News tagged with infrared light

Image: The solar cycle

(Phys.org) —It took 10 years to create this image of our changing Sun. Taken from space by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), it shows a dramatically different picture than the one we receive ...

dateApr 01, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Laser-induced damage in focus

The transformation of infrared light to a different wavelength, such as visible light, is important in many applications. Some of the most efficient semiconductor lasers operate in the infrared region of ...

dateJan 17, 2014 in General Physics
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Solar cells utilize thermal radiation

Thermal radiation from the sun is largely lost on most silicon solar cells. Up-converters transform the infrared radiation into usable light, however. Researchers have now for the first time successfully ...

dateNov 04, 2013 in Energy & Green Tech
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'Witch Head' brews baby stars

(Phys.org) —A witch appears to be screaming out into space in this new image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The infrared portrait shows the Witch Head nebula, named after its ...

dateOct 31, 2013 in Astronomy
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Asteroid zips by Orion nebula

(Phys.org) —This image shows the potentially hazardous near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula. NEOWISE, the asteroid-hunting portion of the Wide-field ...

dateAug 26, 2013 in Astronomy
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Terahertz technology fights fashion fraud

The UK fashion industry is famous all over the world and worth around £37 billion to the economy. However, it is estimated that counterfeit clothing and footwear costs designer brands and retailers around £3.5 billion each ...

dateAug 08, 2013 in Optics & Photonics
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Fast detector for a wide wavelength range

Free-electron lasers are extremely versatile research tools because their intense, super short light flashes permit a closer look at new materials and even biological molecules; thus, allowing effects to ...

dateAug 08, 2013 in General Physics
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