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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

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

Every grain counts

How will the world feed 10 billion people by 2050 with no new land for agriculture? Greg Blackman speaks to machine builder Bühler about how optical sensing can maximise yield in grain processing

SPIE’s career and diversity specialist Meg All, left, facilitated an Equity in Industry panel during SPIE Photonics West earlier this year. Joining All, from left to right, are Openwater’s Mary Lou Jepsen; Double Helix’s Leslie Kimerling; and Chromacity’s Shahida Imani

Equity, diversity, and inclusion: SPIE's collaborative effort

Daneet Steffens from SPIE details some of the initiatives currently in place aimed at improving diversity in photonics

Investment is making lidar more accessible and cost-effective for the autonomous driving sector

The driving force behind autonomous vehicles

Keely Portway delves into some of the latest lidar developments for self-driving vehicles, and how these are proving beneficial in other applications

A determination to succeed

Photonics engineering student Troy Rzeznikiewicz applied to hundreds of openings prior to starting as an optical design engineer intern at Lumentum. Here he describes the application process and discusses how technical students can be supported to succeed in industry

L to R: Marc Canales, Roger Artigas, EPIC’s Ana González & Carlos Lee

Made to measure

Jose Pozo, CTO at EPIC, talks with Roger Artigas, co-founder, president and CTO of Sensofar Metrology – a designer and manufacturer of 3D surface metrology instruments

Diagnosis on a chip

Keely Portway discusses advances in photonic integrated circuit biosensors for the detection of viruses such as covid-19

Left to right: Dr Weber, Dr Neugebauer, Dr Popp

Coronavirus shines a light on potential of optical techniques

Dr Karina Weber, Dr Ute Neugebauer, and Dr Juergen Popp, of Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz-IPHT) Jena, spoke to Electro Optics about the advantages of optical methods in tackling global health challenges, and what we can learn from the Covid-19 crisis to advance clinical translation

Waveguides seek to welcome consumer AR

Fabricating novel light-guiding structures from glass and plastic will prove instrumental in whether augmented reality becomes an everyday technology, finds Andy Extance

Cubert's Ultris 20 hyperspectral snapshot camera provides a more reliable alternative for aerial surveillance than conventional line scan cameras

Spectral snapping

Matthew Dale explores the emerging alternatives to push broom hyperspectral imaging

Graphene dreams

Graphene could transform networks if its remarkable properties can sustain a viable supply chain, finds Andy Extance

Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks. Copyright: The National Gallery, London 

Spectral imaging sheds light on Leonardo masterpiece

Giorgia Marucci from Pro-Lite Technology visits the National Gallery in London to find out how hyperspectral imaging was used to reveal the history behind Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks

Full speed ahead

Eric Mottay talks about founding Amplitude Laser Group at a time when the industrial femtosecond laser market was 'virtually non-existent'

Electric dreams

As car makers install production lines for electric vehicles, Greg Blackman looks at how vision is currently used in their factories

A technician loads a wedged focus lens, a key element in the NIF final optics assembly, into a cleaning/coating frame

Learning curve

Keely Portway finds out how the latest advances in photonics have enhanced the research environment, and how they have translated to the commercial sector

The Vuzix M300 AR headset is one of a variety of products targeting industrial applications

Can holograms help replace smartphones?

Andy Extance finds that although augmented reality products talk about holograms more than they use them, holographic technology still has huge potential

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