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08 Dec 
Finisar buys wafer fab to ramp VCSEL arrays for 3D sensing

700,000 square-foot facility in Sherman, Texas, will host 6-inch VCSEL wafer production, with CEO Jerry Rawls expecting ‘gigantic’ future demand.

06 Dec 
Prysmian to acquire General Cable for $3 billion

Fiber-optic cable powerhouses merger would create notional annual sales worth €11 billion.

05 Dec 
Startup's car sensor 'monitors driver heartbeat'

Israel-based Guardian Optical Technologies plans accelerated development of multifunctional sensor technology for what it calls 'passenger-aware' cars.

11 Dec 
Optical alarm system recognizes attempted break-ins

Fraunhofer partnership develops optical surveillance of glass panes to maximize building security while cutting false alarms.

08 Dec 
Lumicell lands $29M as cancer trials progress

US firm has developed a fluorescence-based image guidance system to help surgeons remove tumor masses in full.

06 Dec 
Rocky exoplanet search boosted by new VLT spectrograph

First light for 'transformational' new precision optical equipment hooked up to Very large Telescope.

07 Dec 
Optical switching of chemical reaction pathways

Australian-led group modulates visible light to control coupling; method could cut cost of making ICs and more.

06 Dec 
Hybrid laser diode suits CMOS wafer fabrication process

CEA Leti silicon photonics process incorporating DFB laser said to be fully compatible with large-scale integration.

06 Dec 
Squeezing light into tiny channel promising for optical computing

Imperial College team reduces distance over which light can usefully interact with itself by a factor of 10,000.

08 Dec 
ESO to build ELT with full primary mirror

Funding extended to cover main mirror and spares; extra cash means development is moved forward to "phase 1".

07 Dec 
US 'notably behind' in high-intensity, ultrafast lasers - report

National Academies committee calls for inter-agency co-ordination and plan to build at least one new large-scale, open-access facility.

06 Dec 
Concept Laser cuts turf on new additive manufacturing center in Germany

GE investing €105m in new subsidiary to build 40,000m2 facility for 500 staff, to open by 2019.

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