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Zero-Index MetaMaterial Holds Promise For Future Quantum Networks And Light Sources
2013-12-06 08:25:49

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory The Information Age will get a major upgrade with the arrival of quantum processors many times faster and more powerful than today’s supercomputers. For the benefits of this new Information Age 2.0 to be fully realized, however, quantum computers will need fast and efficient multi-directional light sources. While quantum technologies remain grist for science fiction, a team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley...

New LIDAR Technology Can Generate Images Using A Single Photon
2013-12-03 09:58:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of engineers from MIT has announced the development of a highly-efficient lidar rangefinder; a device that allows autonomous vehicles to ‘see’ what is in front of them and surveyors to measure distances. According to a new report published in the journal Science, the new rangefinder can gauge depth based on a single photon – a 100-fold improvement in efficiency compared to conventional systems. The engineering team said...

International Research Team Shows Distant Artificial Atoms Cooperate By Sharing Light
2013-11-14 15:52:07

University of Calgary Work is expected to have future applications in advanced quantum devices An international team of scientists has shown for the first time that atoms can work collectively rather than independently of each other to share light. Quantum physicists have long discussed such an effect, but it has not been seen before in an experiment. The team included scientists from ETH Zürich (a leading university in Switzerland) who performed the experiment and theoretical...

2013-11-04 16:03:42

Physicists at the University of Basel have been successful in generating photons - the quantum particles of light – with only one color. This is useful for quantum information. The scientists have actively stabilized the wavelength of the photons emitted by a semiconductor thereby neutralizing the charge noise in the semiconductor. The results were developed in close collaboration with the Universities of Bochum, Paderborn and Lyon and have been published in the magazine Physical Review X....

Experiment Looks For Dark Matter Particle
2013-10-29 08:16:46

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As we peer into the darkness of space we find stars, planets, nebulae, and gas clouds. These objects are all made of normal matter – protons, neutrons, electrons, and other elementary particles. But it is the matter that we don’t see that has confounded astronomers for decades. An estimated 80 percent of the stuff that makes up the Universe does not interact electromagnetically. This aptly named dark matter is...

Quantum Reality Is More Complex Than Previously Thought
2013-10-28 15:44:43

Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw Imagine you order a delivery of several glass vases in different colors. Each vase is sent as a separate parcel. What would you think of the courier if the parcels arrive apparently undamaged, yet when you open them, it turns out that all the red vases are intact and all the green ones are smashed to pieces? Physicists from the University of Warsaw and the Gdansk University of Technology have demonstrated that when quantum information is transmitted,...

Physics World Selects Top Physics Discoveries
2013-10-04 04:29:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In celebration of the publication’s 25th anniversary, Physics World has selected the five most important physics-related discoveries of the past quarter-century, as well as five recent breakthroughs with the potential to change the world. Physics World, which is the member magazine of the Institute of Physics (IOP), selected quantum teleportation, the creation of the first Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), the acceleration of the...

2013-09-30 15:51:25

A quantum computer can solve tasks where a classical computer fails. The question how one can, nevertheless, verify the reliability of a quantum computer was recently answered in an experiment at the University of Vienna. The conclusions are published in the reputed scientific journal Nature Physics. The harnessing of quantum phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, holds great promise for constructing future supercomputers using quantum technology. One huge advantage of such...

New 'Quantum Key Distribution' System Safeguards Secrets, Works In The Real World
2013-09-04 13:00:43

University of Calgary University of Calgary scientists have overcome an 'Achilles' heel' of quantum-based secure communication systems, using a new approach that works in the real world to safeguard secrets. The team's research – published in the journal Physical Review Letters back-to-back with similar work by a group from Hefei, China – also removes a big obstacle to realizing future applications of quantum communication, including a fully functional quantum network. "I hope...


Latest Photon Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Electromagnetic Spectrum -- The electromagnetic spectrum describes the various types of electromagnetic radiation based on their wavelengths. Radio, representing wavelengths from a few feet to well over a mile, is at one end of the spectrum. Gamma ray radiation is at the other end: the wavelength of the harder types is so short, in the subatomic range, that we do not have instruments capable of directly measuring it. While the above classification scheme is generally accurate, in...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Electromagnetic Radiation -- Electromagnetic radiation is a combination of oscillating electric and magnetic fields propagating through space and carrying energy from one place to another. Light is a form of electromagnetic radiation. The theoretical study of electromagnetic radiation is called electrodynamics, a subfield of electromagnetism. When any wire (or other conducting object such as an antenna) conducts alternating current, electromagnetic radiation is propagated at the same...

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