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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.
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May 2010

Business briefs 28 May 10

Featuring news from Ophir-Spiricon, Ocean Optics, Cymer, Toptica, Microvision and CVI Melles Griot.

An ultrafast success story 28 May 10

Ferenc Krausz and his partners in Austria built a laser company around ultrashort light flashes and chirped mirror technology.

Industry strategy yields innovation gains 28 May 10

The photonics industry in Europe is reporting gains in innovation and competitiveness through a strategy of future-scoping and collaboration among industry, research institutes and universities.

Fujitsu puts its faith in quantum dot lasers 26 May 10

Could quantum dot lasers be the ideal optical source for future high-speed data communications?

Lasers study Brownian motion 26 May 10

The instantaneous velocity of a Brownian particle has been measured for the first time, a result Einstein believed would be impossible.

Andor aids imaging advancement 24 May 10

A highly sensitive EMCCD camera helps to redraw the boundaries of super-resolution 3D imaging.

The first 50 years of the laser – and the next 50 24 May 10

Physicists will have a defining role to play in the next 50 years of the laser.

SPIE plans green photonics congress, journal 21 May 10

A new European event and an online journal are the latest initiatives by SPIE in the area of photonics for environmental applications.

Maiman's laser shines again 21 May 10

Original laser fires one more time as SPIE joins in laser 50th anniversary celebrations.

Pranalytica's QCLs target defence 21 May 10

A 2 W room-temperature quantum cascade laser emitting at 4 µm is targeting homeland security applications.

GaAs multilayers show stacks of promise 20 May 10

Growing gallium arsenide in thick multilayer stacks could make a big difference to the cost of compound semiconductor devices.

Business briefs 17 May 10

Featuring news from Carl Zeiss, Zarlink, Jenoptik, Corning, Fianium and more.

EU backs 3D laser printer project 17 May 10

The FEMTOPRINT project hopes to create an everyday 3D laser printer that can print tiny structures into glass.

Transistor laser rewrites the rules 14 May 10

Kirchhoff's current law has been rewritten thanks to a three-port transistor laser developed at the University of Illinois, US.

CLEO showcases optical advances 12 May 10

The 2010 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics will be held in San Jose, California, next week.

Optics industry feels renewed sense of optimism 12 May 10

As many companies report improved performances in quarter one of 2010, Jacqueline Hewett asks Tom Hausken of Strategies Unlimited to assess the current state of the optics industry.

Financial results round-up 07 May 10

As the financial reporting season continues in earnest, positive results are in from Coherent, IPG Photonics and Rofin-Sinar.

Laser market to reach $8.8 billion in 2014 07 May 10

Market analyst Strategies Unlimited predicts that the global laser market will grow to $8.8 billion in 2014.

Higher order mode fibre delivers fs pulses 07 May 10

A higher order mode fibre delivers 125 fs pulses over a distance of 3.6 m without any pre-chirping of the input pulse.

OLETs enter organic emitter race 06 May 10

Details of an organic light-emitting transistor that outperforms the equivalent OLED have been published.

Newport reports strong Q1 performance 04 May 10

There is more evidence of an improving picture in the optics industry as Newport reports encouraging results for Q1.

Business briefs 04 May 10

Featuring news from IPG Photonics, Renesas Electronics, Corning, Jenoptik and more.

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