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'Top of the pops' on optics.org

22 Nov 2006

Whether it be our archive or hot news, our analysis of what you have been reading reveals that every corner of optics.org draws a growing community of readers.

October's figures for the Top 10 most-read stories on optics.org again reveal that several of our technology reports from the past four years continue to provoke a great deal of interest in the optics community and beyond.

Five stories from September's Top 10 most-read articles have hung on in October's Top 10 but fresh technology and business items published last month fill almost all of the other positions in the top 20.

We're also pleased to report that optics.org's membership continues to grow: every day our registered community increases significantly, especially after you receive our newsalerts. More of these, covering more specialist optics-related areas, are currently under development. Another symptom of the growing interest in our site is the increased level of commenting on what we publish. Don't hold back, once you've joined the community it's easy to post your views.

Signing up (at no cost) gives you access to exclusive content, where we feel we have dug extra deep to find the detailed information our readers are seeking.

So if you didn't catch them the first time round, here are October's Top 10 most-read news reports (don't forget to keep checking us because new items go up every day).

optics.org's Top 10 in October 2006

• No.1 Thin-disk laser beats power record. Still in pole position. Around 21,000 more of you chose to read this item in October. What is your interest? Please email and tell us what you're doing (or hoping to do) with a thin disk laser. Cutting your chips perhaps?

• No. 2 Concrete casts new light in dull rooms. Up from No. 4 in September, proving that concrete can bounce, as long as it has optical properties. A very popular item with architects, apparently.

• No. 3 Lasers tackle radioactive waste. Up from No. 5, last month and positively glowing with health.

• No. 4 High output RGB sources promise laser TV 'by 2007'. "Laser TV" was the first search term to temporarily topple "optics" from the key search term during optics.org's 10-year lifetime. Up from No. 6.

• No. 5 'Sugar cube sized' projector devised. New in our chart, the Fraunhofer Institutes in Dresden and Jena have come up with a way to sweeten your cup of coffee and turn it into a movie theater at the same time! No wonder you're reading about it.

• No. 6 Blue laser disc to allow 200 GB capacity. How many Rolling Stones albums is that on one disc? About 2000.

• No. 7 Massive telephoto lens puts Zeiss to the test. German developers have developed a 256 kg, 21x magnification lens for a wildlife photographer who obviously wants to stand well back from the rhino.

• No. 8 Scientists make switchable microlens. A joint China-Japan project has adapted a manufacturing process typically used to make foods for fabricating microlenses. Tasty!

• No. 9 Patent Highlights August 2002. Another stampede for the optics.org archive. Could it be for the "invisibility cloak" patent by Ray Alden of North Carolina, or maybe Matsushita Electrical's improved way to erase the data on a CD-R disk, or perhaps it's Penn State Research Foundation's wireless "one to many" communication system based on a multi-beam infrared transmitter?

• No. 10 'Brightest ever' laser fired, claims Northrup Grumman. Multi-kilowatt laser fires 5000 pulses per second. Just one word: wow!

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