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Ofer Bar-On, Philipp Brenner, Tobias Siegle, Raz Gvishi, Heinz Kalt, Uli Lemmer, Jacob Scheuer
A method for the realization of low-loss integrated optical components is proposed and demonstrated. This approach is simple, fast, inexpensive, scalable for mass production, and compatible with both 2D and 3D geometries. The process is based on a novel dual-step soft nano imprint lithography process for producing devices with smooth surfaces, combined with fast sol-gel technology providing highly transparent materials. As a concrete example, this approach is demonstrated on a micro ring resonator made by direct laser writing (DLW) to achieve a quality factor improvement from one hundred thousand to more than 3 million...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
Xiang Xi, Mi Lin, Wenbiao Qiu, Zhengbiao Ouyang, Qiong Wang, Qiang Liu
We propose a type of polarization-independent circulator based on ferrite and plasma materials in a two-dimensional photonic crystal (PhC) slab. First, on the basis of analyzing the wave equations in ferrite and plasma materials, TE and TM circulators are realized with ferrite and plasma in PhCs, respectively. Then, by properly combining these two types of circulators together, a polarization-independent circulator is achieved and investigated. The results show that, for both polarizations, the insertion loss and isolation for the polarization-independent circulator are less than 0...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
Marc Aßmann
Super-resolution imaging has introduced new capabilities to investigate processes at the nanometer scale by optical means. However, most super-resolution techniques require either sparse excitation of few emitters or analysis of high-order cumulants in order to identify several emitters in close vicinity. Here, we present an approach that draws upon methods from quantum optics to perform localization super-resolution imaging of densely packed emitters and determine their number automatically: Quantum-optically enhanced STORM (QUEST)...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
Arindam Dasgupta, Marie-Maxime Mennemanteuil, Mickaël Buret, Nicolas Cazier, Gérard Colas-des-Francs, Alexandre Bouhelier
Initiated as a cable-replacement solution, short-range wireless power transfer has rapidly become ubiquitous in the development of modern high-data throughput networking in centimeter to meter accessibility range. Wireless technology is now penetrating a higher level of system integration for chip-to-chip and on-chip radiofrequency interconnects. However, standard CMOS integrated millimeter-wave antennas have typical size commensurable with the operating wavelength, and are thus an unrealistic solution for downsizing transmitters and receivers to the micrometer and nanometer scale...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
Zhaoguo Han, Yadi Xiao, Kai Wang, Ji Yan, Zunyu Xiao, Fang Fang, Zhongnan Jin, Yang Liu, Xilin Sun, Baozhong Shen
Rationale: Elevated expression of the c-Met receptor plays a crucial role in cancers. In non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), aberrant activation of c-Met signaling pathway contributes to tumorigenesis and cancer progression, and may mediate acquired resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor-targeted therapy. c-Met is therefore emerging as a promising therapeutic target for treating NSCLC, and the methods for noninvasive in vivo assessment of c-Met expression will improve NSCLC treatment and diagnosis. Methods: A new peptide-based (cMBP) radiotracer targeting c-Met, 99m Tc-hydrazine nicotinamide (HYNIC)-cMBP, was developed for single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Yajing Liu, Wei Liu, Hongjuan Li, Weixiao Yan, Xinjian Yang, Dandan Liu, Shuxiang Wang, Jinchao Zhang
Hypoxia plays a crucial role in cancer progression, and it has great significance for monitoring hypoxic level in biosystems. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) represent a small population of tumour cells that regard as the key to seed tumours. The survival of CSCs depend on the tumour microenvironment, which is distinct region has the hypoxic property. Therefore, the detection of the hypoxic CSC niche plays a pivotal role in the destructing the 'soil' of CSCs, and eliminating CSCs population. Numerous one-photon excited fluorescent probes have been developed to indicate the hypoxic status in tumours through the detection of nitroreductase (NTR) level...
