Nominated for the German Future Prize (Deutscher Zukunftspreis) 2022 (from left to right): Ralf Wolleschensky, Dr Jörg Siebenmorgen and Dr Thomas Kalkbrenner Picture: Deutscher Zukunftspreis/Ansgar Pudenz

Zeiss microscope developers win German President’s award

04 November 2022

The award, presented by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany, honours scientists for exceptional achievements in technology, engineering and the life sciences

Strontium Lattice Clock – Blue fluorescing cloud of strontium atoms (arrow) that have been laser-cooled to milli-Kelvin temperatures. Credit: Physical-Technical Federal Institute (PTB)

Industry-research project boosts commercialisation of quantum computers

02 November 2022

The DigiQuant project involves Toptica, Osram, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits

Intelligent Infrastructure Solution (IIS) installed at an intersection in San Jose, CA. Credit: Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne acquires Bluecity for AI lidar software

01 November 2022

Bluecity’s executive, software development and sales teams will join Velodyne

Credit: University of Rochester / J Adam Fenster

First multi-colour Pockels laser to "reshape landscape of integrated photonics"

31 October 2022

The new type of integrated semiconductor laser has the potential to "reshape the landscape of integrated photonics"

Image credit: ArtemisDiana/

Researchers reach data transmission speeds of 1.8Pb/s using single light source

27 October 2022

The light source used in the experiment is a custom-designed optical chip

STMicroelectronics' time-of-flight sensor incorporating planar metasurface optics, a result of its partnership with Metalenz. Credit: STMicroelectronics 

Metalenz raises $30m to propel metasurface optics

25 October 2022

The funds will be used to meet the growing demand for the company’s existing 3D sensor metasurface optics while accelerating the market introduction of its new polarisation sensing solution

With openUC2, optical instruments are created in no time at all. Credit: Stiftung für Technologie, Innovation und Forschung Thüringen (STIFT)

Students to use optics education kits in German schools

24 October 2022

A new set of optics teaching kits will be used in schools and student research centres in Thuringian, Germany this academic year

Communications giant buys start-up PIC firm

16 October 2022

The acquisition of EHVA will accelerate Exfo’s capabilities in PIC testing

Micledi's microLEDs with integrated micro-lenses. Credit: Micledi Microdisplays

IQE partners with fabless semiconductor firm to scale up microLEDs

13 October 2022

Micledi is a fabless semiconductor design and technology

Experimental wafer stack design for diffusion in special quartz boats. © Fraunhofer ISE

EU consortium cuts photovoltaic production times in half

11 October 2022

In 2021, 78 per cent of all silicon solar cells were produced in China

A lidar-created scene at night. Credit: Volvo Cars

Volvo: Lidar reduces severe accidents by 20%

07 October 2022

Lidar can reduce accidents with severe outcomes by up to 20 per cent, and overall crash avoidance can be improved by up to nine per cent, Volvo says

Credit: MAGNIFIER, shutterstock

EU project achieves record free-space communication speeds

06 October 2022

The project demonstrated a transmission speed in free-space of up to one terabit per second (equal to 1,000 gigabits per second) on a single wavelength and over a distance of 53 kilometres