Design Con 2015
Breaking News
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
User Rank
re: Optical antenna said to boost signals
krisi   9/23/2010 4:21:03 PM
Douglas, this development sounds very exciting although there is obviously a fair amount of work before you can take advantage of it. I wonder whether you have any industrial sponsor for your research or is this too far for industry to notice?...Kris

Douglas Natelson
User Rank
re: Optical antenna said to boost signals
Douglas Natelson   9/23/2010 4:13:44 AM
For what it's worth, this effect is present at room temperature. We ran the experiment at lower temperatures for two reasons. First, reducing the temperature hinders the mobility of the Au atoms. (At room temperature, Au is surprisingly mobile, and a Au tunnel junction will show big changes in conductance as a function of time as the Au atoms at the tips move around.) Second, we wanted to work in a decent vacuum to avoid adsorbed contaminants, and cooling helps. If you make junctions like this in ambient conditions, they are rapidly coated with a monolayer of physisorbed water and pollutants, which you don't want if you're trying to understand the underlying physics.

User Rank
re: Optical antenna said to boost signals
pixies   9/22/2010 2:56:07 PM
These types of effects usually are washed out at higher temperature. Unless they can point out a way to make it work at room temperature, it will hard to find an application for it.

User Rank
re: Optical antenna said to boost signals
R_Colin_Johnson   9/22/2010 3:56:58 AM
Most optical materials are of the clear plastic variety, formed into optical fiber, but these Rice University researchers are using an angstrom-scale air-gap between gold electrodes to harness the amplification effect of plasmons, but at optical frequencies. Although such effects have been demonstrated before, this group claims to be the first to explain why the technique works as well as the first to measure how much optical signals can be amplified by angstron-scale nanogaps. When commercialized, this effect could enable sensors so sensitive that they detect a single molecule of nearly any substance. What application would you create if you had a single-molecule sensor?

Top Comments of the Week
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Feast Your Orbs on My Vetinari Clock Prototype
Max Maxfield
Well, I have to admit that I have a great big Cheshire Cat-type grin plastered on my face at the moment, because the prototype for my Vetinari Clock project is now well underway.

Jack Ganssle,

Open Office: Your Fart is My Problem
Jack Ganssle,
A Washington Post article, Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace, describes how the author's ad agency moved her from a private office to an open space ...

Rich Quinnell

Bloopers Book Helps Improve GUI Development
Rich Quinnell
Courtesy of fellow editor "Max" Maxfield (aka Max the Magnificent), I recently acquired a copy of GUI Bloopers 2.0 by Jeff Johnson of UI Wizards. I found it an interesting read chock full ...

Rich Quinnell

Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

Special Video Section
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...
Avago’s ACPL-K30T is the first solid-state driver qualified ...
NXP launches its line of multi-gate, multifunction, ...
Doug Bailey, VP of marketing at Power Integrations, gives a ...
See how to ease software bring-up with DesignWare IP ...
DesignWare IP Prototyping Kits enable fast software ...
This video explores the LT3086, a new member of our LDO+ ...
In today’s modern electronic systems, the need for power ...