Investment in China's renewable energy sector represents the company's first clean-tech initiative in the country.
An elastic bandage incorporating plastic optical fibre can be worn around the chest and abdomen to monitor patient's breathing.
A new fluorescence microscope could make tuberculosis detection more affordable for countries with high TB-burdens.
A visible supercontinuum created by a continuous-wave low-power fibre laser could be ideal for spectroscopy, microscopy and optical coherence tomography.
Despite all the doom and gloom in the financial markets, Bookham reported its best-ever quarterly earnings.
Natural photonic crystals found within peacock feathers are being used to tune the optical emission of embedded ZnO nanoparticles.
Precision plastic optical components from a US start-up are used in medical, military and consumer applications.
Featuring news from Oerlikon, PerkinElmer, StockerYale, Qioptiq and more.
A new photonic material could have significant advantages for detection, imaging and power-generation applications.
A CMOS sensor from STMicroelectronics could lead to more-efficient driver-assistance systems.
Chinese researchers are hoping to commercialize a technique that uses a blue LED to detect nitrogen dioxide cheaply and easily.
A photonic crystal fibre has for the first time been engineered to transmit sub-100 fs pulses over extended distances.
Both parties welcome the union of their complementary technologies and predict a bright future in high-volume applications.
India has launched its first spacecraft to the Moon. It carries a suite of optical instruments designed to create the highest resolution 3D maps of the lunar surface.
Innovative semiconductor laser company QPC Lasers sheds employees as it searches frantically for new financing amid the global credit crunch.
Energy conversion efficiency of 12% could see thermo-photovoltaic devices move into new markets and products.
Featuring news from Micronic, Samsung, Northrop Grumman, Signet Solar, Boeing and more.
A high-speed fluorescence imaging technique is building up a time-lapse picture of how the cells in an embryo develop during their first 24 hours.
An IR spectroscopy technique for identifying proteins is said to be the first new method developed in the field for 20 years.
Researchers embedded quantum dots emitting at 1.5 microns into a 3D photonic crystal for the first time.
Two developments in LIDAR sensing are designed to help lunar landing craft make a safe touchdown.
A mobile Doppler LIDAR housed in a van has monitored the wind profile and predicted the landing site of China's historic Shenzhou 7 mission.
Record bit rate heralds quantum security across communication networks.
Featuring news from Konarka, SPI Lasers, Philips, Sanyo, Sofradir and more.
Researchers in Germany fabricate quantum dot lasers that produce second harmonics in the yellow-red spectral range.
The Q-HUD head-up display technology uses holographic waveguides to eliminate the need for projection systems.
A liquid lens that provides instant focusing could bring high quality imaging to hand held devices such as mobile phones.
A €1bn project designed to show that laser-driven fusion can provide the world with energy in the future took its first steps this week.
The developers of a product that takes just a few seconds to monitor how rhythmically a patient's heart is beating are looking for companies to commercialise their idea.
A new business unit will develop turnkey diode laser systems for applications in manufacturing.
An imaging system that contains two interferometers could help astronomers in South America to see much fainter sources than ever before with unprecedented precision.
An EU roadmap identifies how emerging nanophotonics technologies could develop over the next 5 to 15 years.
Featuring news from Fianium, Michelson Diagnostics, Avo Photonics, the Organic Electronics Association and more.
Airy light is being used to move particles and cells for the first time thanks to its propensity to follow a curved trajectory.
The demand for higher quality images using small-diameter optics is fostering competition amongst manufacturers. Xavier Levecq of Imagine Optic tells OLE why its latest product allows industrial R&D teams to push new lens designs through to market more efficiently.
Miniaturized photonic circuits could benefit from a cleverly designed Y-splitter that steers surface plasmon polaritons.
The European Commission regularly invites proposals for photonics research intended to keep Europe competitive. John Magan, deputy head of the EC's Photonics Unit, outlines how the process works.
A new class of photonic systems for fixed-frequency millimetre-wave applications could be used in radar, instrumentation and communications.
Precision moulded glass aspheres have made the transition from being exclusively high-cost components to mainstream optics for a variety of imaging applications. Gregg Fales of Edmund Optics looks at the factors that have changed the asphere's fortune.
The high-power diode laser market is seeing new applications emerge thanks to higher output powers and new emission wavelengths. Jörg Neukum of DILAS looks at recent progress.
Recent developments in cavity ring-down spectroscopy allow the technique to be used in a range of demanding applications. Lisa Bergson and Jerry Riddle bring Tim Hayes up to date.
Michael Mertin is the man responsible for Jenoptik's recent restructure and securing future growth. Jacqueline Hewett asks him how heavily photovoltaics features in these plans.
An inexpensive and high-resolution microscope has for the first time been engineered to fit onto a single chip. Marie Freebody speaks to Changhuei Yang of Caltech, US, to find out how the device could benefit applications where portability and low cost are essential.
optics.org speaks to the developers of the first solar simulator for concentrator photovoltaic systems.
Have you ever stopped to think about the factors that have shaped the structure of the European photonics market? Nadya Anscombe asks Arnold Mayer and Alastair Wilson about how the sector can learn from its past mistakes and which markets will shape its future.
Terahertz radiation holds great promise for enhanced security systems, industrial inspection and sophisticated spectroscopy. Marie Freebody speaks to Hartmut Roskos to find out about the progress that has been made so far and the key challenges that remain.
US researchers are working with an optoelectronics firm in Taiwan to bring brighter, thinner and cheaper LCDs to the market.