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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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Nanotubes boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods to boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries, the energy sources for cell phones, laptops, and electric vehicles. If successful, the batteries will last longer and perform better, leading to a cost advantage for electric vehicles.

Posted: Jun 17th, 2014

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Researchers use virus to reveal nanopore physics

Nanopores could provide a new way to sequence DNA quickly, but the physics involved isn't well understood. That's partly because of the complexities involved in studying the random, squiggly form DNA takes in solution. Researchers have simplified matters by using a stiff, rod-like virus instead of DNA to experiment with nanopores. Their research has uncovered previously unknown dynamics in polymer-nanopore interactions.

Posted: Jun 16th, 2014

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