In this episode of Photonics Hot List...
A prototype telescope developed by NASA can detect extremely high-energy gamma rays with an approach that combines Compton scattering and pair production. The researchers say the new technology could enhance astronomy capabilities worldwide.
In fine-tuning the polarization of photons, physicists in Belgium have discovered it’s possible to boost photon bunching. This directly contradicts a long-accepted quantum photonics rule, and could be of particular significance for the future of quantum computing.
Cooling nanofilms developed by researchers in China could revolutionize relationships between reflected light and its perceived colors, and provide better temperature control on various surfaces.