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Contents: December 2002 edition

27 Nov 2002

GSI Lumonics banks on back-to-basics strategy

Sales at GSI Lumonics, the Canadian maker of industrial laser systems, have been hit hard by the recent downturn. Jacqueline Hewett asks Charles Winston, the company's chief executive officer, how he plans to turn things around.

Compact sources seek fresh industrial niche

Diode-pumped femtosecond sources based on Cr:LiSAF and ytterbium-doped crystals could be about to break into industrial applications. Michael Hatcher asks whether they can succeed where Ti:sapphire lasers have so far failed.

Femtosecond pulses generate microstructures

Femtosecond lasers can now create 3D structures as small as human cells and beat the diffraction limit to generate sub-wavelength microstructures. Phillip Hill finds out about the latest research at Laser Zentrum Hannover.

Annual meeting report

The latest news and views from the European Optical Society and its members, with a special report from the annual meeting in Florence, Italy. News This Month
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