Latest news


Newport acquires fibre laser developer V-Gen

29 July 2014
Spectra Physics, a Newport company, has entered into an agreement to acquire V-Gen during the third quarter of the fiscal year. Based in Tel-Aviv, Israel, V-Gen develops and manufactures pulsed fibre lasers


Renewable energy from spinach? Laser study shows potential

News image25 July 2014
By studying spinach using serial femtosecond crystallography and electron paramagnetic resonance, researchers from Purdue University have come up with a potential method of converting sunlight into an environmentally-friendly alternative to fossil fuel.


OSA launches new journal for optics and photonics research

25 July 2014


First photonics technology report on automotive industry

24 July 2014


Laser Components expands pyro detector range with acquisition of Microwatt

17 July 2014


World record set for solar cell efficiency

15 July 2014


EPIC calls for entries for photonics entrepreneurship award

15 July 2014


£1.5 million grant for St Andrews University to advance photonics research

14 July 2014


Thirty laser systems create lighting effects for Las Vegas music festival

11 July 2014


Analysis & Opinion

Photonic integrated circuits needs standardisation is message from EPIC workshop

News image20 June 2014
Greater standardisation is needed to make photonic integrated circuits (PICs) more cost-effective, according to Carlos Lee, director general of EPIC, reporting from a workshop on PICs

Print production for optics

News image19 June 2014
A new 3D printing process for optics could have significant implications for how optics are designed, manufactured and used, as Greg Blackman finds out

Action taken against REACH and RoHS regulations at Optatec

27 May 2014
A draft proposal to exclude lead and cadmium used in optical glass and filters from REACH and RoHS legislation has been reviewed at a meeting on 21 May at the Optatec trade fair. Jessica Rowbury reports from the show

Avantes CEO reflects on 20 years of spectroscopy at Optatec

27 May 2014
Miniaturisation has benefitted spectroscopy greatly, recalls Avantes founder and CEO, Benno Oderkerk, speaking to Jessica Rowbury at Optatec in Frankfurt

Optics and photonics threatened by EU chemical regulations

19 May 2014
On the eve of the Optatec trade fair, Jessica Rowbury speaks to Dr Peter Hartmann of Schott Advanced Optics about the unintended implications of REACH and RoHS on the optics industry - EU regulations limiting the use of heavy metals vital for optics manufacture