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Single-crystal Semiconductor Wire Built Into an Optical Fiber
March 12, 2008
A process has been developed for growing a single-crystal semiconductor inside the tunnel of a hollow optical fiber. The new device will add new electronic capabilities to optical fibers, which are ideal media for transmitting many types of signals, and which are used in a wide range of technologies that employ light, including telecommunications, medicine, computing and remote-sensing devices.
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