February 2014

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Portable Spectroscopy

Food for thought

Portable spectrometers are being used in more ways than ever to analyse food and, this year, consumers will even be able to purchase handheld spectrometers to check food before they buy. Jessica Rowbury looks at how these spectrometers are being used to test food

EUV Lithography

Mirror on semicon

To bring EUV lithography into mainstream semiconductor production will require more powerful sources, but there is also a lot of development work underway on the optics for the systems, as Katia Moskvitch discovers

Laser fusion

Making energy out surpass energy in

Laser inertial confinement fusion has the potential to solve much of the world`s energy needs, once it can generate more energy than is put in. Tom Eddershaw investigates the current state of laser fusion projects and asks how the research can benefit industry

Technology Focus

Taking the pulse of industry

Greg Blackman speaks to Dr Dirk Sutter of Trumpf, who, in December last year, was presented with the 2013 German Future Prize, along with Jens Konig of Bosch and Stefan Nolte of Fraunhofer IOF, for ultrafast laser technology in operation at Bosch manufacturing plants