A UK company unveils a miniature infrared imager that can detect fevers and help prevent SARS spreading.
Researchers develop the first ceramic-disk laser based on ytterbium-doped yttrium oxide.
The pick of this week's patent applications including a laser range finder that helps blind people gauge distances.
Having the right optical power meter is vital, but the range available can make purchasing a complicated business. Our independent guide aims to help you make your decision.
A retina camera that combines adaptive optics with optical coherence tomography is generating images of retinal cells with unprecedented resolution. Rob van den Berg discovers that it could lead to early detection of glaucoma.
A high price-tag has held back the uptake of white LEDs for many lighting applications. Jacqueline Hewett asks Frank Steranka, vice-president of research and development at Lumileds, about the company's strategy for creating cheaper, brighter devices.
Including news from Boeing, JMAR Technologies, Lucent, GSI Lumonics and more.
A sample of the latest financial results from companies including Coherent, VISX, Corning, New Focus and more.
The world's first uncooled MEMS-based infrared camera to boast 320 x 240 pixels goes on show in the US.
The pick of this week's patent applications including a distributed Bragg reflector laser based on quantum well intermixing.
US laser manufacturer Coherent plans to buy back the outstanding shares in its former subsidiary Lambda Physik.
A combination of infrared and ultraviolet light restores part of Athens' Acropolis in Greece to its former glory.
Including news from Cree, Planar Systems, Osram, Northrop Grumman and more.
Researchers use a microstructured substrate to create a new type of very thin, inexpensive solar cell.
Spectacular astronomical images taken by the largest digital camera ever installed on a telescope go on show.
The pick of this week's patent applications including holey-fiber based optical devices that make use of the Raman effect.
Including news from XTREME technologies, Rofin-Sinar, DRS Technologies, Avantes and more.
Planar mid-IR LEDs contain massive temperature gradients that dramatically affect the device's performance.
Researchers build a modelocked thin disk laser that emits the highest average power reported to date.
Researchers grow a microscopic comb structure that emits ultraviolet light.
An optical fiber sewing machine is allowing a Korean company to make light-emitting clothes, bags and hats.
The pick of this week's patent applications including a laser with a repetition rate in excess of 40 GHz.
Including news from Zygo, VISX, Oxley Avionics, CRL Opto and more.
Sumitomo has signed a commitment to purchase USD 100 million of LED chips during Cree's fiscal year 2004.
Researchers build a terahertz radiation source based on a GaP crystal that has a tuning range of 2.5 THz.
A hand-held optical device that can detect metals, plastics and explosives could speed up the search for landmines.
The retina's damage threshold to blue laser light may be much higher than previously believed.