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A laser, a crystal and molecular structures

September 30, 2019

Researchers have built a new tool to study molecules using a laser, a crystal and light detectors. This…
New (Slow) Flow Technique Could Improve Biotech, Precision Medicine

September 27, 2019

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed an optical system that accurately measures…
Lab scholar makes impact on new diagnostic at NIF

September 18, 2019

When Peter Nyholm became a NIF&PS Summer Scholar, he was following family tradition. Both of his parents had…
Particle Accelerators Drive Decades of Discoveries at Berkeley Lab and Beyond – Video

August 28, 2019

Berkeley Lab’s expertise in accelerator technologies has spiraled out from Ernest Lawrence’s earliest cyclotron to advanced compact accelerators.…
Lasers can weld ceramics without a furnace

August 26, 2019

Smartphones that don’t scratch or shatter. Metal-free pacemakers. Electronics for space and other harsh environments. These could all…
Claire Lifan Chen and Ata Mahjoubfar. Credit: Tunde Akinloye/UCLA.
Deep learning enables scientists to identify cancer cells in blood in milliseconds

August 22, 2019

Technique could allow cells to be extracted in real time, help prevent cancer from spreading. Researchers at UCLA…
Superfluorescent emission in the UV range

August 20, 2019

Free-electron laser FLASH coaxes superfluorescent emission from the noble gas xenon. Scientists have for the first time induced…
Endurance Lasers Announces the 3-rd Photo Maker Competition

August 13, 2019

Endurance Lasers, company which specializes in producing high-power laser cutting and engraving equipment, has just announced their 3-rd…
Innovative tiny laser has potential uses in drug quality control, medical diagnosis, airplane safety

July 25, 2019

In a major step toward developing portable scanners that can rapidly measure molecules on the pharmaceutical production line or…
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. moves toward a position to deploy two components of the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. The Passive Seismic Experiments Package (PSEP) is in his left hand; and in his right hand is the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector (LR3). Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. Credit: NASA
The Apollo Experiment That Keeps on Giving

July 25, 2019

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins departed from the Moon 50 years ago, but one of the…
Physics of laser frequency combs sheds light on nature’s problem-solving skills

July 12, 2019

Nature has a way of finding optimal solutions to complex problems. For example, despite billions of ways for…
What happens when you explode a chemical bond?

July 12, 2019

On bright summer days, the sunlight all around us is breaking bad by breaking bonds. Chemical bonds. Ultraviolet…
Endurance Lasers starts a new an already 10-th giveaway: A chance to win a 10-watt laser module

July 7, 2019

Endurance Lasers, specialists in the field of high-power laser cutting and engraving equipment, have just announced their new…
NIF tops Physics of Plasmas ‘most cited’

July 5, 2019

Research authored by physicists in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility & Photon Science Directorate (NIF&PS) represented…
A Cool New Tool: Laser Cooling Device Slows Atoms Down

July 4, 2019

Given that lasers are known for heating things up, “laser cooling” may seem a contradiction in terms. However,…
Diode lasers vs. Co2 laser tubes

July 2, 2019

There is a big dispute going on for the last couple of years about what is better –…
High-powered laser diodes can reduce residual stress in metal 3D printed parts

June 26, 2019

In 3D printing, residual stress can build up in parts during the printing process due to the expansion…
Breakthrough in Laser Technology Lights the Way for Improved Displays and Illumination

June 7, 2019

Lead-halide perovskites are considered one of the most promising materials for the production of the lasers of the…
Endurance Lasers is announcing a 9-th giveaway

May 30, 2019

Endurance, company which specializes in producing high-power laser cutting and engraving equipment, has just announced their new and…
Lasers Aim to Replace Scalpels in Cutting-Edge Biopsy Technique

May 17, 2019

Researchers in Lihong Wang’s lab have developed a new imaging technique that uses pulses from two kinds of…
Designer Defects in Diamonds

May 7, 2019

New method for creating color centers — a pathway to quantum materials. Researchers have come up with a…
LLNL scientists use X-ray imaging, simulations to mitigate the defects in metal 3D-printed parts

May 1, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, along with scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), have discovered…
Lasers make magnets behave like fluids

April 19, 2019

For years, researchers have pursued a strange phenomenon: When you hit an ultra-thin magnet with a laser, it…
A brief laser flash at the center of the frame was part of an experiment conducted by two NASA CubeSats. In it, one small satellite used a laser to send information to the ISARA CubeSat, managed by JPL. Credit: The Aerospace Corporation
NASA Demos CubeSat Laser Communications Capability

April 10, 2019

Two NASA CubeSats teamed up on an impromptu optical, or laser, communications pointing experiment. The laser beam is…
‘Optical tweezer’ takes Nobel concept in a new direction

April 9, 2019

Thirty-three years ago, Arthur Ashkin showed how a very tightly focused laser beam attracts tiny particles towards it.…
Liquid crystals sandwiched between two1-inch squares of glass scatter green and blue light on a wall when the cells are triggered by laser illumination (right panels). Image credit: Daniel Maurer
Liquid crystals could help deflect laser pointer attacks on aircraft

April 5, 2019

Aiming a laser beam at an aircraft isn’t a harmless prank: The sudden flash of bright light can…
New method for better laser-material interaction

April 4, 2019

Using ultrashort laser pulses lasting a few picoseconds (trillionths of a second), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers…
Method for Remote Detection of Radioactive Material Created by UMD Scientists

March 25, 2019

With additional engineering, a new method to detect radioactive material, developed by physicists at the University of Maryland,…
Caltech Researchers Demonstrate a Theoretical way of Propelling Objects to High Speeds using only Light

March 20, 2019

In a paper appearing online in the 18 March issue of the journal Nature Photonics, researchers from Caltech…
By shaping its spatial wavefront, a laser beam can propagate through a strongly scattering medium without lateral diffusion. Moreover, the backscattering of light is suppressed. The enhancement of light transmittance and the suppression of lateral beam spreading keep the optical energy density high throughout the scattering medium.
New shapes of laser beam ‘sneak’ through opaque media

March 6, 2019

Researchers have found a way to pre-treat a laser beam so that it enters opaque surfaces without dispersing…
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