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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

More than 1,300 exhibitors will be in attendance this year.

21 April 2022

The Central Laser Facility’s Vulcan laser amplifier and mirror bench, R1, at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 26 January 2015. Credit: Science and Technology Facilities Council

07 April 2022

Katrina Wesencraft outlines engineering and optical challenges involved in shrinking ultrafast lasers, all the way down to tiny devices for sending into space

Metalens imaging simulation in Synopsys BeamProp BPM tool. Credit: Synopsys

05 April 2022

Greg Blackman explores the optical design approaches for modelling metasurfaces

PureLiFi has launched a LiFi system for the home. LiFi at Home has a downlighter that fits into standard GU10 lightbulb fittings. Credit: PureLiFi

04 April 2022

Laser-based technology and sophisticated modulation schemes could help deliver on future demands for high data volumes, finds Andy Extance

Laser guide star for tracking space junk, developed by Electro Optic Systems together with the Australian National University. Credit: Electro Optic Systems

01 March 2022

Benjamin Skuse explores photonics-based efforts to track, and possibly even remove, debris from the very crowded region of near-Earth space

Fluidically assembled full colour RGB microLED display demonstrated by the eLux and development partners. Credit: eLux

01 March 2022

From compelling augmented reality experiences to jaw-droppingly vivid TVs, affordable microLED displays could be closer than you think. Rebecca Pool reports

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01 March 2022

Katherine Skipper investigates the chip-scale lidar devices starting to surface, and whether they’ll find their way into vehicles

The technology for optical systems generation is becoming increasingly diversified, while each stage of the fabrication chain is becoming deeper and more specialised. (Image: PanDao)

14 February 2022

Matthew Dale reports on efforts to modulate and streamline in softwareoptical system design and fabrication

Canadian start-up Xanadu has built a series of small-scale quantum chips, available in 8- and 12-qubit versions, along with a 24-qubit processor, and a 40-qubit chip now at the fabrication stage. Credit: Xanadu

24 January 2022

Susan Curtis speaks to start-ups building quantum processors based on the photon

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