The diamond-based target design for the Astra Gemini laser

Target practice for synthetic diamond

Materials World magazine
High-power laser targets that incorporate single-crystal chemical vapour deposition synthetic diamond have been developed by UK scientists. The behaviour of diamond under the extreme pressures of laser beam shocks is being observed for research into new forms of energy generation such as inertial confinement fusion (ICF) energy.
A single-crystal diamond detector in the p-type

Novel detectors for the age of fusion

Materials World magazine
Researchers in Italy are using neutron detectors made from synthetic diamond in nuclear fusion experiments. Synthetic single-crystal diamond-based detectors offer high radiation hardness, band-gap, carrier mobility and breakdown voltage, and a low atomic number.

Improving manufacturing efficiency

Materials World magazine
With industries feeling the pinch from the economic downturn and increased energy prices, now is the time to introduce cost-saving measures.
An animated cartoon projected by a 635nm laser onto a flexible plastic screen

Organic, flexible displays

Materials World magazine
A prototype organic upconversion display panel that is transparent and bendable has been developed by researchers in Germany. This technology could be used to create digital newspapers, rollable television screens or ultra-lightweight laptops.

Natural fibres for composites

Materials World magazine
A UK consortium has announced the development of its first generation of high performance composites made from natural renewable fibres such as hemp and flax, with polypropylene and polylactic acid. The COMBINE project could help create more environmentally friendly structural components in the transport, medical and construction sectors, say researchers.