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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

The pulse of the city

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

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

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

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

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

Unravelling DNA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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