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Scientists make atoms-thick 'Post-It notes' for solar cells and circuits

Wed, 2017-09-20 22:47
A new study describes an innovative method to make stacks of semiconductors just a few atoms thick. The technique offers scientists and engineers a simple, cost-effective method to make thin, uniform layers of these materials, which could expand capabilities for devices from solar cells to cell phones.

One-way track for microwaves based on mechanical interference

Tue, 2017-09-19 22:01
Researchers use interference in the motion of a micrometer-size drum to route microwave signals in a single direction.

Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals

Tue, 2017-09-19 18:40
Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become "conflict minerals" which can promote conflicts and oppression. New research shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene.

Optical, electrical bistability study sheds light on next-gen high speed data transfer

Tue, 2017-09-19 08:52
Today, electrical bistable devices are the foundation of digital electronics, serving as building blocks of switches, logic gates and memories in computer systems. However, the bandwidth of these electronic computers is limited by the signal delay of time constants important to electronic logic operations. In an attempt to mitigate these problems, scientists have considered the development of an optical digital computer, and one team has gone so far as to demonstrate the optical and electrical bistability for switching in a single transistor.

2-D Electronics' metal or semiconductor? Both

Tue, 2017-09-19 01:45
Researchers produced the first 2-D field-effect transistor (FET) made of a single material.

New quantum phenomena in graphene superlattices

Mon, 2017-09-18 22:06
Researchers have just shown the first new type of quantum oscillation to be reported for thirty years. It is the first of its kind to be present at high temperature and on the mesoscale and sheds light on the Hofstadter butterfly phenomenon.

Tiny electrically pumped micro-lasers epitaxially grown on industry standard silicon substrates

Mon, 2017-09-18 19:03
A group of researchers successfully demonstrated record-small electrically pumped micro-lasers epitaxially grown on industry standard (001) silicon substrates in a recent study. The thresholds and footprints are orders of magnitude smaller than those previously reported lasers epitaxially grown on Si.

World first: 'Storing lightning inside thunder'

Mon, 2017-09-18 18:37
In a world first, researchers have stored photonic information on a microchip as an acoustic wave. This allows precious extra time to store, process and then redistribute the data without relying on electronics, which produce excess heat. Such a hybrid chip could have a huge impact in cloud computing and telecommunication centers, which are overheating as we churn through data on our phones.

Sensing with a twist: A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing

Sat, 2017-09-16 17:31
As electronic devices get smaller, their ability to provide precise, chip-based sensing of dynamic physical properties such as motion become challenging to develop. An international group of researchers have put a literal twist on this challenge, demonstrating a new nanoscale optomechanical resonator that can detect torsional motion at near state-of-the-art sensitivity. Their resonator, into which they couple light, also demonstrates torsional frequency mixing, a novel ability to impact optical energies using mechanical motions.

New manufacturing process for SiC power devices opens market to more competition

Thu, 2017-09-14 05:01
Researchers are rolling out a new manufacturing process and chip design for silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, which can be used to more efficiently regulate power in technologies that use electronics. The process -- called PRESiCE -- was developed to make it easier for companies to enter the SiC marketplace and develop new products.

Artificial 'skin' gives robotic hand a sense of touch

Thu, 2017-09-14 05:00
A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices.

'Peel-and-go' printable structures fold themselves

Thu, 2017-09-14 05:00
Researchers have created a printable structure that begins to fold itself up as soon as it's peeled off the printing platform.

Self-folding electronics could enable advanced robotics

Wed, 2017-09-13 20:15
As demand grows for more versatile, advanced robotics and other technologies, the need for components that can enable these applications also increases. Producing such components en masse has been a major challenge. But now, researchers report that they have developed a way to help meet this need by printing electronics that can fold themselves into a desired shape.

Innovation could mean flexible rechargeable batteries for pacemakers

Wed, 2017-09-13 18:14
Experts have designed a flexible and organic alternative to the rigid batteries that power up medical implants.

Medicine of the future: New microchip technology could be used to track 'smart pills'

Tue, 2017-09-12 23:18
Chemical and electrical engineers team up to create a new breed of microdevices for medical diagnostics.

Scientists unravel new insights into promising semiconductor material

Sat, 2017-09-09 06:25
Researchers have established new findings on the properties of two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide, a widely studied semiconductor of the future.

How to draw electricity from the bloodstream

Sat, 2017-09-09 06:24
Men build dams and huge turbines to turn the energy of waterfalls and tides into electricity. To produce hydropower on a much smaller scale, scientists have now developed a lightweight power generator based on carbon nanotube fibers suitable to convert even the energy of flowing blood in blood vessels into electricity.

'Rubber material' discovered that could lead to scratch-proof paint for car

Thu, 2017-09-07 21:32
A stretchy miracle material has been discovered that could be used to create highly resistant smart devices and scratch-proof paint for cars, report investigators.

Researchers report new way to make dissolving electronics

Wed, 2017-09-06 23:25
Researchers have reported a new type of electronic device that can be triggered to dissolve through exposure to water molecules in the atmosphere. The work holds promise for eco-friendly disposable personal electronics and biomedical devices that dissolve within the body.

Quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry

Wed, 2017-09-06 20:06
Scientists have developed a new tool for imaging life at the nanoscale that will provide new insights into the role of transition metal ions such as copper in neurodegenerative diseases.

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