February/March 2010

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GIANT RESEARCH LASERS

Bigger, better, brighter

Stephen Mounsey takes a look at the world's largest lasers, those already built and those planned for the future

HARD TALK

Making the most of computing power

Mark Nicholson, VP of operations at Zemax Development Corporation, says there are computing options that can enhance software-based optical system design

MICRO OPTICS

Small and perfectly formed

Greg Blackman looks at some of the uses of micro optics, including focusing and collimating laser-diode light sources

MILITARY AND DEFENCE

Solid defence

Throughout the turbulent economic period, the military and defence market has remained stable. Warren Clark asks if the sector will stay profitable in the future

PORTABLE SPECTROSCOPY

It's in our hands now

Stephen Mounsey looks at some of the difficulties involved in taking the spectrometer to the sample

PROFILE

Quality components worldwide

Laser Components has been supplying optical components for more than 25 years, as Warren Clark discovers