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Zecotek LFS scintillation crystals near approval for use at CERN Large Hadron Collider


Zecotek Photonics says it is now close to having its patented LFS scintillation crystals approved for use at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Large Hadron Collider.

Luminescent solar concentrator is transparent, colorless, doesn't block the view

08/20/2014 A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is completely transparent in the visible region, allowing windows be used to collect solar energy with no change in appearan...

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...

LSST construction is funded; telescope contains unique primary/tertiary combo mirror developed at UA


The National Science Foundation has agreed to fund the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project, an observatory capable of scanning large swaths of night sky very quickly.

Microspectroscopy setup can track singlet oxygen in individual cells


A team of researchers has developed an experimental setup that enables direct microspectroscopic monitoring of singlet oxygen using a 2D-array indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) camera with near-infrared (NIR) sensitivity.

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.

Meadowlark acquires Commercial Products Business Unit of Boulder Nonlinear Systems


Liquid-crystal solutions and polarization optics manufacturer Meadowlark Optics acquired the Commercial Products Group of Boulder Nonlinear Systems.

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...

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...

Phasefocus Lens Profiler improves soft contact lens development


The Brien Holden Vision Institute is applying the Phasefocus high-precision Lens Profiler to assist in the development of new contact lenses.

Image-processing-based modular inspection system works from macroscopic to microscopic levels

08/12/2014 For better quality control of component surfaces, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM (Kaiserslautern, Germany) have created a high-precision modular inspection system that can be adapted on ...

Fluorescence microscopy, spectroscopy method measures intracellular protein movement

08/12/2014 Recognizing that numerous obstacles posed by cellular structures hinder protein movements within a cell, a team of researchers used fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy to map the intracellular topology by observing protein...

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.

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.


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 ...

Pioneers of plasmonics and nanophotonics for photovoltaics to be honored

08/08/2014 Harry Atwater at the California Institue of Technology and Albert Polman at FOM Institute AMOLF in The Netherlands will receive the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics for their achievements in plasmonics and novel nanoph...

Chalcogenide glass structures within polymer enable flexible photonic devices

08/07/2014 Researchers at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE), the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida, and IRradiance Glass (both in Orlando, FL) have developed a way to fabricate high-perform...

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