Applications news

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

Protecting Europe's nature reserves using LIDAR

News image16 April 2015
Scientists from the Vienna University of Technology (TUW) in Austria are developing a LIDAR remote sensing system to monitor Europe's nature protection areas from the air

Artwork to be studied via non-invasive spectroscopy

News image7 April 2015
Precious works of art could soon be studied and preserved by a non-invasive laser technique developed by UK and Italian scientists

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

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