Applications news

German laser diodes on board ESA's Gaia star-surveyor spacecraft

News image23 September 2016
Two laser diodes from German company Eagleyard Photonics are working on board Gaia, the ESA's billion-star surveyor spacecraft

Spectroscopy shows microbeads are accumulating in oceans

News image21 September 2016
The UK government has announced plans to ban microbeads in household products. The decision follows research using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy that shows micro-plastics are accumulating in oceans and sea ice

New light sensor can detect E.coli in minutes

News image7 September 2016
A team of researchers have developed a new sensor that can detect the potentially deadly E.coli bacteria in 15-20 minutes, much faster than traditional lab tests

Lidar mapping of Great Barrier Reef reveals separate vast reef

News image5 September 2016
Using lidar technology, scientists in Australia and the UK have discovered a coral reef spanning more than 6,000km behind the Great Barrier Reef

Organic LEDs could light the way to new medical therapy techniques

News image30 August 2016
A pilot study conducted by scientists at Fraunhofer FEP has revealed the possibility of using OLEDs to assist the healing processes of the body

Optoelectronic device simulates vision prior to cataract surgery

News image23 August 2016
Researchers in Spain have demonstrated a handheld optoelectronic device that will allow patients to experience how a certain implanted lens would affect their vision by simply looking through it

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