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

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...

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

09/22/2014

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

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...

Quantel, Andor, and NSF offer free LIBS workshop

09/18/2014

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).

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...

Expanding service options, Nanophase opens new polishing applications support lab

09/09/2014 Nanophase Technologies Corp. (Romeoville, IL) has opened a new polishing laboratory that will enable new product development and provide customer application support and process simulation for a variety of optical and precision...

Business Forum: A society for the optical science ecosystem

09/09/2014 This is the fourth in a series of interviews with leaders of our professional societies. I interviewed Liz Rogan, CEO of The Optical Society  (OSA), because this professional society is a vital part of our industry’s infra...

Nanometrology: Plasmon rulers: The optical angstrometers

09/08/2014

Evolving nanofabrication techniques suggest that plasmon rulers can potentially serve as easy-to-use optical "angstrometers".

Spectroscopy: High-resolution spectrometers shrink down with SWIFTS

09/08/2014

SWIFTS is a new principle of spectroscopy that can be implemented in an integrated chip, delivering picometer resolution over a spectral range of several hundred nanometers.

Photonics Products: Photodiodes: Silicon low-light photodiodes don't miss a photon

09/08/2014

Avalanche photodiodes, silicon photomultipliers, and their variants serve low-light-detection needs, even counting single photons when needed.

Market Insights: Entering the Chinese photonics market

09/08/2014

Over the past few decades, I have helped found companies in many parts of the world, including Taiwan, Japan, and China.

Long on the cutting edge

09/08/2014 When talking about advanced manufacturing, politicians seem to be thinking of futuristic factories or half-understood new systems. Conversely, when the industrial laser community talks about advanced manufacturing, it's talking...

Ophthalmology: Optical-integration instrument measures intraocular stray light

09/08/2014

Researchers have come up with a simple ophthalmic instrument based on double-pass optical integration, which measures ocular stray light at angles between 3° and 8° and is suitable for use in a clinical setting.

Raman Spectrometers: Low-cost Raman spectrometer uses concave grating and CMOS SPAD

09/05/2014 By focusing on miniaturization and suppression of fluorescence using a concave grating and a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-based time-gated single-photon avalanche diode (TG-SPAD) detector, a team of researcher...

Remote Sensing: Optically pumped lasing domes serve as remote temperature sensors

09/05/2014 Two researchers have created very small (110-μm-diameter) dome-shaped doped optical resonators that, when optically pumped remotely by a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, lase and emit a comb spectrum that shifts depending on the temper...
Whispering-gallery Raman laser sensors detect individual nanoparticles

Whispering-gallery Raman laser sensors detect individual nanoparticles

09/04/2014 A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), led by Lan Yang, the Das Family Career Development Associate Professor in Electrical & Systems Engineering, and their collaborators at Tsinghua Un...

Terahertz reflectometry identifies early skin cancer

09/03/2014 Applied Research & Photonics (ARP) is applying its terahertz-reflectometry systems—which have also been used for multilayer paint-thickness analysis and fault detection in silicon chips—to the identification of early-stage ...
Good-bye second law of thermodynamics?

Good-bye second law of thermodynamics?

09/02/2014 I was quite happy last week to post a news item about a colorless transparent luminescent solar concentrator developed at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), as I have had a long-term fascination with luminescent sola...
Quantum-key distribution goes to market in LANL tech transfer agreement with Allied Minds

Quantum-key distribution goes to market in LANL tech transfer agreement with Allied Minds

09/02/2014 Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL; Los Alamos, NM) has signed its largest information technology agreement ever; the agreement, with Whitewood Encryption Systems (Boston, MA; a wholly owned subsidiary of Allied Mind) provide...

Pyrocam IV images laser beams to terahertz range

08/30/2014

The new, fourth-generation Pyrocam IV pyroelectric camera adds greater sensitivity, better resolution, a larger active area, and more compact packaging to address next-generation laser source requirements.

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