The Future of Ultrashort Laser Pulses

View of a thin-disc laser

Next-generation approaches to the production of ultrashort flashes of laser light – the so-called third generation of femtosecond laser pulses – are stimulating further advances in the investigation of ultrafast processes in the realm of the microcosmos. In the foreseeable future, the new techniques will permit the motions of subatomic particles to be observed in far greater detail than has been possible
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Photonics & Physics

A transistor-like amplifier for single photons

A team at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, has now made a kind of optical transistor using a cloud of ultracold rubidium atoms. With this new device they observed a twentyfold amplification of signal variations at the one-photon level

New Oclaro Red Laser Diodes Home in on Laser TV and Laser Projection

The AlGaInP HL63193MG is a multi-transverse mode laser diode with TM mode oscillation in a 5.6mm diameter tiny TO package. It offers a massive 700mW optical output power at a typical centre lasing wavelength of 638nm, has an operating temperature up to

Building ‘invisible’ materials with light

A new technique which uses light like a needle to thread long chains of particles could help bring sci-fi concepts such as cloaking devices one step closer to reality


Record precision achieved in mass map of galaxy cluster

An international team of astronomers, has used the Hubble Space Telescope to map the mass within a galaxy cluster, originally discovered with Maunakea telescopes, more precisely than ever before.

Star Formation Region in the Orion Nebular investigated

On its first scientific mission the far-infrared spectrometer FIFI-LS developed by a team led by the University of Stuttgart has explored the prominent star-forming region of the Orion Nebula. The instrument was flown on board the airborne observatory known as SOFIA, a joint program of the

The source of the sky's X-ray glow

In findings that help astrophysicists understand our corner of the galaxy, an international research team has shown that the soft X-ray glow blanketing the sky comes from both inside and outside the solar system.

Time flies in new exoplanet video exploring beyond the boundaries of our solar system

PhD student Tom Hands from the University of Leicester produces video to demonstrate vast range of time-scales on which exoplanets orbit host stars

Radio-burst discovery deepens astrophysics mystery

The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico provides important new evidence of mysterious pulses that appear to come from deep in outer space. The finding by an international team of astronomers, published


Research from an international team of scientists led by the University of Leicester has discovered for the first time that one of the most powerful events in our universe – Gamma-Ray Bursts – behave differently than previously thought

Imaging & Machine Vision

New Goldeye: Industrial Design, Scientific Precision

The new Goldeye is a completely new development that sets a new benchmark in the short-wave infrared camera

New 'T-ray' tech converts light to sound for weapons detection, medical imaging

A device that essentially listens for light waves could help open up the last frontier of the electromagnetic spectrum—the terahertz range

Fujitsu Laboratories Develops Lane-Departure Warning Technology Using Wide-Angle Camera

Wide-angle cameras that only view some of the lane markers at a short distance do not always detect the lane correctly, and have yet to meet the expected level of performance for warnings. Fujitsu Laboratories has now developed a driving lane recognition technology that estimates the correct lane configuration for the entire road by

Medical Engineering

Stanford scientists create circuit board modeled on the human brain

Stanford scientists create circuit board modeled on the human brain

Yale team finds a straighter path in light absorption

Yale scientists have found that opaque materials such as biological tissue straighten the scattered, maze-like patterns normally taken by light when it is absorbed

Retinal scanner that fits in a purse

The retina lets us see. However, it also reveals who we are. The blood vessel pattern of the retina is a biometric feature that is different in each human being. Using special eye scanners, a person could give proof of identity safely, securely and

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Environmentally friendly production method for transparent conductive films

Transparent conductive films are now an integral part of our everyday lives. Whether in smartphones, tablets, laptops, flat screens or in solar cells. Yet they are expensive and complex to manufacture. Now, researchers at Empa have succeeded in developing a method of producing such TCO films

Using Sand to Improve Battery Performance

Researchers have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times. The key material: sand. Yes, sand

UVM Startup Can Power Trillions of Sensors in Everyday Objects

UVM alumnus Robert Andosca has made the idea of battery-powered sensors all but obsolete with a tiny vibration energy scavenging device, half the size of a sugar cube, that he developed with

LG Display Unveils 18-inch Flexible and Transparent OLED Panels

The flexible OLED panel has a high-definition class resolution of 1200 X 810 with almost 1 million mega-pixels. The panel’s curvature radius is 30R. The panel can be rolled up to a radius of


Freefly Systems’ New MōVI Controller Now Shipping

The Controller is built with full carbon fiber construction for durability. In addition to its precision joystick, the controller has a high-resolution focus knob, zoom control rocker and a Shutter

Panasonic Announces LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 – The World’s First Digital Compact Camera with 4K Video Recording Capability

The FZ1000 boasts a one-inch, High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and 4K video recording capability. The latest member of the popular LUMIX FZ series, the FZ1000 will be available


Thalmic Labs Unveils Final Design of the Myo Armband


The state-of-the-art industrial design is a thin, expandable band, which is nearly half the thickness of the Myo Alpha units that were given to select developers and partners over the past six months. Weighing in at less than 95 grams, the final Myo armband weighs less than


Fujitsu Develops ARROWS Tab Q335/K, New 8-Inch Tablet


The new model is planned to be rolled out in stages worldwide from October 2014


Apple Introduces New Entry Level 21.5-inch iMac

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Featuring a stunning ultra-thin design, brilliant display, Core i5 processors and the world’s most advanced operating system, the new iMac is the perfect entry-level Mac® desktop.


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Introducing a new Seiko Astron design, inspired by the curvature of the Earth.


The new models have a bold, domed sapphire glass, representing the curvature of our planet and the stratosphere that surrounds it.


Dual Time Manufacture.

Dual Time Manufacture

Born from an iconic line, the Dual Time Manufacture enables the second time zone and date to be adjusted both forward and backward. Like the Marine collection, it is now equipped with a movement that has been developed and