Newport has unveiled its first UV fiber-based laser, which it says will displace existing sources for micro materials processing.
Layers of InGaNP material are the key to brighter, cheaper high-brightness red LEDs, claims Quanlight, a spin-out of the University of California, San Diego.
Andrey Kazansky and Nikolai Kabachnik of the Universität Bielefeld, Germany, offer a theoretical description of atomic photoionization by attosecond XUV pulses in the presence of an intense laser pulse.
A photodetector utilizing a silicon waveguide could be incorporated into power monitors or preamplified receivers.
ESA's Venus Express is capturing atmospheric details of day and night areas simultaneously thanks to an onboard thermal imaging spectrometer.
A novel scanning technique brings ancient cuneiform tablets into sharp relief.
A team of researchers in the US say they have optically trapped radium for the first time.
Colin Sheppard of the National University of Singapore reviews the latest developments in the theory of microscope optics of the microscope, and addresses various shortcomings in the traditional theory.
Featuring news from Opnext, Cedip, Illinois Tool Works, Redlake, BAE Systems, Applied Photonics, Optium, Planar Systems, Resolve and others.
Although most people know ZYGO for its expertise in metrology and interferometry, the company has a rich history in high-precision optics fabrication. Jacqueline Hewett speaks to John Stack, the president of ZYGO’s Optical Systems Division, who lifts the lid on what he sees as the best-kept secret in the optics industry.
OKI, the Japanese telecommunications manufacturer, claims to have developed the world's first UV sensor using thin-film SOI.
A continuous wave diode laser operating at two microns is ideally suited for use in soft tissue surgery.
Physicists in Germany claim to have found the first naturally occurring material that has a negative, rather than a positive, refractive index.
The unusual outer shell of a South American beetle, which can control both the polarization and wavelength of reflected light, could lead to a new breed of tunable micromirrors.
Will laser-generated radiation one day prove useful in cancer therapy? A UK collaboration aims to find out.
The latest results show substantial increases in revenues for the California-based laser supplier.
Post-deadline papers at this year's CLEO conference revealed what's happening at the cutting edge of optics research. Here is our selection.
A new laser source has enabled US and German researchers to build an OCT scanner that is ten times faster than commercial versions.
Cree, Sandia National Labs, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, spin-out Inlustra Corporation are among the winners of the Department of Energy’s third funding round for solid state lighting.
Featuring news from QPC, Sofradir, Fianium, Corning, Cambridge Display Technology, Ionatron, Novalux, OCP and others.
Creating optics for petawatt lasers requires careful consideration of the actual-use conditions and an understanding of thin-film performance trade-offs, as David Kemp and Dave Collier of Alpine Research Optics, US, explain.
What’s the best way to prepare yourself for a long and rewarding career in optics? Berndt Zingrebe, managing director of Sill Optics, and who celebrates 25 years with the company this year, shares his secrets.
Lightweight cryogenic mirrors and a wavefront sensing system are just two of the ten new technologies that NASA will deploy on the James Webb Space Telescope.
What can astronomers and medical imaging specialists learn from each other? A new project at Harvard University aims to find out.
The first optical memory element to be made from a single gallium nanoparticle could compete with DVD and hard disks.
A fluorescence-based sensor could soon be used to optimize crop growth by monitoring levels of polyphenolics in crops.
Featuring news from Gooch and Housego, Trumpf, IPG, OpVista, SPI, Lantis, Aurora, Bookham, Rohm and others.
Set up adjacent to Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems, the site represents a total investment of over $10 million.
Optics and photonics big-hitters CVI and Melles Griot will be merging once the terms of the acquisition are signed off. optics.org speaks to CVI's CEO Stuart Schoenmann to find out more.
Mass production of 250 mW blue-violet sources will begin in January 2008, with 320 mW on the way.
A new method of generating terahertz pulses could be a step closer to producing safe radiation for medical imaging, biological research and homeland security.
US researchers believe that polaritons could offer the key to laser cooling a semiconductor.
Cost is no longer the prohibitive factor holding back the adoption of deformable mirrors. Jacqueline Hewett speaks to Paul Bierden of pioneering US firm Boston Micromachines Corporation about the new and emerging applications of the technology.
German lighting giant Osram has underlined the importance of LED applications to its future by building an additional chip-making plant for its Osram Opto Semiconductor business.
Femtosecond laser treatment could improve infrared photodetectors, solar cells and field emission displays.
Polymer solar cells could soon rival silicon panels thanks to scientists in the US and Korea, who have increased the efficiency of thin film photovoltaics to more than 6.1%.
Researchers from the UK and Italy present a review of the applications of optical fibers in medicine and biology.
The companies will collaborate on the development of miniature projection displays for cockpit applications.
Researchers have shot a 32 TW laser pulse some 20 km into the sky.
A 250 mW UV source developed by US researchers could suit quantum cryptography, spectroscopy or micromachining.
Featuring news from CVI, Bookham, MicroEmissive, JDSU, PerkinElmer, Wyatt, Onefive, Intense, Dalsa, 3DIcon, Powerlase and Codixx.
A growing number of applications are turning to carbon dioxide lasers. Cathy McBeth explains what the far-IR source has to offer and what selection criteria potential buyers should bear in mind.
Applications such as telecommunications and optical computing could benefit from a quantum dot laser with a lasing threshold of 500 nW.
A new anti-fraud technique brings biometric-style security to inanimate materials.
US laser manufacturer acquires Nuvonyx Inc in a bid to address the growing direct diode market.
A radiation-resistant fiber is soon to be used in the world's largest particle accelerator for essential communication links.
Researchers working on non-polar GaN at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have fabricated a blue-violet LED with the highest efficiency and output power ever reported.
UK researchers have demonstrated a 'plug and play' single-photon source based on single-quantum dots with an integrated optical-fibre output.
A microstructured optical fiber is an efficient source of photon pairs for quantum information systems.