Supercontinuum lasers fight invisible pollution

Outdoor air pollution originates from human activities and nature itself and was estimated to cause over 4 million premature deaths in 2016. Air pollution is small particles and invisible gasses. When we breathe them, they can cause strokes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and lung cancer1). To fight air pollution, we must know what to fight – and where.  Read more

Look, no hands!

A new, advanced optical technology makes it possible to characterize ultra-thin materials without touching them. The technology has the potential to revolutionize the semiconductor industry and create brand new opportunities within sustainable electronics and data management. Read more

How photonics takes you one step closer to personalized medicine

Imagine that you can evaluate your health on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that no small sign of critical illness is missed. Imagine a world where early treatment – or even prevention – of diseases saves and improves numerous lives. With this goal in mind, researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Australian National University (ANU) set out to detect and locate tiny molecules, which can serve as an early indication of illness. Read more