The shape of the laser beam can be fully controlled to project a complex hologram, such as the one above (Credit: Christina Spägele/Harvard SEAS)

New metasurface can tune laser light without additional components

29 June 2021

Harvard researchers have developed a single metasurface that can effectively tune the different properties of laser light, including wavelength, without the need of additional optical components

The rotating filter is just 70μm wide and 60μm tall with square openings that measure 6.5μm on each side. Scale bar: 10μm.

(Image: Dong Wu, University of Science and Technology of China)

3D-printed rotary microfilter could enable re-usable lab-on-chip devices

29 June 2021

The microfilter was developed using a very precise 3D printing technique known as two-photon polymerisation

Dutch consortium invests €8.5m in photonics point-of-care device

18 June 2021

Surfix, a spin-off from Wageningen University & Research, aims to make a test that is available for the masses and at the cost of only a few euros.

European photonics growing at more than double global GDP rate

18 June 2021

New analysis shows that photonics is one of the most resilient and fast-growing industries in Europe

Rockley Photonics wins IEEE award for work on co-packaged optics

18 June 2021

The paper demonstrates the technical feasibility of integrating CMOS switching functionality with single-mode optical interfaces within the same package

Matt Flamini and Dr Vincent Beachley are using laser heating to strengthen fibres. (Image: Rowan University)

Scientists create stronger 'super fibres' using lasers

18 June 2021

Researchers are using laser processing to develop stronger fibres, which could be used in a number of industries

iXblue's Lannion site

iXblue acquires two French firms to become 'major player' in photonics

26 May 2021

iXblue has acquired Kylia, a developer of optical components and instruments, and Muquans, which specialises in integrated quantum instruments

Digital anatomy Polyjet printing (left) which simulates the biomechanical structure of the anatomy, and full colour Polyjet printing (right) which is used for visual representation of anatomical models

UK photonics medtech centre installs anatomy printer

13 May 2021

The printer will support medical decision making and aid in the development of new imaging and diagnostic medical devices

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