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CNT arrays for photonics

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Raman scattering nanostructures switch "on" and "off" in response to biomarkers

Nanotubes get fibre lasers pulsing

A broadband saturable absorber based on carbon nanotubes can be used with fibre lasers emitting anywhere between 1 and 2 µm.

Thin-walled boron nitride structure emits in the deep UV

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Bismuth nanostructures provide mechanism for automatic switching

Thermo-optical properties tuned by varying the size of embedded nanostructures

Spray-on carbon nanotube electrodes offer scalable solution

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Nanowire wafer tunes over 200 nm

Nanowire technology relaxes lattice mismatch limitation

QD broadband source suits OCT

Post-growth annealing process yields SLED with very flat emission spectra for use in optical coherence tomography

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AC voltage lines up DNA-coated nanowires for biosensing applications

Carbon nanotubes know where to grow

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Compact, pre-aligned design makes imaging technique much easier to implement

WLEDs move forward

French researchers report on improvements in white-LED processing

Cree embeds phosphors at LED die level

Semiconductor nanocrystals convert blue emission from GaN chips into white light

Nanoparticles scatter light in solar cells

Tiny gold particles increase power conversion efficiency of InP/GaAsP quantum-well devices

European synchrotron secures €177m upgrade

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