Editor's picks

The nulling interferometry devices under development at Caltech’s Exoplanet Technology Laboratory cancel out starlight to help detect and identify foreign worlds. (Credit: Shutterstock/Dotted Yeti)

Nemanja Jovanovic, lead instrument scientist at Caltech’s Optical Observatory and Exoplanet Technology Laboratory, on emerging astrophotonic technologies on his radar

Laser communication networks provide connectivity from the sky, allowing for ultra-high data rates and secure, long-distance data transmission. (Image: Mynaric)

The work will be done as part of DARPA's 'Space-based adaptive communications node' programme

Conceptual diagram of the world’s fastest two-qubit gate. Two atoms captured in optical tweezers (red light) with a separation of a micrometre are manipulated by an ultrafast laser pulse (blue light) shone for only 10 picoseconds. (Image: Dr Takafumi Tomita)

An exceptionally fast qubit gate has been developed, representing completely new quantum computer hardware that breaks through the limitations of previous formats

News

The technologies include two substrates of ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors, as well as electronic computer-aided design software for the development of complex integrated circuits. (Image: Shutterstock/sdecoret)

17 August 2022

The technologies include two substrates of ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors, as well as electronic computer-aided design software for the development of complex integrated circuits

News

Sitan Technology's 0.18inch microLED micro-display module (Image: Sitan Technology)

 

16 August 2022

The funding rounds will stimulate Sitan Technology towards mass-production of its microLED chips and display modules.

Rockley's Bioptx Baseline wristbands offer continuous, non-invasive, near-real-time monitoring of multiple biomarkers (Image: Rockley Photonics)

15 August 2022

The order is for the firm’s Bioptx Baseline wristbands, which offer continuous, non-invasive, near-real-time monitoring of multiple biomarkers

Laser communication networks provide connectivity from the sky, allowing for ultra-high data rates and secure, long-distance data transmission. (Image: Mynaric)

12 August 2022

The work will be done as part of DARPA's 'Space-based adaptive communications node' programme

Analysis & opinion

Analysis & opinion

Here two electronic driver chips are connected face down to a silicon photonics chip.The horseshoe-shaped device is an optical modulator, which can be used as part of a programmable circuit. (Image: Optoelectronics Research Centre)

28 July 2022

Silicon photonics is making its way into computing architecture, but not without its challenges, Matthew Dale finds

27 July 2022

Carlos Lee speaks to Mike Powell, managing partner of Renevo Capital Limited, an investment bank specialising in photonics and semiconductors

Credit: KLA

15 July 2022

Here we highlight some of the initiatives working to engage and train young people in optics and photonics

Features

Features

Image: PopTika/shutterstock.com

13 July 2022

Raman spectroscopy has huge potential for use in medicine, as David Stuart finds out

3D printed Fresnel lens combining diffractive elements with refractive surfaces. Credit: Nanoscribe

29 June 2022

Benjamin Skuse investigates some impressive additive methods for producing polymer and glass optics for imaging

The space sector offers numerous oppurtunities for photonics technologies in the development and offering of satellite-based services. (Image: Shutterstock/Dima Zel)

14 June 2022

The ongoing commercialisation of the space sector is creating numerous opportunities for photonics technologies, Matthew Dale learns

Viewpoint

How automotive companies can choose the right lidar technology for their applications, by Gemma Church

Image credit: Maximillian cabinet/Shutterstock.com

Superluminescent LED drivers can help us understand ocean turbulence, here’s how

Freeform optics come into their own in applications such as illumination – for example, modern LED headlight designs (credit: i viewfinder/Shutterstock.com)

How optical designers can realise the benefits of using freeform optical elements from the R&D stage when designing for illumination applications

Press releases

27 July 2022

TU/e was one of the founding partners of SMART Photonics ten years ago

21 July 2022

The firm welcomes Lars Johnsson as VP of Product, Marketing and Business Development and Hao Zhou as Head of Sales in Asia

08 July 2022

Gray Optics developed a custom dichroic beam splitter designed to work with kilowatt NIR lasers for additive manufacturing

White papers

This white paper examines the leading lidar technologies and explains what issues automotive companies must take into consideration to build the vehicles of the future

Hyperspectral sensors offer a number of advantages thanks to their ability to identify and quantify molecular absorption. Hyperspectral imaging is widely used in applications including food and agriculture, mineralogy, surveillance, astronomy, chemical imaging and many more. This white paper provides a glimpse of some new developments within hyperspectral imaging technology, highlighting what is a rapidly changing imaging landscape.

Semiconductor packaging encases integrated circuits in a protective form factor to fit into a device, allowing the chip to be connected to the circuit board. It is an essential part of semiconductor design and manufacture, yet moving from concept to full-scale packaging presents a number of challenges. Whether you’re a photonics start-up with a great idea or an established company looking to prototype a new design, this white paper outlines the challenges faced from semiconductor package design and prototyping, through process development and optimisation to ensure that your device can be manufactured with the desired throughput and quality.

Webcasts

Webcast date (GMT):
Thursday, 9 June, 2022 - 14:00

With photonics competing with other industries for talent, investment and recognition, how can the industry pull together to increase its profile and engage key stakeholders?

Webcast date (GMT):
Wednesday, 29 June, 2022 - 14:00

Now available on-demand, hear from speakers representing the shortlisted companies in both the Quantum category + Sensors, test and measurement / Optical measuring systems / Imaging category from this year's Laser World of Photonics Innova

Webcast date (GMT):
Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 - 14:00

Now available to watch on-demand, discover more about the shortlisted companies in April's Laser World of Photonics Innovation Award. This webcast features the shortlist from the Optics / Manufacturing technology for optics category.

 

Products

17 August 2022

The non-browning glass used in Resolve Optics high-resolution radiation tolerant lenses withstands long-term exposure to radiation up to a dose of 100,000,000 rad without significant discoloration

16 August 2022

The new optical fibre features a hermetic carbon layer, very low numerical aperture (NA) expansion, and superior optical stability while operating in the UVC spectral range and beyond

15 August 2022

The laser has no rotating parts but is still able to generate a 360° line

Tech Focus

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We round-up the latest products and solutions in the single photon counting space.

Image credit: Yury Zap/Shutterstock.com

A look at the commercial offerings of the main players in freeform optics.

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A look at the market for lidar and some of the systems, products and solutions available