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September 16, 2019

Many natural and synthetic chemical systems react and change their properties in the presence of certain kinds of…
Separate polarisation and brightness channels give crabs the edge over predators

August 23, 2019

Fiddler crabs see the polarisation of light and this gives them the edge when it comes to spotting…
Astronomers make first detection of polarised radio waves in Gamma Ray Burst jets

June 20, 2019

Good fortune and cutting-edge scientific equipment have allowed scientists to observe a Gamma Ray Burst jet with a…
Scientists find holes in light by tying it in knots

August 2, 2018

Laser light may appear to be a single, tightly focused beam. In fact, it’s an electromagnetic field, vibrating…
Voice more Convincing than Text when Discussing Controversial Topics, Study Finds

November 28, 2017

Those who argue in favour of direct communication over holding conversations online might be onto something – a…
Viewing direction, light polarization give different color to new compound

November 3, 2017

University of Tokyo researchers have successfully synthesized a new compound containing heavy transition metal element rhenium. The material’s…
Mantis shrimp-inspired camera enables glimpse into hidden world

October 13, 2017

By mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp, Illinois researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive camera capable of sensing…
Researchers create new technique for manipulating polarization of terahertz radiation

July 20, 2017

Brown University researchers have developed a new method of manipulating the polarization of light at terahertz frequencies. The…
Team develops technique to control laser polarization

April 20, 2017

A research team led by UCLA electrical engineers has developed a new technique to control the polarization state of a…
NRL Detects Opposite Spin in Topological Insulator Surface States

January 9, 2017

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have reported the first direct comparison of the spin polarization…
New principle for highly efficient optical device verified

September 14, 2016

A group of researchers at the University of Tokyo and their collaborators have demonstrated that when a topological…
X-ray telescope scheduled to launch

September 11, 2016

X-Calibur, a novel telescope that sees polarized X-rays rather than visible or infrared light, is next in line…
Researchers Devise New Tool to Measure Polarization of Light

June 27, 2016

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new tool for detecting and measuring the polarization of…
Chemists Establish Fundamentals of Ferroelectric Materials

June 21, 2016

Ferromagnetic materials, like compass needles, are useful because their magnetic polarization makes them rotate to align with magnetic…
Reflection-removing camera

March 29, 2016

In recent years, computer scientists have been investigating a range of techniques for removing reflections from digital photographs…
Polar Vortices Observed in Ferroelectric

February 1, 2016

The observation in a ferroelectric material of “polar vortices” that appear to be the electrical cousins of magnetic…
Reconfigurable micro spirals control light

January 15, 2016

A University of Tokyo research group has developed an active polarization filter which is able to switch the…
Flexible film may lead to phone-sized cancer detector

January 15, 2016

A thin, stretchable film that coils light waves like a Slinky could one day lead to more precise,…
Tesearchers develop ‘metasurface’ laser for terahertz range

December 20, 2015

Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have identified a new way to…
Making 3-D imaging 1,000 times better

December 2, 2015

MIT researchers have shown that by exploiting the polarization of light — the physical phenomenon behind polarized sunglasses…
Classical entanglement: Speeding particles in the sights of a laser

November 23, 2015

It might be easier to track tiny particles in the future – even when they hurtle along with…
Small tilt in magnets makes them viable memory chips

August 4, 2015

UC Berkeley researchers have discovered a new way to switch the polarization of nanomagnets, paving the way for…
Magnetic-Field Discovery Gives Clues to Galaxy-Formation Processes

June 22, 2015

Astronomers making a detailed, multi-telescope study of a nearby galaxy have discovered a magnetic field coiled around the…
Computing at the speed of light

May 19, 2015

University of Utah engineers have taken a step forward in creating the next generation of computers and mobile…
Generating Mobius strips of light: Researchers experimentally produce these structures from light polarization

February 2, 2015

A collaboration between researchers from Canada, Europe, and the United States has experimentally produced Möbius strips from the polarization…
Researchers engineer improvements of technology used in digital memory

