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Time Lens Speeds Up Optical Data Transmission

first_img A Broadband Light Amplifier on a Photonic Chip Citation: Time Lens Speeds Up Optical Data Transmission (2009, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-lens-optical-transmission.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Current methods for speeding up optical data transmission require bulky and expensive optical equipment and consume a lot of energy. This new device is both energy efficient and is incorporated on a silicon chip. This makes it ideal to move large quantities of data, at speeds up to 270 gigabits per second over telecommunication facilities and other optical devices.Alexander Gaeta, Cornell University Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics, explains: “As you get to very high data rates, there are no easy ways of encoding the data.” Alexander Gaeta has been one of the foremost developers of the new silicon time lens, alongside with his colleague Michael Lipson, who is a Cornell University associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. Their accomplishment can be found in the latest issue of the renowned scientific journal, Nature Photonics. Keren Bergman, Columbia University Professor of Electrical Engineering, explains: “Power consumption is becoming a more constraining issue, especially at the chip level. You can’t have your laptop run faster without it getting hotter.” Optical chips can make computers run much faster without generating the un-necessary heat. Using an ultrafast modulator, it can compress data encoded with standard equipment to very high speeds. The “time lens” uses a signal encoded on laser light using a conventional modulator. The modulated light signal is then attached to the silicon chip through an optical-fiber coil that sends it to a nanoscale-patterned silicon waveguide. On the chip, the signal interacts from a laser, which causes it to split up into different frequencies. The light travels through another strand of fiber cable and sends it to another nanoscale-patterned silicon waveguide, where it interacts with light from the same laser. In the process the signal is re-assembled but with its phase changed. The signal leaves the silicon chip via another fiber cable at 270 gigabits per second. The physics behind the process is very complex but the outcome is accomplished by taking a stream of bits that are traveling slow and making them travel much faster, says Keren Bergman. By staying with silicon, “you can leverage all the technologies that have been developed for electronics to make optical devices,” says Alexander Gaeta of Cornell University. Via: Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com This silicon chip is patterned with waveguides that split optical signals and combine them with laser light to speed data rates.Credit: Alexander Gaeta (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at Cornell University have developed a device called a “time lens” which is a silicon device for speeding up optical data. The basic components of this device are an optical-fiber coil, laser, and nanoscale-patterned silicon waveguide.last_img read more

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13 year old researcher finds tree inspired solar collection more efficient

first_img It’s good to have a shady side: Sun and shade leaves play different roles in tree canopies (PhysOrg.com) — Aidan Dwyer, a 13 year old Junior High School student from New York state, noticed that the phyllotaxy of the leaves on trees he was observing while hiking through the Catskill Mountains, did so in the form of a Fibonacci sequence. Wondering if there was a reason for it, he deduced that it might be because such an arrangement provides the most efficient means of solar power collection for the trees. To find out if this was the case, he built a small solar tree from PVC pipe and small solar panels, then built another in a normal flat panel array, attached voltage readers to both, and lo and behold, discovered the tree model array was indeed more efficient, at least during times of low or indirect sunlight. Dwyer won a Young Naturist Award for his efforts after writing and submitting his essay, The Secret of the Fibonacci Sequence in Trees. Explore further Aidan measuring the spiral pattern After analyzing his data, he found that the tree design appeared to be far more efficient than the traditional flat-panel structure during so-called off peak times, such as when the sun was low, and that the model appeared to be close to 50% more efficient overall during the winter. Not bad for someone who’s still a kid.Dwyer theorizes that tree branches have evolved such an arrangement because it’s likely the most efficient pattern available, i.e. the one that best takes into account the shading created by branches or leaves hiding one another from direct sunlight. Citation: 13 year old researcher finds tree inspired solar collection more efficient (2011, August 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-year-tree-solar-efficient.html The spiral on trees showing the Fibonacci Sequencelast_img read more

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New experiments set to detect gravitational waves

