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    Optical Tools Enable the Study of Microplastics

    Plastics have only been around since the 1950s and yet they’re everywhere: scattered in our lakes, rivers, floating on the top of oceans, and dropping to the bottom. Back in the 1950s and 60s, plastics were hailed as a useful invention, used...
  • Light technology in medicine

    Light Research Advances Medical Diagnostics & Health

    Light technologies are increasingly contributing to our health and longevity. While, for example, cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide, death rates for individual cancer types have declined in part due to advanced research on light...
  • A hot object can be fully hidden from infrared detection by adding polyethylene glycol to an aerogel film Credit American Chemical Society

    Thin Film Hides Objects from Infrared Detectors

    Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed an aerogel film made of DuPont Kevlar fibers that makes objects invisible to infrared detectors. A successful method for hiding objects from heat-sensing cameras could be...
  • Measuring and Self-Adjusting Spectral Power Distribution of LED Systems
  • Perovskite NIR LED With Record External Quantum Efficiency

    Perovskite NIR LED with Record External Quantum Efficiency

    Researchers at Linköping University (LiU) in Sweden have produced near-infrared (NIR) light-emitting diodes (LED) of perovskite with a record external quantum efficiency of 21.6%. Because perovskites have good light-emitting properties and...
  • Schematic diagram of two optically trapped rotors that can be used to hydrodynamically trap a freefloating particle grey sphere

    Optical Tweezers Use Fluid Flow Instead of Light

    Researchers from the universities of Glasgow, Bristol and Exeter have collaborated to create an entirely new kind of optical tweezers that use fluid flow instead of light to control particles of any material and hold light-sensitive biological...
  • Artists redering of the intraction of single incident photon pulsesand a tapered semiconductor nanowire array photodetector Image credit Quantum Photonic Devices Lab, Institute for Quantum Computing

    First of its Kind Quantum Sensor to Detect Single Photons

    A new, groundbreakingly effective sensor developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario (Canada) is the first of its kind, based on semiconductor nanowires, that can detect photons. The research breakthrough promises to...

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