Features about 'Optics'

March 2011

Keeping light in order

Manipulating light by diffraction can be highly desirable in applications ranging from industrial laser processing to interferometry, as Greg Blackman discovers

October/November 2010

Just to clarify

Greg Blackman on adaptive optics, devices originally developed in astronomy to improve the clarity of telescopes, but which are now finding uses in microscopy and optical tweezing

November 2015

The changing face of optical fibres

Gemma Church investigates the increasing application areas and architecture of optical fibres outside of the telecoms industry

April 2015

Optical fibres developed that can mimic synapses

Greg Blackman speaks to Dr Behrad Gholipour from the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre on how research into novel optical fibres could pave the way for brain-like computers

March 2015

Gender equality in photonics?

In a traditionally male-dominated industry, Jessica Rowbury looks at the representation of women in the field of optics and photonics

December 2014/January 2015

Compensating for pulsed lasers

Greg Blackman looks at the optics for ultrashort pulsed lasers, including those planned for the Extreme Light Infrastructure Beamlines facility, expected to become operational at the end of 2017

July 2014

Print production for optics

A 3D printing process for optics could have implications for how optics are designed, manufactured and used, says Greg Blackman

July 2013

Pole position to win

Rob Coppinger examines how precise optics positioning needs to be

December 2012/January 2013

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

May 2012

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

March 2012

Shaping light

Greg Blackman peers into diffractive optics, a vital optical element for a range of applications including deep UV lithography and manufacturing aircraft components

October 2011

Eyes on the sky

Greg Blackman discovers that building larger ground-based telescopes is pointless without adaptive optics

July 2011

Entangled in quantum mechanics

Greg Blackman finds out that advances in nonlinear optics are adding to our understanding of quantum mechanics

August/September 2010

Tuning light

Greg Blackman on the uses of nonlinear optics in OPOs and other laser devices to tune the light to the desired wavelength

June/July 2010

Focusing on ultraviolet

Greg Blackman on the optics operating in the ultraviolet range and the applications they are used for

April/May 2010

Scaling up

With construction on the European Extremely Large Telescope due to start this year and a number of laser fusion research projects underway, the need for large optics is growing, as Greg Blackman finds out

February/March 2010

Small and perfectly formed

Greg Blackman looks at some of the uses of micro optics, including focusing and collimating laser-diode light sources

August/September 2009

Making waves

Greg Blackman looks at the applications to which diffractive optics are best suited and the benefits they provide

August/September 2008

Away from the limelight

Gemma Church assesses the market for fibre optics beyond the telecoms industry

December 2007/ January 2008

Shape-shifting optics

David Robson brings the world of adaptive optics into sharp focus

August/September 2007

Fibre provides

David Robson examines how the fibre optics market has evolved to encompass much more than just the telecommunications industry

February/March 2007

Optics shape new applications

David Robson explores developments in lenses, optis and coatings.

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