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A chameleon-inspired smart skin changes color in the sun

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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…
Largest, fastest array of microscopic ‘traffic cops’ for optical communications

April 15, 2019

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley have built a new photonic switch that can control the direction…
‘A Swiss cheese-like material’ that can solve equations

March 27, 2019

The field of metamaterials involves designing complicated, composite structures, some of which can manipulate electromagnetic waves in ways…
Supercrystal: A hidden phase of matter created by a burst of light

March 25, 2019

“Frustration” plus a pulse of laser light resulted in a stable “supercrystal” created by a team of researchers…
Conceptual illustration of a nano-patterned object reorienting itself to remain in a beam of light. Credit: Courtesy of the Atwater laboratory
Levitating Objects with Light

March 19, 2019

Researchers at Caltech have designed a way to levitate and propel objects using only light, by creating specific…
Device That ‘Shakes’ Light A Breakthrough In Photonics

March 15, 2019

The ability to control light with electronics is a critical part of advanced photonics, a field with applications…
Experts move one step closer to demystifying the quantum world

February 27, 2019

The quantum world is notoriously complex, its multiple layers and miniscule components eluding standard analytical approaches. One of…
Quantum dots can spit out clone-like photons

February 22, 2019

In the global quest to develop practical computing and communications devices based on the principles of quantum physics,…
The defect creates a two-level energy state isolated from the semiconducting material’s natural band gap. Illustration by Sunny Gupta
Imperfections make photons perfect for quantum computing

December 19, 2018

If you can make a single photon, tell it how to spin and tell it where to go, you…
Using quantum entanglement to study proteins

December 10, 2018

For the first time, a University of Michigan chemist has used quantum entanglement to examine protein structures, a…
Quantum optics: new tricks needed

December 3, 2018

Since the discovery of quantum mechanics, in the early 20th century, physicists have relied on optics to test…
Detecting Light in a Different Dimension

November 14, 2018

Electrically conductive polymer nanostructures that are many times longer than they are wide make graphene—atom-thin sheets of carbon—a…
Laser technology has had one significant limitation since its inception in the 1960s: Users have to physically manipulate the device projecting the light to move a laser, even in medical applications as depicted here. Those limitations could soon be eliminated because of research by Case Western Reserve researchers and partners around the world, who have recently demonstrated a new way to manipulate random laser light by applying a small voltage. Image credit: CWRU
New laser breakthrough: ‘random, transistor’ laser that can be manipulated at nanoscale

October 26, 2018

In the last half-century, laser technology has grown into a multi-billion-dollar global industry and used in everything from…
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