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  1. A Quadrillionth Of A Second In Slow Motion

    Many chemical processes run so fast that they are only roughly understood. To clarify these processes, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed a methodology with a resolution of quintillionths of a second. The new technology stands to help better understand processes like photosynthesis and develop faster computer chips.

  2. Phase-Transition Cubic Gallium Nitride Doubles Ultraviolet Emission Efficiency

    Novel photonics materials are becoming pivotal for energy conversion, communications, and sensing, largely because there is a global desire to enhance energy efficiency, and reduce electricity consumption.

  3. Approximate Quantum Cloning: The New Way Of Eavesdropping In Quantum Cryptography

    Cloning of quantum states is used for eavesdropping in quantum cryptography. It also has applications in quantum computation based on quantum information distribution. Uncertainty at the quantum scale makes exact cloning of quantum states impossible.

  4. Unconventional Superconductors Can Become Material For Future Quantum Computers

    With its insensitivity to interference, so-called majoranaparticles could become stable building blocks in a quantum computer. The problem is that they only occur under very special circumstances. Now, chalmers researchers have managed to produce a component that shows clear signs of housing the sought-after particles.

  5. Unprecedented Single-Digit-Nanometer Magnetic Tunnel Junction Demonstrated

    A research group from Tohoku University made up of Professor Hideo Ohno, Associate Professor Shunsuke Fukami, Associate Professor Hideo Sato, Assistant Professor Butsurin Jinnai, and Mr. Kyota Watanabe has revealed ultra-small magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) down to a single-digit-nanometer scale that have sufficient retention properties and yet can be switched by a current.

  6. PI Expands Its Family Of Digital Piezo Nanopositioning Controllers

    Industry leader in motion control and nanopositioning solutions PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. has expanded its successful E-709 family of low-cost digital piezo nanopositioning controllers with a new plug-in module for the C-885 PIMotionMaster modular controller system.

  7. The Benefits Of Quantum Effects For Biological, Social And Technological Networks

    Efficiency in nature’s biomolecular processes, such as photosynthesis, is not wholly explained by conventional theory. The EU-funded PAPETS project explored quantum effects to better understand these processes, recently leading to further insights into the possibilities for quantum computation.

  8. Pentagon Developing Laser-Shooting Drones To Intercept Enemy Missiles

    The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is proposing to spend $66 million on a program to develop and deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that fire lasers at intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) shortly after takeoff, or during their boost phase of flight, when they are most vulnerable.

  9. Demonstration Of A Single Molecule Piezoelectric Effect

    Researchers from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague), Institute of Physics of the CAS (IP CAS) and Palacký University Olomouc demonstrated for the first time a single molecule piezoelectric effect.

  10. Fingerprints Of Quantum Entanglement

    Quantum entanglement is a key feature of a quantum computer. Yet, how can we verify that a quantum computer indeed incorporates a large-scale entanglement? Using conventional methods is hard since they require a large number of repeated measurements.