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18 May 2007
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What’s the best way to prepare yourself for a long and rewarding career in optics? OLE speaks with Berndt Zingrebe, managing director of Sill Optics, who celebrates 25 years with the company this year.
Creating optics for petawatt lasers requires careful consideration of the actual use conditions and an understanding of thin-film performance trade-offs. David Kemp and Dave Collier of Alpine Research Optics, US, share their experiences with OLE.
Although most people know ZYGO for its expertise in metrology and interferometry, the company has a rich history in high-precision optics fabrication. Jacqueline Hewett speaks to John Stack, the president of ZYGO’s Optical Systems Division, who lifts the lid on what he sees as the best-kept secret in the optics industry.
Flick through the technology press and you could be fooled into thinking that solar energy is now all about ultrathin films and flexible photovoltaics. Rick Lewandowski, CEO of Prism Solar Technologies, US, tells James Tyrrell that silicon is definitely still in the frame thanks to a clever holographic film that can squeeze more power out of traditional solar cells.
Charge-coupled devices have been developing at a rapid pace over the past few decades. Antoinette O’Grady gives an overview of what’s on offer today and provides useful guidelines on choosing the right detector format and the right architecture for your application.
Thin-film coating and filter manufacturer Barr Associates has developed products for applications as wide-ranging as the study of the planet Pluto to pinpointing early signs of cancer. OLE catches up with technical experts at the US company to find out more.