Photonic crystals are responsible for the iridescent colours of a butterfly's wings.

Researchers have devised a new way of generating thin 3D photonic crystals that show promise for miniaturising photonic integrated circuits

ProPhotonix has extended its range of Prodigii digital laser modules with five new wavelengths: 375nm, 405nm, 450nm, 905nm and 940nm

Many university laboratories using lasers have had to shut down temporarily following a visit from an HSE inspector

Matthew Dale learns how the safety knowledge of the laser community is not yet fully up to scratch

A small-sized silicon photonics chip that can be used for non-mechanical beam steering and scanning. (Credit: Yokohama National University).

Japanese researchers have employed a bespoke prism lens to reduce the size and cost of lidar technology

The 5-axis laser scanner is particularly suitable for the high-precision production of complex components in medical technology, microelectronics and the automotive industry

Aerotech has introduced a new hexapod for quality assurance applications

The Cobolt Rogue series of lasers are continuous-wave diode pumped lasers (DPL) and are multi-mode, high power complements to Cobolt's 05-01 series of single frequency lasers

Left: Birefringence image of a flat lens and intensity patterns of 488nm laser beam with different handedness circular polarisations focused and defocused by the same lens. Right: The same lens corrects short -5 D and long +5 D sightedness.

Researchers have developed a new technique for producing flat optics with ultra-low loss and high damage threshold

A Hybrid Hexapod being used for camera image stabilisation (Image: ALIO Industries)

As motion control systems reach ever-higher levels of precision, new standards and methods are required to better define their capabilities to end users, Matthew Dale finds

US researchers have proposed a photovoltaic cell that could generate power throughout the night

A new type of PIC has been developed, the properties of which can be programmed using a combination of light and heat

Researchers in the Netherlands have developed a new type of photonic integrated circuit that can be programmed using a combination of light and heat

A new simple chip powered by quantum dots allows standard microscopes to visualise difficult-to-image biological organisms.

MIT researchers have developed a multi-layered chip that could dramatically reduce the cost of dark-field microscopes