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  1. PI's New 4-Channel Dynamic Cost-Effective Digital Piezo Controller

    PI (Physik Instrumente) recently announced a new, 4-channel version of its high-performance E-727 digital piezo controller. This controller is well-suited for multi-axis applications from microscopy to semiconductor metrology.

  2. Scientists Discover New Multiferroic Material For Quantum Computers

    A new class of materials called multiferroic Rashba semiconductors could prove ideal for building spintronic devices and quantum computers, according to scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss Light Source (SLS) at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).

  3. Stretchy Optical Fibers Could Detect Disease

    Optical fibers designed using biocompatible hydrogel could play a role in next-generation, flexible biosensors, according to scientists at Harvard University and MIT. By tracking the quality of light shining through the stretchy fibers, researchers could use the technology in implantable or wearable devices to monitor muscle mobility, tumor growth, or inflammation over time.

  4. New 3-D Wiring Technique Brings Scalable Quantum Computers Closer To Reality

    Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

  5. Nanoantenna Lighting-Rod Effect Produces Fast Optical Switches

    A team of scientists, led by the University of Southampton, have produced a fast nanoscale optical transistor using gold nanoantenna assisted phase transition.

  6. Twisting Light Using Two Spatial Degrees Of Freedom Could Solve Spectrum Crunch

    Researchers have demonstrated a proof-of-concept technique that twists a light beam into more than one hundred spatial modes to carry more information than what is possible through current telecommunications technologies.

  7. Up-Trend In Photonics Sectors Continues, Shows Recent Industry Survey Update By SPIE

    Revenue generated by core photonics and photonics-enabled businesses continues on an upward trend, according to the most recent analysis from an ongoing market survey of the global market by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Along with revenue, numbers of companies and employees are also on the rise, the report says.

  8. Scientists Explore Use Of 3D Printing To Speed Up Target Production For Testing Material Strength

    Advanced 3D printing promises to redefine manufacturing in critical industries such as aerospace, transportation and defense, and now, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is exploring the use of 3D printing to achieve unprecedented flexibility in producing "on-demand" targets for testing how materials behave under extreme conditions.

  9. Move Over, Lasers: Scientists Can Now Create Holograms From Neutrons, Too

    For the first time, a team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used neutron beams to create holograms of large solid objects, revealing details about their interiors in ways that ordinary laser light-based visual holograms cannot.

  10. When Quantum Scale Affects The Way Atoms Emit And Absorb Particles Of Light

    In 1937, US physicist Isidor Rabi introduced a simple model to describe how atoms emit and absorb particles of light. Until now, this model had still not been completely explained. In a recent paper, physicists have for the first time used an exact numerical technique: the quantum Monte Carlo technique, which was designed to explain the photon absorption and emission phenomenon.