Electronics Research News

Workshop will present research into quantum computing

Oxford Instruments is running a one day workshop on ‘Processing for Quantum Computing’, in Delft, the Netherlands on 11th November 2015. The workshop, which is free, will present recent progress in quantum computing, plus future trends in its development and application. Dr Frank Dirne, managing director of tquantumhe Kavli Nanolab…

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Imec delivers clothing display

Imec, the Centre and CMST, Imec’s associated lab at Ghent University, have demonstrated the world’s first stretchable and conformable thin-film transistor (TFT) driven LED display laminated into textiles. The conformable display is very thin and mechanically stretchable. A fine-grain version of the proven meander interconnect technology…

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Vertical GaN transistors have 1kV blocking voltages

GaN-based transistors with blocking voltages over 1kV have been developed by researchers in Japan. Low resistance resulting in reduced power consumption and heating have attracted researchers to study GaN systems for nanoelectronics. Previous work has focused on laterally oriented GaN and AlGaN transistors, which readily provide a high mobility…

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Photon processor tests quantum computing theory

Researchers from the University of Bristol and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) have built a programmable optical chip that can process photons for quantum computer research. “A whole field of research has essentially been put onto a single optical chip that is easily controlled. Now anybody can run their own…

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Southampton proves universal atom cooling technique

University of Southampton researchers have used ‘matter waves’ to cool molecules that cannot be handled by conventional laser methods. It is the first demonstration based on a technique proposed in 2000 by Martin Weitz and Ted Hänsch. Ultra-cold atoms are used in physics research, atomic clocks, and potentially…

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MIT refreshes fusion reactors with modern superconductors

Rare-earth barium copper oxide (REBCO) superconducting tapes could mean earlier practical fusion reactors, according to MIT. The key is stronger magnetic fields, which shrink the size of tokamak [chamber] required, and subsequently simplify all that follows. It “just ripples through the whole design. It changes the whole thing,” said…

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Cambridge robot evolves little robots

Evolution by natural selection has been observed in robots, according to a team lead by the University of Cambridge. In the experiment, a constructor robot assembles simple robots (called ‘locomotion agents’), test them against movement-based criteria, build another another generation based on results, then test these, and so on…

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Moon bound spacecraft could use GPS satellites for navigation

It seems spacecraft on their way to the moon could use signals from GPS satellites on the distant side of Earth to navigate. Jacon Aron reports. At the next space station, turn left. Efforts to repurpose GPS and other navigation satellites to help spacecraft reach the moon are under way…

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