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Business Business News


The latest news from the world of photonics Profile – Lasermet


Warren Clark finds out what Lasermet plans for its future


Applications Applications News


The latest applications of photonics from around the world Feature: Cosmetics


Nadya Anscombe looks at the home-use laser market for hair removal or wrinkle reduction


Technology News from EOS


An update from the European Optical Society Feature: Optics


Feature: Safety


Rob Coppinger looks at how safety is stepping up to the challenge of the ever wider use of Class 4 lasers


Product Focus: Spectrometers


Rob Coppinger rounds up the latest spectrometer products Products


The latest photonics products from around the world Suppliers’ Directory


Find the photonics suppliers you need Technology Focus


Rob Coppinger speaks to the UK government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory about its anti-laser dazzling filter that can help defend against laser attack and be used to improve imaging


EDITORIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM Tel: +44 (0)1223 211170 Fax: +44 (0)1223 211107 Editor Rob Coppinger editor.electro@europascience.com Feature Writer Greg Blackman greg.blackman@europascience.com Contributing Editor Nadya Anscombe nadya.anscombe@europascience.com Circulation/readership enquiries Pete Vine subs.electro@europascience.com


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Electro Optics is audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.


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Greg Blackman talks to a scientist building highly cost-effective microscopes from stock optical components


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LEADER ROB COPPINGER


Beautified with light


As this issue goes to print Photonics West is underway and the Moscone Center in San Francisco will be buzzing with activity as the photonics industry continues its recovery. The financial results from last year show record revenues and this issue’s reports of dramatic profit increases and acquisitions demonstrate that the laser industry is shining brightly. With the Electro Optics team in California this month it is perhaps appropriate that this issue sees a feature on cosmetics. With home-use lasers for wrinkle reduction selling now for about $800 they are products more likely to be found in Beverly Hills. But Nadya Anscombe has discovered that there are more products in the pipeline and the prices are set to fall. Getting the price down is also the goal of scientists in Peru in Greg Blackman’s examination of optics and microscopy. Inverted microscopes used to diagnose TB can cost $8,000, unaffordable by the Peruvian government. In Greg’s feature you can find out how the research team is building microscopes for as little as $400 for TB diagnosis. Our third and final feature is about safety for


the likes of Class 4 laser systems. With power equalling productivity, more powerful lasers are becoming more widely used and so safety technology has got to advance to ensure it is sufficient for the job. From goggles to laser enclosures the industry isn’t taking chances. Whether or not we get a chance to meet in


person at Photonics West, be sure to check the Electro Optics website for the latest show news and subscribe to our email newsletters, EONewsline and EOProductline to get all the stories from San Francisco neatly packaged. As always, I can be contacted through my email rob.coppinger@europascience.com or you can phone me on +44 1223 211185.


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