Disappearing light: Precision measurement of an atomic transition
(Phys.org)—Modern precision measurements are spectacular feats of engineering. An excellent example is determining the passage of time. Before John Harrison's marine chronometer in the mid 18th century, ...
Supersonic laser-propelled rockets
Scientists and science fiction writers alike have dreamt of aircrafts that are propelled by beams of light rather than conventional fuels. Now, a new method for improving the thrust generated by such laser-propulsion ...
First telecommunications wavelength quantum dot laser on a silicon substrate
A new generation of high speed, silicon-based information technology has been brought a step closer by researchers in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL and the London Centre for Nanotechnology. ...
Insect cyborgs may become first responders, search and monitor hazardous environs
(PhysOrg.com) -- Research conducted at the University of Michigan College of Engineering may lead to the use of insects to monitor hazardous situations before sending in humans.
Rydberg atoms can be used to produce magnetic crystals in an optical lattice
It is a situation familiar from one's own living environment: relations between neighbours can be intense, yet also characterised by sensitivities. Complex quantum systems can be imagined in a similar way ...
Scientists propose revolutionary laser system to produce the next LHC
An international team of physicists has proposed a revolutionary laser system, inspired by the telecommunications technology, to produce the next generation of particle accelerators, such as the Large Hadron ...
Handheld probe produces detailed images of blood vessels, other internal body parts
A new handheld probe developed by a team of university and industry researchers in the Netherlands and France could give doctors powerful new imaging capabilities right in the palms of their hands. The imaging ...
International Space station to beam video via laser back to Earth
What's more interesting than videos of cats chasing laser beams over the kitchen floor? How about videos sent OVER laser beams from NASA's International Space Station back to Earth?
Team deploys world's highest peak-power laser diode arrays
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has installed and commissioned the highest peak power laser diode arrays in the world, representing total peak power of 3.2 megawatts (MW).
Laser shoots down drones at sea (w/ Video)
Light on silicon better than copper?
Step aside copper and make way for a better carrier of information -- light.
Strange physics turns off laser
Inspired by anomalies that arise in certain mathematical equations, researchers have demonstrated a laser system that paradoxically turns off when more power is added rather than becoming continuously brighter.
Researchers create first-ever interior 3-D map of Leaning Tower of Pisa using breakthrough mobile laser mapping system
Developed by the CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, the Zebedee technology is a handheld 3D mapping system incorporating a laser scanner that sways on a spring to capture millions of detailed measurements ...
Laser weapon system stops truck in field test
Lockheed Martin's 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test, demonstrating the rapidly evolving precision capability to protect military ...