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Laser market to exceed $11B by 2017, says Strategies Unlimited

02/04/2014 Mountain View, CA--Strategies Unlimited has released its annual market research report, "The Worldwide Market for Lasers," which foresees revenue growth of 4.9% from 2012 to 2017 for the total laser market, bolstered ...

JDSU acquires ultrafast laser maker Time-Bandwidth Products

01/30/2014 Milpitas, CA--JDSU has acquired Time-Bandwidth Products, a provider of high-powered and ultrafast lasers for the industrial and scientific markets.

Ptychography method uses phase information for high-contrast, label-free imaging


Sheffield, England--Researchers at the University of York have published a paper in Nature detailing their work on patented ptychography imaging technology from Phasefocus.

SPIE BiOS and SPIE Photonics West 2014 preview: Optics and photonics continue to innovate

01/27/2014 This year’s SPIE Photonics West, North America’s leading optics and photonics conference and exhibition, is expected to draw the largest crowd to date, as presenters, exhibitors, and attendees gather to discuss and learn about ...

Cambridge Technology to showcase integrated digital laser scanning solutions at SPIE Photonics West 2014


Lightning II digital scanning solutions provide speed and accuracy for microprocessing, 3D manufacturing, and advanced material processing applications.

General Photonics to display polarimeter at SPIE BiOS and SPIE Photonics West 2014


The POD-201 polarimeter has uses in high-speed polarization analysis and monitoring.

Lambda Research to showcase optical design software at SPIE Photonics West 2014

01/20/2014 TracePro v7.4 optical design software offers photorealistic rendering using photon mapping to depict scenes, sources, light pipes, and instrument panels, as well as a solar tracking capability in the solar emulator with uniaxia...

3D time-of-flight MEMS-scanning camera from Fraunhofer improves robot vision


Dresden, Germany--Fraunhofer IPMS has designed and built a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) scan technology for a time-of-flight camera that is part of the European TACO project.

SOFTWARE: OPTICAL DESIGN: Multiphysics model speeds nanophotonic devices simulation


By implementing multiphysics algorithms on a graphical processing unit (a hardware accelerator), simulation speeds for active photonics are increased 300X compared to incumbent algorithms.

Mingle with executives at the February 3rd Laser Marketplace Seminar


San Francisco, CA--Don't miss your chance to mingle with laser and photonics executives at the 2014 Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar to be held February 3, 2014 in conjunction with SPIE Photonics West.

U.S. DOE awards two SBIR grants for OLED technology

01/16/2014 Washington, DC--The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science has awarded two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants targeting advances in solid-state lighting (SSL) technology -- in this case, both for advances i...

COMSOL forms Chinese subsidiary to expand Multiphysics simulation software presence


Burlington, MA--COMSOL announced the formation of a new subsidiary located in China with offices in Shanghai and Beijing to expand presence and availability of Multiphysics simulation software.

2014: The photon spark

01/16/2014 The list of products and applications "forged" by the creative use of laser technology is long indeed, from the circuit board and glass display in a smartphone to the high-strength steel making cars and airplanes safe...

SPIE Startup Challenge semi-finalists named for 2014 event


Bellingham, WA--SPIE has named the two-dozen aspiring entrepreneurs that are semi-finalists in the 2014 SPIE Startup Challenge.

Forced airflow efficiently cools high-power beam-combining VBGs


Volume Bragg gratings (VBGs), which are recorded as refractive-index variations in photothermorefractive (PTR) glass, can be used for high-power, high-spectral-density laser beam combining.

Aveva laser-scanning software captures hydrocarbons facility as-built in 3D for revamp project

01/09/2014 Moscow, Russia--Aveva announced that Burgasnefteproekt (Burgas, Bulgaria), an engineering company in the petrochemicals field, is using Aveva's Laser Modeller, laser-scanning software that captures 3D models of entire rooms and...

Concept Laser launches laser additive manufacturing R&D center


Lichtenfels, Germany--Increased global demand for components fabricated using laser additive manufacturing (LAM) has spurred the launch of a new R&D facility for Concept Laser.

Miniature lens from iPhysicist enables smart device operation via hand gestures

01/02/2014 Netanya, Israel--iPhysicist has developed a new miniature lens that provides better accuracy and affordability for gesture recognition technology devices to enable the operation of smart devices by simple hand gestures.

Spike smartphone app brings 3D laser modeling to the masses

12/27/2013 Wellington, New Zealand and McLean, VA--Spike users take a photo of the object they wish to measure through the app on their smartphone and hardware then measures key 3D metrics and displays those augmented results on the screen.

Spectral Evolution releases spectrometer library software


Custom Library Builder software lets users build spectral libraries for the company's spectrometer and spectroradiometer applications.

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