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Historical Archive (January 2003 - June 2010)
The historic archive provides access to articles published prior to SPIE's acquisition of optics.org in July 2010.

February 2003

Business briefs 28 Feb 03

Including news from Northrop Grumman, FLIR Systems, Teem Photonics, Bausch & Lomb and more.

Infrared devices image reactor interior 28 Feb 03

The CEA has unveiled the first infrared images taken inside a nuclear fusion reactor.

Patent highlights 27 Feb 03

The pick of this week's patent applications including a method for making contamination-free laser mirrors.

Surgical lamp to use high-power LEDs 26 Feb 03

A surgical lamp that uses the world's brightest LEDs will be released in the third quarter of this year.

New polymers inspire color displays 26 Feb 03

A new class of electroluminescent polymers could lead to low-cost color organic light-emitting diode displays.

Gillette funds photonic ladyshave 24 Feb 03

Leading razor manufacturer Gilette looks to lasers for its next generation of shaving products.

Tailored laser pulses transform chemical reactions 21 Feb 03

Carefully-shaped femtosecond pulses of light can now enhance the yield of chemical reactions and synthesize novel molecules. Gustav Gerber, one of the pioneers of laser chemistry, talks to Rob van den Berg about his work.

Business briefs 21 Feb 03

Including news from Lumenis, Corning, Newport, DRS Technologies and more.

LIGO begins test run 21 Feb 03

The gravitational wave detector LIGO is being put through its paces during an eight-week test phase.

Laser safety: eyewear is not the only option 20 Feb 03

Making a laser facility safe often involves much more than going out and buying a pair of laser goggles. Jacqueline Hewett reports on the other essential items you will need.

Patent congestion and the world of photonics 20 Feb 03

How did the boom and bust of the telecoms sector affect intellectual property in optics? Oliver Graydon speaks to a patent attorney at Photonics West to gather some answers.

Porous silicon glows blue 20 Feb 03

A team of scientists in China reports that it has obtained enhanced blue light emission from porous silicon.

Lasers reveal oyster's heartbeat 20 Feb 03

Scientists study the heartbeat of a mollusc using reflected laser light for the first time.

Patent highlights 19 Feb 03

The pick of this week's patent applications including a wavelength-tunable ring laser.

Business briefs 14 Feb 03

Including news from Coherent, Positive Light, Quantel, GSI Lumonics, Kopin and more.

Medicine to boost microscopy market 14 Feb 03

The world microscopy market will reach almost USD 1 billion by 2005, says a new report.

Profiler shapes up to probe oil pipes 13 Feb 03

By the end of the month, a UK start-up will deliver a laser profiler to measure the internal shape of offshore oil pipes.

Dyes provide solar cell alternative 12 Feb 03

Researchers develop a device that could be a low-cost alternative to silicon-based solar cells.

Patent highlights 12 Feb 03

The pick of this week's patent applications, including a VCSEL with improved light output.

Copper laser boosts blue diode yield 10 Feb 03

A copper-vapour laser specialist says its scribing system improves the yield of blue laser diodes from semiconductor wafers.

Business briefs 07 Feb 03

Including news from DALSA, NEC, FLIR Systems, Alcatel Optronics and more.

New Focus reduces annual losses 07 Feb 03

New Focus predicts a rocky road ahead this year despite reporting annual losses almost five times lower than 2001.

Fast-tuning VCSEL detects methane 07 Feb 03

The 1.68 micron laser can measure gas concentrations every 200 ns.

Fiber laser emits record power 07 Feb 03

UK researchers develop a singlemode fiber laser with a record output power of 270 W.

Green LEDs boost POF transmission 06 Feb 03

Researchers say their 509 nm LED will maximise transmission distances in plastic optical fiber.

Patent highlights 04 Feb 03

The pick of this week's patent applications, including a high-power solid-state laser amplifying system.

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