10 Jul 2008
Combining a saturable absorber and a gain section in a single semiconductor structure could lead to a new generation of compact ultrafast lasers. Jacqueline Hewett talks to ultrafast pioneer Ursula Keller of ETH Zurich, Switzerland, to find out about her latest idea.
Lasers are being exploited in the manufacture of both silicon and thin-film solar cells. Gaetan Rull of Yole Developpement sizes up the opportunity for laser makers.
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Attosecond pulses could allow us to explore the ultimate limits of many modern technologies including semiconductor electronics and optoelectronics. Marie Freebody speaks to Reinhard Kienberger about the progress so far and what to expect in the future.
Berlin's optics and photonics industry is going from strength to strength. Tim Hayes visited Germany's capital city to find out more about the reasons that lie behind this success.
The shortage of graduates with the right skills is a major problem for companies looking to recruit in large numbers. Dawn Ohlson of Thales UK talks about the extent of the problem.
The range of nanopositioning solutions on the market is broader than ever before as applications continue to drive the technology. Stefan Vorndran of PI outlines the options.