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19 Sep 19
Michigan team wins funding to upgrade HERCULES laser to 3 PW

New 'ZEUS' facility will become the highest-power laser in the US when completed.

12 Sep 19
Launchpad fire delays launch of SOLISS system to ISS

Non-lethal incident prevents lift-off of optical communications system, developed by Japanese team.

10 Sep 19
Lidar expert Clayton Turner appointed NASA Langley director

Rochester Institute of Technology graduate previously worked on several Earth observation programs, spearheading lidar development for space applications.

02 Sep 19
University of Strathclyde to host new quantum research center

Photonics and quantum technology development firm M Squared is opening a quantum research facility in Glasgow, Scotland.

28 Aug 19
Former Google engineer charged with theft of lidar trade secrets

Anthony Levandowski left Google’s Waymo division to set up self-driving startup subsequently acquired by Uber.

20 Aug 19
Vanderbilt’s Mahadevan-Jansen elected to SPIE presidential chain

To become Society’s President in 2022, Anita Mahadevan-Jansen is leader in biomedical engineering and biophotonics.

20 Aug 19
Velodyne files patent complaints against Hesai and RoboSense

California firm claims that imported Chinese auto lidar systems violate US competition law.

19 Aug 19
Revolutionary optics take shape in Tucson

Giant components fabricated at the Caris Mirror Lab will take astronomy to the next level.

14 Aug 19
SPIE O+P 2019: giant optics to expand search for life

Huge mirror components fabricated at Tucson mirror laboratory are destined for the Giant Magellan Telescope.

14 Aug 19
SPIE O+P 2019: society launches $2.5M endowment matching program

Inaugural grant of $500,000 creates chair in optical sciences at the University of Arizona.

13 Aug 19
SPIE O+P 2019: decadal studies turn heads to exoplanets

Huge interest from youthful crowd prompts move to a larger conference room at San Diego meeting.

12 Aug 19
SPIE O+P 2019: gravity wave mission excites photonics meeting

Plenary talk from ESA's Martin Gehler outlines plan to launch giant laser interferometer in space.

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