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Contents: January 2006 edition

11 Jan 2006

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INTERVIEW

Edmund Optics thrives on imaging applications

Think "Edmund Optics" and the words "catalogue firm" probably aren't too far behind. But, as president John Stack tells Jacqueline Hewett, there is a lot more to the company.

MATERIALS

Metamaterials make debut in visible region

Materials that have a negative refractive index at optical wavelengths have now been fabricated by scientists in Europe and the US for the first time. Rob van den Berg explains why they could ultimately lead to new types of lens, antireflection coating and biosensor.

2006 FORECAST

Key technologies to keep an eye on in 2006

Looking ahead over the next 12 months, the OLE team forecasts that slow light and polymer solar cells are two key technology areas that are likely to be regularly making the headlines. Here's an update on their status.

PRODUCT GUIDE

EMCCD cameras take imaging to a new level

High-end cooled digital cameras featuring electron multiplying CCD technology are revolutionizing our ability to image very weak photon fluxes successfully, says Colin Coates.

REGIONS OF EXPERTISE

China turns its eyes to photonics to fuel growth

In mid-2005 the UK's DTI Global Watch Service sent a fact-finding mission to China to study its capabilities in electronics and photonics manufacturing. This is what they found.

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