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Researchers build new fermion microscope

A team of physicists has built a microscope that is able to see up to 1,000 individual fermionic atoms. The researchers devised a laser-based technique to trap and freeze fermions in place, and image the particles simultaneously.

Posted: May 13th, 2015

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Nanotechnology improves methods for detecting polluting emissions

Researchers used a copper oxide nanowire decorated with palladium nanoparticles to detect carbon monoxide, a common industrial pollutant. The sensor was tested in conditions similar to ambient air since future devices developed from this method will need to operate in these conditions.

Posted: May 13th, 2015

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Quantum 'gruyeres' for spintronics of the future

They are 'strange' materials, insulators on the inside and conductors on the surface. They also have properties that make them excellent candidates for the development of spintronics and more in general quantum computing. However, they are also elusive as their properties are extremely difficult to observe. Now a study proposes a new family of materials whose topological state can be directly observed experimentally, thus simplifying things for researchers.

Posted: May 12th, 2015

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A novel organic device for obtaining hydrogen from water and sunlight

Currently, organic materials used in these devices offer greater versatility and efficiency at a lower cost than the available inorganic ones, but they show stability problems when in contact with an aqueous medium. Researchers have now achieved an exceptional stability in these devices, which represents an important step in obtaining solar fuels from organic materials.

Posted: May 12th, 2015

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Better microfluidics

Device can measure the distribution of tiny particles as they flow through a microfluidic channel.

Posted: May 12th, 2015

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Researchers create first whispering gallery for graphene electrons

An international research group has developed a technique for creating nanoscale whispering galleries for electrons in graphene. The development opens the way to building devices that focus and amplify electrons just as lenses focus light and resonators (like the body of a guitar) amplify sound.

Posted: May 12th, 2015

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