23 January 2017

Supermarkets across Europe are introducing fruit and vegetables that have been labelled using a laser rather than plastic stickers. The laser branding process, which is being trialled on avocados and sweet potatoes, could lead to huge savings in plastic, energy and CO2 emissions

23 January 2017

The semi-finalists of the 2017 StartUp Challenge have been announced. The chosen photonics technologies range from those addressing global health needs such as clean water, food safety, prenatal care, and cancer detection, to wearables, connected cars, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality

12 January 2017

Novanta, a global supplier of medical and industrial photonics technologies formally known as GSI group, has increased its equity share of Laser Quantum from 41 to around 75 per cent

12 January 2017

Panasonic has acquired US high brightness direct diode laser maker Teradiode for an undisclosed sum. Teradiode, with headquarters in Massachusetts, will become a 100 per cent subsidiary of Panasonic

11 January 2017

Fraunhofer scientists have succeeded for the first time in producing OLED electrodes from graphene. The electrodes are transparent, flexible, and conductive – making them ideal for touch screens, wearables and photovoltaic applications

11 January 2017

Researchers have developed a new type of optomechanical device that uses a microscopic silicon disk to confine optical and mechanical waves. Described in Optics Express, the new device is customisable and compatible with commercial manufacturing processes, making it a practical solution for improving sensors that detect force and movement

09 January 2017

France completed building the world’s first solar panel road In Tourouvre-au-Perche, Normandy, in December

06 January 2017

In the next few years, quantum dot displays are likely to take a significantly larger share of the TV display market than OLEDs, according to recent analysis by market analysis firm Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC

05 January 2017

Images of cubic metre volumes have been achieved with optical coherence tomography (OCT) by an industry-academia collaboration between MIT, Praevium Research, Thorlabs and Acacia Communications

04 January 2017

The world smart lighting market is set to more than double in value by 2020, according to a new report from financial services company IHS Markit. Valued at $6 billion in 2015, the smart lighting market is currently driven by the internet of things (IoT), particularly for outdoor and commercial lighting in cities

03 January 2017

LightPath Technologies, a global manufacturer, distributor, and integrator of optical and infrared components, has completed an $18 million acquisition of ISP Optics, a manufacturer of infrared optical components

03 January 2017

Stanford University researchers have developed a new type of light-enhancing optical cavity that enables faster secure data transmission via quantum encryption