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New Class of GaN-Based Laser Diode Created

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2007 -- A research team that included the inventor of the blue laser diode has created the first nonpolar blue-violet laser diodes, which have applications in optical data storage, optical sensing, communications and medicine. The researchers, from the Solid State Lighting and Display Center (SSLDC) in the University of California, Santa Barbara's College of Engineering, were led by blue laser diode creator Shuji Nakamura, winner of the 2006 Millennium Technology Prize. The team achieved lasing operation in nonpolar gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors and demonstrated what they said is the...Read full article

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