Fibre optic research can give us better medical equipment, improved environmental monitoring, more media channels – and maybe better solar panels.
Department of Physics
Apparently, everything should have turned to light. Instead, you and I and everything else are here. But physicists don’t know why.
Should you care that scientists can control a baffling current? Their research results could someday affect your daily living.
By controlling a mix of clay, water and salt, Norwegian and Brazilian researchers have created nanostructures that might help boost oil production, expand the lifespan of certain foods or that could be used in cosmetics or drugs.
Fibre optics are at the heart of today’s communication systems, a number of medical devices and more. But when researchers put a silicon-germanium mix at the core of the fibre and treated it, they made something with potential far beyond transmitting light.
Silver is often used as a coating on medical equipment used for chemotherapy. The problem is that this silver coating can break down drugs. Now, researchers have found a graphene coating that will help boost the effect of chemotherapy.
NTNU researchers have made a discovery that can be key to the development of faster computers that use less energy.
Using devices that look like old-fashioned TV antennae, physicists at NTNU are improving weather forecasts by studying shooting stars in the upper atmosphere.
A new method of producing solar cells could reduce the amount of silicon per unit area by 90 per cent compared to the current standard. With the high prices of pure silicon, this will help cut the cost of solar power.