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Virtual design

A look at the latest optical modelling programs and their application in the development of self-driving cars

Adding up in Aachen

Matthew Dale reports from the AKL International Laser Technology Congress, in Aachen, Germany, in May, where the potential for additive manufacturing in series production was high on the agenda

A shining celebration

On 16 May, the first International Day of Light celebrated the role of light and related technologies in science, art, education and sustainable development. Here we round up some of what occurred the day

Reflecting on mirrors

A look at the use of optical mirrors in space telescopes, and a round-up of the commercial offerings available for every application

Spectral signature

A new business unit will allow TruTag Technologies to better serve additional markets that have emerged from its hyperspectral imaging technology, Jessica Rowbury finds

Unveiling the Cosmos

Dr Aris Kouris, executive director of sales at Optical Surfaces, was asked about the latest challenges and trends in modern astronomy

Making flying safer

Optical explosive detection is set to help remove restrictions on the liquids airline passengers can carry on, finds Andy Extance

Fine tuning

A laser-based gas analyser that employs novel optical parametric oscillator (OPO) technology was a finalist in this year’s SPIE Prism Awards

Taking the heat off PICs

Shrinking optoelectronic components and combining them with silicon devices requires careful consideration of thermal management, finds Andy Extance

Scaling spectroscopy

Matthew Dale discovers how scaling spectrometers down to the chip level enables them to be mass-produced in standard MEMS foundries, making spectroscopy more affordable for various new applications

Raman healthcare vision

Mark Venables reports on the work being carried out to get Raman spectroscopy into clinical laboratories and operating rooms, where it could improve disease diagnosis

A luminary in light

Dr Eugene Arthurs is to retire as CEO of SPIE in June following 18 years with the society. He speaks to Electro Optics about his time heading the international photonics association

A flash of life

Manufacturers are increasing the power and wavelength of ultrafast sources used in live tissue imaging to aid researchers, Matthew Dale finds

The brightest brains

Jane Burgermeister reports on world-class neuroscience research that’s being advanced by photonics

A new era of colour

Televisions are receiving a major overhaul, Matthew Dale finds, with quantum dot and OLED technologies competing to give displays a wider gamut of colours 

Guided by holes

Rachel Berkowitz on the latest developments made in photonic crystal fibres, optical fibres with unique light guiding properties

A life working with lasers

Following the passing of Professor Bryan Tozer, a pioneer in laser safety and the founder of Lasermet, his son Paul Tozer looks back over his father's 50 years of working with lasers

Designing for Success

The design of an optical system is just the beginning. The system must not only perform, but be designed and toleranced so it can be manufactured for a reasonable cost, as Mark Venables discovers

Photonics in orbit

Matthew Dale takes a look at some of the space technologies presented at Laser World of Photonics, including lidar for global methane analysis and laser communication technology

Computing at the speed of light

Scott Jordan, head of photonics at Physik Instrumente, describes how advances in precise nanoscale alignment are cutting time and costs associated with the silicon photonics manufacturing process

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