photonics

10.17.18

Scientists Want to Punch Holes in Clouds With Ultra-Hot Lasers from Space

The satellite laser communication revolution is just around the corner, but it has one especially obstinate foe—overcast weather.

5.15.17

New Nanofibers Detect Motion of Individual Bacteria, Muscle cells

Engineers have built a nanoscale stethoscope, basically.

12.4.16

Physicists Mold Giant Photons Into Custom Shapes

The ability to manipulate photon shapes allows for the tweaking of light-matter interactions.

4.25.16

Self-Assembling Nanoparticles Offer Super-Efficient, Portable Water Desalination

Engineers devise a new way of leveraging plasmonics for fresh water.

1.31.16

NASA Engineers Unveil the First Light-Based Modem for Spacecraft

The palm-sized device could mean big things for moving large amounts of data around the globe at the speed of light.

9.12.15

The Quest To Make Molecules Out of Light

Researchers have created a crucial building block for complex photon-based structures. Good news for quantum computing.

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6.27.15

Plasma-Based Midair Displays Are a Beautiful Techno-Future

Even if they are still kind of dangerous.

6.21.15

The First Graphene Light Bulb Is Also the 'World's Thinnest' Light Bulb

It's not super-practical (yet), but graphene is now also a light source.

6.17.15

Engineers Stumble on a Whole New Method of Laser-Based Spacecraft Propulsion

Are graphene light-sponges the new solar sails?

9.26.13

Let There Be One Molecule of Light

A Harvard research team has managed to bond photons into a single unit of light. While it's not a lightsaber yet, it's a start.

6.17.11

Biological Lasers Are Here, When Can I Install Them In My Eyes? An Interview with Malte Gather

Malte Gather and Seok Hyun Yun are a pair of absurdly smart scientists from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine in Boston, and they recently published research showing how they created the world’s first biological lasers made from single cells.