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Historical Archive (January 2003 - June 2010)
The historic archive provides access to articles published prior to SPIE's acquisition of optics.org in July 2010.

May 2003

LASER 2003: Custom LASIK reduces side-effects 30 May 03

Customized surgery promises to bring LASIK vision correction to a whole new level of quality. It is currently undergoing clinical trials and looks set to make a big commercial impact. We asked Michael Mrochen, a leading researcher in the field, to describe how the technique works and reveal the latest results from the trials.

LASER 2003: Diffractive optics aids design 30 May 03

Diffractive optics promises a new design freedom for engineers thanks to smaller, cost-effective optical parts.

LASER 2003: Can fibre lasers steal the show? 30 May 03

According to many in the laser industry, fibre lasers are now a serious alternative to solid-state and carbon dioxide lasers for industrial material-processing applications. Here, we look at some of the fibre-laser vendors that will be looking to make a splash at this year's event.

Business briefs 30 May 03

Including news from Novalux, VISX, Pulnix, Symagery Microsystems and more.

LASER 2003: What's hot in Munich this year? 30 May 03

Brain surgery and gravity-wave detection are just two of the laser applications that Andreas Tünnermann wants to hear more about. Here, the CLEO Europe conference co-chair reveals what he believes will be the hot topics at LASER 2003. World of Photonics.

Railhead cleaner makes first sales 30 May 03

A pulsed Nd:YAG laser will clean railway lines in the UK this autumn.

LEDs cut projector hassle 29 May 03

Tiny image projectors that rely on LEDs and microdisplays were described at last week’s display show in Baltimore, US.

OLED displays are the biggest yet 29 May 03

At the Society for Information Display (SID) show in Baltimore, two manufacturers claim to have built the largest organic LED display ever seen.

Electronic paper gets high resolution 28 May 03

US-based displays developer E Ink unveils its latest prototype - an electronic book.

Patent highlights 28 May 03

The pick of this week's patent applications including ideas for monitoring a baby's brain and performing 3D terahertz imaging.

Business briefs 23 May 03

Including news from Jenoptik, Cambridge Display Technology, Physik Instruments and more.

Nd:doped crystal shows its potential 23 May 03

Researchers reveal that neodymium-doped barium-yttrium-fluoride can support sub-picosecond pulses.

Samsung unveils 4-color LCD 23 May 03

At SID 2003, Samsung reveals a new color LCD that consumes half the power of traditional versions.

Optical fiber market waits to rebound 23 May 03

The global market for optical fiber halved in 2002. Oliver Graydon analyzes the reasons behind this drop and finds that three key areas must improve if growth is to resume in this sector.

Optical fiber market waits to rebound 23 May 03

The global market for optical fiber halved in 2002. Oliver Graydon looks in to the reasons behind this drop and finds that three key areas must improve if growth is to resume in this sector.

Photonic crystal boosts OLED output 23 May 03

Scientists in Korea increase the extraction efficiency of an OLED by 50% by etching a 2D array of rods into its substrate.

Dyes create colorless welds 21 May 03

A process that welds thermoplastics and leaves an invisible joint is finding its first commercial applications in Europe.

Patent highlights 21 May 03

The pick of this week's patent applications including an invention that monitors the alertness of drivers behind the wheel.

Business briefs 16 May 03

Including news from Quantel, LINOS, Avalon Photonics and more.

Terahertz source arrives at South Pole 16 May 03

Scientists working at the South Pole are using a terahertz laser to learn about the lifecycle of stars.

LED makers broaden their spectrum 16 May 03

Toshiba and Lumileds unveil new LED products extending the range of wavelengths available to consumers.

Patent highlights 15 May 03

The pick of this week's patent applications including a way to join microstructured and conventional optical fibers.

Alcatel ditches components business 13 May 03

US subsystem builder Avanex snaps up Alcatel Optronics plus a large portion of Corning's photonics technologies business.

Business briefs 09 May 03

Including news from Rofin-Sinar, Carl Zeiss Meditec, GSI Lumonics, Northrop Grumman and more.

LASIK has a 10% "failure" rate 08 May 03

A new study by US researchers reveals that as many as one in five LASIK patients need a second treatment.

GaAs LED targets fiber networks 08 May 03

Scientists in the US fabricate the first gallium arsenide LED emitting at 1.5 microns.

Butterfly wings polarize light 07 May 03

A study published in Nature reveals that butterflies use polarized light to attract mates.

Carbon nanotubes emit in the IR 06 May 03

IBM researchers create an ultrasmall solid-state light source that emits infrared light at communication wavelengths.

Patent highlights 06 May 03

This week's patent highlights includes a Q-switching method that produces a train of pulses all with the same peak power.

Business briefs 02 May 03

Including news from Lumenis, Breault Research Organization, Newport and more.

Financial focus 02 May 03

A sample of this week's financial results from companies including JDS Uniphase, GSI Lumonics, Jenoptik and more.

Electricity lights up nanocrystals 02 May 03

Scientists see electroluminescence at communications wavelengths from lead sulphide nanocrystals.

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