Applications news

Laser shoes win UK independent living competition

16 November 2015
A pair of laser shoes designed help Parkinson's sufferers overcome difficulties in walking have been chosen as one of ten winners of a new UK competition to develop products for independent living

Land Rover mobile observatory uses spectrometry to study volcanoes

News image4 November 2015
Land Rover has turned a Defender 110 into the world's first mobile volcano observatory, able to reach and measure active volcanoes never studied before

Handheld optical scanner to enable real time breast cancer screening

30 October 2015
Scientists from Florida International University have developed a handheld optical scanner that could potentially be used for breast cancer imaging in real time

Faster antibiotic resistance analysis for sepsis sufferers

News image8 October 2015
Fraunhofer scientists have developed a way to analyse bacteria in a blood sample ten times faster than existing methods

Scientists combine femtosecond lasers with OCT for better laser eye surgery

News image1 October 2015
German scientists have combined femtosecond lasers with optical coherence tomography (OCT) in order to treat visual defects which cannot be corrected through existing laser-based treatments

Gemini Planet Imager discovers Jupiter-like exoplanet

News image17 August 2015
Astronomers have discovered a Jupiter-like planet within a young system that could help scientists understand how planets formed around our sun

Application Features

Electro Optics coverGetting under your skin

Nadya Anscombe finds out about a pan-European research project that aims to get the most out of optical coherence tomography

Electro Optics coverSeeing is believing

Digital holographic microscopy is at last coming onto the market. Nadya Anscombe finds out why commercialisation has taken so long and what the future holds for this ground-breaking technology

Electro Optics coverCut it out

Stephen Mounsey looks at some of the latest developments in laser technology's staple application areas: cutting, welding, and drilling

Electro Optics coverIn the wars

Stephen Mounsey looks at science fiction becoming science fact in terms of lasers and photonics in military applications

Electro Optics coverCutting costs with chips

Pressure to lower costs has always been a driving force of new techniques in manufacturing, but few industries are under quite as much pressure as semiconductor manufacturers. Stephen Mounsey discovers the ways in which laser processing is driving development

Electro Optics coverLasers never looked so good

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