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Contents: March 2003 edition

21 Feb 2003

Patent congestion and the world of photonics

How did the boom and bust of the telecoms sector affect intellectual property in optics? Oliver Graydon speaks to a patent attorney at the Photonics West show in California, US, to gather some answers.

Customized laser pulses transform chemical reactions

Carefully-shaped femtosecond pulses of light can now enhance the yield of chemical reactions and synthesize novel molecules. Gustav Gerber, one of the pioneers of laser chemistry, talks to Rob van den Berg about his work.

Laser safety: eyewear is not the only option

Making a laser facility safe often involves much more than simply going out and buying a pair of laser goggles. Jacqueline Hewett reports on some of the other essential items that you will need. News This Month
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