December 2012/January 2013

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Getting back to nature

From measuring air and water quality using spectroscopy to gauging wind speed with lidar, Greg Blackman investigates how photonics technology is gathering environmental data in the field

Laser injection

Rob Coppinger finds a way round a fear of needles by replacing them with laser beams


Smoothness needs stiffness

As delicate as optics are, the processes used to smooth their surfaces are rough. Rob Coppinger examines how computer control and special fluids are making the difference


Leaders in lasers

For 40 years, JK Lasers has been developing industrial lasers around the world, as Warren Clark discovers

Ultrafast lasers

When fast isn`t fast enough

Rob Coppinger finds that average power of ultrafast lasers is getting higher