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Photonics-enabled market worth $1.45 trillion

21 October 2016
Revenue generated by core photonics and photonics-enabled businesses continues on an upward trend, according to the most recent analysis from a survey of the global market by SPIE


Nobel Physics Laureates set groundwork for photonic advances

6 October 2016
Three scientists from the United States have been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical work that is the basis for many advances in optical and photonic technology


Laser processing improves graphene conductivity a thousand-fold

5 October 2016


Scientists and politicians need to talk more for successful IYL2015 legacy

4 October 2016


New interferometric method to advance optical comms analysis

3 October 2016


L'Oréal and Poietis partner to bioprint hair follicles

3 October 2016


Wearable microscope detects fluorescent biomarkers in skin

3 October 2016


Photonics startups pitch for €75m at InPho Venture Summit

28 September 2016


Ultrashort pulses compressed to achieve nuclear reactor outputs

26 September 2016


Analysis & Opinion

US regulations on key optic and photonic commodities finally cross the finish line

News image14 October 2016
In May 2015, the US government proposed changes to US export controls covering many key photonics technologies, causing concern within the industry. Following the release of the final export controls this week, SPIE's Jennifer Douris discusses the final regulation and its impact on the photonics community

Photonics from Vilnius: showcasing Lithuania's laser expertise

30 September 2016
Matthew Dale reports from an EPIC meeting on laser material processing from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, and finds that Lithuania has a lot to offer in terms of photonics expertise

Gravitational-wave astronomy: opening a new window on the cosmos

News image15 September 2016
On 14 September, the scientific community celebrated the anniversary of gravitational wave detection. Professor Martin Hendry from the University of Glasgow, whose team helped construct the LIGO facilities, discusses the work that preceded last year's discovery and what the future holds for the field of gravitational-wave astronomy

Fighting food fraud with optical technologies

News image11 August 2016
Ruth Walker, associate European patent attorney at Gill Jennings and Every, discusses how optical technologies are helping to prevent food counterfeiting, and the patent issues that come with this

German photonics industry prepares for Brexit consequences

News image10 August 2016
Wenko Süptitz, head of German high-tech industry association, Spectaris discusses what companies in Germany and the UK should consider following the UK's decision to leave the European Union