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15 May 2006
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Silicon detectors eye-up photomultiplier markets
Photomultiplier tubes are facing stiff competition from silicon-based low-light detectors. Jacqueline Hewett asks SensL's Joseph O'Keeffe why he believes that silicon devices have what it takes.
Multiphoton approach shapes ultrafast pulses
Coherent explains how a new method of phase and amplitude control delivers near-transform limited pulses.
Helicopter LIDAR speeds up pipeline inspection
An airborne LIDAR system could help to revolutionize gas pipeline monitoring. James Tyrrell finds out more.
Slowing light in optical fibres sees fast progress
Luc Thévenaz and Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez chart recent progress in slowing down light to produce optical delay lines and describe some of the new challenges facing developers of practical devices.
Ultrafast pulses fool heat-seeking missiles
A femtosecond laser's ability to generate an intense electric field makes it ideal for disrupting missiles that use infrared guidance systems. Emmanuel Marquis of Thales Laser explains.
Robust mirrors take on demanding applications
Selecting the right mirror for the right job is no trivial task. Michael Case and Mark Dykstra guide OLE readers through the process.
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