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New Nanolaser Key to Future Optical Computers and Technologies
August 17, 2009
Researchers have created the tiniest laser since its invention nearly 50 years ago, paving the way for a host of innovations, including superfast computers that use light instead of electrons to process information, advanced sensors and imaging.
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