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Historical Archive (January 2003 - June 2010)
The historic archive provides access to articles published prior to SPIE's acquisition of optics.org in July 2010.

November 2003

Business briefs 28 Nov 03

Including news from Intel, Cree, Jobin Yvon, International SEMATECH and more.

Digitization triggers oscilloscope progress 28 Nov 03

Knowing how an electrical signal varies with time is crucial in many experiments. Jacqueline Hewett reveals the criteria to consider when investing in an oscilloscope.

Bookham fuels growth through targeted acquisitions 28 Nov 03

Thanks to a spate of acquisitions, Bookham Technology is now one of the top three vendors of optical components. Oliver Graydon catches up with its CEO, Giorgio Anania.

Homeland security drives LIBS forward 28 Nov 03

After more than 30 years of research, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy may have finally found the applications to propel it from laboratory curiosity to field deployment. Oliver Graydon reports from the second European seminar on the technology in Crete.

Optics tackles olive oil fraud 28 Nov 03

An optical technique that identifies the type and origin of an olive oil, could protect producers and consumers from fraud.

Scientists bring light to sharpest focus 27 Nov 03

Researchers use radially-polarized light to create what they say is the smallest spot size ever seen.

Patent highlights 26 Nov 03

The pick of this week’s patent applications including a semiconductor laser for telecom applications.

Laser center unites African research 25 Nov 03

African nations are to benefit from a network of excellence that promotes collaboration between research centers.

Business briefs 21 Nov 03

Including news from ThreeFive Photonics, ASIP, Linos, DALSA and more.

European photonics gets EPIC boost 21 Nov 03

The European Photonics Industry Consortium aims to develop a roadmap for optical manufacturing technology.

Patent highlights 20 Nov 03

The pick of this week’s patent applications including a thin-disk laser design and an EUV-emitting plasma.

Sandia UV LEDs emit record power 20 Nov 03

Scientists engineer a device that emits 1.3 mW at 290 nm, and another producing 0.4 mW at 275 nm.

Modelocked ceramic makes debut 20 Nov 03

Researchers report what they believe to be the first mode-locked ceramic laser.

NIR light maps breast cancer 19 Nov 03

Researchers in the US develop a near-infrared imaging system that could help detect breast cancer.

Business briefs 14 Nov 03

Including news from NEC, Jenoptik, DRS Technologies, Special Optics and more.

Quantum crypto hits the market 14 Nov 03

A US start-up claims to have launched the world’s first commercial quantum cryptography system.

Coherent ends year on a low 13 Nov 03

The US laser maker sees its own business suffer while trying to sort out its problem child, Lambda Physik.

Patent highlights 12 Nov 03

The pick of this week’s patent applications including plastic optical fiber that has low transmission and bending losses.

Start-up targets quantum-dot lasers 11 Nov 03

Nanosemiconductor of Germany plans to sell wafers made with its defect-reduction technology.

Business briefs 07 Nov 03

Including news from Corning, IBM, Rofin Sinar, LINOS, Thales Optics and more.

Spectroscopy beats bio-weapons 07 Nov 03

Optical sensors help defend against the threat from biological terrorism.

Laser bends and strains tiny mirror 06 Nov 03

Scientists in Japan grow miniature mirrors by a technique known as micro-origami.

3D OCT kit scans eye in record time 05 Nov 03

An OCT system records a 3D image of the retina in just 1.2 seconds.

Patent highlights 04 Nov 03

The pick of this week’s patent applications including a system that tracks the position of a laser beam during eye surgery.

QCLs mix it with photonic crystals 03 Nov 03

Bell Labs scientists combine a photonic crystal with a quantum cascade laser.

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