Including news from Coherent, Lambda-Physik, Newport, Three-Five Systems and ZBD Displays.
Scientists calculate the optimal pulse shape to maximize the product yield of a chemical reaction.
Fears that Photonics West would be severely hit by the downturn were proved incorrect at this year's show.
OPTO delegates hear that high-brightness white LEDs are making an impact in Japanese medicine.
CCD cameras may be a popular tool for scientfic imaging, but lots of technical jargon and a wide range of models can make it very difficult to select the most suitable product. Oliver Graydon offers some useful advice for the novice.
For makers of fiber-optic sensor systems, the oil and gas industry has proved tougher to crack than expected. But optics holds the key to so-called "intelligent" oil wells and could become a critical technology in future production. Michael Hatcher looks at the latest developments.
Creating custom-built solutions rather than developing off-the-shelf products is the strategy behind the success of precision glass specialist Anteryon. Jacqueline Hewett reports.
A summary of the new products that caught our eye on the first day of the exhibition.
A round up of the latest news from the technical sessions at Photonics West in San Jose, California.
The pick of this week's patent applications, including potential methods for vision correction and cellulite removal.
Including news from Ericsson, Jenoptik, Corning, Lucent Technologies and more.
The world's first production laser-assisted oxygen system that can cut 50 mm-thick steel is installed at a US shipyard.
In this week's Nature, researchers reveal a porous material that opens or closes its pores in response to UV light.
Applying a voltage to a liquid microlens alters its position and focal length.
YAG lasers based on a ceramic active medium will be commercially available this year.
The pick of this week's hottest patent applications including a light-emitting mattress that helps you fall asleep.
Including news from Cree, Actuality Systems, Strategies Unlimited, Lumenis and more.
Scientists reveal how they made the first electrically driven nanowire laser in this week's Nature.
Strasbourg will play host to SPIE's first Photonics Europe conference and exhibition in April 2004.
The pick of this week's hottest patent applications including a car security system that relies on iris recognition.
Australian researchers design an optical fiber that focuses light in the far field without using lenses.
Including news from Lumenis, Zygo, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, New Focus, Optiva and more.
The pick of this week's hottest patent applications including an efficient solar energy converter.
Lasers are assessing the condition of Scotland's entire 56 000 km road network.
Philips researchers make an electroluminescent switch that could simplify the manufacture of color displays.
UK researchers make the world's largest grid of miniature LEDs.
Our new series of buyer's guides takes an in-depth look at a different piece of technical equipment each issue. This month Oliver Graydon investigates the pros and cons of the range of products available for laser beam analysis. Next month, we profile CCD cameras.
Increasing competition and tough economic conditions hit sales of medical laser systems in 2002. Yacha Sutton, chief executive of Lumenis, tells Jacqueline Hewett that tapping new application areas is the key to restoring growth to the market.
The optical communications market may be on its knees, but there is still an argument for investing in the sector. Vivek Tandon of Viventures believes that the best opportunities lie with device integration, materials development and cost-saving manufacturing schemes.
Researchers produce an organic LED that is 25 times more efficient than the best quantum-dot LEDs to date.
Advances in the reliability of laser diodes mean that IPG Photonics's fiber lasers now offer a real alternative to solid-state and carbon dioxide lasers for industrial materials processing. Michael Hatcher finds out more.
A round-up of all the business news from the Christmas period.