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Breakthrough in Photonic Chip Research Paves Way for Ultrafast Information Sharing

August 4, 2011

Liang Feng University of California, San Diego, researchers have discovered a way to prevent light signals on a silicon chip from reflecting backwards and interfering with its operation. Otherwise, the light beams would interfere with lasers and other photonic components on the chip and make the chip unstable. The breakthrough marks a significant achievement in the development of integrated photonic chips that could replace electronic chips as the backbone of information technology. Full Story

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