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FormFactor's fast photonic wafer probers enable rapid tests through faster photonic alignment than previously possible. (Credit: FormFactor Inc)

Testing and alignment seek to scale up manufacture

Integration, automation, collaboration, customisation and designing for testing and manufacturability will help component and system makers lower costs and increase production, finds Andy Extance

Imec is using a high harmonic generation laser with anamorphic mirrors to explore high NA EUV challenges

Chipmakers look to EUV lithography’s next generation

Semiconductor manufacturers want the next big thing: to adopt high numerical aperture lithographic processes using extreme ultraviolet light to print smaller circuits. Andy Extance finds out more

 

It’s all in the data

Carlos Lee, Epic’s director general, talks with Ben Rubovitch, co-founder and CEO at DustPhotonics, a supplier of optical technology for silicon photonics

Covid-19 impacts doctors' trust in point-of-care tests

With huge opportunities for light-based diagnostics and therapeutics to combat disease, successful clinical translation depends on funding robust trials – and greater trust between developers and end-users, finds Jessica Rowbury 

This image shows perovskite photovoltaics in the background with individual perovskite crystals shown as the colourful units. (Credit: CUBE3D Graphic)

Souped-up solar absorption with perovskites

Perovskite solar cell design delivers efficiencies to rival those made of silicon

Amplitude Laser supplies ophthalmic surgery instrument producers

Boosting ultrafast lasers’ medical benefits

Picosecond and femtosecond lasers are moving beyond ophthalmology into applications including cancer screening and therapy, finds Andy Extance

Symetrie’s NanoPos is a miniature hexapod of 68mm height for positioning and adjustment of precision components in six degrees of freedom, with a 10nm resolution.

An exact science

Some of the latest positioning solutions for photonics equipment on the market

The EUV source at Fraunhofer ILT’s Excimer facility delivers 40W at 13.5nm

EUV technology to become more accessible for SMEs

Keely Portway discovers how lasers are being used to advance Moore’s law, and how this technology could become more accessible to SMEs

Photonics’ quantum quest

Keely Portway looks at some of the latest developments in quantum science, and what they could mean for the commercial space

The shape of modern optical components is becoming increasingly complex, which can make them more difficult to coat.

Functionalising complex shaped optics

Dr Kristin Pfeiffer, Pallabi Paul, and Dr Adriana Szeghalmi have developed conformal coating processes for functionalising strongly curved optics

A rendering of the experimental setup used. Light is reflected down to the nanostructure of molybdenum disulfide (yellow and teal lattice) and PZT (blue and green). Wavelengths reflecting from the surface are captured by the top detector as transmitted wavelengths pass through the PZT to the bottom detector. (Image: Hong et al.)

Smaller, more versatile optical filters on the horizon

Researchers could spur the development of smaller, more versatile optical filters that are especially adept at playing a trick of the light

Ready to recruit remotely?

Filling technical positions is difficult any time, but the pandemic poses further challenges. Jessica Rowbury reports on a panel discussion where experts gave tips to organisations recruiting during this period

Winning investment in 2020

Following the Inpho Venture Summit in October, Blumorpho CEO, Géraldine Andrieux, discusses how startups should approach pitching for venture capital funding in these uncertain economic times

A schematic of Coherent's adjustable ring mode fibre and the five basic power patterns possible within the focused laser spot (Image: Coherent)

Custom delivery

Greg Blackman discovers how emerging lasers with adjustable beam quality are improving quality and flexibility in cutting and welding

Richardson during a lab training session with researcher          Chanelle Arias

Making materials science work for all

Kathleen Richardson, Pegasus Professor at the University of Central Florida, discusses her career developing next-gen materials and her mentorship roles within this

Photonic crystals are responsible for the iridescent colours of a butterfly's wings.

Thinner crystals, smaller chips

Researchers have devised a new way of generating thin 3D photonic crystals that show promise for miniaturising photonic integrated circuits

Fibre lasers channel the and amplify the light through a fibre optic cable

Design for life

Keely Portway takes a look at some of the latest developments in optical fibre design for fibre lasers

In deflectometry, a camera images fringe patterns that have reflected off a surface under test, so that a system can deduce a map of the surface slopes from the deviation of the projected fringes, and from that determine the surface shape. Credit: Mahr

Getting the measure of aspheric and freeform lenses

Lens features have been getting too small to properly characterise – but metrology providers are catching up, finds Andy Extance

Many university laboratories using lasers have had to shut down temporarily following a visit from an HSE inspector

Shaping up on laser safety

Matthew Dale learns how the safety knowledge of the laser community is not yet fully up to scratch

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