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Submission + - Ultra sensitive detection of radio waves with lasers (

xOneca writes: It's a bit outdated, (a month ago) but it didn't appear in Slashdot, despite being interesting.

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'Noise' in the detector of the measuring instrument limits how sensitive and precise the measurements can be. [...] "We have developed a detector that does not need to be cooled down, but which can operate at room temperature and yet hardly has any thermal noise. The only noise that fundamentally remains is so-called quantum noise, which is the minimal fluctuations of the laser light itself," explains Eugene Polzik, Professor and Head of the research center Quantop at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. [...] The experiment consists of an antenna, which picks up the radio waves, a capacitor and a laser beam. The antenna picks up the radio waves and transfers the signal to the capacitor, which is read by the laser beam.

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