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Charge transport in hybrid silicon solar cells

Researchers have made a surprising discovery about hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells. Contrary to expectations, a diode composed of the conductive organic PEDOT:PSS and an n-type silicon absorber material behaves more like a pn junction between two semiconductors than like a metal-semiconductor contact (Schottky diode).

Posted: Aug 19th, 2015

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Researchers announce discovery in fundamental physics

Researchers used a synchrotron X-ray source to investigate the existence of instabilities in the arrangement of the electrons in metals as a function of both temperature and pressure, and to pinpoint, for the first time, how those instabilities arise.

Posted: Aug 19th, 2015

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Biophysics: Formation of swarms in nanosystems

One of the striking features of self-organization in biomolecular systems is the capacity of assemblies of filamentous particles for synchronous motion. Physicists now provide new insights into how such movements are coordinated.

Posted: Aug 18th, 2015

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New functional photonic materials and devices based on magnetism

Scientists have found through the study of photo-excited precession of magnetization using ultrashort weak laser pulses, that spins in ultra-thin Co/Pd multi-layer films are very susceptible to light; namely, a material that could be a candidate for photo-sensitive magnets.

Posted: Aug 18th, 2015

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Breakthrough brings futuristic electronics a step nearer

When researchers dream about electronics of the future, they more or less dream of pouring liquids into a beaker, stirring them together and decanting a computer out onto the table. This field of research is known as self-assembling molecular electronics. But, getting chemical substances to self-assemble into electronic components is just as complicated as it sounds.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2015

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