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Nuclear Spins Boost Electric Current in OLEDs
SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 19, 2014 — A spintronic approach has been used to power plastic organic LEDs at room temperature and without strong magnetic fields. “We have shown we can use room-temperature, plastic electronic devices that allow us to see the orientation of the tiniest magnets in nature — the spins in the smallest atomic nuclei,” said University of Utah professor Dr. Christoph Boehme. “This is a step that may lead to new ways to store information, produce better displays and make faster...

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Color Display Technology Furthers ‘Squid Skin’ Project
HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2014 — A new color display brings scientists one step closer to metamaterials that mimic the unique optical properties of squid, octopus and cuttlefish skin. Developed at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), the new...
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Nanowire Detector Assists Three-Photon Entanglement
WATERLOO, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 15, 2014 — An ultrafast, super-efficient single-photon detector has led to direct entanglement of three photons. Researchers at the University of Waterloo, with help from a team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), made the...

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Nanocavity Switch Boasts Low Power Use
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Sept. 8, 2014 — A new optical switch sets a record for minimal power use, making it a good candidate for nanophotonic circuitry, according to its creators. The silicon-based photonic crystal nanocavity (PCN) has a Q factor of 500,000. It was developed by a...
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Plasmonic Nanowire Shows Promise as Photonic Circuit
ROCHESTER, N.Y., and ZURICH, Sept. 5, 2014 — A new kind of nanowire efficiently guides both light and electricity. A team from the University of Rochester and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology developed a basic photonic integrated circuit consisting of a silver nanowire and a...

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Carbon Nanotubes Get Better as Solar Cells
EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 4, 2014 — A new type of carbon nanotube has taken a “big jump” beyond its predecessors in solar cell applications. Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT), developed by a team from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of...
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Spectroscopy Measures Nanoscale Material Strain
LAFAYETTE, Ind., Aug. 28, 2014 — A new spectroscopy technique could lead to microelectronics that perform better under stress and heat. A team from Purdue University developed the technique, called nanomechanical Raman spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy can provide...

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Microsphere Exhibits Chip-Scale Lasing
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Aug. 27, 2014 — Combining nanoplasmonic devices and optical microresonators can produce laser-like light emission, potentially paving the way for power-on-a-chip applications. “We have made optical systems at the microscopic scale that amplify light...
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Researchers Propose Lossless Nano-Optical Cables
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 21, 2014 — New research proposes lossless nano-optical fibers small enough to replace copper wiring in computer chips. “We’re already transmitting data from continent to continent using fiber optics, but the killer application is using...

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Laser Cooling Enhances Atomic-Force Microscopy
CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 19, 2014 — Cooling nanowire probes with lasers could lead to significant improvements in the sensitivity and resolution of atomic-force microscopes. The technique, developed by a team from Australian National University, uses lasers to achieve a...
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Metasurface Switches Polarization More Efficiently
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 12, 2014 — An ultrathin metasurface can alter light polarization with 50 percent efficiency, hinting at future microscale devices for controlling light. A team from the University of Michigan and its Lurie Nanofabrication Facility created the device,...

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Atwater and Polman Receive the Julius Springer Prize
BERLIN, Aug. 8, 2014 — Harry Atwater and Albert Polman received the annual Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics; they were honored for their achievements in plasmonics and nanophotonics. Atwater and Polman have pioneered the use of metallic nanostructures...
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Ametek Acquires Amptek and Luphos
BERWYN, Pa., Aug. 6, 2014 — Ametek Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, has acquired Amptek Inc. and Luphos GmbH. Amptek provides x-ray detectors that utilize x-ray fluorescence for nondestructive materials analysis. ...

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Logos Technologies to Provide High-Energy Laser
FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 4, 2014 — Logos Technologies has been selected to design, build and install a high-energy laser at Washington State University. The laser will be used at WSU’s Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National...
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Quantum Dots Market Could Hit $8,246.8M by 2023
ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 4, 2014 — The global quantum dots market is growing and experts project it could reach $8,246.8 million by 2023. A recently released Transparency Market Research report focuses on the analysis, size, share, growth, trends and forecasts for the global...

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Low-Temperature Fabrication Process Yields Superblack Material
NEWHAVEN, England, July 31, 2014 — A novel superblack material can absorb 99.96 percent of incident light. Its developers say the carbon nanotube technology could enhance optical devices like apertures and MEMS sensors. “It reduces stray light, improving the ability of...
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Nanoscale Features Used to Color Plastics
KONGENS LYNGBY, Denmark, July 31, 2014 — Nanoscale structures could one day take the place of dyes in the production of colored plastics. A team from the Technical University of Denmark has found a more environmentally friendly way to produce such plastics, using the shapes of...

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Laser Threading Creates Large-Scale Metamaterials
CAMBRIDGE, England, July 30, 2014 — A new laser-pulse technique has been used to create light-altering metamaterials in larger quantities than other techniques. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a new method of nanoassembly involving plasmon-induced...
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'Nearly Perfect' Crystals Could Advance Nano-Optoelectronics
DRESDEN, Germany, July 25, 2014 — Embedding “nearly perfect” semiconductor crystals in silicon nanowires solves a problem in the production of nano-optoelectronic components, according to a team of European researchers. The crystals — made of indium...

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Laser Nanolithography Could Improve Nanomaterials
SINGAPORE, July 23, 2014 — Laser nanolithography shows potential for improving nanomaterials for electronic and optoelectronic components. Research teams at the National University of Singapore, led by professor Dr. Sow Chorng Haur, used similar techniques to alter...
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Nanosensor Enhances Bomb Detection
BERKELEY, Calif., July 21, 2014 — A new plasmon laser sensor can identify extremely minute concentrations of explosives, as well as explosives that are typically difficult to detect. “Optical explosive sensors are very sensitive and compact,” said Dr. Xiang...

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Video: Nanoantennas as Photo Film Boost Optical Data Storage
URBANA, Ill., July 18, 2014 — Nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light at distances smaller than its own wavelength. This could mean big things for the future of optical data storage. To make the new pillar bowtie nanoantenna (pBNA)...
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Sensor Amplifies Molecule Signatures
HOUSTON, July 17, 2014 — A new spectroscopy technique can accurately identify the structure and composition of individual molecules. Researchers from the Rice University Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) developed the device, which they said has the ability to...

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Touch Screens Repel Fluids, Cut Glare and Still Look Good
BARCELONA, Spain, July 17, 2014 — Touch screens with nanostructured surfaces that ward off glare, reflection and fluids could easily be mass-produced, according to researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences. In one study, the researchers demonstrated a highly...
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Nanopixels Drive Flexible, Extremely Hi-Res Displays
OXFORD, England, July 14, 2014 — Delving into the electrical and optical properties of phase-change materials has unveiled a new way to develop flexible, thin-film displays with extremely high resolution and low energy consumption. A team at the University of Oxford found...






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