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Understanding Infrared Camera Technical Jargon

Understanding Infrared Camera Technical Jargon

FLIR Systems has published a new paper that looks to strip away the technical jargon terms and explain infrared camera accuracy and measurement uncertainty in plain language. [More]
Physicists Develop New Microscopy Method to Visualize Internal Nanostructure of Butterfly Wings

Physicists Develop New Microscopy Method to Visualize Internal Nanostructure of Butterfly Wings

The two key physical attributes that contribute to the brightness and colorfulness of a butterfly wing have been discovered by a team of scientists by visualizing its internal nanostructure. [More]
Harvard’s Helium Buffer Gas Cooling Method Enables JILA Instrument to Probe Large, Complex Molecules

Harvard’s Helium Buffer Gas Cooling Method Enables JILA Instrument to Probe Large, Complex Molecules

Using a cooling technique developed by researchers at Harvard University, JILA physicists have improved the ability of their robust laser “combing” technique to determine the structures of large, complicated molecules present in pharmaceuticals, fuels, explosives, and the gases surrounding stars. [More]
Photonic Crystals Could Improve Absolute Solar Cell Efficiency

Photonic Crystals Could Improve Absolute Solar Cell Efficiency

Solar cells turn sunlight into electricity, but they’re only about 20 percent efficient. Much of the leftover energy turns into heat, which actually harms the solar cell. [More]
Researchers Propose New Method to Improve Beam Quality of Benchtop Particle Accelerators

Researchers Propose New Method to Improve Beam Quality of Benchtop Particle Accelerators

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a huge particle accelerator, which played a key role in the detection of the elusive particle, Higgs boson. The LHC, buried beneath the Swiss-French border, requires a track extending 27 km for particle acceleration close to the velocity of light before the collision of the particles. [More]
Scientists Demonstrate First Practical Laser Grown Directly on Silicon Substrate

Scientists Demonstrate First Practical Laser Grown Directly on Silicon Substrate

A group of researchers from the UK, including academics from Cardiff University, has demonstrated the first practical laser that has been grown directly on a silicon substrate. [More]
Physicists Create New Material that Can Control Excitons

Physicists Create New Material that Can Control Excitons

A team of physicists from the University of California, San Diego and The University of Manchester is creating tailor-made materials for cutting-edge research and perhaps a new generation of optoelectronic devices. The materials make it easier for the researchers to manipulate excitons, which are pairs of an electron and an electron hole bound to each other by an electrostatic force. [More]
Researchers Discover New Method of Creating Polarizing Filters by Studying Shrimp

Researchers Discover New Method of Creating Polarizing Filters by Studying Shrimp

A new method of developing polarizers, devices which rotate the plane of light, has been developed which mimics the way shrimps polarize light. Whilst humans use polarizers in sunglasses and DVD players shrimp have been using them to communicate without having to worry about any prey eavesdropping on their conversation. [More]
New Findings on Charged Particle Motion Could Advance Laser-Driven Particle Accelerators

New Findings on Charged Particle Motion Could Advance Laser-Driven Particle Accelerators

Scientists from the University of Strathclyde have discovered that the charged particle motion can be controlled by the diffraction of ultra-intense laser light, traveling via a thin foil. The findings in the fundamental physics of the laser-plasma interactions, may have a major impact in the fields of security, industry, and medicine. This breakthrough holds immense potential in advancing compact, cost-effective, laser-powered particle accelerators. [More]
Researchers Drastically Reduce Complexity and Size of Polarimeters by Building 2D Metasurface

Researchers Drastically Reduce Complexity and Size of Polarimeters by Building 2D Metasurface

What do astrophysics, telecommunications and pharmacology have in common? Each of these fields relies on polarimeters — instruments that detect the direction of the oscillation of electromagnetic waves, otherwise known as the polarization of light. [More]