables direct detection of the scattered light of individual proteins via their shadows to not only make biomedical diagnoses more sensitive, but also provide new insi...

Shortest wavelength yet (0.002 nm) reflected from multilayer-coated mirror

09/12/2014 Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL; Livermore, CA), the University of Denmark (Lyngby, Denmark) and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble, France) have created very-short-period multilay...

New IR marker enables advanced bioimaging


Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have developed an infrared (IR) fluorescent protein marker to improve the quality of tissue imaging.

500 GHz photon switch is based on subnanometer-scale-engineered optical fiber

09/10/2014 Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have built the first 500 GHz photon switch, an approach made possible by advances in the control of a strong optical beam using only a few photons, and by the scientists' a...

'Solid' light to serve as specialized quantum computer

09/09/2014 As part of an effort to develop exotic materials such as room-temperature superconductors, researchers at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) and ETH Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland) have locked together photons so that they becom...

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