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Research highlights advances in nano-optics - nanoplasmonics and metamaterials

Light-matter interaction at the nanometer scale has turned into a very fast-growing field of research known as nano-optics. To highlight breakthroughs in the specific areas of nano-optics known as nanoplasmonics and metamaterials, the editors of the Optical Society's open-access journal Optical Materials Express have published a special Focus Issue on Nanoplasmonics and Metamaterials.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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Tools of the trade: Diamonds are forever... for focusing intense x-rays

Diamonds can add more than sparkle and style to X-ray experiments at the Linac Coherent Light Source. They are giving scientists a way to focus the LCLS's powerful X-rays to a much tinier, brighter point without destroying the very device that does the focusing, according to a report from the Swiss team that created the new diamond-based technology.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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The next generation of switchable glass: the micro-blinds

The National Research Council, Canada is developing an innovative technology for smart glass with possible applications in sectors such as building, aircraft, automotive and displays. The micro-blinds are actuated by electrostatic forces; they allow the dynamic control of light transmission at remarkable speed and could lead to major energy savings in buildings. The idea is based on a cost-efficient manufacturing scheme.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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Gothenburg Lise Meitner Prize 2010/2011 goes to Stefan Hell

On Friday, September 16, 2011, Stefan W. Hell, head of the Department of NanoBiophotonics at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, received the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Prize "for his groundbreaking development of light microscopy and its applications in biological settings".

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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IV International Nanotechnology Forum RUSNANOTECH 2011 will be held on October 26-28

RUSNANOTECH Forum is one of the central events of the year in the field of innovation in Russia. Traditionally, the event is attended by leading politicians, scientists and heads of major domestic and foreign companies. The Forum is focused on the main trends of global scientific and technological development and the advanced experience of innovative development commercialization.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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Kleinste Strukturen - Fraunhofer-Lithographie-Workshop

Zum neunten Mal folgten Lithographie-Experten aus aller Welt der Einladung des Fraunhofer IISB zum "Fraunhofer IISB Lithography Simulation Workshop". Das Fachtreffen mit dem Schwerpunkt Modellierung adressiert ein internationales Publikum aus Industrie und Forschung und legt Wert auf einen deutlichen Praxisbezug der behandelten Fragestellungen.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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Like fish on waves: electrons go surfing

Researchers were able to define two little quantum dots (QDs), occupied with electrons, in a semiconductor and to select a single electron from one of them using a sound wave, and then to transport it to the neighbouring QD. A single electron "surfs" thus from one quantum dot to the next like a fish on a wave. Such manipulation of a single electron will in the future also enable the combination of considerably more complex quantum bits instead of classical bits.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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How phase segregation affects efficiency in organic photovoltaics

Recent theoretical work conducted at the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology explains the surprisingly small effect of macroscale phase segregation on the overall efficiency of blended organic photovoltaic materials by showing that electrons can effectively burrow through a skin layer to get to the device's cathode.

Posted: Sep 21st, 2011

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