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Contents: July/August 2001 edition

17 Jun 2002

Rise to the top: the French connection

Bernard Couillaud, CEO of Coherent, has taken nearly 20 years to work his way up through the ranks of the company. He talks to Phillip Hill about how he got to where he is and his plans for the world's largest public laser firm.

A display of optimism

Opsys began life as a developer of small-molecule organic light-emitting diodes. Now it is manufacturing these products and is investigating polymer materials. Nadya Anscombe visits Opsys to find out more.

Femtosecond combs lock frequencies

Measuring time as precisely as possible is vital in basic research. Now an optical method can improve state-of-the-art techniques and is simple enough to market as a commercial instrument. Rob van den Berg reports.

Holograms herald era of virtual car design

Ford could soon be going one step beyond virtual reality to test its new designs. In a joint venture with DERA in the UK, it is replacing vehicle models with three-dimensional holographic displays. Michael Hatcher reports.

VCSELs edge out the edge emitters

VCSELs have become the darling of telecoms networkers. If promising R&D can be translated into products, VCSELs could push out the edge emitter from datacoms and become the key component in displays, says Roy Szweda. News This Month
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