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

Tags: physics optics lasers photons materials-science science-and-technology shapes

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

Tags: physics vision lasers light photons algorithms science-and-technology fog

Lasers may benefit glaucoma patients with higher eye pressure more

A new study helps identify the ideal patient to receive selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) to treat glaucoma.

Eric Maze-Missouri • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: vision lasers health-and-medicine glaucoma

Lasers and sticky tape triple lithium metal battery life

A new technique that mirrors how scientists make graphene with lasers uses sticky tape to improve lithium metal batteries.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: lasers batteries science-and-technology adhesives

Method gets LEDs to act more like lasers

"Nobody had engineered a way to control the emission of light from an LED into a single direction."

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology lasers light materials-science science-and-technology led metamaterial

Tabletop particle accelerator could probe for other dimensions

A new method could pave the way for shrinking particle accelerators from the length of Rhode Island to the length of a dining room table.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
April 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: physics lasers electrons particles science-and-technology

Lasers could turn regular metal surfaces into bacteria killers

A new method can turn any metal surface into an antimicrobial material by changing its texture with lasers, researchers report.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria lasers health-and-medicine metal

‘Optical tweezers’ may pave way for better cancer treatment

"Our optical tweezer method lets us take the little machines out of the cell, gently hold onto them, and watch them go."

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
March 4, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: cancer lasers telomerase health-and-medicine

Little beam on a microscope makes laser-induced graphene

A new approach (and a smaller laser) lets scientists shrink laser-induced graphene for flexible electronics.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: graphene nanotechnology lasers materials-science science-and-technology

Laser aims to check for concussion through the forehead

Currently, no one test can diagnose concussion. Researchers say a new device that uses infrared lasers could offer the first step in changing that.

Kate McAlpine-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 5, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: brains lasers science-and-technology health-and-medicine concussions traumatic-injury

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