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Designing new metal alloys using engineered nanostructures

Scientists take advantage of electron microscopes to see tiny nanostructures in fine detail and learn what happens when they are exposed to heat, radiation, and mechanical forces. One area they are interested in are nanostructured metal alloys (metals mixed with other elements) that incorporate nanometer-sized features into classical materials to enhance their performance.

Posted: Nov 21st, 2017

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Nano-watch has steady hands

An international team of researchers use tiny silicon nano-cylinders as the ultra-stable hands of a clock. Using a laser to levitate the tiny rod, they make the nano-hands tick with pulses of polarized light.

Posted: Nov 21st, 2017

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Topological insulators: one glimpse is enough

Topological insulators are new materials with special electronic properties and are of great fundamental and applications-oriented interest. Nevertheless, physicists have wrestled with a ten-year-old puzzle in which the results from the two best methods to probe their electronic states disagree. Researchers now know exactly why.

Posted: Nov 21st, 2017

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Glass microparticles enhance solar cells efficiency

Researchers have suggested a new solar cell coating that combines features of an electrode and those of a light-trapping structure. The coating enabled them to cut down on reflected light and avoid solar cell overheating, thus increasing its overall efficiency by 20%.

Posted: Nov 20th, 2017

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