Far field pattern of UV-C laser projected onto a fluorescent screen (Image: Asahi Kasei Corp. and Nagoya University)

Scientists develop laser diode that emits 'world's shortest lasing wavelength'

14 February 2020

Scientists have designed a laser diode that emits what they say is the shortest-wavelength ultraviolet light achieved to-date, with potential applications in disinfection, dermatology, and the analysis of gas and DNA

Credit: SLD Laser

Laser lighting firm SLD Laser receives $50m investment

12 February 2020

TDK Ventures has invested $50 million in SLD Laser, a leader in the commercialisation of visible laser light sources

Credit: Fraunhofer ILT 

Laser-drilled filter separates microplastics in water

10 February 2020

The filter, which can sieve particles as small as 10 micrometres, is made using ultrafast lasers

Cailabs & Alphanov to develop ultrafast processes with beam shaping technology

22 January 2020

French light shaping firm Cailabs has announced a partnership with Alphanov, a pulsed laser technology centre, to develop ultrafast laser processes

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