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    This Robot Can Rap–Really

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    Deep-learning robot Shimon writes and rhymes in real time -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Reflection Matrix Microscopy Shows Potential to Expedite Neuroscience Research, Disease Diagnoses

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    A South Korean research team has developed an optical microscope capable of maintaining spatial resolution and acquiring a microscopic “map”...

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    Nanoparticle Lasing Innovation Reduces Tissue Damage

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    Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have demonstrated how a microcavity laser can produce energy-saving and user-safe laser...

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    Black Characters Matter

    The Importance of Representation: How we Helped Donate Books with Black Characters to Local Schools

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    We are proud to announce IDEX Foundation has donated $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain who...

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    Luminar lands $600M in Nasdaq listing

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    Automotive lidar company starts trading under ‘LAZR’ ticker symbol following shareholder approval of reverse merger deal.

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    Covid 19 update: 03 December 2020

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    A round-up of this week's coronavirus-related news and countermeasures from the photonics industry.

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    Who Will Get COVID Vaccines First and Who Will Have to Wait

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    In the U.S., health workers come first, but for other groups scientists and policy makers are weighing a mix of...

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    When Same-Sex Mating Makes Reproductive Sense

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    Under the right circumstances, indiscriminate mating with both males and females can enhance animals’ evolutionary success -- Read more on...

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    LASER COMPONENTS Detector Group Opens Facility

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    LASER COMPONENTS Detector Group opened its new 29,000-sq-ft facility in Chandler, Ariz. The Phoenix-area facility features cleanrooms optimized to ensure...

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    CRIMSON Project Aims to Develop Next-Gen Microscope

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    Researchers this week began work on the CRIMSON project, an effort to develop advanced laser-based coherent Raman scattering microscopy. The...

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    OCT-Based Technique May Improve Cancer Diagnostics

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    A method based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) could improve the abilities of scientists and medical personnel to evaluate biopsies....

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    Rockley Photonics works with Cadence to develop datacoms management tool

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    Silicon photonics systems developer uses specialised software to design "hyperscale" system-in-package.

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    Light-based Quantum Computer Exceeds Fastest Classical Supercomputers

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    The setup of lasers and mirrors effectively “solved” a problem far too complicated for even the largest traditional computer system...

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    Boosting the Speed and Power of VCSELs

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    Coupled semiconductor laser design demonstrates a fivefold higher laser modulation bandwidth than conventional designs.

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    Plasma-Therm Acquires OEM Group’s Dry Process Equipment Business

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    Plasma-Therm announced its acquisition of OEM Group’s dry process equipment business. With the acquisition, Plasma-Therm has acquired all original OEM...

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    Luna Innovations Acquires OptaSense

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    Luna Innovations Inc. has acquired OptaSense Holdings Ltd., a QinetiQ company, for £29 million (just over $39 million) in a...

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    Photron Limited Acquires Photonic Lattice Inc.

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    Photron Limited, a developer of high-speed imaging technology and subsidiary of the Imagica Group, has acquired all shares of Photonic...

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    NY Creates announces $19M federally-funded AIM Photonics program

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    AIM-led team selected for research project under DARPA’s Lasers for Universal Microscale Optical Systems initiative.

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    Netherlands team to build high-speed quantum network

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    Regional web aims to connect processors capable of exchanging qubits over optical fiber.

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    Fluorescent nanosensors offer rapid pathogen detection

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    Ruhr-University Bochum and partners develop structures that react to presence of harmful molecules.

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    On Climate, Biden Must Do More than Undo Trump's Damage

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    The new administration cannot just go back to the future on carbon emissions -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Nanodiamonds Show Promise as Single-Photon Sources

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    Diamond-based quantum systems in nanophotonic circuits could enable very sensitive magnetometers.

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    Hollow-Core Fibers Outperform Silica Glass Counterparts

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    Researchers from the University of Southampton Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have introduced three unique hollow-core fiber designs that each exhibit...

