Light Lasers and Optics

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It takes two photonic qubits to make quantum computing possible

Professors Ku and Steel are applying their expertise to take key next steps toward practical quantum computing|Medium Read
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How to color-code nearly invisible nanoparticles

With a bit of metal, nanoparticles shine in colors based on size.|Medium Read
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Light could make semiconductor computers a million times faster or even go quantum

Electron states in a semiconductor, set and changed with pulses of light, could be the 0 and 1 of future “lightwave” electronics or room-temperature quantum computers.|Medium Read
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Organic solar cells reach record efficiency, benchmark for commercialization

The multi-layered organic solar cells will be able to curve in clothing or be transparently built into windows.|Medium Read
Self-powered camera

Solar cells enable self-powered camera

A solar cell combined with a camera sensor collects photons to provide electricity.|Medium Read
Encyclopedia of Modern Optics

Duncan Steel is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of Modern Optics, 2nd edition

Encyclopedia covers optics through light-emitting diodes.|Short Read
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Intense laser experiments provide first evidence that light can stop electrons

By hitting electrons with an ultra-intense laser, researchers have stopped them as effectively shooting them at a sheet of lead, demonstrating what's called "radiation reaction."|Medium Read
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Holography and LIDAR on the cheap with nanoparticle gel

Magnetic nanoparticles coated in amino acids can modulate light inexpensively at room temperature, and the findings have applications in autonomous vehicles. |Medium Read
5 researchers work with computer sensors

A shoe-box-sized chemical detector

Powered by a broadband infrared laser, the device can zero in on the ‘spectral fingerprint region’.|Medium Read
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ECE Bicentennial + Beyond lecture

This series of talks features world-renowned faculty with a long history at Michigan.|Short Read
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Deep UV LEDs lead to two best poster awards at ISSLED 2017

New techniques to construct deep UV LEDs prove prize-worthy.|Medium Read
Laura Andre using self-cooling laser

Laser cooling with Laura Andre

Laura Andre says she "ended up just falling in love with optics."|Short Read