Analysis & opinion

15 November 2013

The availability of unsafe, low-cost tabletop laser machines without valid certification is a fairly widespread problem in the UK, according to Andy Toms of TLM Laser. Greg Blackman speaks to Toms on the formation of an AILU special interest group that aims to increase awareness of the issue

22 October 2013

Professor Robert Karlicek, director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, will speak on the subject of 'smart lighting' at the Optical Society's Solid State and Organic Lighting conference in Tucson Arizona at the beginning of November. Here he gives a summary of his presentation

17 October 2013

Greg Blackman reports from Photonex in Coventry UK, where the UK photonics industry was under discussion

07 February 2013

Warren Clark reports from the executive panel discussion at Photonics West 2013

25 October 2011

After the harsh market conditions of the past few years, investment in new markets and products was foremost on the minds of the Executive Panel Discussion speakers at this year's Photonex

06 October 2011

This year's Photonex Executive Panel Discussion, entitled 'Better prepared? Photonics faces the future with confidence', will feature viewpoints from top industry figures. It will be chaired once again by Dr Tom Wilkie, editor-in-chief of Electro Optics

16 September 2011

Lasers that fire for as little as a ten billionth of a second provide advantages with many materials, such as no heat affected zones or melting with cold ablation, as revealed at a recent AILU workshop. Rob Coppinger reports

07 June 2011

A Photonics21 report states that the European photonics industry has a 'leveraged' impact on at least ten per cent of Europe's economy, €30tn of European trade, and around 30m jobs

26 May 2011

The photonics industry is booming at the Laser World of Photonics event, held in Munich from 23-26 May. Greg Blackman reports on the show

18 March 2011

Nuclear decommissioning, solid-state laser cutting, and many other industrial uses of photonics were discussed at the Industrial Laser Applications Symposium, held 15-16 March in Warrington, UK. Greg Blackman reports

08 October 2010

NEXPRESSO, the 'Network for EXchange and PRototype Evaluation of photonicS componentS and Optical systems', has been launched, which looks to provide support for SMEs in commercialising their photonic device prototypes

26 July 2010

PrimeSense, a developer of gesture recognition technology, has incorporated JDSU optical components into its gesture recognition platform, designed for next-generation gaming and home entertainment systems