June 2017


Driving sense

We might not be at the stage where a person can read a book while travelling to their destination, but the autonomous vehicle market is growing at a rapid pace.

Although just one small part of the autonomous vehicle ecosystem, sensors and detectors are a key enabler of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and will play a major role in realising the autonomous driving dream.


Optics: the final frontier

With first light planned for 2024, the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) is set to be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the world. The €1 billion structure is being built under the direction of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), but the scale of the project has pushed the optics industry to advance optics manufacturing and metrology techniques to new levels of precision.


Through the barrel

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) data, some 25 per cent of the total amount of alcohol consumed around the world each year is ‘unrecorded’ – or illicit – resulting in a substantial loss in government tax revenues and exposing drinkers to potentially very harmful contaminants. In recognition of these problems, analytical techniques like spectroscopy have emerged as an important means of testing counterfeit beverages.