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UV-Enhanced Silver Mirror Coatings

Because standard silver coatings do not reflect well below 450 nm, aluminum coatings are often used in the UV. But since…

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How to spawn an “exceptional ring”

Researchers create exotic states that could lead to new kinds of sensors and optical devices.

Individual exceptional points are a peculiar phenomenon unique to an unusual class of physical systems that can lead to …

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Researchers use laser to levitate glowing nanodiamonds in vacuum

Work represents first step towards a levitated system combining optical, spin, mechanical degrees of freedom

Researchers have, for the first time, levitated individual nanodiamonds in vacuum. The research team is led by Nick Vami…

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Nano-Dunes with the Ion Beam

New method for self-organized nanostructures studied at the HZDR

Many semiconductor devices in modern technology – from integrated circuits to solar cells and LEDs – are based on nanost…

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Study points way toward 'filming' molecule-light interactions

A new study from UNL physicists could inform the future production of 3-D movies starring light-driven molecular reactio…

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Zygo Introduces Advanced Metrology and Yield Enhancement Tool for Consumer Lens Manufacturing

Multi-element aspheric lens assemblies are now ubiquitous in consumer electronics devices such as mobile phones, tablets…

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NIST Physicists Show ‘Molecules’ Made of Light May Be Possible

Researchers have showed theoretically that by tweaking a few parameters of the binding process, photons could travel sid…

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Silicon nanoparticle is a new candidate for an ultrafast all-optical transistor

Physicists from the Department of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials of ITMO University have experimentally demonstrated th…

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Researchers in Basel Develop Ideal Single-Photon Source

With the help of a semiconductor quantum dot, physicists at the University of Basel have developed a new type of light s…

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Improved Stability of Electron Spins in Qubits

Calculation with electron spins in a quantum computer assumes that the spin states last for a sufficient period of time.…

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Microscopic animals inspire innovative glass research

Their results potentially offer a simple way to improve the efficiency of electronic devices such as light-emitting diod…

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Reversible Writing with Light

Self-assembling nanoparticles take their cues from their surroundings

By using light – a favored means of generating nanoparticle self-assembly – to control the reaction, one can precisely g…

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Scientists "squeeze" light one particle at a time

A team of scientists have measured a bizarre effect in quantum physics, in which individual particles of light are said …

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New, Ultrathin Optical Devices Shape Light in Exotic Ways

Caltech engineers have created flat devices capable of manipulating light in ways that are very difficult or impossible …

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Asteroid Deflection: Science Fiction or Reality?

An astrophysics research group experimentally confirms its theories about the manipulation of asteroids and photon propulsion

To simulate a laser’s ability to deflect an asteroid, Travis Brashears led a group of students in tests that simulate sp…

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Thermometry using an optical nanofiber

ONFs are like the normal optical fibers that form the global telecommunications network, except that they are much thinn…

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Seeing Quantum Motion

For the first time, a team of Caltech researchers and collaborators has found a way to observe—and control—this quantum …

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LIGHT TYING KNOTS IN LIQUID CRYSTAL DROPLETS

To date, these metastable structures had only be predicted theoretically, but had not yet been observed. These structure…

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ICFO's "Strong Modification of Magnetic Dipole Emission through Diabolo Nanoantennas" highlighted on the cover of August 2015 Issue

Magnetic dipole transitions in matter, eg. complex molecules, are known to be orders of magnitude weaker than their elec…

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Decision Making by Single Photons

NICT, NIMS, Institut NEEL, CNRS and Université Grenoble Alpes demonstrate experimentally that single photons can be used to make decisions in uncertain, dynamically changing environments.

Decision making in uncertain, dynamically changing environments is fundamentally difficult since the exploration for th…

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