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Tuning optical resonators gives researchers control over transparency

January 14, 2020

In the quantum realm, under some circumstances and with the right interference patterns, light can pass through opaque…
An ultrafast laser that’s as precise and reliable as a Swiss timepiece

December 12, 2019

Florian Emaury, CEO and co-​founder of Menhir Photonics, has a dream: to shake up the market with ultrafast…
Research at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source Leads to New Ebola Drug

December 10, 2019

The ability to examine how specific antibodies react with the Ebola virus has led to the development of…
Microcavities save organic semiconductors from going dark

November 27, 2019

More and more electronics manufacturers are favoring organic LED displays for smartphones, TVs and computers because they are…
Study details final breakthroughs of late Nebraska physicist in ultra-fast laser research

November 25, 2019

An internationally renowned career that began in New York City and Chicago and London before taking him, finally…
Stanford physicist recalls life-changing first glimpse of a laser

November 21, 2019

Robert Byer was 22 years old when he first saw the light that changed his life. One summer morning…
Researchers create better light-trapping devices

November 18, 2019

A new study shows how the performance of optical resonators can be improved using topological physics, which can…
Flexible, transparent and cost-effective lasers

October 23, 2019

A collaboration between IMDEA Nanociencia and Nanjing Tech University researchers produces flexible, transparent and cost-effective lasers. The interest…
Pushing Quantum Photonics

October 23, 2019

Quantum computers use the fundamentals of quantum mechanics to potentially speed up the process of solving complex computations.…
Shaping nanoparticles for improved quantum information technology

October 13, 2019

Breaking of rotational symmetry in ring-shaped nanoparticle leads to surprising quantum property when illuminated with laser. Particles that…
New Topological Insulator Can Reroute Photonic ‘Traffic’ On the Fly, Making for Faster Chips

October 2, 2019

Topological insulators are a game-changing class of materials; charged particles can flow freely on their edges and route…
Photovoltaic-powered sensors for the “internet of things”

September 27, 2019

By 2025, experts estimate the number of “internet of things” devices — including sensors that gather real-time data…
A chameleon-inspired smart skin changes color in the sun

September 16, 2019

Some creatures, such as chameleons and neon tetra fish, can alter their colors to camouflage themselves, attract a…
Trapping atoms to protect Australia’s groundwater

September 9, 2019

A unique new facility launched at the University of Adelaide will help protect Australia’s precious groundwater from overuse…
Scientists couple magnetization to superconductivity for quantum discoveries

September 6, 2019

By coupling magnetic behavior to a superconducting circuit, Argonne scientists pave the way for quantum information systems. Quantum…
Physicists use light flashes to discover, control new quantum states of matter

August 21, 2019

Jigang Wang can break his research goals into just a few words: “To discover and control quantum states…
Illustration of the anomalous spin-orbit torque, or ASOT. Image credit: Jose Vazquez, ITG, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A torque on conventional magnetic wisdom

August 14, 2019

Physicists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced they have observed a magnetic phenomenon called the “anomalous spin-orbit torque,”…
Thinnest Optical Waveguide Channels Light Within Just Three Layers of Atoms

August 12, 2019

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the thinnest optical device in the world—a waveguide…
Stanford researchers design a light-trapping, color-converting crystal

August 8, 2019

Five years ago, Stanford postdoctoral scholar Momchil Minkov encountered a puzzle that he was impatient to solve. At the heart…
Stanford researchers developing technologies that run on light

July 29, 2019

The future of faster, more efficient information processing may come down to light rather than electricity. Mark Lawrence, a…
New AI System Improves the Process for the Design of Materials Invisible to the Human Eye

July 17, 2019

Developing metamaterials, or artificial materials with properties not encountered in nature, invisible to the human eye is an…
Quantum sensor breakthrough using naturally occurring vibrations in artificial atoms

July 11, 2019

When individual atoms emit light, they do so in discrete packets called photons. When this light is measured,…
Researchers explore use of new materials to create more efficient solar cells

July 1, 2019

A team of Florida State University researchers is pioneering innovative ways for solar cells to absorb and use…
UTA working to develop longwave infrared photonic device technology

June 26, 2019

A research team from The University of Texas at Arlington is working with the Army Research Laboratory to…
Experts develop nanolasers on silicon

May 30, 2019

Researchers at Cardiff University have shown tiny light-emitting nanolasers less than a tenth of the size of the…
The next generation of optical communication with nanophotonics

May 22, 2019

Anyone reading this article from a phone connected to a high-speed network can thank an optical physicist. Research…
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Physicists found new way to optimize nanoparticles and light interaction

May 19, 2019

Scientists first described the new features of dielectric nanoparticles’ optical response using improved method for electromagnetic field analysis…
Smallest pixels ever created could light up colour-changing buildings

May 14, 2019

The smallest pixels yet created – a million times smaller than those in smartphones, made by trapping particles…
Generating high-quality single photons for quantum computing

May 14, 2019

MIT researchers have designed a way to generate, at room temperature, more single photons for carrying quantum information.…
Atomic Beams Shoot Straighter via Cascading Silicon Peashooters

April 25, 2019

To a non-physicist, an “atomic beam collimator” may sound like a phaser firing mystical particles. That might not…
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