Articles by Marissa Stonefield

  1. Behind The Curtain: Developing The First Laser Based On Bound States In The Continuum (BIC)

    Nearly 90 years after physicists John von Neumann and Eugene Wigner predicted that certain wave states are able to remain perfectly confined, or bound, in an open system, this wave physics phenomenon - called bound states in the continuum (BIC) - has been demonstrated by researchers at the University of California (UC) in San Diego in the form of the world’s first BIC laser. This Q&A discusses the design process and unique features of this lasing technology, as well as future steps in making BIC lasers electrically powered and how long it might take to build a BIC laser to the desired specifications.

  2. Driving Metamaterial Motion With Light: A Q&A With UCSD’s Prof. Ertugrul Cubukcu

    Light is considered a driving force for countless innovative and maturing technologies, such as solar cells, lasers, microscopy, and spectral imaging. Unfortunately, light has always ridden “shotgun” next to the optical components controlling the application. So, what would happen if we considered light as the literal “driver” of a device’s movements? This article covers new technology for an instrument made from a plasmomechanical metamaterial that is capable of using a constant light source to manipulate its mechanical properties.