Applications news

Laser-speckle method detects bacteria on food in seconds

11 April 2016
Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institutes of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea have developed a low-cost method for detecting bacteria on the surface of foods in just a few seconds

Pizza delivery robot uses laser technology to navigate independently

News image11 April 2016
An autonomous pizza delivery vehicle that uses laser technology to navigate independently will be delivering pizzas this month in Australia

Tamper-proof hologram created with UV nanosecond laser

News image8 April 2016
Scientists in the UK have created a tamper-proof hologram using an ultra-violet nanosecond-pulsed laser. The which could replace serial numbers and barcodes and reduce the trade in counterfeit goods

Samsung files patent for monitoring health with laser technology

23 March 2016
A new patent filed by Samsung has revealed that the company is investigating the use of laser speckle interferometric technology to monitor health through its smart phone and wearable products

Laser technique could help create more eco-friendly batteries

23 March 2016
A group from the University of Missouri has developed a method of transferring an energy source to virtually any shape

Adolescent girl receives 3D printed tracheal splints in life-saving surgery

News image16 March 2016
An adolescent girl has received novel, 3D printed tracheal splints to treat a congenital breathing condition called tracheobronchomalacia

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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

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Stephen Mounsey looks at some of the latest developments in laser technology's staple application areas: cutting, welding, and drilling

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Stephen Mounsey looks at science fiction becoming science fact in terms of lasers and photonics in military applications

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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

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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