September 18, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Shayesteh Rahmani Anbardan, Cristina Rimoldi, Reza Kheradmand, Giovanna Tissoni, Franco Prati
We analyze the interaction of two cavity solitons in an optically injected vertical cavity surface emitting laser above threshold. We show that they experience an attractive force even when their distance is much larger than their diameter, and eventually they merge. Since the merging time depends exponentially on the initial distance, we suggest that the attraction could be associated with an exponentially decaying interaction potential, similarly to what is found for hydrophobic materials. We also show that the merging time is simply related to the characteristic times of the laser, photon lifetime, and carrier lifetime...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
Hélène Fleurbaey, Sandrine Galtier, Simon Thomas, Marie Bonnaud, Lucile Julien, François Biraben, François Nez, Michel Abgrall, Jocelyne Guéna
We present a new measurement of the 1S-3S two-photon transition frequency of hydrogen, realized with a continuous-wave excitation laser at 205 nm on a room-temperature atomic beam, with a relative uncertainty of 9×10^{-13}. The proton charge radius deduced from this measurement, r_{p}=0.877(13)  fm, is in very good agreement with the current CODATA-recommended value. This result contributes to the ongoing search to solve the proton charge radius puzzle, which arose from a discrepancy between the CODATA value and a more precise determination of r_{p} from muonic hydrogen spectroscopy...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Xiao-Min Hu, Bi-Heng Liu, Yu Guo, Guo-Yong Xiang, Yun-Feng Huang, Chuan-Feng Li, Guang-Can Guo, Matthias Kleinmann, Tamás Vértesi, Adán Cabello
We present the first experimental confirmation of the quantum-mechanical prediction of stronger-than-binary correlations. These are correlations that cannot be explained under the assumption that the occurrence of a particular outcome of an n≥3-outcome measurement is due to a two-step process in which, in the first step, some classical mechanism precludes n-2 of the outcomes and, in the second step, a binary measurement generates the outcome. Our experiment uses pairs of photonic qutrits distributed between two laboratories, where randomly chosen three-outcome measurements are performed...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Ya-Fen Hsiao, Pin-Ju Tsai, Hung-Shiue Chen, Sheng-Xiang Lin, Chih-Chiao Hung, Chih-Hsi Lee, Yi-Hsin Chen, Yong-Fan Chen, Ite A Yu, Ying-Cheng Chen
Quantum memory is an important component in the long-distance quantum communication based on the quantum repeater protocol. To outperform the direct transmission of photons with quantum repeaters, it is crucial to develop quantum memories with high fidelity, high efficiency and a long storage time. Here, we achieve a storage efficiency of 92.0 (1.5)% for a coherent optical memory based on the electromagnetically induced transparency scheme in optically dense cold atomic media. We also obtain a useful time-bandwidth product of 1200, considering only storage where the retrieval efficiency remains above 50%...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Yiwen Zhang, Ang Chen, Wenzhe Liu, Chia Wei Hsu, Bo Wang, Fang Guan, Xiaohan Liu, Lei Shi, Ling Lu, Jian Zi
The vortex, a fundamental topological excitation featuring the in-plane winding of a vector field, is important in various areas such as fluid dynamics, liquid crystals, and superconductors. Although commonly existing in nature, vortices were observed exclusively in real space. Here, we experimentally observed momentum-space vortices as the winding of far-field polarization vectors in the first Brillouin zone of periodic plasmonic structures. Using homemade polarization-resolved momentum-space imaging spectroscopy, we mapped out the dispersion, lifetime, and polarization of all radiative states at the visible wavelengths...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
F Yoshihara, T Fuse, Z Ao, S Ashhab, K Kakuyanagi, S Saito, T Aoki, K Koshino, K Semba
We report on experimentally measured light shifts of superconducting flux qubits deep-strongly coupled to LC oscillators, where the coupling constants are comparable to the qubit and oscillator resonance frequencies. By using two-tone spectroscopy, the energies of the six lowest levels of each circuit are determined. We find huge Lamb shifts that exceed 90% of the bare qubit frequencies and inversions of the qubits' ground and excited states when there are a finite number of photons in the oscillator. Our experimental results agree with theoretical predictions based on the quantum Rabi model...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Julie A Peterson, Chamari Wijesooriya, Elizabeth J Gehrmann, Kaitlyn M Mahoney, Pratik P Goswami, Toshia R Albright, Aleem Syed, Andrew S Dutton, Emily A Smith, Arthur H Winter
Photocages are light-sensitive chemical protecting groups that provide external control over when, where, and how much of a biological substrate is activated in cells using targeted light irradiation. Regrettably, most popular photocages (e.g. o-nitrobenzyl groups) absorb cell-damaging ultraviolet wavelengths. A challenge with achieving longer wavelength bond-breaking photochemistry is that long-wavelength-absorbing chromophores have shorter excited state lifetimes and diminished excited state energies. However, here we report the synthesis of a family of BODIPY-derived photocages with tunable absorptions across the visible/near-IR that release chemical cargo under irradiation...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Debarghya Sarkar, Wei Wang, Matthew Mecklenburg, Andrew J Clough, Matthew Yeung, Chenhao Ren, Qingfeng Lin, Louis Blankemeier, Shanyuan Niu, Huan Zhao, Haotian Shi, Han Wang, Stephen B Cronin, Jayakanth Ravichandran, Mitul Luhar, Rehan Kapadia
The growth of crystalline compound semiconductors on amorphous and non-epitaxial substrates is a fundamental challenge for state-of-the-art thin-film epitaxial growth techniques. Direct growth of materials on technologically relevant amorphous surfaces, such as nitrides or oxides results in nanocrystalline thin-films, or nanowire type structures, preventing growth and integration of high-performance devices and circuits on these surfaces. Here we show crystalline compound semiconductors grown directly on technologically relevant amorphous and non-epitaxial substrates in geometries compatible with standard microfabrication technology...
