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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.

04 Jul 12
Venture deal brings 'virtual lens' into focus

UK-based Phase Focus lands £3.2M funding from Ombu Group and Fusion IP to speed development of disruptive lens-free microscopy.

04 Jul 12
Photonics researcher wins €1M Krupp prize

Christian Koos’ work focuses on hybrid integration methods to combine silicon waveguides with organic materials.

28 Jun 12
Goal-line technology entering play?

Optical systems undergo testing with the aim of preventing miscarriages of footballing justice.

22 Jun 12
Precision optics specialist Zygo turns around its fortunes

Focusing on core business and lean manufacturing has led to a period of stable growth and profitability since 2010.

15 Jun 12
Laser surgery pioneer wins lifetime award from EPO

European Patent Office (EPO) recognizes development of wavefront-corrected eye surgery by Josef Bille at annual ceremony.

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