Applications news

Facebook develops detector for LiFi internet

25 July 2016
Researchers from Facebook's Connectivity Lab have demonstrated a conceptually new approach for detecting optical communication signals travelling through the air

3D printing produces lenses the size of a human hair

News image25 July 2016
Researchers from the University of Stuttgart in Germany are using a 3D printing technique to develop extremely small and complex lenses. The technique uses an ultrashort laser pulses in combination with optical photoresist

Implant that changes shape of cornea approved by FDA

News image11 July 2016
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, a device implanted into the cornea using a femtosecond laser to improve near vision in patients with presbyopia

Cambridge researchers mix molecules with light

News image6 July 2016
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have used quantum states to mix a molecule with light at room temperature, which could aid in the exploration of quantum technologies and provide new ways to manipulate the physical and chemical properties of matter

Medieval cities in Cambodian forest discovered using lidar

News image16 June 2016
Archaeologists have used LiDAR scanning technology to discover a network of medieval cities beneath the forest surrounding Angkor Wat, an ancient temple city in the heart of Cambodia

Light-induced electron movement to lead to high speed electronics

News image8 June 2016
A collaboration of researchers from institutes in Germany and Japan has optimised the interaction of light and glass that could enable light wave-driven electronics

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At one time they were the indulgence of movie stars and models, but a dazzling selection of light-based non-medical and cosmetic treatments are becoming increasingly common offerings of high street chemists and beauty salons. Stephen Mounsey discovers the extensive niche photonics has made for itself in the business of beautification