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New Chiral Property of Silicon Paves Way for Advanced Photonic Applications

New Chiral Property of Silicon Paves Way for Advanced Photonic Applications

Engineers and physicists at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered a new chiral property of silicon. They have demonstrated this property in a silicon-based photonic device that is sensitive to the spin of photons in laser light shone onto one of its electrodes. [More]
Researchers Explain How Hexagonal Boron Nitride Traps Light

Researchers Explain How Hexagonal Boron Nitride Traps Light

A research team from the University of California, San Diego has demonstrated the trapping of light inside nanoscale granules of hexagonal boron nitride, a crystalline material that has fascinated researchers considerably. The team was led by physics professor, Michael Fogler. [More]
PicoQuant FLIM and FCS Upgrade Kit Supports Zeiss LSM 880 Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope

PicoQuant FLIM and FCS Upgrade Kit Supports Zeiss LSM 880 Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope

PicoQuant GmbH has expanded the compatibility list of its FLIM and FCS upgrade kit to include the Zeiss LSM 880 confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM). The upgrade kit is an external addition to the CLSM enhancing its capabilities by the addition of time-resolved techniques such as fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM), Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS), or advanced time-resolved Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) analysis. [More]
Researchers Develop Dielectric Material-Based Thin Invisibility Cloak

Researchers Develop Dielectric Material-Based Thin Invisibility Cloak

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have designed and developed a thin cloaking device that addresses some of the shortcomings faced in “invisibility cloaks.” This new device does not modify the light’s brightness surrounding a hidden object. The technology involved in this invisibility cloak device holds promise in optical communications to boost signal speed, and also for concentrating solar energy applications. [More]
Fraunhofer ILT to Showcase Laser Technologies for Lightweight Construction at LASER World of Photonics

Fraunhofer ILT to Showcase Laser Technologies for Lightweight Construction at LASER World of Photonics

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen will showcase a broad variety of laser technologies for lightweight construction at the LASER World of Photonics trade fair in Munich, Germany from June 22 to 25, 2015. [More]
LASER World of Photonics: ROFIN to Debut 6kW Fiber-Coupled, High-Power Diode Laser

LASER World of Photonics: ROFIN to Debut 6kW Fiber-Coupled, High-Power Diode Laser

The Hamburg ROFIN macro group broadens its product range with a new series of fiber-coupled, high-power diode lasers for all industrial tasks such as hardening, brazing, soldering and coating. ROFIN will present the new DF 060 HP with an optical output power of 6 kW for the first time at the LASER World of Photonics in Munich, Germany from June 22 – 25, 2015. [More]
Major Microscopy Companies Provide Practical Sessions at PicoQuant Time-Resolved Microscopy Course

Major Microscopy Companies Provide Practical Sessions at PicoQuant Time-Resolved Microscopy Course

For the first time, all five major microscopy companies joined PicoQuan'ts annual course on Time-resolved Microscopy. Besides the organizer PicoQuant, instructors of Leica, Nikon, Olympus, and Zeiss came to Berlin and provided practical sessions on their confocal microscopes. [More]
New Ultrathin Flexible Material Capable of Changing Colour on Demand

New Ultrathin Flexible Material Capable of Changing Colour on Demand

An ultrathin flexible material developed by the researchers at the University of California at Berkeley behaves as a chameleon-like skin by changing colour on demand during the application of force. [More]
Scientists Build Germanium-Tin Semiconductor Laser for Silicon Chips

Scientists Build Germanium-Tin Semiconductor Laser for Silicon Chips

Scientists belonging to the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland have collaborated with global partners to build a germanium-tin (GeSn) semiconductor laser for applications in silicon chips. This semiconductor is made up only of main group IV elements, and hence the GeSn laser can be applied onto silicon chips directly. A new method for data transmission using light on computer chips is offered by this semiconductor. The speed of data transfer is faster and requires only a fraction of the energy that is required when compared to data transmission through copper wires. [More]
SPIE Photonics West 2015: Jenoptik to Highlight High-Performance Products

SPIE Photonics West 2015: Jenoptik to Highlight High-Performance Products

At North America’s leading photonics industry fair – the SPIE Photonics West – from February 10 to 12, 2015 in San Francisco, Jenoptik will be presenting product highlights of its Optical Systems and Lasers & Material Processing divisions. Furthermore, Jenoptik will again support young entrepreneurs in the SPIE Startup challenge. [More]