Volume 14 - July-September 2011
Story 1 - 18/7/2011
Eyeball Cameras: Beyond Biology
The flexibility of today’s commercial cameras is limited by the use of solid lenses and rigid detector chips. Biologically-inspired eyeball cameras with deformable imaging elements could soon revolutionize the way our devices capture the world.
Story 2 - 26/7/2011 - QEOD THESIS PRIZES
EPS QEOD Thesis Prizes: The Winners of 2011
Six promising young scientists have received the prestigious QEOD Thesis Prize, awarded by the Quantum Electronics and Optics division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society (EPS), for their fundamental and applied work in optics and photonics. The ceremony took place at the CLEO/Europe-EQEC meeting in Munich, in May2011. Congratulations!
Story 3 - 3/8/2011
Holography Goes Beyond 3D
3D vision devices are one of the biggest technology gimmicks of the day. Holography is an inherently three-dimensional technology that now supports full color. It could, therefore, provide the ultimate 3D experience, with images and movies appearing identical to the real world… and without the need for 3D glasses.
Story 4 - 10/8/2011
Long Live the Polymer!
A new class of polymer that self-heals when exposed to ultraviolet light has been developed. Could this be the dawn of a technological future with self-healing materials?
Story 5 - 1/9/2011
In the dawn of the third Millennium, lasers are fast becoming man’s best friend. Be that as it may, the world still perceives them as cold, lifeless devices. Can that image be shaken off, or even turned around? Can lasers be perceived as something that is, on the contrary, warm and full of life?
Story 6 - 14/9/2011
Flat Light from a Flat Diamond
The possibility to polarize light in optical fibers comes to establish graphene as a likely key player in the future of optical technologies; a new application emerges for this material that rocked the scientific world due to its fascinating properties.
Story 7 - 29/9/2011
A Close Up on Matter
The deeper we try to look into matter, the larger the experimental facilities seem to become. Paddling against the flow, a new technique from Japan could soon make 3D atomic images affordable by any small laboratory around the world.