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  • Visualization of the microscope tip exposing material to terahertz light The colors on the material represent the light-scattering data, and the red and blue lines represent the terahertz waves CREDIT U S Department of Energy Ames National Lab

    Terahertz Microscopy Explores New Material for Solar Cells

    A team of scientists from the Department of Energy’s Ames National Laboratory gained insight into a possible alternative material for solar cells. The team, led by Jigang Wang, senior scientist from Ames Lab, developed a microscope that uses...
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    Gaps noted in lung cancer diagnostics and treatment

    Lung cancer is most common cancer in men and the 2nd most common cancer in women according to World Cancer Research Fund International. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death overall and among both men and women, according to the American...
  • Zebrafish larva Credit Kevin Zhou Duke University

    Advances in Optical Coherence Tomography

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) uses light for cross sectional imaging and is most commonly used for medical diagnostics, but it also has uses in applications such as analyzing paint on automobiles, nondestructive testing, and more. The global...
  • Brain research

    Brain Research Advances with Light-Based Technologies

    Common methods of brain imaging present many challenges: some are invasive, others may contain harmful radiation, and many are difficult to use or require the patient to remain absolutely still throughout the process.  Today researchers are...
  • light technologies advancing

    Advancements in Lighting Technologies

    It has been nearly 200 years since the first constant electric light was demonstrated, spurring researchers throughout the world to advance the technology that brought illumination to homes and businesses.While the light that glows in our homes has...
  • COVID-19 research

    Light Technologies in the Fight Against COVID-19

    Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and while far too many people have lost their lives or are suffering long-term symptoms, today’s light-based technologies offer hope by advancing methods of disinfection, diagnostics, treatment and...
  • plastic bottle by the ocean

    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...

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