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Infrared spectrometer sent into space to analyse asteroid

News image18 December 2014
An infrared spectrometer has been sent into space as part of a new mission to analyse an asteroid approaching Earth

Mirror keeps buildings cool by sending infrared radiation into space

News image17 December 2014
Stanford University researchers in the USA have developed a coating to keep buildings cool in a more energy-efficient way. By using a technique referred to as radiative active cooling, the ultrathin material reflects infrared radiation

Waterproof near-infrared spectrometer monitors swimmers' performance

11 December 2014
A waterproof spectrometer capable of measuring muscle oxygenation underwater has been developed by scientists in the UK. The device, which has been described in the Journal of Biomedical Optics, would be beneficial for swimmers monitoring their performance

Spectroscopy method diagnoses bone diseases early

4 December 2014
Research published on the 28 November described a Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS) technique which, for the first time, was able to detect brittle bone disease by simply scanning the patient's limbs

Frequency combs measure greenhouse gases over a two-kilometre path

News image6 November 2014
Laser frequency combs have been used to monitor the concentrations of greenhouse gasses over a distance of two kilometres. The technique was demonstrated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Laser technology used to detect biogas leaks from metres away

News image5 November 2014
Fraunhofer scientists have developed a laser-based system that can detect methane leaks in biogas plants from up to 15 metres away. The device is based on optical emission and backscattering spectroscopy

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