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New Material Sets Stage For All-Optical Computing

March 5th, 2010 03:33 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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.

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