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Dr Png Rui-Qi left, Mr Mervin Ang middle, and Ms Cindy Tang right working on conducting polymers that can provide unprecedented ohmic contacts for better performance in a wide range of organic semiconductor devices Photo credit Seah Zong Long
Largest Gain With Optical Amplifier on CMOS Chip at Telecommunications Wavelength
  • Dr Png Rui-Qi left, Mr Mervin Ang middle, and Ms Cindy Tang right working on conducting polymers that can provide unprecedented ohmic contacts for better performance in a wide range of organic semiconductor devices Photo credit Seah Zong Long
  • John Turner is a research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he has worked since 1979 Credit Dennis SchroederNREL
  • Creating Tiny Plasmonic Laser From Nanoparticles

    Creating Tiny Plasmonic Laser From Nanoparticles

    Researchers at Aalto University in Finland are the first to develop a plasmonic nanolaser that operates at visible light frequencies and uses so-called dark-lattice modes. The researchers have made an array of nanoparticles...
  • Using Light to Launch Drugs From Red Blood Cells

    Using Light to Launch Drugs From Red Blood Cells

    Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a breakthrough technique that uses light to activate a drug stored in circulating red blood cells, so that it is released exactly when and where it is...
  • SPIE 2017 awards announced
  • Antimatter
  • NPI

    US Congress Passes America COMPETES Act

    The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, today applauded the US House of Representatives for passing by unanimous consent S....
  • Transmitter Co-Integrates Laser and Silicon Modulator on SOI Wafer
  • Largest Gain With Optical Amplifier on CMOS Chip at Telecommunications Wavelength

    Tiny Optical Amplifier Fits on a Chip

    Photonics researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have created a high-gain optical amplifier tiny enough to fit on a chip.  Used in an optical transceiver or fiberoptic network, for instance, this...
  • Photovoltaic, Magnetic Perovskite Enables Next-Gen Magneto-Optical Data Storage
  • Nano-Traffic Rules for Light

    Nano-Traffic Rules for Light

    Researchers at the Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien) in Vienna, Austria, have created traffic rules for light in optical signal processing. The rule is even valid for single photons.  The team couples two glass fibers at their...
  • Lab wafer
  • Figure shows how the PSi square GRIN microlens focuses and splits TM and TE polarized light, respectively TM polarized light is focused to one point and TE polarized light is focused to two different points The refractive index gradient for the square mic

    Etching Porous Silicon Creates 3D GRIN Micro-Optics

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign UIUC) in the US have fabricated 3D birefringent gradient refractive index (GRIN) micro-optics by electrochemically etching preformed porous Si (PSi) microstructures with defined...
  • This fluorescence image demonstrates how light-activated chemical probes developed by the Chang Laboratory were used to selectively turn off inflammatory activities of immune cells that were irradiated with light, denoted by the dotted line Irradiated cel

    UV-Light-Activated Chemical Tool Controls Inflammation

    Researchers at Cornell University, New York State (US), have developed a chemical tool to control inflammation that is activated by ultraviolet (UV) light. The key is a small molecule capable of controlling an immune response when exposed to UV...

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