The cost and quality of LCDs could be improved by replacing conventional indium tin oxide electrodes with graphene.
A Dutch start-up focuses on turnkey colorimeters and colour measurement solutions for production environments.
Featuring news from Jenoptik, Corning. LG, PerkinElmer, SensL and more.
The first single-chip logic gate capable of processing individual photons represents an important step towards practical quantum computers.
A new manufacturing and recycling facility will promote the uptake of energy-efficient light bulbs and fuel economic growth in Southern Africa.
A laser that produces high-quality light in a variety of beam shapes could be adapted to suit a range of applications. Marie Freebody speaks to Keming Du of EdgeWave to find out more about its slab laser technology and the areas that could benefit from the design.
There are several common misconceptions surrounding high-precision manufacturing. Jacqueline Hewett speaks to John Stack and David Erickson of Zygo to get a clear picture of what is involved and the benefits of adopting this approach.
Competition is mounting in the race to use light rather than electronics to transfer information in next-generation supercomputers.
Three independent research groups have demonstrated how the quantum nature of individual photons could boost the performance of both imaging and data transmission systems.
A new production line designed for development work and short production runs of speciality films will support a range of European projects.
Eleven projects have won funding to develop advanced photovoltaic technologies, as Washington aims to make solar energy cost-competitive by 2015.
Featuring news from L-3 Communications, QPC Lasers, 3M, Tessera, Osram, Biolase and more.
A new imaging technique that detects tiny particles using a common optical microscope could offer an alternative to fluorescent labelling.
QD Laser has firm orders for its quantum-dot Fabry-Perot lasers and by the end of this year should become the first company to make such devices on a volume production scale.
A sensitive neutron detector that measures the UV light emitted when neutrons are absorbed by helium atoms could help to improve the safety of nuclear power plants and high-power accelerators.
Optical trapping is a rapidly advancing and versatile field. Kishan Dholakia speaks to Marie Freebody about the breakthroughs so far and his expectations for the future.
Computer models of what happens when light hits the pixels of a CMOS image sensor are so complex that each simulation can take days to run. Tim Hayes hears how recent advances in software and hardware can speed up the process by a factor of twenty or even more.
Two separate research groups have unveiled thin-disk lasers that push the performance boundaries of both pulsed and continuous-wave laser sources. Optics.org finds out more.
The LED maker is widening its focus to include applications in general illumination, following the injection of $72 million from investors.
A Canada/US start-up predicts a bright future for high-efficiency solar cells in concentrator photovoltaic applications.
A variety of laser-based etching and coating processes can produce decorative colours or designs on MDF, or simulate the appearance of expensive wood grains.
The world's most powerful wide-angle survey telescope uses a huge two-in-one mirror to become the widest, fastest and deepest eye of the new digital age.
Optical chips that are commonly found in DVD players could pave the way for low-cost atomic force microscopy.
Featuring news from Laser Optics Berlin, Northrop Grumman, Tessera, DILAS, Nualight and more.
A honeycomb structure of highly accurate and reflective mirrors boosts conversion of sunlight to electricity to beyond 31%.
Opportunities abound in the tiny projectors market for laser diode and LED manufacturers.
Low-cost lasers are being developed for the display market at previously unheard of price/performance ratios. Matthew Brennesholtz of Insight Media looks at the device specifications for various projection applications and the key players in the market.
White LED technology is evolving rapidly. Pat Goodman and Christos Sarakinos discuss the iterative process that all developers should follow when designing a lighting system.
optics.org learns that a new speciality fibre production facility in Stuttgart, Germany, will target materials processing applications.
A record-breaking optical clock uses aluminium and beryllium ions to boost accuracy.
The European market for laser materials processing machines grew more than 20% in 2007, while at the same time the Asian and American markets declined.
Intel's optical engineers have notched up another first: a cascaded Raman laser built in silicon that they believe could be used in gas sensing applications.
Featuring news from Micron Technology, Global Industry Analysts, Sony, Koheras, Agilent, Mobius Photonics and more.
As IBM's prototype optical interconnect technology hits the headlines, optics.org spoke to IBM researcher Clint Schow to find out what's really under the bonnet.
A deluge of tunable laser releases at last week's OFC will drive down selling prices, but 100 Gbit/s communications promise another round of innovation.
The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona is undergoing a significant expansion. Silvia Carrasco explains what ICFO can offer companies and gives a snapshot of Spain's thriving photonics industry.
A battery-powered solid-state green laser that emits constant power over a wide temperature range is now commercially available.
Organic LEDs that use gold nanowires to boost light-emitting efficiency show promise for future lighting and display technology.
A new laser technique could spot counterfeit gemstones without damaging the material.
A new laser analysis technique can characterize the bulk chemical content of pharmaceutical capsules without needing to open them.
An optical tweezer that uses a Fresnel zone plate to trap instead of an objective lens could provide a cheaper and more flexible alternative to conventional optical traps.
Revenues and income have reached record levels for the supplier of high-power fibre lasers, which has also purchased an extensive portfolio of patents from BT.
Featuring news from StockerYale, Sharp, Sony, Zygo, Synova. Zecotek, Battelle and more.
Solar panels that combine the ubiquity and low cost of silicon-based solar cells with the high efficiencies associated with more expensive compound semiconductor technologies could be in production within three years.