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Trapping light: A long lifetime in a very small place


June 16, 2014

light-trapping nanostructure Physicists at the University of Rochester have created a silicon nanocavity that allows light to be trapped longer than in other similarly-sized optical cavities. An innovative design approach, which mimics evolutionary biology, allowed them to achieve a ten-fold improvement on the performance of previous nanocavities. Full Story

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