A Highly Tunable and Fully Biocompatible Silk Nanoplasmonic Optical Sensor

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Myungjae Lee et al., report a Highly Tunable and Fully Biocompatible Silk  Nanoplasmonic Optical Sensor. Novel concepts for manipulating plasmonic resonances and the biocompatibility of plasmonic devices offer great potential in versatile applications involving real-time and in vivo monitoring of analytes with high sensitivity in biomedical and biological research.

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An adaptive plasmonic lens

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” Nature highlights a recent ACS Photonics study on a novel reconfigurable lens” 

In constant search for miniaturizing commercial optical devices, integrated micro-optical elements play a central role in the development of applications that aim to improve high-density data storage and imaging. Until now, such devices presented the drawback of fine aligning and adjusting the focus through mechanically operations, therefore, limiting their accuracy, size and speed.

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HAPPY NOWRUZ

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Nowruz (Persian: نوروز‎, IPA: [nouˈɾuːz], meaning “[The] New Day”) is the name of the Iranian New Year. Nowruz marks the first day of spring or Equinox  and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz

Plasmonic lasers: On the fast track

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The dependence of the output power on the delay indicated that the generated pulse length was less than a picosecond, which suggested an extremely high direct-modulation rate. Moreover, finer interferometric measurements of the spectral composition of the radiation allowed the authors to establish that the generated pulse was even shorter; on a subpicosecond scale. Thus, this spaser has more than a terahertz in the direct modulation bandwidth — a record-setting achievement.

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Nanosphere lithography for device fabrication

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Nanosphere lithography (NSL), originally termed ‘ natural lithography’ by its inventors,1 is becoming a widespread bottom-up technique to pattern solid surfaces at the sub-micrometer and nanoscales. Groups such as Van Duyne’s2 at Northwestern University and others3 undertook pioneering work on NSL in the 1990s and early this decade, and a growing number of research laboratories around the globe now use the technique in many scientific disciplines. The approach has applications in various materials systems, is fast and scalable to large surface areas, and is inexpensive in terms of equipment and operation. Some variants of the technique have reached a high level of maturity and control. Therefore, it is likely that it will soon be used in device fabrication.

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UT Austin Engineers Build First Nonreciprocal Acoustic Circulator: A One-Way Sound Device

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AUSTIN, Texas — A team of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering has built the first-ever circulator for sound. The team’s experiments successfully prove that the fundamental symmetry with which acoustic waves travel through air between two points in space (“if you can hear, you can also be heard”) can be broken by a compact and simple device.

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INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LIGHT 2015

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On 20 December 2013, The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).

This International Year has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO, and will bring together many different stakeholders including scientific societies and unions, educational institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners.

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.

An International Year of Light is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that international policymakers and stakeholders are made aware of the problem-solving potential of light technology. We now have a unique opportunity to raise global awareness of this.

John Dudley, Chairman of the IYL 2015 Steering Committee