April 2014

Collision course avoided

Greg Blackman speaks to Dr Richard Fork at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), about his work into developing a laser-based method to stop asteroids colliding with Earth

Powering the pulse

Greg Blackman on the amplifier technology needed to generate petawatt-class, ultrashort laser pulses

Tracing the rays

The use of optical modelling software for freeform design has increased in recent years, mainly due to the rise of LEDs. Jessica Rowbury looks at what`s involved in designing an LED lighting system through the use of software

Cascade of excitement

Tom Eddershaw finds that improvements in power of terahertz lasers are making them more attractive as industrial products

Taking lasers to the movies

With Gravity winning big at the Oscars at the beginning of March, Jessica Rowbury looks at how laser projection technology is set to transform the 3D experience of watching blockbuster movies

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