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1 Nov 2021

The ability to combine and recombine solitons opens new applications in spectroscopy and materials processing.

27 Oct 2021

Researchers at Empa in Switzerland have developed a simple device to visualise SWIR radiation.

11 Jun 2021

An international team of scientists have achieved giant non-linearity of UV hybrid light-matter states up to room temperature in a waveguide made of AlInGaN.

23 Mar 2021

Wasatch Photonics achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification for their volume phase holographic diffraction gratings facility.

22 Dec 2020

Strong investment in photonics will help us fight infectious diseases that kill an unimaginable number of people and prepare us against future pandemics, says Dr Jürgen Popp of the Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research (LPI) that is currently under construction in Jena.

10 Nov 2020

New virtual format for the 72nd Pittsburgh Conference.

19 Feb 2020

A new research project in partnership between academia, companies and the Netherlands Forensic Institute to develop ways to chain analytical techniques together to gain complementary information.

16 Jan 2019

Research at NPL has revealed unusual qualities in light with future applications for synchronously pumped optical frequency comb generation and resonator-based sensor technologies.

27 Apr 2018

Applications for this prestigious award are invited by 30 November 2018.

23 Feb 2018

Combining metasurface lenses with MEMS technology could add high-speed scanning and enhance focusing capability of optical systems.

28 Jun 2017

Achema 2018 is inviting contributions to the Achema Congress and the PRAXISforums; deadline 22 September 2017.

28 Jun 2017

A cooperation between Messe München India and the Indian Pharma Machinery Manufacturers Association (IPMMA) will collocate events jointly representing 600+ global and Indian companies.

5 Apr 2017

TOPTICA Photonics and Menlo Systems have entered into a license agreement for the use of patented frequency comb technology.

18 Feb 2017

Nanostructure-based lenses provide focussing and dispersion, and allow smaller devices with increased functionality.

8 Jan 2016

A chip-based device can generate a laser signal with frequencies spaced in a comb-like fashion. In general, light and water waves alike stretch out and dissipate as they move further and further away from their source. However, there is a type of wave that maintains its shape as it propagates: solitons.

Diagram showing the emission spectrum of the laser and molecular fingerprint regions
22 Sep 2015

A new infrared light source with unprecedented sensitivity allows molecular fingerprints of cancer cells.

13 Aug 2015

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a miniature gas sensor that can be connected to mobile devices. Gas measurements made with smartphones will make activities such as the detection of internal air problems easier. In addition, sleep quality will be measurable with greater precision, using mobile healthcare applications which gauge carbon dioxide quantities.

13 Aug 2015

Researchers have solved a key obstacle in creating the underlying technology for miniature optical sensors to detect chemicals and biological compounds, high-precision spectroscopy, ultra-stable microwave sources, and optical communications systems that transmit greater volumes of information with better quality.

7 Aug 2015

Germanium immersion gratings could enable smaller, higher-efficiency infrared spectrometers for astronomy and other applications.

Schematic of an all-fibre laser capable of producing few-cycle pulses.
4 Aug 2015

Graphene Flagship researchers have developed an optical fibre laser that emits pulses with durations equivalent to just a few wavelengths of the light used. This fastest ever device based on graphene will be ideal for use in ultrafast spectroscopy, and in surgical lasers that avoid heat damage to living tissue.