Editor’s Picks

  1. Scientists Get First Direct Look At How Electrons ‘Dance’ With Vibrating Atoms

    Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have made the first direct measurements, and by far the most precise ones, of how electrons move in sync with atomic vibrations rippling through an exotic material, as if they were dancing to the same beat.

  2. 'Optical Metamaterials' Authors Will Accept 2014 Goodman Book Award From SPIE and OSA In August

    Vladimir Shalaev of Purdue University and Wenshan Cai of the Georgia Institute of Technology will accept the 2014 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for their tutorial book Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications in August. The biennial award is co-sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and The Optical Society (OSA), and will be presented this year during the SPIE Optics + Photonics symposium in San Diego.

  3. How To Measure The Performance Characteristics Of A Linear Motion Device
    Once you've determined the requirements of your linear motion application, how can you qualify a linear motion product to ensure it meets your application's needs? Manufacturer's specs are often vague and/or incomplete. The only sure way is to test the product yourself. However, simply testing a product in the final application is usually not possible at such an early stage in the design process. This article will describe a series of tests that can be performed by the average user with little experience and without sophisticated measuring instruments to quickly determine the most important performance characteristics of linear motion systems.
  4. Nanotechnology In China: Ambitions And Realities
    A senior Department of Commerce official recently claimed that China is rapidly catching up to the United States in nanotechnology
  5. Tektronix Unveils Innovative Technology for Performing Optical Communications Test
    Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK)today introduced Digital Phase Analysis (DPA), an innovative, best-in-market jitter and synchronization testing technology for telecommunications networks.
  6. Versatile GaAs-AlGaAs Nanowire Lasers

    Thread-like semiconductor structures called nanowires, so thin that they are effectively one-dimensional, show potential as lasers. These lasers could be used for applications in computing, communications, and sensing.

  7. BrixX ps Universal Diode Lasers

    Omicron-Laserage Laserprodukte GmbH’s BrixX ps series compact universal diode lasers can be pulsed in the picosecond range as well as operated in CW and modulated mode. 

  8. Beyond LEDs: Brighter, New Energy-Saving Flat Panel Lights Based On Carbon Nanotubes

    Planar light source using a phosphor screen with highly crystalline single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as field emitters demonstrates its potential for energy-efficient lighting device.

  9. BYU Uses Planet-Hunting Satellite To Observe Supermassive Black Hole

    If you want to see just how far BYU’s latest research extends, step outside of your house tonight, look up towards the sky, focus your view between the constellations of Cygnus and Lyra, and then zoom in about 100 million light years.

  10. Optical Splicing Goes Palmtop in World-Leading Furukawa Breakthrough
    Japan has developed the world's most compact and easy to use Optical Fibre Fusion Splicer...