IPG Photonics Corporation today announced that it has been awarded a $3.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy to supply the Naval Warfare Surface Center with a 44 kilowatt fiber laser system.
Superior Essex Inc., announced that its Dri-Lite all-dry, ribbon fiber cable product line has been qualified by Telcordia Technologies to meet the fiber optic cable requirements of industry standard GR-20. Telcordia Technologies is a leading independent testing and consulting company for the communications industry and has previously qualified the gel-filled fiber cable product portfolio of Superior Essex.
Dolan-Jenner Industries of Boxborough, MA is a leading manufacturer of fiber optic components and fiber optic illumination systems that serve the microscopy, imaging, and machine vision industries. Dolan-Jenner introduces the Fiber-Lite DC950 Machine Vision Fiber Optic Illuminator for machine vision integrators.
Candela Corporation today announced that it received an additional FDA clearance for the Serenity™ device using Pneumatic Skin Flattening technology. This clearance enables the use of the Serenity device for the reduction of pain during all laser and intense pulse light (IPL) treatments. According to Millennium Research, the worldwide installed base of laser and IPLs is estimated to be 70,000 worldwide.
BTI Photonic Systems Inc., a global supplier of microWDM networking solutions for the delivery of gigabit services, today announced that FiberTower Corporation has selected its optical networking platform, Netstender, to expand its wireless backhaul network capacity for next generation wireless services. FiberTower, a leading alternative provider of wireless backhaul for wireless carriers, selected BTI’s platform to provide the capacity to deliver high capacity backhaul over the FiberTower hybrid microwave/fiber network.
Technologies Inc. today announced its Complex Monolithic Optics (CMO) Development Program for OEM customers. The program offers customers the opportunity to incorporate the latest high-precision optics design technology into their optical system designs. CMOs are stand-alone optical assemblies that are created when multiple discrete optics are bonded together into a single, pre-aligned optical structure.
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., a leading provider of world-class photonic micro-engineering solutions, today announced that Dr. Ming Wu has joined the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Dr. Wu is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and is also Co-Director of Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center (BSAC).
When light strikes a metallic array of tiny openings, smaller than the wavelength of the light itself, interesting entities known as plasmons may be created. An electromagnetic phenomenon like light itself, the plasmons are waves of electrons that move on the surface of a material like ripples on a pond, but they can oscillate back and forth at the frequency of the incoming light. Like water ripples on a pond surface, plasmons travel in the plane of the metal but with a wavelength smaller, sometimes considerably smaller, than the original light.
New research shows that an ultrafast, ultralarge change in reflectivity can be brought about with femtolasers, those that deliver pulses just quadrillionths of a second in length. Dramatic reflectivity changes will be useful in bringing about direct ultrafast optical-to-optical switches for quicker Internet data transfer, faster computers and other applications.
Canada and Spain's University of Murcia used a Macroscope, a patented technology developed by Biomedical Photometrics Inc., which enables imaging of much larger tissue samples at a very high resolution – in this case tissue infected with malaria. Using their new patented method and the Macroscope, the researchers measured tell-tale changes in the polarization of light reflecting off a sample of infected tissue.
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and San Diego (UCSD), have developed a rapid new sorting technique for sperm using a laser trap that can separate stronger, faster sperm from slower sperm. Faster sperm are more likely to successfully fertilize an egg, so the technique could improve the chances of conception via in vitro fertilization by ensuring that only the fastest, strongest sperm are used. The technique could find wide application in animal husbandry and human fertility treatments.
Airline pilots will have more advance warning of potentially hazardous atmospheric conditions – such as icing – using a new near-infrared Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system developed by scientists at RL Associates in Chester, Pa. The system, now in a prototype testing phase, will also provide better images in foggy, rainy or extremely hazy conditions, making it easier for pilots to take off and land in those conditions, thereby potentially reducing flight delays.
Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) are developing a tiny camera for prosthetic systems that can be implanted directly into the human eye and connected to the retina, the part of the eye that converts visual information into electric signals that travel to the brain. Such an implantable camera would represent an important milestone in the ultimate goal of providing limited vision to those rendered blind by certain diseases, via a fully implantable retinal prosthetic device.
X-Rite, Incorporated a leading provider of color solutions for measuring, formulating, matching, and simulating color, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Pantone, Inc. for $180 million. The deal is expected to close in the fall of 2007.
Researchers in The Netherlands are developing a radar system that might one day see through solid earth and could be used to clear conflict zones of landmines, safely and at low cost. Writing in Inderscience's Journal of Design Research, the team explains how the new technology, with further industrial development, could eventually make vast tracts of land around the globe safe once more.