Applied Physics Letters is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that is published 52 times per year by the American Institute of Physics. Its focus is rapid publication and dissemination of new experimental and theoretical papers regarding applications of physics in all disciplines of science, engineering, and modern technology. Additionally, there is an emphasis on fundamental and decisive new developments which lay the groundwork for fields that are rapidly evolving. The journal was established in 1962. The editor in chief is Nghi Q. Lam of the Argonne National Laboratory. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2010 impact factor of 3.820, ranking it first out of 105 in the discipline of applied physics. In 2009, it also ranked first out of 105 journals assessed in this discipline.
Researchers test radiation-resistant spintronic material
A team of researchers from the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University is exploring new materials that could yield higher computational speeds and lower power consumption, even in harsh environments.
Getting sharp images from dull detectors: Operating in the fuzzy area between classical and quantum light
Observing the quantum behavior of light is a big part of Alan Migdall's research at the Joint Quantum Institute. Many of his experiments depend on observing light in the form of photons—-the particle complement of light ...
Cascade solar concentrator greatly reduces solar cell footprint
Giant magnetic effects induced in hybrid materials
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Generator uses the human body as an electrode to power portable electronics
Pencil drawing of a sensor actually is a sensor
Industrial pump inspired by flapping bird wings
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Proposed graphene cardboard has highly tunable properties
Scaling up armor systems
Dermal modification is a significant part of evolution, says Ranajay Ghosh, an associate research scientist in the College of Engineering. Almost every organism has something on its skin that provides important survival properties ...
New signal amplification process set to transform communications, imaging, computing
Signal amplification is ubiquitous to all electronic and optoelectronic systems for communications, imaging and computing - its characteristics directly impact device performance.