Applications news

Anti-reflective coatings to make 3D cinema glasses redundant

News image14 May 2015
A coating capable of expanding the diameter of a laser beam by a factor of one hundred has been developed by a Fraunhofer institute in collaboration with SeeReal Technologies

Potential non-harmful cancer drug discovered using femtosecond laser spectroscopy

13 May 2015
Using femtosecond time-resolved laser spectroscopy, researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada have identified new molecules that kill cancer cells while protecting healthy cells, which could enable a safer way to treat cancer

Australian scientists develop portable gold detection method

11 May 2015
Researchers from the University of Adelaide, Australia, have developed a portable method for gold detection that will allow mineral exploration companies to detect lower concentrations of gold on-site at the drilling rig than existing portable instruments

Optical lens transforms smartphone camera into microscope

News image8 May 2015
Researchers at the University of Houston (UH) in the United States have developed an optical lens capable of converting a smartphone camera into a microscope

Fraunhofer develops finer optical fibres for vein treatments

News image5 May 2015
A laser processing method that will enable the first automated series production of optical fibres used for laser vein therapy has been developed by Fraunhofer scientists

Gamma ray spectroscopy prompts rethink on Mercury formation

News image20 April 2015
A Gamma-Ray Spectrometer (GRS) on board the first spacecraft to ever orbit Mercury has caused scientists to re-evaluate their theories on how the planet was formed

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