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    3D Multiphoton Lithography May Enable Better Photonic Circuits

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    Using 3D multiphoton lithography, a method of 3D printing, researchers from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) demonstrated high-resolution...

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    NIST AI system discovers new material potentially useful for photonic devices

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    CAMEO algorithm identifies promising "phase-change memory material" based on germanium-antimony-tellurium structure.

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    AIM Photonics to Lead $19M DARPA-Funded Photonics Program

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    AIM Photonics (American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics), part of NY CREATES, announced $19 million in research program awards for...

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    In 2020, Record-Breaking Hurricanes Arrived Early–and Often

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    A record 30 storms have formed, compared to the previous high of 28; almost all were the earliest on record...

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    Terahertz spectroscopy probes cellular structure of skin

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    University of Warwick and Chinese University of Hong Kong project could assist in skin cancer diagnosis.

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    Psilocybin Treatment for Mental Health Gets Legal Framework

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    Oregon became the first state to legalize therapeutic use of the drug, as new research affirms its benefits for treating...

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    T-Ray Tech Gets Under the Skin

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    Collaborating scientists from the University of Warwick and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have demonstrated a method that...

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    Microdiamant Acquires Eminess Technologies, Companies to Rebrand as Pureon

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    Microdiamant, a Swiss developer of diamond-based solutions and precision surface finishing, has acquired Eminess Technologies, a manufacturer of surface polishing...

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    Upgraded Raman microscope to explore cellular origins of cancer

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    Ultrafast laser tool to be developed under European project will combine artificial intelligence and endoscopy.

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    Redflex Purchases RoadMetric

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    Redflex Traffic Systems, an Australian developer of intelligent traffic management solutions, acquired RoadMetric Ltd.’s brand and intellectual property, including machine...

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    Ingo Bank to Rejoin OSRAM as CEO

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    Ingo Bank will assume the position of CEO at OSRAM Licht Ag, in March, with Thomas Stockmeier taking on the...

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    GD Optics Names Winfried Czilwa Managing Director

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    GD Optics has named Winfried Czilwa as managing director, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Czilwa previously served as CEO and chairman...

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    Judy Curran Joins Board of Directors at MicroVision

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    Lidar sensing and laser display technology developer MicroVision Inc. appointed Judy Curran to its board of directors. Curran previously held...

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    Konica Minolta Acquiring Specim

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    Konica Minolta Sensing Europe BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta, will acquire Specim, Spectral Imaging Ltd., a supplier...

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    SPI Lasers Rebrands Under TRUMPF Umbrella

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    TRUMPF has completed the renaming and merger of SPI Lasers, its wholly owned fiber laser manufacturing subsidiary. SPI has been...

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    IDEX Health & Science Launches New MarvelXACT™ PEEKsil™ Connection System

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    PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For further information, please contact: E-mail: IHSMarketing@idexcorp.com Rohnert Park, California, November 30, 2020 - IDEX...

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    Take This Quiz to See If You Are a Face 'Super-Recognizer'

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    Many with this skill have a feeling they are special. A freely available test helps them confirm their intuitions -- Read...

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    3D Printing Offers Versatility in Optical Design

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    Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) used multimaterial 3D printing to develop tailored gradient refractive index glass optics, delivering...

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    Stanford scientists invent ultrafast way to make perovskite solar cells

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    Rapid manufacturing boosts potential of this greener alternative to conventional silicon solar panels.

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    imec and Ximea co-develop industrial grade hyperspectral imager

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    Video-rate xiSpec2 camera range is designed for diverse machine vision applications.

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    Researchers Develop Open Source Modular Microscope

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    Researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT), Friedrich Schiller University, and Jena University Hospital developed a low-cost...

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    M Squared Announces £32.5M in Financing

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    Photonics and quantum technology developer M Squared announced £32.5 million in financing to accelerate growth and advance quantum technology. Santander...

