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17 Dec 2007

Featuring news from Alpine Research Optics, Microvision, BAE Systems, PhotoMedex, LEDtronics, Schott, SPI Lasers and others.

Alpine Research Optics, the premium optics brand of Saint-Gobain, has expanded its deep ultraviolet optics fabrication capabilities with the creation of a dedicated 193 nm metrology lab. The facility includes a Coherent LPX 200 ArF excimer laser, enabling measurements of transmittance, reflectance and absorption as well as laser damage testing over a range of pulse energies and operating conditions. The lab represents the expansion of resources resulting from Saint-Gobain's acquisition of the company, according to a statement.

Microvision, a developer of light-scanning technologies for display and imaging products, has signed a development agreement with an unnamed European Tier 1 automotive supplier to evaluate the company's PicoP technology for automotive applications and head-up displays. The PicoP display is based on MEMS scanning micro-mirror technology, and the company now has development agreements covering the platform with Tier 1 integrators in North America, Europe and Asia.

BAE Systems has completed the first test of an autonomous landing system combining infrared imaging and millimeter-wave radar, intended for large mobility and transport aircraft. The demonstration of the Autonomous Approach and Landing Capability (AALC) system took place at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base aboard a C-130H aircraft, and demonstrated the system's ability to enhance pilot vision in a simulated zero-visibility landing scenario.

PhotoMedex, a developer of medical laser products, will supply private-label diode laser systems for peripheral vascular treatments to AngioDynamics for worldwide sale and marketing. The OEM agreement covers a 980 nm diode laser system developed for use with AngioDynamics' endovenous therapy for treatment of varicose veins.

• A chandelier in Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth's official London residence, has been fitted with LEDs supplied by Bespoke Lighting and LEDtronics, resulting in an energy saving said to be in excess of 80%. According to the Palace, 32 LEDs of 2.8 W each were installed and are not expected to be replaced until 2020. Further conversions at the Palace are now planned.


• Gerald Fine has been named president and CEO by Schott, a speciality materials supplier with interests including optics and opto-electronics. Fine will coordinate and develop the company's North American business activities.

• Jim Data has joined SPI Lasers as director of sales for North and South America, and Ken Dzurko has been named business development director by the company. The appointments reflect strong growth in North America for the company's fiber laser products and are part of a continued ramping of activity in the region according to a statement.

Electro Scientific Industries, a provider of photonic and laser systems for micro-engineering applications, has appointed Paul Oldham as CFO, vice president of administration and corporate secretary. He replaces Kerry Mustoe, who remains as vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer.

• John Atherly will step down as CFO of eMagin in January 2008, according to an announcement by the microdisplay and imaging technology developer. No successor has yet been named.

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