Device R&D

UK universities discover 'new' quantum wells

UK researchers have discovered a new  two-dimensional quantum well mechanism which they claim can emit tunable light at terahertz frequencies with “unprecedented efficiency”.

The researchers, from the University of Southampton and Imperial College London, found that quantum wells, 2D nanostructures formed of several layers of semi-conductor alloys placed…

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Energy harvester mimics photosynthesis

Research at the Universities of Southampton, Sheffield and Crete, is aiming to develop a new hybrid energy transfer system, which mimics the processes responsible for photosynthesis.

This energy transfer is known as Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET), a radiationless transmission of energy that occurs on the nanometer scale from a…

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Cambridge firm helps commercialise cancer diagnostic device

A cancer diagnostic device which is able to isolate and capture circulating tumour cells (CTCs) from a blood sample, at concentrations as low as one in a billion blood cells, has been developed by Clearbridge BioMedics in partnership with Cambridge Consultants.

According to the developers, this is crucial for both…

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Motion sensors serve tilting smartwatch

Tapping and swiping on smartwatch apps is fiddly – and your fingers get in the way of what’s on the screen, too. To the rescue comes Gierad Laput of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a tiltable watch face that could save you a whole lot of screen jabbing…

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Nokia texts for phone-based quantum cryptography

Quantum cryptography could be the star feature of your next cellphone. The first pocket-sized quantum encryption device has been created in collaboration with the Finnish phone-maker Nokia, and could let you send completely secure messages – although you will need to plug it into a quantum phone booth to…

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Qualcomm recognises researchers at Imperial and Cambridge

Qualcomm Technologies has announced the UK winners of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF) programme, rewarding and mentoring PhD students in Europe and the US.

Hanme Kim from Imperial College’s Robot Vision Group Department of Computing, Patrick Snape from Imperial College’s Visual Information Processing Group and Amah Shah from…

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Rohm and Imec work on ultra-low power radio

Rohm Semiconductor is working with Belgium-based research centre Imec on the development of ultra-low power (ULP) radio technology for small battery-operated wireless devices.

A focus of the work will be the phase-locked loop (PLL) which typically accounts for 30-40% of the power consumption of a…

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ST joins Italian robotics project

STMicroelectronics and the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) have signed a formal collaborative research agreement in robotics, neuroscience and energy.

The first Joint Research Program between the parties is in Robotics, an area in which IIT and ST already have a history of productive cooperation. These successes were jointly demonstrated…

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