Features about 'Lasers'

December 2011/January 2012

Extreme is now mainstream

Rob Coppinger investigates the applications being opened up by new sources of extreme UV

April 2011

A dream come true

A huge investment in an attosecond light pulse source in Hungary promises to enable us to see inside atoms and molecules. Nadya Anscombe reports

March 2011

Igniting an industry

Fusion power could represent a huge market for the laser industry. But is the industry ready to take advantage of this opportunity? Nadya Anscombe investigates

February 2011

Solar breakthrough

Dieter Wandt, IMPROV project coordinator at Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH), explains a novel mid-infrared short-pulse laser system for structuring organic photovoltaic devices

December 2010/January 2011

The future is OPSL

In the first of our new Technology Focus columns highlighting a new technology development in photonics, Matthias Schulze, director of marketing for Coherent, explains why his company believes in the future of optically-pumped semiconductor lasers

July 2016

Pushing fibre wavelength boundaries

Matthew Dale explores some of the fibre laser technology operating at longer wavelengths than the standard 1μm

April 2016

Lasers at the leading edge

Current developments in research-grade lasers are increasing the power, compressing the pulses, and exploring new wavelengths. Russ Swan reviews a technology that is answering fundamental questions about the universe

December 2015/January 2016

Attosecond ambition

Femtosecond lasers are a vital precursor to generating even shorter attosecond pulses. Andy Extance investigates what's involved, and whether these most fleeting flashes could be exploited commercially

July 2015

Lasers made super

Jessica Rowbury finds that supercontinuum laser sources have huge potential for entering new markets outside of microscopy

December 2014/January 2015

Handling the heat

In order to reach higher powers, diode laser companies are employing various cooling techniques within their diode stacks. Tom Eddershaw investigates the technology

December 2013/January 2014

Power of the pulse

Although no commercial systems are yet available, attosecond lasers are the subject of intense research - DARPA, for instance, launched a $6.9 million project on applications of attosecond pulse generation in August of this year. Katia Moskvitch looks at the technology required to generate these ultrashort laser pulses

August/September 2013

Stacking for success

Rob Coppinger finds out how the diode laser industry is setting a high bar for its new powerful systems

May 2013

Broad and bright

Greg Blackman on the latest developments in supercontinuum sources, lasers delivering broadband light for a whole range of applications

April 2013

Many beams make light work

Rob Coppinger discovers that splitting could be the answer to the economical treatment of surfaces using pico and femto second pulse lasers

February 2013

New avenues

CO2 lasers have a future with organics as Rob Coppinger discovers

December 2012/January 2013

When fast isn`t fast enough

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

November 2012

More power, more speed

Rob Coppinger discovers how new applications with fibre are keeping the laser industry in good health

June 2012

Illuminating the future

Rob Coppinger probes the difficulties of super laser operation and the technology that will overcome the challenges

May 2012

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

April 2012

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

March 2012

Twist and shout

Liquid crystal technology is to deliver cheap tuneable lasers. Rob Coppinger talks to University of Cambridge researchers about how chiral nematics is making it happen

February 2012

Lasers turn back time

Whether for hair removal or wrinkle reduction, there are now laser-based devices for home use on the market. Nadya Anscombe looks at this fast-growing market

December 2011/January 2012

Extreme is now mainstream

Rob Coppinger investigates the applications being opened up by new sources of extreme UV

November 2011

Can CO2 handle the competition?

Rob Coppinger explores how CO2 lasers will stay relevant despite the competition of fibre, disk and diode lasers

August/September 2010

As fast as it gets

As ultrafast laser research progresses onwards from femtosecond pulses, Stephen Mounsey looks at the cutting edge of attosecond lasers, and asks how to ready experimental lasers for the factory floor

April/May 2010

Efficient growth for fibre

Stephen Mounsey on increasing competition in the fibre laser market

February/March 2010

Bigger, better, brighter

Stephen Mounsey takes a look at the world's largest lasers, those already built and those planned for the future

June/July 2009

Fibre lasers defy economy

Stephen Mounsey finds the fibre laser industry holding steady in the face of the financial climate

August/September 2007

The fibre explosion

In the rapidly expanding market of fibre lasers, David Robson finds manufacturers are doing anything they can to get the edge over their competitors

April/May 2007

From runway to operating table

David Robson finds diverse applications for the ubiquitous diode laser

February/March 2007

Gas lasers still have much to offer

David Robson evaluates the gas laser and whether it still has a future in the face of stiff competition from fibre and diode alternatives.

February/March 2007

Shining a light into new areas of research

William Payne pulls on his white coat and investigates lasers in the laboratory

December 2006/January 2007

Solid and reliable

David Robson kicks off a new series of articles on the different types of laser with a focus on solid-state rod lasers

Power of the pulse

Although no commercial systems are yet available, attosecond lasers are the subject of intense research. DARPA, for instance, launched a $6.9 million project on applications of attosecond pulse generation in August of this year. Katia Moskvitch looks at the technology required to generate these ultrashort laser pulses

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