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|Graphene makes for better optical displays 31 Mar 08|
The cost and quality of LCDs could be improved by replacing conventional indium tin oxide electrodes with graphene.
|Start-up spotlight: Admesy 31 Mar 08|
A Dutch start-up focuses on turnkey colorimeters and colour measurement solutions for production environments.
|Business briefs 31 Mar 08|
Featuring news from Jenoptik, Corning. LG, PerkinElmer, SensL and more.
|Silicon chip processes single photons 28 Mar 08|
The first single-chip logic gate capable of processing individual photons represents an important step towards practical quantum computers.
|Philips joint venture makes low-energy lamps in Lesotho 28 Mar 08|
A new manufacturing and recycling facility will promote the uptake of energy-efficient light bulbs and fuel economic growth in Southern Africa.
|Flexible slab laser gives industry an alternative 27 Mar 08|
A laser that produces high-quality light in a variety of beam shapes could be adapted to suit a range of applications. Marie Freebody speaks to Keming Du of EdgeWave to find out more about its slab laser technology and the areas that could benefit from the design.
|Finding hidden value in high-precision manufacturing 27 Mar 08|
There are several common misconceptions surrounding high-precision manufacturing. Jacqueline Hewett speaks to John Stack and David Erickson of Zygo to get a clear picture of what is involved and the benefits of adopting this approach.
|Computer giants embrace on-chip optics 27 Mar 08|
Competition is mounting in the race to use light rather than electronics to transfer information in next-generation supercomputers.
|Photon research breaks new boundaries 26 Mar 08|
Three independent research groups have demonstrated how the quantum nature of individual photons could boost the performance of both imaging and data transmission systems.
|Microsharp expands optical film capacity 26 Mar 08|
A new production line designed for development work and short production runs of speciality films will support a range of European projects.
|US invests $13.7 million in solar energy projects. 26 Mar 08|
Eleven projects have won funding to develop advanced photovoltaic technologies, as Washington aims to make solar energy cost-competitive by 2015.
|Business briefs 20 Mar 08|
Featuring news from L-3 Communications, QPC Lasers, 3M, Tessera, Osram, Biolase and more.
|Optical microscope tracks nanoparticles 20 Mar 08|
A new imaging technique that detects tiny particles using a common optical microscope could offer an alternative to fluorescent labelling.
|Quantum dot lasers poised for mass production 20 Mar 08|
QD Laser has firm orders for its quantum-dot Fabry-Perot lasers and by the end of this year should become the first company to make such devices on a volume production scale.
|"New light" boosts neutron detection 20 Mar 08|
A sensitive neutron detector that measures the UV light emitted when neutrons are absorbed by helium atoms could help to improve the safety of nuclear power plants and high-power accelerators.
|Optical trapping moves towards microfluidics 20 Mar 08|
Optical trapping is a rapidly advancing and versatile field. Kishan Dholakia speaks to Marie Freebody about the breakthroughs so far and his expectations for the future.
|Faster modelling speeds CMOS sensors to market 20 Mar 08|
Computer models of what happens when light hits the pixels of a CMOS image sensor are so complex that each simulation can take days to run. Tim Hayes hears how recent advances in software and hardware can speed up the process by a factor of twenty or even more.
|Thin-disk lasers set new benchmarks 20 Mar 08|
Two separate research groups have unveiled thin-disk lasers that push the performance boundaries of both pulsed and continuous-wave laser sources. Optics.org finds out more.
|Luminus Devices looks beyond televisions and display applications 20 Mar 08|
The LED maker is widening its focus to include applications in general illumination, following the injection of $72 million from investors.
|Start-up spotlight: Cyrium Technologies 19 Mar 08|
A Canada/US start-up predicts a bright future for high-efficiency solar cells in concentrator photovoltaic applications.
|Laser simulates wood grains on MDF 19 Mar 08|
A variety of laser-based etching and coating processes can produce decorative colours or designs on MDF, or simulate the appearance of expensive wood grains.
|Giant optics gives telescope a wider view 19 Mar 08|
The world's most powerful wide-angle survey telescope uses a huge two-in-one mirror to become the widest, fastest and deepest eye of the new digital age.
