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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.

June 2004

Heated nanoshells kill cancer cells 30 Jun 04

Tiny infrared-absorbing particles prove their worth by treating tumors in mice.

Polymer disc brings dye laser to life 30 Jun 04

Researchers develop a long-lasting solid-state dye laser based on a rotating disc and clever pumping scheme.

US team breaks power density record 30 Jun 04

Researchers create a focused laser spot with the highest intensity to date.

Business briefs 25 Jun 04

Including news from Universal Display Corporation, IPG Photonics, Nichia and more.

Funding round-up 25 Jun 04

Firms making flexible solar cells and THz lasers are amongst this week's lucky recipients of VC and government funding.

Patent highlights 25 Jun 04

The pick of this week's patent applications including a fluorescent tire.

Lasers forecast Ghana's crop yields 25 Jun 04

A violet laser diode and a miniature spectrometer are helping researchers in Ghana predict crop yields.

Fiber gratings give abrasion alert 24 Jun 04

A team of UK scientists develop an optical sensor for monitoring wear.

Business briefs 18 Jun 04

Including news from e2v technologies, Bookham Technology, Corning, Lumenis and more.

Triple-junction array generates 1kW 18 Jun 04

A US team deploys what it says is the first kilowatt-scale terrestrial solar cell array based on III-V triple-junction technology.

Tiny displays look poised for a bright future 18 Jun 04

Microdisplays are vital for a number of applications, from next-generation TV to light-beam modulators. Daniel Krueerke provides an overview of the devices available.

Patent highlights 18 Jun 04

The pick of this week's patent applications including a photonic crystal light source.

Lasers carry space data back to Earth 18 Jun 04

Space agencies worldwide are equipping satellites with laser transmitters in the hope of improving their communication links back to Earth. Oliver Graydon reports on their progress.

Optical litho: there are no fundamental limits 18 Jun 04

Illuminating silicon wafers with a pattern of light has long been the process of choice for making microelectronics, but there are fears that it will not be able to meet future demands. Steven Brueck, a supporter of the technology, argues why it is here to stay.

European acquisitions fuel appetite for growth 18 Jun 04

Having weathered the telecoms storm, Thorlabs is currently pursuing an aggressive expansion plan that has seen it acquire three European businesses in the past 12 months. Oliver Graydon speaks to Alex Cable - the firm's founder - about its strategy.

Recycling laser cuts TV trash 18 Jun 04

An automated laser process developed in Finland could help firms meet European recycling targets.

Tiny projectors set for 2005 debut 15 Jun 04

Pocket-sized projectors being developed by a Finnish company will make their commercial debut next year.

SUVOS pushes UV LEDs and lasers to shorter wavelengths 11 Jun 04

In just two years, DARPA's Semiconductor Ultraviolet Optical Sources (SUVOS) program has made 280 nm LEDs a reality, demonstrated prototype UV biosensor and communication systems, and yielded lasers operating below 350 nm. Tim Whitaker reports.

Business briefs 11 Jun 04

Including news from Sharp, Osram Opto Semiconductors, Finisar and more.

Patent highlights 11 Jun 04

The pick of this week’s patent applications including an optical system that could help sort colored glass.

Sensor takes the drag out of flying 11 Jun 04

An optical airspeed detector being developed by a UK team promises huge cost savings to the airline industry.

Starch characterizes ultrashort pulses 08 Jun 04

Starch could simplify the optical setup required to determine the exact temporal and spectral shape of ultrashort pulses.

Tunable organic laser emits blue light 07 Jun 04

Biomedical applications may benefit from an organic solid-state laser tunable between 401 and 434 nm.

Business briefs 04 Jun 04

Including news from Nichia, Toyoda Gosei, Synrad and more.

SID showcases organic televisions 03 Jun 04

Large displays based on organic light-emitting diode technology make Society for Information Display debut.

Patent highlights 03 Jun 04

The pick of this week’s patent applications including a diode-pumped thin slab laser that emits in excess of 150 W.

Ocean Optics sells to strategic buyer 03 Jun 04

Halma of the UK adds Ocean Optics to its portfolio of companies specializing in health, safety and sensing products.

Newport to buy Spectra-Physics 02 Jun 04

Newport agrees to buy Spectra-Physics for $300 million, creating one of the largest firms in the photonics industry.

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