Scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router - a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This achievement is another step toward overcoming the difficulties in building quantum computers.
Researchers used a technique based on applying short flashes of light to observe and analyse the features of a superconductor at high critical temperature, a material with major prospects for technological applications. In addition to providing an explanation for the peculiar behaviour of the material, the study also opens to the possibility of controlling its characteristics by means of laser pulses.
The new technology is a novel catalyst that performs almost as well as cost-prohibitive platinum for so-called electrolysis reactions, which use electric currents to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The technology is also far more efficient than less-expensive catalysts investigated to-date.
Place two large, sturdy logs in a streambed, and they will help guide the water in a particular direction. But imagine if the water started mimicking the rigidity of the logs in addition to flowing along them. That's essentially what happens in a directed assembly method developed by a researcher at Northeastern University.
Biophysics researchers have used short pulses of light to peer into the mechanics of photosynthesis and illuminate the role that molecule vibrations play in the energy conversion process that powers life on our planet.
Researchers have shown that a cluster of 40 boron atoms forms a hollow molecular cage similar to a carbon buckyball. It's the first experimental evidence that a boron cage structure - previously only a matter of speculation - does indeed exist.
Beginning in winter 2015, Wayne State University's College of Engineering will offer a nanoengineering undergraduate certificate program that will provide students with in-depth training in the emerging area of nanotechnology. The program will offer new lecture, laboratory and seminar courses that cross traditional departmental and disciplinary boundaries.