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Peter B. Catrysse Elected OSA Fellow

The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors has elected 94 members to the society’s 2020 Fellows Class. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including contributions to education, research, engineering, business and the community.

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Robert Byer

Stanford physicist recalls life-changing first glimpse of a laser

Physicist Robert Byer worked on lasers when they were still just an interesting technology, never imagining their myriad modern uses or how they would affect his life.

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City skyline

Transformative? New Device Harvests Energy in Darkness

It doesn’t generate much power, but it works during the one time of day that solar cells can’t: night.

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Light Rays

Stanford researchers design a light-trapping, color-converting crystal

A recipe for creating a microscopic crystal structure that can hold two wavelengths of light at once is a step toward faster telecommunications and quantum computers.

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Quantum Microphone

Quantum microphone counts particles of sound

Stanford physicists count sound particles with quantum microphone. A device that eavesdrops on the quantum whispers of atoms could form the basis of a new type of quantum computer.

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Scientist at work

LIGO resumes gravitational wave search after upgrades

With some Stanford-led upgrades, the gravitational wave detector LIGO is back online after a year of work. It’s now more sensitive than ever to spacetime ripples and will be joined by other detectors around the world.

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Engineers at work

Q-FARM initiative to bolster quantum research at Stanford-SLAC

The newly launched Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitecture and Machines initiative will build upon existing strengths in theoretical and experimental quantum science and engineering at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

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Engineers at work

Stanford researchers develop a rooftop device that can make solar power and cool buildings

A new rooftop device under development will be able to produce electricity from sunlight while also beaming heat directly into space to cool buildings.

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Benjamin Lev

Stanford researchers investigate behavior in quantum systems with a toy-inspired technique

With its suspended metallic spheres that clack back and forth, Newton’s cradle is more than a popular desktop plaything. It has taught a generation of students about conservation of momentum and energy. It is also the inspiration for an experiment Benjamin Lev, associate professor of physics and of applied physics at Stanford University, has created to study quantum systems.

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Maha Yusuf

Congratulations Maha Yusuf: Awarded the Schlumberger Faculty for the Future fellowship

The Schlumberger Foundation announces 178 Faculty for the Future fellowships, nurturing its community of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from developing and emerging countries.

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LIGO mirror coatings get an upgrade with new Stanford-led national collaboration

Stanford researchers are leading a national effort to improve the next generation of gravitational wave detectors by creating new and better coatings for LIGO’s mirrors.

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Sending excess heat into the sky

Stanford scientists cooled water without electricity by sending excess heat where it won’t be noticed – space.

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Big advance in wireless charging of moving electric cars

Stanford scientists have developed a way to wirelessly deliver electricity to moving objects, such as electric cars.

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Stanford researchers create new special-purpose computer

A new type of computer can solve problems that are a challenge for traditional computers.

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Stanford engineers develop a plastic clothing material that cools the skin

Researchers have engineered a low-cost plastic material that could become the basis for clothing that cools the wearer.

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Two Stanford professors win prestigious Kavli Prizes

Carla Shatz has won the Kavli Neuroscience Prize for her work in understanding how the brain forms the proper connections and Calvin Quate has won the Kavli Nanoscience Prize for his lead role in inventing the atomic force microscope.

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Nine Stanford faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences | Stanford News

Nine Stanford faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences | Stanford News

The faculty members have been elected to receive one of the highest honors for an American scientist in recognition of their achievements in original research.

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Stanford scientists celebrate technological advances that finally made gravitational wave detection possible

An international team of scientists has taken a step toward understanding the universe.

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Stanford engineers invent high-tech mirror to beam heat away from buildings into space

Stanford Report, November 26, 2014 Stanford engineers invent high-tech mirror to beam heat away from buildings into space

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Stanford engineers invent transparent coating that cools solar cells to boost efficiency

Stanford engineers have invented a transparent material that improves the efficiency of solar cells by radiating thermal energy (heat) into space.

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