Editor's picks

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

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

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


iXblue's Lannion site

26 May 2021

iXblue has acquired Kylia, a developer of optical components and instruments, and Muquans, which specialises in integrated quantum instruments


Digital anatomy Polyjet printing (left) which simulates the biomechanical structure of the anatomy, and full colour Polyjet printing (right) which is used for visual representation of anatomical models

13 May 2021

The printer will support medical decision making and aid in the development of new imaging and diagnostic medical devices

13 May 2021

MedPhab, Europe’s first pilot line for photonics-based medical devices, has announced a call for proposals to support companies adopting photonics technologies

Carbon Robotics' autonomous weed elimination robot combines AI and laser technology to identify, target and eliminate weeds. (Image: Carbon Robotics)

13 May 2021

A newly-developed method could replace chemical and mechanical techniques

Analysis & opinion

Analysis & opinion

09 June 2021

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

10 May 2021

University of Eastern Finland's Dr Mousumi Chakraborty discusses women's retention in STEM fields, comparing the differences between Europe and South Asia

10 May 2021

Closer collaboration with application areas will be key to unlocking further photonics budget in Horizon Europe. Matthew Dale investigates



08 April 2021

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

08 April 2021

Successful clinical translation depends on funding robust trials – and greater trust between developers and end-users, finds Jessica Rowbury

22 March 2021

Keely Portway looks at how some of the latest research into neurophotonics will help in the fight against brain disorders


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

Gemma Church finds out how Lambda Research’s optical modelling software is accelerating UV sterilisation system design

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

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.

The GEMINI interferometer enables an innovative approach to broadband pump-probe spectroscopy. Thanks to the employed time-domain Fourier Transform (FT) detection system, this configuration permits the measurement of the broadband pump-probe signal with a single-pixel detector and a single-channel lock in amplifier. In this way, it's possible to combine an ultra-broad spectral coverage with an extremely high sensitivity

Power consumption is critical in many sensing applications that use VCSELs. This whitepaper discusses how the characterization of VCSELs in both continuous wave (CW) and pulsed operation mode can be simplified.


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

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

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


26 May 2021

PhotoSound Technologies and Telemed have released the jointly-developed Moleculus

26 May 2021

PI extends its large offering of nanometre precise, fast focusing stages with the addition of its new V-308 nanopositioning slide for vertical applications

26 May 2021

Thorlabs has released a passively Q-switched laser producing 500ps pulses centered at 1,030nm

Tech Focus

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

A metaform is a new optical component that can combine with freeform optics to enable compact AR/VR headsets and eyewear. (Image: University of Rochester illustration/Michael Osadciw)


Researchers have combined freeform optics and a metasurface to deliver high-quality AR/VR glasses that are compact and easy to wear

A new dipping process using a sulfolane additive creates high-performing perovskite solar cells. The method is inexpensive and well-suited for scaling up to commercial production. (Image: LANL)

The sulfolane-additive process yields easy fabrication, low-cost, top performance and long operating life

Timing Generator for Laser Synchronization – TG

The TG10 is a timing generator dedicated to the synchronization of laser systems and laser components: Pockels cell drivers, acousto-optical modulator drivers, laser diode and flash lamp drivers, detectors, data acquisition systems, laser pulse pickers.