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Banknote security set to increase through new optical features

News image29 August 2014
Nanotech Security has announced that it will acquire Fortress Optical Features, a producer of optical thin-films (OTF) that are used as security threads in the banknotes of several currencies, for up to $17.5 million


Electro-optical technology to track space debris from Earth

News image28 August 2014
A new electro-optical system has been developed that will identify, track and characterise debris objects in space from Earth.


Free-electron laser facility gains UK funding for serial femtosecond crystallography system

27 August 2014


Clear future for photovoltaics

22 August 2014


Global photonics sensors market to reach $15m by 2019

20 August 2014


Glyndwr scientists exceed polishing specifications for E-ELT telescope mirror

20 August 2014


Lasers send microscopes viral

18 August 2014


A thousand robots move together to create shapes on command

15 August 2014


Jenoptik sees strong growth in lasers and optical systems

13 August 2014


Analysis & Opinion

Photonics shop opens for researchers to try before they buy

News image1 August 2014
Jessica Rowbury browses along the shelves of the first ever optics and photonics shop, which opened in May in an Oxfordshire science centre in the UK

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