Optical materials news, January 2020

Mechanoluminescent material visualizes the location of impacts

Researchers have shown how a simple layered material transforms into a composite material with a 3D structure when it freezes around a template.

Applying an AC electric field to a piezoelectric crystal can turn it transparent by realigning its crystalline domains.

A new DNA-programmable nanofabrication platform can organize and assemble a variety of different nanomaterials in the same prescribed ways.

The properties of perovskites can be controlled with strain engineering by growing thin films on substrates with different compositions.

For the first time, researchers have been able to grow, image with atomic resolution and investigate the properties of 2D amorphous carbon.

Second-order nonlinear optical effects can be induced in a titanium dioxide slab by covering it in gold triangles.

Researchers have used a ‘multi-messenger’ approach to probe the properties of quantum materials at nanoscale resolutions.

For the first time, scientists have managed to grow aluminum-based semiconductors for solar cells using hydride vapor phase epitaxy.

2019 Materials Today Innovation Award recognizes the development of high-quality growth methods for III-V compound semiconductor materials

Turning natural atomic flaws inside diamond anvils into quantum sensors offers a novel way to study the effects of pressure on materials.

New color fabric approach that helps control its spread of disease

Researchers have found that opaque silicon solar cells can be made transparent by simply punching lots of tiny holes into them.

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