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17 Sep 12
Sony’s diode lasers claim 2012 Leibinger prize

Mass production of laser diodes and backwards–compatible optical data storage recognized with biennial Zukunftspreis.

13 Sep 12
Charles Townes, optics and the "Golden Goose"

As photonics leaders in the US put their case for funding research to politicians, the laser pioneer picks up Washington’s new award.

12 Sep 12
Prism Awards: get those entries in

The deadline for the 2012-2013 Prism Awards expires at end of September.

21 Aug 12
Photonics workers: happy; wealthy(ish); ambitious

Survey of more than 7500 people working in photonics suggests that nearly nine in ten find their job highly satisfying.

20 Aug 12
Not just a funding agency: 50 years of ESO

European Southern Observatory (ESO) director general Tim de Zeeuw looks back on a half-century of intercontinental astronomical collaboration.

13 Aug 12
National Academy calls for US photonics initiative

Report recommends a coordinated national photonics initiative and demands better economic data to support the case for funding it.

03 Aug 12
Berkeley laser delivers petawatt pulses at 1 Hz

High-power bursts of light from femtosecond system are being honed for new compact particle accelerators.

24 Jul 12
Photonics leaders applaud US manufacturing plan

New strategic plan and recommendations from 18-strong steering committee will represent “sound investment” for photonics R&D.

13 Jul 12
NIF 'tantalizingly close' to ignition breakthrough

192-laser shot at National Ignition Facility hits 2 mm target with 1.8 MJ, 500 TW – a new high.

11 Jul 12
Sentinel aims to go asteroid hunting

The first privately funded deep-space mission will map the inner solar system and track dangerous asteroids.

10 Jul 12
LED lighting: call for a coherent European vision

Public consultation on adoption of solid-state lighting calls for more co-ordination at European level.

05 Jul 12
Disk lasers diversify and power up

LASYS 2012, IFSW Stuttgart and Trumpf suggest that disk lasers are holding their own in laser manufacturing applications.

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