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    GE Healthcare Acquires Prismatic Sensors

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    GE Healthcare announced the acquisition of Prismatic Sensors, a Swedish startup specializing in photon-counting detectors. The acquisition signifies the company’s...

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    Sivers Photonics Appoints Graeme Urquhart Sales Director

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    Sivers Photonics announced the appointment of Graeme Urquhart as sales director. Prior to joining Sivers Photonics, Urquhart served as business...

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    Ultrafast Manufacturing of Perovskite Solar Modules

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    An ultrafast method for manufacturing and assembling stable perovskite solar modules has been developed at Stanford University. The technique, according...

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    Collaboration Among Trumpf, Zeiss, Fraunhofer Yields Federal Prize

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    Trumpf, Zeiss, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics were awarded the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2020 (German Future...

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    EUV lithography enablers land German Future Prize

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    Zeiss, Trumpf, and Fraunhofer developers recognized for key elements that make up ASML’s game-changing systems.

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    Honeywell temperature monitors deployed at JFK Airport to screen tavelers

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    ThermoRebellion uses thermal imaging and AI to spot elevated skin temperatures, such as caused by Covid-19 infection.

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    Sensor Detects Biomarkers in the Breath

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    An optical detector based on multipass spectroscopy measures formaldehyde, a potential biomarker for cancer.

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    MIT sees details of cellular network activity

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    Deliberate clustering of fluorophores allows simultaneous study of multiple locations.

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    Laser-cooled atoms to measure ‘atmospheric drag’

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    Quantum accelerometers for tiny satellites move to the next stage of development with UK funding.

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    Austria-US team develops QCL-based mid-infrared laser to detect specific molecules

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    TU Vienna and Harvard's technology does not require large setup and can easily be miniaturized.

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    Multipass spectroscopy promises improved detection of cancer markers in breath

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    University of Warsaw project points towards clinical platforms for early cancer diagnosis.

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    LLNL's 3D-printed glass approach enhances optical design flexibility

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    Multi-material 3D printing creates tailored gradient RI optics that promise better military eyewear and VR goggles.

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    What We're Thankful for at Scientific American

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    From our virtual Thanksgiving table to yours -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Shrinking AI Down to an Optoelectronic Chip

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    Light-powered AI chip made of 2D black phosphorous performs image pre-processing and recognition by itself.

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    NUBURU Announces CEO, CFO

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    NUBURU, a specialist in high-power and high-brightness industrial blue lasers, announced the appointments of Guy Gilliland to the position of...

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    Chromacity Announces Personnel Appointments

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    Chromacity has announced Bertrand Frossard as the company’s international business development manager and Lawrence Titley as sales associate. In a...

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    Synopsys Acquires Light Tec

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    Synopsys announced the acquisition of Light Tec, a provider of optical scattering measurements and measurement equipment. The acquisition will strengthen...

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    Pyreos Announces Gary Palmer as VP of Operations

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    Pyreos has announced that Gary Palmer will be taking on the newly created role of vice president of operations. Palmer...

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    Startup Porotech debuts native red LED epiwafer for micro-LEDs

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    University of Cambridge spin-out claims “first” such wafer based on gallium nitride production method.

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    Optical systems design wins boost Jenoptik order book

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    Biophotonics applications including robotic surgery and point-of-care Covid-19 tests expected to add €9 million to annual sales.

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    Mobileye selects Luminar lidar for autonomous vehicle pilot

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    Collaboration on ‘level 4’ robo-taxi service programs in Europe, Middle East, and Asia.

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    COVID Models Show How to Avoid Future Lockdowns

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    The models could help inform policy on everything from mask mandates to social distancing -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Severe Wildfires Raise the Chance for Future Monstrous Blazes

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    The complete torching of trees allows dense, low vegetation to sprout, creating a new hotbed for more extreme fire --...

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    ATS Appoints Ryan McLeod CFO

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    ATS Automation Tooling Systems announced the appointment of Ryan McLeod to the position of CFO. McLeod has served as interim...

