Could free-electron lasers provide the cornerstone of the US Navy's directed-energy weapons systems?
Deep-UV photonic crystals and total optical absorbers are some of the applications for multiwalled nanotube arrays.
Caryl Richards reports from Prague on Europe's plans for petawatt lasers and beyond.
After a protracted gestation period, Bookham and Avanex have officially merged into Oclaro.
The heat-dissipating properties of diamond yield higher-power disk lasers.
Grant funding is instrumental to survival and growth in difficult economic conditions. Caroline Fearns of PNO Group explains why turning to a grant consultancy could save you time and money.
Developments in the manufacture of polymer micro optics are helping optical designers to meet the exacting tolerances that are required for miniaturized optical components and subsystems. Heidi Hall of Jenoptik Polymer Systems takes a closer look.
The photonics sector in Belgium has turned the country's location and a tradition of flexible entrepreneurship to its advantage. Tim Hayes speaks to the leading players.
Visitor and exhibitor numbers grew at the 2009 PHOTON Expo show, which is moving from Munich to Stuttgart to be nearer the industry's major players.
Diversification into new markets, technology innovation and customer focus are helping UK photonics companies to navigate the financial crisis. Caryl Richards reports.
Hyperspectral imaging is one of the fastest-growing segments of the analytical instrumentation market. David Bannon, chief executive officer of Headwall Photonics, tells Marie Freebody about the commercial potential of this next-generation technology.
SPIE reveals its 2009 award-winners for contributions to optics.
When it comes to surviving an economic downturn, industry associations offer strength in numbers. Tom Pearsall tells OLE how members of the European Photonics Industry Consortium are bearing up.
An eight-channel monolithic optical router brings all-optical networks closer.
New software that precisely simulates the behaviour of the human eye allows aircraft designers to build a pilot's-eye view of the cockpit.
Andor says that replacing a standard CCD with electron multiplying technology can deliver big gains in the speed and sensitivity of a low-light spectroscopy technique.
The tough times continue for industrial laser vendors, although the gloom is not spread equally across all sectors.
Off-the-shelf commercial software is helping scientists to enhance the clinical efficacy of photodynamic therapy for targeted tumour destruction. Joe McEntee reports.
Out-of-court settlement with JDSU leaves Bookham with an immediate bill of $1.5m, rising to a maximum of $8m.
UK researchers unveil a coating that kills bacteria under hospital lighting.
Japanese laser specialists close in on a more reliable light source for optical inspection.
Warm-white light, lower costs and a better idea of device lifetimes are near the top of the US wishlist
US researchers are taking advantage of the unusual properties of Airy light to build a host of new optical tools.
Manufacturing a precision surface requires a balance between satisfying the optimum quality requirements at the minimum cost. Steve Martinek summarizes the challenges of increasing the precision levels of optical interferometers for this application.
New approaches to obtaining diffraction-limited beams from large-mode-area fibres point to unprecedented ruggedness and output powers. Breck Hitz investigates.
The next time you look at a list of microscope accessories, a photoporation module for cellular analysis could well be available. Jacqueline Hewett talks to Kishan Dholakia about the clinical and commercial potential of optical injection by photoporation.
US-European R&D collaboration seeks to extend the lifetime of organic solar cells.
Optical interrogation could help oncologists individualize treatments for breast cancer.
The James Webb Space Telescope's first mirror segment has completed its initial series of temperature trials.
Light as a therapy can heal injuries and reduce pain in humans and animals. James Carroll of THOR Photomedicine discusses the rapidly growing field of low level laser therapy.
Marie Freebody speaks to Fianium's chief executive officer, Anatoly Grudinin, to find out how misconceptions about ultrafast fibre lasers are threatening their commercial success.
Philips Lumileds has produced what it says is the highest-extraction-efficiency photonic-crystal LED to date.
Femtosecond source's "extremely fast" wavelength tuning could find applications in multiphoton microscopy and optical coherence tomography.
Exclusive to optics.org: Innovative intra-cavity design has produced a continuous-wave ruby laser, with other novel sources set to follow.
Physicists are on the verge of demonstrating perhaps the ultimate application of the laser: creating nuclear fusion in the lab.
Optics.org speaks to the researchers who braved Mount Etna's most recent volcanic eruption in a bid to demonstrate the gas sensing capabilities of their lidar system.
News of appointments at Fianium, Konarka, Mad City Labs and Endicott Research Group.