Applications news

Scientists combine femtosecond lasers with OCT for better laser eye surgery

News image1 October 2015
German scientists have combined femtosecond lasers with optical coherence tomography (OCT) in order to treat visual defects which cannot be corrected through existing laser-based treatments

Gemini Planet Imager discovers Jupiter-like exoplanet

News image17 August 2015
Astronomers have discovered a Jupiter-like planet within a young system that could help scientists understand how planets formed around our sun

FDA-approved 3D printed pill makes tablets easier to swallow

News image6 August 2015
A 3D-printed pill has been approved by the United States' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time

'Optical dog's nose' to sniff out diseases

9 July 2015
Scientists from the University of Adelaide, Australia have developed a laser system for fast, non-invasive, onsite breath analysis for disease, potentially enabling screening for a range of diseases including diabetes, infections and various cancers in the future

Novel NIR spectroscopic imaging improves detection of poor circulation

1 July 2015
A team of researchers from the Italian National Research Council's Institute of Clinical Physiology (CNR-IFC) has developed a new way to detect poor blood circulation using a novel form of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy

Iconic Amsterdam museum uses Raman spectroscopy to study paintings

News image17 June 2015
One of Amsterdam's most iconic art and history museums, the Rijksmuseum, is using Raman spectroscopy to study and improve the preservation of ancient paintings, sculptures, and other historical objects

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