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21 Aug 12
ChemCam takes aim, fires

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity powers up its laser and examines the neighborhood.

09 Aug 12
BMW places large Trumpf disk laser order

Car manufacturer to install fourteen “TruDisk” lasers, underlining current strength of demand in the auto industry.

06 Aug 12
Curiosity begins its Martian chronicle

After a successful landing, the mission's laser-based analysis instruments can commence their work.

31 Jul 12
Twin boost for GaN-on-silicon LED ramp

UK-based Plessey readies for volume chip production, while Germany’s Azzurro Semiconductors gains support for move to larger wafers.

24 Jul 12
FDA 510(k) clearances, April-July 2012

Laser devices for aesthetic and surgical procedures feature in the FDA's list for second quarter of the year.

19 Jul 12
Laser power beaming keeps drone fully charged

Lockheed Martin and LaserMotive remotely recharge a UAV's power source - indoors, for now.

19 Jul 12
Soitec hit by South African solar delay

French semiconductor materials company expects to report a first-half operating loss of €60 million.

18 Jul 12
German start-up focuses on ‘kilowatt’ direct diodes

Direct Photonics aims to use Fraunhofer know-how to boost output, challenge fiber and disk lasers.

18 Jul 12
Palomar instrument goes exoplanet hunting

Project 1640 combines four components to combat speckle and distortion in images of distant stars.

16 Jul 12
TeraView trials in vivo THz spectroscopy

Approval from the MHRA allows testing of the technique as a means to detect breast cancer tissue.

12 Jul 12
Emcore PV cells rack up 100th satellite deployment

High-end solar cell maker says another 120 Emcore-powered satellites are already under contract.

11 Jul 12
Advanced Photonix gets first industrial THz order

Receives first orders from its value-added reseller, Thermo Fisher Scientific, for its 'T-Gauge' industrial terahertz gauging system.

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