first_img Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. They are distortions in the fabric of space-time and are believed to occur in measurable amounts when massive objects such as neutron stars merge. They’ve yet to be seen, but the consensus among physicists is that they are real. Still, they can’t be labeled a certainty until they are proven to exist by measuring them. That’s what a team of physicists and astronomers the world over plan to do over the next half decade.The idea is to deploy ultra-sensitive interferometers at various points around the globe. They are very large L shaped devices and work by measuring the time it takes for a photon delivered from a laser to move from one end of the device to the other. If a gravitational wave strikes, it should cause the length of the device to change, increasing or decreasing the time it takes for a photon to traverse the distance.Most astrophysics believe that detecting gravitational waves is a matter of course, thus the purpose of deploying interferometers across the globe serves another purpose—discerning where they originated. The hope is that by collecting data at many locations at once, researchers will be able to work together to ascertain the direction from which the waves have traveled, and perhaps figure out what caused them to come about in the first place.Kasliwal reports that the new highly sensitive interferometers will come online sometime in 2017, noting that some of them exist already, though they are not yet sensitive enough to detect gravitational waves. He adds that the project will be a hugely collaborative effort, especially if the interferometers begin detecting a lot of waves. Researchers will have to scramble and work together to get information from the detectors to operators of telescopes quickly enough to figure out where the waves might be coming from. More information: Seeing Gravitational Waves, Science 3 May 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6132 pp. 555-556 DOI: 10.1126/science.1235956AbstractGravity is responsible for the long-range order of the universe. Using Einstein’s general relativity, we now think of gravity as the geometrical curvature of the four-dimensional fabric of space-time (1). Extreme cosmological events such as the merging of neutron stars or black holes induce ripples in the fabric of space-time (see the figure). However, these ripples, or gravitational waves, are extremely weak, and their detection has remained elusive. To measure the small signal, an interferometric detector is required that can detect strain to one part in 1021 (that is, a billionth of a nanometer for a kilometer-length interferometer). Such extreme gravity events are also rare, occurring only once every 10,000 years per galaxy (2). An advanced version of such a detector is designed to find gravitational waves on a regular basis (roughly tens of events annually) beginning in 2017 (3). This heroic experiment alone will be somewhat unsatisfying—gravitational wave interferometers will only be able to hear the wave and detect when something happens (literally “hear” as the operational frequency of tens to thousands of Hertz overlaps with the human auditory range). The interferometers will be blind to exactly where the merger occurs. To locate the source of the gravitational waves, collaboration between the physics and the astronomy communities together with extensive simulations are under way (4). Pulsar survey could help find gravitational waves Explore further Illustration of spacetime curvature. Credit: Wikipedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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And then there was light

first_imgFestival season is around the corner as is the wedding season. And everyone likes making their homes look good, not just now, all year around! Here are some brilliant tips from Retesh Sharma, Managing Director, Zynna on how to best light up your home in the party season. Whether inside or outside, lights are key to making a house a home.You wouldn’t want a bright overhead light shining down on an intimate dinner party or a single lamp lighting a space where you’re trying to do a project. The main goal of lighting design is to introduce varying degrees of light into a room, which are called layers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’If you only have direct light sources, it will make a space feel dark and gloomy. And if you light the room evenly with no contrast, the room will appear flat and uninviting. Lighting is all about creating interest and visual drama, and these layers of light are parts of the whole that create the ultimate ambiance.Some party occasions call for bright light, but a party isn’t one of them. Your guests will feel relaxed and comfortable if the lights are a bit dimmer than usual. Consider keeping overhead lights turned off, relying instead on lamps, sconces and other light sources. This creates an intimate atmosphere, encouraging everyone to open up and socialize. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYour home is already full of light fixtures – pendants, sconces, lamps, and chandeliers. Dress them up for the party.  Hang ornaments from ceiling fixtures so they catch the light. Wind greenery and berry branches around a pendant light’s cord or around the branches of a chandelier.Candles add personal touch to the evening. The natural radiance coming from candles sets up the mood as soon as one enters the party. Besides adding light and sparkle, candles come in beautiful varieties of perfumes.  These also add up and create mood lighting.last_img read more

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Amendments to Real Estate Bill approved

first_imgThe recommendations of the Standing Committee of Parliament on Urban Development and suggestions of various stakeholders (consumer organisations, industry associations, academia, experts etc.) have also been included after extensive consultations.The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill is a pioneering initiative to protect the interest of consumers, to promote fair play in real estate transactions and to ensure timely execution of projects. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe Bill provides for a uniform regulatory environment, to protect consumer interests, help speedy adjudication of disputes and ensure orderly growth of the real estate sector. The Bill contains provisions of registration of real estate projects and registration of real estate agents with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority; functions and duties of promoters and allottees; establishment of Real Estate Regulatory Authority; establishment of fast track dispute resolution mechanism through adjudication; establishment of a Real Estate Appellate Tribunal; offences and penalties etc.last_img read more

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How to look radiant on your Dday

