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  • Coherent Appoints Andreas Mattes to Be New CEO April 7, 2020
    Coherent Inc. and its board of directors has named Andreas “Andy” W. Mattes, previously senior adviser at McKinsey & Company and president and CEO of Diebold Nixdorf, as the company’s new president, CEO, and member of the board of directors. The appointment follows the announcement a year ago that John R. Ambroseo would retire from […]
  • Recently Discovered Protein Family Could Find Role in Optogenetics April 6, 2020
    Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), working with colleagues in Spain, France, and Germany, have determined and analyzed the high-resolution structure of a protein from the recently discovered heliorhodopsin family. Microbial rhodopsins play a key role in optogenetics, a technique that involves the introduction of these photosensitive proteins into the membranes […]
  • Researchers Are a Step Closer to Stable Perovskite LEDs April 6, 2020
    Researchers at Linköping University, working with colleagues in Great Britain, China, and the Czech Republic, have developed a perovskite LED with both high efficiency and long operational stability. The result has been published in Nature Communications. “Light-emitting diodes based on perovskites are still not sufficiently stable for practical use, but we have brought them one […]
  • In-Plane Electroluminescent Technology Could Improve LEDs for Displays and Wearables April 6, 2020
    Luminescence technology developed at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), using an in-plane electric field generated in parallel to the light-emitting layer of an LED, could help improve the efficiency of light-emitting elements used in billboards and banners. According to the research team, the LEDs produced this way emit light in a more […]
  • Coherent Creates Center of Excellence in Finland for Fiber Lasers April 3, 2020
    Coherent Inc. has expanded its fiber laser operation in Tampere, Finland, designating the facility as a “Center of Excellence for Fiber Lasers.” Fiber lasers have been produced at the location since 2003. To further streamline the production flow, Coherent will combine stand-alone fiber laser source assembly and testing at the same site with the manufacture […]
  • Researchers Demonstrate Microwave-Optical Entanglement via Mechanical Interface April 3, 2020
    Using lasers, researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have developed a way to entangle electromagnetic fields from microwave radiation and optical beams. Creating entanglement between microwave and optical fields could help scientists solve the challenge of sharing entanglement between two distant quantum computers operating in the microwave regime. According to […]
  • Jelle Hendrix Wins 2020 HORIBA Award April 2, 2020
    HORIBA Scientific, a manufacturer of fluorescence spectroscopy systems, presented Jelle Hendrix, assistant professor at the Biomedical Research Institute of Hasselt University in Belgium, with the annual Young Fluorescence Investigator Award. The winner was selected by the Biological Fluorescence Subgroup of the Biophysical Society. Hendrix is the 25th researcher to win the award since HORIBA became […]
  • NJIT Designers Fabricate Masks and Shields to Combat COVID-19 April 2, 2020
    As medical supplies dwindle in the face of increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, members of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) community are designing and fabricating devices using lasers to bolster supply. After consulting with emergency room physicians on specifications, a team in the Makerspace at NJIT designed and manufactured a prototype of a […]
  • Researchers Test Fiber Optics Seismology Solution April 2, 2020
    University of Michigan (U-M) researchers have demonstrated the potential for using existing networks of buried optical fibers as an inexpensive observatory for monitoring and studying earthquakes. The study provides new evidence that the same optical fibers that deliver high-speed internet and HD video to homes could one day double as seismic sensors. “Fiber optic cables […]
  • Intel Photonics Engine Promises Energy-Efficient Data Capacity April 2, 2020
    A research team at Intel has developed a photonic engine with the equivalent processing power of 16 100-Gb transceivers, or four of the latest 12.8-Tb generation. At the Optical Networking and Communication Conference in San Diego, Intel researchers described a possible solution to helping computer networks keep up with a growing demand for data. A […]
