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$1M grant to develop an ultra-compact X-ray free electron laser

Such a device could be used for ultra-high-speed and high-resolution imaging in chemistry, biology, materials science and condensed matter physics. For example, in the life sciences, one could view images with resolutions clear enough to see individual carbon atoms, or to discern events such as a chemical reactions that last one quadrillionth of a second or shorter.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2014

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Shaping the future of nanocrystals (w/video)

Researchers have recorded the first direct observations of how facets form and develop on platinum nanocubes in solution, pointing the way towards more sophisticated and effective nanocrystal design and revealing that a nearly 150 year-old scientific law describing crystal growth breaks down at the nanoscale.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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Horizons in clinical nanomedicine

A comprehensive overview on the forefront developments of nanotechnology in various domains of clinical medicine, such as cardiology, oncology, pharmacology, immunology, dermatology, virology, hematology, orthopaedics, embryology and congenital defects, dentistry, and tissue engineering.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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Physicists have chilled the world's coolest molecules

Yale physicists have chilled the world's coolest molecules. The tiny titans in question are bits of strontium monofluoride, dropped to 2.5 thousandths of a degree above absolute zero through a laser cooling and isolating process called magneto-optical trapping.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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Guidelines for enhancing solar cells using surface plasmon polaritons

Researchers from NIST have established guidelines for using surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) to improve absorption in both photovoltaic or photoelectrochemical cells used for energy conversion. In both types of photocells, SPPs have the potential to increase the amount of light absorbed in the active material layer, improving the overall efficiency of light collection in solar energy devices.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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Magnons control magnons: Next-generation transistors

A disturbance in the local magnetic order of a solid body can propagate across a material just like a wave. This wave is named spin wave and its quanta are known as magnons. Physicists propose the usage of magnons to carry and process information instead of electrons as it is done in electronics.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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Neue Messtechnik für Nanostrukturen

Zwei elektrische Isolatoren aneinander bringen und dadurch einen elektrischen Supraleiter erzeugen: Wer solche Phänomene in Nanostrukturen analysieren will, stößt schnell an messtechnische Grenzen - es sei denn, er benutzt eine neue Methode, die Würzburger Physiker mitentwickelt haben.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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