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Inexpensive Coating Cuts Glare, Boosts Efficiency in Solar Panels
LOUGHBOROUGH, England, April 15, 2014 — A coating similar to that used on eyeglasses could reduce glare and boost efficiency for photovoltaics. Researchers at Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology developed a multilayer antireflection coating that reduces reflection by more than 70 percent across the wavelength range accepted by solar panels. “They improve the module power output by about 4 percent and will be low cost if manufactured in high volume,"...

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Solar Cells Get Boost from Quantum Dots
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. and MILAN, April 15, 2014 — The superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots can efficiently harvest sunlight and enhance solar energy, according to researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, in collaboration with the University of Milan-Bicocca, who say...
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Second Light Source Primes Semiconductors to See IR
LEEDS, England and ATLANTA, April 14, 2014 — Traditional semiconductors may just need a little help to see the (IR) light. A team from the University of Leeds and Georgia State University has developed a new technology that uses standard, patterned semiconductors to detect light over...

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Semiconductor Manipulates IR Light
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 11, 2014 — A nanostructure-embedded semiconductor that manipulates light in the IR/terahertz range could benefit applications from imaging to energy efficiency, telecommunications and more. An artist's rendering of nanoscale metallic wires...
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Solar Power, Biofuel Production Could Complement Each Other
STANFORD, Calif., April 11, 2014 — Photovoltaic installations may be able to give a boost to biofuels production — and vice versa — particularly in sunny and dry regions of the US. Computer simulations developed by scientists at Stanford University show that...

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Face-To-Face Molecules Yield More Efficient Solar Panels
RALEIGH, N.C., April 8, 2014 — Organic solar cells could be made more efficient if the orientation of their constituent molecules gets more attention. Exciton transfer is the key to efficient organic solar cells: A team from North Carolina State University and the...
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Nanostructures Show Promise for Efficient LEDs
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 8, 2014 — Nanostructures and an indium nitride (InN) semiconductor could hold promise for improving the efficiency of LEDs, particularly in the green gap, where productivity typically takes a dive. Researchers from the University of Michigan...

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Gold Material Cuts Glare, Repels Water
IRVINE, Calif., April 7, 2014 — An accidental discovery has scientists looking at light glare through new eyes. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, were in the process of designing a flexible film to coat various products when they inadvertently...
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Tiny Crystals Could Oust Traditional Solar Absorbers
NANTES, France, April 4, 2014 — Traditional absorbers in thin film-based solar cells may have some competition in a new technique that incorporates nontoxic and relatively common elements. The new approach, developed by a team from the University of Nantes, uses sulfide...

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Europium Complexes Emit Red Light with Record Efficiency
WARSAW, Poland and ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, April 4, 2014 — New material developed in Poland has enabled Scottish researchers to produce a highly efficient, nearly monochromatic red OLED. The compounds were developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw...
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Femtosecond Laser May Divert Lightning
TUCSON, Ariz. and ORLANDO, Fla., April 3, 2014 — A long-range femtosecond laser under development could be used to steer lightning away from buildings. Optical scientists at the University of Arizona and the University of Central Florida are working on the technology, which uses a...

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Energy Technologies Get Boost from New Waveguides
BUFFALO, N.Y., March 31, 2014 — More efficient photovoltaic cells are among the possibilities created by a new nanoscale microchip component. The component, a multilayered waveguide taper array developed at the University at Buffalo, improves a chip’s ability to...
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Superabsorbing Method Improves Solar Cell Efficiency
RALEIGH, N.C., March 31, 2014 — A newly designed superabsorbing solar cell has the potential to significantly improve the light absorption efficiency of thin-film solar cells without compromising solar light absorption capabilities. Developed by a team at North Carolina...

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Zeiss Collaboration Creates Smaller Chip Features
OBERKOCHEN and STUTTGART, Germany, April 1, 2014— A collaborative research agreement between Zeiss’ Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology business group and the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS) has resulted in smaller chip features. However, to produce...
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FBGS, 4DSP Enter Strategic Partnership
JENA, Germany, and AUSTIN, Texas, March 28, 2014 — FBGS and 4DSP have joined forces to enhance the field of fiber optic sensing technology. 4DSP’s fiber optic sensing system will complement FBGS’ all grating fiber technology, affecting design, test, implementation and...

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Optical Pulses to Deflect Asteroids
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 27, 2014 — An abundance of rogue asteroids are on a collision course with Earth … more than previously thought, according to recent studies. But don’t panic. The threat is not immediate, and scientists are working on a solution. ...
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System Pushes Better Light Control
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 27, 2014 — More precise control of light could be on the horizon, prompting advances in solar photovoltaics, detectors for telescopes and microscopes, and privacy filters for display screens. Researchers from MIT have developed the first system that...

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OSA Award Winners Announced
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014— The Optical Society (OSA) has named the 2014 recipients of its awards and medals. “This year’s awardees have made incredible contributions to optics and photonics in everything from attosecond science to photonic...
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Solar Cell by Day, Light Panel by Night
SINGAPORE, March 25, 2014 — A chance discovery has brought light emission properties to solar cells. A new solar cell material developed by a team at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) not only converts light to electricity, but also emits light. The...

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Inevitable Imperfection Produces Nanolaser
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 24, 2014 — Nanostructures are inevitably a little bit imperfect, making it impossible thus far to develop optical chips that can control light. However, such structures are proving to be perfect for a whole new set of uses. Although “you...
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Ultracold Molecules Advance Quantum Computing
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., March 20, 2014 — Radical cooling could hold great potential for quantum computing and simulations. To that end, Purdue University researchers have created an ultracold molecule using lasers to remove the kinetic energy and to cool the atoms to -273 °C...

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SPIE Names 2014 Award Winners
BELLINGHAM, Wash., March 18, 2014 — SPIE has announced its 2014 award recipients, who are being honored for their outstanding achievements in the industry. And the winners are: SPIE Gold Medal Award: James Harrington of Rutgers University for his contributions to the...
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Silicon Photonics Reports Highest Serial Data Rate
GOLETA, Calif., and ARMONK, N.Y., March 14, 2014 — New silicon photonic technology has demonstrated the essential elements to establish next-generation data centers, including reach and power consumption. The new technology, developed jointly by Aurrion Inc. and IBM, touts the highest...

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Elusive Solar Light-Trapping Limit Nearly Reached
DELFT, Netherlands, Feb. 27, 2014 — The theoretical limit of light-trapping in solar cells has eluded researchers for decades. But a group from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has come closer to it than anyone else. The researchers, members of TU Delft’s...
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Optical Nanocavity Boosts Light Absorption
BUFFALO, N.Y., SHANGHAI and SHENYANG, China, Feb. 27, 2014 — An optical nanocavity that boosts light absorption in ultrathin semiconductors could potentially improve solar cells, cameras and even the development of hydrogen fuel. The technology is currently in development by a team from the University at...






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