New Material Sets Stage For All-Optical Computing
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the International Business Times: “Researchers have made a new material that can be used to guide waves of light, a breakthrough that could lead to ultra-fast computing. Georgia Tech scientists are using specially designed organic dyes that can process and redirect light without the need to be converted to electricity first. … ‘For this class of molecules, we can with a high-degree of reliability predict where the molecules will have both large optical nonlinearities and low two-photon absorption,’ said [Georgia Tech School of Chemistry professor Seth] Marder.”
According to the article, using an optical-router could lead to transmission speeds as high as 2000 gigabits per second, five times faster than current technology.