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Tiny “motors” are driven by light

Researchers demonstrate nanoscale particles that ordinary light sources can set spinning.

The team decided to work on engineering the particles themselves, rather than the light beams, to get them to respond to…

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World first: new polymer goes for a walk when illuminated

The motion of the new material is due to the fact that one side contracts in reaction to light, and the

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The multi-coloured photons that might change quantum information science

In a disruptive breakthrough for photonic quantum information science, INRS researchers have created a powerful system that takes advantage of the frequency domain properties of photons.

The system uses a small and cost-effective photonic chip fabricated through processes similar to those used for integrat…

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Optical combs bring quantum smartphones a step closer

The generation, entanglement and control of high-dimensional quantum bits on an integrated chip has been demonstrated fo…

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A levitated nanosphere as an ultra-sensitive sensor

A tiny sphere and a laser beam inside of which it hovers as if by magic – with these simple ingredients Martin Frimmer a…

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Nanostructures Detect Colors

Combining nanophotonics and thermoelectrics, engineers at Caltech generate materials capable of distinguishing between tiny differences in wavelengths of light

Engineers at Caltech have for the first time developed a light detector that combines two disparate technologies—nanopho…

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Use of Machine Learning to Design Optimal Nanostructures to Control Heat Current in Materials

Given that the technology to create various new nanostructures is advancing, techniques to identify structures that maxi…

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Zygo Corporation introduces Verifire™ HDX laser interferometer with ultrahigh-resolution and imaging for precise 3D metrology of optical components and systems

Loaded with standard features, like a low-noise, high-speed, 11.6 megapixel sensor and vibration-robust acquisition tech…

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Ultra-compact phase modulators based on graphene plasmons

ICFO researchers achieve light phase modulation with a footprint 30 times smaller than the light wavelength.

In a recent paper published in Nature Photonics, ICFO researchers have developed a phase modulator based on graphene cap…

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Atomic imperfections move quantum communication network closer to reality

Silicon carbide readily lends itself to production of quantum devices

An international team led by the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering has discovered how to manip…

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Precise centration testing of aspheres with new fully automated measurement system

TRIOPTICS GmbH presents the fast and high-precision AspheroCheck UP centration sys-tem for fully automated quality control of aspheres at LASER 2017 in Munich.

In order to ensure the best possible measurement precision, a completely automated measurement pro-cess that requires no…

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Quantum Thermometer or Optical Refrigerator?

Versatile optomechanical beams have potential applications in biology, chemistry, electronics.

Struck by light, the mechanical beam reflects the photons, and recoils in the process, creating small vibrations in the …

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New 3-D display takes the eye fatigue out of virtual reality

Innovative technology mimics the depth cues our eyes are accustomed to in the real-world

The new display presents actual 3D images using an approach called optical mapping. This is done by dividing a digital d…

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New metrology technique measures electric fields

American scientists have developed an innovative, atomic resonance-based method to measure electric fields that allows for self-calibration and improved spatial resolution

EIT involves a medium that normally absorbs light, and uses a system of two lasers tuned to the transition between state…

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Advanced Micro-Optics: Additive Manufacturing Overcomes Design Constraints

Photonic Professional GT sets benchmarks in microfabrication

Using Nanoscribe´s 3D printer Photonic Professional GT, which is based on the technique of two-photon-polymerization, a …

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Toward optical quantum computing

Prototype device enables photon-photon interactions at room temperature.

An efficient way to make photons interact could open new prospects for both classical optics and quantum computing, an e…

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Seeing electrons surfing the waves of light on graphene.

Quantum nanoscope paper published in Science

The experiments were performed with ultra-high quality graphene. To excite and image the ultra-slow ripples of light in …

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Researchers discover shortcut to satellite-based quantum encryption network

Precise Earth-based measurements of optical signals from satellite show that equipment already in space can be adapted for extremely secure data encryption

In a new study, researchers demonstrate ground-based measurements of quantum states sent by a laser aboard a satellite 3…

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"Hot" Electrons Move Faster Than Expected

New study opens the door to solid-state devices that use excited electrons

For the first time, engineers and scientists at Caltech have been able to directly observe the ultrafast motion of elect…

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Optoelectronic Inline Measurement – Accurate to the Nanometer

With the development of fast control electronics, the sensors can adapt to rapidly changing measuring conditions within …

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