November 2013

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European Extremely Large Telescope

Reaching 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


Wonder material

Graphene has been heralded as a revolutionary material ever since its isolation in 2004, for which the scientists involved won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Greg Blackman finds out that its unique properties are also beneficial in laser technology

Light shows

Illuminating entertainment

Greg Blackman looks at some of the spectacular shows and art installations now possible with laser diodes

Technology focus

Lasers go digital

The world`s first "digital laser" has been engineered by a team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa. Greg Blackman speaks to Professor Andrew Forbes, who led the research