An electronic-book reader with a paper-like display is about to go on sale in Japan.
A new type of optical fibre that rewrites the rules for guiding light is now coming of age. Rob van den Berg talks to three start-ups that are busy exploring the commercial potential and applications of photonic crystal fibre.
Including news from Accent Optical Technologies, Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Eikos and more.
Picking the right mirror mount for your optical application could save you from hours of frustration. Colin Freeland gives a round-up of the different types of mount available.
The class assigned to a laser is only part of the picture when deciding how it should be used safely, as Karl Schulmeister reports.
High-power infrared or visible light from a VCSEL-type architecture is what US-based firm Novalux says its product offers. The company's president and CEO Jeff Cannon tells Siân Harris how NECSELs offer an attractive alternative to conventional laser technology.
Sarnoff unveils what it claims is the world’s first sign incorporating LEDs into woven fabric.
The pick of this week’s patent applications including a way to retrofit traffic lights with LED-based lamps.
Varioptic of France believes Philips’ recently announced liquid lens infringes its patents.
Audio signals get their first airing at terahertz frequencies.
Including news from Cree, AXT, Strategy Analytics, TDK, Biolase and more.
Femtosecond lasers promise to help compare and distribute next-generation optical frequency standards.
Researchers in Taiwan fabricate high-power red LEDs based on copper substrates.
Imaging giant Kodak claims that video-game players and computer modellers alike will benefit from its new 3D display.
The pick of this week’s patent applications including a way to increase the efficiency of an LED.
Including news from Corning, Bookham Technology, Emcore, Samsung Electronics and more.
The pick of this week’s patent applications including a low macrobending loss fiber.
A single photon is sent over a 150 km optical link beating the previous transmission record by 50 km.
Light transmitting concrete is set to go on sale later this year.
A LIDAR system is helping US authorities monitor the number of salmon returning to their birthplace.
Consumer electronics giant Philips says it will be mass-producing liquid lenses within two years.
Blowing into a portable breath analyzer gives a rapid and convenient way to screen for TB.
Detecting the presence of just a few photons of light is essential for many research and commercial applications. Siân Harris investigates the types of detectors that can help.
Scientists around the world are busy trying to develop a practical semiconductor laser that emits terahertz waves. Rob van den Berg reports on the progress being made in the race to raise the temperature of operation and output power of terahertz sources.
The ballistic missile-killer is almost complete, and the future of the daring billion-dollar ABL project now rests on the tests it is about to undergo. Oliver Graydon reports.
Jacqueline Hewett visits Photop Technologies, the new rising star of Chinese optics, and learns that chief executive John Ling has big ideas for the company.
Including news from Strategies Unlimited, Osram Opto Semiconductors, Rofin-Sinar and more.
Researchers detail the first femtosecond oscillator based on an ytterbium (Yb)-doped sesquioxide crystal.
In this week’s Nature, researchers unveil a way to cool atoms which they say is five times faster than conventional techniques.
One LCD can display images on both sides thanks to transparent backlights.
The pick of this week’s patent applications including an optical fiber sensor that monitors an unborn baby’s heart rate.
A fiber pressure sensor boasts a measurement limit that cripples most optical sensors.