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'Exceptional' nanosensor architecture based on exceptional points


November 9, 2016

Boubacar Kanté and Ashok Kodigala Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a novel design for a compact, ultra-sensitive nanosensor that can be used to make portable health-monitoring devices and detect minute quantities of toxins and explosives for security applications. The nanosensor design combines 3-D plasmonic nanoparticles with singularities called exceptional points--a combination that's being demonstrated for the first time. Full Story

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