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    Laser Method Makes Mid-IR Pulsing More Practical

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    Research efforts from Vienna University of Technology, in collaboration with Harvard University, have led to the development of a laser...

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    Simulation Shows Possibility of Curved Blade Laser Scalpel

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    Relying on a photonic hook, or a type of near-field, self-bending curved light, an international team of researchers has proposed...

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    How to Minimize COVID Risk and Enjoy the Holidays

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    Experts suggest limiting travel and keeping Thanksgiving and other celebrations small and outdoors -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    OCT branches out

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    Anyone who has recently had an eye examination may have been ushered into a room that contained an optical coherence...

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    M-Squared refinances with state support

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    New Scottish National Investment Bank acquires an interest in the laser firm.

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    Harsh Droughts Can Actually Start Over Oceans

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    Similar to hurricanes, they can hit land, but their slow pace could improve drought forecasts -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Laser Switching? Just Add DNA

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    Team creates a microlaser whose wavelength can be switched by injecting single-stranded DNA into the cavity—and switched back with another,...

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    MATRIX VISION Opens Hamburg Site

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    Machine vision components and systems provider MATRIX VISION GmbH opened a development site in Hamburg. The company, in a press...

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    Observing Nonlinear Ionization Dynamics of Hot Dense Plasma

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    A team of researchers from the University of Jena has observed the successful formation and interaction of highly ionized krypton...

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    Optics, Machine Vision Algorithms at Heart of Epic-USC Collaboration

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    Epic Sciences Inc., a diagnostics and disease profiling company, announced it has entered into an exclusive license and collaboration agreement...

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    The COVID Cold Chain: How a Vaccine Will Get to You

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    A vaccine logistics expert explains how millions of frozen vials will be widely distributed -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Arecibo Observatory to Close Its Giant Eye on the Sky

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    After suffering severe damage from broken cables that cannot be readily repaired, the observatory’s enormous radio telescope is now slated...

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    New Scientist-Candidates for U.S. Congress Fared Worse Than Expected in 2020

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    Even with big health issues in the headlines, most of these challengers lost, though advocates hope the races gave science...

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    Stretchable Sensor Measures Touch

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    Multifunctional optomechanical sensors form a stretchable skin that detects pressure, bending and strain in soft-body systems and can decouple that...

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    Researchers Slow Down Laser Light, Deliver Control to Break Power and Speed Limits

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    George Washington University (GWU) researchers have combined multiple transverse coupled cavities to develop a new vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). The...

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    Pushing the Boundaries of High-Energy Laser Pulses

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    INRS researchers have pushed the boundaries of high-energy laser pulse propagation, with reliance on the observation of high-energy multidimensional solitary...

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    Tracking Photons in the Infrared

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    Scientists from NUST MISIS Technological Initiative Center are developing a prototype of an infrared photon video detector. The camera, believed...

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    Additive manufacturing with adaptive optics makes precision parts

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    Combination with digital light processor engine said to enable cost-effective production.

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    Covid-19 update: 19 November 2020

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    A round-up of this week's coronavirus-related news and countermeasures from the photonics industry.

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    Superresolution Imaging on the SPOT

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    A technique called SPOT (spectrum and polarization optical tomography) is providing researchers with a “street view” of lipid membranes surrounding...

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    Electronic, Light-Powered Chip Delivers Smarter AI

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    A chip that brings together imaging, processing, machine learning, and memory is enhancing artificial intelligence by imitating the way the...

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    How old is that fish in the window?

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    Shoppers for fresh seafood often find themselves questioning the age of the fish they buy at the seafood counter. They...

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    Spectroscopy Guides Precision Medicine

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    Raman spectroscopy captures the effect when light partially scatters inelastically as it interacts with matter. The amounts of energy transferred...

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    VIS-OCT needs stable, versatile light sources

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    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is the gold standard for noninvasive retinal imaging, enabling ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat multiple ocular...