November 25, 2014

The improvements in random access memory that have driven many advances of the digital age owe much to…
Brighter images, more efficient LCD displays: New polarizing filter transits more light

November 21, 2014

University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for…
Light scattering on dust holds clues to habitability

September 26, 2014

We are all made of dust. Dust particles can be found everywhere in space. Disks of dust and…
Structured light make circular holes distinguish between left and right

September 15, 2014

A group of researchers at Macquarie University has shown that circular dichroism – a differential absorption of the…
Promising ferroelectric materials suffer from unexpected electric polarizations

August 19, 2014

Brookhaven Lab scientists find surprising locked charge polarizations that impede performance in next-gen materials that could otherwise revolutionize…
Bats use the evening sky’s polarization pattern for orientation

July 28, 2014

Animals can use varying sensory modalities for orientation, some of which might be very different from ours. Some…
Bats use polarized light to navigate

July 23, 2014

Scientists have discovered that greater mouse-eared bats use polarisation patterns in the sky to navigate – the first…
Twisting The Light Away Using Ultrasmall Holes

June 20, 2014

A new study shows that light transmitted through apertures smaller than the wavelength of light go through a…
Physicists predict behavior of rare materials at near-room temperature

June 19, 2014

Yurong Yang, research assistant professor, University of Arkansas. Credit: Russell Cothren, University of Arkansas New theoretical physics research…
Funky ferroelectric properties probed with X-rays

June 11, 2014

Ferroelectric materials like barium titanate, a ceramic used in capacitors, are essential to many electronic devices. Typical ferroelectric…
Flowers’ polarization patterns help bees find food

June 6, 2014

Bees use their ability to ‘see’ polarized light when foraging for food, researchers based at the University of…
Bumblebees learn hidden patterns in flowers

June 6, 2014

Bees pollinate about one-third of what we eat so it is important that we know as much about…
Electrically controllable chiral light source demonstrated

May 19, 2014

All kinds of light consist of the superposition of right-handed and left-handed circularly polarized light. Circularly polarized sources…
A new twist in the properties of light

April 29, 2014

Transverse force (red) and torque (blue) exerted on a particle (yellow sphere) in an evanescent field generated by…
Using electron beams to encode data in nanocrystals

March 27, 2014

A simulated polarization pattern (top left), polarization vectors within the simulation (top right), and polarization patterns visualized using…
Physicists reveal novel magnetoelectric effect

February 13, 2014

New research at the University of Arkansas reveals a novel magnetoelectric effect that makes it possible to control…
Potential future data storage at domain boundaries

January 15, 2014

This is an electron microscopic image of an antiferroelectric crystal, with the dark, prominent diagonal lines marking the…
Research duo develop a means for people to conceptualize polarized light

December 19, 2013

Two researchers from Queensland University in Australia have developed a way to describe polarizing objects in a way…
Researchers discover a way to switch liquid crystals off faster

September 10, 2013

A team of physicists at Kent State University has discovered a way to cause liquid crystals to relax…
Mantis shrimp have the world’s best eyes—but why?

September 5, 2013

As humans, we experience an amazing world of colour, but what can other animals see? Some see much…
A Polarised View of Exoplanets

September 5, 2013

In the newest ESOcast series video ESO scientists explore a property of light that can be used to…
The butterfly effect: optical nanotechnology takes flight

September 2, 2013

When scientists look for keys to unlock problems such as quantum teleportation or faster internet speeds, answers can sometimes be…
‘Groovy’ hologram creates strange state of light at visible and invisible wavelengths

August 21, 2013

Applied physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have demonstrated that they can change the intensity,…
Novel hollow-core optical fiber to enable high-power military sensors

August 2, 2013

The intensity of light that propagates through glass optical fiber is fundamentally limited by the glass itself. A…
Shedding light on magnetoelectric coupling

July 30, 2013

Effect opens up new possibilities for digital data storage It is possible to control the electric properties of…
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