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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.

04 Oct 10
LZH spin-off makes nanoparticles with lasers

"Particular" targets industrial and medical applications of metallic nanoparticles produced with a Trumpf laser.

01 Oct 10
Maritime Laser ready for at-sea tests

Northrop Grumman, lead contractor on the Maritime Laser Demonstrator project, says that the high-power solid-state system destroyed targets across the Potomac River.

30 Sep 10
DoD contracts: Cobra 'copter gets optics upgrade

Major funding for night vision devices, electro-optic sensors and IR countermeasures in the latest raft of US defense contracts.

29 Sep 10
FDA approves fat-busting laser... and more

US regulator also clears thulium laser aimed at treating a pre-cancerous skin condition.

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