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.
Including news from DALSA, Jenoptik, Lumenis and more.
NEC unveils a DVD optical head that can record and play back both current- and next-generation DVDs.
Super smooth silica nanowire could be the way to wire optical circuits of the future.
Perfect synthetic opals could be produced by copying a technique used by a small beetle, say researchers in this week’s Nature.
Four Chinese optical component vendors merge to form Photop Technologies.
The pick of this week’s patent applications including a high-power LED and a non-unravelling seam.
Including news from GSI Lumonics, Corning, DALSA, Sensors Unlimited and more.
In this week’s Nature, scientists reveal a new technique for stopping light in a gas.
The pick of this week’s patent applications including a long-distance quantum communication system.
German firm celebrates its success at this year’s laser display award ceremony.
Diffraction gratings made by US scientists replicate the optical properties of butterfly wings.
Including news from Jenoptik, Spectra-Physics, Koncent Communication, SBG Labs and more.
A grid of light beams creates a powerful way for separating cells and other microscopic particles.
The pick of this week’s patent applications including a way to change the bandgap of a photonic crystal.
A diffraction grating made from tiny gold discs could lead the way towards electrically-pumped organic polymer lasers.
An infrared laser that heats nose cartilage may find its way into Russian clinics next year.
A pulsed ultraviolet laser shows potential for cutting patterns in cheese.