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EUV ready for volume production?

There have been positive signs from the likes of ASML that EUV lithography is finally ramping up for volume production of silicon chips. Greg Blackman reports

Printing skin via laser

Tom Eddershaw looks at the laser technology developed to print live cells, as well as other applications of biophotonics

Consistency-led lighting

Jessica Rowbury discusses the technologies used to test LEDs and how test equipment manufacturers are keeping up with the simultaneous demand for accuracy and lower cost

Beauty illuminated

Jessica Rowbury looks at the variety of uses for photonics technologies in cosmetics, and discovers how the industry is addressing safety

Handling the heat

In order to reach higher powers, diode laser companies are employing various cooling techniques within their diode stacks. Tom Eddershaw investigates the technology

Compensating for pulsed lasers

Greg Blackman looks at the optics for ultrashort pulsed lasers, including those planned for the Extreme Light Infrastructure Beamlines facility, expected to become operational at the end of 2017

Data transmission above Vienna

Greg Blackman speaks to Mario Krenn at the University of Vienna on work sending light-encoded images 3km through the air across the city`s skies

A year to remember

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 the International Year of Light (IYL) and Light-based Technologies, a chance to engage the public and promote photonics all over the world. Jorge Rivero Gonzalez, the European Physical Society`s IYL 2015 outreach officer, discusses the opportunities the initiative offers

Photonics IP protected?

Dr Andrew Fearnside, a senior associate at law firm Appleyard Lees, sets out the arguments for protecting intellectual property when commercialising photonics innovations, and what to consider when seeking IP protection

Making sense of optical fibres

Fibre optic sensors are now being used worldwide from monitoring stress in airplane wings to helping doctors guide catheters inside their patients. Tom Eddershaw looks at the technology

The VC marriage

Following coaching the start-up companies pitching for finance at Invest in Photonics, Géraldine Andrieux Gustin, a senior partner at Yole Finance, gives her five tips for attracting investment from venture capitalists

Clear future for solar power

Jessica Rowbury reports on a transparent solar concentrator developed at Michigan State University that could lead the way to putting solar cells on windows or even smart phone screens

Rising to the ion challenge

In order to obtain the properties required from complex optical coatings, companies running ion beam sputtering machines have had to improve the control of the deposition process. Greg Blackman looks at the technology involved

Microscopy made super

The resolving power of super resolution microscopy is opening up new areas of research in cell biology, as Jessica Rowbury discovers

Measuring ripples in space-time

The European Space Agency is developing a space satellite to measure gravitational waves based on laser interferometry. Greg Blackman speaks to Dr Peter Weßels at Laser Zentrum Hannover, who is designing the fibre amplifier qualification model for the project

A safer way to fly

Optical technologies are being tested that could make air travel safer, while at the same time easing the security regulations at airports. Jessica Rowbury reports

Going the distance

With ECOC on the horizon, Tom Eddershaw reports on the latest advances of laser technology for optical communications

A test for metrology

Aspheres and other freeform optics are becoming more commonly used in areas like consumer electronics - but, as these lenses move further away from rotational symmetry, can the metrology equipment to test them cope? Tom Eddershaw finds out

Print production for optics

A 3D printing process for optics could have implications for how optics are designed, manufactured and used, says Greg Blackman

Something in the air

Jessica Rowbury looks at the various light-based techniques for monitoring atmospheric pollution

Master of metal

With Lasys fast approaching, Jessica Rowbury looks at industrial laser processing and finds that solid-state lasers are catching up with CO2 when it comes to cutting thick metals

Photonic sensor to combat TB

A lab-on-chip device, being designed as part of a European project, promises to reduce the cost of diagnosing tuberculosis dramatically - and save many lives in the developing world. Greg Blackman speaks to Wim Van Roy at Imec, one of the coordinators of the project

Keeping count of light

Highly sensitive detectors are enabling techniques like quantum cryptography and forms of fluorescence spectroscopy. Tom Eddershaw investigates the technology for detecting individual photons

On the hunt for other worlds

Searching for planets that lie outside the Solar System is adding impetus to astronomical interferometry, a technique that combines the light-gathering capabilities of an array of telescopes. Jessica Rowbury reports

Lasers in profile

Greg Blackman gets to grips with the various methods for analysing high-power lasers, including a novel method that calculates power according to the weight of the beam

Solar research leads to laser discovery

Perovskites are being tipped as materials that will revolutionise solar power. Now, an Oxbridge team of scientists have used its luminescent properties to make a laser from the mineral. Greg Blackman speaks to Dr Felix Deschler and Michael Price of Cambridge`s Cavendish Laboratory, who worked on the project

Made to measure

The rise and rise of LED lighting - and the associated testing - has led to exciting times for photonics company Pro-Lite Technology, as Tim Gillett discovers

Tracing the rays

The use of optical modelling software for freeform design has increased in recent years, mainly due to the rise of LEDs. Jessica Rowbury looks at what`s involved in designing an LED lighting system through the use of software

Powering the pulse

Greg Blackman on the amplifier technology needed to generate petawatt-class, ultrashort laser pulses

Collision course avoided

Greg Blackman speaks to Dr Richard Fork at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), about his work into developing a laser-based method to stop asteroids colliding with Earth

Taking lasers to the movies

With Gravity winning big at the Oscars at the beginning of March, Jessica Rowbury looks at how laser projection technology is set to transform the 3D experience of watching blockbuster movies

Cascade of excitement

Tom Eddershaw finds that improvements in power of terahertz lasers are making them more attractive as industrial products

Red hot cooling

Katia Moskvitch finds that, as lasers become more powerful, innovative methods are needed to cool them

Cellular surgery

Performing nanosurgery on live cells promises much as a medical technique of the future. Greg Blackman speaks to Professor Michel Meunier at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montrėal, who presented work on a laser "multi-nanoscalpel" in a plenary talk at Photonics West

Printing parts

Laser additive manufacturing is an excellent tool for prototyping, but now the technique is being used to build production-quality parts, as Tom Eddershaw discovers

Microscopy in miniature

Jessica Rowbury looks at how MEMS technology is being integrated into devices that could transform traditional methods of cancer diagnosis

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