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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

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Convergent Photonics can produce compact 100W laser modules, using blue CoS laser diodes from Ams Osram. (Image: Convergent Photonics)

29 November 2022

The modules are being developed using a chip-on-submount package for 445nm laser diodes from Ams Osram

Closeup of a solid-state PIC scanner (Scantinel Photonics)

24 November 2022

Scantinel will use the funding to roll out its frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) lidar devices to customers

21 November 2022

The Photonics100 list this year is clearly dominated by Western nations, with not one of this year’s honorees based south of the equator. In fact, just seven names on the list are from outside of Europe or North America, a figure we very much hope to see expand next year as photonics grows in global importance.

21 November 2022

Twenty-six of this year’s Photonics100 nominees are women, in roles ranging from PhD candidates to CEOs. While this ratio can be read as encouraging when compared with the proportion of women who responded to SPIE’s 2022 salary survey (21%), it is certainly a figure we hope to see increase in future editions of the list. 

17 November 2022

The list of the industry's most innovative people has launched, with subscribers getting early access

EPIC holds its second Meeting of the EPIC PIC Manufacturing Advocacy Group in Basel, Switzerland

13 November 2022

Carlos Lee at EPIC highlights work being done to ensure Europe plays a leading role in the manufacturing of Photonic Integrated Circuits


Illustration showing terahertz illumination stimulating quantum dots inside nanoscale holes (shown as illuminated rings). The light is detected by a CMOS sensor. Courtesy of the researchers and MIT

MIT develops terahertz quantum dot camera

13 November 2022

The imager can capture information about the polarisation of terahertz waves in real time

Ametek buys optical solutions provider Navitar

13 November 2022

Optical solutions provider, Navitar, has been bought by Ametek, a manufacturer of electronic instruments

Using ultrafast bursts of low-intensity pulses, researchers are able to add new functionalities inside semiconductor chips. (Image: Andong Wang)

Ultrafast lasers increase functionality of semiconductor chips

08 November 2022

The method could exploit the sub-wafer surface space of chips to achieve higher integration densities and deliver extra functionality

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"

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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