Scientists demonstrate high-efficiency quantum dot solar cells
Research shows newly developed solar powered cells may soon outperform conventional photovoltaic technology. Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated the first solar cell with external ...
Glucosamine rings turn star-shaped fluorescent dyes into powerful probes for imaging cancer cells in three dimensions
(Phys.org)—Early detection of soft-tissue diseases, such as breast cancer, typically requires invasive biopsies. Now, a new self-assembled nanoparticle developed by Bin Liu at the A*STAR Institute of Materials ...
Quantum computing with recycled particles
A research team from the University of Bristol's Centre for Quantum Photonics (CQP) have brought the reality of a quantum computer one step closer by experimentally demonstrating a technique for significantly reducing the ...
Nature inspires research to convert solar into liquid fuel
It has long been a dream of scientists to use solar energy to produce chemicals which could be stored and later used to create electricity or fuels.
Chasing a common cold virus
(Phys.org)—As the cold and flu season makes its annual visit, a team of researchers, using Argonne's Advanced Photon Source, continue to complete a detailed map of the human adenovirus—one of several ...
Fish skin structure explains biological cloaking
The highly effective optical means by which silvery fish, such as the European sardine and Atlantic herring, camouflage themselves from predators is explained this month in Nature Photonics.
Professor leads photonics revolution to help researchers access high-tech foundry services
(Phys.org)—Michael Hochberg joined the University of Delaware in the spring of 2012 as an associate professor in electrical and computer engineering.
Researchers engineer microscale optical accelerometer
Imagine navigating through a grocery store with your cell phone. As you turn down the bread aisle, ads and coupons for hot dog buns and English muffins pop up on your screen. The electronics industry would ...
Training light to cool the material it strikes
(Phys.org)—Light might one day be used to cool the materials through which it passes, instead of heating them, thanks to a breakthrough by engineers at Lehigh and Johns Hopkins Universities.
Accelerators can search for signs of Planck-scale gravity
Graphene researchers make a layer cake with atomic precision
Graphene and associated one-atom-thick crystals offer the possibility of a vast range of new materials and devices by stacking individual atomic layers on top of each other, new research from the University ...
'Superstructured' solar cells achieve record efficiency of 10.9%
Advancing scientific insights into quantum systems
(Phys.org)—A paper published last year by the Centre of Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS) researchers has been selected for the New Journal of Physics (NJP): Highlights of 2011.
Photonic gels are colorful sensors
(Phys.org)—Materials scientists at Rice University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created very thin color-changing films that may serve as part of inexpensive sensors for food ...