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Prestigious optics prize for Professor Yuri Kivshar

Professor Yuri Kivshar has been awarded a prestigious medal by Optica (formerly OSA), one of the top international optics and photonics bodies. The honour, the Max Born Award, recognizes outstanding contributions to physical optics, theoretical or experimental....

Tiny lasers, like inside-out noise-cancelling headphones

Physicists at the ANU Research School of Physics have made extremely efficient microscopic lasers, smaller than the width of a hair - smaller, even, than the wavelength of the light they produce. These nanolasers will power photonics - smaller, faster...

Unleashing the superpowers of materials with the flash of a laser

Scientists have devised a way to reveal the superpowers of a crystal, with a mere flash of laser light. The superpowers in question, known as topological phases of light, include the ability to guide light along winding paths perfectly with no loss,...

New tractor beam has potential to tame lightning

Lightning never strikes twice, so the saying goes, but new technology may allow us to control where it hits the ground, reducing the risk of catastrophic bushfires.  Many of Australia's devastating 2019-20 bushfires were caused by dry lightning...

A tiny can of light at the heart of tomorrow’s technology

Physicists have manufactured a small can of light and shown it could be used to make optical devices such as tiny sensors and light-based computer chips. The team from ANU, ITMO University and Korea University, trapped light waves for a record length...

Researchers develop tiny but tough lasers

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have developed a new robust type of light technology that could lead to cheaper and faster devices. The team report in Light: Science & Applications the creation of a laser that is immune...

Researchers discover photons trapping each other

A photon can trap another photon within a material, researchers have discovered. ANU honours student Janet Zhong made the surprise discovery that a photon can be localised within a second photon while she was modelling a very simple collection of atoms. The...

ANU team join quest for MRI revolution

ANU physicists are set to play a prominent role in a revolution in medical scanning. A team from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering has been invited to join a major European consortium that is aiming to improve magnetic resonance imaging...

Sci-Fi Holograms a Step Closer With ANU Invention

ANU physicists have invented a tiny device that creates the highest quality holographic images ever achieved, opening the door to imaging technologies seen in science fiction movies such as Star Wars. Lead researcher Lei Wang said the team created...

Nanomaterial to drive new generation of solar cells

Physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial, opening new possibilities for highly efficient thermophotovoltaic cells that could one day harvest heat in the dark and turn it into electricity. The research team from ANU/ARC Centre...

Long-distance reversible laser tractor beam created

Laser physicists have built a tractor beam that can repel and attract objects, using a hollow laser beam that is bright around the edges and dark in its centre. It is the first long-distance optical tractor beam and moved particles one fifth of a millimetre...

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