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The future of EUV lithography

Extreme ultraviolet lithography holds the potential for transforming semiconductor manufacturing. Gemma Church finds that commercial systems could be put into production within the next two years

The Emperor's new photonics clothes

Rachel Berkowitz discusses how wearable technologies for applications such as media, sports, logistics, and medicine are improving in terms of design and functionality

Attosecond ambition

Femtosecond lasers are a vital precursor to generating even shorter attosecond pulses. Andy Extance investigates what's involved, and whether these most fleeting flashes could be exploited commercially

Mind Maps

With optogenetics now a hot research field in neuroscience, Jessica Rowbury reports on how photonics technologies are furthering our understanding of the brain

Art enlightened

Today`s artists can use an array of optoelectronic technologies to create amazing interactive art installations. But rather than the engineering simply enabling the art, Nadya Anscombe finds out how art has also pushed the boundaries of engineering

Healing light

Diode lasers are well-suited to a diverse array of medical applications ranging from cosmetic to surgical, as Jessica Rowbury finds out

Super-resolution microscopy with a lighter touch

Super-resolution microscopy techniques have pushed the resolving power of light microscopes, but the methods can also cause photobleaching. Andy Extance discusses how scientific institutions and super-resolution companies are tackling this challenge

Easy on the eye

Tim Hayes discusses how photonics technologies are being used to diagnose and treat eye conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration

Driven by design

Although OLED displays are now available commercially, the technology has not been as prevalent in other markets. Jessica Rowbury looks at the potential for using OLEDs in other applications

One for the road

Tom Eddershaw investigates the use of lidar in driverless cars and driver assistance systems

Extraterrestrial laser links

The recently launched Sentinel-2A Earth observation mission will transfer data via laser. Greg Blackman reports on how free space optical communication is improving data transfer from space

Asian shift in policies to impact photonics

A study initiated by the VDMA has analysed 'political steering processes in Asia aimed at the photonics industry' - with an alarming outcome. Annika Loffler of the VDMA Photonics Forum assesses the implications of the findings

Design for light

Greg Blackman looks at the optical setups of lithography systems and the software packages involved in their design

The real deal

An olive crop shortage in Spain and Italy has caused producers of olive oil to become increasingly concerned by the possibility of fraud. Spectroscopy is one possible solution, as Tom Eddershaw discovers

Lasers made super

Jessica Rowbury finds that supercontinuum laser sources have huge potential for entering new markets outside of microscopy

A date with deposition

In-situ metrology offers, for the first time, a closed-loop optical coating process, which is improving precision and automation in coating machines. Greg Blackman reports

Making sense of material science

Gemma Church finds that new materials like graphene are exhibiting interesting light sensing properties that could see them used to make faster and more sensitive photodetectors

Made to measure

Greg Blackman investigates some of the diverse optical metrology techniques for measuring distances at the nanoscale to over many kilometres

Now you see it, now you don't

Jessica Rowbury speaks to Robert Schittny at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology about an invisibility cloak the team demonstrated at CLEO in San Jose in May

Flexing display muscles

Greg Blackman on the laser processes involved in making flexible displays, a technology that promises thinner, lighter, and potentially bendable and foldable electronic devices

Shedding light on the brain

Initiatives like the BRAIN programme in the USA are investing large amounts of funding into research into the human brain, an area where advanced optical and photonics technologies are highly sought after. Jessica Rowbury reports

Phase-shifting glass

A five-year project led by the University of Southampton in the UK has just begun to advance the use of chalcogenide glass, a material with unusual optical properties. Greg Blackman reports

Medical modelling

Jessica Rowbury explores the role optical modelling software plays in designing medical instruments

Explosive potential

Handheld Raman sensing systems are now available for scanning containers for explosives, but the technology has yet to be developed for sensing at any kind of standoff distance. Greg Blackman looks at the efforts being made in Raman imaging for explosives detection at range

Photonics to benefit from US export control reform?

The proposed reforms to US Munitions List Category XII are expected to be published soon, a change in regulation that could be controversial among the optics and photonics industry, writes Jennifer Douris, a lobbyist at SPIE

Collaboration is dead, long live collaboration!

Following a session he moderated at Photonics West on biophotonics funding, Mark Hutchinson at the University of Adelaide argues that a more integrated, transdisciplinary research environment is needed in biophotonics

The draw from Laser Mégajoule

The Laser Mėgajoule facility in France is one of the latest in large laser installations. Tom Eddershaw looks at how this type of huge project helps the photonics industry

Sporting smart clothing

Greg Blackman investigates the latest miniature and wearable sensing technology, including 'smart' textiles incorporating fibre optic sensors to give data on movement

Charles Townes: a 'giant of a friend'

During a plenary session at Photonics West, SPIE CEO Dr Eugene Arthurs paid tribute to his friend Charles Townes, the inventor of the maser, who passed away on 27 January. Jessica Rowbury reports on Towne' life

Gender equality in photonics?

In a traditionally male-dominated industry, Jessica Rowbury looks at the representation of women in the field of optics and photonics

Beam me down

Free space optical communication was recently demonstrated from the Moon, and in 2020 could be used to transmit data from Mars. Jessica Rowbury reports from a conference at Photonics West where laser communication was discussed as a means to revolutionise data transmission to and from space

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