Applications news

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

Mirror keeps buildings cool by sending infrared radiation into space

News image17 December 2014
Stanford University researchers in the USA have developed a coating to keep buildings cool in a more energy-efficient way. By using a technique referred to as radiative active cooling, the ultrathin material reflects infrared radiation

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