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  1. New Multi-Axis Positioning Family: Vertical, Rotary, Linear Stages From PI
    12/8/2016

    PI recently developed its new family of linear, rotary, and Z-axis stages to meet those demanding requirements. The new motorized positioning stage family is available with high-resolution encoders and a choice of stepper and servo motors. Lower cost open loop models are also offered, as well as vacuum versions. The use of high performance components makes these stages ideal for industry and research, especially in high duty cycle applications.

  2. Scientists Improve Modulation Bandwidth, Laser Operation Of Transistor Laser Device
    12/8/2016

    Engineers Nick Holonyak Jr. and Milton Feng at the University of Illinois continue to enhance the remarkable properties of the transistor laser they invented in 2004. Two of their recent studies explain how they improved the fundamental modulation bandwidth of the transistor and the laser operation of the device to make possible energy-efficient, high-speed data transfer in optical and 5G wireless communications.

  3. Scott Jordan Named Head Of Photonics By PI
    12/8/2016

    PI recently appointed Scott Jordan as Head of their Photonics Market Segment.

  4. Partnership At A Distance: Deep-Frozen Helium Molecules
    12/8/2016

    Helium atoms are loners. Only if they are cooled down to an extremely low temperature do they form a very weakly bound molecule. In so doing, they can keep a tremendous distance from each other thanks to the quantum-mechanical tunnel effect.

  5. Series 9.5 ADPs With Enhanced NIR Sensitivity Up To 950 nm
    12/7/2016

    The new Series 9.5 avalanche photodiodes from First Sensor feature an increased sensitivity in the near infrared (NIR) wavelength range up to 950 nm. Due to its fast rise time and very low dark current the photodiodes are ideal for applications with low light intensities and high modulation frequencies such as laser rangefinding and laser scanning.

  6. Optical Probes Overcome Light-Scattering Issue In Deep-Brain Imaging, Says Neurophotonics Report
    12/7/2016

    The ability to stimulate neural circuits with very high precision light to control cells — optogenetics — is key to exciting advances in the study and mapping of the living brain. In the current state of the art, spatially patterned light projected via free-space optics stimulates small, transparent organisms and excites neurons within superficial layers of the cortex.

  7. ANU Invention To Inspire New Night-Vision Specs
    12/7/2016

    ANU scientists have designed a nano crystal around 500 times smaller than a human hair that turns darkness into visible light and can be used to create light-weight night-vision glasses.

  8. Synopsys Releases Version 2016.12 Of The RSoft Photonic System Design Suite
    12/7/2016

    Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced the latest release of its RSoft™ Photonic System Design Suite, the company's industry-leading software for the design of optical communication systems and photonic integrated circuits (PICs) at the signal propagation level. Version 2016.12 of the RSoft Photonic System Design Suite includes important enhancements to its optical fiber and PIC simulation capabilities.

  9. Gigaphoton To Begin Testing Of New KrF Excimer Laser Within Panel Manufacturing Mass Production Line
    12/6/2016

    Gigaphoton Inc. (headquarters: Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture; President & CEO: Hitoshi Tomaru), a major semiconductor lithography light source manufacturer, announced the successful development of a new KrF excimer laser, an application of the excimer laser technology used for semiconductor lithography, for use in annealing.

  10. Radiation That Knocks Electrons Out And Down, One After Another
    12/6/2016

    Researchers are investigating novel ways by which electrons are knocked out of matter. Their research could have implications for radiation therapy.