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Mar 22, 2023

Record-breaking optical switch study paves way for ultrafast electronics

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“This new advancement would also allow the encoding of data on ultrafast laser pulses.”

A team of international physicists, led by the University of Arizona, was able to switch a light signal optically at attosecond rates in order to achieve hitherto unreachable data transfer speeds: one quintillionth of a second is an attosecond.

Optical transistors will regulate electric signals.


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“Semiconductor-based transistors are in all of the electronics that we use today,” said Mohammed Hassan, assistant professor of physics and optical sciences. “They’re part of every industry – from kids’ toys to rockets – and are the main building blocks of electronics.”

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