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Laser Process Allows Precision Design of Nanospheres
HANNOVER, Germany, April 17, 2014 — A laser-based technique for creating light-scattering silicon nanospheres could have applications in medicine and sensor technology. Molten silicon forms nanoparticles which, due to surface tension, fly onto a receiver substrate. Images courtesy of Laser Zentrum Hannover. The Nanophotonics Group of the Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) used femtosecond laser pulses to irradiate thin layers of silicon. The surface tension of the molten silicon created perfectly round, 165-nm...

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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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Plasmonic Tunneling Enables Ultrafast Circuits
SINGAPORE — A marriage of photonics and nanostructures could enable a huge leap in computer processing speed. A new technique using plasmonic tunneling has allowed researchers to create electrical circuits that operate at hundreds of terahertz –...

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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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Scaling Down Quantum Cryptography for Mobile Phones
BRISTOL, England, April 4, 2014 — A tiny microchip has huge potential for the future of secure quantum communications. A new client-server quantum key distribution method developed at the University of Bristol allows quantum cryptography technology to be integrated...
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Nanoballoons and Lasers: A New Cancer Fighter
BUFFALO, N.Y., April 3, 2014 — Chemotherapeutic drugs have long held their own in the fight against cancer, but inefficiency in delivery and unwanted side effects continue to hinder the process. Now, a team from the University at Buffalo — with assistance from the...

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Combining Technologies Creates Ultrathin Light Detectors
VIENNA, March 28, 2014 — A first-ever combination of technologies has resulted in the creation of an extremely thin light detector. By integrating metamaterials and quantum cascade structures, a team from the Vienna University of Technology has coupled light into...
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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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Day of Photonics 2014: Enlightening the Public
BERLIN, March 24, 2014 — The annual Day of Photonics will take place Oct. 21, offering the general public a look at the opportunities the industry offers. Organized by the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) and sponsored by organizations worldwide, the...
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Shrink Wrapping Disease Biomarkers
IRVINE, Calif., March 21, 2014 — A new technique for better detection of infectious disease biomarkers has scientists looking at ordinary shrink wrap in a whole new way. Developed by a team at the University of California, Irvine, the method uses shrink wrap coated with a...

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Superconductor LEDs Help Unravel Entanglement
TORONTO, March 21, 2014 — Superconductivity in LEDs could generate the perplexing quantum physics phenomenon known as entanglement. Entanglement occurs when particles become correlated in pairs to predictably interact with each other, regardless of how far apart...
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Ultrabright Nanocrystals Could Image Single Proteins
BERKELEY, Calif., March 19, 2014 — The future is bright in the world of biological imaging with the recent creation of ultrabright, ultrasmall light-emitting crystals that can image single proteins. A team from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National...

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Nanosensors on CDs Simplify Bio Sample Study
MADRID, March 17, 2014 — CD players have been overshadowed by mp3 files in the entertainment world, but in the biology lab, they could be the wave of the future. A team from Spain has developed a technique for studying biological samples using a CD and a CD player....
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Breaking Down Diamonds, Atom By Atom
SYDNEY, March 7, 2014 — An inadvertent breakthrough in laser technology could enhance the development of quantum computers and other diamond-based technologies. Researchers at Macquarie University’s MQ Photonics Research Centre discovered that UV laser light...

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Stockman Elected SPIE Fellow
BELLINGHAM, Wash., March 7, 2014 — Mark Stockman has earned the designation of SPIE fellow for his work with theoretical nano-optics and nanoplasmonics. A physics professor at Georgia State University and director of its Center for Nano-Optics, Stockman has made significant...
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Luxtera, Sun Microsystems Collaborate on Optical Interconnects
CARLSBAD, Calif., March 5, 2014 — Luxtera will join forces with Sun Microsystems to develop the next generation of optical interconnects. Under the DARPA Ultraperformance Nanophotonic Intrachip Communications (UNIC) program, the interconnects will produce new chip-to-chip...

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Neaspec Now Part of Attocube Systems
MUNICH, March 3, 2014 — Attocube Systems AG has acquired Neaspec GmbH, combining two well-established innovators in the fields of nanotechnology and microscopy. The purchase includes Neaspec’s scanning near-field optical microscope (NeaSNOM), the only such...
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Roll-to-Roll Nano Sensors Enhance Manufacturing Opportunities
ESPOO, Finland, Feb. 7, 2014 — Roll-to-roll mass manufacturing is a key technology in low-cost disposable photonic sensor production, which could pave the way for new business and job opportunities, particularly for small and medium enterprises. Photosens, a European...

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Silk-Diamond Hybrid Shows Promise for Cell Imaging
MELBOURNE, Australia, SYDNEY and BOSTON, Jan. 28, 2014 — A new hybrid nanodiamond-silk material could enhance biological imaging and refine medication delivery. The new particles — developed by a team from the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney and the Silk Lab at Tufts...
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3-D AFM Could Advance Understanding of Proteins
COLUMBIA, Mo., Jan. 24, 2014 — An advanced 3-D atomic force microscope will allow the study of membrane proteins in conditions similar to those found in the body, an improvement that could lead to increased understanding of proteins on the microscopic level and faster drug...

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'Inverse Opal' Structure Enhances Solar Cell Efficiency
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Jan. 23, 2014 — Photonic crystals with an "inverse opal" structure could increase the light-trapping capability of thin-film solar cells and help bring about lower-cost solar energy. Researchers at Purdue University’s Birck Nanotechnology Center...
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Nanoparticle Scattering Leads to Transparent Projection Screen
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 21, 2014 — A new class of transparent projection screens could bring vehicle and aircraft navigation, advertising – even eyeglasses – to a whole new level. A team from MIT, the Harvard departments of Physics and the US Army Edgewood...

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New Device Makes Better Use of Sunlight
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 21, 2014 — A team at MIT has discovered a way to harvest solar energy more efficiently and potentially on demand. The new solar thermophotovoltaic (STPV) device combines photovoltaic (PV) systems, which turn sunlight directly into electricity, and...
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Subsurface Structures Probed via Spectroscopy
BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 17, 2014 — The hidden junctures where different layers of materials meet could become less mysterious under a new spectroscopy technique developed using the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “The interface is...






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