Polymer lasers could be one step closer to reality thanks to research conducted at the University of California at Los Angeles, USA, using a luminescent semiconducting polymer. Such devices offer potential for brighter and cheaper polarised light sources.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) USA, in conjunction with IBM and MIT are using a spectroscopic technique to characterise magnetic structures of nanoscale thin films. These results could influence the design of nanoscale electronics.
Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has launched a Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE) division to help the country’s manufacturing industry become globally competitive. The division combines most of CSIRO materials chemistry, materials physics and materials engineering research into one body.