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13 Dec 10
OCT firm Tomophase gains FDA clearance

Optical method could be used to diagnose early-stage lung cancers with US company's novel approach to coherence tomography.

08 Dec 10
Laser altimeter optics have Special significance

New Jersey company Special Optics completes design of high-precision telescope that will help monitor changes in polar ice coverage.

08 Dec 10
Femtosecond lasers take aim at cataracts

With active developers on both sides of the Atlantic, the use of ultrafast pulses for cataract surgery has become a hot topic in ophthalmology.

01 Dec 10
Cascade deploys laser sniffer for airport security

Based on the UK company's quantum cascade laser technology, the spectroscopic scanner system detects explosive chemicals.

25 Nov 10
Diode laser welding improves solar heaters

Replacing flashlamp-pumped systems with high-power diodes will both save energy and provide better welds in solar thermal collectors used to heat water.

23 Nov 10
Spectrolab to mass-produce 39.2% efficient cells

Boeing subsidiary responds to growing competition and demand for commercial concentrated solar with updated triple-junction devices.

18 Nov 10
Glass optics crucial for CPV, says Solergy

Start-up company developing all-glass lenses for concentrated photovoltaics is building a 100kW installation in Sicily.

18 Nov 10
European defense initiative seeks photonics SMEs

Consortium launches business roundtable initiative to bring innovative SMEs and large defense integrators closer together.

12 Nov 10
Hands off the game controller

A revolution in user interaction with TVs, games consoles and computers is under way, as developers such as in3Depth Systems bring gesture control to the masses.

02 Nov 10
Laser projectors promise brighter 3D experience

Investment from IMAX and VCs shows faith that technology from Laser Light Engines points the way forward in digital cinema projection.

21 Oct 10
New lithography technique targets optoelectronics

Mask-based UV technique is designed for fabricating advanced photonic devices, including nanowire LEDs and solar cells.

19 Oct 10
Raman shows cancer-screening credentials

An Irish research team demonstrates the ability of the optical technique to distinguish between normal and abnormal cervical biopsies, potentially improving survival rates.

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