Adolf Giesen had his head in the clouds when he came up with the idea for a disk laser in 1991. In this interview, he describes how the laser is reaching for the stars to rid the Earth’s orbit of space debris.
Sex is a considerable problem in the dairy industry, because farmers want only female calves. Cather Simpson had a bright idea: use lasers to sort sperm cells. Read on to learn how her idea became a company.
How lasers are making us virtually immortal
Turbulence researcher Eberhard Bodenschatz fires lasers at clouds to help him solve the mystery of why it rains. Meanwhile Jean-Pierre Wolf, an expert in nonlinear optics, is hoping to use his lasers to make his own weather.
Harvard physics professor Eric Mazur reflects on the discovery of black silicon and the art of serendipity.
Imagine the possibilities … an anti-corrosion coating made of graphene no more than four atomic layers thick and that can be realized using industrial solid-state lasers.
Dr. Yongfeng Lu’s spiritual home is the international laser community. Here, he talks about everything except his presidency of the Laser Institute of America.
Dr. Bernhard Müller and Prof. Reimund Neugebauer on the near future of additive methods.
How does one become professor of quantum physics at the best university in Switzerland at the age of 33? For Ursula Keller it was grit, talent - and a bit of luck.
Dr. Dietrich Freiherr von Dobeneck explains his driving passion for electron beam welding and his determination to compete with lasers.
The next generation of ultra-short pulsed (USP) lasers will enjoy broad acceptance as a standard tool, says laser physicist Thomas Südmeyer.
As a pioneer in attophysics, Professor Ferenc Krausz observes electrons as they move through atoms. We asked him what motivates him.
Dow Corning is using a laser miniature fab to research the solar cells of the future.
A simulation project at Fraunhofer ILT is advancing the use of picosecond laser ablation as a cutting technique.
An innovative diode laser that delivers more brightness and more power. Co-developer Dr. Tso Yee Fan explains the concept of very dense wavelength beam combining (WBC).
After becoming an Emeritus Prof. Dr. Schuöcker founded a new research center in Austria. Here he tells us, what he is up to.
An international team of researchers cooled an object to its lowest possible energy state - using laser light. Jasper Chan explains this giant leap.
Physicists from the University of Tübingen created a laser using only gas and light. Dr. William Guerin explains why this laser is different from all others.
Prof. Reinhart Poprawe calls himself a photon entangler. We asked him to explain what that means.
Ultra-short pulsed lasers mix and deposit the ingredients of complex coating systems on flat panel displays and solar cells in a single step.
photonic crystal fiber holds great promise: It guides far more power than today’s fibers and would even be able to guide the light of industrial CO2 lasers. The trick: the light moves between the glass instead of in the glass.
If you want to push the practical use of laser technology, you have to ‘soak’ young academics with experience in the first place — says professor Jyoti Mazumder.
Two Nobel Prize winners say: “Your idea is rubbish and it’s a waste of the faculty’s money.“ Prof. Charles Townes explains why one should take this as a good sign.
The road to fiber-reinforced plastics in mass production is via the laser, says Dr. Uwe Stute, who reviews the opportunities and challenges ahead.