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Researchers develop new lens manufacturing technique

High-quality lenses are increasingly used in everything from cameras, to self-driving cars, and virtually all robotics, …

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New Ultra-Smooth TECHSPEC® λ/40 Laser Grade Aspheric Lenses

They are precision polished using magnetorheological finishing, a process which selectively removes material in a highly…

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Breakthrough advancements in soliton dynamics

Scientists at Heriot-Watt University have demonstrated optical soliton dynamics in gas-filled hollow capillary fibres for the first time.

This is the second ever demonstration of such pulses worldwide, with a new method for generating them that is much simpl…

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Bring on faster internet: device packs more into optical fibre

This can greatly increase the amount of information that can travel through that fibre, leading to faster internet speed…

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New functionality for integrated photonic chips

Optical frequency comb can now be generated and processed on the same chip

This is the first time a Kerr frequency comb has been generated on a lithium niobate platform, and the first time that K…

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D-Wave Makes New Lower-Noise Quantum Processor Available in Leap

By putting the lower-noise 2000Q processor into Leap, users will now benefit from access to both processors, offering tw…

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Watching nanoscale heat transport

ICFO researchers use ultrafast thermo-modulation microscopy to understand how heat diffusion occurs in solids on ultrashort timescales.

In their experiment, the researchers took a 50 nm thin film of gold and illuminated it with a on optical pump pulse. The…

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Quantum world-first: researchers can now tell how accurate two-qubit calculations in silicon really are

For the first time ever, researchers have measured the fidelity – that is, the accuracy – of two-qubit logic operations …

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Better Microring Sensors for Optical Applications

Tweaking the design of microring sensors enhances their sensitivity without adding more implementation complexity.

The microring resonator is coupled to a waveguide with an end mirror that partially reflects light, which

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PolyU develops a high-efficiency, high-quality ultra-precision polishing technology for different kinds of freeform surfaces

The technology can thus be applied to most of the freeform products, including products with various complex curved desi…

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Sculpting Super-Fast Light Pulses: NIST Nanopillars Shape Light Precisely for Practical Applications

Controlling the properties of ultrafast light pulses is essential for sending information through high-speed optical cir…

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University of Copenhagen researchers realize new platform for future quantum computer

One of the greatest challenges for researchers worldwide is to develop qubits that are stable enough to allow a computer…

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The first laser radio transmitter

Researchers transmit data via a semiconductor laser, opening the door to ultra-high-speed Wi-Fi

The research opens the door to new types of hybrid electronic-photonic devices and is the first step toward ultra-high-s…

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HKUST Physicist Contributes to New Record of Quantum Memory Efficiency Bringing Quantum Computers Closer to Reality

The team created such a quantum memory by trapping billions of rubidium atoms into a hair-like tiny space – those atoms …

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Semiconductor scientists discover effect that was thought impossible

The physicists found that it is possible to achieve superinjection with just one material. What is more, most of the kno…

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Breakthrough research to revolutionise internet communication

The internet is powered by lasers. Every email, cell phone call and website visit is encoded into data and sent around t…

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New family of glass good for lenses

The researchers invented a new family of zinc germanosilicate glass that has a high refractive index comparable to that …

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This compact and cheap lidar could steer small autonomous vehicles

Researchers at KTH have taken aim at the key component of lidar, optical beam-stearing, and developed a device that is s…

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News and Views on optical manipulation

Understanding the dynamics of massive mesoscopic objects levitated in high vacuum is among the most exciting recent area…

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Optical tweezers achieve new feats of capturing atoms

Lone atoms are a potential building block for harnessing quantum physics. If researchers can capture and control these t…

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