Mirror substrates for the European Extremely Large Telescope!
Ask an Expert: How do lasers work?
While lasers have gone mainstream in applications like the barcode reader at your local grocery store, they're also used in the most advanced physics experiments around fusion energy, and many other applications. Today, many laser systems achieve peak performance by using specialty laser glass as an amplifier. Ahead of Photonics West, we sat down with Simi George, one of our laser glass experts, to explore the technologies powered by the laser glasses on display at the show.
The materials key to detecting gravitational waves
Astrophysicists from the European Space Agency (ESA) are in the midst of a large-scale mission to detect gravitational waves from astronomical sources with the technology of the LISA Pathfinder. At the center of LISA Pathfinder is a piece of glass-ceramic that’s providing the support necessary to capture and relay exact measurements back to ESA scientists.