Editor's picks

On demand: Hear more about the challenges and potential solutions across the academic and business sectors in training - and attracting and retaining - more skilled personnel

Advances in optical metrology equipment are helping the semiconductor industry increase productivity and reduce downtime, finds Keely Portway

Matthew Dale reports on the association’s yearly event, where the importance of diversity, photonics funding and investment were to the fore

News

PCO pixelfly cameras are used for automatic bottle inspection. Credit: PCO

29 June 2021

Excelitas will acquire 100 percent of PCO AG shares from founder Dr Emil Ott

News

An ultrathin Ag film based OLED inside Professor Jay Guo’s lab. Credit: Robert Coelius/University of Michigan engineering, communications and marketing

29 June 2021

The approach prevents light from being trapped in the light-emitting part of an OLED, enabling OLEDs to maintain brightness while using less power

Modular machine for laser micromachining with ultrashort laser pulses. Image: Pulsar Photonics

29 June 2021

Billion-euro technology group, Schunk, is acquiring a majority stake in Pulsar Photonics in a bid to enter the laser technology field

Luminar roofline lidar integration for Volvo vehicles. Image: Volvo 

29 June 2021

Volvo Cars’ forthcoming fully electric flagship vehicle will feature Luminar's lidar system as standard

Analysis & opinion

Analysis & opinion

09 June 2021

David Giltner, founder of TurningScience, discusses whether these two seemingly different career paths can successfully overlap

09 June 2021

Matthew Dale reports on the association’s yearly event, where the importance of diversity, photonics funding and investment were to the fore

09 June 2021

Géraldine Andrieux, at Blumorpho, shares her top tips on getting investors’ attention as a startup

Features

Features

25 May 2021

Keely Portway looks at some of the new imaging techniques advancing biological investigation

Imec is using a high harmonic generation laser with anamorphic mirrors to explore high NA EUV challenges

13 May 2021

Semiconductor manufacturers want the next big thing: to adopt high numerical aperture lithographic processes using extreme ultraviolet light to print smaller circuits. Andy Extance finds out more

08 April 2021

Optical methods are helping defeat criminals seeking to hack biometric identification, finds Andy Extance

Viewpoint

NIREOS’ core technology is represented by the GEMINI Interferometer: a compact and ultra-stable common-path interferometer, which unlocks all the advantages of the Fourier-Transform approach (such as light throughput and wavelength accuracy) also in the UV-Visible and Near Infrared spectral region. The GEMINI can be used in many experiments in linear and non-linear spectroscopy, such as fluorescence and pump-probe spectroscopy.

Gemma Church finds out more about the Gemini interferometer from Nireos and its new uses

David Gibson, managing director of Photon Lines, looks back at his more than 40 years working with light-based technology

Typical layout of an infrared gas spectroscopy system

Vigo System is helping advance gas analysis and sensing tools for a wide range of applications. Gemma Church investigates

Press releases

27 May 2021

iXblue, a high-tech company in the fields of navigation, photonics and space, and maritime autonomy, announces the acquisition of Kylia (optical components and instruments) and Muquans (integrated quantum instruments).

16 April 2021

Diamond's cross polarizers' measurement method for polarization maintaining (PM) components recognized as an international IEC standard

15 April 2021

The new board members include Adam Piotrowski, CEO of VIGO System and President of the Polish Technological Platform on Photonics, and Berthold Schmidt, CEO at TRUMPF Photonic Components

White papers

Advances in optical polymers coupled with developments in fabrication methods have led to more optics designers choosing polymer components over glass and metal optical parts – and its no surprise why.

We explain how we create simple solutions for complex problems across the life sciences and other markets. 

In this white paper, Pro-Lite’s Dr Nick Barnett provides an update on the current and emerging technologies employed in commercially available multispectral and hyperspectral imagers.

Webcasts

The goal of the next generation of advanced high-definition lidar products is to provide compact solutions that can reliably recognise threats while being safe

On demand: Hear more about the challenges and potential solutions across the academic and business sectors in training - and attracting and retaining - more skilled personnel

Ultrashort pulse laser processing for displays and other products, featuring advanced techniques for cutting polymers and ultra-thin glass, as well as micro glass welding

Products

05 July 2021

CoreTechnologie has developed a tailored version of its 3D printing software specifically for the requirements of Photocentric 3D printing machines and processes

05 July 2021

Xeryon has launched its mini linear actuator, the XLA 1 based on ultrasonic piezo technology

05 July 2021

PicoQuant has released a free firmware update for several models of its MultiHarp 150 high-throughput multichannel event timers

Tech Focus

Optical design has traditionally required large amounts of complex calculations to be performed. This can now be automated.

(Image: Zhang et al.)

Researchers have developed a program for outputting high-quality freeform optical systems that simply requires basic optical design knowledge

Image: NicoElNino/Shutterstock

 

A new single-photon avalanche diode system enables low-noise photon counting at superior speeds

Scientists have developed a lensless, infrared spectral-imaging system for medical diagnostics