Editor's picks

NKT's SuperK Compact supercontinuum white light source has a monolithic fibre architecture. Credit: NKT Photonics

NKT Photonics will continue as a subsidiary with responsibility for fibre and laser development and manufacturing within Hamamatsu Photonics group

The new processor offers computing density several orders higher than that of conventional electronic chips. (Image: University of Oxford/June Sang Lee)

The new processor offers computing density several orders higher than that of conventional electronic chips

Credit: STMicroelectronics 

Metalenz's planar optics are now being manufactured on silicon wafers alongside electronics in ST’s semiconductor front-end 300mm fab in Crolles, France

News

NKT's SuperK Compact supercontinuum white light source has a monolithic fibre architecture. Credit: NKT Photonics

24 June 2022

NKT Photonics will continue as a subsidiary with responsibility for fibre and laser development and manufacturing within Hamamatsu Photonics group

News

Picture: Bosch

21 June 2022

The PIC supplier has raised €17.5m to date

The new processor offers computing density several orders higher than that of conventional electronic chips. (Image: University of Oxford/June Sang Lee)

15 June 2022

The new processor offers computing density several orders higher than that of conventional electronic chips

Optical communications can be used to dramtically ramp up the speed of data transfer between satellites and ground stations. (Image: Northrup Grumman)

14 June 2022

Sony establishes new firm, Mitsubishi Electric develops optical receiver, successful intersatellite optical communication test carried out.

Analysis & opinion

Analysis & opinion

At this year’s EPIC AGM Matthew Dale learned that advocacy efforts need to be targeted to ensure an ideal future for the European photonics industry

23 May 2022

At this year’s EPIC AGM Matthew Dale learned that increasing advocacy efforts is a must to ensure an ideal future for European photonics

A young girl integrates a light into a soft toy. Credit: B-Phot Brussels Photonics-VUB, Eyest, PhabLabs 4.0

16 May 2022

Re-thinking how we teach and engage children in school may boost interest in optics and engineering among young people, finds Jessica Rowbury

The panel discussion at Laser Munich, with Leibinger holding the microphone (credit Messe Munchen)

13 May 2022

Laser firms could really benefit from quantum computing, which should not just be reserved for the world's big challenges, finds Jessica Rowbury

Features

Features

Ams Osram’s multi-junction VCSELs are helping to improve automotive lidar. Credit: Ams Osram

06 June 2022

Multi-junction vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers are likely to displace LEDs and edge-emitting lasers in sensing, finds Andy Extance

Building a new semiconductor fab can cost more than €10bn. Credit: Imec

24 May 2022

Proposed multi-billion dollar and euro packages look set to increase uptake of leading-edge lithography, including for photonic technologies, finds Andy Extance

Manx Precision Optics’ polishing lap. Credit: Manx Precision Optics

19 May 2022

Benjamin Skuse asks why, after 400 years of polishing optics, the process hasn’t been automated

Viewpoint

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

How solid-state light engines can meet the exact needs of many biotech and industrial applications

Press releases

22 June 2022

OQE will supply epiwafers supporting 3D sensing, lidar for automotive and optical networking applications

26 May 2022

Adam McKenzie is to lead the PCSEL reliability and failure mode KTP between Vector Photonics and the University of Glasgow

07 March 2022

This new radiation tolerant laser introduces enhancements including an adaptive approach to achieve extended lifetime operation

White papers

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.

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is an atomic emission spectroscopy technique that uses a short laser pulse to create a micro-plasma on a sample surface. It is used for the rapid chemical analysis of materials in a host of industrial applications.

The science of measuring the amount, spectral and spatial distribution of light emitted by a source is generally poorly understood. Few university-level physics or engineering syllabuses review the principles of optical radiation measurement, let alone the practicalities. This is despite our interacting with light almost constantly, both in nature and in our work and leisure activities. This white paper reviews the fundamental principles of light metrology.

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

Hear from speakers representing the shortlisted companies in both the Quantum category + Sensors, test and measurement / Optical measuring systems / Imaging category from April's Laser World of Photonics Innovation Award.

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

Discover more about the shortlisted companies in April's Laser World of Photonics Innovation Award. This webinar features the shortlist from the Optics / Manufacturing technology for optics category.

 

Products

29 May 2022

Gentec-EO, a provider of laser beam measurement instruments, has announced a new beam sampler for kilowatt-level lasers

19 May 2022

SuperK’s Chromatune is a new laser that provides gap-free tuning from 400-1000 nm.

Tech Focus

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

Image credit: Francesco Scatena/Shutterstock.com

A look at the market for hyperspectral imaging and some of the products and solutions available

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A look at the current market for Neurophotonics and some of the products and solutions available