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Optics and art

Paul Urbach, Professor at Delft University of Technology and past-president of the EOS, details the important role light plays in the preservation and creation of art

Oz Optics served traditional Turkish ice cream at its booth at Laser Munich

Putting on a show

Jessica Rowbury reviews how exhibitors made an impact at Laser World of Photonics in a bid to stand out from competition

Optics on the micro scale

Keely Portway investigates the latest innovations in micro-optics, from 3D printing to how it can improve the optical designs of photonics equipment

Quest for quality

Greg Blackman looks at systems presented at the recent Control trade fair for quality inspection

Fuelling innovation

Ahead of the Innovation award that will be presented at Laser World of Photonics, Jessica Rowbury talks technology development with Dr Jonathan Blackburn of welding research and technology specialist, TWI

On reflection

Keely Portway looks at some of the latest developments in optical mirrors – including a trend for larger sizes – and how the technology may develop further

Resolution evolution

3D technology is just one of the innovations emerging in the large display market, as Andy Extance assesses the prospects for LCD, OLED and microLEDs in the fight for a share of this competitive space

A measure of success

Carlos Lee speaks with Thomas Zettler, co-founder of LayTec, on how the firm’s growth relies on keeping a good balance between industry and academia

Searching in the dark

Jessica Rowbury looks at the latest research in the hunt for dark matter, one of the biggest mysteries in physics 

Optical sensor drones fly into danger

Powered predominantly by lidar, plus spectroscopy and visual-wavelength imaging, Andy Extance discovers unmanned aerial vehicles can safely survey hazardous environments

Communicating at light speed

As part of new series of articles on entrepreneurship, Carlos Lee, director general of the European Photonics Industry Consortium, speaks to pureLiFi founder Professor Harald Haas

One small step

Keely Portway looks at how researchers and commercial entities are developing Raman technology to benefit medical applications

Advancing diagnosis

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is becoming faster and more effective, allowing the imaging of functional processes in tissue, finds Barbara Stumpp

Swiss photonics is pushing innovation

Andreas Ettemeyer, NTB Interstate University of Applied Sciences, Buchs, and member of the EOS board, expresses concerns about discussions to merge photonics with microelectronics within European Union funding

Biological imaging reaches new depths

Shaping light wavefronts is improving many areas of microscopy – and is enabling Nobel Prize winner Eric Betzig’s most important work yet, finds Andy Extance

Measure for measure

Keely Portway looks at some of the latest advances in light-based test and measurement techniques

Printing living tissue

Only two companies supply commercial 3D printing systems based on two-photon polymerisation, which can create structures smaller than living cells. Greg Blackman speaks to Denis Barbier from Microlight3D

The dividend of the spectrum

Imaging spectroscopy offers a powerful way to understand this world and others, and optical innovations are enhancing its capabilities, finds Andy Extance

Chilling out

Barbara Stumpp rounds up the latest methods of cooling laser diodes efficiently

Optics for 5G

Prism technology that’s now a major part of optical communications is finding its way into next-generation lidar systems

Small is beautiful

As optics get smaller, simulation software is having to turn to new techniques to model optical systems, as Barbara Stumpp finds out

Healing properties of light

Light therapies are coming to the fore to treat a huge range of medical conditions, from neonatal jaundice to dementia, as Keely Portway finds out

Breaking into aviation

A project called Saphyr developing photonic technologies for aeronautics is underway, with the aim of having demonstrators at the Le Bourget Air Show in Paris in June 2019. Alain Fontaine, president of French consulting company Pegase and Saphyr coordinator, argues that photonics should play a much greater role in aviation

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