A dark matter particle known as the axion, formed by the interaction of a laser and a magnetic field in high vacuum, could be the key to a better understanding of dark matter, dark energy and why matter exists at all.
A piezoelectric motor developed in the US is proving its worth as optical zoom and autofocus modules continue to shrink in size.
Including news from Newport, Corning, Coherent, Panasonic, Schott, and Cambridge Display Technology
Applications ranging from medical imaging to home cinema projectors could benefit from a nanoetching technique that promises to radically enhance LED brightness.
Conventional designs of mid-IR lasers, which cover the range 3-5 micron, have required cooling to -200ºC. This R&D project aims to overcome such problems.
With the acquisition of Opto-Control, Siemens has boosted the inspection capabilities of its SIPlace surface mount technology offshoot.
Oxford Lasers to grow its business by 25% with a boost in its micromachining activities. Formerly a copper laser specialist, the company expects to reap the benefits of diversification.
A regular round-up of staff changes within the industry featuring Ocean Optics, Powerlase, Pacific Silicon Sensor and more.
With a variety of optical design software on the market, choosing the right package for your application can be difficult. Michael Stevenson breaks down the options and lists important questions to consider when searching for the software that suits your needs.
CLEO/QELS' terahertz programme was a big hit with conference delegates this year, running over two days and featuring more than 50 international speakers. James Tyrrell profiles Picometrix, a firm that has successfully transferred its telecoms know-how into the terahertz sector, and looks at what is driving the market today.
Tampere in the west of Finland is renowned for being a centre of research and industry. Jacqueline Hewett visited the city to find out why its photonics industry is flourishing.
On the brink of its 400th anniversary, Quebec City is a must on the tourist trail. But around the city's famous stone walls there is also a hotbed of photonic activity, from the city's three cutting-edge R&D centres to dozens of diverse companies. Matthew Peach reports from Canada's National Optics Institute and profiles three up-and-coming Quebecois players.
When it comes to cooling devices, common options include thermoelectric or Peltier methods but thin films of diamond are increasingly entering the equation. Matthew Peach speaks to Dwain Aidala, president and chief operating officer of sp3 Diamond Technologies, about the company's latest deposition reactor and its contribution to novel optical devices.
Combination of $46 million plus stock to secure acquisition, enable Planar's move into command and control and digital signage large-format display markets.
Lumics' novel 5W laser chips, designed for the pumping of fiber lasers, are specified to operate at 60% efficiency and have achieved 80% in laboratory tests.
Including news from: Cascade Technologies, Planar Systems, Clarity Visual Systems, Kopin, e2V Technologies, Atmel Grenoble, CMC Magnetics, Ritek and Prodisc.
Scientists in Canada develop a biodegradable fiber with optical, microfluidic and drug release properties.
Optical sensing is critically important in defense, security and industrial markets. Hot on the heels of last month's US Army deal, Quintessence has won another contract based on its novel internal grating technology.
Qioptiq investor company Candover has announced its plan for public takeover of Linos. Major Linos shareholder agrees to price of EUR 16 per share.
The prospect of on-chip optical interconnects comes one step closer as researchers achieve continuous optical amplification in silicon without the need for input electrical power.
Researchers in Germany believe that the ability of some biomaterials to guide light is due to light scattering, and not fiber-optic effects as previously thought.
Researchers in the US have exploited polymer photodetecting fibers to demonstrate a simpler way to measure optical fields.
US researchers have built a broadband light amplifier on a silicon chip that can process large numbers of wavelengths at the same time.
Recognition for the developer of the "deep" UV laser developer at Semicon West. optics.org interviews Deep's VP marketing about this fast emerging technology.
Including news from: University of Surrey/Qinetiq, Aculight, Eikos, Breault Research Organisation, M Squared Lasers, Elliot Scientific, Sony, CVI Laser, Ekspla, Core Optics and Digital Optics.
Researchers have developed a solution-processed photodetector that they claim can outperform costly crystal-grown chips.
A wide-ranging review of photonics activity in the UK has revealed that fragmentation in the industry is limiting the potential for large-scale commercial success.
Amid fierce competition in the high-power LED market, manufacturers are lining up to introduce new products that deliver greater efficiency and more light output.
Claiming its new ArF laser to be the world's first laser for 45nm immersion lithography, Cymer is hoping to corner this semiconductor development technology market.
Cree is blaming lower profits on a less favorable sales mix within its LED product line and higher manufacturing costs associated with new products.
Researchers at Bonn University in Germany have used laser beams to create a string of caesium atoms. Such a structure could act as a memory for quantum devices.
Scientists have come up with a CMOS compatible, direct patterning technique for making arrays of optically activated cantilevers out of lightweight carbon nanotube film.
The Swiss manufacturer of superluminescent light-emitting diodes is reaping the benefits of its strategy to develop products for non-telecom applications.
Korean LED manufacturer Seoul Optodevice Company and AlGaN device specialist Sensor Electronic Technology get together in a bid to ramp the manufacture of ultraviolet-emitting semiconductors.
Including news from BridgeLux, CIP, Aixtron, Avago Technologies, and others.
The so-called Fast Axis Collimation lens, developed by Optics For Devices, a division of Schott, can overcome the common problem of beam divergence in diode lasers.
Traditional component companies sometimes expand by selling more components but a more sophisticated approach is to develop into a systems integrator where value and profit growth may be accelerated. Berliner Glas, already a significant components supplier turning over almost EUR 90 million, has announced it is expanding in this way.
Researchers in Canada have developed a new laser that, they say, enables high-throughput analysis of optical DNA biosensors.
UK firm Microsharp unveils a non-periodic film which it hopes will eliminate interference effects generated in LCD backlights.