Applications news

Diamond quantum processor a step closer to reality

24 February 2015
MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory, in collaboration with Element Six, a provider of synthetic diamond supermaterials, have demonstrated a significant step toward a synthetic diamond quantum information processor

Fibre optic thermometer for industrial processes developed

News image28 January 2015
In the near future, optical fibres could be used as a thermometer for industrial processes such as cutting

Hubble telescope gets a high-definition view of Pillars of Creation

News image13 January 2015
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have taken a second photograph of the 'Pillars of Creation' − an image of columns of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, some 7,000 light years from Earth

Lidar laser to be supplied for NASA climate research

7 January 2015

Lens-free microscope rivals accuracy of optical microscopes for cheaper tissue examination

5 January 2015

Infrared spectrometer sent into space to analyse asteroid

18 December 2014

Mirror keeps buildings cool by sending infrared radiation into space

17 December 2014

Waterproof near-infrared spectrometer monitors swimmers' performance

11 December 2014

Spectroscopy method diagnoses bone diseases early

4 December 2014

Frequency combs measure greenhouse gases over a two-kilometre path

6 November 2014

Laser technology used to detect biogas leaks from metres away

5 November 2014

Raman spectroscopy helps US police keep drugs off the streets

30 October 2014

Laser scanning helps researchers see the wood for the trees

15 September 2014

New 'water lens' uses sunlight to sanitise dirty water

4 September 2014

Electro-optical technology to track space debris from Earth

28 August 2014

Thirty laser systems create lighting effects for Las Vegas music festival

11 July 2014

Ultracool method helps observe smallest force ever

30 June 2014

Awards presented for development of commercial nuclear detection material

30 June 2014

Delivering drugs with a femtosecond laser

27 June 2014

Mountain summit blasted away to make way for E-ELT telescope

27 June 2014

Lidar technology improves airport safety

17 June 2014

Hyperspectral multi-sensor aircraft developed

17 June 2014

Laser system scans moving cars to identify drunk drivers

10 June 2014

New multi-million pound centre to tackle world data storage with integrated photonics

6 June 2014

Optical sensors attached to a smart phone to measure pollution

29 May 2014

Terahertz imaging opens up use in paint analysis

21 May 2014

Laser system keeps solar cell throughput high

20 May 2014

Detecting trace amounts of explosives with light

14 May 2014

Faster dental treatment thanks to new photoactive molecule

2 May 2014

New system uses UV light to treat water without chemicals

1 May 2014

Solar windows for homes soon to be reality thanks to quantum-dot research

28 April 2014

Novel method of re-directing sunlight in urban areas developed

15 April 2014

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

9 April 2014