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  1. High Voltage Tunnels Rely On ViaLite RF over Fibre Links For Mobile Radio Coverage

    A new tunnel complex carrying high voltage power lines under the Thames in East London will help supply the city’s growing demand for electricity. Built for UK Power Networks and carrying 132,000 volt cables, the tunnels will bring an extra 400 megawatts of electricity into the capital.

  2. Laser Optics Keep Fruit And Vegetables Fresh

    Diffractive optical elements (DOEs) allow laser beams to be split, bundled, or formed into almost any shape and are used in multiple applications. The food industry, for instance, uses them for laser perforation, when it comes to applying micro holes into packaging for fruit or vegetables. These allow the food to “breathe” and thus extend its storage life. The holes have diameters of between 50 μm and 300 μm depending on the type of food and material.

  3. Potassium Gives Perovskite-Based Solar Cells An Efficiency Boost

    A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more sunlight into electricity. 

  4. Physicists Reveal Material For High-Speed Quantum Internet

    Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have “rediscovered” a material that can lay the foundation for ultrahigh-speed quantum internet.

  5. World’s First Room Temperature Maser Using Diamond Developed

    The world’s first continuous room-temperature solid-state maser has been developed by UCL and Imperial College London scientists.

  6. COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-ray Microscopy Platform Now Operational

    A next-generation X-ray beamline now operating at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) brings together a unique set of capabilities to measure the properties of materials at the nanoscale.

  7. People On The Move - New Senior Technical Director Of Ruda Cardinal

    Stuart Singer was just named Senior Technical Director of Ruda Cardinal, a Tucson, Arizona Optical Design and Manufacturing Company that specializes in design, analysis, and unique problem solving, as well production, testing, and rapid prototyping, of optical systems.

  8. FISBA Attending SPIE DCS To Exhibit Precision Molded Aspheres, Diffractives, And Free Form Optics

    FISBA will exhibit optical components and system solutions for defense and security applications at SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing 2018.

  9. Researchers Create Microlaser That Flies Along Hollow Optical Fiber

    For the first time, researchers have optically trapped and propelled a particle-based laser for centimeters inside an optical fiber. The new flying microlaser enables highly sensitive temperature measurements along the length of the fiber and could offer a novel way to precisely deliver light to remote and inaccessible locations.

  10. Nanocrystalline Graphite Enables New Class Of Harsh Environment Electronics

    Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Southampton, in collaboration with Microsemi, have demonstrated reliable operation of microelectromechanical relays by coating the contacts with nanocrystalline layers of graphite, to enable ultra-low-power electronics for harsh environments.