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Physics World Focus On Optics & Lasers 2013

This special focus issue of Physics World explores some of the latest research in optics and lasers.

This special focus issue of Physics World explores some of the latest research in optics and lasers. It includes a report from the UK research centre where next-generation componants for the Internet are being designed, and investigates whether signals can be imprinted into the orbital angular momentum of electromagnetic waves. We survey the attosecond science made possible by the world’s shortest laser pules, look at the ultra-precise atomic clicks that are redefining our notions of time, and examine how a physics spin-out has used nanostructured materials to boost the brightness of white light-emitting diodes. Finally, we report on a new €3bn facility for laser-induced fusion being built in France.

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