Research News

December 06, 2012

Silver Nanocubes Super Light Absorbers

DURHAM, N.C. – Microscopic metallic cubes could unleash the enormous potential of metamaterials to absorb light, leading to more efficient and cost-effective large-area absorbers for sensor applications or energy-harvesting devices. Metamaterials are man-made materials that have properties often [...]

December 05, 2012

Calderbank Awarded IEEE Hamming Medal

Duke ECE faculty member Robert Calderbank has been awarded the 2013 Richard W. Hamming Medal from IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). The medal is given in recognition of exceptional contributions to information sciences, systems and technology. Calderbank was cited for his [...]

November 12, 2012

Making a Better Invisibility Cloak

DURHAM, N.C. –  The first working “cloaking” device reported by Duke University electrical engineers in 2006 worked like a charm, but it wasn’t perfect. Now a member of that laboratory has come up with a design that ties up one of the major loose ends from the original device. These new findings [...]

August 30, 2012

Photonic Interactions at the Atomic Level

DURHAM, N.C. – By measuring the unique properties of light on the scale of a single atom, researchers from Duke University and Imperial College, London, believe that they have characterized the limits of the ability of metals to be used in devices that rely on the enhancement of light.  This field [...]

July 05, 2012

Precise Indoor Localization? There's an App for That

DURHAM, N.C. -- GPS has been a tremendously successful technology for positioning users in outdoor environments. But attaining GPS-like accuracy indoors has eluded telecommunication researchers for years. That is, until now, according to a Duke University researcher. In the last few years, several [...]

June 20, 2012

Megapixel Camera? Try Gigapixel

DURHAM, N.C. -- By synchronizing 98 tiny cameras in a single device, electrical engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona have developed a prototype camera that can create images with unprecedented detail. The camera’s resolution is five times better than 20/20 human vision over [...]

March 20, 2012

Metamaterials Will Change Optics

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University engineers believe that continued advances in creating ever-more exotic and sophisticated man-made materials will greatly improve their ability to control light at will. The burgeoning use of metamaterials in the field of optics does not rely on the limited set of [...]

February 29, 2012

Exotic Material Boosts Electromagnetism Safely

DURHAM, N.C. – By using exotic man-made materials, scientists from Duke University and Boston College believe they can greatly enhance the forces of electromagnetism (EM), one of the four fundamental forces of nature, without harming living beings or damaging electrical equipment. This theoretical [...]

November 14, 2011

Tracking Dragonflies on the Wing

Duke University electrical engineers have developed a wirelessly powered telemetry system that is light and powerful enough to allow scientists to study the intricate neurological activity of dragonflies as they capture prey on the wing. Past studies of insect behavior have been limited by the fact [...]

October 07, 2011

Mine Detection Software Identifies Cancer Cells

Medical researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated that software developed by a Duke University electrical engineer for finding and recognizing undersea mines can help doctors identify and classify cancer-related cells. As it turns out, the problem that physicians encounter in [...]

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