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19 Feb 15
Boeing wins contract to improve laser weapon pointing

$29.5M deal with US Office of Naval Research expected to result in 'exceptional accuracy' of new laser weapons on warships.

18 Feb 15
mirSense integrated QCLs target gas-sensing and biomed roles

French startup says attraction is its silicon platform, which features "no moving parts".

17 Feb 15
Central Laser Facility turns on STED 'scope

Super-resolution microscope at UK site now said to be fully operational, while new ultrafast infrared laser is close to completion.

03 Feb 15
US Navy orders more laser mine detectors

Northrop Grumman subsidiary Cutting Edge Optronics providing laser transmitter for airborne sensors.

03 Feb 15
400G transmission achieved on 100G optical link in Spain

Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone report 400Gbit/s transmissions on 400km network; say “it demonstrates significant increase in ultra-broadband capacity.”

28 Jan 15
Natcore makes ‘first’ back-contact solar cell with laser

Enabling all-back-contact solar cells to be made at lower cost than conventional cells.

22 Jan 15
MEMS technology adapted for mid-IR spectroscopy

Fraunhofer IPMS scientists develop sensor for key 3–12 µm “chemical security” region.

20 Jan 15
Elbit to provide Blackhawk countermeasures

Asian Army selects Israeli arms firm's 'mini MUSIC' infrared system to protect its Blackhawk helicopters.

16 Jan 15
Optical clearing meets challenges of live applications

Adjusting the refractive index of biological tissues can enhance a range of imaging techniques.

16 Jan 15
Heliatek trials energy self-sufficient air dome

Building Integrated Organic Photovoltaics (BIOPV) film applied to inflatable structures.

14 Jan 15
UK hospital to trial Raman probe for brain tumors

Optical biopsy scanner developed in Canada will be used for spectral mapping of brain tissue during surgery.

08 Jan 15
Exelis wins NASA contract to support climate change research

Lidar-based sensing method will measure atmospheric concentrations of molecules such as carbon dioxide.

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