Nanooptics and Nanophotonics News

Rice University Researchers Develop Light-Driven, Single-Molecule Nanosubmarines

Rice University Researchers Develop Light-Driven, Single-Molecule Nanosubmarines

Nanoscale submarines, made of only 224 atoms and driven by ultraviolet light, have been developed. It is hoped that this technology can be further developed to allow the transport of molecular cargoes or the delivery of drugs to diseased organs.

NASA Develop Spherical Occulter using Super-Black Carbon-Nanotube Coating to Study the Sun’s Corona

NASA Develop Spherical Occulter using Super-Black Carbon-Nanotube Coating to Study the Sun’s Corona

A team of NASA scientists are working on the development of an occulter, which blocks light from the sun, for use in a CubeSat mission to measure the sun's coronal mass ejections. To assist in the production of the occulter the researchers have been using carbon nanotubes to achieve the full absorption of light

New Method of Producing Infrared Cameras Developed that can Detect Individual Wavelengths

New Method of Producing Infrared Cameras Developed that can Detect Individual Wavelengths

​A novel technology that uses silver nanocubes to bring true color to infrared cameras has been developed which can 'see' in the visible and infrared radiation. This is an improvement on current technology that only measures the intensity of infrared radiation and not the specific frequencies.

Onion-Like Nanoparticle Upconverts Infrared Radation into UV

Onion-Like Nanoparticle Upconverts Infrared Radation into UV

An innovative onion-like nanoparticle has been developed that can efficiently convert low energy near-infrared radiation into UV light of a higher energy. The process involves the transfer of the infrared photons energy into the nanoparticle core, where they are fused together to form one, higher-energy photon.

Optimized ZEISS OPMI PENTERO 800 Surgical Microscope Enables Better Visualization in Complex Reconstructive Surgery

Optimized ZEISS OPMI PENTERO 800 Surgical Microscope Enables Better Visualization in Complex Reconstructive Surgery

The capabilities of the OPMI® PENTERO® 800 surgical microscopes from ZEISS for reconstructive surgery have been enhanced by the introduction of the INFRARED 800 module.

Researchers Report Massive Increase of Magneto-Optical Effects Near Edges of Nano-Scale Disks

Researchers Report Massive Increase of Magneto-Optical Effects Near Edges of Nano-Scale Disks

In an article published and featured as an Editors’ suggestion in Physical Review Letters last week (PRL 115, 187403 (2015)), researchers from the Nanomagnetism group at nanoGUNE in collaboration with a team from the University of Cantabria and the University of Hamburg have reported on a massive increase of magneto-optical effects near the edges of nano-scale disks, where enhancements of over 1000% can be produced.

Renovated Southampton’s Mountbatten Building Provides Premium Nanoelectronics, Photonics Fabrication Capabilities

Renovated Southampton’s Mountbatten Building Provides Premium Nanoelectronics, Photonics Fabrication Capabilities

Ten years ago fire ripped through the University of Southampton’s Mountbatten Building gutting the building and destroying valuable equipment and research.

Innovative, Fast, and Most Responsive Flexible Silicon Phototransistor

Innovative, Fast, and Most Responsive Flexible Silicon Phototransistor

Inspired by mammals' eyes, University of Wisconsin-Madison electrical engineers have created the fastest, most responsive flexible silicon phototransistor ever made.

X-Ray Microscopy Reveals Inner Workings of Tiny Fossil

X-Ray Microscopy Reveals Inner Workings of Tiny Fossil

The inner workings of a tiny fossil have been studied using X-ray microscopy, revealing evidence of the digestive system for the first time.

Graphene-Based Optical Detector can Monitor Broad Spectral Range at Room Temperature

Graphene-Based Optical Detector can Monitor Broad Spectral Range at Room Temperature

A new graphene-based optical detector has been developed. The detector has a spectral range that spans from the visible to the TeraHertz region, has a 40 picosecond response rate and fully functions at room temperature.