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22 Oct 14
German R&D body launches optical networking unit

Among nine new key research projects winning total of €16m funding.

21 Oct 14
Natcore claims low-temperature solar advance

Laser processing step means that cells can be produced without need for expensive high-temperature furnace.

14 Oct 14
Societies open up Nobel winners' research papers

SPIE, AIP and OSA make papers published by 2014 physics and chemistry laureates available on digital platforms.

13 Oct 14
Adaptive optics without the guide star

Weizmann Institute method avoids need for conventional reference point to compensate for scattering of light.

08 Oct 14
Silicon detectors adapted for telecommunications

Development could enhance status of silicon as go-to material for both electronics and photonics.

08 Oct 14
QCL-based sensor network reveals bomb-making

Development at Fraunhofer IAF identifies terror threats from far away.

03 Oct 14
Tin polymers boost light absorption in PV systems

University of Kiel, Germany, develops new organic semiconductor material.

01 Oct 14
Perovskite solar cells reach 12% hydrogen conversion

EPFL project uses sunlight to split water at high efficiency – but without rare metals.

29 Sep 14
Nanophotonics: no shortage of big ideas

Invisibility cloaking? Color-changing wallpaper? Medical sensors? It's all possible with nanophotonics, discovers Andrew Williams.

24 Sep 14
Flexible, inorganic LEDs and solar cells grown on graphene

Optical and mechanical properties superior to organic-based sources, say Korean developers.

19 Sep 14
Element Six heat sinks to feature in ultrafast disk laser

European Commission project selects supplier for diamond components in pulsed source.

18 Sep 14
Quantum dots adapted to glow more brightly

A thin layer of aluminum oxide layer makes quantum dots glow more brightly, promising diverse applications.

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