Current Headlines

  1. Flipping The Switch
    4/18/2014

    Harvard researchers have succeeded in creating quantum switches that can be turned on and off using a single photon, a technological achievement that could pave the way for the creation of highly secure quantum networks.

  2. Chiral Breathing: Electrically Controlled Polymer Changes Its Optical Properties
    4/17/2014

    Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarisation filters, and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to a new polymer unprecedentedly combining optical and electrical properties.

  3. SPIE Analysis Received As Powerful Tool To Promote Photonics Industry
    4/17/2014

    A straightforward set of numbers is proving to be a well-received and powerful tool in helping to draw attention to the profound contribution photonics technologies and applications make on healthy economies and continued well-being of people around the planet.

  4. Perfect Nanospheres Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses
    4/16/2014

    The Nanophotonics Group of the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed a method to print nanoparticles made of different materials with controlled, reproducible sizes and to precisely deposit these particles on a receiver substrate.

  5. Optical Combs Speed Up Communication, Data
    4/15/2014

    Miniaturized optical frequency combs may hold the key to faster computing centers and accelerated communications networks.

  6. Anasys Licenses ORNL Nanoscale Mass Spectrometry Imaging Technology
    4/14/2014

    Anasys Instruments Corp. has licensed a Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that allows for simultaneous chemical and physical characterization and could lead to advances in materials and drug development.

  7. SPIE Photonics Europe Panel To Consider Impact Of EU Regulations On Optics For Medicine, Computers, Science – And Competitiveness
    4/14/2014

    Two European Union regulations, REACH and RoHS, are endangering the availability of raw materials for optical systems that are vital for medical diagnoses, scientific research, computer technology, security systems, and a host of industrial and consumer uses, according to leaders in the optics and photonics industry.

  8. Laser Modules Given Direct Green Light By The Optoelectronics Company
    4/14/2014

    The Optoelectronics Company has launched a range of direct-emission 520 nanometre (nm) green laser-diode modules that offer original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and systems integrators a realistic, cost and energy-efficient alternative to low-tech diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) green laser modules.

  9. Loughborough Scientists Come Up With Method Of Reducing Solar Panel Glare
    4/14/2014

    Researchers have developed a multi-layer anti-reflection (AR) coating for glass surfaces, which reduces the sun’s reflection from photovoltaic panels while at the same time improving their efficiency.

  10. Research Finds 'Tunable' Semiconductors Will Allow Better Detectors, Solar Cells
    4/14/2014

    One of the great problems in physics is the detection of electromagnetic radiation – that is, light – which lies outside the small range of wavelengths that the human eye can see.