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Molecular Machines Drive Plasmonic Nanoswitches
February 11, 2009
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Plasmonics--a possible replacement for current computing approaches--may pave the way for the next generation of computers that operate faster and store more information than electronically-based systems, and are smaller than optically-based systems, according to a Penn State engineer who has developed a plasmonic switch.Full Story
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