Applications news

Novel method of re-directing sunlight in urban areas developed

News image15 April 2014
In response to ever-crowded urban conditions in countries around the world, researchers in Egypt have developed an inexpensive way of re-directing natural sunlight into dimly lit streets and alleys, where a lack of sun is linked to health problems

Data to be transferred from Sentinel-1A satellite via laser

9 April 2014
The polar-orbiting satellite, Sentinel-1A, which was launched by the European Space Agency on 3 April from Europe's Spaceport Kourou in French Guiana, will transfer the data it collects via a laser communications terminal (LCT) of Tesat-Spacecom

NIR spectroscopy reveals insight into altitude sickness

8 April 2014
By using NIR spectroscopy to monitor blood flow in the brains of six climbers scaling Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, German medical researchers have identified a possible way to prevent the headaches that are a common feature of altitude sickness

New generation of guide star lasers to be deployed at ESO facility

News image2 April 2014
A new generation of sodium guide star lasers have been developed which will be deployed at the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Adaptive Optics Facility in Paranal Chile, home to the Very Large Telescope (VLT)

Ultashort pulsed laser system developed to optimise machine processing

News image19 March 2014
Pulsar Photonics, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), has developed a tool system that uses a multi-beam approach to increase the cost effectiveness of using ultrashort pulsed techniques to process materials

Additive manufacturing used in 'life changing' operation

12 March 2014
Surgeons at Morriston hospital in Swansea, Wales, have successfully repaired a mans cheek bone and eye socket, which were damaged during a motorcycle crash, using additive manufacturing

Application Features

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