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Fragile topology: Two new studies explain the strange electron flow in future materials

Researchers demonstrate how the perfect flow of electrons on the surface of some types of topological insulators can be surprisingly fragile.

13 Feb 2020 Science

Using sound and light to generate ultra-fast data transfer

Researchers have made a breakthrough in the control of terahertz quantum cascade lasers, which could lead to the transmission of data at the rate of 100 gigabits per second.

11 Feb 2020 Nature Communications

Making light work

McMaster and Harvard researchers create 'intelligent' interaction between light and material, establishing a promising new platform for computing.

3 Feb 2020 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Groningen’s physicists have visualized hydrogen at the metal-to-metal hydride interface

To understand the properties of materials, it is often vital to observe their structure at an atomic resolution.

31 Jan 2020 Science Advances

A quantum of solid

It is well known that quantum properties of individual atoms can be controlled and manipulated by laser light.

30 Jan 2020 Science

Researchers combine X-rays and laser light to image sprays

New approach could lead to more efficient and less polluting fuel combustion.

30 Jan 2020 Optica

Beating the heat in the living wings of butterflies

Researchers discover that butterflies have specialized behaviors and wing scales to protect the living parts of their wings; nanostructures found in the wing scales could inspire the design of radiative-cooling materials to help manage excessive heat cond.

28 Jan 2020 Nature Communications

Expert in visual neuroscience has international award in his sights

Pioneering discoveries about the ‘extraordinarily strange’ visual systems of shrimps - that could improve early detection of cancer - have been recognised with an international prize.

23 Jan 2020

Nano antennas for data transfer

Directional antennas for light could be used to exchange data between different processor cores with little loss and at the speed of light. To enable antennas to operate with the very short wavelengths of visible light, such directional antennas have to be shrunk to nanometre scale.

8 Jan 2020 Nature Communications

Cutting through fog with laser focus

Scattering materials like fog, cloud, a glass of milk or biological tissues have complex microscopic structures, and when light travels through these materials, it interacts with them.

7 Jan 2020 Nature Communications

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