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Contents: April 2004 edition

26 Mar 2004

Redesigned VCSELs take a leap in power

High-power infrared or visible light from a VCSEL-type architecture - could NECSELs offer an alternative to conventional laser technology? President and CEO of Novalux Jeff Cannon talks to Siân Harris.

Clearing up confusion in laser classification

The class assigned to a laser is only part of the picture when deciding how it should be used safely. Karl Schulmeister describes some common pitfalls and misconceptions.

Photonic fibre finds its first applications

A new type of optical fibre that rewrites the rules for guiding light is now coming of age. Rob van den Berg talks to three start-ups that are busy exploring the commercial potential and applications of photonic crystal fibre.

Careful mount design keeps mirrors aligned

Picking the right mirror mount for your optical application could save you from hours of frustration. Colin Freeland gives a round-up of the different types of mount available. News This Month
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