Application Features

Electro Optics coverEnlightened electronics

Greg Blackman addresses some of the remaining issues for integrating photonics on silicon chips


Electro Optics coverMicroscopy in miniature

Jessica Rowbury looks at how MEMS technology is being integrated into devices that could transform traditional methods of cancer diagnosis

Electro Optics coverFood for thought

Portable spectrometers are being used in more ways than ever to analyse food and, this year, consumers will even be able to purchase handheld spectrometers to check food before they buy. Jessica Rowbury looks at how these spectrometers are being used to test food

Electro Optics coverSound medical judgement

Photoacoustic imaging is on the threshold of clinical adoption. Jessica Rowbury explores the current progress and looks at what is needed if the technology is to be applied within medicine

Electro Optics coverMany shades of white

The great appeal of solid-state lighting is its efficiency, but when it comes to designing lighting for buildings based on LEDs not everything is black and white, as Greg Blackman discovers

Electro Optics coverIlluminating entertainment

Greg Blackman looks at some of the spectacular shows and art installations now possible with laser diodes

Electro Optics coverReaching for the stars

The first optical components for the European Extremely Large Telescope have been approved by the European Southern Observatory. Jessica Rowbury finds out that developing the technology to make the mirror segments will ultimately strengthen the European optics industry

Electro Optics coverStanding out to make a mark

The laser-marking business is booming, and competition is often on the price of the laser. However, some companies have concentrated on differentiating the technology, as Tom Wilkie discovers

Electro Optics coverIlluminating telecoms

The reach and scope of the telecommunications industry is expanding at a dizzying rate, with photonics an integral part of developments. Tim Gillett reports

Electro Optics coverExplosive potential

Their speed of measurement and portability are making Raman spectroscopy systems ideal for security uses such as screening for explosives at airports, as Greg Blackman discovers

Electro Optics coverLighting the way

Rob Coppinger is enlightened by the laser technology that is making more effective photovoltaics possible

Electro Optics coverBiophotonics in rude health

Plug-and-play simplicity in fibre-delivered lasers is advancing the world of flow cytometry and microscopy, while the number of laser-based medical applications continues to grow. Tim Gillett reports