Editor’s Picks

  1. New SQUID-Based Detector Opens Up New Fields Of Study With New Level Of Sensitivity

    Investigators at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new sensor array-based instrument that offers ultra-low noise detection of small amounts of energy for a number of applications.

  2. 'Optical Wells' For Photonic Bose-Einstein Condensate Enable Quantum Computing

    Researchers at the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Bonn have devised a highly low-loss structure where photonic Bose-Einstein condensate flow through and in between so-called optical hollows or wells. This first-of-its kind structure could become an integral component in future quantum circuits.

  3. Buildings To Generate Their Own Power With Innovative Glass Blocks

    Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter are developing a pioneering new technique that could accelerate the widespread introduction of net-zero energy buildings through the latest Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).

  4. 2-Faced 2D Material Is A First At Rice

    Like a sandwich with wheat on the bottom and rye on the top, Rice University scientists have cooked up a tasty new twist on two-dimensional materials.

  5. Ultra-Thin Diselenides Could Supplant Silicon In Next-Generation Electronics

    Layered two-dimensional materials that are as efficient, but thinner than, silicon semiconductors, could power future electronic circuits and devices, according to Stanford researchers.

  6. Scientists Introduce New Light Coupling Techniques To Improve Sensitivity Of Optical Resonators

    Two independent teams of scientists have developed different alternative schemes to couple modes of light and make them coalesce to enhance optical resonators and make them much more sensitive compared to conventional sensing devices.

  7. Light Switches From Spray Cans

    Researchers are on the lookout for rapid, reliable and affordable switches for the opto-electronics of the future. An Empa team now presents a potential solution: dye droplets measuring just a few sub-micrometers in diameter.

  8. Fewer Defects From A 2D Approach

    Improving the efficiency of solar cells requires materials free from impurities and structural defects. Scientists across many disciplines at KAUST have shown that 2D organic-inorganic hybrid materials feature far fewer defects than thicker 3D versions.

  9. Plasma Accelerator Produces First X-Ray Light

    For the first time, a plasma accelerator has generated X-ray light at DESY. The LUX plant, headed by Dr. Andreas Maier from the University of Hamburg delivered ultrasound radiation pulses with a wavelength of nine nanometers (millionths of a millimeter). This corresponds to so-called soft x-ray radiation.

  10. Spectra-Physics Introduces Reliable Low Cost 532 nm Industrial Laser
    Spectra-Physics, a Newport Corporation Brand, introduces the Mosaic532-11, a new product platform in the Q-switched diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) industrial laser family.