Storing one terabyte of data on a DVD-sized disk has just moved a step closer. Mempile has demonstrated that its TeraDisc technology can store nearly 300GB on a single disk, with larger capacities on the way.
JDSU, Bookham and Lumics show off powerful new lasers designed to reduce the size, cost and power consumption of fiber amplifiers used in optical communications.
Hoping to effect a rapid uptake of white LEDs in solid-state lighting applications, Philips Lumileds begins sampling its new Luxeon Rebel products.
The first polariton laser to operate at room temperature has been demonstrated by physicists in the UK and Switzerland.
Stefano Bonora from the University of Padova, Italy, exploits compact reflective optics in a new design for a beam transformation system.
Featuring news from CyOptics, Apogee Photonics, CIR, Arima Optoelectronics, Enablence Technologies, Olympus Microsystems America, Operax, Qinetiq, Alfalight, Transmode and others.
Prototype 160 Gbit/s technology points to new era of data sharing and "instant" movie downloads.
After 10 years in the making, Synova's water-jet-guided technology is being used to cut, drill, grind and dice materials as varied as gallium arsenide and polycrystalline diamond. Jacqueline Hewett catches up with Synova to find out the advantages of the approach.
Two US research teams have independently created the first truly magnifying "superlenses" using metamaterials with a negative index of refraction.
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Micro-optic and microfluidic applications could benefit from a laser-based patterning technique being developed in Germany and Greece.
Quantel's acquisition of Nuvonyx Europe builds on last year's technology deals with Keopsys and Highwave. Director general Alain de Salaberry tells optics.org about his plans.
US researchers have for the first time pushed the limits for negative-index metamaterials to infrared wavelengths.
Sunny Optics and Varioptic jointly announce the launch of first autofocus camera module based on a liquid lens.
Featuring news from Cree, Cotco, Ionatron, Lexitek, Arcelor Mittal, Noble International, Zygo, Quantapoint, Teraxion, Anvanex, Polatis and others.
A new experiment shows that the field intensity distribution of a laser can be controlled at dimensions that are much smaller than the wavelength of light.
An infrared, 67 Mpixel, 3 tonne camera has been successfully installed on the VISTA telescope in Chile. Martin Caldwell from the UK's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory explains how the instrument pushed the limits of large-scale optics.
What are the key attributes that make a successful business leader? In this month's interview Per Ibsen, CEO of Kaleido Technology, offers his thoughts on what it takes to manage a technology company.
Coupling light from a 980 nm high-power diode laser into a single mode fiber can be done more efficiently by forming a microlens at the end of the fiber, say researchers in Taiwan.
Physicists in France are the first to watch single photons appear spontaneously, live a brief life, and then vanish into thin air.
One of the world's key volume suppliers of red and infrared laser diodes reveals that its high-power blue emitter is about to enter mass production.
A textured polymer film that suits both large and small emitters can enhance the outcoupling efficiency of an OLED by 46% say its inventors.
Using nonlinear crystals to convert the frequency of a laser gets a new look as an Italian researcher unveils a 3/2 frequency multiplier that could simplify RGB laser systems.
Featuring news from Rofin-Sinar, M2K-Laser, Candela, Inolase, SPI Lasers, Aspectris, Northrop Grumman, Goodrich IMT, Oxford Instruments, Mitsubishi Electric, Optis, Corelase, Opton, Toshiba Imaging and others.
Optical physicists in the UK and Spain have fabricated an array of nanoholes that can focus light into a spot that is smaller than the wavelength of light used.
The US Department of Energy has joined forces with 13 industry partners to fund R&D projects to cut the cost of producing and distributing sun power.
Market analysts at Dittberner predict a 50% growth in global FTTH shipments for 2007.
Merger builds leadership position in high-power laser diodes and laser arrays for print and imaging, medical, defence and industrial roles. Intense CEO Scott Christie tells optics.org more about the deal and his future plans.
Embracing scatter is the way to boost the sensitivity of mammography, claims a team of Canadian scientists.
The optoelectronic properties of palladium oxide nanoparticles embedded in a titanium oxide matrix could be used to kill bacteria and power electronic devices, say researchers.
Deciding which laser-safety eyewear is the best option for your experiment can be difficult. Tom MacMullin looks at what’s on offer and details the criteria to consider before choosing.
Markus Ortsiefer from Vertilas explains why long-wavelength tunable VCSELs are a better option for gas sensing than the lead-salt, quantum-cascade and diode-pumped solid-state lasers that are used today.
A user-friendly set of optical tweezers that uses the position of the operator’s hands to move trapped particles is broadening the appeal of the technology. Jacqueline Hewett reports.
Featuring news from Quantel, Nuvonyx, European lamp Companies Federation, Agilent Technologies, BFI Optilas, Ciena, Sydenergi, Emtelle, Aston University (UK), Flir Sstems, Synova, Aculight, NP Photonics and others.
Plastic surgery, neuroscience and dermatology could all benefit from the release of the first commercial instrument to image blood flow in real time, at up to 25 frames per second. James Tyrrell speaks to David Briers, one of the pioneers of laser speckle contrast analysis, to discover more about the technique that was first conceived over 25 years ago.
Alexandre Krivine, an entrepreneur with past connections to Alcatel, takes over the management of Avanex's III-V semiconductor operations in Nozay, France.
Physicists in the US claim to have created the first thin optical film with a refractive index close to that of air.
New year, new chart. January's figures for the Top 10 most-read stories on optics.org reveal that exciting, new material continues to set the agenda. You showed much interest in the relatively new topics of plasmonics and nanotubes.
Light propagation through nanorods needs a new theory, say physicists in Sweden.
Diffuse optical tomography could help clinicians to address some of the limitations of traditional X-ray mammography.
Ansheng Liu, principal engineer at Intel's Photonics Technology Lab, talks to optics.org about the company's latest high-speed silicon modulator.
ERC will make available €7.5 billion for scientific research over the next seven years.