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  1. Industrial Femtosecond Green Laser For Superior Materials Processing

    Coherent has recently extended the capabilities of their Monaco family of industrial femtosecond lasers with the first model delivering visible (green) output, enabling superior processing of a wider range of materials.  The new Monaco 517 is a fiber-based laser that produces 20 watts at 517 nm, and combines short (<400 fs) pulsewidth and high (20 µJ) pulse energy to generate the high peak intensity needed for precision micromachining of “tough” materials like polymers.

  2. PI’s Compact Linear Piezo Stages Offer Nanometer Resolution And Extended Travel Ranges

    PI offers its compact linear piezo positioners – P-620.1 to P-629.1 – of the PIHera family consisting of 60 stages available in a large variety of travel ranges. These flexure-guided piezo positioning stages deliver vibrationless motion, with virtually unlimited resolution, and fast response in comparison to mechanical bearing-guided motorized systems.

  3. Scientists Create First "Water-Wave" Laser

    For the first time, scientists have generated lasers from the interaction of light and water waves. This "water-wave" laser can find future application in optofluidic devices and "lab-on-a-chip” devices for studying cell biology and delivering drugs at the nanoscale.

  4. Hollingshead Eye Center Offers The Raindrop Lens To Reduce The Need For Reading Glasses

    Hollingshead Eye Center has adopted one of the latest advances in presbyopic eye care technology, the Raindrop lens. In the same way an image appears magnified when viewed through a droplet of water, the Raindrop lens works to improve near and intermediate vision.

  5. SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions And Leti Expand Collaboration To Cover Laser Anneal Technology

    SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN) and Leti, a CEA Tech institute, recently announced they have stepped up their collaboration with the installation at Leti’s site of a nanosecond-scale UV laser anneal LT-3100 system to be delivered by Laser Systems and Solutions of Europe (LASSE), SCREEN’s subsidiary based in France.

  6. 4D Technology Introduces Adjustable Surface Isolation Source For AccuFiz Fizeau Interferometers

    4D Technology Corporation has introduced the adjustable Surface Isolation Source (SIS) for its AccuFiz Fizeau laser interferometers. SIS is an optional, external laser source for 4D Technology AccuFiz Fizeau interferometers. The fiber coupled source excludes all but the surface of interest, making it straightforward to measure flat, transparent optics with physical thickness as thin as 200 microns.

  7. FLIR Acquires Nano-Drone Maker Prox Dynamics

    Today FLIR Systems Inc. announced the acquisition of Prox Dynamics, a Norway-based manufacturer of revolutionarily small, light, nano-class unmanned aerial systems (UAS) featuring their Black Hornet aerial sensor for military and para-military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance gathering applications, for approximately $134 million in cash.

  8. Solar Winds Transport More Energy Towards The Earth Than Expected

    Solar winds are a permanent flow of charged particles from the sun – mainly consisting of ionized hydrogen.

  9. First Signs Of Weird Quantum Property Of Empty Space?

    By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetised neutron star using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s.

  10. ams Launches AS7221 Spectral Tuning IoT Smart Lighting Manager

    ams AG, a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, recently announced the AS7221, the industry’s first integrated white-tunable smart lighting manager.