Flying saucers with lasers are real. Sort of.

By carefully controlling the size of the quantum dots, researchers can 'tune' the frequency, or color, of the emitted light to any desired value. The ability to produce a laser of any desired frequency from a single material would give a boost to scientists looking to study diseases at the level of tissues or individual cells by offering new tools to probe biochemical reactions. They could also enable laser display projectors that would be brighter and more energy efficient than current LCD technology.

Flying saucers with lasers are real. Sort of.

Brighter lights and more accurate medical tests are just around the corner, thanks to a major advance in the manufacture of quantum dots. Andrew Masterson reports.

Mon 20 Mar 17 from Cosmos Magazine

Flying Saucer Quantum Dots: The Secret to Better, Brighter Lasers

Elliptical shape makes the lasing process easier

Mon 20 Mar 17 from IEEE Spectrum

'Flying saucer' quantum dots hold secret to brighter, better lasers

Fresh insights into living cells, brighter video projectors and more accurate medical tests are just three of the innovations that could result from a new way of fabricating lasers.

Mon 20 Mar 17 from Phys.org

'Flying saucer' quantum dots hold secret to brighter, better lasers, Mon 20 Mar 17 from ScienceDaily

Synopsis: Straining After Quantum Dots

Fri 17 Mar 17 from APS Physics

'Flying Saucer' Quantum Dots Hold Secret to Better, Brighter Lasers

Vanderbilt University chemists collaborated in research that 'squashes' the shape of nanoparticles to create inexpensive lasers that continuously emit light in a customizable rainbow of colors.

Mon 20 Mar 17 from Newswise

'Flying Saucer' Colloidal Quantum Dots Produce Brighter, Better Lasers

A multi-institutional team of researchers from Canada and the US has demonstrated steady state lasing with solution-processed nanoparticles called "colloidal quantum dots," an important step ...

Mon 20 Mar 17 from Newswise

'Flying saucer' colloidal quantum dots produce brighter, better lasers, Mon 20 Mar 17 from Eurekalert

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