December 2008/January 2009

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TECHNOLOGY

Shooting the breeze

Greg Blackman looks at the technology surrounding and the applications for lidar - a remote sensing technique analogous to radar

HARD TALK

What is the problem with innovation?

Peter Hallett, industry programme team leader at SPIE, says innovations need customers to succeed

INDUSTRY REPORT

Show me the money

Gemma Church looks at the availability - or otherwise - of EU-wide public funding for photonics-related projects

MARKET FOCUS

Optimising optics

Gemma Church looks at the range of optical design software on the market and how it can help engineers create cutting-edge photonics-related products without the need for numerous costly prototypes

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Solar cells shine through

Photonics is helping to reduce costs and improve efficiency in photovoltaics, as William Payne discovers

PROFILE

The personal touch counts

John Murphy meets the team at OptoSigma, an optical component manufacturer with an emphasis on individual customer care