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Lasers used during brain surgery reduce side effects

News image27 August 2015
Surgeons in London have used lasers to detect and help remove abnormal tissue during an operation to remove a brain tumour


Thorlabs acquires Vytran from NKT Photonics

26 August 2015
Photonics products manufacturer Thorlabs has announced plans to acquire Vytran from Denmark-based NKT Photonics. The sale, which Thorlabs is expected to close in September 2015


World's largest microscope established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium

24 August 2015


Fisba appoints Markus Hersche as CEO

24 August 2015


Public to monitor air pollution using mobile phones for Europe-wide photonics project

20 August 2015


Gemini Planet Imager discovers Jupiter-like exoplanet

17 August 2015


Glasses that block facial recognition software to be sold in Japan in 2016

11 August 2015


Leica Microsystems appoints new president and director

11 August 2015


Newport announces financial streamlining after underwhelming 2015 sales results

6 August 2015


Analysis & Opinion

Asian shift in policies to impact photonics

29 July 2015
A study initiated by the German Engineering Association VDMA has analysed 'political steering processes in Asia aimed at the photonics industry' - with an alarming outcome. Annika Löffler at the VDMA Photonics Forum assesses the implications of the findings

Photonics innovations celebrated at Laser Munich

News image29 June 2015
Greg Blackman and Jessica Rowbury report from Laser World of Photonics, which was held in Munich, Germany from 22 to 25 June

European Commission continues support for photonics

News image5 June 2015
Greg Blackman reports from the Photonics21 annual meeting in Brussels, which took place from 28 to 29 May

Light technologies to drive industrial Europe, says Photonics21 president

News image13 May 2015
Ahead of the Photonics21 annual meeting in Brussels at the end of May, Michael Mertin, the president of Photonics21 and CEO of Jenoptik, sets out the role for photonics in growing Europe's economy

Better links between stakeholders needed in biophotonics

News image28 April 2015
After his speech at the EPIC AGM in Paris at the beginning of the month, Professor Jürgen Popp, director of the IPHT in Jena, Germany, says more work is needed to connect the various players of the biophotonics value chain