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    Evaluating COVID Risk on Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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    Stay safer on different forms of transportation -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Building a Better Silicon Optical Transmitter

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    A silicon photonic device achieved a data transmission rate of 100 Gbps, making it attractive for data-center applications.

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    Moth-eye nanostructures offer improved anti-reflective coatings

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    Tokyo University of Science produces bio-inspired surfaces on resin films.

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    ORC researchers develop all-silicon optical transmitter at 100G

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    Without needing digital signal processing, new modulator can double maximum data rate of state-of-the-art devices.

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    Mysteries of COVID Smell Loss Finally Yield Some Answers

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    Explanations begin to arise at the molecular level for this vexing but commonplace symptom -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Otters Show How Predators Can Blunt Climate Damage

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    Understanding the full impacts of warming requires factoring in the complexity of ecosystems -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    3D Mechanical Database Brings Together Components, Machine Learning

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    A team of mechanical engineers from Purdue University has undertaken the task of establishing a nearly 60,000-component, open-source, annotated database...

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    Multipass Spectroscopy Method Enables Disease-Detecting Breath Test

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    An optical sensing method developed by a research team at the University of Warsaw relies on highly sensitive spectroscopic measurements...

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    Metalens Microscopy Eliminates FOV Constraints

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    Researchers from Nanjing University are using metalenses to enhance and shrink microscopes while maintaining resolution with a large field of...

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    SPIE announces partnership with global open-knowledge platform The Lens

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    The Lens’s open data to be fully integrated into SPIE’s Digital Library platform.

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    Dual Chips Boost Detection of Squeezed Light

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    Interfacing two silicon chips, one nanophotonic and one electronic, could prove a boon for quantum communication and computing.

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    Lumentum Acquires TriLumina Assets

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    Lumentum has acquired technology assets of TriLumina, including patents and other intellectual property. Trilumina technology includes flip-chip, back-emitting VCSEL arrays...

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    IDS Announces Serbian Subsidiary

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    IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH has announced a new development site in Novi Sad, Serbia. The development unit is closely...

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    Hitachi snaps up Valencia spin-out VLC for integrated photonics expertise

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    VLC Photonics offers fabless development services for PICs across numerous sectors, including telecom, lidar, and sensing.

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    Brillouin spectroscopy offers route to probing cell dynamics

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    University of Exeter measures properties of biopolymers as models of biological tissues.

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    Stellar Smashups May Fuel Planetary Habitability, Study Suggests

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    Radioactive elements produced by colliding neutron stars could make the difference between living and lifeless worlds -- Read more on...

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    Silicon Modulator Integrates Photonics and Electronics to Perform at 100 Gb/s

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    Researchers from the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre have demonstrated an all-silicon optical modulator at 100 Gb/s and beyond,...

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    Extra Level Helps Convert Light Energy into Surface Waves on Graphene with Increased Efficiency

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    Collaborating physicists from two Russian universities have successfully converted light energy into surface waves on graphene at nearly 90% efficiency....

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    UK team shows how to build single-molecule laser microscope

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    Central Laser Facility work provides build instructions for cost-effective Förster Resonance Energy Transfer imaging.

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    Formnext 2020: Trumpf presents new solutions for 3D metal printing industry

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    New nozzle doubles process speed in LMD; depowdering boosts automation in laser metal fusion.

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    Silicon Modulator Integrates Photonics and Electronics to Perform at 100 Gbit/s

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    Researchers from the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre have demonstrated an all-silicon optical modulator at 100 Gbit/s and beyond,...

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    Vision and Breathing May Be the Secrets to Surviving 2020

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    Stanford neurobiologist Andrew Huberman discusses the two things we can always control, even during a high-stress election and scary COVID...

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    Biologically Controlled Lasing Could Lead to Nanoscale Functionality

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    An international research team at Nanyang Technological University has demonstrated the concept of a switchable microlaser controlled by the organic...

