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September 2005

Business briefs 30 Sep 05

Including news from Sensors Unlimited, Sherwood Technology, Alight, QPC and more.

Laser-etching promotes egg safety 30 Sep 05

US consumers can now tell exactly how fresh the eggs in their refrigerator are thanks to tamper-proof expiry dates.

NIR sensor gives car makers a boost 29 Sep 05

A laser-based temperature probe that fits into a spark plug could lead to more efficient vehicle engines.

Nuna wins solar race in record time 29 Sep 05

The solar car Nuna 3 wins the 2005 World Solar Challenge in a record-breaking time and average speed.

Solar rays power handbag lining 28 Sep 05

A solar-powered handbag with an electroluminescent interior makes spotting keys and other elusive items easy.

Dynamic interferometry transforms metrology 28 Sep 05

Dynamic interferometry allows precise optical measurements to be made on the factory floor. Steve Martinek explains the principle and technology behind the technique.

Tiny spectrometer chip opens up new markets 28 Sep 05

Low-cost, polymer-based spectrometer circuits developed in Germany could inspire a whole range of hand-held and miniature products. James Tyrrell finds out more.

Photonics industry adopts green standards 28 Sep 05

Photonics firms are busy preparing for a suite of new environmental regulations drawn up by the European Commission. Oliver Graydon spoke to Kay Stegmann at Thorlabs about the directives and their consequences.

Good customer relations build Holoeye's business 28 Sep 05

Holoeye Photonics is bringing microdisplay technology out of the consumer market and into scientific applications. Jacqueline Hewett spoke to two of the company's founders.

Thales sells its high tech optics unit 26 Sep 05

Defense giant Thales sees its high tech optics business as "non-core" and sells it for EURO 220 million in cash.

Business briefs 23 Sep 05

Including news from Molecular Imprints, DALSA, CEDIP Infrared Systems, Kopin and more.

Bus stops get solar makeover 22 Sep 05

A network of futuristic bus stops featuring solar panels and white LEDs is planned for London.

Patent highlights 22 Sep 05

The pick of this week's patent applications including a LIBS system for monitoring exhaust fumes from turbine engines.

Research round-up 21 Sep 05

A look at some of innovations in optics this month including an efficient input/output coupler for use in silicon photonic circuits.

Samsung dominates OLED market 20 Sep 05

Shipments of OLED grow 82% with Samsung accounting for 30% of sales.

SPI to float on stock market 19 Sep 05

Fiber laser maker Southampton Photonics announces plans to float on the stock market within the next two months.

Business briefs 16 Sep 05

Including news from Zygo, LG Philips LCD, IPG Photonics, InPhase Technologies and more.

Oils reduce quantum dot costs 15 Sep 05

Rice University researchers find a cheaper way to mass-produce quantum dots.

Wafer-making advances fuel InGaAs camera sales boom 15 Sep 05

InGaAs cameras are now being used to find bruising in fruit, sort plastics for recycling, and help the glass-bottle manufacturing industry detect defects. This penetration into new markets is being driven by the availability of cheaper, higher-quality InGaAs material, reports Martin Ettenberg of Sensors Unlimited.

Lidar system focuses on the weather 14 Sep 05

Engineers develop LIDAR apparatus that can profile atmospheric humidity up to 10,000 m above the ground.

Chinese show grows to new heights 14 Sep 05

CIOE 2005 reaches the size of Photonics West in the US with two large halls packed full of exhibitors.

Epson unveils LED-based projector 14 Sep 05

A tiny prototype projector that uses LEDs as a source of illumination goes on show.

Business briefs 09 Sep 05

Including news from JDS Uniphase, Cree, Goodrich, Sensors Unlimited and more.

Lasers turn clothes into works of art 08 Sep 05

Laser-marked jeans, belts and buttons draw the crowds at CIOE 2005.

Start-up offers desktop 3D display 08 Sep 05

UK start-up Iris-3d believes its high resolution 3D display is ideal for visualisation tasks in a range of markets.

LED lamps dance to nightclub beat 06 Sep 05

LED lighting on show at this week's CIOE in China provides an innovative alternative to halogen light bulbs.

IR sensor relates blood flow to heat 06 Sep 05

An infrared sensor being developed in Italy is helping researchers monitor coronary heart-bypass operations.

Innovation prize invites nominations 05 Sep 05

Nominations are being sought for the 2006 Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize.

Business briefs 02 Sep 05

Including news from Zygo, JDS Uniphase, Micronic Laser Systems. OmniVision Technologies and more.

Optical biosensors help spot bird-flu 01 Sep 05

A low-cost and portable optical waveguide sensor could help control avian influenza during an outbreak.

Nanoparticles create anti-fog coating 01 Sep 05

Silica nanoparticles could mean an end to the troublesome fog that forms on glass surfaces.

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