Many biomedical applications are now benefiting from the unique optical properties of supercontinuum fibre lasers. John Clowes of Fianium tracks recent developments.
Intense's QWI technology will be used to boost efficiency at 808 nm to record levels for applications in space.
The first study of laser backscattering from single pine needles has been carried out by Finnish researchers.
Illumination by ring light could be the best way to see potentially dangerous flaws in ball bearings.
A mode-locked silicon evanescent laser could lead to high-speed data transmission
The performance of femtosecond fiber lasers now matches bulk oscillators. Optics.org speaks to the team about its result.
Audi is to bring full LED headlamp units, featuring Lumileds’ Luxeon LEDs, to the road in its “brand icon” R8.
A new 40 Gbit/s cable is paving the way for CMOS photonics to be used in consumer products.
OmniVision Technologies has released two CMOS sensors that are sensitive to near-infrared light.
Featuring news from DARPA, Carl Zeiss, Oerlikon Optics, JDSU, Jenoptik and more.
Firing laser pulses into supercooled water creates ice crystals at specific locations in the liquid.
Education, research and industry are the three backbones that underpin the optical activities in Jena, Germany. Jacqueline Hewett speaks to key players in the region to get a flavour of how these factors have been exploited to create today's thriving optical hub.
An LCD panel and solar cell plant are to be located on a single site as Sharp invests in its top performing technologies.
Semiconductor optoelectronic devices could benefit from a better understanding of exciton behavior.
Biological samples can be seen in their native state
As the market for LEDs used in handset backlights hits saturation point, larger-scale applications will represent a billion dollar market by 2012, predicts IMS Research.
A combination of organic semiconductors and silicon photonics results in a hybrid red surface-emitting laser.
2D images can be momentarily stored in an atomic gas using a laser beam.
Featuring news from Universal Display, Zygo, Ocean Optics, Kopin, Labsphere and more.
The acquisition by Sumitomo signals the increasing attractiveness of OLED displays to Japanese producers.
For decades infrared detector development has drawn on many different types of material. Philippe Tribolet explains why Sofradir has selected HgCdTe for its future plans. These include building a new $12 m fab to cut chip manufacturing costs, which should ultimately lower detector prices and drive up sales of these high-specification imagers.
Researchers from China describe the fabrication of large-area photonic crystals with strong photonic bandgaps in the visible region.
New chip technology is said to provide the highest available 808 nm brightness among single-emitter fiber-coupled diode sources.
How do you focus coherent light through daisy petals and other opaque scattering materials? optics.org speaks to researchers in the Netherlands who have an answer.
Optometrists could soon be asking their patients to look through a hologram to help diagnose astigmatism.
The company claims to be the first LCD manufacturer to eliminate the use of 2-aminoethanol from all its sites in Japan.
Featuring news from Linos, IPG Photonics, Leister Process Technologies, Intune Networks, Ionatron, Blonder Tongue and others.
Applications in camera modules, digital still cameras and optical engines will boost Taiwan's share of the global optics market.
Modern optical systems could benefit from a new method that allows diffractive optical elements to be made from glass instead of plastic.
Exploiting an ultrashort pulse of laser light to flip the value of a magnetic memory bit could lead to cheap and fast all-optical hard disk drives.
Bookham offers more optimistic outlook; with orders from key customer Nortel returning, sales of tunable lasers growing fast, and cost-cuts having the desired effect.
European researchers have discovered that introducing small amounts of noise into a laser system can make chaotic behaviour more controllable.
A licensing agreement heralds the introduction of fluidic and liquid crystal-based adaptive lenses in camera phones and other applications.
Modulated plates that focus light beyond its diffraction limit could herald benefits for near-field applications.
Could your application benefit from a spatial light modulator? Andreas Hermerschmidt of German SLM specialist Holoeye Photonics describes what options you will find on the market today, how these can be exploited and what performance levels you can expect.
Researchers in Germany are using a modified excimer discharge tube to produce ultrafast pulses with energies up to 50 mJ. Peter Simon and Juergen Kolenda describe how they are using these pulses to machine nanostructures directly into the surface of common metals.
The deal brings optical chip, laser chip and optical coupler elements into Arasor's portfolio of networking and optoelectronics components.
Researchers from Germany and South Korea have demonstrated a reliable method for generating single, powerful extreme ultraviolet (XUV) pulses with a pulse length of just 170 attoseconds.
The Japanese group aims to position P-OLEDs as the next mainstream display technology.
Optical coherence tomography can aid surgeons who have to decide where the boundary between cancerous and non-cancerous tissue lies.
Interference of higher order modes produces a strain sensitivity almost twice that of sensors based on fiber Bragg gratings.
Featuring news from Bookham, Rofin-Sinar, Newport, Flir, Quantel, Powerlase and others.
A high-speed laser scribing method based on a 266nm source can cut 20% more LEDs per wafer, says JPSA.
As high-power LEDs start to deliver enough light output to challenge traditional light sources, Susan Curtis finds that device manufacturers are working on strategies to make LEDs more cost-competitive with other lighting solutions.
The German company will close its production line in Penang, Malaysia, by the end of 2007, as the firm focuses on developing OLED lighting products.
A nine-way collaboration named NoveLELs will bring universities together with companies developing new LED-based technologies for aircraft and general lighting applications.
The US fiber manufacturer claims that its new optical fiber is '100 times more bendable' than standard fiber.
A new method of laser ablation in liquid is producing nanoparticles at a faster rate than ever before.
Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics presents a special issue dedicated to the exciting topic of optical micromanipulation.