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24 Aug 11
NASA picks photonics tech for flight demo

Laser communication system and solar sail selected for disruptive development and launch in 2015-2016.

22 Aug 11
Scotland team advances hybrid landmine sensor

Developers of a system combining organic and inorganic light emitters hope for future collaboration with Belgian Royal Military Academy.

05 Aug 11
First Solar ponders cell efficiency acceleration

Leading PV company expects demand to increase strongly in the second half of 2011 as US and Indian markets gain momentum.

15 Jul 11
Translucent touts rare-earth layer for cheaper LEDs

Gadolinium oxide on a silicon substrate is suitable for integration with conventional light–emitting nitride layers, says start-up.

27 Jun 11
General Atomics wins $40M to scale military laser

Contractor awarded funding to further develop DARPA's 150kW high energy liquid laser area defense system (HELLADS) project.

22 Jun 11
Alta Devices: fluorescence key to economic PV

Stealthy start-up says that light generation inside solar cells is the key to high efficiencies, as it plans to build a pilot manufacturing facility.

08 Jun 11
US commits $14.8M to LED lighting research

Latest funding intended to advance both inorganic and organic forms of solid-state lighting, and reduce the cost of the technologies.

02 Jun 11
Q-Cells pushes polysilicon cell efficiency to 19.5%

New structure and a laser-fired rear contact deliver efficiency improvement of more than 1% on company's previous best.

25 May 11
LASER 2011: Coherent to launch 1kW fiber laser

Coherent is to launch a high-power fiber laser later this year, chasing a booming market led by IPG Photonics.

16 May 11
UCLA team shows lens-free 3D optical tomography

Research group already known for its lab-on-a-cell-phone work is developing the lens-free equivalent of an X-ray CT scan.

09 May 11
Cree smashes white LED record – again

The pioneering LED chip and component manufacturer demonstrates world-record laboratory performance of 231lm/W with a 'neutral white' emitter.

18 Apr 11
TeraDiode ramps semiconductor laser power

Grating-based beam combination yields unparalleled scale-up of power for metal cutting and directed energy applications.

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