Flexible Nanocomposite Film Could Yield Handheld Cancer Detector, University of Michigan Study

This past September, we reported on research out of Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, in which nanowires were used to create the first integrated circularly polarized light (CPL) detector on a silicon chip that could ultimately lead to portable sensors for drug screening—or even enable quantum computers.

Now, researchers at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, have continued this miniaturization of CPL detectors by developing a flexible nanocomposite circularly polarized-light detector that they claim could lead to the development of a cellphone-size cancer detector.

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