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'Photon glue' enables a new quantum mechanical state
February 28, 2014
Like a spring connecting two swings, light can act as photon glue that binds together the quantum mechanical properties of two vastly different materials. The effect could harness the most useful characteristics from each material for hybrid solar cells and high-efficiency lighting, among other applications.
University of Michigan
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