  • Fraunhofer Spin-Off Develops Silicon Micro-Loudspeaker April 1, 2020
    The Fraunhofer IPMS spin-off company Arioso Systems GmbH has completed its first round of financing for its sound transducer principle for miniaturized headphones. Known as hearables, the micro-loudspeaker technology made from 100% silicon is based on the patented Nanoscopic Electrostatic Drive (NED) principle from Fraunhofer IPMS. Instead of a conventional membrane, the Arioso sound transducer […]
  • The medium and the monitor April 1, 2020
    Humans are communicative beings. From Nüshu to TikTok, we need to express our thoughts, feelings, jokes, joys, and fears. Over millennia, our intimate and intellectual selves have spread across various media. And, over millennia, the media for communicating our selves have evolved with technological capabilities — from cave walls to bamboo scrolls, semaphores, and party […]
  • French Startup Develops Neural Chip Technology for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s April 1, 2020
    Cambridge Consultants, a global product development and technology consultancy firm, and French startup Neuro Engineering Technologies Research Institute (NETRI) have achieved a brain-on-a-chip technology and lensless imaging approach that detects the activity of neurons in brain tissue. The technology uses a simulation of organ function on a chip. Cambridge Consultants was able to accelerate the […]
  • Amphibians aglow April 1, 2020
    Until recently, the scientific world knew of only a handful of biofluorescent amphibians. Today, scientists are wondering whether all amphibians glow. Herpetologist Jennifer Lamb and ichthyologist Matthew Davis led a group of researchers in a study of 32 species of amphibians, with a particular focus on salamanders. Prior to the study, only one species of […]
  • Niagara College, Ontario, Canada April 1, 2020
    Niagara College students working in the photonics cleanroom. Courtesy of LASER-TEC. Since 2001, Niagara College has maintained a cluster of photonics programs with training in precision optics, thin-film deposition, fiber optics, and electro-optic technologies. Graduates of the program are employed in a wide range of industries, including defense, aerospace, biomedical, communications, heavy industrial, and entertainment. […]
  • Working Remotely? Dial In to a Photonics Media Webinar April 1, 2020
    As the days grow longer, so does our spring webinar schedule. This spring, there will be many opportunities to learn about the latest advancements and applications in photonics while you work at home. Optics, biophotonics, machine vision, and lighting technologies are some of the areas that we’ll be covering over the next few months. Webinars […]
  • VSBLTY and RadarApp Testing Crowd Temperature Scanning as COVID-19 Screening Tool March 31, 2020
    VSBLTY Groupe Technologies Corp., a retail software and technology company, and RadarApp, a Smart City Solutions provider, are testing crowd temperature scanning as a tool to help identify potential at-risk individuals and ultimately reduce the spread of diseases such as COVID-19. The testing was launched at the urging of Mexico City officials. The two companies […]
  • New Leadership at Zeiss Medical Technology March 31, 2020
    Andrew Chang will be appointed president of Carl Zeiss Meditec, and effective May 1, Euan Thomson will assume the roles of president of Ophthalmic Devices and head of Ophthalmic Devices Strategic Business Unit for ZEISS, succeeding James Mazzo, who will be retiring. Carl Zeiss Meditec supplies innovative technologies and application-oriented solutions to help doctors improve […]
  • Satellite Shows COVID-19 Lockdown Linked to Drop in Air Pollution Across Europe March 30, 2020
    Scientists from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) have been using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite to monitor both weather and pollution over Europe. Recently, the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite mapped air pollution across Europe and China, revealing a significant drop in nitrogen dioxide concentrations. Researchers say this is correlated to the quarantines in effect […]
  • AI and Terahertz Radiation to Help Doctors Fight COVID-19 March 30, 2020
    A team of researchers is working on developing an artificial intelligence-based terahertz radiation (t-ray) scanning unit to address the limitation of infrared thermal scanner in accurate and early detection of coronavirus patients. The researchers — Moumita Mukherjee associate dean, Adamas University (Calcutta), and formerly associated with DRDO center, and Dinesh Bhatia, associate professor, biomedical engineering […]