Applications news

'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

Lidar systems installed across UK to detect volcanic ash

News image5 June 2015
Ten new Light Detection and Ranging Systems (Lidars) are set to be installed across the UK to improve the detection and aid forecasting of volcanic ash

Nanospirals and ultrafast lasers to protect against fraud

News image4 June 2015
Researchers have developed a new way to guard against identify theft. The team created the smallest known nano-spirals, and then used ultrafast lasers to create unique optical properties

Anti-reflective coatings to make 3D cinema glasses redundant

News image14 May 2015
A coating capable of expanding the diameter of a laser beam by a factor of one hundred has been developed by a Fraunhofer institute in collaboration with SeeReal Technologies

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