May 2012

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Spectroscopy everywhere anytime

Rob Coppinger finds that the age of the smartphone and MP3 player is changing customer expectations, raising industry's game when it comes to portable spectroscopy

CO2 lasers

Ablating light optics

Scientists see ablating 1.5kW CO2 lasers or 1030nm ultra short pulse lasers as the key to better optics. Rob Coppinger digs deeper into the issue

Laser marking

Marking time

Small decorative logos for mobile phones and sophisticated codes for industrial traceability require laser technology to become more precise and reliable, as Rob Coppinger discovers

Machine vision optics

Resolving power

Greg Blackman finds out that in order to acquire a high-quality image from a machine vision camera, a lot depends on the quality of the optics