Analysis & opinion

22 February 2008

Optics supplier Qioptiq is to acquire Point Source, a specialist producer of fibre optic laser delivery systems and lasers.

11 February 2008

A new European roadmap has been published that will direct EC funding for the joint development of photonics and nanotechnologies.

07 February 2008

In a seemingly alchemical process, scientists have found that they can change the colour of different metals using ultrashort pulses of laser light.

17 January 2008

Visitors to the SPIE Photonics West event in San Jose, USA can expect a bigger show than ever before, with 1,164 exhibitors and 3,100 technical presentations.

11 January 2008

The sales of LEDs to automotive suppliers is set to double within the next 10 years, according to a new report published by IMS Research.

11 January 2008

Research has revealed that fibre lasers could replace other technologies to cut silicon, weld and cut plastics and mark metals.

07 December 2007

A new study reports that the value European photonics market has now drawn level with the semiconductor industry, and is now set to overtake it with an annual growth rate of 7.6 per cent.

12 November 2007

Sales of fibre lasers are set to double by 2011, a new report reveals. The fibre laser market is expected to be worth $240m by the end of this year.

12 October 2007

Visitors will be able to get up close to the latest applications of photonics at the Photonex show. By Tom Wilkie

09 July 2007

The use of lasers for industrial cutting and welding seemed to be the theme of Laser 2007, but opinions over which lasers would provide this technology were fiercely divided.

07 June 2007

Demanding websites like YouTube and MySpace have been driving the market for laser crystals, a new study suggests, with a 5 per cent increase in profit in this area since 2001.

04 May 2007

Machine Vision in European Manufacturing, a conference organised by Imaging and Machine Vision Europe magazine, has announced its first speakers, including representatives from DaimlerChrysler, EMVA and UKIVA