November 2014

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World's most powerful laser under construction

The construction of what will be the most powerful laser in the world has begun; it will be installed at the European Union’s Extreme Light Infrastructure Beamlines facility near Prague in the Czech Republic. The development of the ultra-intense laser system is part of a $40 million contract involving a consortium of specialist laser and glass companies as well as university experts, and will advance the European scientific community in the field of frontier physics.

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Making sense of optical fibres

A recent BCC study on the global fibre optic sensor market has predicted the sector will grow to $2.2 billion by 2018. The optical sensors’ ability to survive harsh conditions and succeed where their electrical equivalents would fail is allowing them to take over large parts of the sensing market for the aerospace, medical, industrial, telecommunications, structural, and oil and gas industries.

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Lighting up the silver screen

Although 3D laser projection technology has received quite a bit of attention in the last year or two, up until recently, it has only been demonstrated at industry screenings or at trade shows. This year, however, it has started to make its way into mainstream cinemas.

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The VC marriage

To support our customers in their fundraising process, Yole Finance has one rule: ‘Do not run after venture capitalists (VCs) but attract them’. VCs explain that the entry of a private investor in the shareholding of a company is comparable to a marriage; except that, while you know in advance that it will end in ‘divorce’, all parties have to make it a success.