|$20 DVD head images graphite terraces 18 Mar 08|
Optical chips that are commonly found in DVD players could pave the way for low-cost atomic force microscopy.
|Business briefs 17 Mar 08|
Featuring news from Laser Optics Berlin, Northrop Grumman, Tessera, DILAS, Nualight and more.
|Solar dish breaks 20-year efficiency record 17 Mar 08|
A honeycomb structure of highly accurate and reflective mirrors boosts conversion of sunlight to electricity to beyond 31%.
|Pico-projection market to reach $350 million 17 Mar 08|
Opportunities abound in the tiny projectors market for laser diode and LED manufacturers.
|Price and performance key to laser projectors 14 Mar 08|
Low-cost lasers are being developed for the display market at previously unheard of price/performance ratios. Matthew Brennesholtz of Insight Media looks at the device specifications for various projection applications and the key players in the market.
|Iterative steps ensure successful LED lighting 14 Mar 08|
White LED technology is evolving rapidly. Pat Goodman and Christos Sarakinos discuss the iterative process that all developers should follow when designing a lighting system.
|Stuttgart opens €1.825 m fibre facility 13 Mar 08|
optics.org learns that a new speciality fibre production facility in Stuttgart, Germany, will target materials processing applications.
|New optical clock promises increased accuracy 12 Mar 08|
A record-breaking optical clock uses aluminium and beryllium ions to boost accuracy.
|Laser materials processing continues to boom 12 Mar 08|
The European market for laser materials processing machines grew more than 20% in 2007, while at the same time the Asian and American markets declined.
|Intel extends silicon lasers to 1850nm 10 Mar 08|
Intel's optical engineers have notched up another first: a cascaded Raman laser built in silicon that they believe could be used in gas sensing applications.
|Business briefs 07 Mar 08|
Featuring news from Micron Technology, Global Industry Analysts, Sony, Koheras, Agilent, Mobius Photonics and more.
|IBM takes on-chip interconnects to light speed 07 Mar 08|
As IBM's prototype optical interconnect technology hits the headlines, optics.org spoke to IBM researcher Clint Schow to find out what's really under the bonnet.
|Tunable laser competition hots up 07 Mar 08|
A deluge of tunable laser releases at last week's OFC will drive down selling prices, but 100 Gbit/s communications promise another round of innovation.
|ICFO sees rapid expansion of Spain's photonics industry 07 Mar 08|
The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona is undergoing a significant expansion. Silvia Carrasco explains what ICFO can offer companies and gives a snapshot of Spain's thriving photonics industry.
|Temperature stable laser emits green light 07 Mar 08|
A battery-powered solid-state green laser that emits constant power over a wide temperature range is now commercially available.
|Contents: March 2008 edition 07 Mar 08|
|Nanowires brighten up organic LEDs 07 Mar 08|
Organic LEDs that use gold nanowires to boost light-emitting efficiency show promise for future lighting and display technology.
|Picosecond pulses sort real jewels from fakes 05 Mar 08|
A new laser technique could spot counterfeit gemstones without damaging the material.
|Raman spectroscopy peers into pills 05 Mar 08|
A new laser analysis technique can characterize the bulk chemical content of pharmaceutical capsules without needing to open them.
|Fresnel zone plate forms optical tweezer 05 Mar 08|
An optical tweezer that uses a Fresnel zone plate to trap instead of an objective lens could provide a cheaper and more flexible alternative to conventional optical traps.
|IPG strengthens IP protection as sales soar 04 Mar 08|
Revenues and income have reached record levels for the supplier of high-power fibre lasers, which has also purchased an extensive portfolio of patents from BT.
|Business briefs 03 Mar 08|
Featuring news from StockerYale, Sharp, Sony, Zygo, Synova. Zecotek, Battelle and more.
|Novel research boosts solar cell efficiency 03 Mar 08|
Solar panels that combine the ubiquity and low cost of silicon-based solar cells with the high efficiencies associated with more expensive compound semiconductor technologies could be in production within three years.