Science & Research

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

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Test & Measurement

New tool determines characteristics of light-based quantum states

May 6, 2024
Researchers develop a technique to measure the quantum mechanical properties of electromagnetic fields at the single-photon level.
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Optics

Hyperbolic mirrors enhance petawatt laser focus

May 2, 2024
Researchers discover single-wavelength focal spots can be achieved by combining a rotational hyperbolic mirror with a parabolic mirror for current femtosecond petawatt-class lasers...
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Lasers & Sources

Laser light unleashes quantum behavior at room temperature

May 1, 2024
Researchers discover a large class of materials can be made magnetic via laser light—at room temperature—and it opens a new pathway to designing materials with light.
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Test & Measurement

Broadband UV dual-comb spectrometer measures pollutants in real time

April 29, 2024
A new type of spectrometer is designed for broad spectral coverage, short acquisition times, and high spectral resolution—and it captures electronic, vibrational, and rotational...
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Optics

Metafluids with programmable optical properties?

April 26, 2024
A metafluid with tunable optical properties, compressibility, viscosity, and the ability to transition between a Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid? Yes, really.
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Executive Forum

Photonics innovations in climate observation: A view from Europe

European photonics companies and organizations are contributing to the evolving technologies that provide invaluable insights into environmental science. Here's an overview.
Fiber Optics

Hollow-core fibers revolutionize green laser technology

March 27, 2024
Researchers made a significant breakthrough in laser and fiber technology, which showcases the potential for the long-distance fiber delivery of high-power green laser pulses ...
(Image credit: Mikhail Volkov/University of Konstanz)
Detectors & Imaging

Space-time imaging method captures ultrafast electronics in action

March 22, 2024
Researchers in Germany create a femtosecond electron beam probe method to capture high-speed electronics operating at the femtosecond/terahertz domain.
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Quantum

Theoretical model makes qubits ‘fly’

March 18, 2024
University of Konstanz physicists in Germany create a theoretical model of how an exchange of information between qubits could work by using photons to transport quantum information...