An electrically pumped photonic-crystal laser with improved tuning sensitivity could be used for free-space communications.
Featuring news from Micronic, Hoya, Cymer, Laser Components, Ionatron, Toptica, Corning, OpVista and others.
Drawing inspiration from the way that skyscrapers trap heat in a city like Manhattan, US engineers have designed a photovoltaic array that promises smaller and more versatile solar cells.
Driverless cars will compete on an urban street circuit in DARPA's Urban Challenge
Philips believes that its compact, high brightness and efficient Ujoy lamp meets the stringent requirements placed on light sources for personal projectors. Pavel Pekarski tells OLE why the lamp is ready for immediate market adoption.
A new thermal imaging camera from Thermoteknix needs no shutter mechanism.
Already reckoned to be the world's biggest volume manufacturer of semiconductor lasers, Sony readies for mass production of high-power devices used in high-definition DVD recorders.
Replacing KDP with KTP improves the conversion efficiency of frequency doubling of an infrared laser, which can lead to more efficient pumping schemes for ultrafast lasers.
A wavelength-stabilized laser diode could soon be heading for the sea-floor to study how the Earth's crust moves.
A series of invited articles in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics offers a unique insight into some of the most recent advances in the application of photonic crystals.
Award winning ultrathin Seiko watch uses electronic ink in its breakthrough display technology.
OLE’s regional focus series turns its attention to Rochester, US, home to big names such as Kodak, Bausch & Lomb and Xerox. James Tyrrell talks with Tom Battley, executive director of the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster, and Wayne Knox, head of The Institute of Optics, to find out how Rochester’s rich history is fuelling a new wave of smaller, more agile firms.
Featuring news from Tarquin, DIPIX, BT, IPG, Research and Markets, Rofin-Sinar, Rohm and Haas, Litetec, Avanex, Newport, QPC and TXP.
A new market study reveals that 2006 was generally a good year for the machine vision and imaging industry, with continued growth expected for 2007.
Researchers in UK say that an imprinting technique is a fast and reliable way to make optics for terahertz wavelengths.
US researchers have shown that gold nanorods can enable two-photon luminescence imaging to detect early-stage cancer in skin cells.
A team of scientists has designed a free-electron laser that will form part of the 4th Generation Light Source (4GLS) facility at Daresbury, UK.
Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory have achieved a startlingly clear view of Omega Centauri from the ground.
Researchers in the UK use optical tweezers to sort four different sizes of particles.
Portable devices for communication, microscopy, precision machining and other applications could use the 1 micron source.
Researchers in Italy unveil what they believe to be the first CMOS-based single photon counter.
Featuring news from Manz Automation, Jenoptik, ESI, Philips, Neuroptix, Visioneer, IPG Photonics, JDSU, OSA, Oxxius.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers in the US has built one of the smallest organic light-emitting devices to date.
A side effect of fusion splicing is put to good use to make an optical strain sensor only a few centimeters in length.
An optical microphone based on a fiber laser has many applications in defence.
Optical observations have helped astronomers to discover what they believe to be the first extrasolar water-containing planet.
Precision laser micromachining is at the heart of a project to fabricate lasers and LEDs with reaction chambers formed directly into the semiconductor device. Nadya Anscombe questions Huw Summers about the work of the UK’s Optical Biochip Consortium.
Commercializing university research can be problematic. François Salin, chief technology officer of EOLITE and former director of Bordeaux’s PALA technology-transfer facility, pinpoints some of the hurdles.
Group explores technical advances, trends and market opportunities in mobile appliances, solid-state lighting, automotive, energy and medical sectors.
A new spin on plasmonics
CIR's latest analysis of the future market for optical components predicts that sales of tunable lasers will grow rapidly to reach almost $1 billion by 2012.
Featuring news from Rofin-Sinar, Photonic Products Group, Xponent, AMO, Applied Materials, PerkinElmer, EXFO, Optium, PMC-Sierra, OFS, Oki and Blonder Tongue.
CCD-based instruments can provide accurate measurement of spatial colour and luminance information for displays, instrument panels, light sources and luminaires. Sean Skelley, Doug Kreysar and Kevin Chittim weigh up the options when buying imaging colorimeters.
Quantum-mechanical process caught in the act
A renewed focus on lasers and photonics helped the Jenoptik Group to post substantial increases in both sales and earnings for 2006.
Japanese researchers have brought closer the prospect of integrating electrical and optical processing functions in a single communications device.
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) - a non-invasive interferometric optical imaging technique - offers a vast, and as yet mostly untapped, range of potential applications in areas such as cancer diagnostics, orthopaedics and vascular disease.
Physicists in the US have found that they can transmit terahertz light at selective wavelengths by shining it onto a metal film perforated in an aperiodic, "quasicrystal" pattern.
Hybrid AlGaInAs-silicon laser specialist Alexander Fang talks with optics.org about how developers are addressing manufacturing issues.
US researchers have designed a laser-based holographic imaging system to monitor what happens to a cancerous cell as an anti-cancer drug is administered.
Jonathan Ingham and colleagues at the University of Cambridge, UK, have used kilometer lengths of standard optical fiber to demonstrate that changes in photon number states do not induce dispersion.
Featuring news from Jenoptik, University of Glasgow, Lasag, Cleveland Crystals, Atomic Weapons Establishment, Southern Vision Systems, BFI Optilas, Photon Lines, Leutron Vision, Multiwave Photonics, Intense, Cornes Dodwell, Synova, Kataoka.
Stimulating nerves with pulses of infrared light could help to restore balance, intensify hearing implants and lead to more advanced prosthetic limbs. James Tyrrell talks with Mark Bendett to discover more about Aculight's role in this up-and-coming research area.