Editor's picks

Professor Paul Shore led the team that micromachined the complex mirrors within James Webb’s mid-infrared instrument. He chats about the technical lessons learnt

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?

Dr Dennis Prather, engineering alumni professor at the University of Delaware and co-founder and president of Phase Sensitive Innovations, leads the team design project discussion on wireless applications for PIC design

Dr Robert Geer, director of education and workforce development, details the importance of equipping industry with photonic integration expertise

News

Gentle high-temperature crystallisation: Fraunhofer ILT, together with Fraunhofer ISIT and IST, has developed a selective, laser-based crystallisation process for the manufacture of MEMS sensor units directly on active circuits. (Image: Fraunhofer ILT)

03 October 2022

Researchers are using laser-based crystallisation to eliminate the need for wires and solder joints in the monolithic integration of MEMS sensors

News

For the experiment, the holographic images were visualised using an optical path consisting of a continuum laser, iris, lens, the sample and an optical screen. Credit: Qi Dai, Wuhan University

30 September 2022

The three-channel device could be used as an anticounterfeiting measure or offer a new way to securely deliver encrypted information

To image the plane engine, the researchers used a 7m-diameter optical mounting frame (red) located just 3 m from the exit nozzle of the engine. The testing facility is at the Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial (INTA) in Madrid. Credit: Gordon Humphries, University of Strathclyde

30 September 2022

The technology could help accelerate turbine combustion research

EPIC’s Antonio Raspa presenting at the Italian Stock Exchange

29 September 2022

The fund will track the Solactive EPIC Optical Technology & Photonics Index

Analysis & opinion

Analysis & opinion

07 September 2022

Jérémy Picot-Clémente, EPIC’s photonics technologies programme manager, talks with CEO of start-up TriLite Technologies, Peter Weigand, about its miniature laser projection display technology

Dr Dennis Prather, engineering alumni professor at the University of Delaware and co-founder and president of Phase Sensitive Innovations, leads the team design project discussion on wireless applications for PIC design

01 September 2022

Dr Robert Geer, director of education and workforce development, details the importance of equipping industry with photonic integration expertise

01 September 2022

We are now seeking nominations for inclusion in our very first The Photonics100 list of the industry's most innovative people

Features

Features

Robert Smith is a professor at the University of Alberta and historian to JWST since 2002

01 August 2022

As James Webb Space Telescope beams back images from the edge of space and time, space historian Robert Smith recalls some of the decisions made to bring the $10bn NASA project to fruition. David Stuart reports

Optical benches at Politecnico di Milano, the general coordinator of the Crimson project. Credit: Politecnico di Milano

20 July 2022

It can take a village to bring a medical photonics device to market, Benjamin Skuse discovers

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13 July 2022

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

Viewpoint

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Handheld devices are making thermal management in research experiments more accessible, and in turn, advancing applications such as backscattering interferometry

James McKay, technical sales engineer for physical sciences at Photon Lines

It is now just over two years since I graduated from the University of Leicester with a first-class honours degree in physics with space science. I remember being asked 'Are you looking forward to taking the skills from your degree and putting them to work in the professional world?' I laughed.

EMF invested a great deal of time and effort in developing a coating system for producing long-lasting diamond like carbon (DLC) coatings on chalcogenides at scale

The properties of chalcogenide glass optics have opened up a number of use cases in infrared optics applications and beyond. This article assesses how some of the associated manufacturing and handling challenges of this material can be overcome

Press releases

27 September 2022

The new office located in Landsberg am Lech, at the heart of Bavaria and epicentre of the three countries, will ensure fast response and accurate support

27 September 2022

Formed in September 2002, Pro-Lite is a supplier of specialist equipment and services with a technical focus in photonics, light metrology and optical spectroscopy

23 September 2022

Beate Sauter and Dennis George have been appointed as Chief Executive Officers of the company effective immediately

White papers

This white paper from Wavelength Electronics details how researchers from Bristol University developed a new ray tracing model, including many parameters not previously reported.

Since their invention in 1960, lasers have become ever more widely deployed in scientific research, in medicine, in industrial materials processing, in telecommunications as well as in numerous consumer applications. What hasn’t changed over the years is the extreme optical hazard that many laser beams present.

In this white paper, Pro-Lite’s Robert Yeo explains how the integrating sphere came into existence, what it does, how it works, and how it is used to simplify what would otherwise be complex measurements in fields such as radiometry & photometry, in measuring the optical properties of materials and in the calibration and distortion correctio

Webcasts

Webcast date (GMT):
Thursday, 8 September, 2022 - 13:00

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

04 October 2022

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

04 October 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

03 October 2022

Lumencor’s CELESTA Light Engine is a solid-state laser illuminator, designed to support numerous demanding fluorescence microscopy applications. ~1000 mW/color is produced at the distal end of an optical fiber or light guide. Customization available upon request.

Tech Focus

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We roundup the latest products and solutions in the optical design software space

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We detail the commercial offerings from some of the main players in optical mirrors

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Shining a light on the latest products and solutions in the diode laser space