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Light-Driven Nanorod Could Roll on Water

(PhysOrg.com) -- In a recent study, researchers have examined the possibility of rolling a nanorod on the surface of water. On the macroscale, perhaps the closest analogy might be the sport of logrolling, ...

Dec 18, 2009 feature
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Creating optical cables out of thin air

Imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That's what Howard Milchberg, professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering at ...

Jul 22, 2014
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Bending the light with a tiny chip

(Phys.org) —Imagine that you are in a meeting with coworkers or at a gathering of friends. You pull out your cell phone to show a presentation or a video on YouTube. But you don't use the tiny screen; your ...

Mar 10, 2014
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A new laser for a faster internet

(Phys.org) —A new laser developed by a research group at Caltech holds the potential to increase by orders of magnitude the rate of data transmission in the optical-fiber network—the backbone of the Internet.

Feb 20, 2014
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Scientists cook up new electronic material

(Phys.org) —Scientists from SLAC, Stanford and Berkeley Lab grew sheets of an exotic material in a single atomic layer and measured its electronic structure for the first time. They discovered it's a natural ...

Jan 10, 2014
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SLAC scientists create twisted light

(Phys.org) —Scientists at SLAC have found a new method to create coherent beams of twisted light – light that spirals around a central axis as it travels. It has the potential to generate twisted light ...

Sep 19, 2013
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