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

Electro Optics coverUp in the air

The ash cloud from the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull stranded many across Europe as flights were cancelled. Lidar remote sensing, used in various aspects of atmospheric research, provided crucial data for monitoring the ash cloud, as Greg Blackman finds out

Electro Optics coverLight entertainment

Laser light shows have been wowing audiences at music concerts and other events for a number of years. Greg Blackman looks at the laser technology involved in these spectacular shows

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Laser system developed to curb drink driving

Jessica Rowbury reports on a US government sponsored programme to develop blood alcohol optical sensors for vehicles

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The real deal

An olive crop shortage in Spain and Italy has caused producers of olive oil to become increasingly concerned by the possibility of fraud. Spectroscopy is one possible solution, as Tim Eddershaw discovers

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Making sense of material science

Gemma Church finds that new materials like graphene are exhibiting interesting light sensing properties that could see them used to make faster and more sensitive photodetectors

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Sunny skies and spectroscopy

Tom Eddershaw looks at the spectroscopy solutions used in the development of solar cells