November 2013

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Reaching for the stars

The first optical components for the European Extremely Large Telescope have been approved by the European Southern Observatory. Jessica Rowbury finds out that developing the technology to make the mirror segments will ultimately strengthen the European optics industry

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Lasers go digital

The world`s first "digital laser" has been engineered by a team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa. Greg Blackman speaks to Professor Andrew Forbes, who led the research

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Wonder material

Graphene has been heralded as a revolutionary material ever since its isolation in 2004, for which the scientists involved won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Greg Blackman finds out that its unique properties are also beneficial in laser technology