Editor's picks

Universities offering associate degrees for optics technicians could help answer the photonics skills shortage, finds Jessica Rowbury

The global photonics market is currently booming, having experienced significant growth in the last five years. It was reportedly worth €615bn last year (Photonik Forschung Deutschland organization).

The new method recorded 6GB of data in a one-inch silica glass sample, with each square measuring just 8.8 x 8.8mm. (Image: Yuhao Lei and Peter G. Kazansky, University of Southampton)

Such discs would offer storage 10,000 times denser than Blu-Ray discs

News

24 November 2021

JGR Optics and OptoTest are providers of fibre optic test solutions

News

Streptococcus Pneumoniae bacterium under STED imaging

24 November 2021

Scientists will be able to observe bacteria like Streptococcus Pneumoniae at a resolution ten times higher than existing fluorescence microscopy techniques

Lasers in the Optoelectronics Lab. Credit: Akshay Rao

24 November 2021

Researchers have used spectroscopy to identify a key mechanism responsible for the lower efficiencies of organic solar cells and shown a way that this hurdle might be overcome

Credit: Photonics Leadership Group

24 November 2021

Photonics will create an additional 150,000 jobs on top of the 76,500 already employed in photonics in the UK

Analysis & opinion

Analysis & opinion

01 November 2021

Photonics innovation relies on stronger communication between universities and the commercial sector. Jessica Rowbury reports from the Photonex conference in Glasgow

05 October 2021

Carlos Lee, Epic’s director general, talks to Maria Chiara Ubaldi, co-founder and chief executive of Milan-based CareGlance

Image: Universal Quantum

05 October 2021

Gemma Church details Universal Quantum’s work building a million-qubit quantum computer and what’s needed from optics and lasers

Features

Features

FormFactor's fast photonic wafer probers enable rapid tests through faster photonic alignment than previously possible. (Credit: FormFactor Inc)

07 September 2021

Integration, automation, collaboration, customisation and designing for testing and manufacturability will help component and system makers lower costs and increase production, finds Andy Extance

Credit: THOR Biomedicine

07 September 2021

Several different light-based treatments that have relied on lasers are now finding uses for LEDs, finds Andy Extance

04 August 2021

Keely Portway considers the latest miniature spectrometers for consumer and healthcare devices

Viewpoint

The new LIDT model allows scaling of the LIDT for different optics and beam sizes (credit: MPO)

Gemma Church explains how a new thermal model from Manx Precision Optics takes a new look at laser damage thresholds for the nanosecond pulse regime

Delta Optical Thin Film’s high-performance fluorescence filters diced for PoC applications (credit:Delta Optical Thin Film)

Gemma Church explains how Delta Optical Thin Film is helping to deliver miniaturised and accurate point of care diagnostics with its optical filters

High throughput industrial conveyors in the food industry

What is the role of the modern-day photonics distributor?

Press releases

26 November 2021

The facility will allow Fluence to test new processing strategies

23 November 2021

Ultrafast laser manufacturer Chromacity has signed an agreement with MSH Systems, to supply and distribute its ultrashort pulse lasers in Japan

17 November 2021

Ultrafast laser manufacturer Chromacity has signed an agreement with MSH Systems, to supply and distribute its ultrashort pulse lasers in Japan

White papers

With the development of next generation high-energy solid-state lasers, comes the need for laser crystals and optics to meet new demanding requirements. As pulse energy continues to increase, optic component manufacturers are challenged to meet these new needs. The laser damage threshold of the optical thin film coatings used for these critical system components has historically been one of the limiting factors. For medical, industrial, scientific, and defense applications it is becoming increasingly important to not only meet the spectral performance, but also to protect the optical surfaces with coatings that show high laser induced damage threshold (LIDT). This white paper highlights how Northrop Grumman SYNOPTICS optical coating solutions are ideally placed to meet these high LIDT needs in the UV, Visible and NIR spectrums

Dual-frequency comb spectroscopy permits broadband precision spectroscopic measurements with short acquisition time. A dramatic improvement of the maximal spectral bandwidth and the minimal measurement time can be expected when the lasers’ pulse repetition rate is increased, owing to a quadratic dependence (Nyquist criterion).

The Point of Care (PoC) device market is growing rapidly and not just because of the effects of the recent pandemic. These instruments have various uses in medical diagnostics, including the detection of infectious diseases, testing haemoglobin levels and monitoring blood glucose levels.

Webcasts

This webinar will look at advances being made in spectroscopy, in particular the enabling capabilities of supercontinuum, Raman hyperspectral imaging, and fourier-transform interferometry

The global photonics market is currently booming, having experienced significant growth in the last five years. It was reportedly worth €615bn last year (Photonik Forschung Deutschland organization).

Constraints in traditional manufacturing techniques have historically been a primary factor in the limited integration of freeform and aspheric mirrors into optical systems.

Products

12 October 2021

The Yokogawa AQ6380 OSA offers high optical performance to allow engineers and scientists to develop and improve the speed, bandwidth and quality of the next generation of communication networks

12 October 2021

DNV-B14 expands the company’s range of advanced materials for emerging quantum technologies

12 October 2021

The system design with new bearing technology now enables the compact z-axis to be integrated into a laser machine in any mounting orientation

Tech Focus

Electronics quality checks made using laser triangulation. (Image: Sick)

We ask four experts to give their advice for 3D imaging best practices

Sydney Institute for Astronomy researchers have developed a new type of wavefront sensor that leverages a ‘photonic lantern’ and deep learning. (Norris et al.)

Researchers have developed a wavefront sensor using a ‘photonic lantern’ that could optimise humanity’s viewing of the cosmos

At Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers integrate the gamma ray and neutron spectrometer into the Psyche spacecraft. (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A gamma ray and neutron spectrometer was recently installed on the ‘Psyche’ spacecraft, which will launch next year to probe a distant asteroid and uncover clues about the origins of our solar system