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Laser-Boron Fusion Within Reach
12-13 December 2017, PASSION project partners kick-off meeting at Politecnico di Milano
Year-round Sandia National Laboratories intern Jesus Ortega inspects one of the new bladed receivers at Sandias National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Photo by Randy Montoya
  • Laser-Boron Fusion Within Reach

    Laser-Boron Fusion Within Reach

    Scientists argue that the path to hydrogen-boron fusion is now viable, and may be closer to realization than other approaches, such as the deuterium-tritium fusion approach currently being pursued. A laser-driven technique for...
  • 12-13 December 2017, PASSION project partners kick-off meeting at Politecnico di Milano

    PASSION Project: Silicon photonic technology for datacomm

    Photonics is a key enabling technology for the evolution of the entire telecommunications infrastructure, but the technologies used so far for the metro network directly derive from the long-distance transport and they are too...
  • Clockwise from top-left 3-D all-dielectric photonic topological insulator conical Dirac-like dispersion of topological surface states field distribution of the surface modes propagating without reflection across the domain wall, with the sequence of sharp
  • MIT AIM Photonics Academy Executive Lionel Kimerling speaks during a meeting at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, on Nov 14

    MIT AIM Photonics Academy Discusses Expansion

    MIT’s AIM Photonics Academy helped organize a gathering of more than 60 people at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, earlier this month to explore opportunities in integrated photonics, and discuss...
  • The new Firefly microscope is optimized to perform optogenetic studies examining many neurons at once Each bright spot here represents a neuron from a genetically modified mouseImage Credit Vaibhav Joshi, Harvard University

    Microscope Poised to Propel Optogenetics Studies

    A newly developed microscope is providing scientists with a greatly enhanced tool to study how neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease affect neuron communication. The microscope is optimized to...
  • Interferometer developed at Moscow State University Photo by Elizaveta Melik-Gaikazyan
  • Augmented reality glasses in surgery

    AR Glasses Help Surgeons When Operating on Tumors

    Malignant tumors often form metastases that spread to other parts of the body via the lymphatic system. High surgical skills are required to identify the precise location of the affected lymph nodes, enabling them to be...
  • Year-round Sandia National Laboratories intern Jesus Ortega inspects one of the new bladed receivers at Sandias National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Photo by Randy Montoya

    3D-Printed Fractal-Like Concentrating Solar-Power Receivers

    Engineers at the US Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories have developed 3D-printed, fractal-like concentrating solar-power receivers that absorb sunlight up to 20% more efficiently than current technology and are less...
  • Electron microscopy images of germanium-tin nanoparticles with cadmium-sulfide coating Photo Ames Laboratory
  • Flexible Photonic Devices Based on Glass Formed Into Spring-like Coils

    Flexible Photonic Devices Formed Into Spring-like Coils

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Central Florida and universities in China and France, have developed a new method for using a glass-based composite to...
  • Killing Cancer Cells With Asteroid Metal Iridium and Laser Light

    Killing Cancer Cells With Asteroid Metal and Laser Light

    A team of researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK and Sun-Yat Sen University in China has discovered that cancer cells can be killed with a compound based on iridium from the asteroid that is hypothesized to have caused the extinction...
  • Disordered Structure of Butterfly Wing Inspires New Solar Cell Design Image by Radwanul Hasan Siddique, KITCaltech
  • Experimental setup of using 60-femtosecond laser pulses for laser writing in silicon Credit Chanal et al

    Femtosecond Lasers Structurally Manipulate Bulk Silicon

    An international team of researchers has for the first time used femtosecond lasers to structurally manipulate bulk silicon. The breakthrough could pave the way to 3D laser writing that would advance silicon photonics...
  • Terahertz spectroscopy at nanoscale resolution

    Laser Terahertz Emission Microscopy at Nanoscale

    Researchers at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (US), have brought laser terahertz emission microscopy (LTEM) — a powerful technique to characterize the performance of solar cells and study a wide variety of materials — to the...

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