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Contents: May 2002 edition

17 Jun 2002

'Slave' Nakamura fights for his rights

If blue laser-diode inventor Shuji Nakamura wins his patent dispute with his former employer, Nichia, it could be good news for the optoelectronics industry. He talks to Rebecca Pool.

Strength by reinvention at pioneering laser firm

This year Oxford Lasers is celebrating a quarter of a century of steady growth since its inception. Vanessa Spedding delves into the secrets of the company's success.

Vulcan upgrade: power to the people

Europe will soon be home to the world's most intense laser. Scientists at the UK's Central Laser Facility are putting the finishing touches to the Vulcan laser's new petawatt beam. Michael Hatcher visited the Vulcan building.

Defending the skies: the Airborne Laser

In just two years' time the Airborne Laser - the first laser system ever to be capable of shooting down ballistic missiles - is set to become a reality. Nadya Anscombe finds out more.

New laser technologies give printing a shake-up

Fibre lasers and ultraviolet diodes are breaking into the growing market for computer-to-plate printing. Michael Hatcher explains why printing systems are becoming smaller, faster and cheaper.

Gradual progress for high-brightness LEDs

Solid-state lighting can offer enormous energy savings, but high-brightness LEDs still have some way to go before they begin to achieve significant market penetration. Jacqueline Hewett finds out more. News This Month
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