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Contents: October 2001 edition

17 Jun 2002

Ursula Keller is one of Europe’s most successful academics in the field of laser physics. She talks to Nadya Anscombe about how she has survived and thrived in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Fibre lasers spin-off targets new markets

A company in Denmark has been successful in finding new applications for its fibre lasers outside the battered telecommunications market. Nadya Anscombe reports. As the photonics industry faces a skills shortage, one company has come up with an innovative solution to the problem. Nadya Anscombe reports. The Optoelectronics Research Centre at Tampere University of Technology in Finland has had remarkable success in commercializing its research. Johan van der Linden finds out why.

Light echoes image the human body

The exceptional resolution achieved using optical coherence tomography enables diseases such as cancer and glaucoma to be diagnosed at a very early stage. Rob van den Berg talks to the pioneers of this technique. Two start-up companies are claiming that their diode-laser systems can be used to replace solid-state lasers in some applications. Nadya Anscombe finds out more.

LED implant gives hope to opaque-cornea sufferers

A German research consortium is developing an intraocular microdisplay system that could restore some degree of vision to people who are blind because their corneas have been severely damaged, writes Michael Hatcher. Night-vision systems on luxury cars are expected to more than double the value of the worldwide infrared-imaging market over the next four years. Phillip Hill reports. News This month
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