Microstructured "holey" fiber could be ideal for tackling the looming bandwidth problems associated with electrical interconnects, according to a team from UK defense and security firm QinetiQ.
On the back of its development of miniature sources for the mid-infrared sector, Daylight Solutions wins multi-million dollar funding. Lucrative applications in security, bio-med and imaging appear to be substantial for this newly portable technology.
Including news from Apogee, SUSS MicroTec, Zygo, Advanced Photonix, and others.
Vehicle exhaust monitoring and fire rescue operations could benefit from an affordable, surface-structured PbSe chip that operates at 25 degC and emits more than 2 mW in the mid-infrared.
Laser developer Omicron Laserage, based in Rodgau, Germany, announced at last week's Optatec show in Frankfurt that it has created "what no other manufacturer has achieved".
French firm Sofradir is developing a single detector sensitive over a 1900 nm wavelength range and capable of withstanding the harsh conditions around Mercury.
Optical tweezers and high density optical storage are just two of the applications that could benefit from compact photonic crystal lasers capable of producing diverse beam patterns on demand.
Including news from Jenoptik, CVI Laser, Koheras, Quintessence Photonics, and others.
One of the largest producers of visible LEDs introduces its first high-power LED products.
Researchers at Cree have demonstrated a cool-white LED that achieves an efficacy of 131 lumens per Watt at 20mA.
US start-up raises $100m to achieve high-volume manufacture of its thin-film photovoltaic technology.
IMRA's icon writing process turns ordinary glass panels into flashing signs.
As Laser Zentrum Hannover blows out the candles on its 20th birthday cake, optics.org interviews managing director Andreas Ostendorf about the centre's crowning achievements and what he believes the future holds for the laser.
A diamond deposition tool will allow optical component manufacturers to take advantage of the material's excellent thermal properties. When it comes to cooling devices, common options include thermoelectric or Peltier methods but now, thanks to a new hot filament deposition reactor, diamond is also entering the equation. Optics.org interviews Dwain Aidala, president and COO of sp3 Diamond Technologies.
Including news from QED Technologies, EXALOS, Samsung, OFS and others.
Researchers from Sweden and Denmark have developed a method of lasing from levitated liquid droplets containing laser dye. The technique could be used to probe sensitive biomolecules, and in the future for high-throughput biochemical analysis.
Ioffe Institute spin-out NL Nanosemiconductor has developed a ten-layer quantum-dot laser that can operate over a 25 nm wavelength range while retaining singlemode operation.
A beam profiler is an essential tool for any laser user. Carlos Roundy describes the options available and how to pick the right profiler for your application.
Photonic integration was one of the hot new ideas that emerged during the telecoms boom, but it was subsequently shelved by cash-strapped component vendors. Now, as Roy Rubenstein reports, the technology is back on the table and could be set for a big revival.
Photonic Power provides an all-fibre solution that enhances power and data transmission of remote sensing devices. Mort Cohen explains why power-over-fibre is an attractive alternative to batteries and bulky copper cabling when operating in harsh environments.
Fujitsu and Mitsui have invested around $2.6 m in QD Laser, a joint quantum dot laser development venture. Matthew Peach finds out why the firm expects to achieve a leading commercial position in optical communications with the technology by 2010.
German firm JCMwave, a Zuse Institute Berlin spin-off, has come up with optical software that can model electromagnetic wave propagation on a laptop, solving Maxwell's equations and offering solutions in just 10 s. James Tyrrell learns more about the company that has grabbed the attention of Infineon Technologies and Siemens.
Analysts expect the OLED panel market to grow by more than $200 m in 2006 as the technology gathers momentum. Kimberly Allen of iSuppli looks at the prospects for passive and active OLEDs in the face of stiff competition from LCDs.
California-based optical component developer says that digital micro mirror device projection manufacturers, in particular, should benefit from this compact optical module.
The Liechtenstein-based coatings specialist takes a substantial stake in the Californian source maker and agrees joint development plan for projection laser technology. At the same time, Novalux raises US$21.7million in 'B' funding.
Taiwanese researchers make a low-loss terahertz waveguide out of readily available polyethylene fiber.
"Carbon dots" - polymer-coated carbon nanoparticles that photoluminesce - could be less environmentally harmful than semiconductor quantum dots. Such particles have been developed by researchers at Clemson University, South Carolina, US.
Including news from Sofradir, Varioptic, Philips and Novaled, Quantel Medical and more.
A 24-inch working prototype of an edge-lit LCD TV was demonstrated by GLT at the Society for Information Display (SID) conference & exhibition this week, as Tim Whitaker reports.
As competition intensifies in the small-to-medium display market, OLED manufacturers are working to introduce lower cost fabrication techniques.
A look at some of the highlights from this year's event in Quebec City, Canada.
Applications ranging from in vivo molecular imaging to photodynamic therapy could benefit from the development of a new radially-emitting fibre laser.
Including news from Corelase, Edmund Optics, Uni Light Technology, OpSec and more.
A regular round-up of staff changes within the industry featuring Konarka, eagleyard Photonics, SPI Laser and more.
The postdeadline session at last week's event featured breakthroughs in femtosecond sources, superlensing, supercontinuum generation and lots more.