Applications news

Infrared spectrometer sent into space to analyse asteroid

News image18 December 2014
An infrared spectrometer has been sent into space as part of a new mission to analyse an asteroid approaching Earth

Mirror keeps buildings cool by sending infrared radiation into space

News image17 December 2014
Stanford University researchers in the USA have developed a coating to keep buildings cool in a more energy-efficient way. By using a technique referred to as radiative active cooling, the ultrathin material reflects infrared radiation

Waterproof near-infrared spectrometer monitors swimmers' performance

11 December 2014
A waterproof spectrometer capable of measuring muscle oxygenation underwater has been developed by scientists in the UK. The device, which has been described in the Journal of Biomedical Optics, would be beneficial for swimmers monitoring their performance

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

NIR spectroscopy reveals insight into altitude sickness

8 April 2014

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

2 April 2014

Ultashort pulsed laser system developed to optimise machine processing

19 March 2014

Additive manufacturing used in 'life changing' operation

12 March 2014

Lasers used to convert radio waves to light signals

6 March 2014