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Research & Development
03 Oct 18
Germany’s ‘Excellence Strategy’ to splash €2.7 bn on hi-tech R&D

57 new “Clusters of Excellence” – several focused on photonics – and substantial funding for next seven years.

02 Oct 18
Gentex and Teledyne win substantial DoD funding for laser safety eyewear

Pilot safety development product contracts are worth up to $98 million each, deliverable by 2024.

01 Oct 18
UK-Singapore team to build quantum satellite link

Quantum key distribution (QKD) test bed to be based on CubeSat standard; 2021 operations targeted.

27 Sep 18
Oxford PV targets 37% efficiency with all-perovskite solar cell

Five-year research effort with University of Oxford co-funded via UK’s 'Prosperity Partnerships' scheme.

27 Sep 18
imec combines solar cells to drive efficiencies above 30%

CIGS or silicon solar cells are integrated with perovskite to use different parts of spectrum boosting overall output.

25 Sep 18
Researchers shrink LiNbO3 modulator by factor of 100

Harvard-Hong Kong-Bell integrated modulator is also more energy efficient, to serve next-gen optical networks.

19 Sep 18
NIST refines laser power meter for industrial apps

Chip-sized "smart mirror" technology could help manufacturers measure laser power from 1W to several 100W in real time.

19 Sep 18
‘Fishbone’ laser cuts reduce car engine fuel use

Reducing piston wear in cylinders is now more than “science friction”, say engineers at Fraunhofer IWS.

18 Sep 18
Micron-sized lens could link quantum computers to optical networks

ANU (Australia) -developed system is based on nano-structures forming a metasurface, which controls photon behavior.

04 Sep 18
Graphene sensor shows mid-IR potential

Simple, efficient and fast uncooled device operating at 12.2µm wavelength looks suitable for realization of future on-chip detector array.

30 Aug 18
Milk sensor tipped to cut contaminants

European consortium is developing tiny organic optoelectronic device to help cut antibiotic use and check animal health.

27 Aug 18
German team to workshop high-energy mid-IR laser development

Meeting in October will discuss path to commercial Joule-scale pulsed 1.9 µm sources, and potential applications.

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