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  1. Carbon Nanotube Optics Poised To Provide Pathway To Optical-Based Quantum Cryptography And Quantum Computing

    Researchers at Los Alamos and partners in France and Germany are exploring the enhanced potential of carbon nanotubes as single-photon emitters for quantum information processing. Their analysis of progress in the field is published in this week’s edition of the journal Nature Materials.

  2. Squeezing Light At The Nanoscale

    Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new technique to squeeze infrared light into ultra-confined spaces, generating an intense, nanoscale antenna that could be used to detect single biomolecules.

  3. Bringing The Heat Out Of The City

    Heat waves are increasing worldwide - and that includes Switzerland. Cities in particular suffer as a result: the temperature difference between city and countryside can amount to several degrees.

  4. Fiber Lasers Outshine Competing Laser And Non-Laser Technologies

    Emerging fiber laser technologies are expected to make waves in sensing and healthcare, while innovations in laser welding and 3D printing enable material processing to remain as the primary focus.

  5. New Technique That Shows How A Protein ‘Light Switch’ Works May Enhance Biological Research

    Sunlight is essential for all life, and living organisms have evolved to sense and respond to light. Dronpa is a protein “light switch” that can be turned on and off by light. A team of scientists led by Peter Tonge, a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, has discovered a way to use infrared spectroscopy to determine for the first time structure changes that occur in Dronpa during the transition from the dark (off) state to the light (on) state.

  6. Realization Of High-Performance Magnetic Sensors Due To Magnetic Vortex Structures

    Magnetic sensors play a key role in a variety of applications, such as speed and position sensing in the automotive industry or in biomedical applications. Within the framework of the Christian Doppler Laboratory "Advanced Magnetic Sensing and Materials" headed by Dieter Süss novel magnetic sensors have been realized that surpass conventional technologies in performance and accuracy in a cooperation between the University of Vienna, the Danube University Krems and Infineon AG.

  7. Biological Light Sensor Filmed In Action

    Using X-ray laser technology, a team led by researchers of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI has recorded one of the fastest processes in biology.

  8. Minimalist Biostructures Designed To Create Nanomaterials

    Researchers of the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (IBB-UAB) have achieved to generate 4 peptides -molecules smaller than proteins - capable of self-assembling in a controlled manner to form nanomaterials.

  9. Sculpting With Graphene Foam

    Rice University scientists have developed a simple way to produce conductive, three-dimensional objects made of graphene foam.

  10. Tracking Down The Mystery Of Entangled Particles Of Light

    Bernese researchers have taken an important step towards new measurement methods such as quantum spectroscopy. In an experiment, they succeeded in uncovering part of the mystery surrounding the so-called "entangled photons" and gaining fine control on the measured correlations.