Editor's picks

Photonics21 has released a position statement saying the European photonics sector is ready to invest €100 billion in R&I if a photonics public-private partnership is launched for Horizon Europe funding

The Photonics Leadership Group 2019 update shows the increasing value of light-based technology to UK economy

The organiser of Photonex, Xmark Media, has been bought by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics

Analysis & opinion

11 July 2019

Jessica Rowbury reports on the importance of technical light applications in meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement

19 June 2019

André Richter, CEO of VPIphotonics, talks through his 20-plus years at the company with EPIC’s Carlos Lee

04 June 2019

Ahead of the Innovation award that will be presented at Laser World of Photonics, Jessica Rowbury talks technology development with Dr Jonathan Blackburn of welding research and technology specialist, TWI


19 June 2019

Greg Blackman looks at systems presented at the recent Control trade fair for quality inspection

19 June 2019

Keely Portway looks at how fibre lasers are advancing bio imaging and disease diagnosis and treatment

14 May 2019

Keely Portway looks at some of the latest developments in optical mirrors – including a trend for larger sizes – and how the technology may develop further

14 May 2019

3D technology is just one of the innovations emerging in the large display market, as Andy Extance assesses the prospects for LCD, OLED and microLEDs in the fight for a share of this competitive space

Press Releases


16 April 2019

Dan Adams, product marketing manager at Edmund Optics, discusses the impact that additive manufacturing is having on the optics industry

1 April 2019

Pro-Lite’s Robert Yeo discusses the changes in the regulations governing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and how they affect the selection and sale of laser safety eyewear

Tech focus

12 July 2019

New method can measure large-scale quantum correlation of single photons, which until now would have required thousands of single photon counters

23 May 2019

A research team has created software for modelling femtosecond pulses that overlap at angles of up to 140 degrees much more efficiently than existing systems

29 April 2019

Combining 3D printing with metal-coating and wet-etching processes enables metamaterial geometrical optics with unique properties


04 July 2019

Gamma Scientific has released its SpectralLED wide field of view, uniform intensity light source, ideally suited for sensor testing applications requiring a field of view (FOV) up to 180°

04 July 2019

Sensofar Metrology has released the fifth generation of its optical profiler

04 July 2019

The M-971 motorised mechanical stage is used in automated optical microscope systems for materials testing, inspection or biotechnology

04 July 2019

The Coherent PowerMax Pro OEM is a laser power sensor, combining the response speed of a photodiode with the broadband wavelength coverage, large detection area, dynamic range, and laser damage resistance of a thermopile

04 July 2019

Alpao has released a Modal Deformable Mirror (DMM) for industrial applications

04 July 2019

Synopsys has released LucidShape CAA V5 software,which allows designers to perform optical simulations and analyses of automotive lighting products within the CATIA V5 environment

04 July 2019

Limo has developed micro-optics for creating a beam profile that offers 30 per cent more throughput in display production


Rhine Valley
18 September 2019 to 19 September 2019
Dublin, Ireland
23 September 2019 to 25 September 2019
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
01 October 2019
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
30 September 2019 to 04 October 2019
Coventry, UK
09 October 2019 to 10 October 2019

White papers

10 July 2019

 Broadband monitoring with high signal quality enables use of both broadband and monochromatic layer termination algorithms in the same process when depositing optical interference coatings. Case studies using a bandpass filter and an absorbing layer show how such a “hybrid” approach can lead to the most accurate layer termination.

10 July 2019

Transmission gratings open up many design options for the optical designer. In this tech note, we consider one special type: volume phase holographic (VPH) gratings. With benefits ranging from superior optical performance and design flexibility to robustness and consistency, VPH gratings are ideal for applications like laser pulse compression, spectroscopy, optical coherence tomography, and astronomy.


01 July 2019

LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a highly versatile active remote sensing technique that is used in Earth and atmospheric sciences, autonomous vehicles, urban planning, and many other applications. Some of the most important components of LIDAR sensors are the filters that isolate target signals, while preventing sunlight and other extraneous light from reaching the detector. A wide variety of applications and sensor types exist, from laser altimeters to Raman LIDAR systems, all with different return signal strengths and LIDAR filter requirements. Therefore, LIDAR filters must be designed with the specific application and sensor type in mind in order to maximize signal-to-noise ratio.


02 July 2019

The EPIC Webinar on Hyperspectral Imaging will insight on the hyperspectral imaging hardware and its use in all application fields: from the ground using microscopes and spectrometers to airborne or satellite sensors, up to astrophysical data

11 April 2019

Dr Erik Novak, senior director of business development at 4D Technology, will discuss the different aspects that need to be considered when selecting a Large Aperture Interferometer.

03 April 2019

This is the first of many activities of EPIC in Quantum Photonics, with its flagship event being the EPIC World Industrial Quantum Photonics Technology Summit in June