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

Sofradir to invest €150m in French nanotechnology initiative

21 January 2019

Sofradir and its subsidiary ULIS will invest €150 million over five years in France’s Nano 2022 initiative to support the development of next-gen infrared detectors

Lattice light-sheet method speeds up brain imaging

18 January 2019

Nobel Prize winner Eric Betzig has demonstrated how an enhanced lattice light-sheet microscopy method can image the entire fruit fly brain much faster than existing techniques

SPIE calls on US government to be ‘reasonable’ with controls on exports of emerging technologies

18 January 2019

SPIE CEO Kent Rochford has responded to the US government’s proposed change to rules regarding the export of emerging technologies, urging that they are ‘reasonable and balanced’

How EPIC will serve its members in 2019

17 January 2019

Carlos Lee, director general of the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), details the association's agenda for 2019

Ams' behind-OLED sensor could increase smartphone screen size

14 January 2019

Apple supplier Ams has developed a light and infrared proximity sensor that can sit behind a smartphone’s screen, reducing the area required to house such sensors to allow for a larger screen size

Ultrashort pulse lasers to advance automotive HUDs

14 January 2019

A German research project is focusing on how the beams of ultrashort pulse lasers can be shaped using refractive and diffractive optical elements, specifically for the processing of glass in head-up displays for the automotive industry

New lidar innovations shown at CES 2019

11 January 2019

At the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is taking place this week in Las Vegas, several companies released lidar innovations, which promise to improve the intelligence and safety of autonomous vehicles