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  1. New Organic Semiconductor Material From Kiel

    Researchers of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU), Germany, successfully integrated organic tin into semiconducting polymers (plastics) for the first time. Semiconducting polymers can be used, for example, for the absorption of sun light in solar cells.

  2. Physicists Create Lasers That Switch On And Off At World Record Speed

    Reporting in the journal Nature Physics, physicists from Imperial College London and the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, in Germany, used semiconductor nanowires made of zinc oxide and placed them on a silver surface to create ultra-fast lasers. By Gail Wilson

  3. ‘Skin-Like’ Photonic Device Monitors Cardiovascular Health

    Heart problems may now be monitored in real-time using a new high-resolution technology that is low-cost and virtually undetectable. These are only a few benefits of the novel advance from University of Illinois researchers.

  4. Philips To Spin Off Lighting, Focus On Healthcare

    Dutch conglomerate Royal Philips recently announced that it is splitting the company into two in order to prioritize high-margin healthcare products and services over lighting products that have been traditionally synonymous with its name.

  5. LightWorks Optical Systems Announces New Name As II-VI Optical Systems

    LightWorks Optical Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of II-VI Incorporated, is pleased to announce the launch of its new name and corporate identity as II-VI Optical Systems, in support of II-VI Inc.’s business unit and divisional restructuring effort.

  6. On The Road To Artificial Photosynthesis

    The excessive atmospheric carbon dioxide that is driving global climate change could be harnessed into a renewable energy technology that would be a win for both the environment and the economy.

  7. Solar Cell Compound Probed Under Pressure

    Gallium arsenide, GaAs, a semiconductor composed of gallium and arsenic is well known to have physical properties that promise practical applications. In the form of nanowires and nanoparticles, it has particular potential for use in the manufacture of solar cells and optoelectronics in many of the same applications that silicon is commonly used.

  8. Opto Diode’s New High Speed Ø5 mm Photodiode - SXUV20HS1

    Opto Diode, a division of ITW, announces the SXUV20HS1, a high-speed photodiode with a Ø 5 mm circular active area,. The new detector is ideal for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) detection covering 1 to 200 nm. It is designed to dissipate the optical energy of high-powered UV lasers without the typical measurement degradation that occurs with prolonged exposure to UV.

  9. ‘Cloaking’ Device Uses Ordinary Lenses To Hide Objects Across Range Of Angles

    Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view.

  10. A Prison For Photons In A Diamond-Like Photonic Crystal

    Scientists from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have designed a novel type of reso­nant cavity that serves as a prison for photons.

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