Diamond is a semiconductor with extreme properties, such as high breakdown field, high saturation velocity, high carrier mobilities and the highest thermal conductivity of all materials. This makes diamond extreme in the group of wide-bandgap semiconductors, which includes e.g., silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN).
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University of Akron researchers have developed new materials that function on a nanoscale, which could lead to the creation of lighter laptops, slimmer televisions and crisper smartphone visual displays.
Known as “giant surfactants” — or surface films and liquid solutions — the researchers, led by Stephen Z.D. Cheng, dean of UA’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, used a technique known as nanopatterning to combine functioning molecular nanoparticles with polymers to build these novel materials. Continue reading “New nanotechnology breakthrough – “giant surfactants”” »
A team of physicists has succeeded in performing an extraordinary experiment: They demonstrated how magnetism that generally manifests itself by a force between two magnetized objects acts within a single molecule. This discovery is of high significance to fundamental research and provides scientists with a new tool to better understand magnetism as an elementary phenomenon of physics
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A newly published study demonstrates how complex cognitive abilities can be incorporated into electronic systems made with neuromorphic chips. Novel microchips imitate the brain’s information processing in real time. Continue reading “Neuromorphic Chips” »
Using tiny posts to guide the patterning of self-assembling polymer molecules, researchers at MIT developed a new technique to create perfect square and rectangular patterns of tiny polymer wires on microchips.
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We’re still in the early stages of 100G deployment, but the next wave of technology is hitting the testing and demo stage. Alcatel-Lucent today claimed a new world record for highest subsea capacity over a single fiber, putting a whopping 31 Tbps over a 7200km link. Continue reading “Alcatel-Lucent Claims New Undersea Speed Record – 31TB/s” »
Engineers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a 3D+2D television that that combines both 2D and 3D, allowing viewers with stereo glasses to see three-dimensional images, while viewers without the glasses see a normal two-dimensional image without blurriness.
With existing 3D television displays, viewers must wear stereo glasses to get the effect of seeing images on the screen in three dimensions, while viewers without the glasses see a blurry image. Continue reading “3D+2D Television Allows for Simultaneous 3D and 2D Watching” »
Like every year, during the peak of accessions to the universities, graduates are overloaded with advices: what studies to choose, and what perspectives and disappointments await after selecting certain study fields. As a rule, experts in mass media continue to repeat that social sciences offer the least perspectives, while the most promising areas are considered to be engineering, medicine, and biotechnologies. Continue reading “Lithuanian business: no technology design without physicists” »
Project Goals: Making parallel computing easy to use has been described as “a problem as hard as any that computer science has faced”. With such a big challenge ahead, we need to make sure that every programmer has access to cheap and open parallel hardware and development tools.
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Research from the Universities of Bath and Exeter suggests that the use of graphene in telecommunications could improve speeds by nearly a hundred times that of current materials.
In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, researchers from the Center for Graphene Science at the Universities of Bath and Exeter have demonstrated for the first time incredibly short optical response rates using graphene, which could pave the way for a revolution in telecommunications. Continue reading “Graphene Speeds Telecommunication” »
A research group in Britain has recorded data into a crystal of nanostructured glass. This future storage with practically unlimited lifetime and capacity exceeding Blu-Ray’s by 2,800 times might save civilization’s data for aliens if humankind is gone. Continue reading “New 5D technology for “eternal” data storage” »
There are several ways to "trap" a beam of light -- usually with mirrors, other reflective surfaces, or high-tech materials such as photonic crystals. But now researchers at MIT have discovered a new method to trap light that could find a wide variety of applications.
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Even devices need eyes and ears
Let’ s say a digital camera or a Smartphone that are filled with various embedded systems remain devices with untapped potential or a kind of “black box” in the hands of a person who is not aware of certain features?
M. Viliūnas. Your camera has certain functions that help to make good quality photos even without asking your permission.
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In a newly published study, physicists from the University of Innsbruck detail a technique to detect the scattering of a single photon on a broad optical transition with high sensitivity, using an entangled state to amplify the tiny momentum kick an ion receives upon scattering a photon.
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With physical barriers limiting further increases in semiconductor electronic efficiency, scientists at the University of Pittsburgh redesigned the structure of the vacuum electronic device, allowing electrons to travel ballistically in a nanometer-scale channel without any collisions or scattering.
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