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  1. Excelitas Technologies Corp. Introduces New UV LED Fiber Curing System

    Excelitas Technologies Corp. has introduced its new OmniCure AC8225-F UV LED Fiber Curing System with a custom optical design for curing fiber optic coatings. The new, air-cooled OmniCure AC8225-F provides outstanding optical performance, exceptional cost savings, easy integration and superior uniformity.

  2. Panasonic Develops World's First*1 Continuous Wave 4.5 W High-Power Blue-Violet Semiconductor Laser

    Panasonic Corporation recently announced that it has developed a blue-violet semiconductor laser operating at output power of 4.5 W, which is 1.5 times higher than that of the conventional one even at 60ºC, the maximum operating temperature for lasers in general.

  3. FDA Permits Marketing Of New Laser-Based Hearing Aid

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed marketing of a new hearing aid that uses a laser diode and direct vibration of the eardrum to amplify sound. The combination of laser light pulses and a custom-fit device component that comes in direct contact with the eardrum is designed to use the patient’s own eardrum as a speaker and enables amplification over a wider range of frequencies for some hearing impaired persons. 

  4. ASML Ships New TWINSCAN NXT Immersion Lithography Platform

    ASML Holding NV has announced the first shipment of its new TWINSCAN NXT:1980Di immersion lithography system to support increasingly demanding multiple-patterning performance requirements. Demonstrating 1.2 nanometer (nm) dedicated chuck overlay and better than 10 nm focus uniformity, the NXT:1980Di features new grid calibrations and hardware that enables chipmakers to achieve tighter process windows for next-generation process nodes. 

  5. Two Sensors Get The Bigger Picture: High-Performance Smart Cameras For OEM Applications

    Vision components offers the VCSBCnano Z-RH-2 series, a small, cost-effective camera solution for enavling high-speed image processing in real time for OEM applications where installation space is limited. These cameras feature twelve programmable inputs and outputs, an optically isolated trigger output, a flash trigger, Gbit Ethernet interface, RS232 interface, and I²C interface.

  6. 'Rectenna' Works At Optical Frequencies

    Made from a forest of modified carbon nanotubes, a "rectenna" has been used for the first time to convert visible light directly into electricity.

  7. ‘Evening Of Light’ To Feature Mars Exploration, Genius Of Lasers

    Find out in person next month at Western Washington University, via a talk by professor Melissa Rice, one of 400 scientists worldwide to help pilot NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover.

  8. New Research Puts Us Closer To DIY Spray-On Solar Cell Technology

    In a 2014 study, published in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, St. Mary's College of Maryland energy expert Professor Troy Townsend introduced the first fully solution-processed all-inorganic photovoltaic technology.

  9. Finding A Way To Boost Efficiency Of CIGS Solar Cells

    One of the factors known to strongly affect the conversion efficiency is the buffer layer. However, the structure of the buffer layer and its precise influence on the conversion efficiency have not been clarified.

  10. Simulation Of Chiral Edge States

    Researchers in Florence and Innsbruck have simulated a physical phenomenon in an atomic quantum gas that can also be observed at the edge of some condensed matter systems: chiral currents.