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New Technique to Compress Light Could Open Doors for Optical Communications

July 30, 2008

computing graphic Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have devised a way to squeeze light into tighter spaces than ever thought possible, potentially opening doors to new technology in the fields of optical communications, miniature lasers and optical computers. Full Story

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