Look, no hands!

A new, advanced optical technology makes it possible to characterize ultra-thin materials without touching them. The technology has the potential to revolutionize the semiconductor industry and create brand new opportunities within sustainable electronics and data management. Read more

How photonics takes you one step closer to personalized medicine

Imagine that you can evaluate your health on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that no small sign of critical illness is missed. Imagine a world where early treatment – or even prevention – of diseases saves and improves numerous lives. With this goal in mind, researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Australian National University (ANU) set out to detect and locate tiny molecules, which can serve as an early indication of illness. Read more

Supercontinuum solar spectrum simulation

Programmable Supercontinuum Solar Spectrum Simulator

Tasshi Dennis and collaborators at NIST and NREL in Boulder, CO have developed a powerful new research tool to arbitrarily shape the spectral output of a SuperK supercontinuum laser. This tool allows the user to request an arbitrary spectrum, like a AM 1.5 solar reference spectrum, or a flat or Gaussian shaped spectrum, via computer control. Read more

Spectroscopic study of how light magnetizes plasmonic nanoclusters

Recent breakthroughs in several scientific disciplines working together (electromagnetic theory, nanofabrication, chemistry, physico-chemistry, optics) have enabled critical steps towards new materials with extraordinary optical properties. The Metamaterials Group at CRPP, Bordeaux, have studied “plasmonic raspberries” produced by ICMCB colleagues, using a static light scattering set-up based on an NKT Photonics supercontinuum laser associated with a SuperK VARIA filter. Read more