Science & Research

The Science & Research channel includes articles and other content spotlighting the latest research advances and scientific discoveries related to photonics and optics.


(Photo credit: Dr Giovanni Bressan, Senior Research Associate at UEA)

Quantum light can ‘see’ quantum sound within molecules

Nov. 8, 2023
U.K. researchers discover the quantum mechanical interplay between vibrations and photons—which may demystify interactions between light and matter at the molecular scale.

Encoding quantum information in states of light

Nov. 7, 2023
How can photonics light the way and play a key role in quantum computing?
FIGURE 3. 4D image of a dividing cell that was detected by Aivia in a feedback loop with LAS X from Leica Microsystems.
Bio&Life Sciences

How AI and other microscopy advances answer complex life science questions

Nov. 7, 2023
Microscopy enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) will improve life sciences research and development across key therapeutic categories. Promising developments include autonomous...
(Photo credit: Werner Slocum/NREL)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers Tim Silverman and Nicole Luna look over data generated by PLatypus, which was connected to a photovoltaics system on the Flatirons campus.
Detectors & Imaging

Photoluminescence imaging tool inspects solar cells for invisible damage

Nov. 2, 2023
Solar cells inside a photovoltaic module can crack during hail events or other extreme weather without breaking the glass—which effects their power output—but a ‘PLatypus’ tool...
(Photo credit: Stephan Spangenberg)
Birgit Stiller in the lab working on an optoacoustic project.

Optoacoustics unveils thermodynamic surprise: Negative pressure within liquids

Oct. 31, 2023
While exploring whether light and sound waves can monitor the thermodynamic behavior of completely sealed liquid-core optical fibers, researchers make a discovery that may lead...
(Image credit: Professor Ana C.M. Rodrigues/CeRTEV)
Making specialty glass in the laboratory by quickly cooling the glass melt on a cold metal slate (melt-quenching).

Niobium oxide plays a ‘network former’ role within silicate glass structures

Oct. 12, 2023
By combining nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and computational modeling, researchers explore the role of glass intermediate oxides—often a key ingredient of specialized...
(Courtesy of JJ Coello-Bravo)
FIGURE 1. Cooled lava becomes blocks, sometimes as large as houses.
Test & Measurement

Laser spectrometry method reveals the chemistry of volcanic magma

Oct. 11, 2023
Predicting and preparing for volcanic eruptions is highly desirable, and a new high-resolution analytical laser spectrometry approach could be just the way to do it.
(Photo credit: LANL)
FIGURE 1. Han Htoon in the lab.
Lasers & Sources

Chiral quantum light emitter generates single photons, controls chirality, to encode data

Oct. 9, 2023
A chiral quantum light emitter acts as a novel two-fer by generating a stream of single photons and also controlling their polarization state.
(Photo credit: Jean Lachat/University of Chicago)
Philippe Guyot-Sionnest (right) and Xingyu Shen in the laboratory at the Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences at the University of Chicago.
Lasers & Sources

Colloidal quantum dots generate infrared light

Oct. 6, 2023
A novel quantum dot approach to generate infrared light opens the door to mid-infrared lasers and cost-effective sensors.