Including news from Varioptic, Physik Instrumente, Kodak, Corning and more.
QD Laser is a new company aiming to take quantum dot lasers into the fastest moving sectors of the telecommunications market; metro / access and LANs. Partners Fujitsu and Mitsui have initially invested around $2.5 million and expect to achieve a leading commercial position with this "superior" technology by 2010.
A laser-based technique for manufacturing Bragg gratings has been adapted to provide a potential source for on-chip radioisotope power.
Corning's first quarter results of 2006 exceeded the company's expectations, helped by strong sales into the LCD sector, among others. However, various extraordinary costs restrained the company's full potential, this quarter.
Ice melts at lower incident laser intensities when the sample contains gold nanoparticles, say researchers in the US.
CVI Technical Optics, the Isle of Man-based subsidiary of CVI Laser, has acquired its island neighbour QLO, with the aim of boosting business based on the companies' expertise in phosphate disc polishing and optical coatings.
A regular round-up of staff changes within the industry featuring CVI Laser, Umicore and ROFIN/Baasel Lasertech.
A European consortium dubbed OPTAG thinks that its CMOS panoramic cameras and RFID tags could bring the airline industry annual savings of more than EURO 115 million.
Including news from Micronic, Philips, CVI Laser and more.
The output of a single laser diode has been held below 10W or so by adverse thermal effects and materials limitations. Now Alfalight is commencing a multi-million dollar project to develop a 50W diode.
By 2010, the fiber laser will have captured at least a quarter of the $2.8 billion industrial laser market, taking share from conventional sources including multi-kilowatt types, says a new market report.
As Hollywood studios are poised to start releasing films in Blu-ray and HD DVD formats, two of the larger optical disc developers have joined forces in a bid to leap-frog the competition in the high definition storage market.
Micro-optics are enabling new generations of compact optical devices thanks to their functionality and cost-efficiency. Thomas Asshauer and Matthias Merschdorf explain.
The plastic optical fibre networks that feature in many of today's cars have data transmission rates that are limited by LED switching speeds. This barrier can be overcome, says Firecomms' John Lambkin, if these sources are replaced with resonant-cavity LEDs.
Physicists are now producing attosecond laser pulses that are short enough to probe atomic and subatomic electron processes. Rob van den Berg spoke to Ferenc Krausz and Reinhard Kienberger, two pioneers in attosecond physics, about their work.
James Tyrrell visits the Aquitaine region in south-west France to give OLE readers a taste of what the "Route des Lasers" can offer the photonics industry.
IBM announced last month that it had fabricated the smallest high-quality line patterns ever created by optical lithography. Jacqueline Hewett spoke to the researchers involved to find out how they did it and what the breakthrough means for the industry.
Including news from Aglient, Dalsa, Olympus Microsystems and more.
Optoelectronics giant Osram Opto Semiconductors demonstrates 808nm laser bars operating at 64% efficiency in its German laboratories.
A laser-based, non-contact measurement system is helping Continental Tyres check all of its products for defects that could affect vehicle safety.
21st-century optical lighting technologies are throwing light onto a classic 19th-century engineering innovation
Nanotechnology has long promised to revolutionize the optics industry, but major commercial success for nanophotonics products has remained elusive. Tom Hausken argues that the revolution is happening, just not in the way that we anticipated.
Once again, an image sensor developer benefits from the global market's insatiable demand for higher resolution cameras in mobile handsets. Beyond the sales figures, optics.org asks OVT about the factors driving this sector.
Emergent mobile TV phone sector will create substantial market for Korean giant's AM-OLEDs
FAB demand boosts business for optical inspection systems
Lithography is just one of the applications set to benefit from an ammonia detector operating at parts-per-billion levels.
The general availability of the industry's first multi-mega-pixel auto-focus liquid lens for camera phones spells the beginning of the end for conventional mechanical lenses, says its French developer.
Bifocal spectacles made from liquid crystal change their focusing power by simply applying a voltage.
Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics has published a special issue on the Fundamental Aspects of Nanophotonics.
More money for the European photonics industries - from both private and public sources - as well as better coordination of the sector are vital if Europe's currently strong position in these markets is to flourish.
Including news from Coherent, Zygo, Light Blue Optics, Nichia and more.
The machine vision sector is booming, according to a new market survey. Growth is set to continue through 2006, particularly in 'smart' cameras and application-specific systems.
Tiger Woods warms up for the defense of his US Masters crown this week by winning the Laser Link long drive contest.
Researchers shrink a dye-laser set-up into a tiny polymer package suitable for lab-on-a-chip microsystems.