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  1. Compact, Planar XY Air Bearing Stage From PI Provides Vibrationless High-Precision Motion

    Physik Instrumente (PI) released the new A-311 PIglide IS Series of compact, planar air bearing stages. These new stages are designed to deliver extremely precise and vibration-free motion, and are ideal for wafer inspection, laser marking, optical metrology, and other precision motion applications.

  2. Photron’s FASTCAM Mini AX100 Camera System Features Superior Light Sensitivity

    Photron Inc. recently introduced the new FASTCAM Mini AX 100 featuring unparalleled light sensitivity and low noise performance. This new camera is capable of achieving ISO 40,000 for monochrome and ISO 16,000 for color. Applications include on-board and off-board automotive safety testing, defense/aerospace research, biomechanics, material sciences, fluidics (PIV), and life sciences.

  3. Panasonic Boston Lab Awarded Grant For Pioneering Solar Technology

    Panasonic announced today it was awarded a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The funding will be used to develop a technology that aims to lower the cost of solar photovoltaic systems, improve their performance and ultimately help to reduce use of fossil fuels.

  4. New Findings Move Flexible Lighting Technology Toward Commercial Feasibility

    Imagine illuminating your home or business with flat, inexpensive panels that are environmentally friendly, easy on your eyes, and energy-efficient because they create minimal heat.

  5. MACOM Announces MALD-37045 CDR+VCSEL Driver Interoperability With II-VI VCSELs

    M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”), a leading supplier of high-performance analog, RF, microwave and optical semiconductor products, announced that their new MALD-37045, a four channel 25.78G/28.05G VCSEL driver featuring an integrated Clock Data Recovery (CDR) and an equalizer, has been proven as interoperable with II-VI Incorporated’s Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs).

  6. Scientists 'Squeeze' Light One Particle At A Time

    A team of scientists have measured a bizarre effect in quantum physics, in which individual particles of light are said to have been “squeezed” – an achievement which at least one textbook had written off as hopeless.

  7. Global Team Seeks Individual X-Ray Portraits Of Active Viruses, Bacteria And Cell Components

    A major international collaboration launched by the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is laying the technical groundwork for taking individual, atomic-scale portraits of intact viruses, living bacteria and other microscopic samples using the brightest X-ray light on Earth.

  8. Made From Solar Concentrate

    By combining designer quantum dot light-emitters with spectrally matched photonic mirrors, a team of scientists with Berkeley Lab and the University of Illinois created solar cells that collect blue photons at 30 times the concentration of conventional solar cells, the highest luminescent concentration factor ever recorded.

  9. Reversible Writing With Light

    The medium is the message. Dr. Rafal Klajn of the Weizmann Institute’s Organic Chemistry Department and his group have given new meaning to this maxim: An innovative method they have now demonstrated for getting nanoparticles to self-assemble focuses on the medium in which the particles are suspended; these assemblies can be used, among other things, for reversibly writing information.

  10. Laser Diode Micro-Optics Enhance Cutting

    Although a high-power diode laser operates at a relatively modest brilliance, optimized micro-optics make it well-suited for the rapid and precise cutting of 6-mm-thick stainless steel.

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