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2016-09-30 20:33 UTC
Diagram showing laser filamentation and remote spectroscopic detection of the back-scattered light. A method for remotely detecting pollutants and other chemicals in the atmosphere has been demonstrated by physicists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, using laser-generated jets of plasma. Their laboratory experiments could pave the way to instruments used to monitor pollution levels...

2016-01-07 21:14 UTC
Illustration of photoacoustic tomography New research demonstrates the use of a pulsed laser diode in photoacoustic tomography, a technique that uses light pulses to generate sound waves in a sample, which are then detected by an ultrasound detector and from which images can be produced computationally. Due to the higher pulse rate of...

2016-01-01 17:02 UTC
Beam of light in the sky above a city A new approach to atmospheric monitoring measures laser backscatter range as a function of angle using the Scheimpflug principle, instead of the more common time of flight method known as Lidar, which means it can monitor a large volume of space all at once. Given the name SLidar, it was...

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Researchers at the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Physics have found answers to the question of where the energy goes to when a laser is fired into a plasma.

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When it comes to harvesting the energy of sunlight efficiently, nothing beats Mother Nature, but researchers in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London are coming one step closer to...

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University of Adelaide researchers have developed an optical fibre probe that distinguishes breast cancer tissue from normal tissue - potentially allowing surgeons to be much more precise when...

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A Florida State University research team has discovered a new crystal structure of organic-inorganic hybrid materials that could open the door to new applications for optoelectronic devices like...

2 years 3 days ago
A team of UCF researchers has produced the most efficient quantum cascade laser ever designed – and done it in a way that makes the lasers easier to manufacture.

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MIT engineers have developed stretchy optical fibers made from biocompatible hydrogel, which could serve as implantable, stretchable sensors.

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Researchers have designed a device that uses light to manipulate its mechanical properties. The device, which was fabricated using a plasmomechanical metamaterial, operates through a unique mechanism...

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3D ring structures made by high-intensity lasers could aid the design of powerful microscopes and more efficient telecommunication lines.

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Physicists at Stanford have figured out how to make low-light microscopy clearer without increased risk of damaging light-sensitive specimens.

2 years 3 weeks ago
Research headed by scientists at the University of Münster has led to the first quantum computing circuit that can fit on a chip. The single photon light source required for quantum computing...