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Interferometric Diffusing Wave Spectroscopy Measures Brain Blood Flow
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    SPIE hails US National Quantum Initiative legislation

    The US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and its chairman, Lamar Smith (R-TX), this week released an outline of the National Quantum Initiative Act of 2018. The legislation is expected to be...
  • Technologists John Kelton retired, left, and Daniel Ray perform inspections of the falling-particle receiver during a cloud delay atop the National Solar Thermal Test Facilitys Solar Tower at Sandia National Laboratories Photo by Randy Montoya
  • Single Microcomb Could Replace Multiple Lasers

    Single Microcomb Could Replace Multiple Lasers

    Every time we send an email, a tweet or stream a video, we rely on laser light to transfer digital information over a complex network of optical fibers. Dozens of high-performance lasers are needed to fill up the...
  • Coating Free-Form Surfaces of Large Optical Components

    Coating Free-Form Surfaces of Large Optical Components

    The business unit Precision Coatings at the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP) has special expertise in developing deposition processes for high-precision coating systems on...
  • Professor Alfonso Ngan and Dr Kwan Kin-wa introduce the new actuating material powered by light Credit Copyright The University of Hong Kong

    Future Robots Need No Motors

    To develop micro- and biomimetic robots, artificial muscles and medical devices, actuating materials that can reversibly change their volume under various stimuli are researched in the past thirty years to replace traditional...
  • SMARTMATERIAL ENABLES NOVEL APPLICATIONS IN AUTONOMOUS DRIVING, ROBOTICS, AND SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

    Liquid Crystal Shells Enable Autonomous Applications

    Research led by scientists from the University of Luxembourg has shown the potential of liquid crystal shells as enabling material for a vast array of future applications, ranging from autonomous driving to anti-counterfeiting...
  • Malaria Screening Instrument Exploits Magnetic Properties of Parasite Byproduct
  • Non-Invasive Vision Correction Technique Based on Femtosecond Oscillator
  • The rapid movements of Rab11 particles can be clearly imaged with the new instant TIRF-SIM microscope Credit Hari Shroff, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
  • Centerpiece of the JOKARUS experiment Successfully used in space, the micro-integrated diode laser module ECDL-MOPA from the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut emitting at a wavelength of 1064 nm

    Frequency-Stable Laser System for Use in Space

    Scientists from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) and Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH), also in Berlin, Germany, have developed a frequency-stable laser system for use in space. In the JOKARUS experiment (German acronym for iodine...
  • Optical Overtone Phenomenon Could Boost Solar Cell Efficiency solar guitar copyright PhOG, LMU

    Optical Overtone Phenomenon Could Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

    Scientists at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität (LMU Munich) in Munich, Germany, have discovered a phenomenon in the optical excitation of charge carriers in a solar semiconductor that could aid the exploitation of infrared light, which is...
  • SEM image of a metalens

    Improved Metasurface Optics for Mid-IR Imaging, Sensing

    Researchers have for the first time realized diffraction-limited focusing and imaging using meta-optics in the mid-infrared (mid-IR) band of electromagnetic radiation. The new way of fabricating flat optical devices could enable improved but...
  • Interferometric Diffusing Wave Spectroscopy Measures Brain Blood Flow

    Spectroscopy Technique Measures Blood Flow in the Brain

    Biomedical engineers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) have developed a potentially cheaper, more robust technique for measuring blood flow in the human brain. The researchers call the new method, which is based on conventional...
  • Bose-Einstein Condensate Coupled With Surface Plasmon Polaritons

    Bose-Einstein Condensate Induced at Room Temperature

    Researchers at Aalto University have induced in room temperature a Bose-Einstein condensate of light coupled with metal electrons in motion in gold nanorods arranged into a periodic array.  Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) describes the...

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