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ROCHESTER, N.Y. $25 Million Luminate NY Initiative Continues to Bring the Best Startups with Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Technologies to the Finger Lakes Region to Tap World Class Resources and Grow the Economy  Luminate NY supports innovators as they further develop their technologies in Rochester with help from industry experts, businesses, and local universities. This cohort is solving challenges within a number of industries, including, but not limited to: augmented...
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Sydor Technologies Receives $200,000 Phase I SBIR Grant from the Department of Energy ROCHESTER, N.Y. Sydor Technologies, a global provider of advanced x-ray detectors and diagnostic instrumentation for critical science missions and fundamental research, announced today that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant worth $200,000 by the US Department of Energy. With this award, Sydor Technologies adds to its growing portfolio of cutting-edge, direct x-ray...
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This bipartisan, bicameral caucus will promote and advance the optics and photonics industry February 24, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced the creation of the Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus to promote and advance the use of light-based technologies that are already impacting our world every day. Rep. Morelle co-founded the caucus with Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18), Senator Steve Daines (MT) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (AZ). “The...
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“Soon, your cloud photo backups could reside on beams of light transmitted between satellites instead of in huge, power-hungry server farms here on Earth. Startup LyteLoop has spent the past five years tackling the physics challenges that can make that possible, and now it’s raised $40 million to help it leapfrog the remaining engineering hurdles to make its bold vision a reality.” This will be of particular interest to those...
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ROCHESTER, NY (September 18, 2020) – Rochester Precision Optics (RPO) is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Davenport to President, effective 21 September. Mike most recently served as Vice President of Operations, a position to which a majority of the RPO employees directly reported. This promotion follows the recent announcement of Randy Shaw’s pending retirement. Randy Shaw will serve as a Senior Advisor to the President to ensure an...
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The University of Rochester has received $12.96 million in federal funds to create a new Physics Frontier Center in Rochester, New York lawmakers announced Friday. By Victoria E. Freile Original Article The center — to be called the University of Rochester’s Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures — is part of a multi-university initiative to better understand “revolutionary states of matter.” The funding is part of a five-year cooperative agreement...
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  New photonic integrated chip could enable developments for many optical technologies. By Penn State Original Article Led by Xingjie Ni, assistant professor of electrical engineering, the research was recently published in Science Advances. Penn State electrical engineering doctoral candidates Xuexue Guo, Yimin Ding, Xi Chen and Yao Duan were co-authors on the paper. Traditionally, scientists have had two options when it comes to controlling light for use in various...
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“Turns out, pretty much everything we know in optics is out of the window.” By Becky Ferreira Original Article One of the most basic properties of light is that it changes speed and direction in different substances, such as water or air. This process, known as refraction, explains why a glass prism splits light into many colors and why a pool may appear shallower than it really is when viewed...
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Optical Systems Technology Training Skilled optical technicians work with engineers and scientists to manufacture many products vital to modern life, like cameras, consumer electronics, sensors & solar panels to name just a few. That’s why demand for optics professionals is so high. Yet there is a worldwide shortage. That’s where you come in. RIDE YOUR ASSOCIATE DEGREE TO A GREAT HIGH-TECH JOB Our optical systems associate degree provides you with...
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BELLINGHAM, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has rescheduled its 2021 Photonics West conference and exhibition. The event will take place 6-11 March 2021, in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The co-located SPIE AR | VR | MR event has been rescheduled for the same week. “For the photonics community, the conference and tradeshow calendar begins with Photonics West” Each year, SPIE Photonics West showcases the latest in...
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