Silica Glass Keeps Solar Cells Cool

A team of scientists led by Shanhui Fan, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University, has used a specially patterned layer of silica glass to keep solar cells cool by shepherding away unwanted thermal radiation. Continue reading Silica Glass Keeps Solar Cells Cool

Research Could Greatly Improve Oil Extraction Techniques

Oil extraction techniques can be significantly improved by using water with a lower salt content when drilling. However, until now it was unclear which specific physical principles were behind this and what role salt ions played. Continue reading Research Could Greatly Improve Oil Extraction Techniques

New Thermoelectric Material May Boost Green Tech

University of Miami physicist Joshua Cohn and his collaborators report new surprising properties of a metal named lithium purple-bronze (LiPB) that may impact the search for materials useful in power generation, refrigeration, or energy detection. Continue reading New Thermoelectric Material May Boost Green Tech

Antineutrinos May Help Monitor Nuclear Reactors

When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. Continue reading Antineutrinos May Help Monitor Nuclear Reactors

X-Rays Help Understand High-Temperature Superconductivity

A new study pins down a major factor behind the appearance of laser-induced high-temperature superconductivity in a promising copper-oxide material. Continue reading X-Rays Help Understand High-Temperature Superconductivity

Chinese Scientists Suggest Using Infrared Light for Hydrogen Production

Infrared light could help split water into hydrogen and oxygen, despite the fact that infrared photons have less energy than is needed to drive the reaction. That is the claim of physicists in China, who have calculated that the reaction could proceed with the help of a bilayer catalyst that has a strong internal electric dipole. Continue reading Chinese Scientists Suggest Using Infrared Light for Hydrogen Production

Software Allows to Control Real Plasma Experiment From Browser

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed software with which anyone can easily observe and control a real 50,000 degree hot plasma experiment from anywhere in the world. Continue reading Software Allows to Control Real Plasma Experiment From Browser