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'The Photon Force Is With Us': Harnessing Light to Drive Nanomachines


November 26, 2008

photonic circuit Science fiction writers have long envisioned sailing a spacecraft by the optical force of the sun's light. But, the forces of sunlight are too weak to fill even the oversized sails that have been tried. Now, a team led by researchers at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science has shown that the force of light indeed can be harnessed to drive machines when the process is scaled to nano-proportions. Full Story

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