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Light pulses control graphene's electrical behavior; finding could lead to new broadband light sensors

08/01/2014 Graphene has become a focus of research for a variety of potential uses in photonics; now, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) have found a way to control how the material conducts elec...

Spectroscopy techniques assist in revealing how potential HIV drug destroys the virus

08/01/2014 Building on 15 years of work, a team of researchers used advanced spectroscopy techniques to help them determine the mechanism behind the action of the HIV drug they developed, which they believe could help them develop better ...

Business Forum: Collaboration is key to success in biophotonics


The juncture of higher education and entrepreneurship is especially relevant in biophotonics. Prof. David R. Walt discusses these two universes and how they mutually benefit each other.

When optically pumped from afar, tiny rhodamine-doped lasing domes serve as remote wall-mounted temperature sensors

07/31/2014 Two researchers at the Microsystems Research Laboratory of Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) have created very small (110-μm-diameter) dome-shaped doped optical resonators that, when optically pumped remotely by a Q...

When costs drop, lidar will be for everyone

07/30/2014 According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, lidar will be the great enabler of new capabilities in cars, including, of course, driverless cars. Price is the largest barrier, with the 64-laser unit 360-degree scanning li...
NIST/Caltech demo first all-optical control on 'comb on a chip' atomic clock

NIST/Caltech demo first all-optical control on 'comb on a chip' atomic clock

07/30/2014 Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; Boulder, CO) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech; Pasadena, CA) have reported the first all-optical control of a silicon-chip-based microres...

Optical transistor enables 20X single-photon amplification for all-optical data processing


With the help of an ultracold quantum gas, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics achieved a twentyfold amplification of single-photon signals.

NASA MEMS microshutter technology improves, might be used for automotive lidar

NASA MEMS microshutter technology improves, might be used for automotive lidar

07/29/2014 A NASA team led by principal investigator Harvey Moseley, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD) has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays are as functional as the current t...

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