August/September 2012

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Laser crystals

Crystal power

Historically viewed as having power and symbolism, Rob Coppinger digs for the solutions to the rare earth conundrum the crystal growing industry faces

Laser plasmas

Quick as a flash

If striking fear into the hearts of your enemy is not enough, Rob Coppinger seeks to shed light on the US military's intention to launch lightning bolts

Optical fibres

Guiding light

Greg Blackman on photonic crystal fibres, newer optical fibre designs where light can be guided in air rather than the conventional silica

Photovoltaics

Solar wind of change

Light harvesting is set to reap the rewards of many years of research and Rob Coppinger talks to the scientists about the new dawn for our energy future

Profile

Design for light

Optical design software specialist Lambda Research is 20 years old, as Warren Clark discovers