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  • Researchers From ITMO Create First-Ever Light-Emitting Nanoantennas

    Young scientists from ITMO University have developed a new type of nanoscale light sources based on halide perovskites. The nanosources are subwavelength nanoparticles which serve both as emitters and nanoantennas capable of amplifying light emission inherently without need for additional devices. Moreover, perovskites enable tuning of emission spectrum throughout a visible range by varying the composition of the material. This makes the new nanoparticles a promising platform for creating compact optoelectronic devices such as optical chips, light-emitting diodes, or sensors. The results were published in Nano Letters, one of the leading journals on nanophotonics.


  • ITMO Scientists Develop New “White” Near-Field Optical Microscope

    Scientists from ITMO University have proven that a silicon-gold nanoparticle can act as an effective source of white light when agitated by a pulse laser in IR band. One such “nanobulb” was integrated into a standard probe microscope, which allowed the researchers to overcome the diffraction limit and examine subwavelength-size objects. What is more, it made it possible to study the optical response of nanoobjects on the entire visual band, and not just in particular wavelengths. Not only will the new technology make modern near-field microscopy cheaper and simpler, but it also can find use in medicine. The scientists are currently patenting their invention, while its description has recently been published in the prestigious Nano Letters journal.


  • ITMO’s Topological Insulators Research Among 2017’s Top Achievements in Photonics

    Optics & Photonics News journal has recognised a recent study on three-dimensional topological insulators as one of the year’s most promising advances in photonics. These structures are capable of controlling light without any losses caused by absorption and defects of material, showing great potential for application in communication networks, antennas and optical computers.


  • Researchers Use Glass Microparticles to Enhance Solar Cell Efficiency

    Scientists from ITMO University have developed a new solar cell coating based on amorphous silicon that combines the features of an electrode and those of a light-trapping structure. The coating enabled researchers to cut down on reflected light and avoid the overheating of solar cells, thus increasing their overall efficiency by 20%. Moreover, the suggested method is highly suitable for industrial needs due to its relatively low cost and simplicity. The research was published in Optics Letters.


  • Nanoparticle Ink Lets Regular Inkjet Printers Produce Glowing Holograms

    Researchers at ITMO University have unveiled a new approach to printing luminescent structures based on nanoparticle ink. The unique optical properties of the ink were achieved by means of europium-doped zirconia. Particles of this material were proven to be useful in manufacturing glowing holographic coatings with a high degree of protection. Notably, the developed approach enables the fabrication of custom holograms by means of a simple inkjet printer. The results of the research were published in RSC Nanoscale.


  • "In English, Please": De-Jargonizer Helps Make Science Accessible

    Israeli scientists have developed software that can analyze a scientific article’s level of comprehensibility. The algorithm, named De-Jargonizer, separates words into three categories according to their frequency of use and, using a simple formula, determines how accessible the text will be to a wider audience. Having tested their software on articles from PLOS ONE, the scientists learned that the abstracts of some articles can consist of rare scientific terms by up to 27 percent. Developers hope that their program will help adapt texts to be more accessible to a majority of people.