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Thirty laser systems create lighting effects for Las Vegas music festival

News image11 July 2014
More than 30 high-power laser systems provided spectacular lighting effects for one of the world's largest electronic music events, the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, USA

Ultracool method helps observe smallest force ever

30 June 2014
Using a combination of lasers and an optical tracking system, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have detected the smallest force ever recorded

Awards presented for development of commercial nuclear detection material

News image30 June 2014
In June, Inrad Optics received two awards for its part in a collaborative project to develop advanced crystalline materials that have an improved capability to detect neutron radiation

Delivering drugs with a femtosecond laser

News image27 June 2014
Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science (OIST) in Japan, in collaboration with the University of Otago in New Zealand have developed a system that uses femtosecond lasers to deliver drugs

Mountain summit blasted away to make way for E-ELT telescope

News image27 June 2014
On 19 June in Chile, part of the 3000-metre peak of the Cerro Armazones Mountain was blasted away to prepare for the construction of the E-ELT, which is set to be the world's largest optical/infrared telescope

Lidar technology improves airport safety

17 June 2014
A research project at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany is aiming to improve airport safety with a real-time 3D surveillance system to automatically to detect debris and other objects on the airfield

Application Features

Electro Optics coverEnlightened electronics

Greg Blackman addresses some of the remaining issues for integrating photonics on silicon chips


Electro Optics coverMicroscopy in miniature

Jessica Rowbury looks at how MEMS technology is being integrated into devices that could transform traditional methods of cancer diagnosis

Electro Optics coverFood for thought

Portable spectrometers are being used in more ways than ever to analyse food and, this year, consumers will even be able to purchase handheld spectrometers to check food before they buy. Jessica Rowbury looks at how these spectrometers are being used to test food

Electro Optics coverSound medical judgement

Photoacoustic imaging is on the threshold of clinical adoption. Jessica Rowbury explores the current progress and looks at what is needed if the technology is to be applied within medicine

Electro Optics coverMany shades of white

The great appeal of solid-state lighting is its efficiency, but when it comes to designing lighting for buildings based on LEDs not everything is black and white, as Greg Blackman discovers

Electro Optics coverIlluminating entertainment

Greg Blackman looks at some of the spectacular shows and art installations now possible with laser diodes