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Light-scattering nanowires could help improve LEDs

Southampton team on track for observing Anderson localization.

First light for MoS2

2D semiconductor could rival wonder material graphene and even silicon itself in future optoelectronics.

SiLEDs emit multicolours

Devices can be tuned to emit over a range of colours, from deep red to yellow-orange, by controlling size of silicon nanocrystals

Super single-photon source for quantum computers

Highest quality achieved in a semiconductor dot system.

Tungstenite triangles emit light

Glowing 2D material could find applications in optoelectronics.

Nanoantenna arrays go optical

New structures could be used to make 3D holography displays.

Nanothermodynamics improves surface energy measurements

New results for selenium important for variety of applications including solar cells, computer memories and LEDs.

Nanolasers go bowtie-shaped

Novel devices work at room temperature and are compatible with traditional silicon-based photonics.

Emission examined at the nanoscale

"Fluctuational electrodynamics" describes how tiny objects radiate.

Physicists create new slow-light technique

Electromagnetically induced transparency seen in nuclear system for first time

Nanoshells improve solar cells

Hollow structures trap more light

Making efficient OLEDs for flexible solid-state lighting

Modified graphene anode increases work function and reduces sheet resistance

Frequency doubling with nanocups

Novel structures convert red light into blue

Graphene could make 'perfect' solar cells

Metallic nanostructures boost light absorption

Nanowire laser could boost data storage

Developers hope to use the device to study living cells

Plexcitonics for quantum information devices

Promising new system shows "interesting non-linear response"

Nano-antenna fashions charge from light

New device collects light and converts it into a current

'Super-twisted' light swirls into view

Highly polarized light could be used to study biological molecules

CNT lasers come into view

French scientists demonstrate optical gain in carbon nanotubes for the first time

Temperature orders TiO2 nanotubes

Suggested uses for ordered networks of titania include cost-effective photonic elements and micro-lasers