‘Twisty’ photons could turbocharge next-gen quantum communication

A quantum emitter capable of emitting single photons integrated with a geared-shaped resonator. By fine-tuning the arrangement of the emitter and the gear-shaped resonator, it’s possible to leverage the interaction between the photon’s spin and its orbital angular momentum to create individual “twisty” photons on demand. Credit: Stevens Institute of Technology Quantum computers and communication … Read more

Magnetic quantum material broadens platform for probing next-gen information technologies

Neutron scattering revealed spin correlations of iron trichloride. An artist’s depiction interprets the scattering that provides evidence of a spiral spin liquid state. Credit: Jacquelyn DeMink/ORNL Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron scattering to determine whether a specific material’s atomic structure could host a novel state of matter called a spiral spin … Read more

Two Seattle startups racing to transform next-gen space travel

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The phrase “nuclear energy” conjures images of large steaming towers or Tony Stark’s arc reactor from the iconic “Iron Man” movies. But two Seattle-based startups are designing nuclear technologies small enough to pick up and carry that, thanks in part to buy-in from the Defense Department, they hope will fuel a … Read more