Editor’s Picks

  1. The Optical Force Is Strong With This One
    10/5/2017

    A team of European physicists recently presented a new approach to manipulating photons flowing inside metamaterial waveguides in order to strengthen the optical force between them. The new design could someday find its way into highly-advanced optical sensors and nanomotors.

  2. A Particle Accelerator On A Microchip?
    10/10/2017

    The largest particle accelerator in the world – the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland – has a circumference of around 26 kilometres.

  3. JILA’s 3-D Quantum Gas Atomic Clock Offers New Dimensions In Measurement
    10/5/2017

    JILA physicists have created an entirely new design for an atomic clock, in which strontium atoms are packed into a tiny three-dimensional (3-D) cube at 1,000 times the density of previous one-dimensional (1-D) clocks. In doing so, they are the first to harness the ultra-controlled behavior of a so-called “quantum gas” to make a practical measurement device.

  4. Missing Atoms In A Forgotten Crystal Bring Luminescence
    10/8/2017

    A little-studied member of the perovskite family of materials could find use in a range of electronic devices, after researchers at KAUST discovered the secret of its strong photoluminescence.

  5. Penn State's Biodegradable Optical Fiber Delivers Light Safely Into Human Body
    10/12/2017

    Engineers at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) have fabricated a new biodegradable optical fiber made of citrate-based polymers that can be implanted safely in the body to image deep tissue or deliver drugs.

     

  6. Injecting Electrons Jolts 2-D Structure Into New Atomic Pattern
    10/11/2017

    The same electrostatic charge that can make hair stand on end and attach balloons to clothing could be an efficient way to drive atomically thin electronic memory devices of the future, according to a new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

  7. Nanoscale Islands Dot Light-Driven Catalyst
    10/4/2017

    Individual nanoscale nuggets of gold, copper, aluminum, silver and other metals that capture light’s energy and put it to work are being employed by Rice University scientists who have discovered a way to build multifunctional nanoscale structures.

  8. Telescope Attachment Allows Ground-Based Observations Of Exoplanets
    10/5/2017

    A new, low-cost attachment to telescopes allows previously unachievable precision in ground-based observations of exoplanets -- planets beyond our solar system.

  9. Unlocking The Secrets Of The Universe; LIGO Team Awarded 2017 Nobel Prize In Physics
    10/3/2017

    Astrophysicists have long sought to detect ripples in space-time, called gravitational waves, since Albert Einstein’s 1916 prediction of General Relativity. But only some of the most massive astrophysical events, such as mergers of black holes and neutron stars, can produce gravitational waves strong enough to be detected on earth.

  10. Self-Assembling Silica Microwires May Herald New Generation Of Integrated Optical Devices
    1/23/2013

    Silica microwires are the tiny and as-yet underutilized cousins of optical fibers. If precisely manufactured, however, these hair-like slivers of silica could enable applications and technology not currently possible with comparatively bulky optical fiber.