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Silicon nanocrystal production. Credit: University of Texas at Austin

Team finds new way to split and sum photons with silicon

12 December 2019

A team of researchers have found a way to transfer energy between silicon and organic, carbon-based molecules

A diode-pumped alexandrite laser reduces the size and energy requirement of lidar systems by a factor of 100. Credit: Fraunhofer ILT

Compact alexandrite lasers to enable long-range lidar

12 December 2019

A new lidar system with a diode-pumped alexandrite laser will soon enable research into the Earth's upper atmosphere 40km above ground

Tesla files patent for laser glass cleaning system

12 December 2019

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has filed a patent for an automated system capable of detecting and cleaning debris from glass on vehicles and solar panels using pulsed laser beams

Prism Award finalists demonstrate scope of photonics

12 December 2019

Established industry leaders and disruptive startups have been announced as finalists of the SPIE Prism Awards

Careers in photonics: From engineer to entrepreneur

12 December 2019

Carlos Lee speaks to Xiaojun Li, founder and general manager, Shanghai Feibo Laser Technologies

Trumpf reaches billion VCSEL milestone with STMicroelectronics

12 December 2019

Trumpf has delivered its billionth vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) to European partner STMicroelectronics

Sketch of a femur and processed OCT images with thin regions shown in dark red and thicker regions more yellow and white. Scale bar is 250 microns. Credit: Evan Jelly, Duke University

Researchers adapt OCT system for minimally invasive joint surgery

19 November 2019

Researchers have developed a way to perform optical coherence tomography (OCT) in hard-to-reach areas of the body such as joints

San Francisco’s Lombard Street captured with 3 OS1 lidar sensors. Credit: Ouster

Velodyne, Ouster release new lidar tech

19 November 2019

This month, lidar players Velodyne and Ouster have released new products, which the companies boast are cheaper and higher-performing than existing systems

SPIE Wiki update to boost STEM role models

19 November 2019

SPIE is holding an event to update and improve the Wikipedia pages of inspirational women, ethnic or racial minority scientists

PureLifi raises $18m to mass produce li-fi components

18 November 2019

PureLiFi has raised $18m to provide li-fi components to mass-market mobile device and lighting manufacturers

Horizon 2020 to create 3,500 high-tech jobs

07 November 2019

A new survey has found that 100 Horizon 2020 photonics projects will create 3,500 high-tech jobs in Europe over the next three years

Thorlabs announces fourth acquisition of 2019

31 October 2019

Thorlabs has acquired the fibre laser assets from KMLabs, which represents Thorlabs' fourth purchase this year

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