May 18, 2018: ACS Nano
Wanjie Ren, Meng Qin, Xiaotian Hu, Fengyu Li, Yuanfeng Wang, Yu Huang, Meng Su, Wenbo Li, Xin Qian, Kang-Lai Tang, Yanlin Song
Benefiting from the integrated functions of cilia and glomeruli in the olfactory system, animals can discriminate various odours even in hostile environments. Inspired by this synergetic system of response and signal processing units, a sensor chip of gra-phene oxide (GO) and photonic crystals (PCs) is fabricated. The GO aerogel functions like the olfactory cilia, which effectively captures the analytes and generates abundant sensing signals for recognition; and the PCs act as the olfactory glomeruli, whose periodic structure enables selective enhancement of the fluorescent signals to realize further signal processing...
May 18, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Wen Liu, Yalun Wang, Xiao Han, Ping Lu, Liang Zhu, Chaowei Sun, Jun Qian, Sailing He
Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence is very important for high-contrast biological imaging of high-scattering tissues such as brain tissue. Unfortunately, commercial NIR dyes are excited usually by visible light, and their multi-photon absorption (MPA) cross-sections are small. Here, we design new co-encapsulated NIR nanoparticles (NPs) with a large three-photon (3PA) absorption cross-section. A form of aggregation-induced emission (AIE) luminogen (AIEgen), 2,3-bis(4'-(diphenylamino)-[1,1'-biphenyl]-4-yl) fumaronitrile (TPATCN), is introduced as the donor, and a form of NIR dye, silicon 2,3-naphthalocyanine bis-(trihexylsilyloxide) (NIR775), is adopted as the acceptor...
May 18, 2018: Nanoscale
Dan Liu, Xueliang Xu, Dan Wen, Jia Tan, Chengzhi Jiang
To evaluate the inflammatory activity in thyroid associated ophthalmopathy (TAO) by 99mTc-diethylene triamine pentaaceticacid (99mTc-DTPA) orbital single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT.
 Methods: A total of 48 patients were enrolled from Xiangya Hospital of Central South University between October 2016 and March 2017. According to clinical active score (CAS), 93 eyes were divided into a TAO active group (n=72) and a TAO inactive group (n=21). All patients underwent 99mTc-DTPA orbital SPECT/CT examination, and the DTPA uptake in extraocular muscle belly was supposed to be positive...
April 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
Xiaoli Huang, Qiyang Li, Xue Xiao, Shuping Jia, Yue Li, Zhigang Duan, Lei Bai, Ze Yuan, Lin Li, Zhihua Lin, Yonggang Zhao
We present here the synthesis of one enantiomeric pair of metal-organic framework materials comprised of a unique multioriented double-helix structure from an achiral spirocenter ligand. Our study clearly shows that the chiral MOF material encompasses concurrently multiple nonlinear-optical functions in the solid state: the noncentrosymmetric structural feature brings the chiral MOF high second-harmonic-generation efficiency; the incorporation of the spirocenter ligand can efficiently produce two-photon-excited photoluminescence with a larger-action cross-sectional value...
May 18, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Racheli Ron, Emir Haleva, Adi Salomon
Nanoporous metallic networks are a group of porous materials made of solid metals with suboptical wavelength sizes of both particles and voids. They are characterized by unique optical properties, as well as high surface area and permeability of guest materials. As such, they attract a great focus as novel materials for photonics, catalysis, sensing, and renewable energy. Their properties together with the ability for scaling-up evoke an increased interest also in the industrial field. Here, fabrication techniques of large-scale metallic networks are discussed, and their interesting optical properties as well as their applications are considered...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
Kyoungjune Pak, Hyun-Yeol Nam, Seunghyeon Shin, Keunyoung Kim, Myung Jun Lee, Eun-Joo Kim, Jae Meen Lee, Seong-Jang Kim, In Joo Kim
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the association between genetic factors of SNPs dopamine transporter (DAT) and serotonin transporter (SERT) availabilities in healthy controls. METHODS: The study population consisted of healthy controls with screening 123 I-FP-CIT single-photon emission computed tomography. Specific binding of 123 I-FP-CIT regarding DAT and SERT was calculated using a region of interest analysis. VOI template was applied to measure specific binding ratios (SBRs) of caudate nucleus, putamen, striatum, midbrain, and pons...
May 17, 2018: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
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