It would seem that the structure of the human eye does not allow us to see infrared light. This is not entirely true! It turns out that we are able to see short laser flashes in the infrared range. Polish scientists were among the scientists who explained this phenomenon. Now they are looking for possible applications of this discovery.
Polymer for the production of aircraft fuselage covering, protecting airplanes against the effects of lightning strikes and cheaper than currently used solutions, has been developed by scientists from the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice. Statistically, every airliner gets struck by lightning 2-3 times a year.
Smartphone-sized devices capable of purifying water for one person using sunlight; desktop modules producing substances valuable for the pharmaceutical industry from chemical waste. The construction of such innovative instruments, providing the product not in batches but continuously, is becoming possible thanks to an ultrasonic technique of depositing titanium dioxide layers onto the inner walls of tubes with diameters of even micrometre dimensions.
Researchers at the Quantum Memory Laboratory at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw have built a quantum memory capable of storing 665 quantum states of light simultaneously - reported the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw in a release sent to PAP. Researchers used a cloud of laser-cooled atoms to achieve this.
Elementary particles of the "new physics" must be so massive that their detection in the LHC, the largest modern accelerator, will not be possible - this is the conclusion from the analyses of the international GAMBIT project, in which the Institute of Nuclear Physics PAS in Kraków participates.
Most materials are still discovered by trial and error, because it is difficult to predict the right arrangement of atoms. Dr. Michał Tomza from the University of Warsaw proposes to use quantum simulations to understand the properties of materials that are being designed.