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27 May 14
Fiber-based sensor spots traces of explosives

University of Adelaide project coats the inside of structured optical fibers with polymer.

23 May 14
Final tests completed on giant surveillance telescope components

Large but lightweight optics could cut the cost of space telescopes dramatically, says Ball Aerospace.

22 May 14
High-speed imaging method captures entire brain activity

New technique to monitor complete nervous systems of living animals.

14 May 14
Swedish PV developer Midsummer ups CIGS solar cell efficiency

Performance boosted from 15% to 16.2% aperture area; "strengthens business case for CIGS", says firm.

08 May 14
Femtosecond pulses determine chemical reaction products

Austrian-German teams steer organic chemical reactions by pulsed lasers.

30 Apr 14
Metamaterials research wins £2.5 million investment

UK Government’s Research Council backs 5-year, multi-university R&D projects.

25 Apr 14
Lockheed lands $25M deal to develop 'weapons-grade' fiber laser

Contract to build on accomplishments of US Army's "RELI" project.

24 Apr 14
Tweaking nanowires boosts solar cell and LED outputs

Norway team expects improved solar cells, better LED light and "vast optical possibilities"; launches CrayoNano to commercialise development.

23 Apr 14
Electrically controlled polymer changes optical properties

European “chiral breathing” development promises integrated polarisation filters, window glass with adjustable transparency, and chemical sensors.

22 Apr 14
Skin-cancer detection project wins innovation prize

Pan-European effort is developing new mid-infrared hardware for early-stage diagnosis.

16 Apr 14
Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells

Photovoltaic solar-panel windows coming to a home near you?

16 Apr 14
‘Combs of light’ accelerate communications

Researchers exploit optical frequency comb sources on silicon chip for terabit data transmission.

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