April 2012

Electro Optics cover


The ultimate shield

The military conflicts of the past ten years have shown the dangers of roadside bombs and cheap mortars. Rob Coppinger investigates the laser systems being developed to counter those threats and more

Pico laser source

Projecting power

Mobile phones could be providing home cinema-like experiences if new laser sources for pico projectors are as successful as expected


All the right moves

While its products are getting smaller, Avantes is growing as a company, as Warren Clark discovers

Ultrafast lasers

Blink and you'll miss it

Industrial-grade femtosecond lasers are now available, but do they offer any significant advantages over their picosecond rivals? Greg Blackman finds out

Wavefront analysis

Mapping out optics

Greg Blackman on the intricacies of characterising optics with wavefront sensors