first_imgWith a wedding date set and trousseau shopping on full swing, you need all the time you can get to make a lasting impression on the big day. The first place to start? Your skin, says an expert. Madhu Arora, franchise owner of Blush Clinic, New Delhi, has shared bridal tips for a glowing skin. Eat well: Fitting into that abs-flashing lehenga is a must. But crash dieting is harmful for the body and especially the skin. Think of a well-balanced, healthy diet rich with fresh fruits, vegetables and juices. Drink two to three litres of water daily and avoid oily, fried and sugary food. Eat small meals at regular intervals. Drink green tea to flush out your system. Go for regular workouts two to three times a week. It’s all about building up to the big day. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Keep in mind that you have to consume three main meals and two snacks like roasted nuts, fruits and steamed or fermented food in an entire day. A heavy breakfast is necessary to start your day.Eat carrot, apricot, spinach or green vegetables and tomato, as they contain lycopene which is good for skin.  Consume walnuts as they contain fatty acids, which make hair and skin healthier.A lot vitamins and antioxidant rich foods can help to fight skin problems. Know about them and add these to your daily diet. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVitamin A: It is essential for the repair system of the cells. It helps prevent acne and gives glowing skin. Eat foods like dark green vegetables, carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin, apricot and mango.Vitamin C: Your body not only needs vitamin C to create collagen that produces skin tissue, but also requires it for healing wounds and scars. Since it a water soluble vitamin, you need to eat vitamin C rich foods everyday which include citrus fruits, berries, papaya, watermelon, pineapple, mango and vegetables such as dark and leafy greens, green pepper, tomato, lemon and bell pepper.  Vitamin E: It is an excellent antioxidant which fights against the free radicals, thus preventing damage to the skin. It helps to revive the skin cells. You can get vitamin E from almond, walnut, olive oil, sunflower seed and whole grain. Eating these vitamin E-rich foods will help you cleanse your skin naturally.A monthly facial is a must: The skin benefits immensely from consistency. One facial close to the wedding is not ideal. Let the benefits build up with a regular treatment. Say bye-bye to unwanted hair: If you wish to go for laser hair removal, make sure you plan your sittings well in advance.last_img read more

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Relighting an Artist

first_imgAt the age of 14, he started his career with sketches further perfecting the art of oil paintings. He has made seven paintings on the eternal divine lovers Radha Krishna. Sometimes, it takes him an hour to paint a beautiful painting while at times even a month seems less.India, known for its art and culture around the globe, does not treat the creators of art the way the artists deserve to be treated. They fail to get the much-needed recognition and the meagre pay cheques make things even more difficult for them.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Accepting this harsh reality, he started giving art classes to children. Alongside he made many beautiful paintings. From the line of teaching, he was appointed as the President of Lalit Kala Academy in 1984. He brought forth many country’s artists and painted on many social issues such as the plight of women, nature, diversity between men and women. He had inaugurated five Regional Art Centres in Delhi, Lucknow, Calcutta, Orissa and Chennai. He had to leave Lalit Kala Academy due to excessive political, such difficult situations in life had taught him a lot, he said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA man, who believes in simple living and high thinking, is very fond of children. Every Sunday, he guides children to paint and motivates them to pursue their dreams. He makes his students understand that it is good to dream and gives them sincere advice. However, in order to live the dream one must have the courage and perseverance. By donating the money that he earns to poor, he feels content.On March 31 when Bharat Ratna was conferred on educationist Madan Mohan Malaviya, the Srijan Artist Group organised an exhibition where Anand Dev’s painting was sold for Rs 1Lakh. On receiving the money, he sponsored a trip to South Africa for his students.last_img read more

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I am a story teller not a writer Laila Wadia

first_imgA multilingual storyteller born in India, Laila Wadia now lives in Italy where she teaches English at the University of Triest. A translator, interpreter, journalist, poet, playwright and screenplay writer, Wadia has won several awards and has published numerous novels and short story collections in Italian on intercultural issues, migration, food and women’s issues including ‘Il testimone di Pirano’ (Infinito Edizioni), and ‘Kitchensutra’.When asked what inspired her to start writing, Wadia said, “I decided to become a writer as a challenge. I had moved to Italy and someone told me I’d never be able to master the language.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWadia, who has published books like  ‘Pecore Nere’ (Laterza), ‘Mondopentola’ (Cosmo Iannone), ‘Amiche per la pelle’ and ‘Se tutte le donne’ (Barbera 2012), feels that engaging in the act of discovery while writing is just as important as having a fine plot. “I work out a loose plot and then allow my characters to take over”, says Wadia, who feels that it is a writer’s job to create. “The hardest thing about writing any book is deciding when to stop”, she added.Talking about her latest book ‘Kitchensutra’ she said, “‘Kitchensutra’ is a translingual book of erotic food poetry. It’s haikus on love, passion, language and with a two tiered reading: earthly love and divine love. My inspiration was drawn from Rumi and Pablo Neruda.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive ‘Babylon Sisters’ is an adaptation of Wadia’s novel ‘Amiche per la pelle’ will be released as a movie later this year for which she has also written the screenplay. The movie is about four immigrants of Indian origin, Croatian, Turkish and Kurdish Chinese who live with their families on the outskirts of Trieste. ‘Babylon Sisters’ will be directed by Gigi Roccati who won the award for the best documentary for his direction in The Road to Kabul.Writing characters of the opposite sex is one of the most difficult things a writer has to deal with, while writing. Speaking on this topic, Wadia said, “I am a very feminine writer but I also wrote a fictional biography of a man. Writing means living the character’s life so once I got into the life of the protagonist, it was okay.”Wadia admits that while she herself has not faced the much dreaded writer’s block, she constantly asks herself if people would want to read what she writes.“Success is not a goal for me” says Wadia. “Conversations and bridging cultures is what I strive for. I am a story teller not a writer. A writer writes, a storyteller listens and converses.”last_img read more

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