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Horizon 2020 project to make ultrafast laser processing hundred-times faster

26 February 2019

A new €4.7 million Horizon 2020 project aims to make material processing with ultrafast lasers up to a hundred times faster over the next three years

US-UK-Australia funding to improve global gravitational wave network

20 February 2019

A global network of gravitational wave observatories will be upgraded to almost double its sensitivity, the lead science funding agencies of the United Kingdom and United States announced today.

Prism Awards honour photonic innovations at Photonics West 2019

14 February 2019

The 2019 Prism Awards have been won an automotive lidar system, a head-mounted display for augmented reality, a tuneable industrial fibre laser, and a cloud-based Raman spectrometer

Laser treatment for prostate cancer wins 2019 SPIE Startup Challenge

14 February 2019

The 9th annual SPIE Startup Challenge recognised a company aiming to shift prostate-cancer treatment from an invasive surgical procedure to a brief, office-based visit, as the winner of its top award at SPIE Photonics West

Entries open for innovation awards at Laser World of Photonics

12 February 2019

Applicants have until 29 March to apply for awards, which are to recognise the innovative technologies of startups and exhibitors

Imec demos Raman chip with smartphone integration potential

05 February 2019

Nanoelectronics research hub, Imec, has developed an on-chip solution for Raman spectroscopy, which it says could be integrated into smartphones. The technology is on display at SPIE Photonics West

Photoacoustic approach sends messages through the air without needing receiving device

29 January 2019

Researchers have demonstrated that lasers can be used to transmit audible messages to a person without the need for receiver equipment

Pilot line project InPulse to boost PIC innovation in Europe

28 January 2019

InPulse, a four-year project offering new-entrant companies access to state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities for photonic integrated circuits (PICs) based on indium phosphide, was launched officially on 23 January

Nobel laureates and European Optical Society urge EC to prioritise photonics funding

25 January 2019

Stefan Hell, Gérard Mourou and Theodor W Hansch, Nobel prize winning scientists behind major photonics breakthroughs, have warned that the sector could be seriously compromised if it is not included in the Horizon Europe draft funding priority list

Hamamatsu purchases stake in Menlo Systems

23 January 2019

Hamamatsu Deutschland has purchased a minority stake in Menlo Systems GmbH, while Alex Cable has increased his ownership in the company.

Panasonic discontinues lamp projectors in move to 100% laser offering

22 January 2019

With the discontinuation of the PT-DZ21K lamp projector series, which was designed for use at the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony in London, Panasonic will move its complete high-brightness projection range to laser

EU-funded heart diagnostic device undergoes clinical feasibility study

21 January 2019

A prototype point-of-care device based on silicon photonics has been developed, which could allow patients to be screened for cardiovascular diseases at their GP’s office

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