Scientists design solar cells that exceed the conventional light-trapping limit
Researchers glimpse the inside of a photonic crystal
New way to store light could prove useful for optical communication
New way to funnel light could have infrared applications
Light-controlling artificial diamond structures could lead to optical computers
Scientists propose 'hidden' 3D optical data storage technique
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 ...
Space-warping white dwarfs produce gravitational waves
(Phys.org)—Gravitational waves, much like the recently discovered Higgs boson, are notoriously difficult to observe. Scientists first detected these ripples in the fabric of space-time indirectly, using ...
Researchers steer light in new directions
A team of researchers led by San Francisco State University's Weining Man is the first to build and demonstrate the ability of two-dimensional disordered photonic band gap material, designed to be a platform ...
Scientists spin photons to send light in one direction
(Phys.org) —Researchers at King's College London have achieved previously unseen levels of control over the travelling direction of electromagnetic waves in waveguides. Their ground-breaking results could ...
Researchers suggest magicians' mirror tricks could be used as large scale cloaking devices (w/ video)
'Super-resolution' microscope possible for nanostructures
(Phys.org) —Researchers have found a way to see synthetic nanostructures and molecules using a new type of super-resolution optical microscopy that does not require fluorescent dyes, representing a practical ...
Exotic metamaterials will change optics
Duke University engineers believe that continued advances in creating ever-more exotic and sophisticated man-made materials will greatly improve their ability to control light at will.
New phenomenon could lead to novel types of lasers and sensors
There are several ways to "trap" a beam of light—usually with mirrors, other reflective surfaces, or high-tech materials such as photonic crystals. But now researchers at MIT have discovered a new method ...