New distributor for former Hitachi division

31 October 2007

Photonic Components Group, a division of Power Technology, is to distribute Opnext's laser diodes. Opnext currently offers laser diodes in the 635nm to 852nm wavelength range.

Fibre laser market set to double by 2011

29 October 2007

The fibre laser market is expected to double by 2011, with an annual rate of increase of 26 per cent, a new report reveals.

Edmund Optics to distribute Schneider lenses

19 October 2007

Edmund Optics is to supply seven lines of Schneider Imaging lenses, including three CCD lenses, F0.95 fixed focal length lenses, bi-lateral telecentric lenses, and compact VIS-NIR lenses.

Photonics people

19 October 2007

Dialight Lumidrives, Rofin/Baasel Lasertech, and Ocean Optics have made new appointments; Dr Donal Denvir of Andor Technology has been award a Gold Medal from the UK Institute of Physics.

UK distribution of positioning equipment

18 October 2007

Armstrong Optical is to become the first UK distributor for SmarAct's products, which include micro- and nano-positioning equipment and advanced control systems.

Increased expertise for spectroscopy customers

17 October 2007

Ocean Optics has appointed SpectrEcology as a distributor of its miniature spectrometers, fibre optics, chemical sensors and laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) systems.

News in brief

17 October 2007

Powerlase have been listed as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the UK, and Aculight and nLight have been listed as two of the fastest growing companies in Washington State

LED innovators nominated for Herman Future Prize

16 October 2007

Scientists from Osram Opto Semiconductors and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering have been nominated for the prestigious German Future Prize, in recognition of their work on high-brightness LEDs.

Acquisition could ease fibre laser production

09 October 2007

North American diode laser producer nLight is to acquire speciality fibre manufacturer Liekki, based in Lohja, Finland. Further terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

LED distribution in Northern and Eastern Europe

08 October 2007

Dialight Lumidrives's products are to be distributed across Europe by ELFA, one of northern Europe's leading catalogue distributors.

Saint-Gobain acquires laser optics manufacturer

08 October 2007

Alpine Research Optics has been acquired by Saint-Gobain Crystals, part of the $52bn Saint-Gobain organisation. Details of the acquisition have not been announced.

Laser production of solar cells possible

01 October 2007

Dr Tony Hoult and a team at SPI Lasers' US applications facility has shown that a 200W continuous wave 1070nm fibre laser can cleanly cut wafers used for solar cells.