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    Air-Sensing Technology Combats Dangerous Chemical Exposure

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    University of Navarra scientists in Spain and partners from European photonics innovation hub ACTPHAST 4R are collaborating to develop technology...

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    Ouster and CronAI partner to bring smart 3D perception to ADAS driving systems

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    Autonomous vehicles sensing development said to "plug gap between 3D sensing and real world applications".

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    Integrating electronic and photonic chips breaks record in quantum light detection

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    University of Bristol's QET Lab and Université Côte d‘Azur develop device enabling higher performance quantum computers.

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    For COVID Drugs, Months of Frantic Development Lead to Few Outright Successes

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    There have been mixed results as researchers try to stop a disease they are still trying to understand -- Read...

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    A Butterfly's Brilliant Blue Wings Lead to Less Toxic Paint

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    A phenomenon known as structural color could be translated to a range of commercial products -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Raptor Photonics Names Peter Hagen Sales Manager

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    Raptor Photonics, a manufacturer of SWIR, CCD, EMCCD, and CMOS cameras, named Peter Hagen sales manager. Hagen will oversee global...

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    INRS Researchers Awarded Brockhouse Canada Prize

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    José Azaña and Roberto Morandotti of the Institut national de la reserche scientifique (INRS) were awarded the Brockhouse Canada Prize...

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    Dating during the Pandemic: Can You Trust an 'Antibody Positive' Claim?

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    Testing positive for COVID antibodies is not a pass to date freely -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Whole-Genome Synthesis Will Transform Cell Engineering

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    A big advance in synthetic biology -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Green Hydrogen Could Fill Big Gaps in Renewable Energy

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    A zero-carbon supplement to wind and solar -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Why Polls Were Mostly Wrong

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    Princeton’s Sam Wang had to eat his words (and a cricket) in 2016. He talks about the impacts of the...

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    Announcing our new Editor-in-Chief – Aaron Wheeler

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    We are delighted to announce that in January 2021, Professor Aaron Wheeler (University of Toronto, Canada) will take over as...

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    Covid-19 update 12 November 2020

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    A round-up of this week's coronavirus-related news and countermeasures from the photonics industry.

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    Ayar Labs wins $35M in Series B Funding – and new backers

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    As interest in optical I/O grows, Applied Ventures, Castor Ventures, Downing Ventures, and SGInnovate join Ayar's existing investors.

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    Do NASA's Lunar Exploration Rules Violate Space Law?

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    The Artemis Accords—NASA guidelines supposedly designed to regulate global cooperation on the moon—may serve to circumvent preexisting international treaties --...

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    A Cosmic Video Mini-Series to Ponder Gravity, the Universe, and Everything

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    Earthly matters got you stressed? Here is an opportunity to elevate your mind above the terrestrial din with three cosmic...

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    Quantum Sensors Could Let Autonomous Cars 'See' around Corners

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    High-precision metrology based on the peculiarities of the subatomic world -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Low-Carbon Cement Can Help Combat Climate Change

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    Microbes will help decarbonize the construction industry -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Electric Aviation Could Be Closer Than You Think

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    Enabling air travel to decarbonize -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Here's How Scientists Want Biden to Take on Climate Change

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    Ambitions include promoting electric vehicles and incorporating environmental justice -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Hitachi High-Tec Acquires PIC Manufacturer VLC Photonics

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    Hitachi High-Tec Corp. has acquired Valencia, Spain-based VLC Photonics SL, a designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) solutions...

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    Researchers Devise Method to Observe Atomic Interactions, Quantum Mechanics

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    Researchers from Princeton University have formulated a method to control and measure atoms that are indistinguishable when observed with an...

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    UK and Canada Collaborate on Quantum Tech

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    United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada are backing eight...

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    Researchers Claim New Record in Quantum Light Detection

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    Researchers from the University of Bristol have claimed a new record for detecting squeezed light, using a newly developed balanced...

