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Laser interferometer detects gravitational waves for the first time

News image11 February 2016
Scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the United States have detected gravitational waves for the first time


Researchers 'weld' neurons using femtosecond laser

News image11 February 2016
Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada have developed a method of 'laser welding' neurons, which could potentially lead to a new, more effective way to treat damaged or severed nerves


Scientists develop new, cheap way to make radially polarised white light

11 February 2016


Rofin's shareholder releases letter in ongoing dispute

4 February 2016


Closing ceremonies mark end of International Year of Light

4 February 2016


France to add solar panels to 1,000km of road

4 February 2016


London to trial driverless cars

29 January 2016


System for trapping microbubbles to enable better medical products

28 January 2016


L'Oréal unveils wearable patch for monitoring UV exposure

25 January 2016


Analysis & Opinion

One hundred years of innovation

21 January 2016
The Optical Society (OSA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Electro Optics spoke to Dr Gregory Quarles, chief scientist at OSA, on what the next 100 years holds for the industry

Research-industry links present at UCL-Cambridge industry event

News image17 January 2016
The benefits of strong links between research and industry were highlighted at the Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems industry day. Jessica Rowbury reports from the event at University College London

Could photonics be The Force behind a real lightsaber?

News image18 December 2015
With the release of the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens this week, Jessica Rowbury discusses whether photonics technologies could ever be used to build a real-life lightsaber

Year of Light legacy: towards a better future

News image8 December 2015
As the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies draws to a close, Jorge Rivero Gonzalez, the European Physical Society's IYL 2015 outreach officer, sets out the legacy left by the initiative

UK Central Laser Facility raises damage threshold with plasma optics

23 October 2015
During an optical metrology conference at the Photonex trade fair, Professor David Neely from the UK's Central Laser Facility described the latest work for increasing the damage thresholds of some of the highest intensity lasers in Europe. Jessica Rowbury reports