Thin-film coatings can be essential to obtaining the desired performance from an optical component. Stuart Allan describes the types available and provides purchasing advice.
Optical sensors, integrated circuits and photonic devices are just some of the applications set to benefit from nanowires made out of glass. Jacqueline Hewett speaks to the researchers pioneering the development of these ultra-fine fibres.
Despite the telecoms downturn there is still plenty of innovation emerging from the R&D labs. Steve Ferguson of Marconi Communications examines 10 optical technologies.
A UK start-up has a cunning plan to make fibre-optic sensors a commodity item that sell in their thousands. Oliver Graydon visited Insensys in Southampton to find out more.
Including news from Finisar, Cymer, Lucent, SPI and Corning among others.
A selection of some of the unusual and entertaining sights at this year's event.
The US military’s research arm talks about its activities in photonics.
Here’s our pick of the most exciting new products to make their debut at this year’s show.
Spectra-Physics has signed a global marketing and distribution deal with UK fiber laser manufacturer SPI.
Jacqueline Hewett reports from a packed conference session on diode lasers.
Low noise fiber lasers which help to measure wind at airports go on show at Photonics West.
Optical technologies are gradually finding their way into hospitals and helping clinicians make better diagnoses. Joe McEntee reports from the recent Smart Biomedical Optics Forum in Cambridge, UK, on the role of photonics in medicine.
Including news from Coherent, Kodak, Lumenis, Photonic Products and more.
Tiny light-emitting crystals with unique emission signatures could protect personal documents from counterfeiting.
A new material for connecting organic light emitting diodes together could lead to brighter displays.
The pick of this week’s patent applications including an optical device that monitors the tread depth of car tyres.
UK-based Sharp Laboratories of Europe has made the first blue-violet laser diodes to be grown using MBE.
Including news from Cree, Kyocera, Toshiba, FLIR Systems and more.
Firms specializing in terahertz imaging and high-brightness LEDs are amongst this week’s lucky recipients of venture capital funding.
Rohm is set to produce 500 000 high-output lasers per month for high-speed DVD recorders from April.
French technology could benefit nuclear, automotive and aerospace industries.
A semiconductor disk laser that emits 610 nm could replace traditional sources of orange light.
The pick of this week’s patent applications including a white LED based on zinc selenide.
If you plan to buy a laser diode driver, make sure you check the specifications with care. Martin Lawrence believes that manufacturers could learn a lot from the hi-fi community.
To mark the new year Opto & Laser Europe takes a look at three revolutionary optical technologies that are likely to have a profound impact on society when they become commercially available.
Materials that bend, curl up or contract on exposure to light might sound far-fetched, but that is exactly what many scientists are busy trying to develop. Rob van den Berg describes the science and applications of optical actuation.
As their popularity grows, infrared cameras are tackling more applications than ever before. Jacqueline Hewett spoke to Earl Lewis, president of US infrared imaging specialist FLIR Systems, about future markets.
Growth in the high-brightness LED market will be fueled increasingly by illumination applications over the next five years as the price/performance characteristics of devices improve. Bob Steele of Strategies Unlimited analyzes the development of the solid-state lighting marketplace.
Including news from Agere Systems, Lumenis, Diomed, GSI Lumonics and more.
The world’s first 800 x 600 pixel OLED head-mounted display for consumer applications goes on show in the US.
Researchers in the US claim to have fabricated a transistor that bridges the worlds of optics and electronics.
A US market analyst forecasts that the worldwide laser market will have a value of $3 billion by 2008.
The pick of this week’s patent applications including a way to detect and classify biological particles.