Video: November 17, 2023 Photonics Hot List

Nov. 17, 2023
In this episode, we cover a solar device that makes dirty water clean, dual-frequency combs that hit record speeds, and how quantum light can 'hear' sounds in molecules.

In this episode of Photonics Hot List...

A floating solar device may soon help millions of people worldwide who don’t currently have access to clean drinking water. Scientists in the U.K. have developed technology that turns contaminated water into purified water and clean hydrogen fuel simultaneously.

Thanks, in part, to an electro-optic setup, a team of researchers led by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has created a dual-frequency comb system that can detect specific molecules in a sample as quickly as every 20 nanoseconds. 

Intent on answering some fundamental questions about the interactions between light and matter, researchers in England are exploring how vibrations within a molecule and the subsequent emission of sound interact with light, and whether that retains quantum effects.

About the Author

Justine Murphy | Senior Editor

Justine Murphy is a multiple award-winning writer and editor with more 20 years of experience in newspaper publishing as well as public relations, marketing, and communications. For nearly 10 years, she has covered all facets of the optics and photonics industry as an editor, writer, web news anchor, and podcast host for an internationally reaching magazine publishing company. Her work has earned accolades from the New England Press Association as well as the SIIA/Jesse H. Neal Awards. She received a B.A. from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.