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Counting the Twists in a Helical Light Beam


January 8, 2013

Federico Capasso in front of Helical Light Beam Applied physicists at the Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have created a new device that has the potential to add capacity to future optical communications networks. Full Story

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