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Integrating optical components into existing chip designs

19 hours 22 min ago
A new technique can assemble optical and electronic components separately on the surface of a computer chip, enabling the addition of optical components to existing chips with little design modification.

Robot developed for automated assembly of designer nanomaterials

Wed, 2018-04-18 20:46
Engineers have developed a robot that can identify, collect, and manipulate two-dimensional nanocrystals. The robot stacked nanocrystals to form the most complex van der Waals heterostructure produced to date, with much less human intervention than the manual operations previously used to produce van der Waals heterostructures. This robot allows unprecedented access to van der Waals heterostructures, which are attractive for use in advanced electronics.

Flexible TVs and high performance wearable smart tech one step closer

Wed, 2018-04-18 20:41
Flexible televisions, tablets and phones as well as 'truly wearable' smart tech are a step closer thanks to a nanoscale transistor just created.

New tool speeds up the design of wearable tech

Tue, 2018-04-17 21:28
People could soon power items such as their mobile phones or personal health equipment by simply using their daily movements, thanks to a new research tool that could be used by manufacturers.

When nuclei catch up with electrons

Mon, 2018-04-16 23:55
In an attosecond study of the H2 molecule physicists found that for light atomic nuclei -- as contained in most organic and biological molecules -- the correlation between electronic and nuclear motions cannot be ignored.

Two robots are better than one: 5G antenna measurement research

Mon, 2018-04-16 23:54
Researchers continue to develop new antenna measurement methods, this time for future 5G wireless communications systems.

Some superconductors can also carry currents of 'spin'

Mon, 2018-04-16 21:46
Researchers have shown that certain superconductors -- materials that carry electrical current with zero resistance at very low temperatures -- can also carry currents of 'spin'. The successful combination of superconductivity and spin could lead to a revolution in high-performance computing, by dramatically reducing energy consumption.

When superconductivity disappears in the core of a quantum tube

Fri, 2018-04-13 23:06
Predicting the behavior of electrons in a material is not easily done. Physicists have replaced the electrons with ultra-cold neutral lithium atoms that they had circulated in a one-dimensional quantum tube. The scientists were able to confirm an unusual state of matter that retains its insulation regardless of the level of attraction between the particles. This work opens the way to new materials with atypical properties.

Wiggling atoms switch the electric polarization of crystals

Fri, 2018-04-13 01:14
A time-resolved x-ray experiment now elucidates that tiny atomic vibrations shift negative charges over a 1000 times larger distance between atoms and switch the macroscopic polarization on a time scale of a millionth of a millionth of a second.

Recycling experts hit milestone in quest for zero-waste phone

Thu, 2018-04-12 20:39
UBC researchers have perfected a process to efficiently separate fiberglass and resin -- two of the most commonly discarded parts of a cellphone -- bringing them closer to their goal of a zero-waste cellphone.

Thin, flexible polymers record 'conversations' deeper in the brain with less injury-risk

Thu, 2018-04-12 01:43
Researchers have developed thin, flexible polymer-based materials for use in microelectrode arrays that record activity more deeply in the brain and with more specific placement.

Smallest volume, most efficient wireless nerve stimulator

Wed, 2018-04-11 01:40
Engineers have taken their neural dust invention a step forward by building the smallest volume, most efficient wireless nerve stimulator to date.

Mini toolkit for measurements: New chip hints at quantum sensors of the future

Tue, 2018-04-10 22:58
Researchers have created a chip on which laser light interacts with a tiny cloud of atoms to serve as a miniature toolkit for measuring important quantities such as length with quantum precision. The design could be mass-produced with existing technology.

New sodium-ion electrolyte may find use in solid-state batteries

Tue, 2018-04-10 22:58
A newly discovered structure of a sodium-based material allows the materials to be used as an electrolyte in solid-state batteries, according to researchers. The team is fine-tuning the material using an iterative design approach that they hope will shave years off the time from research to everyday use.

Diamond-based circuits can take the heat for advanced applications

Tue, 2018-04-10 20:39
When power generators transfer electricity, they lose almost 10 percent of the generated power. To address this, scientists are researching new diamond semiconductor circuits to make power conversion systems more efficient. Researchers have now successfully fabricated a key circuit in power conversion systems using hydrogenated diamond. These circuits can be used in diamond-based electronic devices that are smaller, lighter and more efficient than silicon-based devices.

Ultra-powerful batteries made safer, more efficient

Mon, 2018-04-09 20:55
Researchers are laying the foundation for more widespread use of lithium metal batteries. They have developed a method to mitigate the formation of dendrites -- crystal-like masses -- that damage the batteries' performance.

Creating a 2-D platinum magnet

Sat, 2018-04-07 01:24
Physicists have induced magnetism in platinum with an electric field created by a paramagnetic ionic liquid. As only the surface of the platinum is affected, this creates a switchable 2-D ferromagnet.
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