Tag Archives: optoelectronics

A tiny Big Deal: Inserting DNA into a single cell

Once in a while it’s important to remind ourselves that not all important advances in science and technology are big (think of the Large Hadron Collider), wide ranging (like stem cell medicine), or controversial (global warming). Sometimes the advances are tiny (physically), quiet (taking place in research centers not in the media mainstream), and incremental […]
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Plasmonic nanostructures make graphene viable for super-fast communications

On the one hand graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms in a honeycomb pattern, can move electrons (electricity) very fast and efficiently. On the other hand graphene is lousy at absorbing energy, specifically from sunlight; only about 3% is absorbed. Sounds like graphene, a wonder material in many accounts, isn’t cut out for solar […]
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Promising new material: Electronic and optically active photonic crystals

Although it’s not as tricky as producing new drugs for medicine, developing new materials for commercial electronics is usually no sure thing. There is a long path of testing and development between the first prototype material and something that can be manufactured in large quantities and used in a variety of products. On top of […]
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