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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 

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

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

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

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

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