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Optical technologies offer researchers a powerful new toolkit to explore the structure and function of the brain. (Image: Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.com)

19 August 2022

Advances in optical fibres and microscale LEDs are furthering neuroscientists’ understanding of the brain

Robert Smith is a professor at the University of Alberta and historian to JWST since 2002

01 August 2022

As James Webb Space Telescope beams back images from the edge of space and time, space historian Robert Smith recalls some of the decisions made to bring the $10bn NASA project to fruition. David Stuart reports

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Figure 1: The slow optical cooking setup: A silica microfibre filled with deionised water is coupled to two microfibers, MF1 and MF2, which are oriented perpendicular to the microfibre and connected to an optical spectrum analyser and broadband light source. The heating effect caused by the broadband WGMs is illustrated in red.

29 August 2022

Researchers are unlocking an exciting field of photonics development with optical microresonators fabricated at higher precisions than ever before

Optical technologies offer researchers a powerful new toolkit to explore the structure and function of the brain. (Image: Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.com)

19 August 2022

Advances in optical fibres and microscale LEDs are furthering neuroscientists’ understanding of the brain, Susan Curtis discovers

Robert Smith is a professor at the University of Alberta and historian to JWST since 2002

01 August 2022

As James Webb Space Telescope beams back images from the edge of space and time, space historian Robert Smith recalls some of the decisions made to bring the $10bn NASA project to fruition. David Stuart reports

Optical benches at Politecnico di Milano, the general coordinator of the Crimson project. Credit: Politecnico di Milano

20 July 2022

It can take a village to bring a medical photonics device to market, Benjamin Skuse discovers

Image: PopTika/shutterstock.com

13 July 2022

Raman spectroscopy has huge potential for use in medicine, as David Stuart finds out

3D printed Fresnel lens combining diffractive elements with refractive surfaces. Credit: Nanoscribe

29 June 2022

Benjamin Skuse investigates some impressive additive methods for producing polymer and glass optics for imaging

The space sector offers numerous oppurtunities for photonics technologies in the development and offering of satellite-based services. (Image: Shutterstock/Dima Zel)

14 June 2022

The ongoing commercialisation of the space sector is creating numerous opportunities for photonics technologies, Matthew Dale learns

Preliminary testing of the quantum gravity gradiometer designed by Michael Holynski and colleagues at the University of Birmingham, which has now been shown to locate an underground tunnel with a positional accuracy of 20cm. Credit: Crown Copyright

13 June 2022

Susan Curtis explores the new breed of quantum gravimeters finding their way onto the slopes of Mount Etna and into tunnels deep under Birmingham

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

Mathias Bochow, GFZ Helmholtz Centre, Potsdam, is working on the Trace project to track marine plastic. Credit: Frank Schweikert, Aldebaran Marine Research & Broadcast  (www.aldebaran.org/en/)

18 May 2022

Abigail Williams speaks to scientists tracking marine plastic using satellite spectral imagery

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