Hands-free characterization of ultra-thin materials

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

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