Applications news

Photonics chip opens up potential to control natural disasters

19 March 2015
A team of engineers has developed a photonics chip capable of harnessing natural disasters such as tsunamis and tornadoes. The research, published in Nature Physics, makes it possible to generate and control nanoscale rogue waves

Scientists extend the spectrum of frequency comb light sources

News image10 March 2015
Scientists have developed frequency comb light sources with an extended spectrum in the mid infrared (MIR) wavelength band, allowing them to be used in new applications such as real-time, extremely high resolution spectroscopy

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

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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

Electro Optics coverMarking time

Small decorative logos for mobile phones and sophisticated codes for industrial traceability require laser technology to become more precise and reliable, as Rob Coppinger discovers