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Jenoptik sees strong metrology and defence revenue

21 May 2015
Photonics company Jenoptik has seen growth in metrology and defence sectors in its first quarter 2015 financial results. The Jenoptik Group generated revenue totalling 145.8 million euros, 6.4 per cent up on the prior year


Laser guide star installed on Very Large Telescope

News image21 May 2015
A laser system has been installed on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory, Chile


Voting open for International Year of Light Photo Contest

15 May 2015


Anti-reflective coatings to make 3D cinema glasses redundant

14 May 2015


Potential non-harmful cancer drug discovered using femtosecond laser spectroscopy

13 May 2015


Australian scientists develop portable gold detection method

11 May 2015


Optical lens transforms smartphone camera into microscope

8 May 2015


Collaborative project to develop glass-on-roll for organic electronics

8 May 2015


Comment period opened for US export rule changes

5 May 2015


Analysis & Opinion

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

EPIC looks to improve investment opportunities at AGM

20 April 2015
Jessica Rowbury reports from a finance session at the European Photonics Industry Consortium's AGM, where members discussed potential ways the organisation could help attract investment in photonics

Driver assistance to represent €9bn market for photonics by 2020, says Tematys

8 April 2015
As cars start to include more onboard smart and safety functionality, the opportunities for photonics in the automotive sector look set to increase, writes Clémentine Bouyé and Jacques Cochard at market research firm Tematys

Photonics to benefit from US export control reform?

26 March 2015
The proposed reforms to US Munitions List Category XII are expected to be published soon, a change in regulation that could be controversial among the optics and photonics industry, writes Jennifer Douris, a lobbyist at SPIE