A Bright Family of Quantum Defects – Dr YuHuang Wang, University of Maryland
Carbon nanotubes are a remarkable material – more conductive than copper and stronger than steel, yet just a billionth of a metre wide. Their application has already proven invaluable across science and engineering, but only recently have scientists looked into expanding their functionality even further as a unique source of light. Dr YuHuang Wang and his research group at the University of Maryland have now synthetically created ‘quantum defects’ in carbon nanotubes that luminesce brightly in the near infrared. This work has opened up opportunities for experiments in fields ranging from biochemistry to quantum physics.