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2020-06-03 from Covesion:
Covesion Secures Innovate UK Grants for Ground-Breaking Quantum Research
Covesion Ltd (Southampton, UK) has recently secured funding for two prestigious projects from Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation agency. Since being established in 2009, Covesion has grown to become a world-renowned expert in the field of PPLN crystals and their utilisation in research and industry. Covesion’s products are used for a variety of photonics applications, enabling the efficient conversion of light wavelengths.
“The funding from Innovate UK will help us research the use of these crystals in different industries and for different applications,” comments Dr Corin Gawith, CTO at Covesion. “We know there is huge potential for these PPLN solutions to be used in the quantum technologies market for example, which is set to see massive growth over the next few decades. The funding from Innovate UK will allow us to explore and subsequently manufacture products to be used in more real-world applications outside of the laboratory.”
2020-05-23 from Knight Optical:
Knight Optical Re-Opens Its Doors for Custom and Stock Optical Component Orders
Knight Optical – the leading supplier of metrology-tested, premium-quality optical components – has announced its re-opening following a temporary, short closure due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Opening its doors at its Kent-based premises last week, Knight Optical's Managing Director, Colin Overton, made the company announcement following the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson's statement regarding re-opening Britain.
Commenting on the company news, Colin said: "...These are unprecedented times that we are experiencing. Yet, we still stand by our integrity and retain our outlook that quality needn't be compromised. As such, our in-house Metrology Technicians will still be testing your optics from our fully equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory to ensure they are fit for purpose and meet your exact specifications. Furthermore, our QA department is working around the clock to ensure your optics are 100% visually checked prior to dispatch.
"What's more, we understand the even greater need to support the industries that have been keeping us moving throughout this lockdown, and we strive to support UK manufacturing as we follow Boris Johnson's plans for re-opening Britain. We also recognise that there is no one size fits all approach to optical component specification within many industries. That is why we offer our optics as custom-made components to guarantee seamless integration with your end device."
While it's business as usual for the team at Knight Optical; staff wellbeing and safety is certainly front of mind, and the brand will be following Government and WHO directions strictly and following social distancing guidelines when fulfilling your orders at its premises.
As well as the endless possibilities offered by the brand’s custom-made optical components, also on offer is a wide-ranging portfolio of stock optics, ready for next-day dispatch. Click here to browse through Knight Optical’s range of readily available stock optics.
To find out more about Knight Optical's custom-made optics or to discover its stock range of components, please do not hesitate to get in touch today on +44 (0)1622 859444 (choose option 1) to discuss your requirements with a member of our team. Alternatively, click here to send the team details on your current project.
Knight Optical very much looks forward to welcoming its regular and new customers back to its extensive capabilities and fondly anticipates learning more about the innovations and concepts that have arisen from this COVID-19 business sabbatical.
ABOUT KNIGHT OPTICAL LTD
Since 1991, Knight Optical has been supplying premium optical components to a diverse range of industries such as the Defence, Security & Aerospace, Engineering & Manufacturing, Medical as well as Oil & Gas sectors – plus many more. As a brand built on excellence, Knight Optical prides itself on its high level of unparalleled quality and undertakes thorough inspection and testing of its optical components to guarantee compliance with the most complex of optical specifications. Offering exceptional service, Knight Optical conducts a full inspection of your optics from our ISO 9001:2015-certified, state-of-the-art Metrology Laboratory, followed by a meticulous visual examination by our dedicated QA department.
2020-05-15 from Fluence:
Can ultrafast lasers help in killing microbes?
During the challenging times of Covid-19 pandemic people ask whether femtosecond lasers can be used to help combat the virus. Although we are not microbe specialists, there are certain studies showing how femtosecond lasers could possibly contribute in this fight.
First, a study by Fadeeva et al. (2011) (https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/la104607g shows that a superhydrophobic microstructures on titanium surface can create antifouling properties, preventing certain bacteria strains to attach to the surface. Those superhydrophobic structures can be made with femtosecond lasers (e.g. Fluence Jasper https://fluence.technology/products/jasper/) like we showed in a video.
Similar results were obtained in study by Shaikh et al. (2019) (https://lia.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.2351/1.5081106) for titanium and titanium alloys.
A different approach is taken by Cai et. al (2019) (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924013619301347#fig0005) who joins the use of ultrafast-laser generated microstructures with silver particles deposition to create antimicrobial surfaces.
Finally, it is know for copper to have antimicrobial property. Research by Zeiger et al. (2014) (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/mbo3.170) shows that surface structuring can further enhance this property.
Above studies show that although femtosecond lasers would not be used directly in killing the viruses, they can be used to create virus-unfriendly microstructures. Those special surfaces can be found very useful in manufacturing special knobs, handles, utensils, which would at least limit transfer of the disease.
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