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AIM Photonics has announced the release of a new process design kit (PDK) developed specifically for advanced photonics applications using silicon nitride waveguides. The new PDK gives AIM Photonics members and multi-project wafer (MPW) customers access to even more leading-edge technology to design, manufacture and package their photonic integrated circuit (PIC) prototype devices at the institute’s state-of-the-art fabrication facility at Albany Nanotech in Albany, NY, and Test, Assembly and Packaging...
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As highly-contagious Covid-19 subvariants proliferate, two U.S. researchers are using photonic biosensors on a chip to fight back with a wider scope of immunity testing. “What we are doing,” said Ben Miller, professor at the University of Rochester, “is showing how to quickly adapt a test assay to a new variant.” “Rather than just test for one protein from one virus, we can look at several different variants, and find...
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The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) executed a trade secret license to a silicon-nitride-based photonic component library to the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY), the administrator of AIM Photonics. By working closely with AIM Photonics’ foundry, the NRL’s Optical Sciences Division is developing photonic components with functionalities targeting Department of Defense (DOD) priorities such as analog signal processing, quantum information and computing, data remoting,...
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A Wayne County optics manufacturer is spending $20 million to expand its operations in the town of Ontario and create up to 50 jobs, Empire State Development announced Thursday. ESD said Optimax Systems Inc. is adding a 36,000-square-foot addition to its existing facility on Dean Parkway off Route 104. ESD, the state’s economic development agency, said the expanded operations, with support from ESD, “will allow Optimax Systems to raise the...
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Funding to support the development of inexpensive, point-of-care testing and diagnostics using photonic biosensing technology The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced that AIM Photonics has been awarded $5,273,779 as a part of an overall grant package totaling more than $54 million for high-impact projects for research, development and testbeds for pandemic response. The funding, which was provided by the American Rescue Act,...
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Some 900 Rochester jobs—scientists, engineers, technicians and staff—remain secure with $83 million in federal funding for the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. The funding is critical to the groundbreaking work being done at LLE to help support the science-based stewardship of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, officials say. Established in 1970, LLE began as a center for the investigation of the interaction of intense radiation with matter. The lab is funded by...
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A research team led by Andrea Alù at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Heedong Goh at the Advanced Science Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center (CUNY ASRC) developed a design for a nano-size, wave-based computer that solves advanced mathematical computations at the speed of light. The advancement stems from the researchers’ investigation insight into how nanomaterials interact with lightwaves, which could step up the development of...
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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded nearly $54 million in grants for 13 high-impact projects for research, development and testbeds for pandemic response. The funding, which was provided by the American Rescue Act, will support projects at eight manufacturing innovation institutes in the Manufacturing USA network, working with more 80 partners including leading research universities, nonprofits, and small and large manufacturers. The New York...
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The work is a significant step toward realizing a new generation of ultra-compact, low-energy-use computers capable of complex mathematical computation. Computers are an indispensable part of our daily lives, and the need for ones that can work faster, solve complex problems more efficiently, and leave smaller environmental footprints by minimizing the required energy for computation is increasingly urgent. Recent progress in photonics has shown that it’s possible to achieve more...
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PhD student Katie Dunn prepares samples for imaging cells using a quantitative phase microscope. “I feel like I’m part of a unique community” at the Institute of Optics, she says. (University of Rochester / J. Adam Fenster) Two New Awards will Help the University of Rochester Prepare a More Diverse Pipeline of Optics Professionals. Two recent awards will enable the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester to help address a pressing need...
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