Lighting up the ion trap

Fiber optics built into a chip can deliver all the laser light needed to control ions for quantum computing and sensing.

Kylie Foy | MIT Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Nov. 4, 2020 ~8 min

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A tiny circular racetrack for light can rapidly detect single molecules

An optical sensor that can detect individual molecules promises early detection of diseases and environmental contamination.

Judith Su, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Optical Sciences, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~5 min

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Squeezing light inside memory devices could help improve performance

Researchers have developed a method to ‘squeeze’ visible light in order to see inside tiny memory devices. The technique will allow researchers to probe how

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 5, 2020 ~3 min

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Team builds colloidal diamonds, ‘Holy Grail’ of photonics

Creating colloidal diamonds, a long-awaited photonic technique, could change the development and use of optical technologies over the next decade.

Karl Greenberg-NYU • futurity
Sept. 24, 2020 ~7 min

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Photon device offers ‘X-ray vision’ through fog

A new algorithm lets researchers reconstruct the movements of photons to see through clouds, fog, and other obstructions.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Computational modelling explains why blues and greens are brightest colours in nature

Researchers have shown why intense, pure red colours in nature are mainly produced by pigments, instead of the structural colour that produces bright blue and

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 11, 2020 ~3 min

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Scaling up the quantum chip

MIT engineers develop a hybrid process that connects photonics with “artificial atoms,” to produce the largest quantum chip of its type.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent • mit
July 8, 2020 ~7 min

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What is the slowest thing on Earth?

Physicists can use bright, hot lasers to slow atoms down so much that they measure -459 degrees Fahrenheit.

Katie McCormick, Postdoctoral Scholar of Physics, University of Washington • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Magnetic photon trick could take computers to the next level

A new way use magnetic forces to control photons could pave the way for the next generation of computing, including quantum computers.

Tom Abate-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~3 min

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