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4 months 3 weeks ago
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.

4 months 3 weeks ago
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 mimicking the chemical reactions in photosynthesis by using nanomaterials.

7 months 2 weeks ago
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 removing breast cancer.

7 months 2 weeks ago
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 light-emitting diodes and lasers.

10 months 5 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.

10 months 5 days ago
MIT engineers have developed stretchy optical fibers made from biocompatible hydrogel, which could serve as implantable, stretchable sensors.

10 months 1 week ago
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 that couples its optical and mechanical resonances, enabling it to oscillate indefinitely using energy absorbed from light.

10 months 2 weeks ago
3D ring structures made by high-intensity lasers could aid the design of powerful microscopes and more efficient telecommunication lines.

10 months 3 weeks ago
Physicists at Stanford have figured out how to make low-light microscopy clearer without increased risk of damaging light-sensitive specimens.

10 months 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 typically requires stimulation by laser light. By replacing that with an electrically stimulated, carbon nanotube source, they were able to scale the component down and produce circuits also containing...

11 months 1 week ago
Printable electronics using multilayer graphene may be possible with a laser treatment that improves electrical conductivity but without damaging the paper substrate.

1 year 1 month ago
Scientists have realized a photon-photon logic gate via a deterministic interaction with a strongly coupled atom-resonator system.

1 year 1 month ago
The warming effect of tiny "kicks" from photons colliding with a microscopic particle has been measured for the first time by physicists in Switzerland.

1 year 1 month ago
A prototype device uses spectroscopy to optically analyze a patient's exhaled breath for H. pylori bacteria.

1 year 1 month ago
A laser-based data storage and retrieval technique could increase the storage capacity of conventional optical discs, such as DVD and Blu-ray, without the need for special preparatory steps.

1 year 1 month ago
The NSF awarded $466,954 to University of Arkansas physicists to study black phosphorous.

1 year 2 months ago
Researchers have discovered the optical equivalent to a sonic boom in graphene.

1 year 2 months ago
New era of gravitational-wave astronomy with laser interferometers looks well under way as second black-hole collision is confirmed and third is investigated.