Latest Institute of Photonic Sciences Stories

2013-11-25 14:34:47

ICFO scientists have optically levitated nanoparticles in high vacuum conditions and measured the highest Q-factor ever observed in nano- or micromechanical systems A recent study led by researchers of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) achieved the highest force sensitivity ever observed with a nano-mechanical resonator. The scientific results of this study have been published in Nature Physics. Nano- and micromechanical oscillators with high quality (Q) factors have gained much...

Cleaner And Greener Cities From Integrated Transparent Solar Cells
2013-10-21 10:08:58

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences High power conversion of new solar cells that are thin, flexible, and transparent makes them ideal for a wealth of new applications Imagine buildings in which the windows allow the sun's light to enter, and at the same time capture the energy from the sun needed to meet all their energy needs. In this seemingly futuristic scenario, the windows become productive solar cells that help us decrease our reliance on fossil fuels and advance towards a...

Nano-size Diamond Can Act As Efficient Optical Switch Controllable With Light
2013-10-15 13:41:01

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences A recent study led by researchers of the ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences) demonstrates that a single nano-diamond can be operated as an ultrafast single-emitter optical switch operating at room temperature. The scientific results of this study have been published in Nature Physics. Electronic transistors have become a key component to modern electronics, drastically improving the speed of information processing of current technologies. An...

Quantum Secret In Photosynthesis Uncovered
2013-06-21 11:20:36

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences The efficient conversion of sunlight into useful energy is one of the challenges which stand in the way of meeting the world's increasing energy demand in a clean, sustainable way without relying on fossil fuels. Photosynthetic organisms, such as plants and some bacteria, have mastered this process: In less than a couple of trillionths of a second, 95 percent of the sunlight they absorb is whisked away to drive the metabolic reactions that provide...

2013-02-11 15:55:16

Scientists at ICFO develop a technique for MRIs on a molecular scale Researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), in collaboration with the CSIC and Macquarie University in Australia, have developed a new technique, similar to the MRI but with a much higher resolution and sensitivity, which has the ability to scan individual cells. In an article published in Nature Nanotech, and highlighted by Nature, ICFO Prof. Romain Quidant explains how this was accomplished using...

2012-05-23 18:50:08

A team from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) has developed a technique to measure internal cell temperatures without altering their metabolism. This finding could be useful when distinguishing healthy cells from cancerous ones, as well as learning more about cellular processes. Temperature controls many of the cell's life processes, such as splitting and metabolism. A European research team led by the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), which has the Severo Ochoa mark of...

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