Principle and experimental set-up. a, Schematic representation of energy exchange between an unbiased photodiode and a planar surface located in the far-field of the photodiode. b, Schematic description of photonic refrigeration in the near-field. Simultaneous enhancement of photon transport from tunnelling of evanescent waves and suppression of luminescence from a […]

Electrons traveling between two layers of atomically thin material give off tiny bursts of electromagnetic waves in the terahertz spectral range. This glow, shown in red and blue, allowed researchers at SLAC and Stanford to observe and track the electrons’ ultrafast movements. Credit: Greg Stewart/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Electrons flowing […]

Credit: ORNL Researchers have developed a compact laser that emits light with extreme spectral purity that doesn’t change in response to environmental conditions. The new potentially portable laser could benefit a host of scientific applications, improve clocks for global positioning (GPS) systems, advance the detection of gravitational waves in space […]

At SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source, the researchers blasted an iron sample with laser pulses to demagnetize it, then grazed the sample with X-rays, using the patterns formed when the X-rays scattered to uncover details of the process. Credit: Gregory Stewart/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory More than 100 years ago, Albert […]

An artist’s impression of the research team’s innovative system of detectors along quantum circuits to monitor light particles. Credit: Kai Wang, ANU An international team of researchers led by ANU is helping to build a safe data superhighway for the highly anticipated quantum internet, which promises a new era of […]

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ben-Gurion University researchers have developed a new satellite imaging system that could revolutionize the economics and imagery available from space-based cameras and even earth-based telescopes. “This is an invention that completely changes the costs of space exploration, astronomy, aerial photography, and more,” says Angika Bulbul, a […]

A new laser-pointing platform developed at MIT may help launch miniature satellites called CubeSats into the high-rate data game. Credit: Jennifer Chu A new laser-pointing platform developed at MIT may help launch miniature satellites into the high-rate data game. Since 1998, almost 2,000 shoebox-sized satellites known as CubeSats have been […]

Credit: Australian National University A research team led by The Australian National University (ANU) has invented a device that could be developed into ultra-sensitive cameras for security screening which would not require people to queue at airports. Other applications could include smaller and safer sensors for driverless vehicles. Lead researcher […]

A new device bends visible light inside a crystal to produce “synchrotron” radiation (blue and green) via an accelerating light pulse (red) on a scale a thousand times smaller than massive facilities around the world. Credit: University of Michigan image/Meredith Henstridge The DESY accelerator facility in Hamburg, Germany, goes on […]

The miniature OAM nano-electronic detector decodes twisted light. Credit: RMIT Uinversity Broadband fiber-optics carry information on pulses of light, at the speed of light, through optical fibers. But the way the light is encoded at one end and processed at the other affects data speeds. This world-first nanophotonic device, just […]