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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

Crystal Clear: Thousand-Fold Fluorescence Enhancement in an All-Polymer Thin Film

Sep. 30, 2015 — Scientists have made a remarkable breakthrough in the field of fluorescence enhancement via a discovery they believe could drive the next advances in sensor technology, energy saving and harvesting, ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — Success of the energy turnaround will depend decisively on the extended use of renewable energy sources. However, their efficiency partly is much smaller than that of conventional energy sources. The ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — Chemical molecules strongly interacting with light generally disintegrate very rapidly. In new research, the main mechanism conducive to this destruction has been determined. This knowledge makes it ... read more

New Way of Retaining Quantum Memories Stored in Light

Sep. 30, 2015 — Chinese scientists uncover a novel way of stopping light in a state that stores information encoded in photons, opening the door to applications in quantum information ... read more

The Most Stable Source of Light in the World

Sep. 30, 2015 — In order to be able to detect planets comparable to Earth, the CHEOPS satellite, which will be sent into orbit at the end of 2017, must be able to measure the luminosity of a star with inimitable ... read more

Nanomachines: Pirouetting in the Spotlight

Sep. 29, 2015 — Scientists have developed a new class of molecular motors that rotate unidirectionally at speeds of up to 1 kHz when exposed to sunlight at room temperature. This unique combination of features opens ... read more

Breakthrough for Photography: Light Sensing Technology

Sep. 29, 2015 — A revolutionary breakthrough is underway, an innovation that may usher in the next generation of light sensing technology with potential applications in scientific research and cellphone ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Researchers have developed tools that could allow neuroscientists to put aside the fiber optic cable, and use a glowing protein from coral as the light source instead. A variant on the optogenetics ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — A research group has successfully realized in laboratory the world of exotic atoms under extreme state through high -- brightness X-ray sources, typically realized in supernova explosions. A world ... read more

Simulation of Chiral Edge States in a Quantum System

Sep. 25, 2015 — Researchers have simulated a physical phenomenon in an atomic quantum gas that can also be observed at the edge of some condensed matter systems: chiral currents. The scientists have published the ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — An experiment shows, for the first time, that a wave property of neutrons, Orbital Angular Momentum, can be ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — A team of researchers has demonstrated new techniques that bring lasers as lighting rods closer to reality. When a powerful laser beam shoots through the air, it ionizes the molecules, leaving a thin ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Liquid crystals are familiar to most of us as the somewhat humdrum stuff used to make computer displays and TVs. Even for scientists, it has not been easy to find other ways of using them. Now a ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Low-energy, ultrafast laser technology is able to make high-resolution, 3-D structures in transparent silk protein hydrogels to support cell growth and allow cells to penetrate deep within the ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Neutrons, normally thought of as particles, can also be utilized as waves. These waves should, like many other quantum objects, possess a commodity called orbital angular momentum. A new experiment ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Asimple approach to synthesize novel environmentally friendly manganese dioxide ink by using glucose has been developed by a group of ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Semiconductor nanocrystals, or quantum dots, are tiny, nanometer-sized particles with the ability to absorb light and re-emit it with well-defined colors. With low-cost fabrication, long-term ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — The first all-optical permanent on-chip memory has been developed. This is an important step on the way towards optical computers. Phase change materials that change their optical properties ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Researchers have 'teleported' or transferred quantum information carried in light particles over 100 kilometers (km) of optical fiber, four times farther than the previous ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — A team of researchers has developed an infrared laser that can be used to identify and quantify molecules in complex mixtures with high specificity and ... read more

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