First germanium laser brings us closer to 'optical computers'
(PhysOrg.com) -- MIT researchers have demonstrated the first laser built from germanium that can produce wavelengths of light useful for optical communication. It’s also the first germanium laser to operate ...
Sharp Develops Solar Cell with World's Highest Conversion Efficiency of 35.8%
Sharp Corporation has achieved the world's highest solar cell conversion efficiency (for non-concentrator solar cells) of 35.8% using a triple-junction compound solar cell.
Fujitsu Develops Technology for Low-Temperature Full-Service Direct Formation of Graphene Transistors on Large-Scale Sub
Fujitsu Laboratories today announced, as a world first, the development of a novel technology for forming graphene transistors directly on the entire surface of large-scale insulating substrates at low temperatures ...
Robotics breakthrough: Scientists make artificial skin
Biotech wizards have engineered electronic skin that can sense touch, in a major step towards next-generation robotics and prosthetic limbs.
Semiconductor 'shish kabob' nanostructures combine properties from different dimensions
MAJORANA, the search for the most elusive neutrino of all
(Phys.org) -- In a cavern almost a mile underground in the Black Hills, an experiment called the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR, 40 kilograms of pure germanium crystals enclosed in deep-freeze cryostat modules, will ...
Growing thin films of germanium
Researchers have developed a new technique to produce thin films of germanium crystals—key components for next-generation electronic devices such as advanced large-scale integrated circuits and flexible ...
Toyota shows off all solid state lithium superionic conductor based prototype battery
New silicon-germanium nanowires could lead to smaller, more powerful electronic devices
(PhysOrg.com) -- Microchip manufacturers have long faced challenges miniaturizing transistors, the key active components in nearly every modern electronic device, which are used to amplify or switch electronic signals.
New data still have scientists in dark over dark matter
(PhysOrg.com) -- A dark-matter experiment deep in the Soudan mine of Minnesota now has detected a seasonal signal variation similar to one an Italian experiment has been reporting for more than a decade.
Getting two for one: 'Bonus' electrons in germanium nanocrystals can lead to better solar cells
Researchers from FOM, the University of Amsterdam, the Delft University of Technology and the University of the Algarve have discovered that when light hits germanium nanocrystals, the crystals produce 'bonus ...
Thin layer of germanium may replace silicon in semiconductors
(Phys.org) —The same material that formed the first primitive transistors more than 60 years ago can be modified in a new way to advance future electronics, according to a new study.
Swiss researchers present breakthrough in semiconductor structuring
(PhysOrg.com) -- ETH Zurich physicists, in collaboration with colleagues at universities in Switzerland and abroad, have made a breakthrough in the manufacture of monolithic semiconductor structures on silicon. ...
Photonics: Graphene boosts on-chip light detectors
The fabrication of high-performance light detectors—important for computers and mobile devices—using graphene integrated onto a chip is reported in three independent studies published online this week ...