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The historic archive provides access to articles published prior to SPIE's acquisition of optics.org in July 2010.

December 2003

Solar cell manufacturers come back down to Earth 19 Dec 03

For III-V solar cell manufacturers, it is Earth rather than space that represents the final frontier. However, recent advances in the performance of cells and high-concentration optical modules suggest that multi-junction photovoltaics can infiltrate the silicon-dominated terrestrial energy market. Michael Hatcher reports on the latest developments.

Business briefs 19 Dec 03

Including news from DALSA, Jenoptik, Lumenis and more.

NEC shows DVD player of the future 19 Dec 03

NEC unveils a DVD optical head that can record and play back both current- and next-generation DVDs.

Nanowires offer low-loss connection 17 Dec 03

Super smooth silica nanowire could be the way to wire optical circuits of the future.

Beetle perfects artificial opal growth 16 Dec 03

Perfect synthetic opals could be produced by copying a technique used by a small beetle, say researchers in this week’s Nature.

Chinese component group goes global 16 Dec 03

Four Chinese optical component vendors merge to form Photop Technologies.

Patent highlights 15 Dec 03

The pick of this week’s patent applications including a high-power LED and a non-unravelling seam.

Business briefs 12 Dec 03

Including news from GSI Lumonics, Corning, DALSA, Sensors Unlimited and more.

Scientists make light stand still 11 Dec 03

In this week’s Nature, scientists reveal a new technique for stopping light in a gas.

Patent highlights 10 Dec 03

The pick of this week’s patent applications including a long-distance quantum communication system.

LOBO sweeps laser display “Oscars” 10 Dec 03

German firm celebrates its success at this year’s laser display award ceremony.

Blue microstructures mimic nature 08 Dec 03

Diffraction gratings made by US scientists replicate the optical properties of butterfly wings.

Business briefs 05 Dec 03

Including news from Jenoptik, Spectra-Physics, Koncent Communication, SBG Labs and more.

Optical sorter separates blood cells 05 Dec 03

A grid of light beams creates a powerful way for separating cells and other microscopic particles.

Patent highlights 05 Dec 03

The pick of this week’s patent applications including a way to change the bandgap of a photonic crystal.

Nanodiscs boost polymer lasers 05 Dec 03

A diffraction grating made from tiny gold discs could lead the way towards electrically-pumped organic polymer lasers.

Infrared laser helps straighten noses 04 Dec 03

An infrared laser that heats nose cartilage may find its way into Russian clinics next year.

Lasers turn cheese into art 03 Dec 03

A pulsed ultraviolet laser shows potential for cutting patterns in cheese.

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