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Creation of Optical Knots Offers New Power Source
March 15, 2011
A new method for producing "optical knots" offers the potential to enable fusion energy as a practical power source. This work, performed at the National Science Foundation-supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at New York University, builds on previous studies that used computer-generated holograms to trap and move microscopic objects in three dimensions.
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