'Science holds the key to our survival' says incoming US president.
Featuring news from Jenoptik, Osram, Hamamatsu, Sofradir and more.
Europe's first solid-state heat-capacity laser is said to be the only one of its kind to emit at an eyesafe wavelength of 1.64 microns.
Slowing light down to one-hundredth of its normal speed using photonic crystal cavities shows promise for making all-optical circuits.
Oerlikon’s Colorado business unit will be integrated into Ocean Optics Thin Films.
Researchers in Australia have fabricated what they say is the first large mode area microstuctured fibre for use in the mid-IR.
The French firm is taking on JDSU and Bookham with its 980 nm GaAs-based terrestrial pumps, and is confident they will contribute to 20 percent revenue growth in 2009.
Featuring news from Bookham, Powerlase, Kopin, Microvision and more.
As Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America on 20 January, all eyes will turn to the White House to see how the photonics industry and science in general will fare. John Marburger, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, describes the legacy that is being left by the Bush administration and what changes we can expect to see under the new leadership.
The optics of cylindrical lenses allow their use in applications for which spherical lenses are not suited. CVI Melles Griot has developed the technology for use in several markets.
optics.org speaks to the researchers who believe that patterns found in nature could inspire a better class of photonic crystal fibre.
OLED materials are being developed for solid-state lighting. Michelle Bryner of market analyst NanoMarkets sizes up the potential opportunity for materials and lighting firms.
Measuring the infrared light emitted by a planet 63 light years away has established the presence of water once and for all.
French researchers report on improvements in white-LED processing.
The chip maker says that blue-emitting GaN die can be converted to broad wavelength white emitters by material deposited in etched trenches.
Arrays of microLEDs can be used in imaging optics, biophotonics and other fields. Simon Andrews explains to Tim Hayes what the impact of this enabling technology could be.
Researchers at Nichia say they are the first to develop an electrically pumped GaN VCSEL that emits CW at room temperature.
A new photonic material could have significant advantages for detection, imaging and power-generation applications. Tim Hayes asks developers at SiOnyx to explain more.
Levy flights in an optical material were observed by a team of scientists for the first time in May this year. Marie Freebody speaks to Diederik Wiersma, the man at the head of the group, to find out the significance of this type of light travel and its possible applications.
Intel is claiming another first for silicon photonics, with an avalanche photodiode that outperforms equivalent devices.
Featuring news from Oerlikon Optics, Ocean Optics, Firecomms, the Airborne Laser project and more.
optics.org speaks to the researchers that have created what they say is the first directly diode-pumped terawatt laser.
Shrinking the optics in a near-field probe could see scanning near-field optical microscopy become a common lab technique.
A technique that synchronizes remotely located lasers and microwave sources with record precision over extended periods of time is attracting commercial interest.
A temperature-controlled heat sink makes LED tests compatible with existing methods used in conventional lighting.
A new LIDAR system mounted on a wind turbine measures wind speed and direction hundreds of metres away.
All-optical mechanical devices could be a step closer thanks to researchers in the US who are using light to drive nanoscale mechanical devices.
Featuring news from Applied Materials, Intevac, Crystal IS, Renishaw and more.
A waveguide that converts light from the near-infrared part of the spectrum to the visible is allowing scientists to improve the sensitivity of an infrared spectrometer.