Editor’s Picks

  1. Novel Fabrication Technique To Create Hybrid Silicon Lasers For Mass-Produced Photonic Devices

    Researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore have developed a new technique to fabricate hybrid silicon lasers that is considered more economical than current standard manufacturing methods.

  2. Graphene Encapsulation Provides View Of Diffusion And Rotation Of Fullerene Molecules

    Scientists at the University of Vienna have created a new hybrid structure, termed buckyball sandwich, by encapsulating a single layer of fullerene molecules between two graphene sheets. Buckyball sandwiches combine for the first time soccerball-like fullerenes, each consisting of sixty carbon atoms, and graphene, a one-atom thick layer of carbon.

  3. New Chemical Method Could Revolutionize Graphene

    University of Illinois at Chicago scientists have discovered a new chemical method that enables graphene to be incorporated into a wide range of applications while maintaining its ultra-fast electronics.

  4. Mussels Add Muscle To Biocompatible Fibers

    Rice University chemists can thank the mussel for putting the muscle into their new macroscale scaffold fibers.

  5. Novel Techniques Examine Solar Cells With Nanoscale Precision

    Using two novel techniques, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have for the first time examined, with nanometer-scale precision, the variations in chemical composition and defects of widely used solar cells.

  6. 'Magic' Alloy Could Spur Next Generation Of Solar Cells

    In what could be a major step forward for a new generation of solar cells called "concentrator photovoltaics," University of Michigan researchers have developed a new semiconductor alloy that can capture the near-infrared light located on the leading edge of the visible light spectrum.

  7. Changing The Color Of Laser Light On The Femtosecond Time Scale

    Using femtosecond visible and terahertz (THz) pulses as external perturbations, scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University have investigated the second harmonic generation effect in photoexcited BiCoO3.

  8. Beetles Spark Development Of Color-Changing Nanoparticles For Commercial Use

    Inspired by the varying colors that gleam off of beetle shells, scientists have developed color-shifting nanoparticles that can change hue even after being embedded into a material.

  9. Researchers Discover Short-Cut To Satellite-Based Quantum Encryption Network

    In a new study, researchers demonstrate ground-based measurements of quantum states sent by a laser aboard a satellite 38,000 kilometers above Earth. This is the first time that quantum states have been measured so carefully from so far away.

  10. Perfection In Sight: SLAC Receives New Mirrors For X-Ray Laser

    Scientists are installing new mirrors to improve the quality of the X-ray laser beam at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.