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16 Sep 21
UK armed forces to trial laser weapons from 2023

Three contracts for directed energy systems awarded to consortia, with total value of £72.5M.

15 Sep 21
NeoPhotonics aims tunable laser at coherent lidar for cars and robots

Optoelectronic component maker says its 1550 nm source enables automotive lidar systems to ‘see’ well beyond 200 m.

08 Sep 21
Infrared threat warning system enters production for Italian military

Leonardo’s Multi Aperture InfraRed system going into AW169M multirole helicopter for Italian Army.

07 Sep 21
‘Smart’ windows adjust opacity to cut solar warming – and the need for costly air con

Fraunhofer-developed system uses electrochromic and thermochromic materials that react to light, electricity and heat.

01 Sep 21
NIL Technology launches flat NIR metalenses – ready for mass production

Denmark-based firm is now fast-prototyping and mass-producing MOEs, after years of development.

01 Sep 21
Fraunhofer IOSB develops novel Advanced Occupant Monitoring System

To assess self-drive vehicle driver activity based on image data; and to assess how quickly they could take control.

26 Aug 21
Trumpf to reveal latest VCSELs and photodiodes at ECOC 2021

Photonics systems are designed to enhance performance in datacom applications; to be shown at in-person event in Bordeaux next month.

25 Aug 21
SoCalGas firm to use gas-mapping LiDAR to cut methane leaks

US’s largest gas distribution utility signs $12M deal for airborne laser solution from Bridger Photonics.

25 Aug 21
Blood spectroscopy test shows promise for Covid-19 triage

Rapid, low-cost blood analysis with standard FTIR equipment helps identify those patients more likely to develop severe disease.

24 Aug 21
Osaka University observes one million cells in single field-of-view

Technique could allow dynamic imaging of complex systems and multicellular events.

23 Aug 21
Hamamatsu develops ‘smallest’ wavelength-swept QCL

Mountable in small spaces, this laser is designed for portable volcanic gas monitoring systems.

18 Aug 21
US Army demonstrates first laser weapon in ‘combat shoot-off’…

…and DoD awards Citadel Defense $6M contract for optics-driven counter drone system.

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