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    Pfizer's Early Results Bode Well for a COVID Vaccine Approval This Year

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    The data are preliminary, however, and it is not yet clear whether the vaccine protects against severe disease -- Read...

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    A Cosmic Video Miniseries to Ponder Gravity, the Universe and Everything

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    Earthly matters got you stressed? Here is an opportunity to elevate your mind above the terrestrial din with three cosmic...

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    Smaller Spectrometer Maintains Performance

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    Researchers develop imaging spectrometer with volumes ten times smaller than similarly performing designs.

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    Kyocera Corp. Acquires GaN Laser Technology Company SLD Laser

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    Kyocera announced it will acquire Goleda, Calif.-based SLD Laser, a developer of visible laser sources for display, automotive, and specialty...

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    Early COVID Vaccine Results Bode Well for an Approval This Year

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    The data are preliminary, however, and it is not yet clear whether the vaccine protects against severe disease -- Read...

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    How to Use Masks during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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    Researchers Announce New Record for Plasma Accelerator Operation

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    A team of researchers at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) has run a laser plasma accelerator for more than a day while...

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    Dover Acquires Solaris Laser SA

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    Hamamatsu Completes Construction of New Building

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    Design Breakthrough Could Spur Advances in Solar-Pumped Lasers

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    A team of researchers from Tokai University and Tokyo Motors has developed a fully planar solar-pumped laser. The laser does...

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    Mauritians Launch Rescue to Save Wildlife from Oil Spill

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    Design Breakthrough Could Spur Advancements in Solar-Pumped Lasers

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    OCT-Based Technique Captures Details of Photoreceptor Function

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    Planet Labs completes high-resolution Earth imaging constellation

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    Tunable Photosensitive Metamaterials Could Improve Elastic Wave Control

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    Simpler and Faster Microscopy Enables Broad Biomedical Applications

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    Schneider Optics Appoints Jim Sullivan VP of Sales and Marketing

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    California Looks to Battle Mega Wildfires with Fire

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    COVID-19 Spit Tests Used by NBA Are Now Authorized by FDA

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    Robert Byer wins inaugural SPIE Maiman Laser Award

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    New annual prize marks 60th anniversary of Ted Maiman's demonstration of a ruby crystal laser.

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    WaveFront Dynamics Names Kolberg as Chief Commercial Officer

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    Delta Optical Thin Film Moving into New Facility

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    Using microscopic LEDs in a laboratory setting, a team of researchers including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and...

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    Photocatalyst Combination Enables Efficient Water Splitting

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    Using VIS-NIR Spectroscopy to Quantify Soil Contamination

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    RMIT University process paves the way for field-deployable quantum metrology applications.

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    CompoundTek and STAr Technologies aim to speed development of standard processes from design through to test and inspection.

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    Search a 4,000-word database to see how language in the magazine evolved over time  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Cepton Promotes Ramachandran to CMO

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    Cepton Technologies has announced the promotion of T.R. Ramachandran to chief marketing officer. In his new position, Ramachandran will take...

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    Sheaumann Laser Expands, Relocates Operations

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    Sheaumann Laser Inc. has opened a new 57,800 sq ft facility in Billerica, Mass. The manufacturer of semiconductor lasers announced...

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    Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Lens Could Pave Way for Next-Gen Imaging

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    An international team of researchers has developed a method of fabricating high-performance lenses in monolayer two-dimensional transitional metal dichalcogenide (TMDC)...

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    New Management Team at Multiphoton Optics

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    Boris Neubert and Benedikt Stender have been appointed as managing directors of Multiphoton Optics. Neubert and Stender take the place...

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    Converting Solar Energy into Hydrogen Fuel with Photosynthesis

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    Researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology are designing a photocatalyst capable of breaking down water into hydrogen fuel. The...

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    II-VI shrugs off Covid impact as sales and bookings surge

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    Sales of photonics components for datacom, telecom, and 3D sensing grow fast as the digital transformation accelerates.

