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Super lasers

Gemma Church investigates how the supercontinuum sector is developing and moving into the commercial world

Light and sound

Matthew Dale finds that photoacoustic imaging is getting closer to the clinic, but factors such as cost and portability still need to improve

Bright buildings

Photonics technology will be a key enabler of smart cities, finds Jessica Rowbury

Giving photonics a head start

Entrepreneurs will pitch their photonics businesses to industry experts during the Startup Challenge at Photonics West 2017. Jessica Rowbury speaks to Dirk Fabian about the importance of supporting start-ups

Storming the brain

The need to understand the human brain is driving the development of new optical technologies, finds Gemma Church

Up to scratch?

Verifying the surface quality of optics has long relied on a visual, non-quantitative approach, finds Jessica Rowbury

The clearer picture

Matthew Dale explores how laser projectors are using diodes to produce superior resolution, colour and 3D in cinemas

Finger on the pulse

Matthew Dale finds that both the commercial and research sectors are pushing the limits of ultrafast laser technology, leading to advances such as a new ultrashort pulse power record

Gazing into a photonic crystal ball

Physics gets decidedly weird once structures are created at scales similar to the wavelengths of light, yet these photonic crystals are set to revolutionise many aspects of everyday life, reports Russ Swan

Lasers in the limelight

Photonics is not only enabling the creation of sophisticated light shows, finds Jessica Rowbury, but is also helping designers test the quality of special effects

Putting lidar on the map

From the depths of the ocean to outer space, Rachel Berkowitz looks at the latest developments and applications of lidar technology

Bringing OCT to the masses

Matthew Dale finds out what it takes to shrink optical coherence tomography equipment, advances that could help combat blindness in developing countries

Can silicon photonics escape the rack?

Having transformed fibre-optic communications, silicon's optical properties look set to spread to applications like chemical sensing and intra-chip communications, finds Andy Extance

Bringing care closer

Jessica Rowbury looks at how point of care testing is improving the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease while reducing healthcare costs

Analysing the atmosphere

Jessica Rowbury looks at the development of an analytical space system that could, in the future, be used to ensure countries comply to climate action plans

Machines in miniature

Russ Swan discusses the market barriers for MEMS and MOEMS technology, which has long been touted as the next industrial revolution

The pulse of the city

Jessica Rowbury finds that sensor technology is impacting the design, engineering, and management of infrastructure

Eyes inside the body

Matthew Dale looks at how photonics technology is aiding the development of smaller endoscopes with better functionality

Final frontier

Rachel Berkowitz looks at the photonics technology being developed for probing the universe, which in turn is leading to better commercial products

Armour for optics

Some consider optical components to be mere carriers for the vanishingly-thin elements that do the actual work - the coatings. Russ Swan reviews the recent developments for improving the laser induced damage thresholds of optical coatings

Lasers at the leading edge

Current developments in research-grade lasers are increasing the power, compressing the pulses, and exploring new wavelengths. Russ Swan reviews a technology that is answering fundamental questions about the universe

First laser grown on silicon substrate

Jessica Rowbury speaks to Professor Huiyun Liu and Professor Alwyn Seeds from University College London, who are part of a research team that has developed the first reliable laser grown on silicon

Enlightening reality

With the launch of the Oculus Rift and Microsoft's HoloLens in March, user adoption of virtual and augmented reality devices is set to increase. Jessica Rowbury looks at how optical modelling is aiding the development of VR and AR systems

Unravelling DNA

Nadya Anscombe discusses the latest DNA sequencing methods, comparing optical with non-optical technologies

The race for renewables

New solar harnessing materials along with novel production techniques are improving the efficiency of solar power. Rachel Berkowitz looks at the latest advances in photovoltaics