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Nobel laureate and laser pioneer dies aged 99

30 January 2015
Charles Hard Townes, a recipient of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of the laser, died this week on 27 January, aged 99. Along with creating the first Maser, Townes pioneered the use of lasers in astronomy

Laser system for 3D movies could make 3D glasses redundant

News image16 January 2015
In the near future, cinema-goers may not need to wear glasses to watch 3D films, thanks to a new laser system created by Austrian start-up company TriLite Technologies in conjunction with Vienna University of Technology

Competition for Google Glass apparent at Consumer Electronics Show

News image14 January 2015
Competition for the Google Glass wearable display system was noticeable at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as companies presented smart glasses that were more fashionable, more adoptable, and which can even clip-on to users' existing eyewear

Prism Awards 2015 announced

News image9 January 2015
Additive manufacturing systems for printing optics, devices that can detect radiation with higher accuracy, and novel microscopic tools are among the finalists of the 2015 Prism Award

SPIE photo contest celebrating International Year of Light announces winner

News image8 January 2015
The winner of a photo contest organised to raise awareness of the United Nations International Year of Light (IYL) has been announced as Paul Reiffer, who took a 35-second-exposure image of traffic and other lights on and around the Nanpu Bridge in Shanghai

Evatec aquires Advanced Technologies Segment of Oerlikon

5 January 2015
Evatec has acquired the Advanced Technologies Segment of Oerlikon to expand its existing thin film deposition systems business. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015.

Distributors news

Power Technology becomes QSI laser diode distributor

9 June 2014
Power Technology is now a North American distributor of laser diode manufacturer Quantum Semiconductor International

Headwall appoints Diessechem as distributor for Italy

4 November 2013
Headwall has announced a new distributor partnership with Diessechem, with offices in Milan, Italy

HollyWinx Optics appointed as REO distributor in China

10 October 2013
REO has appointed HollyWinx Optics as its exclusive representative in China.

Headwall appoints Australian distributor

20 September 2013
Headwall has appointed Portable Analytical Solutions (PAS) as its distributor in Australia and New Zealand

AceXon to distribute LightPath

16 August 2013
LightPath Technologies, a global manufacturer, distributor and integrator of optical components and high-level assemblies, has signed a distribution agreement with AceXon Technologies

Phihong and Oree partnership in planar LEDs

12 August 2013
Phihong Technologies of Taiwan and Oree Illumination Solutions in Israel have formed a global partnership for the development and marketing of planar LED lighting systems

Business Features

Electro Optics coverOptatec

Action taken against REACH and RoHS regulations at Optatec


Electro Optics coverMade to measure

The rise and rise of LED technology – and the associated testing – has led to exciting times for photonics company Pro-Lite Technology, as Tim Gillett discovers

Electro Optics coverSound medical judgement

Photoacoustic imaging is on the threshold of clinical adoption. Jessica Rowbury explores the current progress and looks at what is needed if the technology is to be applied within medicine

Electro Optics coverBranding the beam

Tim Gillett traces the 25-year history of Duma Optronics, from its origins as an OEM innovator to its ambitions to become a self-branded market leader

Electro Optics coverReaching for the stars

The first optical components for the European Extremely Large Telescope have been approved by the European Southern Observatory. Jessica Rowbury finds out that developing the technology to make the mirror segments will ultimately strengthen the European optics industry

Electro Optics coverWorld in motion

Aerotech's motion control products have been used throughout photonics for more than 40 years, as Warren Clark discovers

Electro Optics coverPhotonics drives innovation

Rob Coppinger reflects on an ebullient show where the revitalisation of the photonics sector was so strong it could be tasted

Electro Optics coverTwo decades of good service

More than 20 years after helping its first customer - The University of Southampton's Department of Physics - Laser Support Services is still going strong, as Warren Clark discovers

Electro Optics coverReaching maturity

Cobolt has developed from a start-up to an established company with mature products, as Warren Clark discovers

Electro Optics coverThe finest in filters

Spectrogon has been leading the way in optical filters and associated products for decades, as warren Clark discovers

Electro Optics coverLeaders in lasers

For 40 years, JK Lasers has been developing industrial lasers around the world, as Warren Clark discovers

Electro Optics coverPositive outlook

The rebranding exercise for Acal BFi is almost complete, as Warren Clark discovers


Electro Optics coverFocus on growth

Trioptics has grown rapidly in the past three years, as Warren Clark discovers


Electro Optics coverDesign for light

Optical design software specialisr Lambda Research is 20 years old, as Warren Clark discovers


Electro Optics coverDiamond lights

Element Six provides synthetic diamond for use in the photonics industry, as Warren Clark discovers