Funding initiative opens applications for photonic medical devices

13 May 2021

MedPhab, Europe’s first pilot line for photonics-based medical devices, has announced a call for proposals to support companies adopting photonics technologies

Carbon Robotics' autonomous weed elimination robot combines AI and laser technology to identify, target and eliminate weeds. (Image: Carbon Robotics)

AI-powered lasers to remove weeds from fields

13 May 2021

A newly-developed method could replace chemical and mechanical techniques

Schematic of three different nano flashlights for the generation of (left to right) focused, wide-spanning, and collimated light beams. Credit: Robin Singh

Flashlight on a chip to enable new applications

13 May 2021

The device was created using using existing fabrication technologies familiar to the microelectronics industry

Salvo Technologies buys Kreischer Optics

13 May 2021

Salvo Technologies, a technology-based holding company, has acquired Kreischer Optics, a manufacturer of optical components

MicroLEDs are expected to be the next big display technology

MicroLED startups 'challenge heavyweights'

26 April 2021

Yole estimates that as of Q1 2021, more than $5 billion has been spent on microLED development

Vector Photonics raises £1.6m for PCSEL laser tech

26 April 2021

The one-year-old University of Glasgow start-up has already received three government grants worth £2.4m

Solid State Supplies and Pacer become one company

26 April 2021

Solid State Supplies, the franchised distributor serving the UK electronics community, and Pacer International, a supplier of optoelectronic, display and laser solutions, have officially merged

The satelitte will be capable of measuring the energy efficiency of buildings at scale (Satellite Vu)

Infrared imaging satellite to monitor energy efficiency at scale

26 April 2021

Satellite Vu has raised £3.6m to launch the first satellite constellation capable of imaging the thermal footprint of any building on the planet every 1-2 hours

Nextlens' liquid lenses

Xiaomi smartphone integrates liquid lens

26 April 2021

The new generation of the Xiaomi Mix uses a liquid lens from Swiss firm Nextlens, sister company to Optotune

This storage ring free-electron laser from Triangle University Nuclear Laboratory enabled sub-170 nanometer lasing with LZH optics (Triangle University Nuclear Laboratory)

New optics permit sub-170nm lasing

26 April 2021

Up until now, oscillator free-electron lasers have only reached emission wavelengths down to 176.4nm

II-VI to acquire Coherent after bidding war with Lumentum and MKS Instruments

25 March 2021

Coherent has today decided to accept II-VI's offer and will pay Lumentum the $217.6 million termination fee

Flexible solar film rolled out in Africa and India

23 March 2021

The solar film is low-cost, light, easy to install and can be used off-grid