Applications news

Diamond quantum processor a step closer to reality

24 February 2015
MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory, in collaboration with Element Six, a provider of synthetic diamond supermaterials, have demonstrated a significant step toward a synthetic diamond quantum information processor

Fibre optic thermometer for industrial processes developed

News image28 January 2015
In the near future, optical fibres could be used as a thermometer for industrial processes such as cutting

Hubble telescope gets a high-definition view of Pillars of Creation

News image13 January 2015
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have taken a second photograph of the 'Pillars of Creation' − an image of columns of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, some 7,000 light years from Earth

Lidar laser to be supplied for NASA climate research

News image7 January 2015
Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate

Lens-free microscope rivals accuracy of optical microscopes for cheaper tissue examination

5 January 2015
A lens-free microscope has been developed that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes

Infrared spectrometer sent into space to analyse asteroid

News image18 December 2014
An infrared spectrometer has been sent into space as part of a new mission to analyse an asteroid approaching Earth

Application Features

Electro Optics coverShow stopper

Greg Blackman looks at the laser technology wowing audiences at shows from the likes of Coldplay, as well as seeing how new laser pistols used in modern pentathlon performed at this summer’s London Olympics

Electro Optics coverStriking back

Cancer strikes fear into the hearts of its victims but Rob Coppinger finds that lasers are now able to excise that enemy within, deep inside the human body

Electro Optics coverSky is not the limit for lasers

With a fcous on laser systems this year's Lasys provided much food for thought, as Rob Coppinger discovers

Electro Optics coverStretching the imagination

A stretchable display may sound like an impossible and crazy idea, but the enabling technology is just around the corner. Nadya Anscombe looks at the research

Electro Optics coverSpectroscopy everywhere anytime

Rob Coppinger finds that the age of the smartphone and MP3 player is changing customer expectations, raising industry’s game when it comes to portable spectroscopy

Electro Optics coverResolving power

Greg Blackman finds out that in order to acquire a high-quality image from a machine vision camera, a lot depends on the quality of the optics