Editor's picks

M Squared’s lasers have been used in cold matter-based quantum computing projects

The Discovery project, the largest industry-led quantum computing project in Britain to date, will be led by M Squared

Classification of nuts as good or bad using Specim’s FX17 camera

Optical design is crucial in enabling wider adoption of hyperspectral imaging, finds Andy Extance

Chromacity CEO Shahida Imani discusses adapting to a new industry and her approach to management

Analysis & opinion

13 November 2020

Following the Inpho Venture Summit in October, Blumorpho CEO, Géraldine Andrieux, discusses how startups should approach pitching for venture capital funding in these uncertain economic times

12 November 2020

Chromacity CEO Shahida Imani discusses adapting to a new industry and her approach to management

05 November 2020

David Stuart reports from a panel discussion that saw members of the UK photonics industry discuss opportunities and growth after the pandemic is over

Features

Classification of nuts as good or bad using Specim’s FX17 camera

13 November 2020

Optical design is crucial in enabling wider adoption of hyperspectral imaging, finds Andy Extance

13 November 2020

Optical coatings are helping to improve the efficiency of solar cells, finds David Stuart

A schematic of Coherent's adjustable ring mode fibre and the five basic power patterns possible within the focused laser spot (Image: Coherent)

14 October 2020

Greg Blackman discovers how emerging lasers with adjustable beam quality are improving quality and flexibility in cutting and welding

12 October 2020

Keely Portway takes a look at the latest developments in optical software for the biomedical industry    

Press Releases

Viewpoint

18 November 2020

Gemma Church explains how mirrors are improving ultrafast laser performance

5 October 2020

Gemma Church explains how advances in modular 
high-resolution spectroscopy aids plasma monitoring

Tech focus

03 November 2020

Car manufacturing has been hit hard by Covid-19 but the need for vision on production lines has not diminished, as Greg Blackman finds out

The optical set-up of the new dual-comb spectrometer. (Image: David R. Carlson, NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder)

03 November 2020

Matthew Dale speaks with the developers of the world’s first dual-comb spectrometer with an acquisition speed of 10 gigahertz

Photonic crystals are responsible for the iridescent colours of a butterfly's wings.

28 September 2020

Researchers have devised a new way of generating thin 3D photonic crystals that show promise for miniaturising photonic integrated circuits

Products

04 November 2020

Photon Lines now offers a new microscopic biomechanical force sensor system called SENSOCELL from Impetux, of Barcelona, Spain

02 September 2020

ProPhotonix has extended its range of Prodigii digital laser modules with five new wavelengths: 375nm, 405nm, 450nm, 905nm and 940nm

24 August 2020

The 5-axis laser scanner is particularly suitable for the high-precision production of complex components in medical technology, microelectronics and the automotive industry

24 August 2020

Aerotech has introduced a new hexapod for quality assurance applications

24 August 2020

The Cobolt Rogue series of lasers are continuous-wave diode pumped lasers (DPL) and are multi-mode, high power complements to Cobolt's 05-01 series of single frequency lasers

04 March 2020

Focuslight technologies, a global provider of high power diode lasers and micro optics, announced the LIMO Wide Angle Diffuser at SPIE Photonics West 2020. Designed for automotive LiDAR and 3D sensing applications, the LIMO Wide Angle Diffuser is a glass refractive optical element (ROE) with the ability to disperse laser light in one direction up to a full illumination angle, ranging from a few mrad up to 150 degrees. When combined with a second functional surface, the light can also be shaped at any desired angle in the other direction.

04 March 2020

Focuslight technologies, a global provider of high power diode lasers and micro optics, announced the Focuslight FocusFlux® AL01 Series LiDAR laser module at SPIE Photonics West 2020. The FocusFlux AL01 series is a high peak power, 1064nm laser module that employs a novel, compact, solid state design. It features a 1.5mJ 3ns laser pulse based on Q-switch technology. Built-in advanced glass diffusers enable it to generate a configurable field of view (FOV) of 125x25, 60x45, or customized per request.

Events

Online
01 December 2020 to 03 December 2020
Online
03 December 2020
Online
07 December 2020 to 09 December 2020
San Francisco
06 March 2021 to 11 March 2021

White papers

05 November 2020

This paper explains how to use the MID-IR linear detector array in the sorting area. High performance optical sorting systems are the main application of multielement detectors. Optical sorting can be used in the mining, food, chemical and pharmacological industries.  

30 October 2020

Advances in laser technology have paved the way for the development of powerful, ultrafast lasers with pulse lengths as short as 10fs or less. Building such systems has come with many challenges for the precision optics community. Ultrafast systems therefore require low group delay dispersion (GDD) components to access and maintain femtosecond pulse durations.

09 October 2020

Due to climate change, population growth and many other factors, farms will need to adapt to ever-worsening conditions. Spectroscopy plays a key role in developing the future of these farms.

Webcasts

13 October 2020

*On demand* For sensor, camera, and machine learning developers interested in how process monitoring can be implemented in reality

24 March 2020

*On demand* This online discussion will explore the photonics technologies being developed to maximise data throughput and to extend data delivery speeds beyond 400Gbps

20 March 2020

*On demand* This webcast will present European capabilities for the development of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) biosensors for virus detection