Optics

Solar Energy Gets A Golden Sandwich

A new photoelectrode can harvest 85 percent of visible light in a 30 nanometers-thin semiconductor layer between gold layers, converting light energy 11 times more efficiently than previous methods, another step on the road to turning solar power from an e ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 10 2018 - 12:07pm

Make Iridescent Color From Clear Drops Using Only Light- No Inks Or Dyes Needed

Even if you are obsessed with "natural" things, the awesome power of physics can still help you make fun colors. It's all thanks to “structural color,” the ability of an object to generate color simply by the way light interacts with its geo ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 28 2019 - 11:33am

No Isolator Needed: Space-Time Metasurface Makes Light Reflect Only In One Direction

Light propagation usually goes both ways; it is reciprocal in that the trajectory of light traveling one direction is identical in the opposite direction. Isolators and circulators, which make light propagate only in one direction, are vital building block ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 21 2019 - 10:47am

Forbidden Light In The Quantum World

Using light waves to accelerate supercurrents can discern forbidden light the quantum world, where the conventional laws of physics are already forbidden. Supercurrents are scientifically strange. At super cold temperatures, they can give us electricity th ...

Article - News Staff - May 20 2020 - 2:43pm

Dome A On The Antarctic Plateau Is The Ideal Spot For The Next Big Telescope

There will never be another large telescope built in the United States, due to the influence of environmental activists, so those high-paying multicultural white collar jobs are instead going to Chile. But if we want even better conditions. Dome Angus, the ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 30 2020 - 4:31am