Applications news

France to add solar panels to 1,000km of road

News image4 February 2016
France has announced plans to pave 1,000km of road with photovoltaic panels in the next five years. If successful, the programme could provide electricity to five million people, or roughly eight per cent of the French population

London to trial driverless cars

News image29 January 2016
London is to trial its first driverless cars on the streets of Greenwich this summer. The vehicles will use camera and laser sensors to navigate through their surroundings

System for trapping microbubbles to enable better medical products

28 January 2016
Scientists from the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL), University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford have developed a system for trapping microbubbles

UK's largest light festival comes to London

15 January 2016
Light installations will illuminate London as part of Lumiere 2016, the country's largest light festival. The event will see the capital's most famous locations be lit up by 30 works of art created by leading artists

Cleaning system developed for National Ignition Facility optics

News image11 January 2016
A US specialist in cleaning processes for cleanroom equipment, JST Manufacturing, has designed a cleaning system for the optics used by the National Ignition Facility

Fraunhofer develops a laser process simulation mobile app

News image8 December 2015
Scientists from Fraunhofer ILT have developed the first-ever laser process simulation software that calculates processes in real time and also runs on tablet computers and smartphones.

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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