Editor's picks

The Commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns in the European Economic Area (EEA)

The independent foundry for photonic integrated circuits announces a €35m Series C investment from a Dutch consortium led by Innovation Industries

Progress is being made on entanglement methods that can work in mainstream telecom wavelengths, in conventional networks, finds Andy Extance

Analysis & opinion

08 June 2020

In the second installment of a two-part series, Christina C C Willis gives practical advice on how to create and maintain a lasting network successfully

08 June 2020

Carlos Lee talks to Thierry Georges, CEO of Oxxius, a developer of continuous-wave laser modules

08 June 2020

Emily Gallagher, imec, says we can all choose to apply our skills – in her case, within photomask-related semiconductor development – to help minimise the effects of climate change


16 June 2020

Progress is being made on entanglement methods that can work in mainstream telecom wavelengths, in conventional networks, finds Andy Extance 

16 June 2020

Andy Extance finds out how the SPEXS project is looking to extend single photon counting further into the infrared

12 May 2020

Keely Portway discusses advances in photonic integrated circuit biosensors for the detection of viruses such as covid-19

11 May 2020

Greg Blackman on the filters used in point of care devices for testing for Covid-19

Press Releases


3 June 2020

Dan Adams highlights the significant role that optics and photonics are playing in addressing the impact of Covid-19

13 March 2020

Can spectroscopy help make the world a better place? Benno Oderkerk, co-founder and CEO of Avantes, located in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, is convinced it can.

Tech focus

04 June 2020

US researchers have proposed a photovoltaic cell that could generate power throughout the night

A new type of PIC has been developed, the properties of which can be programmed using a combination of light and heat

30 April 2020

Researchers in the Netherlands have developed a new type of photonic integrated circuit that can be programmed using a combination of light and heat

A new simple chip powered by quantum dots allows standard microscopes to visualise difficult-to-image biological organisms.

30 March 2020

MIT researchers have developed a multi-layered chip that could dramatically reduce the cost of dark-field microscopes


04 March 2020

Focuslight technologies, a global provider of high power diode lasers and micro optics, announced the LIMO Wide Angle Diffuser at SPIE Photonics West 2020. Designed for automotive LiDAR and 3D sensing applications, the LIMO Wide Angle Diffuser is a glass refractive optical element (ROE) with the ability to disperse laser light in one direction up to a full illumination angle, ranging from a few mrad up to 150 degrees. When combined with a second functional surface, the light can also be shaped at any desired angle in the other direction.

04 March 2020

Focuslight technologies, a global provider of high power diode lasers and micro optics, announced the Focuslight FocusFlux® AL01 Series LiDAR laser module at SPIE Photonics West 2020. The FocusFlux AL01 series is a high peak power, 1064nm laser module that employs a novel, compact, solid state design. It features a 1.5mJ 3ns laser pulse based on Q-switch technology. Built-in advanced glass diffusers enable it to generate a configurable field of view (FOV) of 125x25, 60x45, or customized per request.

30 January 2020

German start-up Linnowave’s Vaheat provides a novel approach for precise and rapid temperature controllability in optical high resolution microscopy of live cells

30 January 2020

Photon Lines is distributing Omicron's new LightHUB-Ultra laser light engine in France, the UK and Ireland

23 October 2019

The new Chameleon Discovery NX laser from Coherent delivers deep multiphoton microscope images with high brightness and high contrast

23 October 2019

Cobolt has introduced the Cobolt Tor XS, a high-performance Q-switched laser at 1,064nm and 532nm, with 100uJ/pulse and 50uJ/pulse respectively

23 October 2019

Gamma Scientific has released the Wavemon wavelength and power meter


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15 September 2020 to 17 September 2020
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07 October 2020 to 08 October 2020
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White papers

30 June 2020

Values for Laser Induced Damage Thresholds (LIDTs) can vary. Inflated values give a rosy glow to the coater and a redder glow to the end user when their optics damage under seemingly safe conditions. There is much finger pointing within the damage community and there are numerous sources of variance. This situation highlights the importance of following the ISO standards for laser damage testing. 

30 June 2020

Monitoring greenhouse gases directly from space is essential to improve the accuracy of climate change analysis. This whitepaper details the use of a LIDAR in space using a GHz frequency-comb for in-orbit calibration.

05 June 2020

One of the most promising candidates for the perfect quantum qubit are defect centres in solid-state materials, also known as colour centres. Widely tunable cw lasers make it quicker and easier to characterize the internal energy structure of different qubit contenders. Read how!



24 March 2020

*Weds 8 Apr* This online discussion will explore the photonics technologies being developed to maximise data throughput and to extend data delivery speeds beyond 400Gbps

20 March 2020

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

19 March 2020

*On demand* This webinar will present an innovative UVC LED respiratory mask, presented by EPIC members and partners of the EU-funded pilot line MedPhab