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A new model for quantum noise

New research updates one of the most fundamental concepts in the physics of quantum electronic devices - the standard tunnelling model.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2014

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Quantum biology: Algae evolved to switch quantum coherence on and off

Scientists have discovered how algae that survive in very low levels of light are able to switch on and off a weird quantum phenomenon that occurs during photosynthesis. The function in the algae of this quantum effect, known as coherence, remains a mystery, but it is thought it could help them harvest energy from the sun much more efficiently. Working out its role in a living organism could lead to technological advances, such as better organic solar cells and quantum-based electronic devices.

Posted: Jun 17th, 2014

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2D Electronic-vibrational spectroscopy technique provides unprecedented look into photochemical reactions

By combining the advantages of two well-established spectroscopy technologies - 2D-electronic and 2D-infrared - two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy (2D-EV) is the first that can be used to simultaneously monitor electronic and molecular dynamics on a femtosecond time-scale. The results show how the coupling of electronic states and nuclear vibrations affect the outcome of photochemical reactions.

Posted: Jun 17th, 2014

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Swell new sensors

Researchers make novel, high sensitivity optical sensors that swell when exposed to a target gas - potential industrial, security, environmental, and medical applications.

Posted: Jun 17th, 2014

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Researchers cage water in buckyballs to see it change form

Scientists are using a pioneering method of 'caging' and cooling water molecules to study the change in orientation of the magnetic nuclei at the centre of each hydrogen atom - a process which transforms the molecule from one form of water to another.

Posted: Jun 17th, 2014

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