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29 Aug 12
Laser acts as '3D molecular painter'

Austrian teams fix molecules precisely into 3D materials. The method promises 'designer' biological tissues and micro sensors.

28 Aug 12
Photoacoustic detection gains new versatility

US Army believes a multiwavelength platform could detect several toxic species simultaneously.

23 Aug 12
DoD contracts round-up: summer 2012

Substantial backing for optical countermeasure and multispectral targeting systems, including a $463 million agreement with Northrop Grumman.

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.

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