Alfalight's design for an uncooled diode laser, based on WST - Wavelength Stabilized Technology - maintains a precise wavelength over a 30ºC temperature drift
A US-developed system could lead to all-optical transistors and single-photon switching for quantum information networks.
Researchers in the US are studying the potential of thermophotovoltaic systems as auxiliary power generation units (APU) in cars.
Including news from OmniVision Technologies, Nichia, JDSU, Zarlink Semiconductor and more.
Some eye-catching images from this year's event.
A brief look at some of the new products launched at this year's exhibition.
Analysis of patent registrations during mid-2005 shows that the applications for organic semiconductor technologies are mutiplying rapidly. The vast majority of these are in the LED sector.
Korean technology giant LG Electronics has placed a multi-million dollar order with Powerlase for DPSS lasers intended for LG's Korean display-making plants.
Experts in patient diagnostics, homeland security and medical imaging share their views on the commercialization of photonics as part of an exclusive CLEO/QELS panel discussion.
Keeping ideas fresh is the key to finding the next disruptive technology explains DARPA's deputy director, Robert Leheny.
Organizers are expecting this year's show at the Long Beach Convention Centre, US, to be a big hit, with more than 300 exhibitors, over 200 technical sessions and 2186 paper submissions.
As the company opens Europe's largest dedicated plastic optics R&D and manufacturing facility today, Jenoptik is rebranding itself. Its subsidiary formerly known as Wahl Optoparts is refashioned to better fit the group identity and grow its medical technologies business, while Jenoptik Jena is reborn as Jenoptik Germany.
Including news from Rofin-Sinar, Forth Dimension Displays, Luminus and JPSA.
Indium Tin Oxide is no longer the only option for OLED anodes, say researchers in Canada. Carbon nanotubes can do the job too.
The shortest-wavelength LED ever seen has been fabricated by a research team at NTT in Japan.
A hybrid assembly technique, based on tessellating "Lego"-style building blocks, provides a simple and reliable method of integrating optical devices.
Mid-infrared emitting quantum cascade lasers are to play a key role in research as Princeton plans its new multi-million dollar interdisciplinary sensor engineering center.
Adlares, E.ON Ruhrgas and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) think that their airborne LIDAR system could help to revolutionize gas pipeline monitoring, increasing network inspection rates from 2 to 80km/h. James Tyrrell catches up with Adlares' Matthias Ulbricht to find out more.
Selecting the right mirror for the right job is no trivial task. However, help is at hand as Michael Case and Mark Dykstra guide you through the process.
A femtosecond laser's ability to generate an intense electric field makes it ideal for disrupting missiles that use infrared guidance systems. Emmanuel Marquis describes a ground-based solution that could protect civilian and military aircraft against missile attacks.
Slowing down light to produce optical delay lines for communication networks has advanced enormously in the last year. Luc Thévenaz and Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez chart this recent progress and describe the new challenges facing developers of practical devices.
A new method of phase and amplitude control delivers near-transform limited pulses, even after passing through complex beam delivery systems such as multiphoton excitation microscopes. Steve Butcher and colleagues from Coherent explain.
Photomultiplier tubes are facing stiff competition from silicon-based low-light detectors. Jacqueline Hewett asks Joseph O'Keeffe, a founder of Irish firm SensL, why he believes that silicon devices have what it takes to displace incumbent technologies.
Including news from Cree, EPIC, Uni-Pixel, JDSU and more.
The latest quarter of trading figures show a dip for OLED developer Cambridge Display Technology. But the company isn't worried, citing variations in demand for its licensed technology. And in any case, OLEDs are set to find more and larger scale applications, CDT says.
New types of flexible an refreshable displays based on OLEDs and "paper-like" materials will take the market by storm over the next five years, generating sales worth more than $10billion. optics.org looks at the writing on the wall.
UK researchers unveil a new way of using holograms to manipulate arrays of liquid droplets and test their physical and chemical properties.
Incorporating salmon DNA into the structure of a conventional OLED makes it ten times more efficient and thirty times brighter, say researchers in the US.
Researchers say that they have found a short-cut to achieving higher resolutions; one that could improve imaging resolutions by up to 80%.
Researchers in Germany and Italy unveil a simple way to generate continuous UV light which could be useful for fluorescence microscopy.
UK-based high power diode pumped laser developer Powerlase has reported dramatic growth in demand and consequently is expanding its factory area. optics.org interviews the company's sales manager about this growing niche marketplace.
US researchers unveil star-shaped nanoparticles with some unusual optical properties: each arm of the star has a unique spectral signature.
Including news from Firecomms, Inphase, JDSU, Corelase and more.
Organic electroluminescent devices made using low-cost inkjet printing or reel-to-reel fabrication could one day surpass the power efficiency of commercial fluorescent lamps say researchers in the US.
Delegates at last week's Photon Forum hear that key VC investments are being made in optical networking, biophotonics, photovoltaics, and displays and illumination.
Photonics and electronics component distributor BFI Optilas has been bought out by its management team, which says it plans to "further expand the company's European operations".
Quarterly results from three companies at different stages of their fiscal years tell a similar story: markets and forward bookings are both up, while consolidation rolls inexorably on.
Newly-published quarter year results for Flir, Dalsa and Planar Technologies suggest a pattern of improving markets for their products worldwide. But to maintain double digit sales growth the companies are diversifying, restructuring and constantly refining their ranges.
3D polymer structures are packed together to create an artificial eye.