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    This Twist on Schrödinger's Cat Paradox Has Major Implications for Quantum Theory

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    A laboratory demonstration of the classic “Wigner’s friend” thought experiment could overturn cherished assumptions about reality -- Read more on...

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    Toward Brighter Nanopixels Using Quantum Dots

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    Novel 3D-printing method builds up pillars of polymer doped with luminescent nanoparticles, potentially enabling a fivefold increase in resolution—with no...

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    Today's digital tools dominate our marketing programs; however, the principles of marketing remain the same. Think of marketing like a...

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    Light Pollution from Coastal Cities Reaches Seafloor

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    The artificial night sky brightness could harm creatures that dwell in the ocean depths -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has developed a framework to study how easily ultraviolet communication (UVC) systems can be...

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    Real-Time Imaging Technology Can Help Prevent Dust Explosions in Manufacturing Workplaces

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    Researchers at Purdue University have built an imaging application to detect suspended dust concentrations that pose a risk of exploding...

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    High-Performance Diamond Sensors Made with Glass Fiber Can Be Used in the Field

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    Scientists at RMIT University and the University of Adelaide have developed a diamond sensor using conventional fibers. They embedded μm-scale...

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    A U.S.-based research team develops nanoscale LEDs that don’t lose brightness as driving current increases—and that become lasers at sufficiently...

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    Covid-19 update: 13 August 2020

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    A round-up of this week's coronavirus-related news and countermeasures from the photonics industry.

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    The 1918 Flu Faded in Our Collective Memory: We Might 'Forget' the Coronavirus, Too

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    The legacy of the 20th century’s deadliest pandemic shows how large groups remember—and forget—their shared past -- Read more on...

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    LASEA Acquires the OPTEC Company

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    LASEA, a designer and manufacturer of precision lasers, has purchased majority shares of the OPTEC company. OPTEC, based in San...

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    Cost-Effective Coatings for Smart Windows Rival Industry-Standard Performance

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    An inexpensive, ultrathin spray-on window coating for blocking heat and conducting electricity could further reduce energy costs for smart windows...

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    Electrically Injected Diode Laser Could Increase Microprocessing Speed and Operational Efficiency

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    A research team from Xi’an Jiaotong University has demonstrated weakly nonlinear waveguides that guarantee the stable propagation of vortex beams...

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    A rare cracked fossil shows the world through ancient eyes -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Monitoring Volcanoes with Tough Optical Seismometers

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    Clever Fabry-Pérot interferometer setup, and a long optical cable, let geologists track fumarole activity from a safe distance.

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    II-VI Reports Forecast-Beating Fourth-Quarter Results at Close of Fiscal Year

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    II-VI has announced its fourth-quarter and fiscal year results. The company reported record quarterly revenues of $746.2 million (up $119.2...

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    Laser Direct IR Imaging Projects Microplastics Analysis

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    Contamination of soil, air, and drinking water by microplastics is a growing focus of attention around the world. Environmental agencies...

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    Raman Imaging Opens View to Diagnosis and Discovery

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    By revealing the chemical composition of samples, Raman microscopy has proved to be useful in many fields, including medical diagnosis,...

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    3D Thermophotonic Imaging Informs Biomedicine

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    Diagnostic Testing Kits Require High-Precision Dispensing

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    Lumentum to double InP laser capacity

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    Ionic isolation offers highly fluorescent materials

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    Indiana University and partners develop new route to fluorescent polymers.

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    Women in Science May Suffer Lasting Career Damage from COVID-19

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    Lake Shore Cryotronics Acquires Janis Research’s Laboratory Cryogenics Business

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    German Collaboration Introduces Hybrid Manufacturing Process for Thin Metal Cutting

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    Research collaborators from Fraunhofer Institute of Laser Technology (ILT), KOSTAL Kontakt Systeme GmbH, Amphos GmbH, and Pulsar Photonics GmbH have...

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