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Researchers demonstrate UK's first quantum accelerometer for navigation

16 November 2018

A team of researchers has demonstrated the UK’s first commercially viable, transportable and standalone quantum accelerometer that could be used for navigational purposes

II-VI to acquire Finisar for $3.2bn

09 November 2018

US optoelectronic component manufacturer II-VI has announced that it will acquire optical communications firm Finisar for $3.2 billion

New US research network to boost access to high-intensity lasers

07 November 2018

A new US research network called LaserNetUS has been established in order to provide scientists with increased access to the high-intensity laser facilities of nine institutions across the country

Hawaii Supreme Court permits construction of Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea

07 November 2018

The Hawaii Supreme Court has ruled that construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will be permitted to continue on Mauna Kea

NASA exploring ultrafast lasers for manufacturing spaceflight instruments

07 November 2018

NASA optical physicists are exploring the use of femtosecond lasers to join dissimilar materials in the manufacturing of spaceflight instruments.

MKS Instruments to acquire ESI for $1bn

01 November 2018

MKS Instruments, a provider of process control solutions, is set to acquire laser micro-machining firm Electro Scientific Industries (ESI) for approximately $1 billion in cash

Photonics enables ceramic tiles to change colour and play videos

01 November 2018

A team of European scientists have used photonics technology to develop a set of digital, ceramic tiles capable of changing colour, changing pattern or playing videos

Uniqorn quantum telecoms EU project kicks off

30 October 2018

A three-year Horizon 2020 Quantum Flagship project, called Uniqorn, has launched that aims to provide enabling photonic technology to accommodate quantum communications

Photonics Leadership Group targets new UK government funding

29 October 2018

At the latest Photonics Leadership Group meeting, held at Photonex, engagement with the UK government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund was top of the agenda

Chinese automotive lidar firm wins $45m funding

25 October 2018

Chinese automotive lidar provider RoboSense has received a combined investment of over $45 million – the largest-ever single round of financing for a Chinese lidar company

Scottish photonics consortium awarded grant for novel optics

24 October 2018

A Scottish photonics consortium consisting of PowerPhotonic, Optoscribe, Optocap and Fraunhofer UK Research, has been awarded a grant of £900,000 by Innovate UK to develop novel optics for miniaturised RGB laser sources

Imec and ASML establish joint lab to advance EUV lithography

24 October 2018

Belgian research institute Imec and lithographic system manufacturer ASML have announced the joint establishment of a research lab to advance EUV lithography technology and advance semiconductor scaling towards the post-3nm logic node

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