Cracking the secrets of an emerging branch of physics

In a new realm of materials, PhD student Thanh Nguyen uses neutrons to hunt for exotic properties that could power real-world applications.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Nov. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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Devices reflect 99% of heat to up chance to turn it into power

New thermal photovoltaics reflect 99% of the energy they can't convert to electricity. They could help cut the price of storing renewable energy as heat.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~7 min

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A new facet for germanium

MIT researchers grow perfectly shaped germanium tunnels on silicon oxide with controllable length.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Jan. 31, 2020 ~10 min

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2D and 3D combo could keep Moore’s Law going

Using 2D materials and 3D integration practices could take integrated chips beyond their limits and keep Moore's Law going indefinitely, researchers say.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Jan. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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A tiny bend gives semiconductors a big boost

Bending organic semiconductors can seriously up the speed of the electricity flowing through them, which could pave the way for better electronics.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~3 min

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2D materials insight opens door for next-gen devices

A visualization of the electronic structure of semiconductors made with 2D materials may pave the way for quantum computers and better mobile devices.

U. Washington • futurity
July 23, 2019 ~6 min

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Quantum dots are just as awesome as we’d hoped

A new way to measure the efficiency of quantum dots could get them into things like solar cells and electronics faster.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
April 11, 2019 ~6 min

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A new spin on organic semiconductors

Researchers have found that certain organic semiconducting materials can transport spin faster than they conduct charge, a phenomenon which could eventually power faster, more energy-efficient computers. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 26, 2019 ~5 min

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Light from exotic crystals improves solar panels

Controlling light from exotic crystal semiconductors could pave the way for better solar panels, displays, and more.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 21, 2019 ~4 min

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Physicists get thousands of semiconductor nuclei to do ‘quantum dances’ in unison

A team of Cambridge researchers have found a way to control the sea of nuclei in semiconductor quantum dots so they can operate as a quantum memory device.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 22, 2019 ~5 min

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