In this episode of Photonics Hot List...
A major laser upgrade a decade in the making is ushering in a new era of science. Completed at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the enhanced LCLS-II is now the world’s fastest x-ray free-electron laser in history.
No batteries required: The MilliMobile mini robot developed by a team at the University of Washington runs solely on the light sources and radio waves around it. Supplemented by a control algorithm, the device can navigate itself, including toward light sources for more power.
Researchers have found a camera solution that doesn’t compromise performance or quality, and doesn’t break the bank. Researchers from INRS, Concordia University, and Meta Platforms have developed an ultrahigh-speed camera built with off-the-shelf components.
The 2023 Nobel Prize awards have been announced. The prize in Physics goes to the creation of extremely short pulses of light that can be used to study electron dynamics in matter. The prize in Chemistry recognizes the discovery and synthesis of quantum dots.