Vienna University of Technology

Glass fiber that brings light to standstill

Light is an extremely useful tool for quantum communication, but it has one major disadvantage: it usually travels at the speed of light and cannot be kept in place. A team of scientists at the Vienna University ...

dateApr 08, 2015 in Quantum Physics
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Igniting the air for atmospheric research

Scientists from Vienna and Moscow have created a high-energy mid-infrared laser powerful enough to create shining filaments in the air. Such devices could be used to detect chemical substances in the atmosphere.

dateFeb 18, 2015 in Optics & Photonics
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Huge 3D displays without 3D glasses

A new kind of display uses laser beams to send out different pictures into different directions. Each pixel contains lasers and a moving mirror, which directs the laser light. Different pictures can be sent ...

dateJan 15, 2015 in Hi Tech & Innovation
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The finer details of rust

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have been studying the behavior of iron oxide surfaces. The atomic structure of iron oxide, which had been assumed to be well-established, turned out to be ...

dateDec 04, 2014 in Condensed Matter
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Particles, waves and ants

Animals looking for food or light waves moving through turbid media – astonishing similarities have now been found between completely different phenomena.

dateNov 26, 2014 in General Physics
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Two photons strongly coupled by glass fiber

Usually, light waves do not interact with each other. Coupling of photons with other photons is only possible with the help of special materials and very intense light. Scientists in Vienna have now created ...

dateNov 02, 2014 in Quantum Physics
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Nanoparticles break the symmetry of light

How can a beam of light tell the difference between left and right? At the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) tiny particles have been coupled to a glass fibre. The particles emit light into the fibre ...

dateOct 06, 2014 in Nanophysics
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Laser pulse turns glass into a metal

For tiny fractions of a second, quartz glass can take on metallic properties, when it is illuminated be a laser pulse. This has been shown by calculations at the Vienna University of Technology. The effect ...

dateAug 26, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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