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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]
CPI Installs NovaCentrix PulseForge Photonic Curing System

CPI Installs NovaCentrix PulseForge Photonic Curing System

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has recently partnered with NovaCentrix to install a specialist system designed for the high speed photonic curing of printed electronics inks. The NovaCentrix PulseForge 1300 state-of-the-art system is the first of its kind in the UK to be available to clients on an open access basis and will aid the commercialisation of a host of applications including printed sensing and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC) antennas for smart packaging. The recent installation builds upon CPI’s existing capability for the market adoption of printed sensing technologies, allowing companies to develop and scale up their concepts from laboratory scale right through to pilot production. [More]
Study on Photonic Crystal-Metamaterial Phase Transition Could Help Create New Electromagnetic Materials

Study on Photonic Crystal-Metamaterial Phase Transition Could Help Create New Electromagnetic Materials

A team of physicists from ITMO University, Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute and Australian National University have researched the phenomenon of phase transition between photonic crystals and metamaterials - two types of periodic structures capable of manipulating light in intricate ways. The study helps to gain an insight into the fundamental properties of periodic structures and opens new possibilities for the design and creation of new electromagnetic materials. The results of the study were published in Nature Communications. [More]
NCSU Research Team Develops Mechanically Stable Dielectric Film with Very Low Refractive Index

NCSU Research Team Develops Mechanically Stable Dielectric Film with Very Low Refractive Index

A dielectric film that has electronic and optical properties identical to air has been produced. The film is mechanically stable enough to be used in ultra-efficient electronic and photonic devices. [More]
Calibrated Compact Model Library for Accurate Photonic Integrated Circuit Design and Fabrication

Calibrated Compact Model Library for Accurate Photonic Integrated Circuit Design and Fabrication

A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and Lumerical Solutions, Inc. (Lumerical), a global provider of photonic design software, today announced they have co -developed a calibrated compact model library (CML) for IME's silicon photonics platform and process design kit (PDK). The CML will help photonic integrated circuit (PIC) designers who use IME's silicon photonics process to improve the accuracy and reliability of their designs. [More]
Laser Components Offers a Range of Monochromators

Laser Components Offers a Range of Monochromators

Monochromators are used to separate a broadband light source into a narrow wavelength band of interest; this is commonly achieved using a diffraction grating which can be rotated precisely through small angles. The simplicity of monochromators means that they are small, lightweight and portable. They are ideal for use in spectroscopy due to their narrow wavelength bands and ability to target specific lines. [More]
MIT Researchers Develop New Family of Luminescent Materials for Chemical and Biological Detector Applications

MIT Researchers Develop New Family of Luminescent Materials for Chemical and Biological Detector Applications

A research team at MIT has created a new group of materials capable of emitting light of precisely controlled colours, including pure white light. [More]
Sierra Nevada Corporation Places Order for Fonon’s LaserTower Desktop Marking and Engraving System

Sierra Nevada Corporation Places Order for Fonon’s LaserTower Desktop Marking and Engraving System

Fonon Corporation ('Fonon') is pleased to announce that Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has ordered the company's LaserTower Desktop marking and engraving system. SNC is a world-class prime systems integrator and electronic systems provider known for its rapid, innovative and agile technology solutions. [More]
DVD Material Holds Promise as Ultrafast Light Switch for Optical Communication and Data Processing

DVD Material Holds Promise as Ultrafast Light Switch for Optical Communication and Data Processing

DVD material holds tremendous potential. This has been proven by an international research team, which has discovered that the material is suitable as a highly rapid light switch for data processing or optical communication. [More]