April/May 2009

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SEMICONDUCTORS

When the chips are down

The effects of the crash in the semiconductor market are being felt throughout the photonics industry. While the timescale of the slump is unknown, once growth does recover lasers will be at the forefront of silicon chip production. Greg Blackman looks at some of the applications

HARD TALK

Distribution value

Douglas Neilson, managing director of Photonic Solutions, says distributors must work hard to add value for customers

PROFILE

A life in lasers

Multiwave Photonics is the result of one man's lifetime of dedication to lasers, as Warren Clark discovers

SPECTROSCOPY

The rise of Raman

Stephen Mounsey explores Raman spectroscopy - an increasingly popular technique with a range of exciting applications

ULTRAFAST

Finding new applications fast

Picosecond, femtosecond and attosecond laser pulses... Stephen Mounsey asks what's driving development in the field