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Simple wavelength detector could speed data communications
(Phys.org) —Researchers at SLAC and Stanford have created a new device, smaller than a grain of rice, that could streamline optical data communications. It can directly identify the wavelength of light that hits it, and ...
First ever single crystal metallic glass created under 25 gigapascals of pressure
Glass, by definition, is amorphous; its atoms lack order and are arranged every which way. But when scientists squeezed tiny samples of a metallic glass under high pressure, they got a surprise: The atoms lined up in a regular ...
Scientists get first detailed look at nitrogen doping in single-layer graphene
(PhysOrg.com) -- The strength, flexibility, transparency and high electrical conductivity of single-layer graphene make it a potentially unique and valuable material for the next generation of electronic devices. Made of ...
Materials scientists develop topological insulator with a switch
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at Stanford and SLAC have found a potential way to harness the amazing properties of topological insulators materials that conduct electricity only along their surfaces for use in ...
Sharper images for extreme LCLS experiments
(Phys.org) —An imaging technique conceived 50 years ago has been successfully demonstrated at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source, where it is expected to improve results in a range of experiments, including studies of extreme ...
X-ray laser experiment explores how specially shocked material gets stronger
(Phys.org) —Rolls-Royce researchers came to SLAC earlier this month as part of a team testing titanium and titanium alloys such as those used in engine parts, landing gear and other aircraft components.
X-ray laser explores how to write data with light
(Phys.org) —Using laser light to read and write magnetic data by quickly flipping tiny magnetic domains could help keep pace with the demand for faster computing devices.
Novel analysis method levels the quasar playing field
(Phys.org) —In the nearly six decades since quasars were discovered, the list of these energetic galaxies powered by supermassive black holes has grown to more than 100,000 – enough examples to reveal important information ...
X-ray laser explores new uses for DNA building blocks
(Phys.org) —The founding father of DNA nanotechnology – a field that forges tiny geometric building blocks from DNA strands – recently came to SLAC to get a new view of these creations using powerful X-ray laser pulses.
Synchrotrons explore water's molecular mysteries
(Phys.org)—In experiments at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, scientists observed a surprisingly dense form of water that remained liquid well beyond its typical freezing point.