(c) Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Harvard have succeeded for the first time in making near-field light visible. This is light that “sticks” to surfaces. “This research opens the door to unprecedented mastery of this powerful, largely unexplored type of light. There is great potential for applications in particle manipulation, molecular detection and optical communication,” says Vincent Ginis, lead author and professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and guest professor at Harvard. The research was published yesterday in the renowned journal Science.

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Author profile picture Arnoud Cornelissen has for many years been writing about science and technology in, among others, various Dutch newspapers.