Editor's picks

We hear from two experts in fostering the development of quantum photonics technologies in the UK and Europe

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David Stuart spoke with laser experts about the increasing power of ultrafast instruments, and the opportunities and challenges these present

The list of the industry's most innovative people has launched, with subscribers getting early access

News

Closeup of a solid-state PIC scanner (Scantinel Photonics)

24 November 2022

Scantinel will use the funding to roll out its frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) lidar devices to customers

News

21 November 2022

The Photonics100 list this year is clearly dominated by Western nations, with not one of this year’s honorees based south of the equator. In fact, just seven names on the list are from outside of Europe or North America, a figure we very much hope to see expand next year as photonics grows in global importance. The three best represented countries, perhaps understandably given the history and importance of photonics in their economies are the US, Germany and the UK.

21 November 2022

Twenty-six of this year’s Photonics100 nominees are women, in roles ranging from PhD candidates to CEOs. While this ratio can be read as encouraging when compared with the proportion of women who responded to SPIE’s 2022 salary survey (21%), it is certainly a figure we hope to see increase in future editions of the list. 

17 November 2022

The list of the industry's most innovative people has launched, with subscribers getting early access

Analysis & opinion

Analysis & opinion

21 October 2022

For the Day of Photonics, we're asking with those at the start of their photonics careers what’s important to them in their work. Next up: Kiranti Krishan, Photonics Graduate Engineer, Rockley Photonics

20 October 2022

Ahead of the Day of Photonics, we're asking with those at the start of their photonics careers what’s important to them in their work. Next up: Maria Giovanna Pappa, Optical Engineer, NKT Photonics

Hamza Farah is undertaking a one-year photonics internship at the UK’s Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult

19 October 2022

Ahead of the Day of Photonics, we're asking with those at the start of their photonics careers what’s important to them in their work. Next up: Hamza Farah, Photonics Intern

Features

Features

The ALD system could be used to coat complex augmented, virtual and mixed reality optics at higher efficiency

28 October 2022

Tim Reynolds speaks to Gerd-Albert Hoffmann, head of the Optics Integration Group at Laser Zentrum Hannover, about a new spatial atomic layer deposition system

Figure 1: The slow optical cooking setup: A silica microfibre filled with deionised water is coupled to two microfibers, MF1 and MF2, which are oriented perpendicular to the microfibre and connected to an optical spectrum analyser and broadband light source. The heating effect caused by the broadband WGMs is illustrated in red.

29 August 2022

Researchers are unlocking an exciting field of photonics development with optical microresonators fabricated at higher precisions than ever before

Optical technologies offer researchers a powerful new toolkit to explore the structure and function of the brain. (Image: Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.com)

19 August 2022

Advances in optical fibres and microscale LEDs are furthering neuroscientists’ understanding of the brain

Viewpoint

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An outline of some of the emerging risks when it comes to lasers, and advice on how users can keep themselves safe.

A new generation of optical coatings can provide superior reflectivity in the deep UV range and beyond

While the high laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) is a buzzword when talking about femtosecond and picosecond optics, it is not (only) the nominal LIDT value that matters.

Press releases

24 November 2022

The latest Optica Community story celebrates Tokyo artist Setsuko Ishii

24 November 2022

Mark brings his wide-ranging expertise to iPronics as the company builds on its success with early-adopter customers in its beta testing program

31 October 2022

Optica (formerly OSA), announces the third instalment in the Optica Community series celebrating Native American physicist Franklin Dollar

White papers

In the company’s latest whitepaper, Lasence explains how its GLM series of laser modules utilises its Crystal Laser Core (CLC) technology to provide a wide range of wavelengths and operating temperatures with high stability and competitive pricing.

This white paper from Spectrum Scientific (SSI) explains how its optical coatings provide superior reflectivity to boost the sensitivity of optical systems operating in the DUV and VUV spectral regions.

This white paper presents and discusses the most common types of illumination for machine vision in order to help make illumination selection less intimidating.

Webcasts

Webcast date (GMT):
Thursday, 1 December, 2022 - 14:00

We hear from two experts in fostering the development of quantum photonics technologies in the UK and Europe

Webcast date (GMT):
Thursday, 24 November, 2022 - 14:00

In this webcast, we look at the potential of optical techniques, primarily Raman spectroscopy, in medical diagnostics - and the barriers to clinical translation.

Webcast date (GMT):
Thursday, 20 October, 2022 - 13:00

Focuslight is a technology leader in AuSn thin film deposition and AuSn bonding process with more than 10 years’ experience. This webcast details the design, key processes and application data of high-power laser diode devices.

Products

25 November 2022

Radon is a serious health risk not only in Smart Homes but in any environment where one spends a lot of time. The new VTH21 Series of photodiodes, with its large available active areas, is supplied as bare dies to maximize signal levels.

01 November 2022

At electronica 2022 in Munich, Instrument Systems is showcasing innovative light measurement solutions.

01 November 2022

From solid-state, arc lamp replacements to bright, stable laser Light Engines to assay-specific Scanners, Lumencor does more than simple LEDs.Thriving on technical lighting challenges, we show what’s possible when light is used to its fullest po

Tech Focus

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A look at the current market for photoluminescence technology and some of the latest products available

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A look at the current market for lens technology and some of the latest products available

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Shining a light on the latest photonics products and solutions in the spectroscopy space.