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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.

15 Apr 11
Cell hits 43.5% as Solar Junction awaits DOE decision

The start-up sets a world record for solar cell efficiency, but is waiting on a loan guarantee to scale up production to a commercial level.

12 Apr 11
SunShot program earmarks $170M for PV projects

Latest solar electricity initiative follows up $112.5 million award and Sematech collaboration with a $170 million funding program.

01 Apr 11
Nine new photonics projects funded by UK's TSB

Of the 43 projects to receive a total £18M funding from the Technology Strategy Board, nine relate directly to photonics.

23 Mar 11
Smoke, mirrors and EUV lithography

After decades in development and years behind schedule, it looks like extreme UV lithography is finally closing in on commercialization.

15 Mar 11
Osram researchers claim new white LED record

Laboratory record of 142 lm/W efficacy for a warm-white LED shows progress in development of residential solid-state lighting.

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