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Web Date: May 3, 2012

Carbon Nanotubes Light Up Silicon

Photonics: The carbon materials could help researchers produce cheap silicon components for optical computers
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: photonics, optical microprocessors, silicon, single-walled carbon nanotubes, telecommunications

To reach super-fast processing speeds, future computers may run calculations using light instead of electrons. But, currently, materials scientists haven’t found the right materials to move, store, and change light into useful wavelengths for computer applications. Now French researchers have demonstrated that a mix of silicon and carbon nanotubes might meet those needs (ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/nn204924n).

Silicon, already . . .

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